Paul Teutul Sr is one of the co-founders of Orange County Choppers, a manufacturer of custom motorcycles and focus of the reality television series American Chopper. Teutul first appeared on the show with his sons Paul Teutul, Jr. and Michael Teutul.
Paul Teutul Sr originally started out owning Orange County Ironworks, a fabrication shop now solely owned and managed by son Daniel. He began building custom bikes for pleasure after being inspired by the many custom bikes appearing on the streets and in films. In 1999 he left and co-founded Orange County Choppers with his son Paul Jr and began building bikes for sale.
Paul Teutul Sr has built a reputation on American Chopper for being a hard-nosed businessman and having a short temper. He is also particular about neatness, often yelling (at least in the earlier episodes of American Chopper) about the disorganization and cleanliness of the shop, and being described by Michael at one point as being “like Martha Stewart on a motorcycle.” Paul Teutul Sr has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In early 2007, he was also featured in an online advertising campaign by the Wall Street Journal that featured celebrity readers.
Paul Teutul Sr has been featured in the music video for Nickelback’s “Rockstar”, and also in the television programs Long Way Round starring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman and on King of The Hill in Season 10, Episode 10 titled Hank Fixes Everything. Along with his son Paul Jr., Teutul played a small role in the 2007 film Wild Hogs. As part of the agreement with the My Name Is Earl bike, they were also featured on an episode of the show. In a 2008 episode, they can be seen fighting in a makeshift bike shop as Earl steals a bike parked outside.
Paul Teutul Sr was a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice 5 until he was fired by Donald Trump on April 15’s episode.
How Paul Teutul Sr Made His Money – Custom Motorcycles
Estimated Net Worth: $15 Million
Birthday: May 1, 1949
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