(copied post) Do You Know What Pawn Star Chumlee Has Been Up To?

Published on 11/01/2020
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You Won't Believe What Chumlee Of Pawn Stars Does Behind The Scenes

Do You Know What Pawn Star Chumlee Has Been Up To?

Pawn Stars first came to the small screen in 2009. The History Channel show has only gotten more popular since then! However, it seems like not everything is going well for one of the biggest stars of the show. Let’s find out what exactly Chumlee is facing right now.

The Star Of The Show

The Las Vegas-based reality show owes a huge chunk of its success to the cast members. We are sure that you have heard of Austin Lee Russell. Better known as Chumlee, this is one guy who you can count on when you need a laugh or two.

The Star Of The Show

The Star Of The Show

Not The Best Student In High School

Before we talk about what is going on in his life, let’s talk about what life was like for him when he was a young man. Back then, this Nevada native was not a star student at all.

Not The Best Student In High School

Not The Best Student In High School

He Never Graduated

In fact, he had a tendency to pay his fellow students to work on his homework during his high school years! We seriously doubt that his peers were surprised to hear the news that he dropped out instead.

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He Never Graduated

The Story Behind It

It was not just his academic affairs that made things hard. His nickname also kind of sucked. We know that Chumlee might sound nice to the ears, but he did not get it for a flattering reason.

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The Story Behind It

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

We bet you want to know how he landed that nickname in the first place. Apparently, it came from a cartoon called Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales. Chumley was a stout walrus on the show! We bet it hurt to get called that.

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

Friends From Childhood

We are glad that he was not exactly a loner. For one thing, he at least had a childhood friend who was always there to help him out. It was none other than his future Pawn Stars co-star, Corey Harrison!

A Friendship With Employment Benefits

Friends From Childhood

A Friendship With Employment Benefits

The two of them liked to hang out at Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, which was operated by Rick Harrison, Corey’s dad. There were some benefits to the friendship they had. For one thing, Chumlee started to work at the store at the age of 21.

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A Friendship With Employment Benefits

Not What He Expected

It was true that you needed a certain kind of precision when you work at the pawn shop. Still, it was primarily menial work. This was not a glamorous job whatsoever, so you should keep that in mind.

Not What He Expected

Not What He Expected

Five Short Years Later

Together with the rest of the Gold & Silver team, he landed on the small screen only five years after he started working there. We are willing to bet that he much prefers working with the cameras on him.

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Five Short Years Later

Can’t Help It

The show continued to earn more fame and success with each season that they filmed. Chumlee found himself in the comic relief role. He is always there to make jokes and earn a laugh out of everyone.

Can’t Help It

Can’t Help It

Not The Best Buys

His interests came through when it comes to the things that he liked to look at on the show. He was very interested in rap, pinball, sneakers, and video games! There is no denying that these things are all fascinating, but it is not always wise to invest in them.

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Not The Best Buys

Making Many Mistakes

Did you know that Chumlee makes quite a lot of mistakes on the show? To be fair, they say that this happened even before Pawn Stars was on the air. There was a time when he rested a stand-up bass against a shelf, only for it to fall and then break into fragments! It cost them $20,000.

Making Many Mistakes

Making Many Mistakes

Popularity For His Mishaps

The other cast members actually like to poke fun at him for those mishaps. Anyone who watches the show will know that he is pretty consistent about these things. This was what made him such a huge hit among the fans of Pawn Stars!

Popularity For His Mishaps

Popularity For His Mishaps

Quite The Popular Guy

In the beginning, Chumlee actually began to get so famous that he brought in a bodyguard for the times they appeared in public. If you ask us, this is enough proof that someone has made it big!

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Quite The Popular Guy

Enjoying The Fame

During the early days, he enjoyed the attention that they were giving him. He and his personal assistant even worked on his own brand of personalized merch. The rest of the cast followed in his footsteps.

Enjoying The Fame

Enjoying The Fame

The Fan-Favorite

You should know that no one managed to beat Chumlee when it comes to sales, however. It seems like he truly is the most popular Pawn Stars cast member! He also launched a candy shop on the Vegas strip.

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The Fan-Favorite

Quite The Private Person

Chumlee is not the type of person who would randomly disclose the amount of money he makes. What we do know is that he got $155,000 in 2010. He sold half of his Gold & Silver shares to Rick back then.

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Quite The Private Person

Surprisingly Business Minded

He decided to do this so that he can focus on selling his merchandise. You should not be fooled by all the bumbler tendencies he has. As you can see, he has quite a lot of business sense as well.

