Duane Chapman Net Worth

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Duane is the first child born to Barbara and Wesley Chapman, of part-German and English ancestry; he has two younger sisters and a brother. His mother Barbara was a rather devoted woman and a pastor in Assembly of God. She raised him with Christian rules and morals.

However, Duane strained his adult life when he was arrested in 1976 on a count of first-degree murder, after he and his friend apparently accidentally killed Jerry Oliver an alleged pimp and drug dealer. He was sentenced five years in prison, but spent only 18 months at Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. During his prison time, Duane was involved in an accident in which he saved the life of an inmate who was about to be shot during an escape attempt. He received praise from the warden and Corrections Officer, which helped reduce his incarceration and inspired him to become a bounty hunter after his release.

However, due to his conviction, he can’t own a fire weapon, and can’t enter the United Kingdom.

Duane slowly started developing his business in the Hawaiian Islands, but also throughout North America, catching wanted criminals, then in 2003 first gained attention when he caught Andrew Luster, who was facing multiple charges of assault and rape from 1996 until 2000, after he fled the US during the trial. Duane had numerous problems to extradite Luster, as he caught him in Mexico, and on the way to California they were held up by Mexican police since bounty hunting was illegal in Mexico. Luckily, Luster was eventually sent to California, but Duane and his hunting team remained captives in a Mexican prison. Doug was released with a bail of $300,000, and after leaving prison left Mexico, but the trial still awaited him. After several years of problems with the Mexican government, Duane and his team were finally freed from all charges.

Thanks to his success Duane became a subject of A&E’s new reality series “Dog the Bounty Hunter” (2003-2012), which certainly increased his wealth and popularity as well. While the show lasted, Duane and his team that consisted of his son Leland, and wife Beth, and Tim Chapman (not related), have caught a number of fugitives.

Unfortunately, the show was canceled after an internal fight between Duane and his son in 2012. However, the new show was recreated, aired on CMT, and entitled “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt”. His son rejoined him, and alongside his wife, the trio has been visiting failing bail bonds agencies across the country, advising them how to turn around the business. This has also contributed to Duane’s wealth.

Regarding his personal life, Duane has been married five times and divorced for times. Since 2006 he has been married to Beth Chapman, with whom he has two children.

His first wife was LaFonda Sue Honeycutt from 1972 until 1977 with whom he hastwo children; while he was imprisoned, LaFonda divorced him and married his best friend. In 1979 he married Anne M.Tegnell with whom he had three children, before they divorced in 1982. The same year he married his third wife, Lyssa Rae Worthington and the couple was married until 1991; Lyssa gave him three more children. Following his divorce with Lyssa, he married Tawny Marie Gillespie; the couple didn’t have children, and divorced in 2003.

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  • Full Name: Dog the Bounty Hunter
  • Net Worth: $6 Million
  • Date Of Birth: February 2, 1953
  • Place Of Birth: Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Height: 1.7 m, 1.7 m
  • Profession: Bounty hunter
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Beth Smith (m. 2006), Tawny Marie Chapman (m. 1991–2003), Lyssa Rae Brittain (m. 1982–1991), Anne M Tengell (m. 1979–1982), La fonda Sue Honeycutt (m. 1972–1977)
  • Children: Leland Chapman, Lyssa Chapman, Duane Lee Chapman, II, Barbara Katie Chapman, Bonnie Chapman, Tucker Dee Chapman, Wesley Chapman, Christopher Michael Hecht, Garry Chapman, Zebediah Duane Chapman, Nicholas Chapman, James Robert Chapman, Dominic Davis
  • Parents: Barbrara Chapman, Wesley Chapman
  • Siblings: Jolene Chapman, Paula Chapman, Mike Chapman
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDogTheBountyHunter
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/dogbountyhunter
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1738062
  • TV Shows: Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog the Bounty Hunter


