Charlie Herschel
S17 Charlie Herschel
Contestant Profile
Born: May 12, 1979 (1979-05-12) (age 38)
Hometown: New York City, New York
Occupation: Lawyer
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Tribe(s): Kota
► Fang
Finish: 9/18
Alliance(s): Onion Alliance
Challenge Wins: 11
Votes Against: 5
Days Lasted: 27

Charlie Herschel is a contestant from Survivor: Gabon.

Right out of the gate, Charlie formed a close bond with Marcus Lehman, and together, they formed what would be known as the Onion Alliance. After the betrayal of Susie Smith following a surprise second tribe switch, Charlie and his allies quickly found themselves in the minority going into the merge. The opposite Fang Alliance targeted Charlie due to being the biggest strategic threat left, and he became the first person voted out of the merged tribe.


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Charlie Herschel has been a fan of Survivor since the first season and has been training for it ever since. A lawyer for one of the top 10 most prestigious law firms in the world, Herschel is ready to try his persuasion skills on a different type of jury.

This 29-year-old, marathon-running attorney and University of Pennsylvania graduate says he is above nothing when he gets to the island. Charlie's strategy is to be authentic but with a twist. "With high risks, come high rewards, but the risks must be calculated." The middle son of three boys and a native New Yorker, the Ivy Leaguer is not afraid to claw his way to the top.

In his free time, Herschel trains to race in marathons around the country. He credits this passion for helping him stay in shape. Through his training, Charlie dropped 60 pounds and continues to be at fighting weight.

Charlie is a gay, single man and currently resides in New York City. His birth date is May 12, 1979.[1]


On Day 1, Charlie was chosen to be on the Kota tribe. He immediately formed a bond with Marcus Lehman. He created the Onion Alliance with Marcus, Corinne Kaplan, and Jacquie Berg. During the first Tribe Switch, Charlie stayed on the Kota tribe with Marcus and Corrine. He also bonded with Randy Bailey. During the second tribe swap, he was moved to the Fang tribe with Corrine and Randy, but Charlie was separated from his main alliance with Marcus. On Day 27, the Fang tribe and the Kota tribe merged into the Nobag. Charlie lost the first individual Immunity Challenge. The remainder of the Onion alliance, plus Bob Crowley and Randy, decided to blindside Crystal Cox. But the Fang Alliance, consisting of Matty Whitmore, Ken Hoang, Sugar Kiper, Susie Smith, and Crystal, had plans to blindside Charlie. At the first post-merge Tribal Council, Charlie was blindsided in a vote of 5-4. He was happy to reunite with Marcus at Ponderosa.

At the Final Tribal Council, he was angry that Susie and Sugar blindsided him, so, he gave his vote to the eventual Sole Survivor, Bob Crowley.

Voting History

Charlie's Voting History
Episode Charlie's
Voted Against
1 Kota Tribe Immune
Kota Tribe Immune
2 Paloma -
3 Kota Tribe Immune
4 Kota Tribe Immune
5 Kota Tribe Immune
6 Dan -
7 Fang Tribe Immune
8 Crystal Crystal, Ken, Matty,
Sugar, Susie
Voted Off, Day 27
Voted for
Sole Survivor



Charlie with his partner, Kent.

  • On January 9, 2010, Charlie attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party along with all of his Gabon cast mates.
  • Charlie married on February 8, 2013 to his partner, Kent Gould.[2]


  • Charlie and Corinne were the only players to remain members of Kota until the second switch at which they went to Fang.