Russell Swan - Survivor: Samoa, Survivor: Philippines
Russell Swan on social media: twitter
Seasons: 2 | Days: 25 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 0

Survivor: Samoa (2009) - 14th place, 7th out.

  • Medically evacuated in Episode 6, "This Is the Man Test" (Day 15).


Survivor: Philippines (2012) - 15th place, 4th out.

  • Voted out in Episode 4, "Create A Little Chaos" (Day 10).

Russell Swan - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats Overall scores
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S19: Samoa 0.88 1.04 0.84 1 0 1 0.28 1.17 - - - 1.10 1.95
S25: Philippines 0.00 0.95 0.00 3 4 4 0.69 2.63 - - - 0.69 2.63
Career 0.88 1.99 0.44 4 4 5 0.77 2.32 - - - 1.21 2.75
Russell Swan - Challenge record
  • S19 logo Samoa challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Sack Attack - Ep5 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (5-for-6; 1 sit-out):

    • Samoa Ep. 1 IC: "Yank Your Hank" - Crosses barriers, hauls the crate; Galu wins.
    • Samoa Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Schmergen Brawl" - Gets kicked in the pit, Galu wins again.
    • Samoa Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Sea Crates" - Blocker for Galu, Galu wins.
    • Samoa Ep. 4 IC: "Well Stacked" - Sits out, and Galu finally loses.
    • Samoa Ep. 5 RC: "Samoa Smoothies" - Downs his smoothie quickly, Galu wins.
    • Samoa Ep. 5 IC: "Sack Attack" - Holds up the basket throughout, Galu wins.
    • [Samoa Ep. 6 RC: "Roll With It" - Russell collapses, challenge ends, Russell is medically evacuated. Challenge not counted.]


    Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

    • Samoa: None.


    Hero challenge/ duel record (1-for-1):

    • [Samoa Ep. 1 RC: "Chief's Choice" - Hero challenge, does not participate; Galu loses.]
    • Samoa Ep. 4 RC: "Bocce in a Box" - First-round tosser for Galu, Galu wins.
  • S25 logo Philippines challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Swing Break - Ep4 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (0-for-4):

    • Philippines Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Share the Wealth" - Does running stage, Matsing loses.
    • Philippines Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Manila Folders" - Hauls sleds, works the puzzle. Matsing loses.
    • Philippines Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Deep In Thought" - Struggles in the diving, Matsing loses.
    • Philippines Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Swing Break" - Matsing loses. Again.


    Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

    • Philippines: None.


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

    • None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 5
    Played: 10
    Win%: 0.50
    Sat out: 1
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
  • Hero challenges
    Wins: 1
    Played: 1
    Win%: 1.00
    Mean% Finish: 100%
Russell Swan - Tribal Council record
  • S19 logo Samoa Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep4 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (0/0):

    • Samoa: None.


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


    VAP - Votes against (0):

    • Samoa: None.


    Jury votes made (0/0):

    • Samoa: None.
  • S25 logo Philippines Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep2 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (3/4):


    VAP - Votes against (4):

    • Philippines, Ep. 1: One vote, from Zane.
    • Philippines, Ep. 3: One vote, from Angie.
    • Philippines, Ep. 4: Two votes, from Malcolm and Denise (voted out, 2-1).


    Jury votes made (0/0):

    • Philippines: None.
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 0
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 4
    Tribals: 5
    VAP: 4
  • Jury votes
    Made: 0
    For winners: --
    Received: --
Russell Swan - Pictures
  • S19 logo Samoa image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S25 logo Philippines image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
Russell Swan - Interviews
  • S19 logo Samoa interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Andy Dehnart at RealityBlurred (9/14/09): "Russell Swan: 'I don't want them to think about uses of grey matter at all'"


