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Rupert Boneham

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Contestant Profile
Birth Date January 27, 1964 (1964-01-27) (age 50)
Hometown Indianapolis, Indiana
Occupation Troubled Teens mentor

Pearl Islands

Tribe(s) Drake
Placement 8/16
Alliance(s) Drake Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 9
Vote(s) Against 7
Day(s) Lasted 27


Tribe(s) Saboga
► Chapera
► Mogo Mogo
Chaboga Mogo
Placement 4/18
Alliance(s) Chapera Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 10
Vote(s) Against 4
Day(s) Lasted 37

Heroes vs. Villains

Tribe(s) Heroes
Yin Yang
Placement 6/20
Alliance(s) Heroes Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 7
Vote(s) Against 10
Day(s) Lasted 36

Blood vs. Water

Tribe(s) Galang
Placement 20/20
Challenge(s) Won 0
Vote(s) Against 0
Day(s) Lasted 4

Rupert Fredrick Boneham[1] is a contestant from Survivor: Pearl Islands, Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

With his trademark long beard, tie-dyed shirt, and signature victory cry, Boneham is considered by fans to be one of the show's most popular castaways. Rupert is one of the only two contestants to compete 4 times on Survivor. He is also the only contestant to win $1,000,000 via public vote.

In Blood vs. Water, Rupert became notable for being the second four-time Survivor player and the only contestant to switch places with their Loved One on Redemption Island. This move proved to be fatal, as he ended up being the first person eliminated that season despite never receiving a single vote.


Pearl IslandsEdit

Born in Detroit, Rupert Boneham moved with his parents at a young age to Indiana where he eventually attended Haworth High School in Kokomo. He then moved to Texas to study nursing at Cisco Junior College and San Angelo University. Boneham currently resides in Indianapolis, where he works as a vocational and clinical mentor for troubled teens. He previously worked as a gravedigger and a bartender. His hobbies include scuba diving, camping and coin collecting. His favorite sport is racquetball. He describes himself as strong, smart and brave. He is most proud of becoming independent/self-employed and being able to care for his family while not having to live the "Nine-To-Five" world. He believes his competitive advantages on SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS are his ability to be a team player, hunter and gatherer, camper and all-around survivor. Boneham is married to his wife, Laura, and they have one daughter, Raya.


Since finishing eighth on SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS, Rupert Boneham has been preparing for his second chance to become the Sole Survivor.

Born in Detroit, Rupert moved with his parents at a young age to Indiana where he eventually attended Haworth High School in Kokomo. He then moved to Texas to study nursing at Cisco Junior College and San Angelo University. He currently resides in Indianapolis, where he works as a vocational and clinical mentor for troubled teens. He also drives camera trucks for college football during the season. He previously worked as a gravedigger and a bartender. His hobbies include scuba diving, camping and coin collecting. His favorite sport is racquetball. He describes himself as strong, smart and brave. He is proudest of becoming independent/self-employed and being able to care for his family while not having to live in the nine-to-five world.

Rupert and his wife, Laura have one four-year-old daughter, Raya. His birth date is January 27, 1964.

Heroes vs. VillainsEdit

Rupert Boneham (45)
Tribe: Heroes
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Current Residence: Indianapolis, Ind.
Personal Claim To Fame: “Starting my charity.”
Inspiration in Life: “Life is Good. Be You. Give Back.”
Previous Finishes: Pearl Islands: 8th out, 2nd Jury Member; All-Stars: 15th Out, 6th Jury Member
Favorite Past Moment: “When Jeff Probst was writing a million dollar check on my back on my daughter’s 5th birthday and having millions of fans help me win that.”
Previous Survivor He Respects Most: Rudy Boesch (Borneo, All-Stars)
Previous Survivor He Respects Least: Jonny Fairplay (Pearl Islands, Micronesia)
Why Did He Come Back?: “I LOVE THE GAME!”

