Austin Lee Russell, well known by his nickname Chumlee, is a reality television star and businessman from the United States. He is most known for his participation in the History Channel TV program Pawn Stars, which chronicles the day-to-day operations of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas. As of 2022, Chumlee has a net worth of $5 million.
Russell was born in Henderson, Nevada. His birthday is on September 8, 1982, and he is of Scottish descent. Sage, his brother, and Terra, his sister, are his two siblings.
Because of his wide face and thick chin, his father likened him to the walrus Chumley from the cartoon series Tennessee Tuxedo when he was 12. Thus, the name Chumlee was born.
He became close friends with Corey Harrison as a youngster. Corey’s father, Rick Harrison, and grandfather, Richard, founded the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in 1989.
Chumlee started working for the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop when he was 21 years old. His responsibilities include working behind the counter, such as evaluating items, loading goods, and printing tickets for customer purchases.
Before recording the first season of the reality TV show Pawn Stars in July 2009, he successfully worked there for five years. He is portrayed as the humorous foil in the series, frequently becoming the brunt of the other characters’ jokes due to his presumed stupidity.
The young worker has responded by claiming that he is underappreciated and citing his knowledge of pinball machines as evidence. Nevertheless, he is a fan favorite.
Now, Chumlee makes $25,000 per episode. As a result of Pawn Stars’ success, he started his own business selling novelty products and booked his own media appearances.
In 2010, he sold half of his shares in the business to Rick Harrison for $155,000. He did so for the store to better manage orders of Russell’s goods. He isn’t richer than Rick, but he’s getting there.
Due to his fame, his merchandise revenues have eclipsed those of his co-stars. He established Chumlee’s Candy on the Boulevard, located across the road from the pawnshop he works on, in May 2017. He is still actively managing it today.
After his father died of pancreatic cancer at 54, he was encouraged to make a significant change. He exercised six days a week and changed his diet to include more juice, veggies, and no red meat. Chumlee lost a whopping 110 pounds.
However, regained weight, reaching up to 350 pounds. But it decreased by 160 lbs after getting gastric sleeve surgery. In the operation, a large piece of his stomach was apparently removed.
He absolutely loves collecting shoes and currently has over 200 pairs. He is also a car collector who has a Rolls-Royce, a Range Rover, a Maserati, a Cadillac, and a 1964 Impala SS. Sports, Pokémon cards, video games, and skating are among his other passions.
As for his love life, Chumlee is married to Olivia Rodeman. They started dating in 2016 when the television personality was facing legal issues. But Olivia stood by him, and they tied the knot in 2019.