Chuck Norris played the leading role in "Walker, Texas Ranger" from 1993 to 2001. The actor is now 81 & he is still handsome. He has five kids, including his eldest daughter Dina and enjoys his retirement. Here are all the details of Norris' big family.
American martial artist Chuck Norris did not waste time courting his first future wife, Dianne Holechek, who was his classmate at the time.
The pair attended North Torrance High School, and Norris asked Holechek out on a date one time. The romance quickly blossomed, and in December 1958, six months after his graduation, they got hitched.
The high school sweethearts were married for thirty years before they divorced in 1988. They welcomed two sons within their marriage, Mike, 59, and Eric, 57. Speaking on the longevity of his union with Holecheck, Norris said:
"She has always been very supportive of my goals. She never complained, even when we were scrimping and scraping."
Chuck Norris and his wife Dianne Holechek at the Hospices de Beaune on July 13, 1985, France. / Source: Getty Images
So, when she told him in 1983 that she wanted to venture into the restaurant business, Norris rewarded his lovely wife with a $600,000 restaurant called Woody's Wharf located in Newport Beach, California. He said proudly after:
"It's now the No. 1 restaurant in town."
According to his youngest son Eric, a former stock car racing driver and stuntman, Norris has undoubtedly done a fantastic job when it comes to fatherhood.
The 2002 NASCAR Winston West Series Champion told ESPN in 2012 that his father also has the racing bug. Eric revealed he and his dad did some fun stuff doing off-road racing and that he was also into offshore boats.
He won a championship racing for Popeyes Chicken, said, Eric. When asked what the best thing about being Chuck Norris' son was, the director said:
"He was a great dad; he was always there for me growing up. It was a normal upbringing for me. Now in the movie industry, it opens doors for me because he has such a great reputation."
Meanwhile, "The Delta Force" actor took to his Facebook account in September 2015 and posted a photo of him and his eldest son, Mike, also an actor, with their arms wrapped around each other. He captioned the father and son post:
"Having a great time with my son Mike."
NORRIS' LOVE CHILD DAUGHTER DINA
In September 2004, Norris dropped a bombshell in his biography, revealing he had fathered a love child. The legendary TV action star admitted to cheating on his first wife Holecheck back in 1962, and a child resulted from it.
Deeply religious, Norris was unaware that he had fathered a daughter until a girl named Dina wrote to him in 1991, claiming to be his biological daughter.
In his book titled, "Against All Odds: My Story," Norris admitted that he still felt immense shame about lying to Dina's mother Johanna regarding his marital status:
"To my shame, I never told Johanna that I was married."
He was stationed in California in the US Air Force at the time, and his brief fling with Johanna amounted to nothing more than a passionate sexual encounter in the back of a car.
Dina only discovered the truth about her birth father when she was 16 and overheard her mother talking about Norris with a friend.
The Oklahoma native added Johanna later confirmed to her daughter that he was her biological father but that he was a married man with a family of his own and should not disrupt his life.
However, Dina refused to listen, and when she eventually got in touch with Norris, he agreed to meet up with her and her mom. The "Missing in Action" star recalled:
"I didn't need DNA or blood tests. I went to her, wrapped my arms around her, and we both started crying. At that moment, it was as if I had known her all my life."
Dina and her father are still in contact and even go on holiday together. Meanwhile, her mother has never commented about the "Code of Silence" star.
Norris is currently married to Gena O'Kelley, whom he wed in 1988. Aside from his two sons from his previous marriage and Dina, Norris is also a father to twins daughter Danilee and son Dakota, 20, whom he welcomed with O'Kelley three years after they wed in August 2001.
ONE BIG HAPPY BLENDED FAMILY
During their marriage, the couple went through trying times when 59-year-old O'Kelley had health issues that saw her in and out of the hospital for a while.
In an interview with KPIX CBS SF Bay Area, O'Kelley got candid about her medical nightmare after suffering brain damage following an MRI scan. She experienced cognition issues, could not articulate, had memory loss, including muscle wasting and hyperbolism.
O'Kelley got injected with a contrast agent, gadolinium, which is used in MRI tests to identify the presence of rheumatoid arthritis. While it usually causes no harm, with O'Kelley, it caused a rare ailment affecting the kidneys and nerve pain.
She got admitted to Renal for five months, and when she got there, the mom of two could not breathe nor swallow. O'Kelley said her beloved husband was right there beside her for those months sleeping on a couch and reading seventeen books.
Thankfully, the drug did not do any long-term damage, and she is now in perfect health. The couple has been married for 34 years and got introduced by a mutual friend at Mr. Sushi in California.
Norris once revealed that his darling wife helped ground his life and the pair have a harmonious relationship both personally and professionally despite their 23-year age gap.
Moreover, of his five children, Norris has thirteen grandchildren. Some of his grandkids are twins Max and Greta, who are into sports. US Today High School Sports.com reported in November 2017 that Norris' grandchildren played high school sports.
The fraternal twins attended Faith High School in Grapevine, Texas. Max was a hard-hitting middle line-backer for the Faith football team. In contrast, Greta was a ball-winning defensive midfielder for the Faith soccer team.
Norris was the ultimate supportive grandfather because he was in attendance when Max's football team won the 2016 state crown. Even though he missed Faith's title match for girls' soccer in March 2017 because of business in California, he has attended his granddaughter's other matches.
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