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Who is Chuck Norris’ Wife? Everything We Know About Gena O’Kelley

Who is Chuck Norris’ Wife? Everything We Know About Gena O’Kelley

Martial Arts legend Chuck Norris has been married to his current wife, Gena O’Kelley, for over two decades. The couple share two children and are devout Christians. However, their union has faced serious challenges.

Norris and O’Kelley have been happily married since 1998 and are proud parents to twins, Danilee Kelly Norris and Dakota Alan Norris, who are now in their twenties.

Before O’Kelley, Norris was married to Dianne Holechek for 30 years. After their divorce in 1988, Chuck Norris patiently awaited his next wife, and it was nine years later that he finally found her.

Reportedly, the Walker, Texas Ranger icon was out on a date with another woman in Dallas when he crossed paths with O’Kelley, a supermodel and actor. They instantly connected and their relationship blossomed over time.

In November 1998, Gena and Chuck Norris tied the knot. At the time, Chuck was 58 years old while Gena was 30. Subsequently, on August 30, 2001, Gena gave birth to twins.

Before long, Chuck Norris and his wife were making public appearances together. Gena even joined Chuck in his famous infomercials for his fitness product, Total Gym.

Chuck Norris Paused His Acting Career to Care For His Sick Wife

However, tragedy struck when Norris’ wife developed rheumatoid arthritis. In 2013, doctors diagnosed her with this autoimmune disease using an MRI with gadolinium, a dye injection that aids in identifying organ, blood vessel, or tissue issues.

According to a report by Express in 2017, the former supermodel underwent three gadolinium injections within eight days. After the initial injection, she experienced a sensation of her entire body being engulfed in flames, with the pain intensifying over time.

Initially, specialists believed O’Kelley’s reaction wasn’t to gadolinium. A second opinion in Nevada revealed the opposite, leading to intensive treatment. Chuck Norris prioritized her life and quit acting.

Chuck Norris and Gena O’Kelley in 2009 (Photo by Vince Bucci/WireImage)

“I’ve given up my film career to concentrate on Gena. My whole life right now is about keeping her alive,” Norris told Express in 2017. “I believe this issue is so important.”

The couple ultimately filed lawsuits against multiple gadolinium manufacturers, one of which was Bracco, based in Italy. However, in 2020, they decided to withdraw their $10 million lawsuit, as reported by Radiology Business. Since then, neither O’Kelley nor Norris have provided any updates to their fans regarding O’Kelley’s condition.

However, as recently as the fall of 2023, Chuck Norris was posting pictures of him and his wife together.

“The Lord has truly blessed me with the most amazing woman I could’ve ever asked for,” wrote alongside the candid snapshot. Meanwhile, Norris is acting again and has several projects in development.