Who is Duane?

Duane Chapman is an American television personality who came into the limelight after he captured the Max Factor heir, Andrew Luster, convicted of multiple sexual assaults in Mexico, 2003. Before being a TV personality, Chapman himself was a convicted murderer. He was convicted of first-degree murder when a drug deal went wrong, and his friend shot a 69-year-old pimp and drug dealer, Jerry Oliver. Chapman got sentenced to five years in Texas State Penitentiary, and after saving an inmate who was about to be shot, he was congratulated by a Corrections Officer, which inspired him to be a bounty hunter.

Quick Info 
Full NameDuane Lee "Dog" Chapman
Date of BirthFebruary 2, 1953
Birth PlaceDenver, Colorado, United States
ParentsWesley Duane Chapman
Barbara Darlene Chapman
ProfessionTV personality, Bounty Hunter, Former Bail Bondsman
SpouseLa fonda Sue Honeycutt
Anne M Tengell
Lyssa Rae Brittain (1982-1991)
Tawny Marie Chapman (1991-2003)
Beth Smith (2006-2019)
Age67 years
Height5 ft 7 in
Children13
Net WorthUS $6 million

His successful bounty hunting also earned himself his TV show called ‘Dog, The Bounty Hunter’ which aired from 2004 to 2012 on A&E. He is also an author, having written his autobiography ‘You Can Run but You Can’t Hide’ which managed to steal the number one on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Duane Chapman

Bio

Duane Chapman’s full name is Duane Lee ‘Dog’ Chapman Sr. He was born on 2 February 1953 in Denver, Colorado. He got taken to father Wesley Duane Chapman, a welder and a bail bondsman, and mother Barbara Darlene Chapman, an Assemblies of God (AG) minister. He grew up alongside his three siblings, Jolene Kaye Martinez, Michael Chapman, and Paula Hammond. Duane is currently 67 years old with the zodiac sign of Aquarius.

 

Nationality and Physical Stats

Duane Chapman holds an American nationality and is of German-English descent. He was a non-religious man who recently turned into Christianity after his wife Beth, who was a very religious person. According to Chapman, the reason Duane turned into religion was in the hopes of seeing his wife again. He stands at the height of 5 feet and 7 inches (1.7m/170cms) tall and weighs around 91kgs (201lbs). Furthermore, Chapman has blonde hair with a pair of blue eyes.

 

Education

Unfortunately, not much information is available about Duane Chapman’s education and studies.

 

Personal Life

Duane Chapman initially got married to La Fonda Sue Darnell, with who he has two children. Duane Lee Chapman II was born on 21 January 1973, and Leland Blane Chapman was born on 14 December 1976. The couple was married till 27 October 1977 when La Fonda divorced Duane while he was in prison. 

Duane’s second marriage took place on 22 August 1979, and the couple got blessed with three children, namely Zebadiah Chapman, Wesley Chapman, and James Robert Chapman. The couple split quickly.

Duane’s third marriage took place in 1982 to an American businesswoman, Lyssa Rae Britain. He had three children Barbara Katie Chapman, Tucker Dee Chapman, and Lyssa Rae Chapman. The couple split on 20 November 1991 due to Duane’s infidelity.

Duane’s fourth marriage took place in 1992 to Tawny Marie Chapman, who was addicted to amphetamines. The marriage lasted only two years, and the couple did not have any children. Duane has described this marriage as a disaster in his autobiography ‘You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide.’

Duane’s fifth and final marriage took place on 20 May 2006 to Alice Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Barmore, with whom he had two children, namely Bonnie Joanne Chapman and Garry Chapman. Beth also had a daughter from her ex-husband’s side, Cecily Barmore-Chapman, who was happily adopted by Duane. Beth also had a son, Dominic Davis, who was born when she was still a teenager. Unfortunately, Beth passed away on 26 June 2019 due to throat cancer.

Duane Chapman

After his wife’s demise, Duane has been in a relationship with his current girlfriend, Francie Frane. The two are hoping to get married as soon as the coronavirus pandemic is under control.

Furthermore, he also has a son Christopher Michael Hecht with his ex-girlfriend, Debbie White, who was in relation before being sent to prison.

 

Social

Duane Chapman is active on social media sites. His Instagram account (@duanedogchapman) has over 570 thousand followers, and his Twitter account (@DogBountyHunter) has over 639 thousand followers. His official Facebook page (@OfficialDogTheBountyHunter) has over 1.1 million likes and over 1.4 million followers. He also has his website (www.dogthebountyhunter.com), where news and updates about Duane got posted.

 

Career

Andrew Luster

Duane Chapman’s most successful bounty hunting took place on 18 June 2003 when he managed to capture the Max Factor cosmetics heir and a convict, Andrew Luster. He was convicted of drugging and raping numerous women and had multiple rape charges to his name. Duane, along with his three-man ‘hunt team,’ managed to track and capture Andrew Luster in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico living under a false name, but while bringing him to jail, all four of them got jailed in Mexico.

Beth notified the police about the capture, and after verifying Luster’s identity, he finally got sent to prison, where he’d continue his 125 years long sentence. Duane and his team got bailed. This successful capture of a criminal earned Duane freedom and a chance to start his TV show, ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter.’

 

Dog the Bounty Hunter

The first episode of Duane Chapman’s reality series featuring his bounty job got aired on 30 August 2004 on A&E. The series also featured Ozzy Osbourne for its theme song. The series ran for eight seasons straight and got canceled in 2012.

 

Dog and Beth: On the Hunt

Duane Chapman’s second reality TV series got aired in April 2013 on CMT. It was named ‘Dog and Beth: On the Hunt,’ and it featured Duane, his wife Beth, and his son Leland Chapman. In the series, the three of them traveled the country, advising other bail bonds companies to turn their businesses into success and help them capture their targets.

Duane Chapman

Dog’s Most Wanted

On 4 September 2019, Duane’s yet another TV series called ‘Dog’s Most Wanted’ was aired as a spin-off to his previous works ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ and ‘Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.’ This show aired for only a single season.

 

Author

Duane Chapman has also earned fame by writing his autobiography called ‘You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide,’ published in 2007, stole the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list. It got co-written with Laura Morton as the co-author. 

Furthermore, in 2010, Duane’s second book called “Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given” was published with Laura Morton as the co-author once again.

 

Achievements

Duane Chapman gained immense name and fame when he captured the convicted Andrew Luster and brought him to court. He has also managed to grab the number one spot with his book ‘You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide’ in the New York Time’s bestseller list in 2007.

 

Net Worth

Duane Lee has made himself a name as a bounty hunter, an actor who starred in his reality series, and as an author earning himself a lot of standing and fame along the way. As of 2020, Chapman’s net worth is $6 million approximately.

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