Max Dawson
S30 Max Dawson
Contestant Profile
Born: March 31, 1977 (1977-03-31) (age 41)[1]
Hometown: Topanga, California
Occupation: Media Consultant
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Worlds Apart
Tribe(s): Masaya
► Nagarote
Finish: 14/18
Challenge Wins: 4
Votes Against: 5
Days Lasted: 14

Maxwell "Max" Dawson is a contestant from Survivor: Worlds Apart.

Known as the "Survivor professor" in various circles of the fanbase, he was known for his over-enthusiasm and love for the game, as well as his in-game friendship with Shirin Oskooi, both of which caused his elimination.


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Name (Age): Max Dawson (37)
Tribe Designation: White Collar
Current Residence: Topanga, CA
Occupation: Media Consultant
Personal Claim to Fame: I taught a college class on Survivor at Northwestern University.
Inspiration in Life: My father, who has survived Vietnam, heart disease, cancer, botched surgeries, MRSA and more than 40 years of living with my mom and grandmother.
Hobbies: Going to the beach, swinging kettle bells and collecting vinyl records.
Pet Peeves: Waiting
3 Words to Describe You: Outspoken, brilliant and bearded.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. A black cat. No matter how rough things get, petting a black cat always makes me feel better. 2. A bunch of kale. Kale is the food of the gods. 3. A tin of beard wax. Just because I'm starving on an island doesn't mean I can't look fresh.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Jonathan Penner. We are both opinionated, outspoken, truth-telling Jews who make our livings with our words. Like him, I love Survivor and all that it stands for. I believe that the game deserves to be honored by the individuals who are fortunate enough to play it.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: First and foremost, I am playing to win. That said, I'm also strongly motivated by the prospect of hearing Probst say, "All the fixins."
Why You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I'll survive because of my laser-like focus, confidence, conviction and level-headedness. Oh, and did I mention that I taught a college class on Survivor?
Why Will You Be the Sole Survivor: I am a natural salesperson, and the product I am best at selling is myself. I've aced every interview I've been in, received every job I've applied for and sold hundreds of thousands of dollars of research to major corporations. In recent years, I have consciously worked to hone my abilities to read, understand and influence others, learning and refining new techniques that I've employed to great effect in my career and personal life. I have no doubt whatsoever that I will enjoy an equal level of success in Survivor.[2]


Max arrived in the game on the Masaya tribe. When they lost the first Immunity Challenge, he went along with the majority in voting out So Kim. The Masaya tribe went on a winning streak all the way to the tribe switch, where he joined the Nagarote tribe. There, he formed a more closer relationship and alliance with Shirin Oskooi. However, their over strategizing and overall annoyance led to the tribe voting him out at the first Tribal Council.

Voting History

Max's Voting History
Episode Max's
Voted Against
1 So -
2 Masaya Tribe Immune
3 Masaya Tribe Immune
4 Masaya Tribe Immune
5 Will Carolyn, Hali,
Jenn, Kelly, Will
Voted Off, Day 14


  • Max attended the Survivor edition of The Price Is Right primetime special that aired on May 23, 2016.[3] However, Max himself did not compete.


Max Second Chance

Max's publicity photo for the voting of the Cambodia cast.