    Post-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at (10/23/09): "Castaway Interview: Russell Swan"
    • Andy Dehnart at RealityBlurred (10/23/09): "Russell Swan: 'My memory is completely different than what I saw on TV'"
    • Dalton Ross at (10/25/09): "Russell says he was 'pissed' at Jeff Probst for pulling him from the game"
    • Andrea Reiher at (10/23/09): "Interview with contestant Russell Swan"
    • Eric Goldman at (10/28/09): "Survivor: Samoa Interview - Russell Swan"
  • S25 logo Philippines interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at (9/5/12): "Pre-game Interview: Russell Swan"


    Post-game interviews

    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (10/11/12): "Russell Swan on Coping with the Losses of Survivor: Philippines"
    • Gordon Holmes at (10/11/12): "Survivor: Philippines Castaway Russell: ‘I’m Just Mad…Humiliated’"
    • Daniel Fienberg at (10/13/12): "Russell Swan talks Survivor: Philippines"
    • Steve Helling at People (10/14/12): "Russell Swan: Being On Survivor Brought On Depression"
Russell Swan - Bios
  • S19 logo Samoa bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Excerpts from his Survivor: Samoa bio page (8/27/09):


    "At 5’11” and 220 'semi-solid' pounds, this attorney spends his working hours suing companies and individuals who violate environmental laws. In addition to practicing law, Russell enjoys spending time with his wife and five-year-old daughter and watching independent films.


    Growing up in Pittsburgh, Russell’s father fell victim to layoffs at a local steel mill and struggled to support his family. Forced to move into Section 8 housing, his parents eventually divorced but the separation did not weaken any of his relationships, including the one he shared with his parents. Russell’s hero is his dad whom he says, 'really loved his family and was a perfect example of what a husband should be to his wife, and what a dad should be to his child.'


    Despite tumultuous circumstances (or as a result of), Russell has been attracted to jobs with responsibilities ranging from environmental protection, minority youth education advocacy and representation for homeless individuals. He is a dedicated father and a loving husband and describes a perfect day as spending time with his daughter and ending the day by 'talking' privately with his wife.


    A passionate man, Russell cannot stand hearing over-generalizations about specific groupings of people and avoids discussing topics relating to race and sexuality because he feels that others usually have a hard time dealing with his conversation style.


    Always prepared to joke and laugh at himself, Russell is willing to go to drastic lengths for a million dollars in order to win including making a vow to cut off his dreadlocks if he wins the title of sole Survivor.


    Currently, Russell resides in Glenside, Pa. His birthday is February 17."


  • S25 logo Philippines bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Excerpts from his Survivor: Philippines bio page (8/22/12):


    "Personal Claim to Fame: Being a good Dad.

    Inspiration in Life: My dad because he was a very ordinary guy, but a damn good dad. He really loved his family and was a perfect example of what a husband should be to his wife, and what a dad should be to his child.

    Hobbies: Riding my motorcycle, mountain biking and skiing.

    If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? I would bring my 'Terrible Towel' because I’m an avid Steelers fan and I’m always looking for converts. That’s it! 

    Reason for Being on Survivor: First, the game kicked my butt and I want payback. Second, I want to show people that failure doesn’t always mean the end. 

    Why You Think You’ll 'Survive' Survivor: I bring strength for the physically demanding challenges. I’m cunning – I know how to get my way without being overly confrontational. And, I have a sense of humor. I love making people laugh.

    Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: Because I’ve already tried the failure route. I’m gonna take a different path and win this time!"


    From his pre-game interview, by Dalton Ross:

    "For many — including host Jeff Probst — Russell Swan’s exit from Survivor: Samoa was the scariest Survivor moment ever, as dehydration caused Swan’s eyes to roll back in his head as he lost consciousness. 'That situation broke me,' the 45-year-old Swan told while on location. 'I’ve had challenges in my life before, but nothing like that. It challenged the very core of who I was. I always thought, if nothing else, I can always depend on my physical prowess. And after eight applications, waiting 10 years, I finally get on the show only to get carried out on my back. Worst thing I could have ever imagined.'"