Russell Hantz - Survivor: Samoa, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Survivor: Redemption Island
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Seasons: 3 | Days: 88 | Wins: 0 | Final Three: 2 | Jury: 0

Survivor: Samoa (2009) - Second place, two jury votes

  • Received two jury votes to finish 2nd (7-2-0) in Episode 14, "This Game Ain't Over" (Day 39).

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (2010) - Third place, zero jury votes.

  • Received no jury votes, to finish third (6-3-0) in Episode 14, "Anything Could Happen" (Day 39).

Survivor: Redemption Island (2011) - 2nd out, 17th place.

  • Voted out in Episode 3, "Keep Hope Alive" (Day 8).
  • Eliminated by Matt Elrod (in a duel) in Episode 4, "Don't You Work for Me?" (Day 10).
  • Longevity totals: In-game - 8 days; Redemption Island - 2 days.
Russell Hantz - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S19: Samoa 1.95 11.61 0.17 14 2 14 1.00 4.67 2 9 0.22 1.39 7.95
S20: Heroes vs. Villains 2.68 11.56 0.23 11 5 12 0.91 2.85 0 9 0.00 1.14 5.53
S22: Redemption Island 0.24 0.88 0.27 0 3 1 -0.33 0.00 - - - -0.06 0.24
Career 4.86 24.04 0.20 25 10 27 0.92 5.56 2 18 0.11 1.24 7.40
Russell Hantz - Challenge record
Survivor: Samoa - Click links to watch the challenges on YouTube
Chief's Choice - Ep1 RC
Coco Plunk - Ep13 RC

Tribal/team challenge record (4-for-13; 1 sit-out):

  • Samoa Ep. 1 RC: "Chief's Choice" - Russell carries logs, Foa Foa wins (mostly thanks to Jaison).
  • Samoa Ep. 1 IC: "Yank Your Hank" - Hauls stuff, but Foa Foa loses.
  • Samoa Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Schmergen Brawl" - Scores no points, Foa Foa loses. Then loses Borassi.
  • Samoa Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Sea Crates" - Sits out as Foa Foa loses yet again.
  • Samoa Ep. 4 RC: "Bocce In a Box" - Participates, and Foa Foa finds a way to lose without the presence of Probst.
  • Samoa Ep. 4 IC: "Well Stacked" - Somehow, Foa Foa wins.
  • Samoa Ep. 5 RC: "Samoa Smoothies" - Ashley can't drink her gross smoothie, Foa Foa loses again.
  • Samoa Ep. 5 IC: "Sack Attack" - Russell holds up a lot of weight, but not enough. Foa Foa loses.
  • [Samoa Ep. 6 RC: "Roll With It" - Not counted, since it was never finished, due to Russ Swan's medevac.]
  • Samoa Ep. 7 RC: "Brain Food" - Makes two matches, but Foa Foa loses again.
  • Samoa Ep. 7 IC: "Canoe Dueling" - Thanks to the superior puzzle solving of Galu, Foa Foa loses again.
  • Samoa Ep. 9 RC: "Coconut Code" - Not part of the winning team.
  • Samoa Ep. 10 RC: "Get Hooked" - With Natalie, Dave, Brett, and Laura, finally part of the winning team.
  • Samoa Ep. 13 RC: "Coco Plunk" - With Jaison and Shambo, part of the winning team.

 

Square Peg, Round Hole - Ep9 IC
Drop A Log - Ep11 IC

Individual challenge record (1-for-9): (Mean % finish: 64.9%)

  • Samoa Ep. 8 IC: "Nut Cracker" - Scores four points, good enough for second for men (2nd/7).
  • Samoa Ep. 9 IC: "Square Peg Round Hole" - Just misses advancing to the second round (4th/11).
  • Samoa Ep. 10 IC: "Spear Me the Details" - Eliminated in the first round (tie-6th/10).
  • Samoa Ep. 11 IC: "Drop a Log" - Second person to drop, circa 21 minutes, 1 knot left (8th/9).
  • Samoa Ep. 12 F8 IC: "Fauxconut Bowling" - Loses to Shambo in the second round (3rd/8).
  • Samoa Ep. 12 F7 IC: "Walk on Water" - Lands two bags (3rd/7).
  • Samoa Ep. 13 IC: "Combo Platter" - Gets the six numbers, trying combos (tie-2nd/6).
  • Samoa Ep. 14 F5 IC: "Tentacle" - Not that close to Brett (3rd/5).
  • Samoa Ep. 14 F4 IC: "Over-Extended" - Eliminates Brett at 7 feet, and Russell wins! (1st/4).

 

Redemption/Exile Island duel record: (0-for-0)

  • None.

