Thursday, February 14, 2008

Survivor Contestants Season 1 Borneo

Name Age Hometown Season Finish
Sonja Christopher 63 Walnut Creek, CA Borneo 16 16th
B.B. Andersen 64 Mission Hills, KS Borneo 15 15th
Stacey Stillman 27 San Francisco, CA Borneo 14 14th

Stacey Stillman (born August 11, 1972) was a contestant of the first season of the CBS reality television series, Survivor, which aired in 2000 and was set in Pulau Tiga.

Before Survivor, Stillman was an attorney in San Francisco, California. She lives in Mountain View, California and practices intellectual property law at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's Palo Alto office, which specializes in representing technology companies.

On Survivor: Borneo, she was a member of the Tagi tribe and was voted off third, after spending nine days on the island.

In early 2001, she sued CBS claiming Mark Burnett arranged her exit and orchestrated the show's outcome. It was stated in a 14-page lawsuit, filed February 5, 2001, that two of her fellow tribemates, Sean Kenniff and Dirk Been, were persuaded to change their vote from 72-year-old Rudy Boesch to her.

Stillman wanted restitution for lost prize money, plus $75,000 representing out-of-pocket expenses and punitive damages. CBS and Burnett said in a statement that her claims were groundless. Sean Kenniff told USA Today that the vote wasn't influenced and Burnett said to "Vote your conscience," but it didn't feel to him that was coercion. Been supported her allegations.

Ramona Gray 29 Edison, NJ Borneo 13 13th
Dirk Been 23 Spring Green, WI Borneo 12 12th
Joel Klug 28 Sherwood, AR Borneo 11 11th
Gretchen Cordy 38 Clarksville, TN Borneo 10 10th
Greg Buis 24 Gold Hill, CO Borneo 09 9th
Jenna Lewis 22 Franklin, NH Borneo 08 8th
Jenna Lewis (born July 16, 1977) was a contestant on Survivor: Borneo (season one), finishing eighth, and Survivor: All-Stars (season eight), finishing third. She is also famous for her 2004 Sex tape.

* In the summer of 2005, Lewis was cast in a made-for-TV movie, The Scorned, which featured a cast made entirely of reality television stars, including Jon Dalton, Trish Schneider, and Steven Hill. Hill played Lewis' love interest; the two dated for a time. The filming of the movie was documented and released as a reality show, Kill Reality.

* Lewis and other Survivor castaways have appeared in an episode of Nash Bridges.

* On May 23, 2004, she was a guest on Loveline.

* She appeared in Eminem's music video for "Without Me".

* Recently, she has been announced as one of the judges on the second season of Jenna's American Sex Star, which screens on Playboy TV.

During Survivor: Borneo, the final nine castaways were supposed to receive videos from home, which they would compete to get to see. Lewis appeared eager to see her daughters, but Jeff Probst announced that the tape never came in. Lewis was voted off the island by three contestants who had an alliance and by Sean Kenniff, who was voting based on alphabetical order. Lewis was voted out 4-3-1.

In the first episode of Survivor: All Stars, Lewis successfully lobbied for Tina Wesson's elimination on the grounds that a former winner (in Wesson's case, the second season, Survivor: The Australian Outback) shouldn't be allowed to win again. Lewis survived to the final three, but after losing the last Immunity Challenge, was voted out by Rob Mariano.

In 2004, an explicit 42 minute long sex tape emerged featuring Lewis and husband Travis Wolfe in a Las Vegas hotel room. The video includes full penetrative sex and oral sex. It was originally thought that Lewis and Wolfe made the sex video purely for their own private use and that it was somehow accidentally leaked onto the internet. In interviews, Lewis had even talked about the embarrassment she said she felt at the prospect of anybody being able to see her naked and performing sexual acts. However, this started to come into question as reports appeared suggesting that in fact Lewis decided to deliberately release a sex tape of herself to increase her fame and make money from it. In some interviews Lewis even mentioned how people could buy the video arousing further suspicion.

In December 2004, the New York Daily News reported that she and her manager were behind the website selling the tapes and were receiving 70 percent of the sales profits. The sex video, which quickly spread throughout the Internet, certainly did increase Lewis's level of fame, especially worldwide where the American version of Survivor is not broadcast and she was unknown. Lewis had previously turned down an offer to pose nude for Playboy after Survivor. Lewis and Wolfe later divorced.

