The reality TV star and pawn shop employee was born on September 8, 1982. Austin ‘Chumlee’ Russell is best known as one of the cast of History Channel’s show “Pawn Stars.” He has an estimated net worth of $5 million and a salary of $25,000 for each episode of Pawn Stars.
He was nicknamed “Chumlee” after his father compared him to the walrus “Chumley” in the cartoon Tennessee Tuxedo. He was close childhood friend of Corey Harrison who is the son of Rick Harrison and grandson of Richard Harrison. The Harrisons owned the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in 1989 which was located near the Las Vegas strip. Chumlee began to work at their Pawn Shop when he was 21 years old. The pawn shop gained popularity after it was featured on the Comedy Central channel’s show “Insomniac with Dave Attell”. History Channel eventually bought the series for more production. Chumlee works behind the counter in the Pawn shop where he has a special interest in vintage pinball machines. He is also a shoe collector and has collected more than 150 pairs. Pawn Stars is currently the most popular show on the History Channel which has seen more than 352 episodes in its 9 season. The show follows the happenings at the 24 hour Gold and Silver Pawn shop where Chumlee’s most famous haggling was getting a local Maserati shop owner to sell him $100,000 car for the discounted price of $85,000. He also owns a Rolls-Royce Phantom, Cadillac, a Range Rover, and a 1964 Impala SS. Chumlee lost an impressive 75 pounds (34 kg) after he changed his lifestyle habits.