Chumlee Of ‘Pawn Stars’: Life Behind The Cameras

Published on 12/02/2020
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Behind The Scenes With Chumlee Of 'Pawn Stars'

Behind The Scenes With Chumlee Of ‘Pawn Stars’

In 2009, the History Channel first began airing Pawn Stars. It has only acquired more and more supporters ever since! For one of the stars on the show, however, it seems like things have been a little rough. In Chumlee’s personal and public matters, what exactly is happening?

The Star Of The Show

The tv series, based in Las Vegas, owes its unbelievable excellence to the humorous members of the cast. We have to commend, among them, Austin Lee “Chumlee” Russell! This man is full of life and appears to know, when the cameras are rolling or not, how to make everyone chuckle.

The Star Of The Show

The Star Of The Show

Not The Best Student In High School

Before we could even dig a bit deeper into this tale, firstly, you must understand that he never had the nicest childhood ever. Chumlee is just not a very great student, to be precise. In school, he didn’t really do quite well.

Not The Best Student In High School

Not The Best Student In High School

He Never Graduated

He did tend to pay other students to complete the schoolwork for him when he was a high school student. We are ready to guess that when they learned that he chose to drop out, it did not come as a surprise to anybody.

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He Never Graduated

The Story Behind It

Then there is a concern regarding his nickname, aside from his academic problems. Even though Chumlee may sound adorable to our ears, for amusing explanations, Russell did not get the nickname.

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The Story Behind It

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

As a relation to a character from Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, a cartoon from the 60s, people have started calling him that. In the tv series, Chumley was the name of the stout walrus. Yikes, this must hurt.

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

Cute Nickname But Cruel Intentions

Friends From Childhood

It must have been a great thing that Russell had a nice childhood friend that he has always been able to depend on. We are speaking of none other than Corey Harrison, who later on in life did end up being his Pawn Stars co-star.

A Friendship With Employment Benefits

Friends From Childhood

A Friendship With Employment Benefits

They also used to hang out with Rick, Corey’s dad, at just the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. There was the main advantage that happened to come with their relationship. Among several other things, when he became 21 years old, Chumlee started working there on a full-time basis.

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A Friendship With Employment Benefits

Not What He Expected

Although it takes a certain precision to work at a pawn shop, there is also no avoiding the fact that most of it usually includes doing menial work. It’s definitely not the first thing when you think of a glamorous career that would come to people’s minds.

Not What He Expected

Not What He Expected

Five Short Years Later

Even after this, five years after starting to work at Gold & Silver, Chumlee did find himself at the front of the camera as well as on the small screen. We have a feeling that far more than having to work at the pawnshop, he preferred to work on TV.

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Five Short Years Later

Can’t Help It

Chumlee often began to fall into the comedy relief type of role as the show gained more fame and wealth with each passing month. He was a man who always cracked jokes and made his co-stars and the audience laugh.

Can’t Help It

Can’t Help It

Not The Best Buys

In the objects he liked to target, his involvement in video games, rap, sneakers, and pinball often reveals. Even though we would concur that they’re very interesting objects, they have not translated into good financial decision making for the company. Uh, oops.

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Not The Best Buys

Making Many Mistakes

Chumlee was likely to make quite a number of stupid mistakes, although before the show even began filming, this allegedly also happened. He put a customer’s stand-up bass against a shelf once. Much to the horror of everybody, it fell and broke into parts. Evidently, an eye-popping $20,000 could have been worth it!

Making Many Mistakes

Making Many Mistakes

Popularity For His Mishaps

He liked to tease the rest of the cast members for mishaps like that one. You will also be able to see that this dynamic is a recurring pattern for Pawn Stars if you ever watch the series. It was also what managed to make Russell a fan favorite.

Popularity For His Mishaps

Popularity For His Mishaps

Quite The Popular Guy

In the beginning, apparently, he earned so much attention that when the whole team made public appearances, he had to bring a bodyguard. Huh. Whoa. That’s all the evidence we need that he made it big!

