Paul Teutul Sr.

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Paul Teutul
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Teutul in 2016
Paul John Teutul

(1949-05-01) May 1, 1949 (age 69)
OccupationMotorcycle designer and builder
Spouse(s)Domestic partner Joan Bulger/Kay (2011 to present)
Beth Ann Santos (2007-2015)
Paula Teutul (1969–1995) (divorced)
ChildrenPaul Teutul Jr.
Michael Teutul
Christin Teutul
Daniel Teutul

Paul John Teutul (born May 1, 1949) is the founder of Orange County Choppers, a manufacturer of custom motorcycles and the focus of the reality television series American Chopper. Teutul first appeared on the show with his sons Paul Teutul Jr., Michael Teutul. In 2013 his new show Orange County Choppers premiered on CMT[1]

Early life[edit]

Teutul was born in Yonkers, New York and grew up in Pearl River, New York.

Although he never served in a branch of the United States military during the Vietnam War, Teutul sailed as a member of the United States Merchant Marines during the war. It is unclear what shipboard department he worked in, or how long he sailed.[2]


Teutul with Ex Brazilian President Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva and First Lady Marisa Letícia in front of the Palácio da Alvorada in Brasília, Brazil

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.[3] In 1999 he left and founded Orange County Choppers. He hired his son Paul Jr. and began building bikes for sale.


In addition to Paul Teutul Jr. and Michael Teutul, Paul Sr. has two other children: Christin Teutul and Dan Teutul.

Teutul's regular arguments with his sons became a routine occurrence during episodes of American Chopper. These vocal disagreements eventually led to Paul Jr. being fired in April 2009. Paul Jr. has since started a design business called Paul Jr. Designs.

Teutul and long time girlfriend Joan Bulger-Kay work and live together. They spend their downtime riding motorcycles and rescuing animals.


A significant part of Teutul's image is his numerous tattoos. He has been known to acquire tattoos from time to time in order to express a feeling or to make a point. For example, when he became frustrated about the location of OCC (in Orange County, New York) being frequently confused with Orange County in California, he obtained a tattoo on his left arm with the designation OCC New York in order to make the distinction clear.[4] This tattoo session was filmed as part of an episode of American Chopper. Another example is the tattoo he received from Ami James, renowned tattoo artist from the shop (and fellow TLC show) Miami Ink, a portrait piece of his pet bullmastiff, Marty, to go along with an earlier portrait of his older bullmastiff, Gus (Gussy) whose full name is August, which was done by another tattoo artist.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Orange County Choppers Kicks Off CMT Bike Week With 2-Hour Special Sunday". Pilgrim Studios, Inc. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Paul Teutul Sr from". Archived from the original on 2005-11-26.
  4. ^ a b American Chopper on Discovery Channel
  5. ^ Miami Ink

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