Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Paul Teutul, Sr.

Paul John Teutul (born May 1, 1949 in Yonkers, New York) 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.

Teutul 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.

He 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." Teutul 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.

He 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.

In addition to Paul Teutul, Jr. and Michael Teutul, he also has another son, Daniel, who is the general manager and owner of Orange County Ironworks, and a daughter, Cristin. Daniel was seen on American Chopper building the new headquarters building. He also has a daughter, Cristin, who is the youngest of the Teutul children. She is currently a nurse in Rochester, New York. Teutul is divorced from his first wife Paula and married his second wife, Beth Dillon, in July 2007. Beth has two sons of her own from her previous marriage: Burton Dillon III and Brent Dillon, aged 35 and 33 respectively.

On February 6, 2011, it was reported that Teutul's name and personal information appeared on business records in connection with a Florida dentist's indictment for steroids distribution. The records show Teutul received thousands of dollars worth of steroids over a multi-year period.

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