Duane Chapman

Duane Lee "Dog" Chapman is an American television personality, bounty hunter, and former bail bondsman.

Duane Lee Chapman, popularly known as Duane Chapman or Dog the Bounty Hunter or simply Dog is an American reality Tv star, bounty hunter, and a former bail bondsman. He rose to prominence as a bounty hunter when he successfully captured Max Factor heir Andre Luster in Mexico in 2003. He got his own series Dog the Bounty Hunter in 2004. After the series ended in 2012, he appeared in a similarly formatted TV show, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt in 2013, along with his late wife. He will return in his upcoming series, Dog’s Most Wanted in 2020.

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What is Duane Chapman Famous For?

  • – His capture of Max Factor heir Andrew Luster in Mexico in 2003.
  • – His show, Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Where was Duane Chapman Born?

Duane Chapman was born on 2 February 1953. His birth name is Duane Lee Chapman. His birthplace is in Denver, Colorado in the United States. He holds an American nationality. He was born to a father, Wesley Duane Chapman, and a mother Barbara Darlene Chapman. He is of German and English descent. His zodiac sign is Aquarius. He has three siblings, Jolene Kaye Martinez, Michael Chapman, and Paula Hammond.

He ran away from home around the age of 16 after he joined an outlaw motorcycle club, Devils Disciples.

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Rise to Fame

He rose to international fame when he captured Max Factor heir Andrew Luster in Mexico in June 2003. Luster had fled the United States in the middle of his trial on charges of drugging and raping a number of women. His sons, Leland, and Tim assisted him on the capture. Mexican police stopped them on their way to California and jailed all four of them. Mexican authorities sent Luster to the States after confirming his identity.

Chapman and his team were still in the Mexican jail, who was initially denied bail. His wife Beth stood up and alerted the media, rising public opinions. They were later granted bail. Bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico. They fled the jurisdiction and became international bail-jumpers. US Marshals arrested them in September 2006 and jailed them in Honolulu on behalf of the Mexican government.

The three men were released on bail in the same month. Chapman was presented in the Honolulu courtroom with his ankles shackled. He was later ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device around his ankle. Mexican government tried to extradite the three from the US. Hawaii State Representatives introduced Concurrent Resolution 50. to the President of Mexico and the Second District Court of Guadalajara to drop extradition charges against Chapman and the resolution was passed by the International Affairs Committee in March 2007.

Chapman had appeared on numerous media shows. He had given interviews in several talk shows. His electronic monitoring device was removed in September 2006.

The First Criminal Court in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico dismissed all criminal charges pending against the three in August 2007.

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TV Shows

He was featured on a program about people with unusual occupations, Take This Job.

A&E created a reality series around his bounty hunting job, Dog the Bounty Hunter. The first season of the series premiered in August 2004. The show ran for 8 seasons until 2012.

Dog and Beth: on the Hunt, a new reality series that chronicles Chapman, his wife Beth, and his son Leland premiered in April 2013. The show ended in 2015.

Duane Chapman is set to return to television in his upcoming series, Dog’s Most Wanted. The series is set to premiere on WGN America in 2020.

He has also appeared in numerous tv series including Corner Gas, Criss Angel Mindfreak, George Lopez, My Name is Earl, and Hawaii Five-0, among others.

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He published his autobiography, You Can Run But You Can’t Hide in 2007. His book debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

He published his second book, Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given in 2010.

Legal Issues and Controversies

He was convicted of the first-degree murder of Jerry Oliver in 1976. He had been waiting in a car when his friend accidentally shot and killed Jerry Oliver in a struggle during a deal to buy cannabis. He was sentenced to five years in a Texas prison. He served 18 months at Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. He was paroled in 1979. He is prohibited from owning firearms due to his felony convictions.

He gained criticism in October 2007 after his phone conversation with his son, Tucker about the relationship his son was having with an African-American girl was leaked to the media. He used the word “Nigger” during the conversation. He later apologized publicly.

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Who is Duane Chapman married to?

Duane Chapman is married 5 times. He first married La Fonda Sue Darnell. They got married in April 1972 He had two children, Duane Lee Chapman, II, and Leland Blane Chapman with her. They got divorced in 1977 while Chapman was convicted of first-degree murder and was serving his time in prison.

He then married Ann Tegnell in August 1979. They got married shortly after Chapman was paroled after serving his sentence. He had three children, Zebadiah, Wesley, and James Robert with Tegnell. They separated in 1980 and reconciled and gave birth to their third child, Jame Robert. They finally got divorced in 1982.

His third marriage was to Lyssa Rae Brittain. They got married in 1982. They got divorced in 1991. They had three children, Barbara Katie, Tucker Dee, and with his third wife.

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He then married Tawney Marie in 1991. They first met in 1988 when Chapman arrested her on a drug possession charge. She subsequently became his secretary and later got married in 1991. The couple had no children together. They separated in 1994 and later got divorced in 2002.

He married Alice Elizabeth “Beth” Smith in 2006. They had an on-and-off relationship with each other until their marriage in 2996. They had two children together, Bonnie Joanne and Garry. Chapman also fathered Beth’s daughter, Cecily Barmore-Chapman, from her ex-husband. He also helped Beth to locate and reconcile with her son Dominic Davis. Beth gave birth to Dominic when she was a teenager. Beth died of throat cancer in June 2019.

Chapman also had a son Christopher Michael Hecht with his ex-girlfriend, Debbie White. She kept her pregnancy from Chapman and committed suicide in 1978.

He has a residence in Denver, Colorado, and in Honolulu, Hawaii.

How tall is Duane Chapman?

Duane Chapman stands at a height of 1.7 m i.e. 5 feet and 7 inches tall. He has a bodyweight of 201 lbs i.e. 91 kg. He has an average body build. He has blue eyes and his hair color is blonde.

What is Duane Chapman Net Worth?

Duane Chapman earns from his television career. He is also a bounty hunter and a former bail bondsman. His annual salary is not available. His net worth is estimated at $6million.

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