Austin Lee Russell aka Chumlee is an American actor, businessman and a reality TV personality. The Pawn Stars star has a net worth of $5 million. He earns $25,000 per episode of Pawn Stars.
Chumlee Biography: Brief History
Chumlee was born on September 5, 1982. His popular nickname “Chumlee” was given to him by his friend’s dad when he was about 12. The man likened him to walrus Chumley, a character from animated TV series Tennessee Tuxedo due to his large face and chin. Chumlee has been friends with his boss Rick Harrison‘s son Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison since childhood.
Rick Harrison is the founder Gold & Silver Pawn Shop which gained worldwide popularity thanks to its media appearances. As a kid, Chumlee alongside his friend Big Hoss would often spend time at the pawn shop and at adulthood, they both began working in there.
Chumlee Net Worth: Fame With Gold & Silver Pawn Shop
Chumlee’s work at Gold & Silver started around the period when the pawn shop made its debut media appearance on Comedy Central’s “Insomniac with Dave Attell” in 2003. In 2009, the shop premiered its own reality TV show called Pawn Stars on The History Chanel. By 2011, Pawn Stars became the highest rated show on The History Chanel. The popularity of the series brought fame to the stars and the most famous of them all is Chumlee thanks to his comic abilities. Chumlee is considered as the show’s breakout character and is also the fans favorite.
Apart from his behind-the-counter duties which include testing and loading items and writing tickets for purchased items, Chumlee has an exclusive area of expertise in vintage pinball machines. In addition to the $25,000 he receives for each episode of Pawn Shop, Chumlee has used his popularity on the show as a business advantage. He started his own company which deals in novelty items including his personally designed T-shirts. His boss Rick Harrison bought half the company in 2010 for $155,000.
Troubles With The Law
During his arrest in March 2016 following an alleged sexual assault, Chumlee was found in possession of several guns and drugs. A day later, he was released on a $62,000 bail. Chumlee pled guilty to guns and drugs possession and successfully escaped jail time but was put on 3 years probation. He was also required to do counseling. The sexual assault charges were then later dropped.
To the delight of fans, Chumlee’s misdemeanor didn’t affect his appearance on Pawn Stars. Reports have it the fans favorite would return to the show’s next season.
House, Cars, Girlfriend
Chumlee’s Las Vegas house has been described as the ultimate party crib. It has five bedrooms and six bathrooms in about 6,200 square feet. It then comes with exotic Brazilian counter tops and flooring, Venetian plaster, crown molding, custom cabinets, roofing including new skylights and a rooftop deck with a perfect view of the Strip.
There’s also a four-bedroom, two-bathroom guesthouse on the property that’s almost 1,700 square feet and a 2,100-square-foot RV garage.
Chumlee is an avid shoe collector with over 200 pairs. He also a number of exotic cars including a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Cadillac Escalade, a Maserati GranTurismo, a 1986 Buick Regal, a Range Rover, and a 1964 Impala SS.
He is currently in a long-term relationship with Tanya Hyjazi. The two met at Tanya’s birthday party in 2013 and have been close ever since. The pair’s chemistry caught the attention of the public after Chumlee paid for her to get a new set of breasts which she wanted to have.
It is reported that the Pawn Stars star has proposed to his Lebanese-American girlfriend and that they are to tie the knot anytime now. The duo has, however, not made any official statement. As of now, everything about their relationship is under wraps.
Weight Loss, Dead or Alive
Chumlee has credited his massive weight loss in just a year to the efforts of his chef girlfriend. Talking about his achievement, Chumlee said:
“I started at 320 pounds, and now I’m down to 225. When I first began, I eliminated all processed foods except mustard. I’m going to the gym six days a week, I’m eating right. Well-balanced diet. I drink a juice smoothie every morning.”
Tanya works as a chef at a Vegas casino and has clearly been putting her culinary skills to good use by helping her boyfriend lose weight which he has been documenting on social media.
Chumlee was a victim of the celebrity death hoax wave. He immediately took to Twitter to debunk the rumor which said he had died of a heart attack.
Birth Name: Austin Lee Russell
Birth Date: September 8, 1982
Height: 5 ft 9 inches
Weight: 225 lbs