Is Chuck Norris Married? Yes, he is. He was earlier married to Dianne Holechek and currently is the husband of Gena O’Kelley. His real name is Carlos Ray Norris born on March 10, 1940, which makes his age be 80 years old as of 2020. He is American by nationality and is a martial artist, actor and producer by profession. He has received various championship awards by competing and has even served the United States Air Force. He has been running his own school of fighting named “Chun Kuk Do.”
Is Chuck Norris alive? There are rumors saying that Norris has already died and people are found searching the date if the death of martial artist Norris. But the fact is, he is still alive as of now and is healthy. He is a black belt holder in Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Continue reading Chuck’s biography and interesting facts below:
Early Life and Education
Real name Carlos Ray Norris, he was born in 1940 in Ryan, Oklahoma to the parents named Ray Norris (father) and Wilma Scarberry (mother). His father was a soldier during World War II as well as a mechanic and truck driver. His nationality is American and talking about his ethnicity, Norris carries Irish and Cherokee ancestral background. He has two younger brothers named Wieland and Aaron. Wieland was killed in 1970 in Vietnam at the age of 27. Similarly, his brother Aaron is a Hollywood producer and a renowned celebrity as well.
Norris parents divorced during his teenage days. After the separation, he started living with his mother and brothers relocating to Prairie Village, Kansas and later to Torrance, California. Norris described himself to be a shy, scholastically mediocre and a nonathletic child. His early life was not so good as he was tensed with his father’s behavior who was addicted to alcohol drinking.
Career and Professional Life
In 1958, Norris joined the United States Air Force. He was an Air Policeman and was placed to Osan Air Base, South Korea. He was nicknamed Chuck and while being there, he received Tang Soo Do training. The interest in the martial art made him earn a black belt in Chun Kuk Do. He returned back to the country and was placed at March Air Force Base in California. In August 1962, he was discharged from the United States Air Force task.
After being released from the military Air Force service, he started participating in various martial competitions. For six consecutive years, he was the winner of Professional Middleweight Karate champion. Norris and Bruce Lee were trained for two years together and the pair developed a friendship during the late 1960’s.
Norris made his debut in the film industry from the film The Wrecking Crew released in 1969. Since then, Norris has appeared in numerous films including Breaker! Breaker!, Good Guys Wear Black, The Octagon, An Eye for an Eye, The Delta Force 2, Lone Wolf McQuade, The Expendables 2 and much more.
Martial artist Norris has a beautiful romantic love life to share. First, he was married to Dianne Holechek in 1958. From the relationship, he became the father of a son named Mike in 1962. From his extra-marital affair, Norris became the father to a daughter named Dina in 1963. With his wife, the couple welcomed another son named Eric in 1964. Despite enjoying a conjugal life for three decades, Norris and Holechek split in 1988 and got divorced after a year of separation.
After ten years of living a divorced life, Norris found his life-partner Gena O’Kelley. She is a model and 23 years junior to him. From her previous marriage, O’Kelley is the mother of two children. The couple celebrated their wedding ceremony on November 28, 1998. Their conjugal life was blessed with two twins named Dakota and Danilee on August 30, 2001.
According to a television newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight, Norris didn’t meet his daughter Dina until she reached 26. Dina knew about her father when she was 16 years old. As of now, Chuck Norris is the grandfather to thirteen children. Norris lives in Navasota, Texas, with his wife.
Black belt in Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Norris has an amazing physique maintained even at this age. He has a perfect height of 5 feet and 10 inches and weighs about 77 kg. Norris shoe size is 11 as per the U.S. measurement. The martial artist is taking care of his diet and workout practice regularly. He is a fitness freak and gives high priority to his health and fitness level. He was the winner of the Fighter of the Year award in 1969 by Black Belt Magazine.
Salary and Net worth
The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ActionFest in 2010, Norris has garnered a whopping net worth amounting to 71 million USD. First, he earned through his military service in the United States Air Force as an Air Policeman. He is the founder of a School of fighting named Chuck Norris System AKA Chun Kuk Do. Most of his earnings are contributed by his salary from the acting job. He is also a producer and a screenwriter. Apart from that, Norris is the author of numerous Christian-themed books. He has also added few dollars in his net worth by contributing to the advertisements for T-Mobile, World of Warcraft video game and Polish bank BZ WBK in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Wiki and Facts
Wikipedia, IMDb and some other popular celebrity websites have mentioned Norris biography. Almost all kinds of facts and information are easily available; either it is personal or professional. However, he is often surrounded by rumors saying that Chuck Norris is dead and people seem to be looking after the date of death of Norris. Don’t go with the rumors, the actor is still alive as of now. Join him on Instagram @chucknorris where Chuck has amassed more than 147k followers. More than 123k followers are following him on twitter @chucknorris. His website is reachable www.chucknorris.com which has amazing graphics and designing style.