 

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
Battle Dig - Ep1 RC
Sumo'an Mud - Ep3 RC/IC

Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-15; 2 sit-outs):

  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.1 RC: "Battle Dig" - Scores a point as Coach drags Colby; Villains lose (3-2).
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.1 IC: "Lock & Load, Light" - Rows for the Villains, putting them in a hole, but the Villains win.
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.2 RC/IC: "A Crate Idea" - Rolls crates with Parvati & Coach; Villains win.
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.3 RC/IC: "Sumo'an Mud" - Beaten by Tom, Villains lose big (8-0).
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.4 RC: "Slip, Slide & Score" - Scores a point vs. Cirie, as the Villains win.
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.4 IC: "Roll With It" - Blindfolded, works part of the table maze, and Villains win.
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.5 RC: "Schmergen Brawl" - Scores no points, but Villains win again.
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.5 IC: "Blind Cube Crisis" - Paired with Parvati, Villains win on the puzzle.
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.7 RC: "Basket Brawl" - Scores no points as Colby and Candice dominate, Villains lose.
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.7 IC: "Caught in the Web" - Sits out, Villains lose.
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.8 RC: "Faux Coconut Bowling" - Wins vs. Colby, but Villains lose.
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.8 IC: "Mudslide" - Paired with Sandra, loses to Amanda/Candice; Villains lose.
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.9 RC: "Chimney Sweep" - Sits out as the Villains finally win.
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.9 IC: "Strung Out" - Thanks to Courtney's slowness, Villains lose.
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.11 RC: "Pacific Shuffle" - Teamed with Sandra and Rupert, does not win.

 

House of Cards - Ep11 IC
Pegatory Knockout - Ep12 F7 IC

Individual challenge record (2-for-9): (Mean % finish: 67.6%)

  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 6 IC: "Rope-A-Dope" - Finishes third among the Villains (3rd/9).
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 10 IC: "Get A Grip" - Third to drop out, shortly after Sandra (8th/10).
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 11 IC: "House of Cards" - Mere seconds behind Jerri (2nd/9).
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 12 Final 8 IC: "When It Rains" - Drops out 1 min. in (with Sandra) for cookies (7th/8).
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 12 Final 7 IC: "Pegatory Knockout" - Finishes, third, first, and first, and Russell wins (1st/7).
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 13 RC: "Pass the Bucket" - Teamed with Melanie, finishes just behind Jerri again (2nd/6).
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 13 IC: "Keep It Up" - Third to drop out (4th/6).
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 14 Final 5 IC: "Offer It Up" - Third person eliminated, at 16 dishes (3rd/5).
  • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 14 Final 4 IC: "Blind Maze" - Near 3-way tie for first with Parvati and Jerri, but wins (1st/4).

 

Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

  • Heroes vs. Villains: None.

 

Survivor: Redemption Island
Push it Uphill - Ep1 RC/IC
Spin Cycle - Ep3 RC/IC

Tribal/team challenge record (2-for-3)

  • Redemption Island Ep.1 RC/IC: "Push It Uphill" - Competes, and Zapatera wins.
  • Redemption Island Ep.2 RC/IC: "Smash, Grab, Smash" - Retrieves a key, and again, Zapatera wins.
  • Redemption Island Ep.3 RC/IC: "Spin Cycle" - David throws the challenge, Zapatera loses.

 

Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

  • Redemption Island: None.

 

Domino Effect - Ep4 duel
Domino Effect - Ep4 duel

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

  • Redemption Island, Ep. 4 duel: "Domino Effect" - Eliminated by Matt (2nd/2).

 

Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 12
    Played: 31
    Win%: 0.39
    Sat out: 3
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 3
    Played: 18
    Win%: 0.17
    Mean% Finish: 66.3%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 1
    Win%: 0.00
    Mean% Finish: 50.0%
Russell Hantz - Tribal Council record
Survivor: Samoa
Ep1 Tribal Council
Ep2 idol

Idols held/played: (3/2; 7 votes voided)

  • Samoa, Ep. 2: Finds Foa Foa's idol in the middle of camp (Day 5).
  • Samoa, Ep. 8: Plays his idol for himself at the merge Tribal Council, but received no votes against (Day 21).
  • Samoa, Ep. 9: Hours after playing his last one incorrectly, finds another idol (Day 22).
  • Samoa, Ep. 9: Plays his idol for himself, voiding 7 votes against, saving himself from the boot (Day 24).
  • Samoa, Ep. 10: Hours after playing the last one, finds yet another idol (Day 25).

 

VFB - Votes for the person booted (14/14):

  • Samoa, Ep. 1: Marisa Calihan (voted out, 7-3).
  • Samoa, Ep. 2: Betsy Bolan (voted out, 7-1).
  • Samoa, Ep. 3: Ben Browning (voted out, 6-1).
  • Samoa, Ep. 5: Ashley Trainer (voted out, 5-1).
  • Samoa, Ep. 7: Liz Kim (voted out, 4-1).
  • Samoa, Ep. 8: Erik Cardona (voted out, 10-2).
  • Samoa, Ep. 9: Kelly Sharbaugh (idoled out, [0]-4).
  • Samoa, Ep. 10: Laura Morett (voted out, 5-5 [5-3 on re-vote]).
  • Samoa, Ep. 11: John Fincher (voted out, 7-1-1).
  • Samoa, Ep. 12 (F8 vote): Dave Ball (voted out, 7-1).
  • Samoa, Ep. 12 (F7 vote): Monica Padilla (voted out, 5-2).
  • Samoa, Ep. 13: Shambo Waters (voted out, 5-1).
  • Samoa, Ep. 14 (F5 vote): Jaison Robinson (voted out, 4-1).
  • Samoa, Ep. 14 (F4 vote): Brett Clouser (voted out, 3-1).

