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Mick Trimming
S19 Mick Trimming
Contestant Profile
Birth Date May 10, 1976 (1976-05-10) (age 39)
Hometown Los Angeles, California
Occupation Doctor


Tribe(s) Foa Foa
Placement 2nd Runner-Up (3/20)
Alliance(s) Foa Foa Four
Challenge(s) Won 3
Vote(s) Against 4
Day(s) Lasted 39

Michael "Mick" Trimming[1] is a contestant from Survivor: Samoa.


CBS Profile

Smart, funny, charming and a doctor, Mick is every single woman’s dream and every single man’s nightmare. At 33 years old, this Idaho import is a resident anesthesiologist at UCLA who takes great pride in his intense occupation. He is highly motivated to do whatever it takes to win the million dollar prize in order to pay off the hundreds of thousands that he owes in student loans.

With all of the stress in his life, he candidly describes his perfect day being one where he is able to sleep in until 7:30 (or maybe 8:00) a.m. In addition to reading trade magazines, he enjoys the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and the ones hidden underneath his mattress.

A man of humor, another one of Mick’s pet peeves is when people cannot admit they are wrong. He also admits that the quickest way to get him angry is to throw dirt clods at him. Definitely a conversationalist, topics that are off limits to Mick are ridiculous situations that people find themselves in, and he absolutely refuses to talk about the sexual escapades of people’s grandparents.

In addition to his desire to pay off student loans, he hopes to buy a vacuum cleaner with the winnings. Oddly enough, the wildest thing he would do to win would be to “give a homeless person a tongue bath” but he would never go as far as disabling someone … well at least not permanently.

Currently, Mick resides in Los Angeles, Calif. His birthday is May 10.

Survivor: Samoa

Mick was the leader of the Foa Foa tribe, but he received lots of criticism, since his tribe was fairly unsuccessful. At first Mick wanted to keep the tribe strong and vote off Ashley Trainer, but after Marisa Calihan was the first voted off instead, Mick just went with everyone else in all subsequent votes. When tribes merged and Mick was one of the last 4 remaining Foa Foa members, he and the other Foa Foas made an alliance and would then try to eliminate all the other former members of Galu by staying united and disunifying Galu. And that plan worked, but little to no thanks to Mick, as it was mostly Russell Hantz that got everything to fall into place for Foa Foa. However, Mick did win the Immunity Challenge in The Day of Reckoning, which was key in getting Laura Morett eliminated. Mick would receive his first vote against him from John Fincher in Off with Their Heads!. Mick would then receive a vote from Shambo Waters on Day 36, Jaison Robinson on Day 37, and Brett Clouser on Day 38, but each of those players would be voted off those same Tribal Councils, and Mick would eventually make it to the end.

Although Russell got some praise for at least playing the game (albeit rather harshly) and Natalie White got some praise for being very kind and making friendships with the jury, Mick was pretty much ignored since he didn't do too much and he was considered a poor tribe leader for Foa Foa (despite the fact that all but one of the jury members were ironically from the opposing tribe). Shambo Waters referred to his game play as feckless to which Mick replied he did not understand the word, and Erik Cardona referred to him as having a delusional sense of false entitlement. Mick received 0 jury votes and finished the game in 3rd place.

Voting History

Mick's Voting History
Episode Mick's
Voted Against
1 Ashley -
2 Betsy -
3 Ben -
4 Foa Foa Tribe Immune
5 Ashley -
6 No Vote
7 Liz -
8 Erik -
9 Kelly -
10 Laura;
Individual Immunity
12 John John
13 Dave -
Monica -
14 Shambo Shambo
15 Jaison Jaison
Brett Brett
Jury Votes
for Mick
Second Runner-Up, Day 39

^1 In The Day of Reckoning, the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Laura and Natalie, forcing a revote. Mick did not change his vote on the revote.


  • MickTrimmingFamily

    Mick with his wife, Ursula and their daughter.

    In October, 2010, Mick married an Indian woman named Ursula. They had two separate ceremonies. First they had a Hindu Indian Wedding.[2] on October 14.[3] then an American Style wedding[4] on the 16th.[5]
    • They have one daughter.[6]


  • Mick is friends with Edna Ma (who is also a doctor) from Survivor: South Pacific. Edna solicited advice from Mick before heading to Samoa.
    • Both Mick and Edna competed in a season filmed in Samoa. They were also both members of a blue tribe and a yellow tribe.
  • Mick ties with Denise Stapley, Natalie White and Russell Hantz for the most Tribal Councils attended in a season, with 14 (15 if the Final Tribal Council is included).
  • Every time Mick received a vote, it came from the person he had voted for at that Tribal Council. 
  • Whenever Mick received votes, he only had one cast against him.
  • Mick was recruited to play Survivor when he met a casting director while having dinner with a friend.[7]


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