Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris biography
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Interesting Biography Facts

Real name

Carlos Ray Norris


actor, film director, martial artist

Birth Date

March 10, 1940


83 years

Zodiac Sign



Ryan, Oklahoma, United States


North Torrance High School



Chuck Norris family members

Father's Name

Ray Norris

Mother's Name

Wilma Scarberry-Norris

Siblings names

Wieland Norris (younger brother); Aaron Norris (younger brother)

Is Chuck Norris a gay/bisexual?


What is Chuck Norris marital status?


Who is Chuck Norris wife?

Gena O'Kelley (current wife), Diane Holechek (ex-wife)

When did get married?

November 28, 1998

How many children does he have?

5 (sons Mike Norris and Eric Norris, daughter Dina Norris, twins Dakota Alan Norris and Danilee Kelly Norris)

Chuck Norris wife

Gena O’Kelley (current wife)

Chuck Norris wife Gena O’Kelley

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Date of birth: August 9, 1963

They say that a talented person must be lonely to achieve the potential, but Gena O’Kelley-Norris proves, that it’s not right. She rose to fame as a wife of a talented actor, businessman and martial artist Chuck Norris, and now her face is known to anyone on the planet.

She was born in the family of Alan and Annette O’Kelley and was raised in California alongside 3 siblings. She started her career as a model and being 34-year-old beauty she crossed her ways with Chuck Norris, who was 23 years her older. They tied a knot a year later and soon welcomed 2 kids – twins Dakota and Danilee. She is a stepmother to Chuck’s three kids from previous relationships.

Gena O’Kelley and Chuck Norris

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Gena is not just a wife of a celebrity, she is also a business lady and an occasional TV personality, who has appeared in several shows, such as “The O’Reilly Factor”, “Praise the Lord” and some others.

Unfortunately, Gena O’Kelley had some serious health issues in the past. In 2012 Mr. Norris left the movie industry to care about his wife, who was really close to death. The woman did an MRI scan, which caused severe pain and kidney problems. The woman and her husband think, that she was “poisoned” by gadolinium injections, which she received while making the scan.

Diane Holechek (ex-wife)

Diane Holechek

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Date of birth: November 27, 1941

Chuck Norris is a famous actor and a hot man, whose personal life had never been too scandalous. Just a few women can boast that they caught his heart, and one of them is his ex-wife Diane Holechek. They attended the same school and fell in love at a very tender age. Chuck proposed his school sweetheart in a letter and soon they tied a knot in 1958 in Torrance, CA. The couple had a fast traditional ceremony and then the four-day honeymoon. After that, the brand-new husband was sent to the service at the U.S. Air Force.

Norris returned home in 1963, and soon the couple welcomed their first child – the son Mike. Two years later they welcomed another one – Eric. In spite of the fact, that Chuck tried to be the best father for his sons and the best husband for Diane, still he made one mistake – cheated his wife with a woman, named Johanna, and welcomed a daughter Dina with her.

After 30 years of marriage, Diane and Chuck filed for divorce. The reason wasn’t publicized, but in 1989 the gifted actor became lonely again.

Chuck Norris kids

Mike Norris (son with Diane Holechek)

Mike Norris

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Date of birth: October 4, 1962

Michael Ray Norris is not the alien in the movie industry, too. He followed his father’s rout and became an actor and film director with more than 30 credits in his film list. The man has already starred in “Babylon 5”, “Carnival of Wolves” and “AmeriGeddon”, which he also directed.

He is married to Valerie Gallo and has three kids with her. They are not just life partners, but also business partners, who run a film studio, named “2nd Fiddle Entertainment”.

Eric Norris (son with Diane Holechek)

Eric Norris

Date of birth: May 20, 1965

Eric Scott Norris is the second son of the legendary actor and his first wife, Diane. The man rose to fame as an actor, stuntman, and race car driver.

Born in Redondo Beach, CA, he practiced karate since his earliest years and appeared on the big screen for the first time in 1986. His most popular screen projects include “Universal Soldier”, “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Still the King”.

Among his other achievements is participation in Nascar Grand National Championship and fathering 4 kids with his beloved wife Stephanie.

Dina Norris (daughter with Johanna)

Dina Norris

Date of birth: 1964

The Texas Ranger boasts the reputation of a family man. Although he was married twice, he had never been caught by paparazzi in the company of beautiful women, like many other male stars. That’s why the actor’s fans were really shocked when they heard about Chuck’s daughter, whom he had with a beauty, named Johanna, while he was married to his first wife.

In fact, then Norris served in the U. S. Air Forces, and his military unit was housed in California. During that stay, he met Johanna, and they immediately fell in love. Chuck and his occasional girlfriend had just a couple of dates, and then they parted ways. The girl soon married another man and gave birth to a baby daughter Dina.

For many years the actor knew nothing about her. His daughter considered her mother’s husband as her biological father. But then she learned the truth, and much time passed until she dared to ask her biological father for a meeting. Thus, Chuck met his 26-year-old daughter and “wasn’t disappointed”, as he said.

Now Dina’s surname is DiCiolli, she resides in Dallas, TX, and has a son, named Dante.

She has also another kid with her husband Damien.

Twins Dakota Alan Norris and Danilee Kelly Norris (with Gena O’Kelley)

Dakota Alan and Danilee Kelly Norris - Chuck Norris kids

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Date of birth: August 30, 2001

Chuck’s son Dakota and daughter Danilee entered this world when the actor has already turned 61, and their birth was a miracle for Mr. Norris and his wife Gena.

