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Bob Crowley
S17 Bob Crowley
Contestant Profile
Born: February 25, 1951 (1951-02-25) (age 65)
Hometown: South Portland, Maine
Occupation: Physics Teacher
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Tribe(s): Kota
Finish: Winner
Alliance(s): Onion Alliance
Challenge Wins: 14
Votes Against: 2
Days Lasted: 39

Robert "Bob" Crowley is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Gabon.

Bob holds the distinction of being the oldest person ever to win Survivor at 57 years of age. He is known for being the last remaining member of the Onion Alliance and for creating two convincingly realistic fake Hidden Immunity Idols which assisted him during his time in the competition. Along with his numerous challenge wins, his subtle gameplay and fatherly relationship with Sugar Kiper helped take him to the end, and ultimately he became the Sole Survivor in a 4-3-0 vote.


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Robert Crowley considers himself a hybrid of Indiana Jones and Robinson Crusoe. He loves the outdoors and is always ready for his next adventure.

Robert is a high school physics teacher in Gorham, Maine and holds both Associate and Bachelor degrees in forestry from the University of Maine - Orono and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Southern Maine. However, after the school bell rings, Robert becomes an entrepreneur. His wide range of jobs span from being a first mate on a research boat for the Smithsonian Institution in Canada to an entomologist for the USDA, to a skunk relocater, as well as President, Vice President and Chief Negotiator for his local Teacher's Union.

When not on an adventure, Robert interests include journal writing, story telling, photography, bone collecting, archaeology and camping.

This tree climbing scientist, who describes himself as honest, adventurous, resourceful and witty, built his truly "green" summer cabin back when green was only referred to as the color. His "green" cabin was completely built with recycled material and requires a fraction of the energy of the average U.S. home. He's built numerous structures from recycled material including wharfs, saunas, a chicken house and a hunting cabin.

Robert strategy is to be a provider and to fly under the radar on SURVIVOR. He's out to prove that nice guys can make it to the end of the game.

Robert and his wife Peggy reside in Portland, Maine. They have two sons, David and John, one daughter, Page, and a high maintenance cat named William. Robert's birth date is February 25, 1951.[1]

Survivor: Gabon

At the start of the season, Bob was placed on the Kota Tribe. Bob had originally been in an alliance with fellow tribemates Jacquie Berg, Marcus Lehman, Charlie Herschel, and Corinne Kaplan. The Kota Tribe proved to be strong by winning the first three challenges. However, when Kota lost the Immunity Challenge and were forced to face Tribal Council, Bob joined his alliance in voting out Paloma Soto-Castillo.

In the following episode, there was a Tribe Switch which ended up taking Jacquie to the opposing Fang tribe. When Jacquie was voted off, Randy Bailey was welcomed into Bob's alliance. The Kota tribe would still stand strong, and the tribe won the next two Immunity Challenges. Bob also helped vote out Dan Kay over the weaker Susie Smith in fear that Dan had the Hidden Immunity Idol. This ended up being the vital mistake to Bob's alliance as Susie would end up switching sides.

On Day 21, both tribes assumed that a merge would be coming up but instead they were welcomed with another tribal swap. Bob and Marcus remained on Kota while Charlie, Randy, and Corinne moved to Fang. When Fang won the Immunity Challenge, Bob had to face Tribal Council where tribemates Ken Hoang, Crystal Cox, and Susie voted out Marcus.

After Marcus was voted out, both tribes merged into the new Nobag Tribe ("Nobag" is Gabon spelled backwards). Charlie ended up getting voted out at the next Tribal Council and it soon appeared that Bob's alliance would crumble. Bob was targeted next, but when he got sent to Exile Island, he created a fake Hidden Immunity Idol. He used to fake idol to secure his spot in the game and Randy, his own alliance member, was blindsided. After Randy's elimination, Bob created another Hidden Immunity Idol in an attempt to save himself and last alliance member, Corinne. Although it was futile and Corinne was eliminated, it caused Ken to betray his own alliance and vote against Matty Whitmore.

