Gena O'Kelley Biography
|Date of Birth:||1963 , August-10|
|Age:||56 years old|
|Birth Nation:||United States of America|
|Mother||Annette M. O'Kelley|
|Birth Place/City||California,United States|
|Net Worth||$70 million|
|Famous for||Wife of Chuck Norris|
|Married to||Chuck Norris|
|Children||Dakota Alan Norris, Danielle Kelly Norris|
|Sisters||Elizabeth and Maureen|
Gena O'Kelley is an American businessman who started to come into the limelight after her marriage with an action hero and martial artist Chuck Norris who is a former air force veteran. She runs a company CForce Bottling Co. which she co-owns with her husband.
Early Life And Education Of Gena O'Kelley
Gena O'Kelley was born on August 10, 1963, in California, the United State of America under the zodiac sign of Leo. People who are born under the zodiac sign Leo are dramatic, creative, self-confident, and dominant. Gena holds an American nationality and belongs to a White American ethnicity.
Her father's name is Alan O'Kelley and mother's name is Annette M. O'Kelley. She has three siblings, a brother Eric O'Kelley, and sisters Elizabeth O'Kelley and Maureen O'Kelley.
Gena O'kelley's Career
Gena O'Kelley did modeling at the starting of her career where she appeared on the cover pages of various magazines, however, she ended her modeling career after she got married to Norris. After her marriage, she and her husband started a bottling company CForce Bottling Co.
Talking about her husband, he started his career in the United States Air Force as an Air Policeman. While he was in the Air force, he was sent to South Korea where he became interested in martial arts and began to train in Tang Soo Do.
After his retirement, he opened a chain of karate schools that spread in over 30 different cities. Besides, he was the first ever Westerner in the history of Tae Kwon Do to earn the rank of 8th Degree Black Belt Grand Master.
After working for sometimes as a martial arts instructor, he decided to pursue a career in acting and made his debut in 1969 with a movie The Wrecking Crew. He even met the martial artist Bruce Lee during a martial arts demonstration in Long Beach during that time. O'Kelley worked in several movies including Way of the Dragon and Breaker! Breaker!
In the 1980s, he appeared in a series of action films such as The Octagon, Lone Wolf McQuade, Code of Silence and Hero and the Terror.
Gena O'Kelley's Net Worth
Gena O'Kelley's net worth has not been revealed yet but as a businesswoman, she has earned some decent amount of money. Their company is involved in fresh bottles sales, co-packing private labeling, and branding products.
She was also active as a model as well as she did some small roles in television series Praise the Lord, Hannity and Yes Dear and she also made a whopping amount of money from her acting and modeling career.
On the other side, her husband Noris has a net staggering worth of $70 million which he earned through his acting and as a businessman. Some of his hit movies are Yellow Faced Drama and science fiction horror film Silent Rage.
He increased his fortune even more by working with the United States Air Force for 4 years. As an Instructor of martial art, he opened a chain of karate schools which are more than 30 schools speared over the state from which he has managed to earn his multimillion-dollar fortune.
Gena O'kelley's Personal Life
Gena O'Kelley is a beautiful woman and is married to an actor and a martial artist Chuck Norris. They got married on November 28, 1998. Even though the husband and wife have a huge age gap of 23 years, they are living a happily married life.
They welcomed twins Dakota Alan Norris and Danielle Kelly Norris on August 30, 2001, three years after their marriage.
She is also a step-mother to her husband's three children from her husband's previous relationship. Mike and Eric are Chuck's children from his previous marriage with Dianne Holechek. They got married in 1958, but didn’t last for long and got divorced in 1989.
What Was Gena O'Kelly's Illness?
Back in 2013, she suffered from circuiting pain, a serious form of nerve pain and burning sensation. She went through three MRI scans within eight days for diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis. On the 8th day, she was given three gadolinium injections and she claimed that within a few hours after she was injected, she started to feel the burn all over her body like fire. She said,
[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.
She filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court against the medical staffs in 2017 for that incident and sought $10 million from 11 different drug manufacturers companies. Gena and Chuck told that they spent about $12 million on her treatment.
Her husband Chuck Norris even left his acting career in order to give time to his wife. He even told,
I’ve given up my film career to concentrate on Gena, my whole life right now is about keeping her alive. I believe the issue is so important.
In a video shown below, Gena and Chuk talk about their condition after her diagnosis and the lawsuit that they filed against the drug manufacturer.