Blood vs. WaterEdit

Name (Age): Rupert Boneham (49)
Tribe Designation: Galang
Relationship to Significant Castaway: Laura's Husband
'Previous Season:' Survivor: Pearl Island – 2nd jury member; Survivor: All Stars – 6th jury member, won $1 million for fan favorite; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 7th jury member
Current Residence: Indianapolis, Ind.
Occupation: Mentor for Troubled Teens
Why Did You Want to Return to Survivor and Play with Your Loved One? Survivor has been one of the most exciting experiences in my life. And to have the chance to share that with my wife is amazing. To have Laura out there on the island with me, we will have the chance to share one of the greatest adventures one can have. You can describe what Survivor is like, but until you've lived it, it is hard to understand. To be able to go out and play with my best friend will be a dream come true.

Survivor: Pearl IslandsEdit

Regarded as the likeable pirate, Rupert began his time on Survivor as part of the Drake Tribe. Upon arrival at the local fishing village to obtain supplies for their time at camp, he noticed that the rival Morgan tribe had left their raft, which contained their shoes, unattended.

Everything that was in their raft, I took. I've always said I'll lie, cheat, and steal to win this game. There's my stealing. I stole for the Drake.

–Rupert Boneham

Using these items to help boost their chances in securing more goods, Drake benefited from a more luxurious camp. After enjoying much success with their continuous victories, Boneham became the target of Burton Roberts and Jonny Fairplay after he fashioned a makeshift sarong, much to their enjoyment. Despite all this, Rupert became the resident fisherman, which kept him in good steed with the rest of his team he was never put up for the chopping block.

During the events of Pick a Castaway... Any Castaway, Boneham was kidnapped by Morgan and joined his rivals at their camp. Surprised by his work ethic, Morgan briefly flourished and came together with Rupert as the catalyst - although when he was offered the opportunity to switch tribes he rejected the proposal and became a member of Drake once again. Although he did not obtain Tribal Immunity with his original side, Rupert remained in a solid position, but after the elimination of Trish Dunn, he was upset to learn that Fairplay had voted against him, and confronted the art dealer at camp.

You're starting this s***!

–Rupert (to Fairplay)

After the outburst, Boneham apologized for his actions and stated that the team will be stronger after these events. When The Outcasts returned to compete in a challenge to win the opportunity to return, Drake lost, with Boneham and his alliance voting out Shawn Cohen, and then having Burton return back to camp shortly afterwards.

Upon merging the next day, Rupert opted to name the tribe Balboa after a small pet snake which everybody accepted. Due to Lillian Morris originally becoming outcasted by the Morgan tribe, led by Andrew Savage, she became the crucial swing vote in destroying the Morgan voting bloc. He enjoyed the next six days under the protection of Individual Immunity, but it was short-lived, as Rupert was deemed too likeable and blindsided by the former Outcasts, the remaining Morgan women, and Fairplay, finishing as the second member of the Jury.

Rupert voted for his friend and ally Sandra Diaz-Twine to win the game.

Voting HistoryEdit

Rupert's Voting History
Episode Rupert's
Voted Against
1 Drake Tribe Immune
2 Drake Tribe Immune
3 Drake Tribe Immune
4 Kidnapped by Morgan
5 Michelle -
6 Trish Jon, Trish
7 Shawn -
8 Andrew Individual Immunity1
9 Ryan O. Individual Immunity
10 Darrah Burton, Darrah, Jon,
Lillian, Tijuana
Voted Off, Day 27
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In What the...? (Part 2), Burton had originally won immunity, but gave it to Rupert during tribal council because Burton was already immune that vote due to returning to the game via Outcasts twist.

Survivor: All-StarsEdit

Rupert returned as an All-Star in Survivor: All-Stars. He was placed on the yellow Saboga tribe. Early on Rupert made a strong alliance with Rudy Boesch, seeing him as a father figure. Both pairs of Jenna/Jerri and Ethan/Tina relied on Rupert's vote to vote off either Jenna or Tina at the ensuing Tribal Council. Both of them joined Jenna Lewis's alliance to get rid of the past winners Tina Wesson and Ethan Zohn. At the first Tribal Council on Day 3 their alliance successfully eliminated Tina. 

Saboga continued losing, attending the second Tribal Council. Although the original plan was to eliminate Ethan, the alliance targeted Rudy for his weakness and injured foot. Rupert pleaded to the alliance to vote out Ethan, refusing to vote for Rudy. Unfortunately for Rupert, the rest of the alliance and Ethan decided Rudy was too much of a burden and he was blindsided in a 3-2 vote.