Surprisingly Business Minded

Surprisingly Business Minded

Time To Make A Change

Apart from that, he has also started to work on himself in a number of ways. Two weeks before Pawn Stars came on the air, tragedy struck in his personal life. Let’s find out what happened.

Time To Make A Change

Time To Make A Change

A Healthier Lifestyle

In 2009, his father died of pancreatic cancer at the young age of 54. Chumlee himself was not a fit person whatsoever. The death of his father was the push he needed to start living a healthier lifestyle.

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A Healthier Lifestyle

The Mind And Soul

For starters, he started to get some exercise every single day. He mostly accomplishes this by going to the gym and doing yoga. When it comes to his mind and soul, he practices mindfulness and meditation.

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The Mind And Soul

Taking The Necessary Steps

As you can see, Chumlee had a great plan on how to reach his goals. He hit the gym 6 days out of 7, avoided red meat, and drank fruit smoothies every morning. Let’s see if he accomplished his dreams…

Taking The Necessary Steps

Taking The Necessary Steps

Impressive Transformation

It was a pretty intense health plan. The good thing about is that it resulted in a jaw-dropping transformation. Perhaps you should do the same thing if you are interested in doing the same thing!

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Impressive Transformation

Healthy And Happy

Chumlee pulled this off in only a year from 2012 to 2013. He managed to shed a lot of excess pounds in that span of time. We have to admit that we could not believe it ourselves.

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Healthy And Happy

A Major Change

Do you know how much weight he dropped? He shed 75 pounds in total. We are happy for him because he seems to be happier in general. This metamorphosis turned his life around for the better.

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A Major Change

Turning His Life Around

We cannot deny that it can be euphoric to finally fit into old clothes after losing a significant amount of weight. However, this was not the best part of the transformation for Chumlee. Nope. For him, that would be the fact that he can finally ride the hovercraft!

Turning His Life Around

Turning His Life Around

New Relationships

Aside from that, he also started going out with Tanya Hyjazi, a chef working at the STACK Restaurant & Bar at the Mirage Casino. As you can see, he has been able to build and strengthen new relationships!

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New Relationships

It’s Official

They recently got engaged. Yes, Chumlee finally got down on his knees and asked her the question! She said yes, and they celebrated the good news twice. Once at the Royal Hawaiian Resort in Waikiki and another time at the Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in Las Vegas.

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It’s Official

The Whole Gang

The couple celebrated the good news with their closest friends and family members. Of course, it would not have been complete if Corey and Rick Harrison, his friends and Pawn Stars costars, were not there!

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The Whole Gang

Where Things Went Wrong

With these things in mind, no one thought that things would begin to fall apart for Chumlee. It was in May 2016 that the first sign of trouble appeared. Are you ready to hear what happened?

Where Things Went Wrong

Where Things Went Wrong

All Charges Were Dropped

It was the time that he was a suspect in a sexual assault investigation. What made it worse was that the allegation was made by someone in the shop. The case got dropped because of insufficient evidence.

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All Charges Were Dropped

Just The Beginning

While that case ended as well as it could for him, that was certainly not the last time he got in trouble with the law. After he got charged, he found himself in hot water once more…

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Just The Beginning

The Results Of A Police Raid

This time, the investigation happened after they raided his home. It gave him a lot of problems! They did not see anything that would help them with the case, although they did make a number of discoveries.

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The Results Of A Police Raid

Illegal Substances Abound

The authorities discovered marijuana, a gun, and crystal meth in his house! As you can imagine, these contraband items gave the police officers more than enough reasons to keep an eye on the TV star.

Illegal Substances Abound

Illegal Substances Abound

Even More Incriminating Things

They conducted another raid and turned up more illegal things. To be specific, they were worried about the 11 firearms they found. It would be fine if they were all registered. However, only 4 of them were.

Even More Incriminating Things

Even More Incriminating Things

Chumlee Arrested

Not only that, but they saw even more drugs in his things. Aside from that, the police officers also saw evidence that suggested cocaine use. What was going to happen next? Well, he got arrested, of course.

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Chumlee Arrested

At The Very Least

A couple of months after this happened, Chumlee had 20 felony counts to his name. He must have been relieved to hear that the court did not have any substantial evidence to go with them.

At The Very Least

At The Very Least

Nothing Illegal

For one thing, the firearms in his house did not seem to be involved in anything illegal. If they were, things would have been a lot worse for him. He can at least take comfort in that!

