Chumlee is an American actor, reality television personality and businessman. He is best known for being a cast member on the History Channel television show Pawn Stars. The show depicts the daily business at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas where Chumlee works as an employee.
Austin Lee Russell was nicknamed “Chumlee” when he was about 12 years old because of his large face and chin. He is a childhood friend of Corey Harrison “Big Hoss”, whose father, Rick Harrison, and grandfather, Richard Benjamin Harrison, opened the shop in 1989.
He was born Austin Lee Russell on September 8, 1982 in Henderson, NV, United States. He is 36 years old as of 2018.
He is in a relationship with his long-term girlfriend Tanya Hyjazi, a chef for a major Las Vegas casino. He is not married or have children yet.
He started working for the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop at the age of 21, where he worked for five years before filming the first season of the reality television series Pawn Stars, in July 2009.
His duties include behind-the-counter work at the shop such as loading items, testing items, and writing tickets for items purchased by customers.
He owns a company which sells novelty items, including T-shirts of his own design, and arranges for his personal appearances. In 2010, he sold half of his stake in the company to Rick Harrison for $155,000, so that the shop could handle orders of his merchandise more efficiently. His sales of merchandise have surpassed other stars of the show, due to his popularity.
He appeared as himself alongside Rick and Corey Harrison, in the episode “iLost My Head in Vegas”, on the American TV series iCarly.
In May 2017, he opened a candy shop, Chumlee’s Candy on the Boulevard, across the street from the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas.
Chumlee Net Worth – Chumlee Pawn Stars Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars.
Chumlee Dead – Is Chumlee From Pawn Stars Dead
Pawn Stars Chumlee is not dead he is still alive. Back in 2013, a number of websites reported about Chumlee’s death from a marijuana overdose, but all were false news.
Chumlee Weight Loss – Chumlee Weight
By September 2013, Chumlee had altered his lifestyle habits and lost 75 lb (34 kg) in a year by exercising at a gym six days a week and improving his diet, which included drinking more juice, eating more vegetables and abstaining from red meat. This change was inspired by his father’s death at age 54 from pancreatic cancer, two weeks before Pawn Stars debuted.
His diet has enabled him to be able to ride a hovercraft he had purchased earlier in the series, but could not ride before due to a maximum weight restriction of 250 lb (110 kg).
On March 9, 2016, his home was raided during a sexual assault investigation. During the search, the cops found crystal meth, marijuana and one firearm. On a later search, the police found 11 more legally owned firearms, ranging from handguns to a shotgun, MP5, and .223-caliber rifles. Most of the firearms were found in a bedroom vault safe, along with 17 multi-dose ‘bars’ of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and seven capsules containing small amounts of methamphetamine, police said.
He was subsequently arrested after police also found evidence of possible cocaine use on the property. He was released on bond the following day. He appeared in court for the first time on March 11, 2016.
On May 23, 2016, he was charged with 20 felony counts, including drug and weapons charges. David Chesnoff, his lawyer, confirmed that the reality TV star Chumlee pled guilty to a felony weapons charge; unlawful possession of a firearm; and to a gross misdemeanor of attempted drug possession in a deal which calls for three years probation and counseling.