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Quite The Popular Guy

Enjoying The Fame

Chumlee felt pretty good about all of the interest he was obtaining in the beginning. He even decided to launch his own line of personalized merchandise together with his personal assistant. Sure enough, the other members of the cast did the same thing.

Enjoying The Fame

Enjoying The Fame

The Fan-Favorite

The significant thing here, however, is that neither of them ever sold as many as Chumlee appears to have done. If you’re the most widely known team member, this is what it’s like! More recently, on the Vegas strip, he also decided to open a candy shop!

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The Fan-Favorite

Quite The Private Person

Chumlee wasn’t really precisely the type to speak about just how much he earned, that being said. Despite this, it is public knowledge that when he sold half of his shares in Gold & Silver to Rick Harrison back in 2010, he received $155,000.

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Quite The Private Person

Surprisingly Business Minded

He did this in order to steer his focus to merchandising. Obviously, his public image as a bumbler is not completely true. After all, the guy does have a trace of business sense, undoubtedly!

Surprisingly Business Minded

Surprisingly Business Minded

Time To Make A Change

Russell also began showing a desire to improve himself in many other aspects, in addition to this. There was something happening to Chumlee’s father just two weeks before Pawn Stars went on air that would change life as he knew it.

Time To Make A Change

Time To Make A Change

A Healthier Lifestyle

He succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 54 back in 2009. Russell was not exactly the fittest person, as we could all see. The horrific death of his father compelled him to eat healthier, start exercising more, and live a healthier way of life.

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A Healthier Lifestyle

The Mind And Soul

Chumlee started to eat healthier food and added exercise to his daily routine. By hitting the gym and practicing yoga, he primarily gets his blood flowing. He’s also a big fan of meditation and mindfulness, which would be mind-and-soul therapy.

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The Mind And Soul

Taking The Necessary Steps

Chumlee had a serious plan about how this objective could be achieved. Six days per week, he started dropping out of the gym, sipping fruit smoothies in the early hours, and having to cut out red meat from his eating habits. You probably wouldn’t believe the outcomes.

Taking The Necessary Steps

Taking The Necessary Steps

Impressive Transformation

An impressive transformation resulted from this intense health plan. If you are considering taking better care of yourself, it could be time to follow in his footsteps!

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Impressive Transformation

Healthy And Happy

Between the years 2012 and 2013, Chumlee’s remarkable transformation took place. There was a lot of weight he was able to drop. You won’t believe the findings. We ourselves were astounded!

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Healthy And Happy

A Major Change

He lost 75 pounds if you really want to be particular! We’re happy to say that he ends up looking not only healthier but happier as well! You don’t agree? This major modification really seems to have ended up turning Chumlee’s life around.

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A Major Change

Turning His Life Around

After his weight loss, perhaps the most exciting thing for Chum was not that he could fit in the old clothes, but also something entirely different. Finally, he was finally able to ride a hovercraft that was formerly too heavy to go on! For a start, this was a major feat.

Turning His Life Around

Turning His Life Around

New Relationships

He also began dating Tanya Hyjazi, his long-term girlfriend. She works at the STACK Restaurant & Bar at the Mirage Casino as a chef. Nice to go, Chumlee! It seems that he is not only changing his eating habits but also building new relationships and strengthening them!

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New Relationships

It’s Official

As Chumlee popped the question and put a massive ring on Tanya’s finger, the couple was recently engaged! They celebrated at the Royal Hawaiian Resort in Waikiki and afterward returned to the Andiamo Italian Steakhouse with acquaintances in Las Vegas.

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It’s Official

The Whole Gang

During the celebration, the wonderful pair was encircled by their family and friends. This included the co-stars as well as great mates of Chumlee’s Pawn Stars, Corey Harrison, and his dad, Rick Harrison.

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The Whole Gang

Where Things Went Wrong

Who would have ever thought things could all go wrong for Chumlee, with all of these in mind? In March 2016, the very first hint of trouble started happening. What might that be?

