David Wright
Contestant Profile
Born: February 28, 1974 (1974-02-28) (age 44)[1]
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, California
Occupation: Television Writer
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Millennials vs. Gen X
Tribe(s): Takali
► Vanua
Finish: 4/20
Alliance(s): David's Vinaka Alliance
Challenge Wins: 9
Votes Against: 10
Days Lasted: 38

David Wright is a contestant from Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.

Though he was initially ostracized by his tribe for his anxious and paranoid conduct in the game's early days, David soon simmered and he managed to pull off the blindside of the de facto leader of the Takali tribe, Paul Wachter and find two Hidden Immunity Idols. At the merge, his game quickly gained momentum. Despite losing an ally to a rock draw, David quickly regained numbers and proceeded to systematically take out the opposing alliance. Ultimately, he was seen as too big of a threat to win, and David was blindsided by his closest ally, Ken McNickle, at the last vote before the Final Tribal Council.


Retrived from

Name: David Wright
Age: 42
Current residence: Sherman Oaks, CA
Occupation: Television writer
Tribe designation: Takali (Gen-X)
Three words to describe you: OCD, nervous, and paranoid.
Hobbies: 3D printing puzzles.
Pet peeves: Sudden, loud noises; people who don't use a turn signal; people who believe in ghosts and psychics; people who are late for dinner; people who incorrectly use the word "nonplussed;" people.
What does it mean to be a Gen-Xer? Gen-Xers believe in hard work, earning their rewards, and eating breakfast. Why does no one eat breakfast anymore?!
Personal claim to fame: Playing chess against Magnus Carlsen, the No. 1 ranked player in the world.
Inspiration in life: Mr. Spock [from Star Trek]. He's highly intelligent, logical, and has trouble fitting in.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? Beads, string, and polished stones to make fake Immunity Idols for other people to find.
Survivor contestant you're most like: I relate most to the guys who don't fit in such as John Cochran (South Pacific, Caramoan)—he's my intellectual equal with slightly larger muscles. I also relate to Joe Anglim's (Worlds Apart, Cambodia) puzzle-solving skills, but, unfortunately, not his full head of hair, or way with the ladies.
Reason for being on Survivor: I want to use Survivor as a tool to battle my insecurities and overcome my fears and anxiety.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? My weaknesses and flaws are my strengths. Because of my small size and lack of physical stature, people won't perceive me as a threat. I also have the most important Survivor trait one can have: paranoia. My eyes and ears will be at full attention, searching for any hint of a vote going bad for me. Chess has taught me to always look ahead, so I'm prepared to seize an opportunity when one presents itself. I won't let emotions and feelings stand in the way of reaching Final 3.[2]


Starting off on the Takali tribe, David immediately came out as paranoid and small. His paranoia got to him and the tribe, causing him to be on the bottom of his tribe. David made an attempt to find a Hidden Immunity Idol, but was unsuccessful. After losing the first Immunity Challenge, David was sure he was going home. He plead his case to the majority alliance, who let him go in the fear that he had an idol. On Day 5, David made another attempt to find the idol, and this time, was successful. The next day, David officially formed an alliance with Ken McNickle, and cemented their trust by showing Ken his idol.

Later, Paul Wachter went down, and after everything was cleared up, David expressed his thoughts on it, saying, "When he went down, I thought this might be a good thing for me because he's the one I want to vote out. He's really calling all the shots, and him being so weak right now makes it easier to convince people, you know what it might be time to get rid of Paul."

On Day 8, a twist was introduced that had four people from each tribe come to a summit to represent their tribe. David went for Gen-X, along with Paul, CeCe Taylor, and Chris Hammons. On Day 10, David's alliance planned to blindside Paul, and Jessica Lewis, Sunday Burquest, and Lucy Huang joined them in the vote, sending Paul out. After this move, the majority alliance planned to blindside Jessica, and Lucy attempted to take control of the vote and tell David and Ken what they would do. This move led David's alliance planning to blindside Lucy. At the Reward Challenge, David shocked everyone with his excellent performance and scoring the winning point for the Gen-X. At Tribal Council the next night, David played his idol for Jessica, sending Lucy home.

