Duane the Dog Chapman has a complicated family history. From the death of his wife, Beth, to his relationship with Moon Angell, and his estranged son, Duane’s family is not the best example of a close-knit family. An American bounty hunter and bondsman, Duane rose to fame following his appearances in the reality TV series, Dog The Bounty Hunter. However, as of late, Duane’s family has been plagued by controversies. His relationship with Moon Angell and their subsequent marriage became the source of many problems, which led to his own daughter speaking out against him. Duane also has an estranged relationship with his son Duane Lee, and the pair are at odds. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Duane Lee.
Duane Lee Chapman II was born on January 21, 1973 to Duane Chapman and his ex-wife La Fonda Sue Honeycutt. Around the time Duane Lee was born, his father was sentenced to prison. His parents divorced following his father’s incarceration and Duane Lee spent much of his early life with his single mother. When he was about 8 years old, Duane got the visiting rights to see his son. Even though Duane Lee was born and raised in Texas, he later moved to Colorado Springs to work in the bail bonds business.
Life as a Bondsman
After moving to Colorado, Duane Lee began training as a bondsman under the tutelage of his father. Duane Lee Chapman II worked as a bail bondsman and bounty hunter for his father’s company, Da Kine Bail Bonds.
He appeared on the show from 2005 to 2012, showing his skills and courage as a bounty hunter, chasing down fugitives and bringing them to justice. He also starred in a spin-off series, “Dog: The Family Speaks”, which aired in 2006. He had a close relationship with his father and his siblings, especially his brother Leland, who also worked as a bounty hunter.
However, things took a turn for the worse in 2012, when Duan Lee Jr. had a heated argument with Beth over money during the show’s last season on A&E. He claimed that he was being underpaid by Beth and overworked by Dog. He felt that he was not respected or appreciated by his family and that they were taking advantage of him. He decided to quit the show and the family business, and moved to Florida to start his own bail bondsman business. He also reportedly became a financial advisor.
Duan Lee Jr.’s departure from the show and his family has left many fans wondering what happened to him and why he chose to cut ties with them. Some speculate that he was hurt by the way Beth treated him and that he felt betrayed by Dog for not standing up for him. Others suggest that he wanted to live a more private life away from the spotlight and the drama of his family. Whatever the reason, it seems that Duan Lee Jr. has made up his mind to stay away from his father’s show and his family, leaving behind a legacy of controversy and mystery.
Since then, Duan Lee Jr. has kept a low profile and has not appeared on any of the family’s reality shows. He has also distanced himself from his father and his siblings, and has not attended any of their events or celebrations. He did not attend Beth’s funeral in 2019, after she died of throat cancer at the age of 51. He also did not attend Dog’s wedding with Francie Frane in 2021. His whereabouts and current status are unknown to the public.
Marriage & Children
Duane Jr. has experienced some ups and downs in his personal life. He was married to Teresa R. Roybal, whom he met in high school and after dating for four years they tied the knot in 1999. However, their marriage did not last long, and they separated in 2008. The exact reason for their divorce is not known, but some sources have speculated that it could be due to domestic violence or infidelity issues. Since then, Duane Jr. has kept his love life private and has not revealed if he has remarried or dated anyone else. The pair is not known to have any children. Reportedly, Duane has a grown son named Dylan Chapman who is 28 years of as of June 2023.
While Duane has not revealed any details about his other affairs, his sister Lyssa Chapman hinted that he once dated Moon Angell in a Twitter post:
“If someone who met your family by dating your brother, tried to date your father after your step-mom died what would you do? If you went to your mother’s closet and saw she moved all her clothes and replaced them with her own, what would you do? My dad is a GROWN ASS MAN. His money. His dynasty. But you can guarantee that my name is not going down in history as a person who supported this.”
Duane Lee Chapman Jr. Extended Family
Duane Lee Chapman Jr is the son of Duane Lee Chapman Sr, a former biker and convict who became a successful bounty hunter and TV personality. His mother is La Fonda Sue Honeycutt, who married his father in 1972 when they were both 19 years old.
However, their marriage did not last long, as his father was sentenced to five years in prison for first-degree murder in 1976. His mother divorced him in 1977 and remarried her best friend Jim Darnell. Duane Lee Chapman Jr and his younger brother Leland Blane Chapman (born on December 14, 1976) stayed with their mother until they were sent to foster care for being rebellious and truant. Later, they moved in with their father after he was released from jail.
Duane Lee Chapman Jr has eleven half-siblings from his father’s five other marriages. His father married Ann Tegnell in 1979 and had three children with her: Zebediah Duane Chapman (who died shortly after birth), Wesley Chapman, and James Robert Chapman. His father then married Lyssa Rae Brittain in 1982 and had three more children with her: Barbara Katie Chapman (who died in a car accident in 2006), Tucker Dee Chapman, and Lyssa Rae Chapman. His father’s fourth marriage was to Tawny Marie in 1992, but they had no children together. His father’s fifth marriage was to Alice Elizabeth “Beth” Barmore in 2006, who had two children from her previous relationships: Cecily Barmore-Chapman and Dominic Davis. His father also adopted Beth’s daughter Bonnie Joanne Chapman. His father’s sixth and final marriage was to Francie Frane in 2021.
Duane Lee Chapman Jr.
Date of birth
January 21, 1973
50 years old
Place of birth
Pampa, Texas, USA
Television personality, actor, bounty hunter
La Fonda Sue Honeycutt
Leland Chapman, Lyssa Chapman, Bonnie Jo Chapman (half-siblings) and others