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Dirk Been
S1 Dirk Been
Contestant Profile
Birth Date June 15, 1976 (1976-06-15) (age 38)
Hometown Spring Green, Wisconsin
Occupation Substitute teacher;
Dairy Farmer


Tribe(s) Tagi
Placement 12/16
Challenge(s) Won 4
Vote(s) Against 4
Day(s) Lasted 15

Dirk Henry Been is a contestant from Survivor: Borneo.

He is best known for being the first contestant to have their elimination caused by an alliance.


Dirk graduated from Sauk Prairie High School before earning his bachelor's degree of arts in Religious Studies from Seattle Pacific University in Washington. He currently works as a substitute teacher while also helping to take care of his family's dairy farm.

Dirk loves fishing, dancing and blind dates. Having played basketball in high school and college, it is hands-down his favorite sport. He prefers to watch "The Simpsons" and "Saturday Night Live" on television, and declares "Indiana Jones: The Lost Ark" and "The Matrix" as his favorite movies. Describing himself as energetic, funny and loud, he is most proud of being involved with helping disadvantaged kids reach their full potential. He lists Martin Luther King, Jr. and Larry Bird as his personal heroes because he believes they are two examples of effective leaders who led by example.

Dirk's perfect day begins with an early morning fishing trip, followed by a competitive game of basketball until it's time to head for dinner at his favorite pizza place. Afterwards, he and his friends dance the night away.

Dirk resides in Spring Green, Wisconsin. His birth date is June 15, 1976.

Survivor: BorneoEdit

Been was first noticed for being a very religious Christian, as well as a virgin, believing about the importance of virginity until marriage. His secret was accepted by the tribe, but the revelation stirred a conflict between Dirk and the liberated Richard Hatch.

He and tribemate Sean Kenniff were in the outs with the tribe for their lack of work ethic (Dirk would read his bible every day instead of work). With this, adding up to his unusual weight loss which made his tribemates worried, he became the first victim of the notorious Tagi Alliance of Richard, Rudy, Susan and Kelly. He was eliminated in a 4-1-1 vote.

Voting HistoryEdit

Dirk's Voting History
Episode Dirk's
Voted Against
1 Sonja -
2 Tagi Tribe Immune
3 Stacey -
4 Tagi Tribe Immune
5 Susan Kelly, Richard,
Rudy, Susan
Voted Off, Day 15


  • Dirk now resides in Long Beach, Caliornia. He is married to Cee Been since 2004 and has two daughters, Asia and Ziah.
  • On January 9, 2010, Dirk attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.


  • Dirk's luxury item was a Bible.
  • Dirk is the first Survivor contestant whose elimination was caused by an alliance.
  • Dirk was the youngest male contestant in Borneo.
  • Dirk felt attracted to Kelly Wiglesworth during his stay in Borneo.
  • Dirk is one of the first contestants from Wisconsin (together with Susan Hawk).
  • Dirk is the first person ever to be blindsided. 
  • Dirk is the first person to finish an item from the Survivor Smorgasbord.
    • He is also the first person to finish a butok in this challenge.
  • Dirk shares his bithday with Monica Culpepper and Jeremiah Wood.
  • At every tribal Dirk attended, voted for a female.
    • The names of the three women he voted for all begin with the letter S.


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