Gervase Peterson 30 Philadelphia, PA Borneo 07 7th

Gervase Peterson (born November 2, 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a contestant on Survivor: Borneo, the first edition of the popular CBS reality television series Survivor, which premiered in May 2000, and was the highest rated American series during the summer of that year. Peterson and tribemate Ramona Gray were Survivor's first two African American contestants (and its first two contestants of color).

During the original Survivor season, he worked only when necessary, and was able to successfully preserve much of his strength until the individual challenges in the later rounds. Although at times it made him appear lazy, he claims that this was part of his strategy.

As a member of the Pagong tribe, Peterson was one of the first Survivor contestants who was forced by circumstance to eat cooked rat for sustenance, and was the very first contestant to remark that cooked rat actually tasted good. In one episode, he made a disparaging remark comparing women to cows, but his teammate Joel Klug laughed so hard that the comment was attributed to him, and the female members of Pagong voted him off at the next opportunity.

After the two tribes merged into Rattana, Peterson (like all the remaining members of Pagong) did not realize that former Tagi members Richard Hatch, Kelly Wiglesworth, Rudy Boesch, and Susan Hawk had formed a voting alliance until the Pagong faction had been outnumbered and outmaneuvered. The Tagi alliance, along with former Tagi member Sean Kenniff, eliminated Peterson in Episode 10.

Amidst the fervor that swept the nation during Survivor: Borneo, a hacker announced that he had gained access to an area of the CBS Survivor website containing a photo array of the 16 contestants. An "X" was displayed across the picture of everyone except Peterson. This led many to believe that the network had inadvertently revealed Peterson to be the winner. A few episodes later he was voted off, and CBS admitted that its so-called snafu was done purposely to fool viewers and pundits as a way of keeping the true winner's identity secret (The final tribal council, where Hatch was voted the winner, had been pre-recorded along with the rest of the season)

Like several members of the Survivor: Borneo cast, Peterson has attempted to parlay his popularity into an acting career. Thus far, his most notable role has been that of absentee father Leo Thompson on the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns, whom he portrayed in 2001. Other television appearances include Son of the Beach, The Hughleys, and Nash Bridges. He had starring roles in the independent films 13th Grade and Hell's Threshold, and also appeared in White Men Can't Rap and L-O-V-E. Additionally, he made a cameo appearance in The Scorned, which featured numerous personalities from American reality television.

Peterson appeared in the Bravo series Battle of the Network Reality Stars, which pitted familiar reality television personalities against each other in a competition reminiscient of the series Battle of the Network Stars from the 1970s and 1980s. Initially, Peterson was the captain of Team Light Blue, but when contest rules allowed two teams to choose a member from each other's roster, he was selected by Team Red. The finale aired on September 21, 2005, the same night as Bravo's All Star Reality Reunion, in which Peterson also appeared.

With the exception of his stint on Survivor, Peterson is always seen with a fully shaven head. He has been selected as one of the celebrity representatives for the HeadBlade, a razor designed specifically for men who shave their heads.

He has also modeled clothing for South Pole.

In 2006, Peterson became co-owner of the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs, a franchise in the United States Basketball League. However, the team folded later that year due to financial difficulties. The USBL replaced it with the Albany Patroons.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Peterson now resides in the nearby suburb of Willingboro, New Jersey.

Colleen Haskell 23 Miami Beach, FL Borneo 06 6th
Colleen Marie Haskell (born December 6, 1976) was a contestant on the first season of the American reality show Survivor. She was born in Bethesda, Maryland to John and Patricia Haskell. Colleen attended Walter Johnson High School and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Haskell's most notable role is likely her role as a contestant on the original season of Survivor. She was a castaway on the Pagong tribe, a tribe composed primarily of young adults, especially when compared to the Tagi tribe. Early on, Colleen was linked with contestant Greg Buis, and fellow Pagong member Jenna Lewis speculated that the friendship had become a romance. Both Greg and Colleen adamantly denied there was a romance, with Colleen ultimately joking that "it was all about the sex." At the merge, Pagong was surprised by Tagi's strategy of picking them off, and each member was consecutively voted out. Colleen was well-liked even by those who were eliminating Pagong members, so much so that she was the last remaining original Pagong member. Colleen was very popular with the American public, and Bryant Gumbel tagged her as "America's Sweetheart" due to her fair play, witty observations and girl next door appearance. In a moment not featured on the airing of Survivor, Colleen won an individual challenge that involved guessing how much weight she had lost since the show had begun. She won a chocolate bar, which she broke apart and shared with the other members of the merged tribe.