RECORD: Russell's 14 VFB in Samoa is tied with Natalie White for the most people voted out in a single season.

 

VAP - Votes against (2):

  • Samoa, Ep. 12 (F7 vote): Two votes, from Brett and Monica.

 

Jury votes received (2/9):

  • Samoa, Ep. 14: Received two jury votes, from Shambo Waters and John Fincher, to finish second (7-2-0).

 

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
Ep6 Villains Tribal Council
Final Tribal Council

Idols held/played (3/1; 0 votes voided):

  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 4: Finds the Villains' idol while everyone else works on shelter (Day 9).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 6: Gives his idol to Parvati, who plays it, saving herself (Day 15, no credit to Russell).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 9: Given the Heroes' idol by JT/Colby after the immunity challenge (Day 24).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 10: Gives his idol to Parvati before Tribal, where she plays it (Day 27).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 11: After hearing Danielle's clue, finds another idol (Day 28).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 11: Plays his idol at Tribal, although he received no votes (Day 30).

 

VFB - Votes for the person booted (11/12):

  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 3: Randy Bailey (voted out, 9-1).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 6: Tyson Apostol (idoled out, [0]-3-2).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 7: Boston Rob Mariano (voted out, 4-3-1).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 9: Courtney Yates (voted out, 5-1).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 10: J.T. Thomas (idoled out, [0]-5).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 11: Amanda Kimmel (voted out, 6-3).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 12 (F8 vote): Candice Woodcock (voted out, 5-3).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 12 (F7 vote): Danielle DiLorenzo (voted out, 4-3).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 13: Rupert Boneham (voted out, 4-[0]).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 14 (F5 vote): Colby Donaldson (voted out, 4-1).
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 14 (F4 vote): Jerri Manthey (voted out, 3-1).

 

VAP - Votes against (5):

  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 6: Two votes, from Sandra and Rob.
  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 7: Three votes, from Sandra, Courtney, and Rob.

 

Jury votes received (0/9):

  • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 14: Received zero jury votes, to finish third (6-3-0).

 

Survivor: Redemption Island
Ep3 Tribal Council
Ep3 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Redemption Island: None.

 

VFB - Votes for the person booted (0/1):

  • Redemption Island: None.

 

VAP - Votes against (3):

  • Redemption Island, Ep. 3: Three votes, from Mike, Steve, and Ralph (voted out, 3-3-3 [5-1-0 on re-vote]).

 

Jury votes made (0/0):

  • Redemption Island: None.

 

Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 6
    Played: 3
    Votes voided: 7
  • Voting record
    VFB: 25
    Tribals: 27
    VAP: 10
  • Jury votes
    Made: 0
    Received: 2
    Total jurors: 18
Russell Hantz - Pictures
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Russell Hantz - Interviews
Survivor: Samoa

Pre-game interviews

  • CBS pre-game interview (8/26/09) - YouTube
  • Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred (9/16/09): "Russell Hantz: 'I control every aspect of my life... my family,... my job,... even my friends'"

 

Post-game interviews

  • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (12/22/09): "Runner-Up Interview: Russell Hantz"
  • Dalton Ross at Ew.com (12/21/09): "Russell says 'I wanted to cry' at the reunion"

 

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

Pre-game interviews

 

Post-game interviews

  • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (5/20/10): "Runner-Up Interview: Russell Hantz"
  • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (5/20/10): "Russell Hantz talks Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"

 

Survivor: Redemption Island

Pre-game interviews

  • Jeff Probst's Redemption Island pre-season cast assessment (1/25/11) - YouTube
  • Dalton Ross at EW.com (2/15/11): "Boston Rob warns Russell: 'Don't burn any of my s---!'"
  • CBS pre-game interview (YouTube)

 

Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at EW.com (3/10/11): "Russell threatens to sue tribemates and calls Boston Rob a 'Survivor whore'"
  • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (3/10/11): "Castaway Interview: Russell Hantz"
  • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (3/12/11): "Russell Hantz talks Survivor: Redemption Island"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (1/28/12): "The Greatest Russell Hantz Interview of All Time"

 

Russell Hantz - Bios
Survivor: Samoa

From his official CBS Survivor: Samoa bio page:

 

"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. "

 

 

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

From his official CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains bio page (1/6/10):

 

"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: Redemption Island

From his official CBS Survivor: Redemption Island bio page (1/11/11):

 

"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, that’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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