Who is Chuck Norris Wife, Gena O’Kelley? Net Worth, children, illness.

Chuck Norris is a man who simply has it all. One of the best Hollywood has to offer, Norris enjoyed an amazing acting career. With a natural talent for acting and skills to put his talents to use, Norris was simply the best. Similar to his professional career, Norris’s personal life was a gradual ladder. Even though he once tied the knot with Dianne Holechek, it took Norris a second try to find marital success. He tied the knot with model Gena O’Kelley and the pair have been happily married for 24 years. In this article, we will take a closer look at the life of Gena O’ Kelley.

Gena O’Kelley is an American former model, businesswoman homemaker, public figure, and celebrity partner. She is famous for being the second wife of Chuck Norris, an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and martial artist.

Gena O'Kelley with her husband Chuck Norris.
Gena O’Kelley with her husband Chuck Norris.

Early Life:

Gena was born on the 10th of August 1963, in California, USA. Born to Annette M. and Alan Gordon O’Kelley, Gena spent much of her early life with her siblings, Eric, Elizabeth, and Maureen. Raised in a normal household, Gena had the best childhood and was supported by her parents in all aspects of her career. As far as academia goes, Gena has revealed very little about her education. While it is believed that she graduated from a local high school, Gena has not revealed if she went off to college or chose to pursue her career.


Much of Gena’s professional career is tied with Chuck Norris. While it is said that Gena began working as a model, there is no available information on her association during that period. She continued to work around show business during 80 and 90s, which was when she first met Chuck.

Chuck first saw Gena when she was performing a minor role in a theater play. Even though Chuck was on a date with another lady, he was intrigued by Gena and asked his agent to set up a date with her. The pair first met as friends which gradually developed into a loving relationship. She quit her modeling career after marrying Chuck Norris. She co-hosted an infomercial for the “Total Gym” fitness program with Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley. She appeared in some television shows such as Yes Dear, Hannity, Praise the Lord, and TV2 Nyhetene. She and her husband founded CForce Bottling Co., a bottling company in 2015 that produces natural artesian water from their ranch in Texas.


When Chuck and Gena met, both were fresh off a divorce. Gena was on the back of marriage to Gordon Hinschberger and already had two kids, Kelley and Tim. On the other hand, Chuck had just come out of a 30-year marriage with Dianne Holechek. The pair divorced in 1988 which was around the same time that Gena and Chuck met.

The pair tied the knot on the 28th of November 1998 and gave birth to twins, Dakota Alan Norris and Danielle Kelley Norris. Following her marriage to Chuck, Dakota was featured in the show Yes Dear in 2003. She was also the host of Praise the Lord and appeared on the show, Hannity.

Personal Troubles:

In 2013, Gena went for a series of routine MRI scans for rheumatoid arthritis. However, she had Gadolinium injected into her body on three separate occasions. This caused tremors in her body and induced sharp pains and burning sensations. Talking about health, Gena revealed,

[It was] as if acid had been passed through it. The burning was isolated at first, but it just kept spreading. Before this, I was a vibrant person. In fact, I’d say my health and fitness levels would have put me in the top 10 percent of people in the world back then.”

The pair took decisive action and filed a civil suit against Mckesson Corporation, and 10 other pharmaceutical distributors and companies for $10 million for the physical pain and financial loss. Later she went on treatment at a clinic in Nevada and it took five months in bed rest with IV and proper nursing care. Since Chuck has left acting to take care of his wife.

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

Net Worth:

Gena O’Kelley has an estimated net worth of  $800,000 as of 2023 and she earned money from her career as a model, and businesswoman. She also shares some luxury assets with her husband Chuck Norris, who has a net worth of about $70 million.

Public appeareances:

Gena has been the biggest supporter of her husband and the pair also has been seen together attending several events together. They attended the 2005 World Music Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. They co-hosted an infomercial for the “Total Gym” fitness program with Christie Brinkley. Also, they pair appeared on the show “Hannity” on Fox News Channel to discuss their faith and family.

Physical and personality attributes:

Gena O’Kelly has a well-maintained body figure despite her age. She is 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m) tall. She has blonde hair and hazel-brown eyes. She is of white ethnicity and American nationality. She follows Christianity as her religion. She enjoys watching movies, traveling, luxurious fashion brands, Italian foods, and spending time with her children. Her zodiac is Leo and according to astrology reading, she is said to possess the traits of being confident, comfortable being the center of attention, drama-adoring, ambitious, loyal, fiercely protective of their nearest and dearest, generous, luxury-loving, sunny, and big-hearted.

A quick write on Chuck Norris:

Chuck Norris (born Carlos Ray Norris) is an American martial artist, actor, and screenwriter, born on March 10, 1940, in Ryan, Oklahoma. He is known for his martial arts skills and roles in action films.

Norris started his martial arts training in Korea while serving in the U.S. Air Force. He earned a black belt in Tang Soo Do and went on to study other forms of martial arts, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Karate. He became a champion martial artist, winning numerous competitions and titles, including six world karate championships.

In the 1970s, Norris turned his attention to acting, starring in a number of action films, including “Good Guys Wear Black,” “The Octagon,” and “Delta Force.” He also appeared in the popular TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” which ran for eight seasons from 1993 to 2001.

In addition to his acting career, Norris has written several books on martial arts and has established a number of martial arts schools around the world. He is also a philanthropist, supporting numerous charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Veterans Administration National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans.

Norris is known for his tough-guy persona, and his fans often joke about his legendary martial arts skills and strength. His catchphrases, such as “Chuck Norris facts,” have become part of popular culture, with numerous websites and social media pages dedicated to them.

Gena O’ Kelley Wiki/Bio Facts:

NameGena O’ Kelley
Other NameGena O’ Kelley Norris
Date of BirthAugust 10, 1963
Place of BirthCalifornia, United States
Fathers NameAlan Gordon O’Kelley
Mothers NameAnnette M.
EducationHigh School
ProfessionFormer Model, Businesswoman
Net worth$800,000
Relationship StatusCommitted
Marital StatusMarried
HusbandChuck Norris (m. 1998-present)
Ex-husbandGordon Hinschberger
ChildrenKelley, Tim, Dakota Alan Norris, Danielle Kelley Norris
Zodiac SignLeo
Height5 feet 5 inches (165 cm)
Eye ColorHazel brown
Hair ColorBlonde

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