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Russell Hantz
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Russell's CBS S19, S20 profiles
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Randy Bailey
Rob Mariano
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Stephenie LaGrossa
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Contestant-related press and rumors
CBS Survivor: Samoa
August 27, 2009: Three weeks before the premiere, CBS finally releases the cast on their official web site. Here's Russell's bio from there:

"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.”

Russell can’t wait to get in the competition and show “these morons how it’s done” and he “plans to play the game dirtier, smarter and more cunning than anyone can imagine.” It is those skills that have allowed him to achieve his biggest accomplishment in life and that is being able to provide for his family.

Russell is married with four children and currently resides in Dayton, Texas. His birth date is October 10th."

Russell's pre-game interview:

Survivor Sucks
August 24, 2009: First Survivor: Samoa ads begin to air on CBS, and Russell is given a featured speaking role, saying (apparently unironically) "I can control how they think."

psychic friend russell
Russell, in-game mind control
russell in canoe
Russell, second from left (with hat)
first ic
Russell, ready for first IC (in underwear)
human tanker
Russell, the human tanker

Shortly after the ad airs, Sucks poster Jacare15 identifies Russell, saying: "Bigguy who controls how people think last name is Hantz. He was recruited James Clement style--aka friends with Boo."

Rapidly, both smokeitgood and SEGScapegoat find his MySpace page, which identifies him as Russell Hantz, 36, of Dayton, Texas. For good measure, Polonium also finds his wife Melanie's MySpace, as well.

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