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Franklin "Frank" Garrison is a contestant from Survivor: Africa.

A loyal member of the Older Samburu Alliance, Frank failed to endear himself to the younger members of his tribe. This, combined with his outspoken conservative political views, resulted in his elimination in 7th place.


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Born in Amsterdam, Holland, to a Dutch woman and an American soldier, Frank Garrison moved to the United States in 1960. He attended Lake Shore Central High School in Angola, New York. He now resides in Odessa, New York.

Garrison currently works as a technician for a major telephone company. Previously, he served as a Non-Commissioned Officer with the 24th Infantry Division G-3 training, United States Army. He still follows the 24th Infantry Motto, "First to Fight."

An avid hunter, Garrison is a member of the National Rifle Association and enthusiastically supports the second amendment of the United States Constitution. He is also a member of the American Legion.

An avid bow hunter and muskie fisherman, Frank Garrison declares that his favorite time is spent with his wife Polly Ann and daughters, Jocelyn Rose and Sage Hunter; a third girl is on the way. His birth date is July 22.[1]


Frank started the game on the Samburu tribe. He led the tribe to the camp site, but his military style did not sit well with Kim Powers. Quickly, the tribe came to be divided by age. The older members, Frank, Teresa CooperLinda Spencer, and Carl Bilancione worked at camp life while the younger members lay around camp. Trying to avert a tie, the older members worked on Silas Gaither because of his strength and wanting to win. The tribe won the next Reward and Immunity Challenges. Silas, however, chose to go with the younger tribe members. Frank didn't want to work for a "bunch of 20-somethings who wouldn't appreciate it". Samburu lost its first challenges to Boran, costing them 100 gallons of fresh water and immunity. Because she fainted during the Immunity Challenge, the older members targeted Lindsey Richter. The younger members wanted Carl out for not needing the money. The vote ended in a deadlocked tie. A tiebreaker challenge was held, which Carl lost. Before he left, Carl apologized for losing. With the power, Lindsey told them to compensate for the younger members. Although they won the Reward Challenge, Samburu lost immunity. Silas wanted the older members to vote against Lindsey to keep all of the strikes against her. Because they didn't know who was going and they didn't get nothing out of it, the older members voted against Silas. Linda was the one voted out in a 4-3 vote.

After Tribal Council, Silas demanded to know why they voted against him instead of Lindsey. Teresa said it was because of loyalty. Brandon Quinton sympathized with them by telling them that he would have done the same thing. Silas felt that their talk of character, honesty, and loyalty was hypocrisy. The tribe received Tree Mail telling them to send three people to go on a quest. Silas quickly picked the outsiders to go with him. The castaways met at the original drop point. They were asked give up their buffs by Jeff Probst, and everyone was given buffs of the other tribe's color, making Frank, Silas, and Teresa members of Boran until the mergeEthan ZohnKim Johnson, and Clarence Black were all shocked by the switch. Both Frank and Teresa felt they were given new a life. They told them about the conditions they suffered on Samburu. Boran won the Reward Challenge and three chickens. Silas was trying to get Frank out. This backfired as the tribe deemed Silas untrustworthy and didn't try to win immunity. Frank and Teresa got their revenge on Silas as he was unanimously voted out. Boran lost the next Reward Challenge. Clarence wanted to eat the chickens so badly, however, he was forced to relinquish those thoughts as the chickens laid an egg. Because the Tree Mail implied the use of weapons for the next challenge, the tribe turned to Frank, who was an avid hunter. Boran won immunity and Lindsey was voted out, thanks to the information received from Frank and Teresa.

The tribe had brunch, a word which Frank hadn't heard of before. The tribes merged at the next Immunity Challenge. Frank was the fifth person out after an hour, while Teresa eventually won the challenge. When they returned to the Boran camp, a feast awaited them. Unlike the others, Frank isolated himself instead of socializing. Although there was talk of voting for Frank, Clarence was the one voted out in an 8-2 vote. Lex van den Berghe was very angry that he received two votes and started a witch hunt to find out who did it. While Ethan and Lex were on reward, Teresa reorganized the original Samburu. Frank was still resentful of the younger two, particularly Brandon, who he had a strong dislike of. Ethan won immunity and Lex falsely accused Kelly Goldsmith of voting against him (in reality, it was Teresa). Because of that, Kelly flipped to Samburu. However, Brandon couldn't bring him around to be aligned with Frank and voted against Kelly.

Frank was angry with Brandon. At the same time, Lex was lobbying for Frank's ouster because he lowered the tribe morale. However, his alliance felt that Brandon wasn't trustworthy. For the Reward Challenge, Frank was involuntarily paired with his mortal enemy, Brandon. Ironically, they won the challenge for the trip to the Survivor movie theater. Despite being civil with each other, the conflict between the two didn't stop. Frank did well at the Immunity Challenge, but was disqualified due to a technicality. Lex won immunity and Brandon was voted out in a 6-2 vote. The conditions was taking their toll on everyone as they all felt lethargic. At the Survivor Auction, Frank and Teresa brought a hoagie for 16,500 Kenyan shillings. Lex would win immunity again, putting Frank on the chopping block. Frank's political views irked the tribe, causing him to finally get voted out in a unanimous vote.

At Final Tribal Council, Frank first greeted the finalists and congratulated them on their achievements. He reminded them that when they first arrived in Africa, they were educated about the big five animals of Africa. Frank asked what five characteristics would they tell a new contestant they would need to become the ultimate Survivor. Ethan said willpower, strength, integrity, intelligence, and a little luck. Kim J. said respect, thoughtfulness, flexibility, love, and understanding. Liking his answers better, Frank voted for Ethan to win.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Samburu Trail Blazer Reward/Immunity No Won
2 Stairway to the Stars Reward No Won
Safari Supper Immunity No Won
3 Rock n' Roll Reward No Lost
Distress Signal Immunity No Lost
4 Caught in the Web Reward No Won
Movin' On Up Immunity No Lost
Switched Tribes, Day 13
5 Boran Get Your Goat Reward No Won
Puzzle of Shields Immunity No Lost
6 Africa 102 Reward No Lost
Spear-it Hunt Immunity Yes Won
Tribes Merged, Day 20
7 Moto Maji When It Rains, It Pours Immunity Lost
9 Stomp-ede Reward Lost
Box Your Mind Immunity Lost
10 Obstacle Course Reward Won
Light It Up Immunity Lost
11 Survivor Auction
African Folklore Immunity Lost
Voted Out, Day 30

Episode Frank's
Voted Against
1 Samburu Tribe Immune
2 Samburu Tribe Immune
3 Lindsey;
4 Silas -
5 Silas Silas
6 Boran Tribe Immune
7 Clarence -
9 Lex -
10 Brandon Brandon, Lex
11 Kim J. Ethan, Kim J., Kim P.,
Lex, Teresa, Tom
Voted Out, Day 30
Voted For
Sole Survivor

^1 In "The Gods Are Angry", the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Carl and Lindsey, forcing a revote. Frank did not change his vote on the revote.



  • Frank's luxury item was a pair of whitetail antlers.
  • Frank's 43rd birthday was on Day 12 of Africa.
  • Frank is the highest-placing male member of the original Samburu tribe.
  • Frank is the only person to vote against Kim Johnson.


Survivor: Africa Castaways
S3 brandon t
S3 carl t
S3 clarence t
S3 diane t
S3 ethan t
S3 frank t
S3 jessie t
S3 kelly t
 Kim J.
S3 kimj t
 Kim P.
S3 kimp t
S3 lex t
S3 linda t
S3 lindsey t
S3 silas t
S3 teresa t
S3 tom t