  • I’m very emotional. That’s why I wear shades a lot.
  • In Hawaii, we have something called Ho’oponopono, where people come together to resolve crises and restore peace and balance.
  • Everybody’s under God’s planet, and God is the Almighty, the Beginning, the End, the Alpha, the Omega. He’s Big Daddy. He gives out these little soldiers and sons and angels and saints to help everybody else get through to him. I’m not the ‘Jesus-only or you’re going to Hell’ kind of guy.
  • Faith is the substance of hope – of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. So if you can hope for it and imagine it, and keep imagining and hoping and seeing yourself driving a new car, or seeing yourself getting that job, or seeing yourself excel, seeing yourself help that person – that is faith.
  • You can’t be afraid to put out a fire if you’re a fireman. You can’t be afraid to be a police officer and carry a gun if you’re afraid to get up and go out there. So you’ve got to put that fear to the side and go out in faith to overcome that.
  • I have a hard problem, being some part Native American – being a Christian: do you get burned, do you get cremated, do you get – let the sharks eat you? How do you die?
  • Born on a mountain, raised in a cave. Arresting fugitives is all I crave.
  • And I used to say, ‘I’m black, too.’ In other words, I – my whole life I’ve been called a half-breed, a convict, king of the trailer trash, this and that. I take that and stand.
  • As a bounty hunter, I have to dress the part. If I came to the door and looked like Carrot Top, you’d laugh.
  • It’s just like being a father; you got to show them love and you got to show them the path. I don’t like this role-model stuff, though.
  • I’ve been a biker, I’ve been a convict, I’ve been a husband, father, and son.
  • I would have done higher than that… I would have set it higher.
  • When I was a child I liked watching shows about bounty hunters and Canadian Mounties. I liked the ‘Lone Ranger,’ I liked shows where the guy saved the girl from the villain. I just liked those kinds of things and I wanted to be a guy like that, you know, that would save the damsel in distress.
  • Dog is God spelled backward.
  • I have the utmost respect and ‘aloha’ for black people – who have already suffered so much due to racial discrimination and acts of hatred.
  • I was in prison for a charge in Texas, murder one. Back in the ’70s in Texas, I was there. I heard the shot. I was in the car.
  • I’m going to be Dog, and I’m going to be an entertainer. And I’m going to make mistakes.
  • I’m marrying my common-law wife, Beth, the Christian way, with a preacher and all that.
  • I’m Native American, so it’s in my blood to always want brothers and friends. I’m a good brotherhood guy.
  • I’ve always taken pride to be the white guy that can talk to the black people, that can refer to them truly as a brother from a different mother.
  • If I was Judge Del Rosario, I would say Ili, of all people, you know better.
  • Six men can carry you or 12 men can judge you. You decide!
  • The closest thing to hell on earth is prison. It’s the worst experience I’ve ever had in my life. Besides death.
  • I love what I do. I love to capture the guy. I love to tell the victim ‘Don’t worry anymore. They’re in jail.’ And this is my way to heaven. This is my way to contribute to America what I know how to do best, and that’s chase down the predator.
  • My father is the reason I am the way I am today. He’s why I acted up and he’s why I prayed to be the opposite of him. We made up before he died but I vowed to never raise my kids like how he raised me.
  • We believe that God is big enough to give every nationality their own religion, as he’s given them their own taste in food, in plants, in furniture, and housing. I think that each religion has their basic Christ-ish way to get to the Everlasting God.
  • When someone is looking down, they’re saying no. When they’re looking up, they’re looking to their brain for memory. When they look to the left, they’re looking for a lie or something they memorized. When they look to the right, they’re feeling sorry – they don’t want to answer.


