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Sean Rector
S4 Sean Rector
Contestant Profile
Birth Date August 20, 1971 (1971-08-20) (age 44)
Hometown Harlem, New York,
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Teacher


Tribe(s) Maraamu
► Rotu
Placement 5/16
Alliance(s) Maraamu Alliance
Outsiders Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 4
Vote(s) Against 7
Day(s) Lasted 36

Sean Allen Rector is a contestant from Survivor: Marquesas.

He is remembered for his close friendship with fellow tribes mate, 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 alongside 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.

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.

Survivor: Marquesas

Sean Rector was placed on Maraamu tribe. After landing on their beach, Sean expresses his thanks to god for guiding the tribe to their beach. Sean also expressed his annoyance with Sarah Jones' lack of contribution while on the raft, likening her to Cleopatra. Sean bonded with Peter Harkey. Maraamu lost the first challenge of the season. Sean voted against Sarah because of laziness but Peter was voted out because of causing tension. Maraamu would generally lost challenges to Rotu. Maraamu hosted a morning show to entertain themselves. He also formed a powerful bond with Vecepia Towery based on their christian faith. Hunter Ellis was annoyed with Sean's genera lack of work ethic. Rob Mariano approached Sean about the vote for the second Tribal Council. Both men agreed to vote out Patricia Jackson, Hunter's biggest supporter who was annoying the tribe with her new founded attitude. After Patricia's elimination, The tribe argued about everything. At the next tribal, Hunter was voted out.  

On Day 10, The castaways at was thought to be the Reward Challenge. Instead, the castaways had to stand on wooden discs. In truth, it was a Tribe Switch and the color of buff is the tribe tribe they are going to. Sean, Rob and Vecepia was moved to the Rotu tribe. Although their new tribe was welcoming, Sean and Rob had strained relations due to lack of work ethic. Fortunately, any danger was avoided due to Rotu winning immunity again. However, things changed with Maraamu won the Reward Challenge and raided the camp. This would cripple the tribe for the Immunity Challenge, Distress Signal as they lost many of the materials that could used for the signal. During the process of 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 answer at Tribal Council caused the tribe to turn on him. The day after, Rob and Sean talked about how to survive and realize that Vee 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 to due mistakes made by Rotu. Sean completed in the immunity and won, keeping him off the chopping block.

On Day 19, Rotu received Tree Mail asking for a representative. Rob volunteered because of his own reasons. The next day Rob returned with the three Maraamu members; Kathy Vavrick-O'BrienNeleh Dennis, and Paschal English and revealed that the tribes have merged. Sean gotten 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. The tribe was annoyed and disgusted by this. 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 points out that "good luck everyone" means good luck Sean. Kathy agreed to align with Sean and Vecepia to take down the Rotu Four. Paschal and Neleh didn't want to join Sean. At the Immunity Challenge, Sean was the first person knocked out. However, the challenge caused Paschal and Neleh to open their eyes being disgusted with the Rotu Four's behavior at the challenge and they, along with Zoe for reasons best known to herself vote out John.

After voting out John, Sean found himself in the majority along with Kathy, Neleh, Paschal, and Vecepia. This new alliance continued to vote out the members of the Rotu Four until they were all gone. With all of their common enemies eliminated, Sean's alliance was forced to turn on themselves. Sean and Vecepia targeted Neleh while Neleh and Paschal targeted Sean. Kathy was caught in the middle of the two factions. At Tribal Council, Kathy sided with Neleh and Paschal, eliminating Sean.

At Final Tribal Council, as a juror, 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 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.


  • Sean was the first male to share his first name with a previous contestant .
    • Coincidently, both men finished in fifth place.
  • Sean's luxury item was a Bible.
  • Sean has been on a tribe with every person in Survivor: Marquesas. He was with the Maraamu tribe, then with 5 of the original Rotu members at the tribe switch, and then the 3 original members of Rotu who were switched to Maraamu merged with him. Tribemates Vecepia Towery and Rob Mariano also accomplished this.
  • Sean was the only juror from the original Maraamu tribe in Marquesas. Rob Mariano was voted out before the jury phase, and Vecepia Towery made it to the Final Two.
  • Sean was asked to return for Survivor: All-Stars and accepted, but was cut.


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