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Nothing Illegal

Justice Being Served

The TV star pled guilty to the counts of unlawful weapons possession, drug possession, and attempted misdemeanor. This got him out of prison time, even though he would be placed on probation for a year.

Justice Being Served

Justice Being Served

The Worst Is Behind Him

All Chumlee has to do is to behave properly during this time. If he did that, the misdemeanor charge will be the only thing to appear on his record. He is also required to go through counseling.

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The Worst Is Behind Him

A Rough Patch

Could this be the end of his bad luck? We shall see. However, it is important to know if the scandal made things any different for his career. We are glad to say that this does not seem to be the case!

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A Rough Patch

A Hard Year

During an interview in 2016, the TV star talked to his fans about everything that he was going through at the time. Chumlee talked about how rough of a year it had been for him.

Thanking His Supporters

A Hard Year

Thanking His Supporters

Aside from that, he managed to show his gratitude to fans who gave him the support he needed. If it were not for them and their messages, there was no way he could have gone through all of that.

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Thanking His Supporters

Endless Gratitude

Chumlee went on Instagram to post this photo. The caption read, “I just wanted to give a quick shout-out to all my amazing fans that come and see me daily at @chums_candy – Thank you all for all the amazing love you show me”.

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Endless Gratitude

The Fate Of Pawn Stars

Let’s first find out what the fate of Pawn Stars is. In the past, a lot of people speculated about what was next for the show. Did it get canceled? Or did they renew it?

The Fate Of Pawn Stars

The Fate Of Pawn Stars

Back To Normal

If you are a fan of the show, you must be relieved to hear that it is still on the air. Moreover, Chumlee is still on the cast as well. We hope that everything returns to normal soon enough.

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Back To Normal

Self-Improvement

Chumlee had to go on a break from Pawn Stars when he was sorting through his legal issues. At the time, he chose to focus on himself. We are sure that this was the best thing to do at the time.

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Self-Improvement

500 Episodes

Pawn Stars is doing quite amazingly to this day. In fact, they recently celebrated the 500th episode. This was the caption Chumlee added to his Instagram post: “Come celebrate our 500th episode Monday night on History [channel]. This is something we could not have done without you!!!! Thank you!!!”.

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500 Episodes

Thanks To Chumlee

Chumlee is a huge part of the show’s success. Pawn Stars would not be this big if it were not for him! He has a kind heart and lively personality that have proven to be popular among the viewers.

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Thanks To Chumlee

Spin-Offs

The show has done so well that History made several spin-offs. Here are the 9 series it spawned: Counting Cars, Cajun Pawn Stars, Pawn Stars: Pumped Up, Pawnography, Hardcore Pawn, Pawn Queens, Pawn Stars Australia, Pawn Stars UK, and Harcore Pawn: Chicago.

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Spin-Offs

Money, Money, Money

Chumlee has done very well for himself, hasn’t he? This is one guy who knows how to make money. We would love nothing more than to live in his Las Vegas mansion. It cost him $1.5 million, you know!

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Money, Money, Money

Back And Better Than Ever

We can only hope that everything soon returns to normal for Chumlee. The reality TV star might have gone down the wrong track in the past, but he has returned better and stronger than ever!

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Back And Better Than Ever

A Stable Life

Chumlee continues to work on improving himself every single day. He enjoys a stable home life with his adorable dog and lovely wife. We all know that stability is the key to a great life!

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A Stable Life

New Beginnings

Chumlee might be a mainstay on the Pawn Stars cast, but he also tries out new business ventures every now and then. We are sure that he will be here to stay so make sure to keep your eyes on him!

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New Beginnings

Fan Favorite

Did you know that “Pawn Stars” is the number two most-watched reality show in North America? “Jersey Shore” used to hold the top spot, followed by “Pawn Stars” and it still stands strong at number two.

Fan Favorite

Had To Hire New Employees

The fan-favorites of “Pawn Stars” aren’t actually allowed to serve as real behind-the-counter employees anymore because of strict privacy laws. Since they’ve become so famous, fans and tourists are always coming into the store to take pictures of them, which puts the privacy of whoever is at the pawn counter at risk.

Had To Hire New Employees

Pawnshop Special

PBS did a special on the pawnshop, which of course, caused the business to jump. Rick started to pursue the idea of doing a reality show after this; HBO expressed interest first, and they developed a pilot, but their focus was on the negative aspects of the shop, which the employees didn’t want. The show ended up coming to fruition with The History Channel but took off in a completely different direction.