Luckily for Rupert, Saboga remained safe when Mogo Mogo member Jenna Morasca quit the game on Day  9. On Day 12 Saboga finally won immunity keeping Rupert safe for another three days. After the Day 13 reward challenge Saboga was dissolved. Rupert and Jenna were sent to Chapera, while Jerri Manthey and Ethan joined Mogo Mogo. Rupert and Jenna quickly joined Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich's alliance.

While on Chapera Rupert did not have to visit Tribal Council, only losing a member on Day 17 when Susan Hawk quit. Rupert enjoyed safety throughout the pre-merge stage of the game. On Day 23 the tribes expected a merge but were shocked when Jeff revealed  there was going to be a Tribe switch. Rupert along with the other members of  the Chapera tribe were all switched to Mogo Mogo.

After the two tribes merged into Chaboga Mogo Rupert stuck with Rob's alliance and eliminated Lex van den Berghe and Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien in the first two Tribal Council's. On the Day 30, after the intended target Shii Ann Huang won immunity Rob convinced his alliance to vote out Alicia Calaway. When Shii Ann failed to win immunity Rupert voted with his alliance and eliminated her.

At the final 5 Tom Buchanan became the swing vote between Rupert and Jenna's alliance and Rob and Amber's alliance. Not wanting to force a tie Rupert and the other three blindsided Tom. When Amber won the final four immunity challenge Rob and Amber aimed to vote out Rupert, while Rupert aimed to oust Rob. Jenna decided to betray her original alliance with Rupert and he was sent home in a 3-1 vote.

At the Final Tribal Council, Rupert asked the finalist what they did to make it to the final two and why he should vote for them. Amber said it was by playing the game day by day. She stated she had she many obstacles like the tribe switch and had never lost focus. Rob said that Rupert was a man of his word. Rupert chuckled and thanked the finalists. In the end, Rupert respected Rob's game play more than Amber's so he cast his jury vote for Rob to win the million.

Voting HistoryEdit

Rupert's Voting History
Episode Rupert's
Voted Against
1 Tina -
2 Ethan -
3 No Tribal Council
4 Saboga Tribe Immune
5 Chapera Tribe Immune
6 No Tribal Council
7 Chapera Tribe Immune
8 Chapera Tribe Immune
10 Mogo Mogo Tribe Immune
11 Lex -
12 Kathy -
13 Alicia Alicia
14 Shii Ann -
15 Tom -
16 Rob M. Amber, Jenna L.,
Rob M.
Voted Off, Day 37
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Rob M.

Survivor: America's Tribal CouncilEdit

At the finale of Survivor: All Stars, viewers were given the opportunity in a contest called "America Votes", to select one of the eighteen contestants to win one million dollars. The finalists were Rupert Boneham, Colby Donaldson, Tom Buchanan, and Rob Mariano. Rupert won the million dollars, receiving 85% of the 38 million votes cast. He spent his prize money on his family's debts, a college fund for his daughter, a new house for his family, and the creation of his charity, Rupert's Kids, which mentors troubled children.

Survivor: Heroes vs. VillainsEdit

Voting HistoryEdit

Rupert's Voting History
Episode Rupert's
Voted Against
1 Sugar -
2 Stephenie -
3 Heroes Tribe Immune
4 Colby -
5 Tom -
6 James -
7 Heroes Tribe Immune
8 Heroes Tribe Immune
9 Heroes Tribe Immune
10 Jerri -
11 Parvati -
12 Candice Candice,
Danielle, Parvati
Danielle Danielle,
Parvati, Sandra
13 Sandra Jerri, Parvati,
Russell, Sandra
Voted Off, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor

Survivor: Blood vs. WaterEdit

Rupert arrived to play the game for a fourth time with his wife, Laura Boneham. After Laura was the first contestant voted out of the game on Day 1 due to her tribe trying to weaken Rupert, he decided to go to Redemption Island in place of his wife, who took his place on the Galang Tribe. On Redemption Island with Candice Cody, Rupert attempted to preserve his energy by not doing any work, saying he had worked his butt off for his tribe in the past and that's why he didn't have energy for Individual Immunity Challenges. The two were joined by Marissa Peterson on the night of Day 3, and competed in their first duel on Day 4; Rupert was in second the majority of the way until his stack fell over near the end, allowing Marissa to catch up causing Rupert to come in last place in the duel and be the first person eliminated from the season, placing 20th.

