At 76 years-old, Chuck Norris is known for both his legendary acting career and his outspoken conservative Christian views. When one learns the devastating hardships Chuck faced in his life, it’s even more amazing that he made it this far.
According to Q Political, Chuck was the oldest of three sons born to an alcoholic father and a God-fearing mother. By the time he was 15, Chuck had moved 16 times, and his parents eventually divorced. When the marriage ended, Chuck’s father completely disappeared from his life.
Despite the extreme poverty her family faced, Chuck’s mother never let her children give up.
“God has a plan for you,” she told Chuck daily.
She also always made sure they went to church, no matter where they were.
“She loves Jesus with all of her heart and soul and made sure we understood that [growing up,]” Chuck explained. “She influenced me spiritually and instilled in me a sense of responsibility that carried over in my later adult life. She always told me ‘God has plans for you,’ and I didn’t know what she meant. I think I do now.”
Though he was raised a Christian, Chuck has always been open about the detours he’s taken from his faith.
“I was raised in a Baptist upbringing and I loved Jesus with all my heart, but I completely drifted. Then at the age of 26, I had a really radical conversion. I don’t know how to explain it any other way. I was just so excited,” he said.
Fame and fortune eventually led to the disintegration to Chuck’s marriage to his wife Dianne, his high school sweetheart whom he was married to for 30 years.
“Unfortunately a lot of times in the entertainment industry, sometimes you lose sight of what’s really important in your life. I lost a marriage because of it,” Chuck revealed.
Chuck’s life took another wild turn when a letter from a daughter he’d never known turned up at his house. During the first year of his marriage, Chuck had had a onetime extra-maritial affair while stationed away from home. Thanks to his second wife Gena, Chuck was able to welcome his daughter Deanna into his home and make her a part of his family.
“These are human frailties; we all have them, we all sin,” Chuck said. “But as far I’m concerned, the sin that resulted in my daughter turned out to be a blessing. I can’t imagine my life without her and her children, my three grandchildren.”
Chuck’s faith was tested once again when Gena went into pre-term labor with their unborn twins in 2001.
“I had earned millions of dollars over my lifetime,” he wrote. “I’d been a friend to several presidents, yet all the money in my bank account couldn’t help me now…. There was only one person to whom I could turn.”
Since Chuck has never been afraid to talk about his faith, he has often expressed frustration with the silent majority of Christians in Hollywood who refuse to talk about God.
God bless you, Chuck Norris!