With an idol out there, everyone on the Gen-X tribe was scrambling across camp to try and find it. David ended up finding it once again. Later that day, a tribe switch occurred, and David, CeCe, and Chris moved onto the Vanua tribe, joining Zeke Smith and Michelle Schubert. After losing the next Immunity Challenge, the Gen-Xers were planning on voting off Michelle, however, David and Chris decided to flip on CeCe. The move worked, and CeCe was sent home.

Over the next few days, David was growing closer to Zeke, and even showed Zeke his idol. At the next Reward Challenge, David nearly cost his tribe the challenge. Despite this, they ended up finishing first. They would later follow a winning streak, winning the next three challenges. When the tribes merged, a super-majority alliance was formed with David's alliance with Ken and Jessica, Chris's alliance with Sunday and Bret LaBelle, and Zeke's alliance with Adam Klein and Hannah Shapiro, going against the Triforce alliance of Michelle, Jay Starrett, Taylor Stocker, and Will Wahl.

At the Reward Challenge on Day 26, David mentioned that he thinks no one would want him on his team because he is so bad at swimming. Everyone encouraged him to draw for a team. David ended up losing the challenge. David won the next Immunity Challenge, to everyone's surprise. Jeff Probst said to David he had come in as the biggest underdog in the game, and is now wearing the most powerful item in the game. David responded that he was trying to tone down the voice in his head that says he can't, and bring light to a voice saying he can.

Despite successfully voting off Michelle and Taylor, the alliance still had cracks in it, with Chris still targeting Jessica. David's alliance teamed up with the minority to vote off Chris. After Chris's blindside, David told Bret and Sunday even though he voted off Chris, it didn't mean he wanted them to go next. He later mentioned to them he thought Zeke was playing the best game, and he should go next. Bret exposed this to Zeke, and so they aligned with Jay and Will to attempt to vote off David. Zeke's former allies Adam and Hannah teamed up with David, leaving two alliances against each other. At the next Tribal, Bret and Zeke insulted and made fun of David's anxiety. David described it as a personal attack. After a tie between Zeke and Hannah forced a rock draw tiebreaker, David ended up losing Jessica, one of his closest allies.

Despite being outnumbered, Will said to David he was ready to blindside Zeke. David's alliance settled, and at tribal, Will went with them, and voted off Zeke. After this move, more people were becoming paranoid of David, and Will attempted to get everyone to vote him off. David mentioned the most paranoid he's ever felt is right now.

On Night 35, David stayed up making a fake Hidden Immunity Idol, and hiding it. Jay found it the next morning. On Day 36, David claimed his second individual immunity, and a steak dinner reward. Jay used his Reward Steal advantage to steal the reward, but still picked David to join him, as well as Adam. At the reward, the three discussed the topic of who to vote off, and if the three should stick together for the final three. At Tribal Council, Jay played David's fake idol, and got voted off.

With Jay gone, Adam was now separating from David's alliance and closer to Bret. The two attempted to get Hannah to flip on David. Despite this, Hannah stayed on David's side and voted off Bret, with Bret warning the others that they only have one shot left to take out David or he is winning. On Day 38, Hannah and Adam were both ready to blindside David, but while it seemed like David and Ken were settled on Adam, Adam convinced Ken to flip, and David was blindsided by his entire alliance.

At the Final Tribal Council, David asked the finalists what was their motivation to play Survivor. In the end, David voted for Adam who won in a unanimous 10-0-0 vote.

Voting History

David's Voting History
Episode David's
Voted Against
1 Rachel CeCe
2 Takali Tribe Immune
3 Paul -
4 Lucy -
5 CeCe -
6 Vanua Tribe Immune
7 Vanua Tribe Immune
8 Michelle -
9 Taylor -
10 Chris Individual Immunity
11 Zeke -
12 Will Jay, Will
Sunday Bret, Jay
13 Jay Individual Immunity
Bret Adam, Bret
Adam Adam, Hannah, Ken
Voted Off, Day 38
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In Million Dollar Gamble, the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Hannah and Zeke, forcing a revote. David did not change his vote on the revote.


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  • David lost 10 lbs. during his time on Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.[3]
  • David voted correctly at every Tribal Council he attended except for during the Rock Draw, in which he had no vote, and his own elimination.