Papa Bear Caruso - Survivor: South Pacific
Papa Bear Caruso on social media: twitter
Seasons: 1 | Days: 9 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 0

Survivor: South Pacific (2011) - 17th place, 2nd out.

  • Voted out in Episode 3, "Reap What You Sow" (Day 8).
  • Eliminated in a duel (by Christine Shields-Markoski) in Episode 4, "Survivalism" (Day 9).
  • Cumulative totals: In-game - 8 days; Redemption Island - 1 day.

Papa Bear Caruso - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S23: South Pacific 0.13 0.86 0.15 1 6 2 0.32 1.40 - - - 0.47 1.53
Career 0.13 0.86 0.15 1 6 2 0.32 1.40 - - - 0.47 1.53
Papa Bear Caruso - Challenge record
  • S23 logo South Pacific challenges

    Crate Escape - Ep2 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (1-for-3):

    • South Pacific Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Coconut Conundrum" - participates, but Savaii narrowly loses.
    • South Pacific Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Crate Escape" - With Ozzy, Jim, & Keith, works the slide puzzle, and Savaii wins.
    • South Pacific Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Hitching A Ride" - Cranks the wheel for Savaii, which loses on the puzzle.


    Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

    • South Pacific: None.


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-1): (Mean % finish: 50.0%)

    • South Pacific Ep. 4 Duel: "Sandbagging" - Papa Bear barely loses to Christine, 10-9 (2nd/2).
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 1
    Played: 3
    Win%: 0.33
    Sat out: --
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 1
    Win%: 0.00
    Mean% Finish: 50.0%
Papa Bear Caruso - Tribal Council record
  • S23 logo South Pacific Tribal

    Ep1 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • South Pacific, Ep. 3: Pretends to find an idol, fools nobody, except maybe Jim.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (1/2):


    VAP - Votes against (6):

    • South Pacific, Ep. 3: Six votes, from Ozzy, Cochran, Whitney, Dawn, Keith, and Elyse (voted out, 6-1-1).


    Jury votes made (0/0):

    • South Pacific: None.
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 0
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: -
  • Voting record
    VFB: 1
    Tribals: 2
    VAP: 6
  • Jury votes
    Made: 0
    For winners: --
    Received: --
Papa Bear Caruso - Pictures
  • S23 logo South Pacific image gallery
Papa Bear Caruso - Interviews
  • S23 logo South Pacific interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV (8/22/11): "Survivor: South Pacific Pre-Game Interview: Mark Caruso"


    Post-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV (10/6/11): "Castaway Interview: Mark 'Papa Bear' Caruso"
    • Rob & Nicole Cesternino at RobHasAPodcast (10/6/11): "The Story of 'Papa Bear' Mark Caruso"
    • Daniel Fienberg at (10/8/11): "Mark 'Papa Bear' Caruso Talks Survivor: South Pacific"
    • Patrick Gomez at (10/11/11): "Mark Caruso 'Left a Gentleman'"
Papa Bear Caruso - Bio
  • S23 logo South Pacific bio

    From his contestant profile:

    "Mark Anthony says: Everybody needs a daddy. I'll be everybody's daddy

    Jeff says: He's excitable."


    From his new contestant picture caption (by Dalton Ross):

    "'I call myself Daddy Bear,' says the openly gay former NYPD morgue detective. 'I'm older, wiser, and cuter, I guess. No, I'm kidding. I'm not cuter.' One thing he's not kidding about, however, is which two former players he'd like to see return this season. 'I would like to see Jane. And I know people may not like hearing this, but I like Russell. I do! I just like him! I worked in the New York City police department for 20 years. There's a thousand Russels.'"


    Excerpts from his official CBS Survivor: South Pacific bio page (8/22/11):

    "Personal claim to fame: I was a NYPD Morgue Detective for 20 years and I retired with honors from the mayor and police commissioner.

    Inspiration in life: My deceased Aunt Mary, who brought us to her home, raised us and gave us a great life.

    Pet peeves: Know-it-alls and people with “I am better than you” attitudes.

    3 words to describe you: Funny, sarcastic and lovable.

    Why you think you will be the sole Survivor: People tend to like me because I am an honest person even though I am sarcastic and an “in your face” man. I am considered a real person heart, mind and soul."