"Feeling blessed spending time with my family in Hawaii," he said.
Chuck Norris is celebrating his 83rd birthday with his family. The veteran actor best known for his role as Ranger Cordell Walker on the CBS television series Walker, Texas Ranger appeared in a couple of photos alongside his wife of 25 years and their grown-up twins. The Way of the Dragon star has been married to his wife, Gena O'Kelley, since 1998. They welcomed their twins, Dakota Allan Norris, and Danilee Kelly Norris in 2001. The father-of-five is also the proud grandfather to 13 grandchildren.
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The actor spent his birthday with his family and gave fans a rare glimpse into the celebration in Hawaii. Sharing two photos from the special day, he captioned them, "Feeling blessed spending time with my family in Hawaii. There is no greater joy." He signed off the post, saying: "God Bless."
The legendary actor has appeared in several action films and has made a name for himself as one of the most iconic action stars in Hollywood. However, in recent years, he's stepped away from the spotlight and focussed on his family. It all started when his wife Gena claimed that she fell ill after being injected with a medical dye during a series of MRI scans. The actor didn't think twice before giving up his successful career just to take care of her. Gena claimed that she had been "to hell and back" for over five years after being injected with a medical dye during a series of MRI scans, according to CBS News.
The couple filed a lawsuit against the drug companies who were responsible for Gena's reaction. They fought hard against medical device manufacturers and the chemicals used in MRI imaging scans that he alleged had poisoned his wife. The Walker, Texas Ranger star filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court in 2017 claiming that his wife was left weak, tired, with a burning sensation, and “debilitating bouts of pain” after being injected by doctors with gadolinium. The substance is a paramagnetic metal ion found in so-called contrast agents used to improve the clarity of her MRIs. She suffered from nerve pain and kidney problems and the couple suspected that the illness was the result of an injection given to her in 2013. The couple claimed they spent around $2 million on treating her illness.
Norris was determined to continue supporting his wife and be there for her during good times and bad. Last year he paid tribute to them on their 24th wedding anniversary. "Happy anniversary to my best friend and the love of my life. I love you with all my heart," he wrote in honor of the 60-year-old and their long-lasting relationship. The actor often lovingly shares sweet tributes to his wife on special occasions, romantic travel adventures together, and more. He once called her someone whom he considers "more than my wife. She's also my best friend and business partner. We are blessed to live, love and work together."
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