The twins were born 2 months earlier than they were expected, and during the first months of their life, they stayed in a hospital. But now they have already turned into two beautiful young people with some acting experience. Both twins appeared in an episode of the show “Yes, Dear”, and Danilee also portrayed her father’s screen daughter in “Walker, Texas Ranger”.

Who are Chuck Norris parents?

Ray Norris (father)

Date of birth: 1918

Date of death: July 17, 1971

Chuck tries to be a good father to all his kids, while his dad wasn’t so perfect as a parent. Ray Dee Norris had Irish roots; he was a handsome and strong man, who served in the army during the cruel years of war. He returned home after an injury and married the beauty, named Wilma.

The couple gave birth to three great sons, but happiness didn’t knock on their door. Ray was a heavy drinker; he spent the whole miserable salary, which he earned as a mechanic and a bus driver, for alcohol.  Soon the future actor’s parents divorced and Chuck was raised mostly by his mother.

Ray died at the age of 53 and was buried at Marietta city cemetery in Oklahoma.

Wilma Scarberry-Norris (mother)

Chuck Norris mother

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Date of birth: May 24, 1921

Chuck’s mother comes from the Cherokee Nation. She struggled a lot on her way to a calm and comfortable life, but she enjoys it now. The woman didn’t get a college education, but as she says, she was taught at the school of life. The woman wasn’t happy with her first husband Ray Norris, and she decided to divorce him. She wasn’t afraid of becoming a single parent and of total poverty – at first, Wilma and her sons lived in a trailer. But then she remarried a kind man, named George Knight. He cared about Wilma and her kids, and actually, it was he, who brought up the star Chuck Norris. He taught the boy to love sports and to earn money. Since his teens, Chuck worked at various odd jobs, and at the age of 16 had already bought his first car.

Wilma Scarberry-Knight told her story in the book “Acts of Kindness”, which he co-authored with Todd DuBord.

Wilma married her first husband at the age of 16 and soon became the mother of 3 boys. Her husband left her later, and she had to raise 3 children as a single mother. As the oldest of 3 kids, Chuck took up the father role in his family. They lived in poverty, and he started to work early to support his mother and younger brothers financially.

As the actor said, his mother always prayed for him. He was very weak as a kid and she asked God to save her boy. The other hard moment in Wilma’s life came when Chuck started a career in Hollywood, and it almost “took his soul”.

Chuck Norris siblings

Wieland Norris (younger brother)

Wieland Norris brother Chuck Norris

Date of Birth: July 12, 1943

Date of Death: June 3, 1970

Wieland was one of Chuck’s younger brothers, who was killed in Vietnam during the years of war. The brave young man was awarded with a medal. His brothers still remember him and devoted him the third part of movie “Missing In Action”.

Aaron Norris (younger brother)

Aaron Norris

Date of birth: November 23, 1951

Aaron is Chuck’s younger brother, who is also famous in the movie industry. He is a former stuntman, actor, producer, and film director, known by such screen works, as “The Cutter”, “A Force of One” and others.

Like his brothers, he served in the U. S. Army in his young years and then started the career in the movie industry as a stuntman. In 1988 he directed his first film, named “Braddock: Missing in Action III”.


The famous actor, film director, martial artist, and businessman, he gained international popularity as a star of action movies. Chuck is known to his fans by such films as “Invasion U.S.A.”, “The Hitman”, “The Cutter” and by the TV show “Walker, Texas Ranger”.

In addition to his accolades as an actor, he is also famous as a devoted family man. Let’s read about people, whom Chuck Norris considers (or considered) as a family.

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  • Annabella Aston says:

    This was so short. His bio is a lot longer I’m sure. He may have cheated but so what. It takes 2 to make that happen. I feel for Chuck as a person, we’ve all had hard lives. I’m proud of him as a person. It takes a lot to live through or around the life of an alcoholic. Good luck to all those who have endured that type of life.

  • Emil Zelasko says:

    Chuck Norris you and your family are true American family, love all you have done for our country!Only wish I could shake your hand , was on cruise And saw your house in the Bahamas,your the best !!

  • Ovington Lee says:

    I watched Walker Texas Ranger since I was a lil’tike and now I’m in my 60’s almost 70 and still watch his shows, Chuck Norris you’re the best

  • Theodora Blueford says:

    I love watching Walker, Texas Ranger, it always has a good message of what life is supposed to be like. The story line ate truly great. Stay blessed may God continue to keep you and your family.

  • Ruthanne Parrott says:

    I love walker, Texas Ranger, I even got my Grandson hooked on all of chuck norris movies. I read chuck Norris biography and sent it to Chuck and he signed the book and sent it back to me, he is indeed a wonderful person.



  • Millie Susan Kooyenga says:

    I love Walker, Texas Ranger, the stories are very well done. Chuck and Sherri work very well together. The rest of the cast is Great also

  • Millie Kooyenga says:

    I love Walker, Texas Ranger, the stories are very well done. Chuck and Sherri work very well together. The rest of the cast is Great also

  • Sandra says:

    I watch Walker Texas Ranger everyday I don’t care if reruns I enjoy seeing Chuck Norris

  • Lorrie says:

    I haven’t had cable for a couple years now. I found “Walker Texas Ranger” on a channel called Charge. These are reruns. For the first time to ever watch this show, I have grown to love all these wonderful talented characters. Such a great and wholesome tv show. I’m thankful it’s still being televised!

  • joshua and ilene says:

    We just read this and we wanted to say to Chuck Norris and his brothers Thank You for serving our country and protecting our freedom. we really like all of your movies.

  • Dan and Karen says:

    Love EVERYTHING about Chuck. He is A1.

  • Denise Shoult says:

    Brilliant. We all love walker. And Chuck is a fine family man.

  • theresa says:

    I like to get information