• Paul Teutul Sr. is a reality TV star and motorcycle manufacturer.
• He was born in Yonkers, NY in 1949.
• He served in the US Merchant Marine during the Vietnam War.
• He is the founder of Orange County Choppers, which rose to fame after the Discovery Channel series “American Chopper: The Series”.
• He has authored two books and has a large presence on social media.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$15 million
Date Of BirthMay 1, 1949
SpouseBeth Ann Santos, Paula Teutul, Beth Ann Santos, Paula Teutul
MarkHis big handlebar mustache
FactRelease of his book, "Orange County Choppers: The Tale of the Teutuls" by Paul with Paul Teutul Jr., Michael Teutul, Keith Zimmerman and Kent Zimmerman. [2006]

Who is Paul Teutul Sr.?

Born Paul John Teutul on the 1st May 1949, in Yonkers, New York City USA, he is a reality TV star and motorcycle manufacturer, but probably best known to the world for his appearances in the reality series “American Chopper: The Series” (2002-2010), and “Orange County Choppers” (2013-2014), among other differing accomplishments.

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Early Life and Education

Though he obtained world fame, Paul has somehow managed to keep his background details hidden from the public eye, including the identity of his parents and his education. However, what is known about his early years is his love for motorcycles and speed. While watching films such as “Easy Rider” and “The Wild One”, Paul fell in love with the two wheels beasts, and started learning about them.

Vietnam War

During the Vietnam War, Paul wasn’t in the US military, but was a part of the US Merchant Marine and often sailed to and fro the war zone during the early 1970s.

Orange County Ironworks

Upon returning from the Vietnam War, Paul started Orange County Ironworks, which is a fabrication shop. After several years of successful management, Paul left the firm and started building motorcycles, firstly as a hobby but later turning it into a full-time profession. Now, Orange County Ironworks is in the ownership of Paul’s son, Daniel.

Orange County Choppers

As his love for motorcycle manufacturing turned into a full-time profession, Paul started another company, Orange County Choppers, in 1999. Teaming up with his older son, Paul Jr., the two became widely known throughout the US, and after three years of successful work, received a call from the Discovery Channel producers and were offered a show that would follow their daily operations. Soon afterwards, “American Chopper: The Series”, began airing in 2002.

“American Choppers: The Series”

The show followed the Teutul family business from 2003 to 2010; while on the show, he two Pauls fought often, which eventually resulted in Paul Jr. leaving both the business and the series. However, the series lasted for 70 episodes, from 2007 to 2010 airing on TLC. Despite – or perhaps because of – the disagreements between father and son, the show became rather popular and on account of series’ success, two video games were created – “American Chopper”, and “American Chopper 2: Full Throttle”. After his son left the original series, several other shows were created as spin-offs, including “American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior”, and “Orange County Choppers”, in which Paul Sr. also appeared, further increasing his net worth and popularity. In 2012 the series was terminated, and aside from a documentary special “Shaq Bike” aired in 2014, Paul hasn’t been seen on TV since.

An Accomplished Author

Paul has shared some of his most intimate details with the public in his book “Orange County Choppers: The Tale of the Teutuls” in 2006, while he also published another in 2009, entitled “The Ride of a Lifetime”. The sales of his books have also contributed to his net worth.

Have You Wondered How Rich Paul Teutul Sr. Is?

Since starting his own company, Paul has enjoyed all the benefits of a rich life, but once the series stopped airing, he began experiencing financial problems. His wealth is now estimated by authoritative sources at $1.8 million, however, his debt to creditors is assessed at more than $1 million, which saw him file for bankruptcy in early 2018. Regardless, Paul still possesses an extensive car and motorcycle collection, which includes several Corvettes valued at over $75,000 each. He also has a number of Oldsmobiles, and other classic cars and choppers.

Life Behind the Scene

When not working, Paul is a devoted husband and father; since 2007 he has been married to Beth Dillon. Previously, he was married to Paula Teutul with whom he has four children, Paul Jr., Michael, Christian, and Dan Teutul. Since leaving Orange County Choppers, Paul Jr. has started his own company, Paul Jr. Designs.

