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Russell Hantz

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Russell Hantz (Samoa)

Official CBS cast bio (Samoa)

Russell Hantz (36)
Hometown: Dayton, Texas
Occupation: Oil Company Owner

Russell Hantz’s personality speaks for itself when he proudly displays a missing tooth that he refuses to fix!  This married father of four is visually memorable. Standing tall at only 5’6”, he is built like a brick house with a bald head. At 200 pounds of pure muscle, Russell’s solid figure and sharp tongue has helped him carve out a multi-million dollar business in the oil-tanking industry.

A huge SURVIVOR fan, this self-made man built his business from scratch by working hard, speaking his mind and stepping on anyone who got in his way. Russell won’t apologize for his style of game play either saying, “I’m not going out there to make friends. I’m just not doing it. But everybody is going to think I’m their best friend, because I’m just such a lovable character.”

Survivor: Samoa

  • Tribe:      Foa Foa
  • Tribe (merged):      Aiga
  • Finishing place: 2nd (runner-up)

Voting history:

  1. Marisa (voted off)
  2. Betsy (voted off)
  3. Ben (voted off)
  4. Ashley (voted off)
  5. Liz (voted off)
  6. Erik (voted off) – Russell unsuccessfully played the Hidden Immunity Idol (no votes were cast against him)
  7. Kelly (voted off) – Russell successfully played the Hidden Immunity Idol
  8. Laura (tied with Natalie), Laura (voted off)
  9. John (voted off)
  10. Dave (voted off)
  11. Monica (voted off)
  12. Shambo (voted off)
  13. Jaison (voted off)
  14. Brett (voted off)

Russell Hantz (Heroes vs. Villains)

Official CBS cast bio (Heroes vs. Villains)

Russell Hantz (37)

Tribe: Villains
Hometown: Dayton, Texas
Current Residence: Dayton, Texas
Personal Claim To Fame: “Starting my oil tankering service.”
Inspiration in Life: “My grandfather.”
Previous Finishes: Samoa: Runner-up
Favorite Past Moment: “Blindsiding Kelly.”
Previous Survivor He Respects Most: “I don’t respect any of them.”
Previous Survivor He Respects Least: “I don’t respect any of them.”
Why Did He Come Back? : “Because I have to put these kids in their place. I’m not done playing just yet!”

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

  • Tribe:      Villains
  • Tribe (merged):      Yin Yang
  • Finishing place: Third (2nd runner-up)

Voting history:

  1. Randy (voted off)
  2. Tyson (voted off)
  3. Rob (voted off)
  4. Coach (Courtney voted off)
  5. Courtney (voted off)
  6. J.T. (voted off)
  7. Amanda (voted off) – Russell unsuccessfully played the Hidden Immunity Idol (no votes were cast against him)
  8. Candice (voted off)
  9. Danielle (voted off)
  10. Rupert (voted off)
  11. Colby (voted off)
  12. Jerri (voted off)

Russell Hantz (Redemption Island)

Official CBS cast bio (Redemption Island)

Russell Hantz (38)
Current Residence: Dayton, Texas
Previous Seasons: “Survivor: Samoa” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”

Russell Hantz was a first time castaway only 2 years ago, but has quickly become one of the most notorious villains to every play Survivor. He returns to SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND more prepared than ever before. “I’m ready for this. I’m more ready for this than I ever have been.”

As a self-made millionaire who built his business by working hard, speaking his mind and stepping on anyone who got in his way, Russell will do anything to win the game of Survivor. He is known for back-stabbing his allies, lying and cheating, but he is proud of his title as a villain. “The image that I have as a villain, thatÂ’s fine with me because this is how I play the game.” Only time will tell if this strategy will pay off or if once again he will come up short.

What does he think of SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND? “It’s gonna be history. Survivor history!”



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