James Patrick Bolton[2] is a contestant from Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.

A highly eccentric personality, Patrick's antics quickly ostracized him from the rest of his tribe. Though he was saved for his challenge strength over Simone Nguyen at his first Tribal Council, his overzealous performance at the following Immunity Challenge further soured his tribe's perception of him. In the end, he was voted out in a unanimous 4-1 vote over Lauren Rimmer, who the tribe saw as a better asset in the future.


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Age: 24
Hometown: Lanett, Ala.
Current Residence: Auburn, Ala.
Occupation: Small Business Owner
Hobbies: Traveling to new places, snow and water skiing, and fishing.
Pet peeves: Don't leave dishes in the sink. Pay me my money when it is due.
Three words to describe you: Persistent, playful, and thankful.
What's your personal claim to fame? Sustaining our business, Bolt Movers, and my sanity even through its tough times. Starting and running a new business puts you through stressful situations, but my family and friends have always kept me going strong.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My hero is my dad. He has been there for me and has supported me through everything! He has never let me down. I value the consistency, candor, love, and honesty that he shows to me and others. He has always set a good example for me and he leads by his actions. I would not have gotten where I am today without him! I give him a lot of credit for who I am today! I am thankful God has blessed me with a wonderful father and a great family.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? Teriyaki Sauce. Everything tastes better with teriyaki sauce. Next would be Takis (hot chili and lime flavor) because they are amazing and finally a pen and pad to document each play that made me Sole Survivor.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? Joe from Season 30. He was a nice guy and knew how to use his social skills to make friends in the game. When he was backed against a wall, he fought as hard as he could to win every individual immunity and save himself. He wasn't a quitter and neither am I!
What's your reason for being on Survivor? My primary motivation is to win a million dollars! I'm a businessman and this is a business trip!
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I believe that I can withstand the challenges in every facet. I can solve puzzles, work well with my team, strategize, and in most cases beat out my competitors with my endurance. I can take on the outdoor elements, I can fish, I can build a shelter, and probably start a fire. I am good at bonding with others and communicating to create friendship and strategies so that my team will not want to eliminate me. I will be too valuable to get rid of, but will not outperform to look like a threat.[3]


Patrick started Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers on the Yawa (dubbed the "Hustlers") tribe. Right away, he aligned with Ali Elliott (whom he had previously known) on Day 1. Yawa won the first Immunity Challenge and avoided Tribal Council. On Day 5, Patrick tried to amuse his tribe-mates by acting boisterous around camp, much to the disdain of tribemate Lauren Rimmer. Yawa lost immunity on Day 6, and, while Patrick was a target for his unpredictability, he was spared at Tribal Council for his strength in challenges. He joined his tribemates in voting out Simone Nguyen due to her weakness in the challenge.

Shortly thereafter, Patrick searched for the Hidden Immunity Idol on Day 8, much to the ire of his tribemates. Ali told him to stop searching because it was causing paranoia. Yawa then lost immunity due to Patrick's refusal to cooperate with his team and sub out. When the tribe returned to camp, Patrick apologized for costing the tribe the win, but his tribe mates assured him that Lauren would be voted out. As Lauren cleaned off in the ocean, she was confronted by Patrick and was upset that his selfishness cost her a place in the game, to which he smiled, infuriating Lauren. Patrick believed he was safe, but at Tribal Council Patrick was blindsided as everyone else, including Ali, voted for him. Before leaving the Tribal Council area, he angrily told the tribe "You guys are awful."

Voting History

Patrick's Voting History
Episode Patrick's
Voted Against
1 Yawa Tribe Immune
2 Simone Simone
3 Lauren Ali, Devon,
Lauren, Ryan
Voted Out, Day 8


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  • Patrick is the oldest male member of the Yawa tribe.
    • Being 25 at the time of filming, Patrick is the youngest male to be the oldest male of a tribe and only second to Jefra Bland, in terms of being the youngest person to be the oldest member of their tribe by gender.
  • Patrick and fellow Yawa tribemate Ali Elliott were neighbors and attended the same college, Auburn University, before the game.[4]
  • Patrick is the sixth castaway to receive votes from all of their original tribemates but not be voted out at their first Tribal Council, following Shii Ann Huang, Ashley Massaro, Gillian Larson, J'Tia Taylor, and Alecia Holden.
    • Patrick is the first and only male contestant to hold this distinction.


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