After being voted out, Colleen told the remaining castaways, "Be nice, play fair." She said this just before her torch was snuffed. Once she was gone, Richard Hatch commented that she was "a wonderful person."

Some expected Colleen to reappear on Survivor during the All-Stars edition in 2004. Producer Mark Burnett later confirmed that Haskell was indeed offered a spot on the show but turned down the offer, saying that she "moved on with her life and just genuinely didn't want to go through that again."

Sean Kenniff 30 Long Island, NY Borneo 05 5th
Dr. Sean Kenniff (born 27 November 1969) is an American physician who appeared on the first series of the television show Survivor (later called Survivor: Borneo), filmed and broadcast in 2000.

Kenniff was born in Massapequa, New York; his father was a firefighter. He graduated from Massapequa High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Binghamton University in 1991. He received an M.D. at New York Medical College in 1995, and did a three year residency followed by a year as Chief Resident in neurology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, which is affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

He was the twelfth of sixteen contestants to be eliminated and was dubbed "The Alphabet Killer" for his famous "Alphabet Voting" strategy, in which he cast his votes based on the order of contestants' names in the alphabet. He later claimed that he chose the system as a way to vote off members of the opposing Pagong tribe, (whose names were all earlier alphabetically than his own tribe) while appearing to do so in a non-deliberate manner.

He has said that he wants to be a writer; after appearing on Survivor he has made acting appearances on The Guiding Light and has appeared as a medical correspondent on various news programs. He currently is on the news staff of the television station WFOR-TV, a CBS affiliate in Miami, Florida. He is also a syndicated radio columnist for Winstar Radio (his "Survivor Minute" is heard on 200 stations worldwide), and he contributes a weekly health column to the Miami Herald.

Sue Hawk 38 Palmyra, WI Borneo 04 4th

Susan (Sue) Hawk (born August 17, 1961 in Waukesha, Wisconsin) was a contestant on Survivor: Borneo (season one) and Survivor: All-Stars (season eight). She is one of only four people in the history of the show to resign from the game voluntarily (she quit Survivor: All-Stars).

During the original Survivor season she was a fan favorite and even celebrities, such as Rosie O'Donnell, were rooting for the working-class, midwestern truck driver, who presented herself as outgoing, open, and opinionated. Hawk seemed to get far in the game by using her secret alliance with Richard and Rudy during a time when other cast members did not yet use alliances, and several even considered allied voting to be "cheating". Hawk liked being viewed as a stupid redneck during the game, and kept her intelligence hidden in order to throw off her opponents.

As the fourth-place finisher, she launched into her "rats and snakes" speech about the top two, Richard and Kelly Wiglesworth. In her speech, she said there are only two things on the entire island: rats and snakes. Richard was a snake and Kelly a rat, and Hawk told the Jury members that they should obey the laws of nature by letting the snake eat the rat. She also told Kelly that if she ever saw her in a desert, dying of thirst, she would not stop to give her a sip of water and that she'd like to see the vultures get her.

The "rats and snakes" moment is arguably the most remembered moment in Survivor history, as the season one finale was the highest rated episode of Survivor to date and it was the first (but not the last) time in Survivor that anyone ever expressed such bitterness and anger.

Hawk returned to Survivor in 2004, for the special Survivor: All-Stars competition.

She did reasonably well in the All Stars season until an awkward incident prompted her to leave. During an immunity challenge, a naked Richard Hatch rubbed up against her, and during the entire subsequent episode Hawk seemed to become more and more angered, embarrassed, and upset over the incident. At the next reward challenge, Survivor host Jeff Probst made a passing reference to the incident, which prompted Hawk to respond with a very angry speech, accusing Probst of making light of something that Hawk viewed as harassment. Due to the nature of the show, Hawk's competitors were unsure how much of Hawk's emotion was real and how much was part of the game. However, after her emotional outburst to Probst, Hawk decided to remove herself from the stress of the game in order to be with her husband again.

Hawk spoofed her "rats and snakes" speech in her plea for the audience to vote to award her the second million dollar prize that was handed out after All-Stars. Rupert Boneham won that additional million, with a reported 85% of the audience's vote.