Statistics of Rupert Boneham
Seasons competed 4
Total number of days 104
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins 22
Individual wins 4
Total 26
Tribal Council
Total votes received 21
Exile Island
Times exiled N/A
Redemption Island
Days spent at Redemption Island 3
Duels won 0

Voting HistoryEdit

Rupert's Voting History
Episode Rupert's
Voted Against
1 Laura M. -
Switched, Day 11
1 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 4

^1 In Blood Is Thicker Than Anything, Rupert was given the opportunity to switch with his wife, Laura B., after she was voted out from her tribe, which he accepted, sending himself to Redemption Island.


  • After being awarded one million dollars on Survivor: America's Tribal Council, Boneham used a large percentage of his winnings to establish Rupert's Kids, to help "at-risk teens" in his hometown. The organization joined with the City of Indianapolis to create the Park Adoption Program.
  • Shortly after his Survivor appearances, Boneham briefly appeared at promotional appearances for the Hardee's restaurant chain. In 2004 he appeared as a stable hand named Paul in "The Big My Little Pony Episode", the third season premiere of the TV series Half & Half. In 2006, he appeared in the independent movie Open Mic'rs. He also made a cameo appearance as a homeless man in The Radford Reshuffle, the sixth season premiere of the show Yes, Dear.
  • In 2009, Rupert appeared in the Isreali version of Survivor, Survivor 10: Philippine Islands, as part of a reward challenge.[2]
  • On January 9, 2010, Rupert attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party along with all of his Heroes vs. Villains cast mates.
  • In 2011, Rupert developed a casino game called "Rupert's Island Draw", which was featured at Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas.
  • In 2012, Rupert ran for Governor of Indiana as a Libertarian, but lost to Republican candidate Mike Pence, receiving 4% of the vote.


