- 1 Who is Gena O’Kelley?
- 2 Gena O’ Kelley Wiki: Age, Early Life, Parents, and Education
- 3 Gena Was Married before Chuck
- 4 Career and First Meeting With Chuck Norris
- 5 Wedding, Marriage, and Children
- 6 Health Issues and Further Problems
- 7 Lawsuit Against Pharmaceutical Companies
- 8 Gena O’ Kelley Husband, Chuck Norris
Who is Gena O’Kelley?
You have all heard of Chuck Norris, his smashing acting career and other professional endeavors, right? But, have you heard about his wife, the staggering Gena O’Kelley?
Gena was born on the 10th August 1963, in California USA, and is a model, television host, and actress as well, but is still perhaps best known to the world as the wife of the famous mixed martial artist and actor, Chuck Norris. Do you want to learn more about Gena, from her childhood to a professional career, and details about her life before Chuck? If yes, then stay tuned because that is what follows. Also, you will read all about her health issues.
Gena O’ Kelley Wiki: Age, Early Life, Parents, and Education
Gena is now 55 years old, the daughter of Annette M. and Alan Gordon O’Kelley. Gena grew up with her three siblings, a brother named Eric and two sisters, Elizabeth and Maureen. Her father sadly passed away in 2008. Unfortunately, there are no details about her education, but hopefully, this information will become available in the near future.
Gena Was Married before Chuck
Gena has one failed marriage behind her; she was married to Gordon Hinschberger, with whom she had two kids, Kelley and Tim. Unfortunately, there is no information when the two married and divorced. She met the apparent love of her life, Chuck Norris, who is now doing everything for her, but we will get to that a bit later. First, let’s say something about their first meeting.
Career and First Meeting With Chuck Norris
Gena launched her modeling career in the ‘70s, but there is no information about her career, instead, her professional life before she met Chuck remains under a veil until the present day. The two met in the late ‘90s, and after one year of dating decided to tie the knot. Funny story about their first meeting – Chuck and another woman were on a date and watching Gena perform in a minor role in the local theater. Chuck was intrigued by Gena and asked his agent to set up a date with her. This led to an initial friendship which grew to love, since when the two have been inseparable.
Wedding, Marriage, and Children
The two married on the 28th November 1998, and have welcomed twins, Dakota Alan Norris and Danilee Kelly Norris. Gena has become a prominent television personality too, featuring in the TV series “Yes, Dear” in 2003, then three years later hosting the show “Praise the Lord”, while in 2009 she was a guest in the show “Hannity”, among many other differing appearances in commercials, and as a spokeswoman for a few prominent brands. However, from 2013 onwards, hers and Chuck’s struggle began.
Health Issues and Further Problems
It was in 2013 that Gena went for a routine MRI scan, and after getting an injection that is a standard process before someone enters MRI scan, Gena started feeling tremors and burning all over her body. At first, doctors didn’t know what caused these symptoms, but over time, Gena’s health situation became even worse. She started feeling pain in her ribs, then had problems breathing, muscle weakness and joint pain. She underwent numerous tests for such diseases as cancer, Parkinson’s and others, but then took matters in her own hands, and after internet research, found that her symptoms match gadolinium toxicity. She then visited a medical clinic in Reno, Nevada who diagnosed her with this illness, and Gena subsequently spent five months in bed, with an IV always connected; furthermore, she bought an hyperbaric chamber which would help her healing. She has managed to recover greatly, but complete recovery is still distant. Her husband, Chuck, has left his film career and is devoted full-time to his wife.
Lawsuit Against Pharmaceutical Companies
Once the struggle became real, Chuck and Gena filed a lawsuit against 11 Pharmaceutical companies and distributors for $10 million for the physical pain and financial loss.
Gena O’ Kelley Husband, Chuck Norris
Now that we have covered all major information about Gena, let’s share some information about her husband, the legendary Chuck Norris.
Born as Carlos Ray Norris on the 10th March 1940, in Ryan, Oklahoma USA, he is many things – an actor, martial artist, film producer and even screenwriter. He was in the US Air Force for four years between 1958 and 1962, after which he started his martial arts career, winning a number of championships, and has since started his own school Chuck Kuk Do, which is based on the learning of Tang Soo Do, a karate-based Korean martial art.
Since launching his acting career, Chuck has starred in more than 40 films and TV series, with the most notable role being as Cordell Walker in the TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger”, which ran from 1993 to 2001. In addition to acting and martial arts, Chuck is also a writer and has covered topics of politics, faith, and martial arts of course.
Before marrying Gena, Chuck was married to Dianne Holechek, his high school sweetheart, for over 30 years, with whom he has two children. He also has a child from an extramarital affair. According to sources, Chuck and Gena’s combined net worth is estimated at over $70 million, as of mid- 2018.