James "Jimmy T." Tarantino is a contestant from Survivor: Nicaragua.

His abrasive personality and constant nagging over being underappreciated quickly made enemies with several members of his tribe, and he was eliminated as a result.


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Name: James "Jimmy T" Tarantino (48)
Tribe: Espada
Current Residence: Gloucester, Mass.
Occupation: Commercial Fisherman
Personal Claim to Fame: My children.
Inspiration in Life: Jim Ciaramitaro. He's just a really good person.
Hobbies: Rowing, hiking, swimming.
Pet Peeves: Low tolerance for incompetence.
3 Words to Describe You: Charismatic, genuine, proud.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Rupert. I'm just as lovable.
Reason for being on Survivor: Pride in myself and my community. They helped me win the Sears Casting Call and I intend on doing them proud.
Why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: I'm resourceful and I have the ability to win.[1]


He applied on Survivor not by submitting a videotape to CBS, nor being recruited by the casting crew. Instead, he became a castaway after winning the popular vote at a special national casting call, conducted by the department store Sears (currently one of Survivor's sponsors). Being 48, Tarantino was part of the "Older" Espada tribe, with members age 40 and above.

During his short time in Nicaragua, Tarantino clashed with most of his fellow male tribemates because of his talkative and somewhat assertive personality. He also continually complained that he felt underused in challenges, claiming that his profound leadership back in his hometown would help them prosper, which annoyed his tribemates, most notably Marty Piombo. When Marty proposed a 'one voice' challenge strategy, he nominated Tyrone Davis for the role. Not backing down, Jimmy T. nominated himself for the role, though ending up still being ignored. At the fourth Immunity Challenge, where the tribes were to be blindfolded, Jimmy T. completely ignored Tyrone's instructions and raced through the course all by himself, that eventually ended as another loss for the older tribe. Despite apologizing for his assertiveness, the tribe felt that his loudmouthed personality made him hard to live with, and he was eliminated in a 5-3 vote, angering Jane Bright, who didn't vote against him.

Voting History

Jimmy T.'s Voting History
Episode Jimmy T.'s
Voted Against
Jimmy T.
1 Wendy -
2 Espada Tribe Immune
3 Jimmy J. -
4 Dan Dan, Jill, Marty,
Tyrone, Yve
Voted Out, Day 11


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  • Jimmy Tarantino is the first castaway to not be selected in a conventional casting call or recruited by the casting producers.
  • In one of the Survivor: Nicaragua promos, Jimmy said that "America should have a pen and a note pad when they see him playing", but at the live Reunion Show, Jimmy later admits that he regretted saying that, likely because of his early exit.


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