Rudy Boesch 72 Virginia Beach, VA Borneo 03 3rd
Rudy Boesch (born January 20, 1928) is a retired Navy SEAL. After his retirement, he was the oldest competitor on Survivor: Borneo at 72 years of age, where he finished in third place. He currently lives in Virginia Beach. In January 20, 2008, Boesch has become the first Survivor ever to live to be at least 80 years old.

Boesch served in the U.S. military as a Navy SEAL team leader, completing over 45 years continuous active duty. From 1968–1970, Boesch completed two combat deployments to Vietnam. Boesch earned the Bronze Star Medal for heroic action during more than 45 combat operations. In 1967, Boesch was promoted to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. During and after his stint in Vietnam, Boesch was designated the "Chief SEAL" (a.k.a "Bullfrog"), and set physical and operational standards at SEAL Team TWO. Boesch was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal as Command Master Chief Petty Officer of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Rudy Boesch was honorably discharged from the Navy on August 1, 1990.

Boesch was one of the final three players in Survivor: Borneo, but was eliminated from the final immunity challenge of the season when he inadvertently dropped his hand from the idol the competitors had to keep their hands on; he was subsequently voted out of the game by Kelly Wiglesworth. In 2004, he appeared in Survivor: All-Stars, where he was the second contestant voted off the show.

Boesch hosted Combat Missions, a Mark Burnett-produced reality series that aired on the USA Network in 2002. Boesch wrote a book, The Book of Rudy (ISBN 1-58062-613-0), which contains his opinions on an array of topics. Rudy was the oldest contestant to ever play the game at age 75, Survivor: All-Stars. He was voted out due to a lack of strength and a hurt ankle. He formed an alliance with Rupert Boneham. He was on the Saboga tribe and voted out by Jenna Lewis, Jerri Manthey, and Ethan Zohn.

Kelly Wiglesworth 23 Las Vegas, NV Borneo 02 Runner-up

Wiglesworth, a whitewater rafting guide, dominated the physical challenges in Survivor: Borneo, winning four straight immunity challenges to propel herself to the Final Two. An original member of the dominant Tagi voting alliance which included Richard Hatch, Susan Hawk, and Rudy Boesch, Wiglesworth's later abandoned the alliance.

Kelly went up against Gervase Peterson in a canoeing challenge requiring a designated paddler to retrieve all members of their own tribe. Initially she and Hatch believed her capacities on water would be beneficial, especially since they weren't sure how well Gervase would do under these conditions. The Pagong tribe got out to an early lead and never looked back, which upset Wiglesworth intensely for the rest of the round.

Wiglesworth may best be remembered for being on the receiving end of a harsh speech given by Susan Hawk at the season's final tribal council. Hawk, furious that Wiglesworth had abandoned the alliance and betrayed their friendship, called Wiglesworth a rat (as opposed to Hatch's snake tag) and told her that if Wiglesworth was lying on the side of a road, dying of thirst, she would not give her water and would let the vultures have at her. Wiglesworth lost to the more strategic Hatch in the final vote.

Although Kelly and Susan didn't hug each other after the final votes were read back in Borneo, the two hugged each other at the reunion and settled their differences.

Kelly went on after Survivor to host Celebrity Adventures on E!
In 1995, Wiglesworth was charged with credit card fraud after she and her boyfriend at the time spent money on a stolen credit card. She agreed to a plea bargain where she pled guilty to a misdemeanor and agreed to pay restitution and do 75 hours of community service with the provision that her record would be expunged after a year based on good behavior.

Richard Hatch 39 Newport, RI Borneo 01 Winner
Richard Hatch (born April 8, 1961) is the winner of the first American Survivor series, which aired in 2000 and was set in Borneo. He was subsequently incarcerated for tax evasion.

Prior to his Survivor appearance, Hatch was a corporate trainer from Newport, Rhode Island. He spent five years in the US Army, is a licensed real estate agent, and has also worked as a car salesman and a bartender.

Throughout the duration of Survivor, Hatch claimed his profession as a corporate trainer aided him in his ability to deal with other people. He also admitted to being very cocky, a trait he soon came to be known by, and even made the notorious statement (on Day One) that he "already had the million dollar check written in his name."

Hatch, who is gay, competed in Survivor: Borneo, the first edition of the show in the United States. He competed with the Tagi tribe, and quickly aligned with ex-Navy SEAL Rudy Boesch who was homophobic.

