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Brad Reese is a contestant from Survivor 41.

Brad initially proved himself helpful to his tribe by building the shelter and tending the fire alongside Genie Chen. However, he came to be seen as energetic and unpredictable when he targeted Sara Wilson to her face and eavesdropped on his tribemates' conversations. After aligning with Genie and seemingly with Shan Smith, he would obtain a Vote Steal and an unusable idol at the cost of his vote, but neither could save him when Shan decided he was a big threat and orchestrated his blindside.


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Age: 50
Hometown: Shawnee, WY
Current Residence: Shawnee, WY
Occupation: Rancher
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, helping others pursue their passion and achieve their dreams
Three Words to Describe You: Spontaneous, Practical, Patient
Pet Peeve: Lack of initiative
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? My family. I'm very proud of my wife of 21 years and 4 kids.
What is something we would never know from looking at you? I'm a private pilot and enjoy flying. I've nearly died from a rattlesnake bite, been blown up by a propane tank and I like to live life on the edge.
Who is your hero and why? My dad. I worked side by side with him nearly every day my entire life. He was a father, boss and friend and, even after battling cancer for five years, he always kept a positive, generous attitude.
Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? Boston Rob. We don't have the same personality, but his thoughtful, strategic play is how I see myself playing.
Why do you believe you can win Survivor? I have all the skills of a typical rancher — hard-working, common sense-but I'm completely different because of my social skills. I believe I can build multidimensional alliances and win trust with most people, but with laser vision towards the end goal.[2]


Entering the game as a member of Ua, Brad made a strong first impression by helping build the tribe's shelter; during which he formed a strong bond with Genie Chen. A double elimination on Day 3 sent Ua to their first Tribal Council, and Brad openly stated he would be voting for either Shan Smith or Sara Wilson due to their performance at the challenge. This caused the tribe to consider if Brad's unpredictability outweighed his usefulness to the tribe. Ua experienced a live Tribal Council, and although Sara targeted and voted for Brad, the rest of the tribe spared him and voted out Sara 4-1-1.

The next day, Brad eavesdropped on JD Robinson and Ricard Foyé talking about voting him out the next time Ua lost immunity. Brad informed Shan about this, but was unaware that Shan and Ricard were each others' closest allies. While Brad's target continued to grow, he succeeded in finding the Beware Advantage. This sent him to a journey to the Summit along with Sydney Segal of Luvu and Tiffany Seely of Yase. As Sydney and Tiffany chose not to risk their votes but Brad did, he obtained a Vote Steal. Additionally, Brad also found Ua's Hidden Immunity Idol after returning to camp. It came at a price though, as the idol could only be activated once a member of each tribe found their respective advantage and said a specific phrase. Until that occurred, Brad would be unable to vote.

Brad attempted to say his secret phrase at the Day 7 Immunity Challenge, but only Xander Hastings of Yase acknowledged it, leaving him unable to activate the idol. Following Ua's second Immunity Challenge loss, Brad and JD were the targets due to the former's untrustworthiness and the latter's failure in the challenge. Ultimately, Ricard and Shan spared JD and decided to eliminate Brad. Since Brad didn't vote, he was voted out by a 3-1 vote.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Ua Marooning Reward No Won
Bonus Track Immunity No Lost
2 Water Sports Reward/Immunity No 2nd
3 Victory in the Bag Reward/Immunity No Lost
Voted Out, Day 7

Episode Brad's
Voted Against
1 Sara Sara
2 Ua Tribe Immune
3 Ineligible1 JD,
Ricard, Shan
Voted Out, Day 7

^1 In "My Million Dollar Mistake", Brad found a Beware Advantage, making him ineligible to vote until all the Hidden Immunity Idols in the game were found.


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  • Brad is the first castaway on Survivor to reside in Wyoming at the time of filming.
  • Brad is the oldest member of the Ua tribe.


Survivor 41 Castaways
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