Austin Lee Russell (Chumlee) bio, Career, Early life, Personal life, Net worth, Facts
Who is Austin Lee Russell?
Austin Lee Russell, better known as Chumlee, is an American actor, businessman, and personality of reality television. He is best known for his appearances on Pawn Stars' History Channel television show. The show describes the daily activities at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the Early Life of Austin Lee Russell (Chumlee)
Chumlee was born as Austin Lee Russell on September 8, 1982, in Henderson, Nevada, USA. He was 12 when he gave the nickname, Chumlee because of his large face and chin. He's got Scottish descent. As a child, he became good friends with Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison whose father and grandfather opened the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in 1989, which always inspires him to do something big in this field.
In the Career of Austin Lee Russell (Chumlee)
Fig: Austin Lee Russell Chumlee in Pawn Stars
At the age of 21, Chumlee started working for the Gold & Silver Pawnshop. After starring in the reality TV series, Pawn Stars aired on History Channel in 2009, starring Rick Harrison, Richard Harrison, Corey Harrison. He served behind a shop counter such as testing items, loading items, and writing tickets for items purchased by customers. Chumlee referred to the series as the "village idiot" because of his foolishness, which he replied is underestimated. But he started to get love and appreciation for his work from the second season and soon became Pawn Stars \' breakout character.
Later, Chumlee formed his own company, selling novelty items like his own design t-shirts, and arranging for his personal appearances. He appeared on the American TV series iCarly alongside Rick Harrison and Corey Harrison in the episode "iLost My Head in Vegas." He opened a candy shop in 2017, Chumlee's Candy on Las Vegas Boulevard.
How much is the net worth of Austin Lee Russell (Chumlee)?
Fig: Austin Lee Russell Chumlee lifestyle
Chumlee is one of Pawn's highest paid TV stars. He has an estimated $5 million net worth. In 2010, Chumlee sold half of the stake of his company to Rick Harrison for $155,000 so his shop handles more orders. Chumlee loves cars and owns many luxurious and vintage cars. He owns Buick Regal ($ 19k) in 1986, Rolls-Royce Phantom ($ 600k), Maserati Gran Turismo ($ 132k), Cadillac Escalade ($ 96k), Range Rover ($ 87k) and Impala SS in 1964.
In the Personal Life of Austin Lee Russell (Chumlee)
Fig: Austin Lee Russell Chumlee with his wife Olivia
Chumlee is happily engaged with his girlfriend-turned-fiancee, Olivia, who is a fitness freak. The couple dated for a long time and finally engaged in an intimate ceremony in August 2018. He was previously in a romantic relationship with Tanya Hyjazi who is a chef for a major casino in Las Vegas. The duo will be together for a short time before their official split.
Chumlee is quite popular with 168k+ followers on Instagram. He's an avid dog lover and pet two dogs whose pictures he often shares on Instagram. He's a huge fan of TV series like Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire, and Breaking Bad. Chumlee loves the collection of shoes because he owns more than 200 pairs of shoes. He also enjoys sports, video games, skateboarding, and the game of Pokemon Trading Card. He loves both punk rock and rap music. At the age of 54, Chumlee's father died of pancreatic cancer just before Pawn Stars debuted for two weeks. His father suddenly died inspired him to change his lifestyle habits and by a good diet and perfect exercise he lost 75 lb (34 kg) in a year. His diet enabled him to ride a hovercraft he was previously unable to ride because of his heavyweight.
Facts of Austin Lee Russell (Chumlee)
During an investigation into allegations of sexual assault, Chumlee's house was raided in 2016. Police found marijuana, crystal meth, and one firearm during an investigation. On another search, police found 11 more legally owned firearms including MP5 and.223-caliber rifles. Most of his guns were found a safe bedroom vault along with 17 anti-anxiety drug multi-dose' bars' and seven capsules containing small amounts of methamphetamine along with evidence of possible use of cocaine on the property. Chumlee was later arrested but released on bail the following day. He first appeared in court in March 2016, later in May he was charged with 20 counts of felony, including drug and arms charges. David Chesnoff, who is Russell's lawyer, claimed that the reality star was found guilty of a felony charge of weapons, unlawful possession of guns calling for three years of probation and counseling.
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