Chuck Norris Advice to Young Actors: ‘Try Your Faith … It Worked For Me’

By Michael W. Chapman | November 23, 2015 | 12:54pm EST

Chuck Norris and his wife,

Gena O'Kelley.  (AP) 

Karate master, Hollywood actor, and author Chuck Norris said he sees a lot of actors who have a darkness in their eyes and who often uses drugs and alcohol to fill a “void” in their lives, and he advised young people struggling to make it to “try their faith” because “it worked for him,” and he believes “it will work for them too if they will just give it a try.”

Norris, who has an estimated worth of $70 million, has appeared in more than 30 films, including “Delta Force” and “The Expendables 2,” and starred in the TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” for eight seasons.

In an interview with Hollywood.TV, a reporter asked Norris and his wife, Gena O’Kelley, “People like yourselves who are parents and who also have longstanding in the business and who’ve been through a lot, what kind of advice do you give to a young person that’s struggling like that [in Hollywood]?”

Chuck Norris, a devout Christian who speaks openly about his faith, said, “The thing is, I know a lot of actors, and, just look in their eyes. They try to be happy but you can see that they’re not. And you see them out partying, trying to fill that void.”

“I did it,” said Norris.  “I was partying myself to death, trying to fill that void that I had. You see it in all the actors out there trying to fill that void by drugs, alcohol, all the things that are not going to cure that void that they have in them, until they really find their faith.”

“The actors I meet that have their faith, you can see a brightness in their eyes,” he said. “And the ones that don’t have it, you can see that darkness in their eyes.”

So, I just say, try it,” he continued.  “Try your faith. Just try it out and see if it works for you – I know it will and it worked for me. I know it will work for them too if they will just give it a try.”

Norris’s wife Gene O’Kelley then said, “And they should stay true to themselves, who they are, and not compromise their values, no matter what tries to pull at them.”

“Ethics is a big thing.,” said Chuck Norris.  “I’m really disappointed in the direction our ethics are going, in our political system. We need to get back on the straight and narrow.”  O’Kelley then noted, “We need some moral courage.”

Chuck Norris is 75 years old. He and his wife Gene O’Kelley were married in 1998 and they have twins, Dakota Norris and Danilee Norris.  Chuck Norris was married before to Dianne Holechek and they had two sons. Holecheck and Norris divorced in 1988. Chuck Norris has nine grandchildren. 

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