Duane Chapman is a bounty hunter, retired bail bond agent and a television personality in the United States of America. Chapman got public attention when he appeared in the reality TV show ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’. This show was aired on A&E from 2004 to 2012. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Duane Chapman in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Duane Lee ‘Dog’ Chapman was born on 2nd February 1953 in Denver, Colorado. His father, Wesley Chapman, was of English descent. His mother, Barbara Chapman, was of German descent. Chapman has two sisters and one brother. Chapman is the oldest among the siblings.
At an early age of 23, Chapman was charged with murder. His friend unintentionally shot a drug dealer Jerry Oliver while fighting over a deal to buy cannabis. Chapman was waiting in a car during that incident. He was sentenced to five years of prison. He was released after serving only 18 months at ‘Texas State Penitentiary’ because of his good behaviour.
Duane Chapman got married to La Fonda Sue Honeycutt on 1st April 1972. The duo has two children together, Leland Chapman and Duane Lee Chapman II. Fonda divorced Chapman when he was in prison. Chapman has a kid named Christopher Michael Hecht from his teenage love Debbie White. He got married to Anne M. Tegnell on 22nd August 1979. They have three children together.
The couple parted ways in 1982. In the same year he married Lyssa Rae Brittain, and from that marriage, he has three kids. The couple got divorced in 1991. Chapman married his fourth wife Tawny Marie in 1992. They got divorced in 2002. Chapman married Alice Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Barmore on 20th May 2006. This marriage resulted in two children.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Duane Chapman had decided to make his career as a bounty hunter when he was in prison. While serving in prison, he caught his fellow inmate when he was trying to escape. Chapman was praised for his skills. He came to limelight when he caught multiple sexual assault convict Andrew Luster on 18th June 2003. Tim Chapman and Leland assisted Duane to catch hold of Luster. They captured him in Mexico.
Chapman had worked on reality television series ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’. This show showed Chapman’s experiences as a Bounty Hunter. Chapman has worked with his wife Beth in another reality television series ‘Dog and Beth: On the Hunt’.
Net Worth & Earnings
Duane Chapman has an estimated net worth of $7.5 million. He has made this fortune from bounty hunting. He has appeared in several shows. Chapman has written his autobiography ‘You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide’ in 2007. This book debuted at rank 1 in ‘New York Times Bestsellers’ list. He has written another book ‘Where Mercy is Shown, Mercy is Given’.
Duane Chapman was a very professional bounty hunter. He was very good at his work. He has appeared in many television shows and has written a couple of books. Like him, few of his children are also bounty hunters.