Social Media Presence

Since Paul made a little kingdom from his shop, he has managed to expand his influence to social media platforms, particularly on his own Twitter account, on which he has more than 55,000 followers, and has shared some details of his personal life with his most loyal fans, including his place for rest. He has also started the Orange County Choppers Twitter account, and since joining the community has gained a following of 111,000 people. He has also promoted his work, informing his fans about his latest projects and enterprises. He has an avid fan base on Facebook too, with more than 350,000 ‘likes’ on his official Facebook page. So, if you are not already a fan, then this is a great chance for you to start following the life and work of one of the most prominent motorcycle manufacturers.


Paul is recognized for his many tattoos; he has tattooed his arms, and chest, which has made him even more popular with public. Some of his most popular tattoos include portrait of his bullmastiff and OCC logo

General Info

Full NamePaul Teutul Sr.
Net Worth$15 million
Salary$15 Million
Date Of BirthMay 1, 1949
Height1.83 m, 1.83 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Actor, Sailor, Businessperson, Actor, Sailor, Businessperson, Television producer
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseBeth Ann Santos, Paula Teutul, Beth Ann Santos, Paula Teutul
ChildrenPaul Teutul Jr., Michael Teutul, Daniel Teutul, Cristin Teutul, Hudson Seven Teutul
ParentsPaul Teutul, Sr., Paul Teutul, Sr.
SiblingsMichael Teutul, Daniel Teutul, Cristin Teutul


AwardsASTRA Awards for Favourite International Personality or Actor, ASTRA Awards for Favourite International Personality or Actor
MoviesWild Hogs, Wild Hogs
TV ShowsAmerican Chopper, American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior

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#Marks / Signs
1His big handlebar mustache


1Release of his book, "Orange County Choppers: The Tale of the Teutuls" by Paul with Paul Teutul Jr., Michael Teutul, Keith Zimmerman and Kent Zimmerman. [2006]
2Release of his book, "The Ride of a Lifetime". [2009]
3Married American Chopper: The Series (2003) cast mate Beth Dillon before 130 guests at their home in Montgomery, NY. Fans will get a chance to see the groom's customized, sleeveless tuxedo and bride's white, strapless wedding dress when the show makes its season debut in the Fall.
4Finished 3rd in the World Poker Tour "American Chopper vs. Trading Spaces" special.
5Has four children: Paul Teutul Jr., Daniel, Michael Teutul and Cristin.




American Chopper: The Series2009-2010TV Series producer - 25 episodes


Orange County Choppers: American Made2015-2016TV Series
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior2010TV SeriesFather
My Name Is Earl2008TV SeriesPaulie Sr.
Wild Hogs2007Paul


Mobster Moviepre-productionHimself
Tattoo Titans2015TV SeriesHimself
American Chopper: The Series2002-2014TV SeriesHimself
Orange County Choppers2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
The Apprentice2012-2013TV SeriesHimself - Contestant / Himself - Team Arsenio / Himself - Meatball Customer
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior2010-2012TV SeriesHimself
Chopper LIve: The Revenge2012TV MovieHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2003-2012TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Receives a visit from Biff Henderson at OCC
The Wendy Williams Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
American Chopper Live: The Build Off2011TV MovieHimself
Meteorite Men2010TV SeriesHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself
Death Valley Screamers: Bonnie & Clyde2009ShortHimself
Jon & Kate Plus 82009TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Family Feud2008TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2008TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2008TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007TV SeriesHimself
King of the Hill2006TV SeriesHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
American Chopper 2: Full Throttle2005Video GameHimself (voice)
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch2005TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2003-2005TV SeriesHimself
American Hot Rod2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2004TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2004TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2003TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The Apprentice2015TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2007Astra AwardAstra AwardsFavourite International Personality or ActorAmerican Chopper: The Series (2003)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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