Once Sonja Christopher and Stacey Stillman were eliminated from the Tagi tribe, Hatch and Boesch formed a voting alliance with the two remaining female members of the tribe, Kelly Wiglesworth and Susan Hawk, who also had a strong bond. This left Dirk Been and Sean Kenniff as the only two to vote off. Dirk was voted off, and then Joel Klug was voted off of the Pagong tribe. A merge followed the elimination of Klug, and thus the tribes merged into Rattana at 5 members each. Sean Kenniff the one remaining member of Tagi (not in the alliance), voted with the alphabet strategy. The tight four voted for Gretchen Cordy, while the other six votes were all different. Greg Buis was next to go as he received votes from the 5 former Tagi members as well as Jenna Lewis (who received the other 3 votes), and was next to go.

As the alliance continued to target the opposing tribe, Pagong, Jenna Lewis and Gervase Peterson were eliminated next.

Due to the rift in the relationship between Susan and Kelly, Kelly quickly became the new target of the now 3-way alliance between Susan, Boesch and Hatch himself. Kelly had opted out of the alliance, a move that Susan considered cowardly and simply a way to show off to the jury, thinking this assured her of winning. But Kelly won immunity, and Colleen Haskell was voted off instead. When Kelly won immunity again, the 3-way alliance voted out Sean Kenniff.

In the final four, Kelly managed to win immunity once again, ensuring that one of the alliance would be voted out. In a 2-2 tie (the first tie in Survivor history), Hatch and Susan were both in danger of elimination. But when asked to vote again, Kelly opted to eliminate Susan, cementing the end of their friendship. At the final 3 immunity challenge, Hatch chose to eliminate himself early, trusting both Kelly and Rudy to take him to the Final 2 regardless. And when Kelly won immunity, she did exactly that and voted out Rudy, making him the final member of the jury.

In the Final 2, Hatch was accused of being way too cocky and overall an evil person. But it was Susan's comments that really struck home. Comparing Hatch to a snake, she claimed that she must vote for him as nature intended, because the snake must eat the rat, who was Kelly. Clearly shaken by this statement, Kelly would not acknowledge Susan after the show, opting not to hug her. In the end, Hatch became the first ever Sole Survivor in a 4-3 vote, gaining the votes of Rudy Boesch, Susan Hawk, Sean Kenniff and Greg Buis, Greg asked Kelly Wiglesworth and Richard Hatch to pick a number between one and ten. Many speculate that if Hatch had picked the number Kelly would have won. But Greg later stated in interviews Hatch had his vote 100% and if Kelly had picked the right number he would have simply changed it.

While the voting alliance was criticized very heavily during the game, (some even saw it as cheating), this would become a standard for the Survivor seasons to come.

Hatch's appearance on Survivor: All-Stars was a very short but eventful one. As part of the Mogo Mogo tribe, they lost one member in Episode 3 when Survivor: Amazon winner Jenna Morasca quit to be with her dying mother. When the Saboga tribe was dissolved in Episode 5, Mogo Mogo gained two extra members and when they lost immunity, they immediately targeted Hatch. Although Hatch got wind of his impending doom and put together a counter strategy, his plans were foiled and he was voted out.

But his stay was not without its share of controversy. The Mogo Mogo tribe encouraged Hatch's nudity in challenges, and in the immunity challenge in episode 5, he rubbed himself against opposing tribe member and fellow Survivor: Borneo alliance member Susan Hawk. While seemingly a joke at first, Susan took it very hard and opted to quit the game as a result in episode 6, the episode after Hatch was eliminated.

* David Letterman dubbed Hatch the "fat naked guy" in reference to his naked appearances.

* Hatch appeared on an all-reality show edition of the short lived game show Dog Eat Dog. He lost his challenge and was placed in the show's "dog pound".

* In August 2005, Hatch was a contestant of Battle of the Network Reality Stars in which his team lost in the finals.

* He also appeared on the Australian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (hosted by Eddie McGuire). He didn't do the math properly and got his fourth question wrong.

He had a cameo as a patient in the Becker Episode "One Wong Move" where Ted Danson's character received him as a patient, discussing the bizarre eating habits of the people on the television show, and mentioning that he didn't mind if he had to take his clothes off.

He appeared as himself (and naked) in the 2006 film Another Gay Movie.

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