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Survivor: Winners at War is Survivor’s oldest cast ever: explore 40 seasons of age data

Survivor: Winners at War is Survivor’s oldest cast ever: explore 40 seasons of age data

The upcoming Survivor season 40, Survivor Winners At War, is the oldest cast in the 40-season, 20-year history of the franchise, at least when considering the average age of the cast.

Its youngest contestant is Adam Klein, who’s 28. Denise Stapley, who’s 48, is the oldest contestant, though she’s more than 25 years younger than the oldest player to ever play: Rudy Boesch, who was 75 during his second appearance. (Rudy died last fall at 91.)

The full data—compiled by Survivor fan and reality blurred reader Clark (thank you, Clark!), updating his previous work—is below, including the oldest and youngest player for each season, and the average ages of seasons 1 to 39’s merged tribes and finalists.

The Survivor Winners At War cast has an average age of 37.85, older than any other cast.

Winners at War is not that far ahead, however, from Nicaragua (37.6), Cambodia (37.2), All Stars (36.72) and Game Changers (36.4).

So of the five seasons with the highest average ages, four are seasons that consist entirely of returnees.

In terms of players over the age of 40, season 40 has nine, although another season had more: Nicaragua, which had 10 players 40+.

While the average age has mostly trended downward since Cambodia (with an exception for Game Changers, another returnee season), since Ghost Island, it’s trended back up, going from 27.9 that season to 37.85 this season.

Why does all this matter? The players are what makes or breaks a season—not the silly twists—and diversity in life experience is part of what makes a strong cast member. Plus, this is quantifiable, and not all characteristics are.

Of course, it’s just one criteria, and a contestant’s age alone doesn’t change anything. The patterns are what’s most interesting, and you can see those in the breakdown below of contestant ages across 40 seasons of Survivor.

40 season of Survivor cast ages

The Survivor Winners at War season 40 logo from the trailer
The Survivor Winners at War season 40 logo from the trailer
average age of the castaverage age of the final 2 or 3number of 40+ playersnumber of 40+ players at the mergeyoungest contestantoldest contestant
Borneo 35.81 3131Jenna Lewis, 22 Rudy Boesch, 72
Australian Outback 33.69 32.5 4 2 Amber Brkich, 22 Rodger Bingham, 53
Africa 35.13 42 7 4 Kelly Goldsmith, 22 Kim Johnson, 57
Marquesas 34.81 28.5 4 2 Neleh Dennis, 21 Paschal English, 57
Thailand 35.38 40 5 4 Robb Zbacnik, 23 Jake Billingsley, 61
Amazon 32.19 27.5 4 2 Jenna Morasca, 21 Roger Sexton, 56
Pearl Islands 30.56 40 3 2 Michelle Tesauro & Darrah Johnson, 22 Lillian Morris, 51
All Stars 36.72 26.5 8 4 Jenna Morasca, 22 Rudy Boesch, 75
Vanuatu 33.56 37 4 3 Eliza Orlins, 21 Scout Cloud Lee, 59
Palau 32.35 35 4 2 Jeff Wilson, 21 Willard Smith, 57
Guatemala 31.2 27.5 4 2 Morgan McDevitt & Brianna Varela, 21 Jim Lynch, 63
Exile Island 35.0625 24 5 2 Misty Giles, Austin Carty, Danielle DiLorenzo, & Aras Baskauskas, 24 Bruce Kanegai, 58
Cook Islands 31.85 28 3 1 Candice Woodcock, 23 Sekou Bunch, 46
Fiji 33.74 34 4 2 Michelle Yi, 23 Gary Stritesky, 55
China 30.1875 23.67 2 1 Michael “Frosti” Zernow, 20 Steve “Chicken” Morris, 48
Micronesia 33.2 24 5 0 Jason Siska & Erik Reichenbach, 22 Yau-Man Chan, 55
Gabon 32.72 44.3 4 3 Kelly Czarnecki & Ken Hoang, 22 Gillian Larson, 61
Tocantins 31.8125 26.5 3 1 Spencer Duhm, 19 Sandy Burgin, 53
Samoa 33.25 31.67 4 1 Ashley Trainer, 22 Mike Borassi, 62
Heroes vs. Villains 33.75 32.67 3 1 Amanda Kimmel & J.T. Thomas, 25 Randy Bailey, 50
Nicaragua 37.6 25 10 4 Kelly Shinn, 20 Jimmy Johnson, 67
Redemption Island 34.28 35 5 4 Natalie Tenerelli, 19 Phillip Sheppard, 52
South Pacific 32.1 29 4 2 Brandon Hantz, 19 Rick Nelson, 51
One World 33.3 29.3 4 2 Colton Cumbie, 21 Greg “Tarzan” Smith, 64
Philippines 34.56 46.67 7 6 Angie Layton, 20 Artis Silvester, 53
Caramoan 30.75 36 4 4 Brandon Hantz & Julia Landauer 21 Phillip Sheppard, 54
Blood vs. Water 33.8 39.67 7 4 Marissa Peterson, 21 Tina Wesson, 52
Cagayan 32.28 34 4 2 Alexis, Morgan, and Spencer, 21 Trish Hegarty, 48
San Juan Del Sur 32.61 33.3 3 2 Baylor Wilson, 20 Dale Wentworth, 55
Worlds Apart 33.94 43.67 5 4 Jenn Brown, 22 Carolyn Rivera, 52
Cambodia 37.2 32.3 6 4 Spencer Bledsoe, 22 Terry Deitz, 55
Kaoh Rong 33.67 34.67 4 4 Julia Sokolowski, 18 Joe Del Campo, 71
Millennials vs. Gen X 33 27.3 5 3 Will Wahl, 18 Paul Wachter, 52
Game Changers 36.4 44.3 8 5 Michaela Bradshaw, 25 Troy “Troyzan” Robertson, 54
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers 30.56 34.3 3 2 Ryan Ulrich, 23 Katrina Radke, 46
Ghost Island 27.9 33.3 2 1 Michael Yerger, 18 Angela Perkins, 42
David vs. Goliath 32.8 34 5 2 Jessica Peet, 19 Natalie Cole, 57
Edge of Extinction 31.78 31.3 4 3 Keith Sowell, 19 Reem Daly, 46
Island of the Idols 34.15 30 4 3 Jack Nichting, 23 Tom Laidlaw, 60
Winners at War 37.85 (unknown) 9 (unknown) Adam Klein, 28 Denise Stapley, 48

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