Cast of ‘Survivor’ Season 1: Where Are They in 2024!

Over twenty years have passed since the groundbreaking reality TV show ‘Survivor’ first aired its inaugural season in the year 2000. The show captivated audiences worldwide and launched the careers of many of its participants. But where are they now in 2024?

Many of the original cast members of the hit CBS show Survivor have continued to make appearances on television, leveraging their fame to secure roles in other reality shows and projects. Additionally, some have transitioned into careers outside of the entertainment industry, pursuing ventures ranging from entrepreneurship to philanthropy. It’s fascinating to see how their experiences on the show have shaped their paths over the past two decades.

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch, the sole Survivor of season one, made a name for himself as the master strategist who formed the first-ever alliance on the show. Post-Survivor, Hatch faced legal troubles related to tax evasion and in 2006, he was convicted of failing to pay taxes on his winnings from the show and served time in federal prison. During the trial, it was revealed that Hatch had failed to disclose his Survivor winnings as income and had also received payments for various media appearances that he did not report.

In 2024, despite the controversies and legal challenges that have marked his post-Survivor journey, Richard Hatch appears to be in a positive place. He has expressed contentment with his current situation, noting that he has a great family and has been in a fulfilling relationship since 2003 living in Newport, R.I with his husband. He has also met two of his biological kids that he has spent time trying to get to know.

Richard has an instagram @hatch_rich where he posts seemingly often with podcast talk, his merch and a lot more. You can also find links to his youtube videos which he vlogs discussions about his time on survivor, a website he sells auto-graphs online and stays in touch on all social media platforms. On his X account he posted an article that showed he would be cast in House of Villains, season 2 which filming began in february. There’s no exact date on its release however, speculation points towards it being some time in the fall.

Rudy Boesch

Rudy Boesch, the lovable Navy SEAL who captured the hearts of viewers and even contestants, continued to make appearances on the reality TV show in Survivor: All Stars. He also played the role of base commander on a TV series called Combat Missions in 2002.

Sadly, Rudy passed away in 2019 at the age of 91. Rudy Boesch had a loving family and a successful military career before becoming a popular name in the hall of Survivor. He was married and had children..As a Navy SEAL with 45 years of service, Boesch had a distinguished military career, earning the Bronze Star for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. Upon his death in 2019 he received much praise from former contestants, including Richard Hatch and Boston Rob, stating “We lost an OG…Rudy was always very nice to me, feel fortunate to have played the game with him..”.

Susan Hawk

Known for her memorable “snakes and rats” speech at the final tribal council, Susan Hawk left a lasting impression on Survivor fans. After the show, Susan kept a relatively low profile and focused on her personal life. In 2024, she is said to be living a quiet life with her family in Missouri and has accepted the quiet life.

Susan Hawk, achieved fourth place in the initial season and later returned for Survivor: All-Stars. However, her time on All-Stars was marked by controversy when she dramatically quit the show due to feeling inappropriately touched by another contestant, Richard Hatch.

After her experiences on Survivor, Susan Hawk’s life took a different path. According to Access Hollywood‘s story, she has been leading a peaceful life with her family. Susan and her husband reside on a farm enjoying the tranquility of 60 acres of land. This change of pace from the intense competition of reality TV shows has allowed her to focus on her personal life and enjoy the serenity of farm living.

Sean Kenniff

The quirky neurologist Sean Kenniff left a mark on Survivor viewers with his unique personality. After the show, he continued his career in medicine, specializing in psychiatry. In 2024, he is rumored to be working at a hospital in Hollywood and Florida.

Sean Kenniff, captivated viewers with his distinctive personality and background in medicine. Before the show Sean had acquired a couple of IMDB credits. Following his time on the show, Kenniff chose to pursue a career in the field of psychiatry, further showcasing his commitment to helping others through the practice of mental health care.

Sean is on X, @seankenniff, where he has more than 7k followers. He has a youtube channel called “TheJerk at work” and post his family on instagram regularly @DrseanKenniff. In 2024, social media suggest that Sean Kenniff has remained in his roots of psychiatry and is reportedly working at a hospital in his hometown.

Gervase Peterson

Gervase Peterson, a memorable contestant from the early seasons of Survivor, endeared himself to fans with his humor and laid-back demeanor during his time on the show. Following his initial appearance on the show, Gervase remained connected to the Survivor community, making appearances on subsequent seasons and maintaining a presence within the reality TV landscape.