Bob's winning streak continued by winning his fifth challenge in a row. This was something his other tribemates did not expect. Later, Ken tried to propose a deal with Bob and said that if he had won immunity he would give it up to Ken since he had tricked him at the last Tribal Council. However, Sugar Kiper informed Bob that it was just a trick to blindside him and Bob went against the idea. In the following Tribal Councils, Crystal and Ken were both voted out respectively.

In the Final Immunity Challenge, Bob lost to Susie in a card building challenge. Bob seemed doomed again but he was able to convince Sugar to go on his side and vote against Matty. Knowing that a tiebreaker challenge might occur, Bob also started practicing how to build a fire. At Tribal Council, a tie did occur, and as Bob had expected, a tie would take place. Matty and Bob were forced to compete in a fire building challenge and once again, Bob won.

At the Final Tribal Council, Bob was confronted by Ken for not giving up his immunity. Crowley was also confronted by Randy for using the fake Hidden Immunity Idol against him. Corinne asked Bob to show a nasty side of him and make her believe why Bob didn't like Sugar and he tried showing a nasty side by disliking Sugar, but when he started saying something positive about Sugar, Corinne interrupted and told him she didn't want to hear the good side of Bob. In the end, the jury voted Bob as the Sole Survivor in a vote of 4-3-0. Bob earned the votes of Marcus, Charlie, Randy, and Corinne, essentially all the original Kotas plus Randy. In addition, Bob also won the "Sprint Player of the Season" award, earning the fan's vote over Sugar and Matty.

Voting History

Bob's Voting History
Episode Bob's
Voted Against
1 Kota Tribe Immune
2 Kota Tribe Immune
3 Paloma -
4 Kota Tribe Immune
5 Kota Tribe Immune
6 Kota Tribe Immune
7 Dan -
8 Ken -
9 Crystal -
10 Susie -
12 Matty Individual Immunity
13 Crystal Individual Immunity
14 Ken Individual Immunity
Matty Matty, Susie1
Jury Votes
for Bob
Charlie, Corinne,
Marcus, Randy
Sole Survivor, Day 39

^1 In Say Goodbye to Gabon, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Bob and Matty, forcing a fire-making tiebreaker. Bob won the tiebreaker and remained in the game.


  • In 2009, Crowley published his autobiography, Making Waves: The Stories of Maine's Bob Crowley. The producers of Survivor, however, forbade Crowley from mentioning the show in his book.
  • In Summer of 2009, Bob, along with the other first eighteen Survivor winners, appeared on a TVGuide special "Survivor Millionaires: Where Are They Now?"[2]
  • On January 9, 2010, Bob attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party along with all of his Gabon cast mates.[3]
  • Bob opened a winter camp in Durham, Maine,[4] where, every year, is performed the Durham Warriors Survival Challenge, a one weekend Survivor-based charity fundraiser event.[5]


  • Survivor: Vanuatu contestant, Julie Berry attended Bob's high school in Maine and took his class as a student.[6]
  • Bob used his buff as a bowtie during his time on Survivor.
  • When Randy Bailey played Bob's fake Hidden Immunity Idol, Jeff threw it into the fire, much to the dislike of the viewers. However, once the Tribal Council was over, Jeff pulled it out so he could give it back to Bob at the Reunion Show.
  • Bob is one of three winners to be involved in a tie on his way to the final, the others being Richard Hatch and Natalie White.
  • Bob is currently the oldest Survivor winner. Bob's exact age at the day of winning was 57 years, 9 months and 20 days when he was declared the Sole Survivor.
  • On Rob Has a Podcast, Bob revealed that he was actually an alternate for Gabon and replaced Jimmy Johnson when the latter failed his medical exam.
  • Bob is the only person to win five consecutive individual challenges and become the Sole Survivor.


Preceded by
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Parvati Shallow
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Bob Crowley
Succeeded by
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J.T. Thomas

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