Paul Teutul Sr. has been announced as one of 18 contestants on the fifth installment of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice and is competing to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant more wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

Teutul is best known as the massive, mustachioed, tattooed owner of Orange County Choppers, a custom motorcycle manufacturer, profiled on Discovery Channel’s hit reality series American Chopper.

Teutul’s support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation dates back to 2004, when the Orange County Choppers crew granted the wishes of several kids wanting to meet them. Since then, the Orange County Choppers team has granted more than 50 wishes to Make-A-Wish kids and has supported its local chapter, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley, by hosting events for wish kids and their families and inviting them to Orange County Choppers programs.

“The combination of Paul’s passion for wish-granting and his business tenacity makes him a formidable competitor and Make-A-Wish advocate on “The Celebrity Apprentice” this season," said David A. Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. “Paul reflects the big burly biker stereotype, but we also know that he, like thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts who ride, raise money, or help us in other ways to grant more wishes, also has a giant heart and we are grateful for his support.”

The season premiere airs Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on NBC.

Participants on “The Celebrity Apprentice,” compete to benefit their selected charities, unlike contestants on “The Apprentice,” who participate in similar challenges to try and land a coveted job working for the host of both shows, Donald Trump. Photos and bios for all of the fifth-season cast members can be found at

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