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Tarzan Smith
S24 Tarzan Smith
Contestant Profile
Born: January 18, 1947 (1947-01-18) (age 69)
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Occupation: Plastic surgeon
Survivor Career
Version: United States
One World
Tribe(s): Manono
Finish: 6/18
Alliance(s): Misfit Alliance
Salani Alliance (affiliated)
Challenge Wins: 5
Votes Against: 12
Days Lasted: 36

Gregory Lantz "Tarzan" Smith[1] is a contestant from Survivor: One World.

The oldest castaway on One World, Tarzan is remembered for his very eccentric and self-admittedly irascible behavior. He deployed his ornate vocabulary with inconsistent denotative accuracy, repelled many of his tribemates with what they deemed unsanitary conduct, and was involved in spats with some of the politest, least objectionable personalities on the island (including Jonas Otsuji and Chelsea Meissner). However, in the late game Tarzan earned the empathy of the other contestants by demonstrating his extremely passionate commitment to his wife, and he even concocted a sly plan to deliver himself to the Final Tribal Council against very long odds. This plan did not come to fruition, however, as he was foiled at the final six by eventual winner Kim Spradlin.


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Name (Age): Greg Smith (64)
Tribe Designation: Manono
Current Residence: Houston, Texas
Occupation: Plastic Surgeon
Personal Claim to Fame: Board Certification in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery, receiving a 1st place award for research in reconstructive surgery, playing for "Doug Silvers & the Starliters" as an organ/pianist, 4th place as Campion Missouri State Wrestler Light Heavyweight and a marriage for 30 years to a true "soul mate."
Inspiration in Life: Tarzan, who is empathic toward nature; kind, brave, noble, "manly," and Scaramouche (the Raphael Sabatinni version) – a statesman, romantic, adventurer, swordsman and empathic toward the needs to women.
Hobbies: Art, music, adventure, entomology and primatology.
Pet Peeves: Inequity and deceit.
3 Words to Describe You: Creative, childlike, (but not childish) and honorable.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Coach Ben Wade – he seems to be a romantic, adventurer, poetic and creative.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The adventure, the challenge; to lose weight.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I'm of the jungle and part of nature.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: Other than the misfortunes of contretemps, I hope to outwit, outplay, outlast.[2]

Survivor: One World

The game is afoot.


Despite being the oldest (and arguably the weirdest) member of the tribe, Tarzan found himself in the majority alliance with Colton Cumbie, Troyzan Robertson, Leif Manson, and Jonas Otsuji. His knowledge and life experience did help out in some aspects of camp life, he didn't do so well in many challenges but thanks to Colton's scheming, he was kept around instead of stronger players such as Matt Quinlan and Monica Culpepper. After Colton's medevac and the merge, Tarzan reneged his old alliance, turned against Jonas (along with voting him off), and decided to vote with the female contestants. Because he aided in voting off the male contestants and because he wasn't a threat, Tarzan would be the last man standing and even outlast one of the female contestants, Kat Edorsson. In It's Human Nature, Tarzan told both Kim Spradlin and Alicia Rosa that they should go to the final 4 with himself and Christina Cha and he told conflicting stories that as the final member of the jury, he would sway the jury to vote for Kim and Alicia to win. When Chelsea Meissner won the Reward Challenge and took Kim and Sabrina Thompson with her, Tarzan used this opportunity to solidify an alliance with Alicia and Christina and tried to set a plan in motion to vote off Chelsea. Kim and Alicia would eventually have a conversation and were wondering if Tarzan was planning something bigger and trying to take one of them out. Despite Tarzan's strategizing with the remaining women, they decided that Tarzan would receive all the male jurors votes at the end and voted him off 5-1.

At Final Tribal Council, Tarzan cast his vote for Kim who won in a 7-2-0 vote.

Voting History

Tarzan's Voting History
Episode Tarzan's
Voted Against
1 Manono Tribe Immune
2 Manono Tribe Immune
3 Matt -
4 Bill -
5 Monica Christina, Monica
6 No Vote
7 Jonas -
8 Christina Alicia, Christina
9 Jay -
10 Leif Alicia, Christina, Kim
11 Christina -
12 Kat -
13 Chelsea Alicia, Chelsea,
Christina, Kim, Sabrina
Voted Off, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor


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  • Tarzan was the oldest contestant on Survivor: One World.
  • Tarzan prefers to go by "Tarzan", almost similar to tribemate Troy "Troyzan" Robertson.
  • Jeff Probst claimed that Tarzan had an ego problem, even going as far as telling the medical team how to give a physical examination.
  • On two occasions, Tarzan wore women's clothing, first was Monica Culpepper's shirt, then Kat Edorsson's top and underwear, both items left at camp before they got eliminated from the game.
  • Every time Tarzan received a vote, Christina Cha was one of them.
  • Tarzan had the most votes cast against him in One World with 12 votes.
  • Tarzan only received votes from females.


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