Chumlee’s real name is Austin Lee Russell.
As Corey’s devoted childhood friend, Chumlee is just like a son to Rick and he’s been around the shop since he was a kid. Part of the reason he isn’t taken seriously is that he constantly begs Corey to buy items that entertain him—like video games and circus paraphernalia—that usually don’t make good business sense.
And, although his heart of gold makes him a pro at customer service, it’s continually proven to be bad business for the shop. Chumlee always wants to give his patrons the best deal and often takes their side—a trait that never fails to push Rick’s buttons. Where did Chumlee get his nickname? Friends in elementary school took the name from cartoon character Tennessee Tuxedo’s sidekick, a walrus named Chumley.
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