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Duane Dog Chapman  

Television Personality & Bounty Hunter

As the oldest of four children raised by a Navy welder father and minister mother in Denver, Colorado, Duane Dog Chapman had several encounters with the law during his teenage years, including an arrest for robbery. After serving his time, Chapman committed to redeeming himself by operating on the right side of the law. He made his first bail jumper capture on the day of his release and has since made it his life's work, claiming to have had more than 6,000 captures over the past 20 years. In addition to his bounty-hunting pursuits, Chapman has gained recognition as a public speaker.

Chapman's career has been notable, with a list of fugitives that includes Quinton Wortham, the Capital Hill rapist; William Scatarie, white supremacist and convicted murderer of Denver radio shock jock Alan Berg; and Andrew Luster, convicted rapist and Max Factor heir. These captures have earned him international attention, particularly his capture of Andrew Luster in Mexico in 2003, which involved a series of legal complications and substantial media attention.

In 2004, Chapman's celebrity grew when he became the subject of an A&E television series, "Dog The Bounty Hunter," which ran until 2012. He later appeared in "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt" from 2013 to 2015, alongside his late wife, Beth Chapman. His latest series, "Dog's Most Wanted," aired on WGN America in 2019. In addition to his own shows, Chapman has made public appearances on various TV shows and news outlets, including signing autographs aboard the USS Nimitz in 2005 and participating in the manhunt for Brian Laundrie in 2021. He is also the author of two books: "You Can Run But You Can't Hide" and "Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given," both of which have enjoyed success, with his autobiography debuting at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

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