  • Rupert is the first and only contestant to be a member of the Jury in three different seasons.
  • Rupert was the only male contestant from the Saboga tribe to make the merge in Survivor: All-Stars.
  • Rupert is tied with Rob Mariano for highest number of tribe affiliations with nine.
  • On Survivor: All-Stars, Rupert was part of every single tribe. Starting on the Saboga tribe, he was placed on the Chapera tribe when Saboga was dissolved. Later in the game, he was placed on the Mogo Mogo tribe as part of a tribe switch. He made the merge and was a member of Chaboga Mogo. During this entire time, Jenna Lewis was on the same tribe as Rupert.
  • Rupert went the longest time without visiting Tribal Council in Pearl Islands. He, along with the rest of the Drake tribe, was immune from the first three Tribal Councils, which were all attended by the Morgan tribe, then when Drake attended their first Tribal Council, Rupert was kidnapped by the Morgan tribe, meaning he did not attend that Tribal Council.
  • Rupert is the first contestant to compete in back-to-back seasons. He is one of seven players to appear on two back to back seasons (the others are Bobby Jon Drinkard, Stephenie LaGrossa, Amanda KimmelJames Clement, Russell Hantz, and Malcolm Freberg).
  • Rupert is one of five contestants to make the merge three times (the others are Ozzy Lusth, Parvati Shallow, Amanda Kimmel, and Rob Mariano).
    • These five contestants are the only ones to have played 100 or more days.
  • Rupert is one of three players (along with Russell Hantz and Malcolm Freberg) to play multiple times in the same location as their original season.
  • Rupert is one of two players (along with Jerri Manthey) to compete three times and not participate in a Survivor Auction.
    • Rupert is the only player to compete four times and not participate in a Survivor Auction.
  • Rupert is one of the five returning contestant to reach 100 days playing the game, following Amanda Kimmel(108), Parvati Shallow(114), Ozzy Lusth (104) and Rob Mariano (117). Rupert's 100th day was on Day 36 of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. His feat was not announced in the episode. He ultimately lasted 104 days total.
    • Rupert is the first contestant to never make the Final Tribal Council, yet still achieve the feat of playing for at least 100 days.
    • Rupert is the only contestant to return to play the game after reaching 100 total days.
  • Rupert was on a blue tribe at one point in his first three seasons.
  • Rupert has won the most money out of the winners of the Fan Favorite Award, with $1,000,000. Subsequent fan favorite winners Cirie Fields and Ozzy Lusth won a car. Starting with James Clement in Survivor: China, all fan favorites earn $100,000.
  • Rupert is the first contestant from the state of Indiana. He was the only one until his wife, Laura participated in Blood vs. Water.
    • Rupert is the only contestant from Indiana to make it to the merge.
  • Rupert is so far the only player to vote for the same person in two different Final Tribal Councils. In both Pearl Islands and Heroes vs. Villains, he voted for Sandra Diaz-Twine to win.
  • Rupert and Jenna Lewis hold the record for most consecutive days without attending Tribal Council. In Survivor: All-Stars, they attended the first two Tribal Councils (on Days 3 and 6), and from Day 7 until the merge they didn't lose a single immunity challenge. The next time they went to Tribal Council was Day 27, which means they didn't attend it for a record 21 days.
    • The previous record was 15 days, achieved by Rupert in Pearl Islands and five members of the Rotu tribe in Marquesas.
  • Rupert is the first contestant to be kidnapped by another tribe.
  • Rupert is one of four people to compete in both All-Stars and Heroes vs. Villains. The others are Colby Donaldson, Jerri Manthey, and Rob Mariano.
    • Rupert is the only one of those four to make the merge in both seasons.
  • Rupert along with Jenna Lewis are the only people to be on four different tribes on one season.
  • Rupert is the lowest ranking contestant from Pearl Islands to return.
  • Rupert is the second player to appear in four seasons, following Rob Mariano.
  • Rupert is the first contestant to live at Redemption Island without getting voted off, due to switching with his wife.
  • Rupert is the first contestant to be eliminated from the game on Day 4.
    • Rupert is the first 20th-place finisher to play more than three days.
  • Rupert, along with Paschal EnglishJonathan LibbyWanda Shirk, and Sugar Kiper is one of five castaways (excluding evacuees and quitters) to never have a vote cast for' 'or against them over the course of a season.
  • Rupert is the first contestant to be permanently eliminated from the game four times.
  • Rupert is the only 4-time Survivor player to play less days than a contestant who has played three times.
  • Two of Rupert's seasons (Pearl Islands and Heroes vs. Villains) were played with Sandra, while his other two seasons (All-Stars and Blood vs. Water) were played with Tina Wesson.
    • Rupert also played his latter two seasons (Heroes vs. Villains and Blood vs. Water) with Candice Cody; every second Candice spent on Heroes vs. Villains was on the same tribe as Rupert, while every second Rupert spent on Blood vs. Water was on the same tribe as Candice, including Redemption Island.
  • Every time Rupert played with Tina Wesson, one of them was the first person voted off, while the other got fourth place.
  • Rupert is the only contestant in Blood vs. Water to accept the offer to switch with their Loved One.
  • Rupert is one of the few contestants to play in seasons with 16, 18, and 20 contestants.
    • The others are Colby, Jerri, Rob Mariano, Tina, and Coach.
  • Out of all none-winners, Rupert competed with the most Sole Survivor's who would either eventually win or previously won, 12 winners total: Sandra Diaz-Twine in both Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains; Richard Hatch, Ethan Zohn, Jenna Morasca and Amber Brkich in Survivor: All-Stars; Tina Wesson in both All-Stars and Survivor: Blood vs. Water; Rob Mariano in both All-Stars and Heroes vs. Villains; Tom Westman, Parvati Shallow and J.T. Thomas in Heroes vs. Villains; Tyson Apostol in both Heroes vs. Villains and Blood vs. Water; Aras Baskauskas in Blood vs. Water.
  • Rupert is currently the only known Survivor Contestant to run for a political position.


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