Chuck Norris, a martial artist, has become very successful throughout the years. He drew millions of followers from all around the world and even became a byword for strength.
He is a black belt in Traditional Taekwondo schools including Tang Soo Do/Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo, as well as Brazilian jiu jitsu and judo, and the creator of the American hybrid martial arts style Chun Kuk Do.
He has a large Hollywood family and is a father to five children.
He has been married to Gena O’Kelley, a former model, for nearly 22 years.
Norris is so great because he always shows Gena and the rest of us how much she matters to him.
A snapshot of them from their wedding day was recently uploaded on social media, along with the actor’s caption, “22 years ago I became the luckiest man in the world when Gena and I got married. Happy Anniversary my beautiful wife! There are no words to describe my love and appreciation for you. Thank you for sharing your life with me. I praise God for every day we are together.”
There are other women in Norris’ life who are just as significant as O’Kelley.
The actor, at 81, is blessed with the presence of his mother.
Wilma Norris Knight, who just turned 102 years old, has been a rock for her eldest son throughout his life.
She supported Norris through thick and thin, and for that he will be eternally thankful.
Chuck, who turned 83 in March, writes in a letter to his mom, Wilma, “Mom, I don’t know what’s more difficult to believe: that you are 102 years old or that you have a son who is 83 years old! Regardless, I’m so grateful you are my mom. I always have been. We’ve been through thick and thin in this life, and we are still going strong.”
Wilma’s renowned son said this about her when she turned 100: “Mom has been an example of perseverance and faith her whole life. She’s also endured the deaths of her two husbands, a stepson, two grandchildren, and my younger brother Wieland in the Vietnam War. She’s had cancer repeatedly and has undergone roughly 30 different surgeries for various issues–yet she’s still here to tell about it.”
Wilma was questioned about her offspring on The Mike Huckabee Show back in 2012. She called Chuck the “defender,” Aaron, Chuck’s sibling, her “sunshine,” and the Wieland, the youngest who was killed in Vietnam, her “hero.”
Wilma had a rough start to her life. She had to work various jobs, including picking cotton, in addition to going to school.
She lived through the Great Depression, and speaking of that period of her life, Norris told WorldNetDaily, “When done picking one field, they’d often move to another town to pick another field. There was nothing easy about life in the Dust Bowl, especially during the decade of the Great Depression.”
Wilma first met Norris’s dad when she was 16 years old. Sadly, when they had three sons together, he abandoned the family, leaving her to raise the children alone.
“Mom has been an example of perseverance and faith her whole life,” Norris told Christian Post.
“She’s also endured the deaths of her two husbands, a stepson, two grandchildren, and my younger brother Wieland in the Vietnam War. She’s had cancer repeatedly and has gone through roughly 30 different surgeries for a host of issues – and yet she’s still here to tell about it.”Copy
Much of Norris’s accomplishments in life may be attributed to his mom.
“My mother has prayed for me all my life, through thick and thin,” he said. “When I was born, I almost died from complications. When nearly losing my soul to Hollywood a few decades ago, she was back home praying for my success and salvation. She even prayed for me to find a woman to change my life, and it worked.”
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What a fortunate man Chuck Norris is. We’re happy to hear that things are looking well for him, and while he’s only been scoring bit parts since 2012, we’d love to see him in more substantial roles in the future.
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