If you’re a fan of the insanely popular History Channel TV series Pawn Stars (RIP Richard Harrison), you know that it has just about as many spinoffs as it does seasons. One of these spinoffs is Counting Cars. Filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, the show focuses on Count’s Kustoms, a hot rod and chopper customization and restoration shop. The owner of the shop and star of the show is Danny “The Count” Koker, a guy who looks more like the front man for a ’80s heavy metal band than a guy who runs a custom shop. The guy does really know his cars and bikes, though.
As you can probably tell from his picture, Danny is one interesting guy. What makes this dude so interesting? Let’s take a look!
Danny Koker Bio
Born on January 5, 1964, Daniel Nicholas Koker II was raised in both Cleveland and Detroit, meaning that a love of cars was pretty much engrained into his DNA. His dad, besides being an accomplished musician, worked at Ford Motor Company, and by the time he was eight, Danny had already been gifted a cruiser by his pops. Eventually, Danny taught himself how to restore cars, and he got good at it. Real good.
Shortly after developing a love for working of cars, Danny also developed a loved for entertaining. When his parents bought the Las Vegas television station KFBT, Danny started hosting a weekly B-movie showcase called Saturday Fright at the Movies, where he played a character “Count Cool Rider.” Maybe not “cool,” but definitely entertaining.
Following the success of his reality TV stint, Koker took his Count moniker and applied it to his true passion: customizing cars and motorcycles. Hence, Count’s Kustoms was born.
Danny Koker Counting Cars
As business started booming for Count’s Kustoms, Danny Koker grew in popularity. He served as a car and motorcycle expert on both the Pawn Stars TV show and the Pawn Stars spinoff, American Restoration. In 2012, yet another Pawn Stars spinoff was born: Counting Cars.
Along with “The Count,” the show includes a pretty eclectic cast of characters, including a guy named “Horny Mike,” an airbrush artist who likes putting horns on everything. Yeah, probably not the direction you assumed that was going…
Not everything ended up going smoothly at Count’s Kustoms. In 2016, an employee named Joseph Frontiera was accused of misappropriated company funds for personal use, including using shop money as a down payment on a Range Rover and personal airline tickets. He ended up getting fired, subsequently sued by Count’s Kustoms, and fined $18,000 by the IRS.
So, his future his pretty much toast. But, what about the future of Counting Cars? After an eight-season run (the most recent season having aired in 2018), Counting Cars has yet to be picked up for a ninth season. Here’s hoping that the History Channel gets on that soon, or else we’d be deprived of moments like this.
Danny Koker Net Worth and Personal Life
Danny Koker has an estimated net worth of $13 million, and he puts a lot of that money towards his love of vehicles, owning more than 55 cars and 70 motorcycles. Yeah, you could say he’s a just little bit obsessed.
When he’s not working on cars or choppers, Danny definitely keeps himself busy. On top of owning a restaurant called Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill and a tattoo shop called Count’s Tattoo Company, Koker is also the lead vocalist of the rock band Count’s 77. Clearly, Danny’s really milking that “Count” nickname.
Having been married to Korie Koker since 2015, Danny Koker is an ordained minister and is also involved with a number of charities. They need to change the term “jack of all trades” to “koker of all trades,” because this guy really does it all.