From being a convict and a man with numerous controversies in his family life, Duane Lee popular star of Dog The Bounty Hunter became a TV sensation on a series that ran for 8 seasons on A&E. Let’s see how his ever chaotic life unfolds from his bio, divorce saga to his kids.
Dog The Bounty Hunter Biography
Born February 2, 1953, with the birth name Duane Lee Chapman, he spent his childhood days in Denver, Colorado, United States. During his early adult life, he was charged with murder as a result of the mistake his friend made to shoot someone in an argument while buying cannabis in his presence. This landed Dog a 5-year jail term although he spent only 18 months at the Texas State Penitentiary, Huntsville, after which he was released for his good behavior. His choice of a career in bounty hunting was inspired during his stay in prison when he caught a fellow inmate that wanted to escape, for which he was congratulated and praised as a skilled bounty hunter.
It is the capture of convicted criminal Andrew Luster in 2003 that brought The Bounty Hunter into the limelight and made him the subject of the A&E series; Dog The Bounty Hunter from which he also got the name he is known for today. With the end of the reality series in 2012, he started another one titled Dog and Beth: On the Hunt which was aired in April 2013. In this series, Dog’s search for bond agencies that are in crisis was documented, he lectured them on how to improve their businesses and helped them track down their notorious criminals alongside his sons and wife.
Dog is also a writer who has produced two books titled “You Can Run But You Can’t Hide” published in 2007 which was an autobiography and “Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given” in 2010. His autography was listed at No.1 selling book on the bestseller list of The New York Times
The famous bounty hunter was born to father Wesley Chapman and mother Barbara Chapman who are of English and German descent. His mother was said to be a minister in the Assemblies of God church who taught her children Christian values. Dog is the first child having two younger sisters and one younger brother.
Wife, Divorce, Daughter
Notorious for his divorce trial which started as far back as 1979, The Bounty Hunter has so far recorded four divorce cases. His first wife was LaFonda Sue Honeycut the mother of two children for him named Duane Lee Chapman II and Leland Chapman whom he married in 1972 but they parted ways in 1977 when he was serving his jail time for murder, it was rumored she married his best friend after they divorced. When he came out of prison, he married Anne M. Tegnell in 1979 but divorced in 1982 after having three children together named Wesley Chapman, Zebediah Duane Chapman (who died an infant in 1980) and J.R. James Chapman. That same year he married Lyssa Rae Brittain with whom he had two daughters named Barbara Katie Chapman and Baby Lyssa Rae Chapman and one son named Tucker Dee Chapman. A divorce was recorded in 1991 for the duo shortly after he started dating Tawny Marie but it turned out to be a disaster as Dog revealed which led to their separation in 1994, they officially divorced in 2002.
After a series of failed relationships, Dog reunited with his longtime sweetheart Alice Elizabeth Barmore fondly called Beth whom he has dated on and off since 1986. The pair finally tied the knot in May 2006 in Hawaii, United States although it was a tragic day as his daughter Barbara Chapman was killed in a fatal car accident a day before. Dog and Beth have two children together named Bonnie Chapman and Garry Chapman.
In 2017, the couple started a series on A&E to share with their viewers Beth’s fight against cancer titled Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives which convened details of her medical appointment and surgical procedures.
Dog The Bounty Hunter Net Worth
The popular Bounty Hunter is said to have a net worth of about $6 million which is earnings that he has accumulated so far from his bounty hunting.