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Sean Allen Rector is a contestant from Survivor: Marquesas.

Sean is remembered for his close friendship with fellow tribemate and eventual winner Vecepia Towery, his rivalry with John Carroll, and his tight allegiance with ally Rob Mariano. A strong and outspoken player, Sean played a pivotal role in overthrowing the Rotu Four alliance by joining the Outsiders Alliance, and getting help from fellow "outsider" Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien. Once his alliance was forced to turn on themselves, Sean became the first casualty.


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Sean Rector was born and raised in Harlem, New York. He attended boarding school at Milton S. Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, before moving to Albany to obtain his Bachelor of Arts degree in theater and psychology from the State University of New York.

Rector currently works as a junior high teacher in South Central Los Angeles. He is also the school's head basketball coach and works with the school's drama club. Previously, he has worked as a specialist for a homeless shelter, a clerk on the stock exchange and a school counselor. His favorite hobbies are basketball and reading.

Although his mother and inspiration, LaVerne, remains a writer in Harlem, Sean Rector currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif. His birth date is August 20.[1]


Sean was placed on the Maraamu tribe at the beginning of the game. After landing on the tribe's beach, Sean expressed his thanks to God for guiding the tribe to their new home. He also expressed his annoyance with Sarah Jones' lack of contribution while on the raft, likening her to Cleopatra. Sean initially bonded with Peter Harkey. Maraamu lost the first Immunity Challenge of the season. At the first Tribal Council, Sean voted against Sarah because of her laziness, but Peter was voted out for causing tension in the tribe.

Back at camp, Sean was part of Maraamu's "morning show" which the tribe held to entertain themselves. He also formed a powerful bond with Vecepia Towery based on their Christian faith. Hunter Ellis was annoyed with Sean's general lack of work ethic. Rob Mariano approached Sean about the vote for the second Tribal Council, and both men agreed to vote out Patricia Jackson, Hunter's biggest supporter who was annoying the tribe with her attitude. After Patricia's elimination, the tribe argued about everything. At the next Tribal Council, Hunter was voted out.  

On Day 10, Sean, Rob, and Vecepia were moved to the Rotu tribe during the tribe switch. Although their new tribe was welcoming, Sean and Rob had strained relations with the old Rotu's due to their lack of work ethic. Fortunately, they avoided danger due to Rotu winning immunity. However, things changed when Maraamu won the Reward Challenge and raided the camp. This would cripple the tribe for the next Immunity Challenge, Distress Signal, as they lost many of the materials that could be used for the signal. While making the signal, John Carroll approached Sean about voting out Gabriel Cade. Sean felt this was a mistake and he and Rob decided to get Gabe to flip. However, Gabe's answers at Tribal Council caused the tribe to turn on him.

The next day, Rob and Sean talked about how to survive and realized that Vecepia was distancing herself from them. At the Reward Challenge, Rotu was initially declared the winners. However, Maraamu protested the win and was given the win due to mistakes made by Rotu. Sean competed in the next Immunity Challenge and won, keeping him off the chopping block.

After the tribes merged on Day 19, Sean got involved in a heated argument with Rob against John after the first individual Immunity Challenge. In the end, Rob was voted out in a 7-2-1 vote. After Tribal Council, Sean started farting in the shelter, annoying and disgusting the tribe. Kathy won the Reward Challenge and returned with a Snickers bar that she shared with everyone. Sean became annoyed with everyone pretending things are like family when they are not, and pointed out that "good luck everyone" meant "good luck Sean." Kathy agreed to align with Sean and Vecepia to take down the dominant Rotu Four alliance. Paschal and Neleh didn't want to join Sean. At the Immunity Challenge, Sean was the first person knocked out. However, the challenge made Paschal and Neleh disgusted with the Rotu Four's behavior at the challenge, and they united with Sean, Vecepia, and Kathy to vote out John.

After voting out John, Sean found himself in the majority along with Kathy, Neleh, Paschal, and Vecepia. This new alliance eliminated the members of the Rotu Four one-by-one. With all of their common enemies gone, Sean's alliance was forced to turn on themselves. At the final five, Sean and Vecepia targeted Neleh, while Neleh and Paschal targeted Sean. Kathy was caught in the middle of the two factions, but she eventually sided with Neleh and Paschal, eliminating Sean.

At the Final Tribal Council, Sean voted his ally Vecepia to win which she did in a 4-3 vote.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Maraamu Outrigger Fire Quest Immunity No Lost
2 Float Your Boat Reward No Lost
Marquesan Menu Immunity No Lost
3 Raft Rescue Reward No Lost
Coconut Maze Race Immunity No Lost
Switched Tribes, Day 10
4 Rotu Life's a Tapestry Immunity Yes Won
5 Tiki Towers Reward Yes Lost
Distress Signal Immunity No Lost
6 Jungle Relay Reward Yes Lost
The Maze Immunity No Won
Tribes Merged, Day 20
7 Soliantu Sea Legs Immunity Lost
8 Go Fly A Kite Reward Lost
Parang Swing Immunity Lost
10 Coconut Juice Reward Won
High Stepping Immunity Lost
11 Rock Bottom Reward Lost
Virtues of Fire Immunity Lost
12 Turtle Roll Reward Lost
Sands of Time Immunity Lost
13 Second Chance Reward Won
Marquesan Folklore Immunity Lost
Voted Out, Day 36

Episode Sean's
Voted Against
1 Sarah -
2 Patricia -
3 Hunter -
4 Rotu Tribe Immune
5 Gabriel -
6 Rotu Tribe Immune
7 John -
8 John John,
Robert, Tammy
10 Zoe -
11 Tammy -
12 Robert Robert
13 Neleh Kathy,
Neleh, Paschal
Voted Out, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor


  • Sean attended the Survivor: Thailand Reunion Show.
  • In 2003, Sean was one of several castaways who appeared on MTV's Men vs. Women: Rumble in the Jungle, a preview show for Survivor: The Amazon and offered his commentary in the debate of which gender was stronger.[2][3]
  • In 2004, Sean made an appearance on TLC's A Baby Story that documented the birth of fellow Marquesas castaway Vecepia Towery's first child, Jordan, who became his godson.[4]
  • On January 9, 2010, Sean attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
  • As of 2020, Sean has one son, one stepson, and one daughter.[5]
  • Sean was in talks to participate in All-Stars, but was ultimately not chosen. He said his exclusion, combined with the failure to cast any African Americans other than Alicia Calaway, caused him to distance himself from the Survivor community.[5]


  • Sean's luxury item was a bible.
  • Sean, Rob Mariano, and Vecepia Towery are the first contestants to be on a tribe with every castaway on their season. They are also the only ones to do so in a season with just two pre-merge tribes.
  • Sean is the only juror from the original Maraamu tribe in Marquesas.
    • He is the first contestant to be the sole representative of his starting tribe on the jury.
  • Sean applied for Survivor having never seen the show on the advice of Big Brother contestant Mike Malin, who was his roommate at the time.[5]


Survivor: Marquesas Castaways
S4 gabriel t
S4 gina t
S4 hunter t
S4 john t
S4 kathy t
S4 neleh t
S4 paschal t
S4 patricia t
S4 peter t
S4 rob t
S4 robert t
S4 sarah t
S4 sean t
S4 tammy t
S4 vecepia t
S4 zoe t