Is Duane Chapman married or dating? Regarding his marital status, Chapman is a widower. His wife Beth Smith died on June 26, 2019. They enjoyed their conjugal life for about 13 years as they celebrated their wedding in 2006. Beth was Duane’ fifth wife.
His first wife’s name is La Fonda Sue Honeycutt with whom he was married for five years from 1972 to 1977. In 1979, he married Anne M. Tegnell and got divorced after three years in 1982. The same year, he married his third wife Lyssa Rae Brittain and remained together for about nine years and finally got divorced.
His fourth wife’s name is Tawney Marie. They ended their relationship permanently by means of a divorce which was taken in 2002. Chapman is a father of 12 children from his five wives.
With his first wife, he has two children named Leland Blane Chapman (December 14, 1976) and Duane Lee Chapman, II (born January 21, 1973). Similarly, he has three children from his second wife, i.e. James Robert Chapman (born March 2, 1982), Wesley Chapman (born November 14, 1980) and Zebadiah Chapman who died in a month on January 31, 1980.
Duane and his third wife Lyssa Rae Brittain (née Greene) had three children together named Lyssa Rae Chapman (born June 10, 1987), Tucker Dee Chapman (born September 8, 1983) and Barbara Katie Chapman. Barbara died on May 19, 2006, at the age of 24 years.
With his fourth wife, Tawny Marie Chapman, he has no children. Likewise, he has welcomed two children named Garry Chapman (born February 7, 2001) and Bonnie Joanne Chapman (born December 16, 1998) from his fifth marriage with Alice Elizabeth “Beth” Barmore. Duane also adopted a daughter named Cecily Barmore-Chapman (June 19, 1993) born from Beth’s previous marriage. Let’s explore in detail about Duane’s wiki including some interesting personal facts about him:
Who is Duane Chapman?
Duane Lee Dog Chapman popularly known as Duane Chapman is a famous TV personality, author, bail bondsman, and bounty hunter. The man has tried his hands in several fields and received success in most of them. Known for his bold business decisions, fierce personality, and extreme fashion plus style appearances, Duane was really a man of confidence.
He started several TV series related to bounty hunting and used to star in them with his other family members. Duane came in limelight after the successful capture of Andrew Luster in Mexico. Then, he was regarded as one of the strongest bounty hunters of that time. He is very famous among fans on social media. The detailed bio of Duane Chapman is given below.
Chapman’s Early Life and Education
Duane Dog Chapman was born on 2nd February 1953 in Denver, Colorado, the U.S. This makes his age 67 in 2020 according to the bio. He was born to father Wesley Duane Chapman and mother Barbara Darlene Chapman. His father was a welder who later took bails bonding following his son’s footsteps and served USS Irwin at the time of the Korean War.
His mother was a member of the US Assemblies of God Minister or a Sunday school teacher. He has three siblings namely Jolene Kaye, Michael Chapman, and Paula Hammond. He belongs to white ethnicity and follows Christianity. His father hails from German and English descent while his mother is English.
Career and Professional Life of Chapman
Duane started working at a very small age. He ran away from the house at an age of 15 and started doing a job at Devils Disciples which is an outlaw motorcycle club. After that, he was inspired to become a Bounty Hunter and trained to become a professional one. In 2003, he was able to capture Andrew Luster- the heir of Max Cosmetics. After getting an amazing response and applaud from people, he decided to take on bounty hunting in TV.
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He has been part of several TV shows such as Dog’s Most Wanted, Dog and Beth on the Hunt, and Dog the Bounty Hunter. He wrote an autobiography titled You Can Run but You Can’t Hide. His second book titled Where Mercy is Shown, Mercy is Given is co-written with Morton. His autobiography ranked 1 on The New York Times Bestseller.
Personal Life: Five Marriages and 12 Children
Duane’s personal life is on the messy side with lots of connections. He got married 5 times and has a total of 12 children. In 1972, he married La Fonda Sue and got divorced in 1977. In 1979, he got hitched to Anne M. Tegnell and separated with her in 1982.
Three years later, he got married for the 3rd time with Lyssa Rae Brittan, they divorced in 1991. His 4th marriage took place in with Tawney Marie, this time Duane stayed in the marriage for around 11 years. After leaving single life for a couple of years, he started dating Beth Smith. They took wedding vows in 2006. Beth died in 2019, the couple stayed together till her last breathe.
Chapman’s Salary and Net Worth
Duane’s estimated net worth is 6 million US dollars. He annually makes around 400 thousand US dollars. He makes most of his earning through bail bondsman Business Company, bounty hunting, television appearances, and the sales of his books. He is active in the industry since 1973 and has earned multiple renowned awards and honorable nominations.
Wiki and Facts
Multiple wiki sites like Wikipedia and IMDb have provided the biography of Duane Chapman. Duane is a huge social media fanatic and has many fans following in social media. His Facebook page @OfficialDogTheBountyHunter is followed by over 1.5 million people. He has more than 660K people behind him on Instagram account @duanedogchapman and more than 645K followers on Twitter where he is active @dogbountyhunter.