Pawnshop Special

They Hired Help

Since their skyrocket rise to fame, Corey and Chumlee have hired their very own personal assistants. Corey once stated, “I do a lot of desert racing. My assistant empties out the septic tank of the trailer when I go! It’s a little weird asking somebody to do that for you.” At least he’s honest about the work!

They Hired Help

Embarrassing Tales

Since Corey and Chumlee have been friends for so long, Corey has many embarrassing stories about his buddy. One of these stories goes into further detail about the bass incident. What happened from Corey’s perspective was that after a customer came in to pawn a stand-up bass, Chumlee leaned it against a shelf and walked away. By accident, the bass fell and shattered into pieces. Chumlee put the pieces into a box with the pawn number written on it. When the man came to pick it up, he opened the box and saw the surprise. As expected, “He started freaking out,” Corey said. “He pawned it for $700, and it ended up costing us $20,000 because it was rare.” Chumlee was embarrassed by this and had no explanation to give.

Embarrassing Tales

Other Business Ventures

If you are a fan of “Pawn Stars”, you may know that Rick has always been an ambitious entrepreneur. At one point in time, he even went on to purchase a Quizno’s Sub franchise! Corey and Chumlee ran this shop together, but it eventually didn’t work out. The team is now hilariously famous for their love of Subway sandwiches.

Other Business Ventures

Family Partnerships

Corey’s brother Adam used to work at the pawnshop, too — but it didn’t last very long. He was not interested in being on the show, and he also did not want to dedicate his entire career to working at the pawnshop. Adam works as a plumber for his full-time career, so I wouldn’t plan to see much of him.

Family Partnerships

Safety First

The stars of the show are known for doing silly, and sometimes quite questionable, things on-screen. The most dangerous thing Chumlee has ever tested out was a blunderbuss, which is a super old type of gun. He said, “A flame shot out, and I did get burned up my arm.” We hope he learned his lesson!

Safety First

Name Swap

The hit TV show was actually originally supposed to be called something different! “Pawn Stars” was originally signed on to be titled “Pawning History,” until an employee at the production company suggested that they change the title of the show to what it is famously known to be today. We think “Pawn Stars” is much better.

Name Swap

International Superstars

“Pawn Stars” isn’t just a popular TV show in America; in fact, it has become an internationally-loved television show. It is currently airing in dozens of countries around the world, including countries such as Singapore and Serbia. In Germany, the show is called “Die Drei vom Pfandhaus”, which translates to, “The Three of the Pawnshop”.

International Superstars

Various Tastes In Entertainment

Chumlee has a pretty wide array of TV shows that he can’t live without. He always makes sure not to miss the newest episodes of “Boardwalk Empire,” “Sons of Anarchy“ and “Breaking Bad.” Rick, on the other hand, has a completely different outlook on how he wants to spend his free time. Instead of sitting in front of a television, Rick would rather be reading. “Television is so mind-numbing to me,” he boldly stated, for someone who stars on a TV show.

Various Tastes In Entertainment

Bon Jovi Loves Them

It’s not every day that you’ve become such a big celeb that Bon Jovi and his family request to meet you! Jon Bon Jovi once requested to meet the famous “Pawn Stars” crew backstage at one of his concerts. They went to the meet and greet for the famous band because Bon Jovi’s children are huge fans of the hit show. Chumlee stated, “He gave us front row tickets. That was pretty cool. When does Bon Jovi personally invite you to his show?”

Bon Jovi Loves Them

No Longer Welcome In Public

Since the show aired on television, Rick said that he often gets kicked out from a lot of garage sales and swap meets because people are worried he will catch onto something that’s worth a lot of money or that he will find the skills to negotiate prices down as low as possible. He said that right when people recognize him, they usually take away items he has his eye on!

No Longer Welcome In Public

Chumlee Loves Shoes

Did you know Chumlee has a side hobby other than his candy shop and working at the pawnshop? Yep, that’s right! Chumlee absolutely loves collecting shoes. He owns over 200 pairs of shoes, and his collection just keeps growing every day.

Chumlee Loves Shoes

The Show Impedes On Business

When the cast of the show shoots an episode, the store has to close down, and often times they lose out on a lot of business because of these delays. Not only does filming for the show get in the way of interacting with customers and making business sales, but because of the high popularity of the series combined with how many tourists and fans are always visiting Las Vegas, most of the people that enter the pawnshop are not there to actually sell or buy anything, but rather, they’re there in hopes of meeting the stars.

The Show Impedes On Business

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