Where Things Went Wrong

Where Things Went Wrong

All Charges Were Dropped

This was the moment when he was mentioned in a sexual assault investigation as a suspect. The charges were made by some other shop worker. Although owing to lack of evidence, it was quickly dropped.

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All Charges Were Dropped

Just The Beginning

Although Chumlee ended this case well, it would not be the last of his legal problems. It seemed as though since he was charged once again, Chumlee could not stay out of hot water.

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Just The Beginning

The Results Of A Police Raid

This time, the investigation involved invading his residence, leading to more troubles. With regard to the case at hand, the authorities found nothing valuable, but they found other stuff in his ownership.

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The Results Of A Police Raid

Illegal Substances Abound

In his home, the police discovered crystal meth, marijuana, and a gun. These things, to say the least, provided the police with sufficient reason for keeping an eye on the reality tv personality.

Illegal Substances Abound

Illegal Substances Abound

Even More Incriminating Things

When a second raid was carried out by the police, even more, contraband items turned up! They discovered 11 firearms to be specific. If all of them have been registered, there would’ve been no major issue here. Unfortunately, there were only four.

Even More Incriminating Things

Even More Incriminating Things

Chumlee Arrested

Aside from this one, further drugs and even compelling evidence of cocaine consumption were also found by the police. To find out what actually occurred, next does not take a genius. He was jailed, as you’ve suspected.

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Chumlee Arrested

At The Very Least

Our adored Chumlee discovered himself encountering 20 separate felony counts after several months. Yikes. This is not much of a comfort, but the court did not discover any significant evidence at the very least.

At The Very Least

At The Very Least

Nothing Illegal

There was no illegal use of the firearms that they discovered in Chumlee’s complete control. It would otherwise have been far worse for the personality of television. For Chum, at least one thing went well!

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Nothing Illegal

Justice Being Served

In the end, Chumlee admitted guilt to an attempted misdemeanor, possession of drugs, and possession of illegal weapons. To avoid having any jail time, he did this. For one year, he was put on probation.

Justice Being Served

Justice Being Served

The Worst Is Behind Him

During this period, if Chumlee behaves properly, only the misdemeanor charge will appear on his record. He does have to attend counseling, aside from all of this, although this sounds reasonable enough anyway.

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The Worst Is Behind Him

A Rough Patch

It starts to sound like he’s been in his direction out of a poor luck spree. Do you think the controversy is going to be the end of his professional life? It seems that the answer is ‘no,’ but inevitably, only time can tell.

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A Rough Patch

A Hard Year

Chumlee opened up to fans about what he was dealing with in a follow-up interview at the end of 2016. The reality television star recognized how harsh the same year had been for him.

Thanking His Supporters

A Hard Year

Thanking His Supporters

More importantly, during such a difficult time, Chumlee expressed his appreciation to his fans for their support. He is not sure he would have gotten through it at all without their kind, inspiring, supportive messages.

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Thanking His Supporters

Endless Gratitude

He also snapped this image with the caption on Instagram and uploaded it, saying, “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

But what was going on with Pawn Stars? There’d been plenty of wishful thinking at the time about the status of the show. Was it about to be discontinued or renewed?

The Fate Of Pawn Stars

The Fate Of Pawn Stars

Back To Normal

We’re happy to say, and also to the relief of the fans, the reality TV series has proceeded to air! And yes, there’s still Chumlee involved. Let’s all keep hoping that in no time, things will go back to usual for him! His suspended sentence is, after all, due to a soon end.

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Back To Normal

Self-Improvement

We’ll let you know, though, that when Chumlee was in trouble with the law, Pawn Stars took a hiatus. The 36-year-old concentrated during this time on helping to improve himself, both mentally and physically. This would be the greatest he could have accomplished for himself, we personally believe!

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Self-Improvement

500 Episodes

The tv series itself does incredible things as well! Lately, Pawn Stars celebrated their 500th episode! Chumlee posted this image with the caption on his Instagram, “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

Without Chumlee, the excellence of Pawn Stars would not have been achievable. One of the primary reasons audiences keep on coming back for more is his life public persona and kind heart!

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Thanks To Chumlee

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