Duane Lee Chapman Biography

Updated On Jul 08, 2019 Published On Jul 05, 2017
Facts of Duane Lee Chapman
Date of Birth: 1953 , February-2
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
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The American bounty hunter and a former bail bondsman Duane Lee Chapman is widely known as Duane Chapman. Duane is famous for appearing in the television program like Dog the Bounty Hunter and Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.

Duane Lee Chapman's early life and family

Duane Lee Chapman was born on February 2, 1953, and is currently 65 years old. He was born in Denver, Colorado, the United States to mother, Barbara Chapman, and father, Wesley Chapman. Regarding his nationality, Chapman is an American, and he belongs to white ethnicity.

The oldest of four children, with two younger sisters and one brother, Duane Chapman early life began with obstacles.

Duane' life took a turning point after he served five years for the Texas State Penitentiary, an American prison, as he was charged to as a murderer of a drug dealer named Jerry Oliver, in a struggle during a deal to buy marijuana.

Duane Lee Chapman's career

At the prison, Duane Chapman began working as the warden's barber and also involved in the field work. At that time a congratulatory remark by a correctional officer inspired him to become a bounty hunter. Afterward, Duane worked as Bunty Hunter along with his two sons, Leland Champman and Tim Chapman.

The diligent Duane came to the limelight after he captured a dangerous criminal, Andrew Lusterdruggist and rapist in Puerto, Vallarta, Mexico. He succeeded to capture Luster with the help of his two sons. After capturing Andre Luster, Duane faced lots of challenges in his life, and during that time he also appeared on numerous media shows.  

Afterward, the Bounty Hunter or Big Daddy, Chapman made an appearance in reality series entitled, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt along with his wife, Beth and son Leland.

Simultaneously, he released his autobiography, You Can Run, But You Can't Hide which became number one on the New York Times bestseller list. 

Duane Lee Chapman's married life and divorces

Moving towards his personal life, Chapman is married five times and divorced four times. He was married to La Fonda Sue Honey Cutt (from 1972 to 1977), Anne M Tengell (from 1979 to 1982), Lyssa Rae Brittain (from 1982 to 1991), Tawny Marie Chapman (from 1991 to 2003), and Beth Smith since 2006.

Firstly, he married a beautiful woman named La Fonda Sue Honeycutt. The couple has two children both of them are sons, Leland Chapman and Duane Lee Chapman. However, the couple ended their relationship after five years of marriage. 

After his first divorce, he married Anne M Tengell, leaving her Lee Chapman connected to Lyssa Rae Brittain and Tawny Marie Chapman subsequently. Currently, Duane resides with his wife Beth Smith, and the couple seems happy together.

At the moment, the couple has been married for over a decade and is now enjoying a healthy married life. Besides that, he has no any extramarital affairs. From his relationship, Duane has nine sons and three daughters. 

Duane Lee Chapman's net worth

Talking about his economic aspects, Duane Chapman earns a good amount of salary from his Bounty Hunting career. As of 2018, Duane Lee Chapman' net worth is around $6 million. His wife, Beth Smith' net worth is around $3 million.

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Born in Denver, Colorado

February 2 , 1953

Duane Lee Chapman is an American bounty hunter and a former bail bondsman who is best recognized for reality television program called Dog the Bounty Hunter and Beth: On the Hunt. Duane Lee was born on February 2, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, the United States to mother, Duane Chapman and father, Wesley Chapman.

Duane's Net Worth


The talented and hard working personality who is also best known by the name of, Big Daddy, The Dog, and Dog, Duane Lee Chapman earns a good amount of money from his career. As of 2018, his net worth is estimated at around $6 million. 

Married to La Fonda Sue


The Bounty Hunter, Duane Lee Chapman, married La Fonda Sue in 1972. The couple has two children from their relationship,  Duane Lee Chapman II and Leland Chapman. However, the couple divorced after five years of their relationship when Duane was in the prison.   

married to Anne M Tengell


Better known by the name of Big Daddy, Duane Lee Chapman married to his second wife, Anne M Tengell in 1979 in Colorado. After their marriage, the couple has three children,   Zebediah Duane Chapman, Wesley Chapman, and J.R James Chapman. They divorced on August 5, 1982. 

Married to Lyssa Rae Brittain


Duane Lee Chapman married to Lyssa Rae Brittain in 1982, months after the divorce with Anne M Tengell. The couple had three children from their relation named Barbara Katie B.K Chapman, Tucker Dee Chapman, and Lyssa Rae Chapman (Baby Lyssa). They divorced on November 20, 1991. 

Married to Tawny Marie Chapman


Duane Lee Chapman married Tawny Marie Chapman, after getting a divorce from Lyssa Rae Brittain in 1991. The couple filed a divorce in 1994 but officially got a divorced in 2002. 

Married to Beth Smith


Duane Lee Chapman married to beautiful woman Beth Smith in 2006. The couple has a romantic relationship. Beth runs the bail bonds office and goes Bounty hunting with his husband. 

Published his autobiography


Diligent Duane Lee Dog Chapman published his autobiography, You Can Run But You Can't Hide in the year 2007. Continuing his writing skills Chapman published his second book, Mercy is Given.