In 2024, Gervase Peterson still ventures into the entertainment industry, specifically focusing on a career in acting. Embracing the world of film and television, he has immersed himself in various projects, accumulating an impressive total of 24 film credits to his name as of the current date. This extensive experience speaks to his dedication to honing his craft and expanding his presence within the industry. Notably, Gervase is actively involved in two upcoming projects that are in production: Scrawl and Royal Runaways. As Gervase Peterson expands his presence in the entertainment industry and explores new opportunities in acting, he remains a dynamic figure whose journey from Survivor contestant to actor reflects his passion for storytelling.

On his X account @SayGerv he has over 13k followers and promotes himself as an actor, Custom clothier, pod-cast host, and magazine columnist. Its no doubt Gervase has been dipping and diving into any facet he can.

Colleen Haskell

Colleen Haskell, beloved for her girl-next-door charm and genuine persona captivated audiences with her approachable and down-to-earth demeanor during her time on the show. Following her experience on reality television, Colleen transitioned into the realm of acting, where she explored opportunities in both film and television, showcasing her talents and versatility as a performer.

Colleen Haskell made her acting debut in the film Animal in 2001, sharing the screen with renowned actor Rob Schneider. This early venture into acting laid the foundation for her journey in the entertainment industry and highlighted her potential as a performer. But she would later turn down roles to live a more private life.

Despite her accomplishments and visibility in the entertainment industry, Colleen Haskell maintains a low profile on social media, choosing to prioritize her privacy and share selective aspects of her life with fans. Additionally, Colleen Haskell’s recognition as one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” underscored her appeal and presence in the public eye, acknowledging her natural beauty and charisma that resonated with audiences.

Greg Buis

Greg Buis, known for injecting humor and quirkiness into the inaugural season of Survivor, left a lasting impression on viewers with his animated personality and adventurous spirit. Following his time on the show, Greg embarked on a journey of exploration and discovery, immersing himself in travel and pursuing his passions around the world. While Greg was offered the opportunity to return for Survivor for a second chance, he declined the invitation due to career commitments that required his attention and dedication.

In 2024, LinkedIn suggests that Greg Buis has transitioned into the role of President and founder of Pioneer Green Energy LLC in Texas. During his time on Survivor, Greg made history as the eighth person voted out and the first jury member, showcasing his dynamic presence and competitive spirit on the show. Despite his quick temper and animated persona, Greg’s post-Survivor life has been characterized by privacy and a focus on personal pursuits outside the limelight.

Kelly Wiglesworth

Kelly Wiglesworth, who rose to fame as the runner-up on the groundbreaking first season of Survivor, has maintained a diverse and dynamic career trajectory since her time on the show. Following her stint in the Borneo wilderness, Kelly ventured into the realm of environmental conservation, a passion ignited during her transformative experience on the island.

As of 2024, she is rumored to be actively involved in environmental initiatives, championing causes close to her heart and striving to make a positive impact on the world around her. Beyond her environmental pursuits, Kelly has delved into the realm of entertainment, showcasing her talents in various roles behind and in front of the camera. Notably, she has explored television hosting, producing, and writing, demonstrating her versatility and creativity in the industry.

Kelly has expanded her presence in the digital sphere, leveraging social media platforms to connect with fans and share her experiences. With a substantial following on Instagram of over 75k @KellyWigles she host several successful podcast series, she continues to engage with audiences in new and innovative ways, offering insights into her diverse interests and projects. Moreover, Kelly’s LinkedIn profile reflects her multifaceted skill set and areas of expertise, highlighting her roles as a humanitarian, river guide, and advocate for various causes.

Jenna Lewis

Jenna Lewis was known for her strategic gameplay and strong social skills on Survivor. As the second jury member and eighth-place finisher in her original season, Jenna showcased her competitive spirit and resilience in the face of challenges. Her return for Survivor: All-Stars saw her securing a commendable third-place finish, although she notably missed out on the emotional loved ones reward, a poignant moment that resonated with viewers.In a candid interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jenna reflected on her life post-Survivor, revealing that she has embraced motherhood and now resides in California, where she has forged a successful career as a realtor.

Despite not clinching the top spot in Survivor: All-Stars, Jenna remains convinced that she could have emerged victorious had the game featured a final three format, showcasing her unwavering confidence and competitive spirit. Jenna’s personal life has seen significant milestones, including her remarriage and the addition of two more children to her family. Residing in Woodland, California, just outside Sacramento, Jenna continues to navigate the joys and challenges of parenthood while excelling in her career as a realtor.

Jenna is on X, at @ssjenna13 where she post her family and pet pics, to more than 3k followers & promotes herself as a realtor for Lyon realty.

Joel Klug

Joel Klug, renowned for his physical prowess on Survivor, has continued to lead an active and vibrant lifestyle in the years following his time on the reality show. While Joel may not have clinched the coveted million-dollar prize, he has expressed gratitude for the valuable experience and opportunities that the show provided him.

