Before he earned his massive fortune, Paul Sr. actually came from very humble beginnings working in the steel industry. Before getting into bikes, he was fabricating steel and iron.
In fact, he launched his own ironworks shop in Rock Tavern, New York in 1973 and it’s still open today!
It Started With Pilgrim Studios
It all started when Paul Sr. was spotted while at the Daytona Beach Biketober with True Blue (his first bike) when Pilgrim Studios offered him his own special reality TV drama. The production company, who is partnered with Discovery Channel, aimed to create a series on Paul, his family, and obviously, Orange County Choppers.
As you probably are aware, he agreed to this, and the rest, as it's been said, is history!
Paul vs. Paul
In 2010, American Choppers got the ax, however, it still wasn’t the end for OCC. TLC settled on the choice to make a spin-off show, American Chopper: Senior versus Junior which, as the name gives away, pursues the father-son rivalry.
Surprisingly, the premise kept the show running for four seasons. During the season finale, Paul Sr., Paul Jr., and Mikey are seen standing in front of their brand new family custom chopper. Too sweet!
Not A Fan
Though American Chopper has tons of fans around the world, Mikey is actually not one of them. When he was asked by an interviewer if he watches the show, Mikey responded with a firm “no way.”
He probably doesn’t want to be re-watching all the drama that he moved on from already!
No Cameras, Please
Though he’s probably used to all the cameras on him now, Paul Sr. was actually camera shy back then! As a child, he found it particularly difficult to be comfortable with the idea of being around cameras.
We couldn’t even find pictures of the elder Teutul!