  • He is of German, English, Danish, and distant Swiss-German, descent.
  • Release of his book, “You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide” by Dog and Laura Morton. [2007]
  • October 2007: Chapman called his son and left a profanity-laden message full of racial slurs when he found out that his son was dating a black woman. The tape found its way into the public airwaves and caused a furor. Chapman apologized, but A&E suspended airing of his show, then shortly afterward canceled production. Within a short time, the show was back in production and continues to this day.
  • Dog, Beth and their families were on mainland Hawaii preparing for their wedding when they found out that Barbara Katie had been in a fatal car accident the day before the wedding. The wedding proceeded with a remembrance of BK.
  • Son-in-law of Garry Smith.
  • Grandfather of Travis Chapman (Barbara’s son), Abbie Mae Chapman, (Lyssa’s daughter), Cobie Chapman and Dakota Chapman, (Leland’s sons) and Jodi Chapman, Jennifer Chapman, Dylan Chapman, and Jasmine Chapman (Duane Lee’s children).
  • According to public record, 4th wife Tawny Chapman filed for divorce on 5/9/94 and the charges were dismissed on 8/22/95. Dog filed for divorce on 11/26/01, charges were dismissed on 5/31/02 and reinstated on 7/2/02. A divorce decree w/o children was finally given on 2/5/03.
  • The U.S. Public Records show Dog’s birthday as July 1, 1953.
  • He has lived in Hawaii since 1989 with his family.
  • The best man at his wedding to Beth Chapman, as shown on his television show, was actor Boris Lee Krutonog.
  • Son, Zebediah, was born premature and died 30 days after his birth.
  • Portrayed by James Ralph in A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster (2003).
  • His daughter, Barbara Katie “B.K.” Chapman, was killed in a car accident near her home in Fairbanks, Alaska on May 19th. Duane and Beth gathered up their 2 kids, along with Dog’s other 8 children, and decided to have their wedding the day after the accident to celebrate the wedding, and her life. She was just 23 years old.
  • Father of Nicholas Chapman, Duane Lee Chapman Jr., Leland Chapman, Zebediah Duane Chapman, Wesley Chapman, Christopher Hecht, James Chapman, Barbara-Katie Chapman, Tucker Dee Chapman, Lyssa Chapman, stepdaughter Cecily Chapman Barmore, Bonnie Jo Chapman and Garry Chapman.
  • 6/18/03: Andrew Luster, heir to the Max Factor cosmetics company, who was convicted in absentia of poisoning and rape, was captured by Chapman in Mexico. However, Chapman was charged by Mexican authorities for not handing Luster over to them. He was released but told not to leave the country. He left anyway, and Mexico declared he and his crew fugitives from justice on July 3, 2003, and initiated extradition proceedings to return them to Mexico for trial. The charges and extradition proceedings were eventually dropped. The capture made Chapman famous, and led to his TV show.


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Title Year Status Character
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt 2013 TV Series executive producer – 13 episodes
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Hawaii Five-0 2015-2017 TV Series Dog the Bounty Hunter / Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman / Dog The Bounty Hunter
Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens 2016 TV Movie Chop Top
Austin High 2011 Bogg
Dog’s History of Bounty Hunting 2005 TV Movie Dog the Bounty Hunter
Title Year Status Character
Pauly Shore’s Pauly~tics 2012 TV Special special thanks – as Dwayne ‘Dog’ Chapman
Title Year Status Character
Here You Come Again 2016 Video short Himself
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt 2013-2015 TV Series Himself
Outnumbered 2015 TV Series Himself – Guest Co-Host
HuffPost Live Conversations 2014 TV Series Himself
2014 CMT Music Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
Hawaii Five-0 2013-2014 TV Series Himself
2013 CMT Music Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
Sidewalks Entertainment 2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
Pauly Shore’s Pauly~tics 2012 TV Special Himself (as Dwayne ‘Dog’ Chapman)
Dog the Bounty Hunter 2003-2012 TV Series Himself
Chelsea Lately 2010-2011 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Rosie Show 2011 TV Series Himself – Guest
2011 Hero Dog Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen 2011 TV Special Himself – Audience Member (uncredited)
The Joy Behar Show 2011 TV Series Himself
The Bill Zucker TP Tales 2010 TV Movie Himself
Criss Angel Mindfreak 2010 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Hannity 2009-2010 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2006-2010 TV Series Himself
The Jay Leno Show 2010 TV Series Himself
78th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 2009 TV Movie Himself
Söndagsparty med Filip och Fredrik 2009 TV Series Himself – Guest
Fox Reality Really Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
Celebrity Family Feud 2008 TV Series Himself
Today 2008 TV Series Himself
Larry King Live 2007-2008 TV Series Himself
Corner Gas 2008 TV Series Himself
Canada A.M. 2007 TV Series Himself
My Name Is Earl 2007 TV Series Himself
Dog: The Family Speaks 2006 TV Movie Himself
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch 2005-2006 TV Series Himself
George Lopez 2005 TV Series Himself
The View 2005 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2005 TV Series Himself
The Osbournes 2005 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 2004 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Squares 2003 TV Series Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Guys Choice 2007 TV Movie Himself


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