His post-Survivor journey has been marked by a variety of accomplishments and appearances in the entertainment industry, showcasing his versatility and talent across different platforms. With appearances on the covers of esteemed publications such as TV Guide, People, and Entertainment Weekly, Joel has garnered widespread recognition for his contributions to the entertainment world. His guest appearances on popular television programs, including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Early Show, among others, have further garnered a presence in the industry. His diverse portfolio of projects reflects his passion for storytelling and his willingness to explore various facets of the entertainment landscape. He was producer of a documentary called made in Venice in 2016.

In 2024 he’s currently residing in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, actress Jennifer Kamstock, Joel continues to embrace new opportunities and challenges in his career.

Ramona Gray

After her appearance on the show, she returned to work, tied the knot, and welcomed her son, who is now nine years old (born in 2011). Following a divorce, she remained loyal to the same company for 23 years, transitioning from the laboratory to the role of Global Chemistry Project Manager when she learned she was expecting. In 2013, she began running and achieved a marathon milestone off her bucket list.

Over the years, she participated in several triathlons before leaving New Jersey in 2016 for new horizons. Her ultimate source of happiness is being a mother at this stage of her life. Witnessing the world anew through her son’s eyes and co-parenting to provide him with the richest experiences, aiming to nurture a content, well-rounded global citizen. She has a passion for travel, and a college friend from Howard University embarked on a mission called 50 x 50 — aiming to explore all 50 states before turning 50. With 15 states left for her and 4 for her friend, they’ve adjusted their goal to encompass visiting all 50 states while they are 50. Ramona still has ambitious goals!

In 2024 Ramon is on Instagram at @ramonagray22, where she promotes herself as a traveler, mother, and and creator and post her traveling journey! On March 2nd she posted #40 of her 50 x 50 pact.

Gretchen Cordy

Gretchen was the seventh person voted out of Survivor: Borneo. She was one tribal away from making the jury. She had a leadership role that painted a big target on her back.

Since the show, she was doing a morning radio show in her hometown of Clarksville, Tennessee, according to an interview with Entertainment Weekly she claims “The hours stink, but doing the show is a lot of fun.” She got offered the job after the show ended so she has been there for 19 years now.

In 2024 Gretchen is retired from radio hosting, having had her co-show called The Ryan and Gretchen Show. She’s now enjoying her retirement leaving the limelight behind.

Dirk Been

Dirk Been, known for his strong Christian faith on Survivor, continued to prioritize his beliefs and values after the show. In 2024 his LinkedIn suggest he is still speaking for Christian spirituality as a motivational speaker, sharing his story and inspiring audiences with his message of faith and resilience. However, his Instagram is private, but at AllAmericanspeakers.Com you can see that Dirk is available to speak for live events or web events, where he charges 5-10k per event.

Stacey Stillman

Following the first season of Survivor: Borneo, the series faced its initial round of scandals. In February 2001, Stacey Stillman, the third contestant eliminated from the season, filed a lawsuit against CBS. She alleged that the show’s creator, Mark Burnett, had manipulated her elimination and influenced the season’s outcome. Stillman claimed in her legal action that two of her fellow tribe members, Dirk Been and Sean Kenniff, were coerced into voting for her over popular contestant Rudy Boesch, who ultimately finished in third place. She sought recompense for lost prize money and an additional $75,000 for incurred expenses. CBS denied her accusations.

In 2024 Stacey resides in San Francisco and works as a corporate attorney at a law firm specializing in representing technology companies.

BB Andersen

BB Andersen, the oldest contestant on Survivor Season 1, brought wisdom and life experience to the island. After the show, he focused on his family and personal life. Sadly, Andersen, a Kansas City contractor and real estate developer, passed away on October 29, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, MO after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was the oldest member of the Pagong tribe, bringing a wealth of life experiences to the group.

Besides his time on Survivor, Andersen was active in politics and was appointed by President Reagan to the Advisory Board of the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he served for 11 ½ years. He was known to have declined several ambassadorship offers during the Bush administration. After the show, Andersen was remembered by his companions for his zest for life and his discerning taste for good scotch. He was an adventure-seeker, having toured through Mexico, the western United States, and the Great Lakes on his motorcycle.

Following Survivor, he appeared in commercials for Reebok and Home Depot, and remained active in the construction industry in Kansas.

As we reflect on the cast of Survivor Season 1 and their journeys since the show aired, it’s clear that each contestant has taken a unique path in the two decades that have passed. While some have stayed in the limelight, others have chosen to lead more private lives, the legacy of Survivor Season 1 lives on, and the impact of the show and its cast continues to resonate with fans around the world.

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