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Sean Rector
S4 Sean Rector
Contestant Profile
Born: August 20, 1971 (1971-08-20) (age 45)
Hometown: Harlem, New York,
Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Teacher
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Tribe(s): Maraamu
► Rotu
Finish: 5/16
Alliance(s): Maraamu Alliance
Outsiders Alliance
Challenge Wins: 4
Votes Against: 7
Days Lasted: 36

Sean Allen Rector is a contestant from Survivor: Marquesas.

He is remembered for his close friendship with fellow tribemate and eventual winner Vecepia Towery, and his tight allegiance with ally Rob Mariano. A strong and outspoken player, Sean played a pivotal role in overthrowing the Rotu Four alliance, with help from fellow "outsider" Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien.


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Sean Rector was born and raised in Harlem, New York. He attended boarding school at Milton S. Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, before moving to Albany to obtain his Bachelor of Arts degree in theater and psychology from the State University of New York.[1]

Rector currently works as a junior high teacher in South Central Los Angeles. He is also the school's head basketball coach and works with the school's drama club. Previously, he has worked as a specialist for a homeless shelter, a clerk on the stock exchange and a school counselor. His favorite hobbies are basketball and reading.

Although his mother and inspiration, LaVerne, remains a writer in Harlem, Sean Rector currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif. His birth date is August 20.


Sean was placed on the Maraamu tribe at the beginning of the game. After landing on the tribe's beach, Sean expressed his thanks to God for guiding the tribe to their new home. He also expressed his annoyance with Sarah Jones' lack of contribution while on the raft, likening her to Cleopatra. Sean initially bonded with Peter Harkey. Maraamu lost the first Immunity Challenge of the season. At the first Tribal Council, Sean voted against Sarah because of her laziness, but Peter was voted out for causing tension in the tribe.

Back at camp, Sean was part of Maraamu's "morning show" which the tribe held to entertain themselves. He also formed a powerful bond with Vecepia Towery based on their Christian faith. Hunter Ellis was annoyed with Sean's general lack of work ethic. Rob Mariano approached Sean about the vote for the second Tribal Council, and both men agreed to vote out Patricia Jackson, Hunter's biggest supporter who was annoying the tribe with her attitude. After Patricia's elimination, the tribe argued about everything. At the next Tribal Council, Hunter was voted out.  

On Day 10, Sean, Rob and Vecepia were moved to the Rotu tribe during the tribe switch. Although their new tribe was welcoming, Sean and Rob had strained relations with the old Rotus due to their lack of work ethic. Fortunately, they avoided danger due to Rotu again winning immunity. However, things changed when Maraamu won the Reward Challenge and raided the camp. This would cripple the tribe for the next Immunity Challenge, Distress Signal, as they lost many of the materials that could be used for the signal. While making the signal, John Carroll approached Sean about voting out Gabriel Cade. Sean felt this was a mistake and he and Rob decided to get Gabe to flip. However, Gabe's answers at Tribal Council caused the tribe to turn on him.

The next day, Rob and Sean talked about how to survive and realize that Vecepia was distancing herself from them. At the Reward Challenge, Rotu was initially declared the winners. However, Maraamu protested the win and was given the win due to mistakes made by Rotu. Sean completed in the next Immunity Challenge and won, keeping him off the chopping block.

After the tribes merged on Day 19, Sean got involved in a heated argument with Rob against John after the first individual Immunity Challenge. In the end, Rob was voted out in a 7-2-1 vote. After Tribal Council, Sean started farting in the shelter, annoying and disgusting the tribe. Kathy won the Reward Challenge and returned with a Snickers bar that she shared with everyone. Sean became annoyed with everyone pretending things are like family when they are not, and pointed out that "good luck everyone" meant "good luck Sean." Kathy agreed to align with Sean and Vecepia to take down the dominant Rotu Four alliance. Paschal and Neleh didn't want to join Sean. At the Immunity Challenge, Sean was the first person knocked out. However, the challenge made Paschal and Neleh disgusted with the Rotu Four's behavior at the challenge, and they united with Sean, Vecepia, and Kathy to vote out John.

After voting out John, Sean found himself in the majority along with Kathy, Neleh, Paschal, and Vecepia. This new alliance eliminated the members of the Rotu Four one-by-one. With all of their common enemies gone, Sean's alliance was forced to turn on themselves. At the final five, Sean and Vecepia targeted Neleh, while Neleh and Paschal targeted Sean. Kathy was caught in the middle of the two factions, but eventually sided with Neleh and Paschal, eliminating Sean.

At the Final Tribal Council, Sean voted for his ally Vecepia to win.

Voting History

Sean's Voting History
Episode Sean's
Voted Against
1 Sarah -
2 Patricia -
3 Hunter -
4 Rotu Tribe Immune
5 Gabriel -
6 Rotu Tribe Immune
7 John -
8 John John, Robert,
10 Zoe -
11 Tammy -
12 Robert Robert
13 Neleh Kathy, Neleh,
Voted Off, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor


  • In 2003, Sean was one of several castaways who appeared on MTV's Men vs. Women: Rumble in the Jungle, a preview show for Survivor: The Amazon and offered his commentary in the debate of which gender was stronger.[2][3]
  • In 2004, Sean made an appearance on TLC's A Baby Story that documented the birth of fellow Marquesas castaway Vecepia Towery's first child.
  • On January 9, 2010, Sean attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.



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