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Rupert Boneham

Rupert Boneham
Born (1964-01-27) January 27, 1964
Known for
Television Survivor: Pearl Islands
Survivor: All-Stars
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
Survivor: Blood vs. Water
Political party Libertarian Party
Spouse(s) Laura Boneham

Rupert Boneham (born January 27, 1964) is an American mentor for troubled teens, who became known to reality television audiences in 2003 as a contestant on Survivor: Pearl Islands where he placed 8th. He later appeared on the All Stars, Heroes vs. Villains, and Blood vs. Water seasons of Survivor, placing 4th, 6th, and 20th respectively. He was ultimately a fan favorite among Survivor viewers, who voted him the million dollar winner on Survivor: America's Tribal Council, a special episode of Survivor: All-Stars. The prize was awarded after a nationwide popular vote in which Boneham received 85% of the votes cast.

Boneham was the 2012 Libertarian nominee for governor of Indiana, losing to Republican Mike Pence. Boneham was also known for his short but memorable cameo in the film A Million Ways to Die in the West.


  • Survivor 1
    • Pearl Islands 1.1
    • All Stars 1.2
    • Heroes vs. Villains 1.3
    • Blood vs. Water 1.4
  • Other appearances 2
  • Rupert's Kids 3
  • 2012 gubernatorial campaign 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Pearl Islands

During Survivor: Pearl Islands, Boneham quickly became one of the most popular Survivor contestants, and was well known as a "gentle giant" for his distinctive appearance, which included a huge beard, tie-dye shirt and large size, as well as a boisterous, friendly-but-focused personality.[1]

Boneham was a preselected member of the Drake tribe, before his arrival on the island for

External links

  1. ^ a b Reality Stars: Where Are They Now? VH1; Viewed January 4, 2010
  2. ^ "Season 7: Episode 10: TRIBAL COUNCIL DOUBLE-CROSS: RUPERT VOTED OUT", CBS, accessed June 13, 2011.
  3. ^ "Season 8: Episode 15: AND THEN THERE WAS ONE: AMBER BRKICH IS THE SOLE SURVIVOR", CBS, accessed June 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Survivor.nana December 9, 2009
  5. ^ Official CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Website
  6. ^ Season 20: Episode 13: "Loose Lips Sink Ships", CBS, accessed June 25, 2011.
  7. ^ Ross, Dalton (August 21, 2013). Survivor: Blood vs. Water': New cast and (lots of) twists revealed!"'".  
  8. ^ "Ice Set To Host Hardee's Night With Rupert". OurSports Central. January 22, 2008
  9. ^
  10. ^ a b c "About Rupert Boneham". Rupert Boneham official website. Archived from the original on June 3, 2004. 
  11. ^ Reason, Betsy (October 22, 2011). "Boneham tries to make it a race". The Indianapolis Star. Accessed October 23, 2011.
  12. ^ Knoeful (February 17, 2010). [2] Daily Kos Accessed April 29, 2013.
  13. ^ Snierson, Dan (August 30, 2011). "'Survivor' standout Rupert may run for governor in Indiana". Entertainment Weekly.
  14. ^ "Former ‘Survivor’ Winner Believes He Can Become Indiana’s Next Governor". CBS/Associated Press. March 24, 2012
  15. ^ "Election Results". November 28, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 


See also

Boneham and running mate Brad Klopfenstein received 101,868 votes, 3.95 percent of the total.[15]

Boneham wrote on his official website, "I have spent my entire adult life serving my community and I see an opportunity to make a difference for Indiana", referencing his troubled-youth charity, Rupert's Kids. "While surveying the current choices for our next Governor, I do not see anyone that has an understanding of what daily life is like for many Hoosiers nor anyone who appears to understand the harm that misguided government policies are doing to our communities. It is obvious that career politicians are not the answer because they are often the problem. I will be evaluating whether or not hardworking Hoosiers are ready for a new voice with new ideas."[13] He states that he has been a Libertarian for more than 20 years, but did not become active in the party until 2012.[14]

On August 30, 2011, Boneham announced that he would consider running for governor of Indiana. He launched his campaign on October 22, declaring that he would seek the nomination of the Libertarian Party.[11] He won their nomination and ran against Republican nominee Mike Pence and Democratic nominee John R. Gregg. Incumbent Republican Governor Mitch Daniels was term-limited.[12]

2012 gubernatorial campaign

[10] After being awarded one million dollars on

In 1983, before appearing on Survivor, Boneham worked with mentally handicapped children in Abilene, Texas.[10] He then moved to Indiana to work with troubled young adults. In 1991, he purchased an abandoned house and converted it into a vocational training center for young adults who had been expelled from school.[10]

Rupert's Kids

In 2009, Boneham appeared as a special guest and a reward for a reward challenge on Survivor 10: Philippine Islands, the third Israeli season of Survivor. [9]

Shortly after his Survivor appearances, Boneham briefly appeared at charity events sponsored by the Indiana Ice and Hardee's.[8] 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. Boneham also makes an appearances as an extra in the bar fight scene in A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Boneham at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan on October 17, 2009

Other appearances

Boneham and his wife Laura competed in the show's 27th season, Blood vs. Water.  He is only the second contestant in the history of the program to play the game four times, with the first being Rob Mariano.[7] On day 1, Rupert's wife Laura was the first member of the Tadhana tribe to be voted out. However, Rupert traded places with her and sent himself to Redemption Island in her place. This sacrifice allowed Laura to play the game on the Galang tribe. Rupert ultimately lost the first duel at Redemption on day four, therefore finishing in 20th place.

Blood vs. Water

Boneham returned to participate in the Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains as part of the Heroes tribe.[5] He was voted out on Day 36, finishing in sixth place.[6]

Heroes vs. Villains

After All-Stars ended, he appeared in national promos for Survivor: Vanuatu.  Boneham also made an appearance in the third season of the Israeli version of Survivor in September 2009 as a part of a reward in a reward challenge.[4]

Less than a month after Boneham returned home from the competition, he returned to compete in the All-Stars season, the only player from Pearl Islands to do so, and thus the first contestant in Survivor history to compete in two consecutive seasons. Boneham went on to finish fourth, being voted out in episode 15.[3] After All-Stars ended a special aired called Survivor: America's Tribal Council, in which 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 Boneham, Colby Donaldson, Tom Buchanan, and Rob Mariano. Boneham 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.[1]

Boneham on location of Survivor: All-Stars

All Stars


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