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Willard Smith is a contestant from Survivor: Palau.

Although lazy around camp, and the weakest on his tribe, Koror's unprecedented winning streak allowed Willard to escape the first four Tribal Councils. However, during a double elimination, Willard's unpleasant personality and overall weakness caused his entire tribe to vote him off.


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Born and raised in Connecticut, Willard Smith spent his early childhood in and out of hospitals. He contracted rheumatic fever when he was five years old. He spent several years in a wheelchair and one full year in a children's hospital. Eventually he recovered and joined the Marine Corps on his 17th birthday. Smith spent the next five years with the Marine Corps, serving two years in Vietnam as a scout/sniper in a reconnaissance unit.

In 1969, Smith left the Marine Corps. He spent two years working as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service while attending college full-time at night. He quit the Post Office in 1972 and completed his undergraduate degree at San Diego State University where he graduated with high honors and earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and philosophy. He was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

On July 4, 1971, Smith met his future wife. They moved in together that night and have been together ever since. He joined the Army in 1975 and served as a race relations specialist until 1981. He applied to law school and graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1984. He and his wife then moved to Washington where he has since had a private practice in the Seattle area. His wife, who has a master's degree in history, has spent the last 10 years working as a teacher's assistant at a private elementary school for gifted children. After leaving active duty in 1981, Willard continued to serve in the Army National Guard until 1992 when he was transferred to the Retired Reserve as a Sergeant First Class.

Smith was a member of the University of San Diego Appellate Moot Court Board and was a member of the National Order of Barristers. He is currently a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the First Marine Division Association.

Smith and his wife, Pamela, currently reside in Bellevue, Washington. His birth date is November 30, 1947.[1]


After arriving with the rest of the castaways to the beach, Willard noticed that the flag only had the season's name and logo, with no indications of any tribe. He was answered the next day, when it was revealed that the tribes would be decided by a Schoolyard Pick and that the last two unpicked would be eliminated. Willard came dangerously close to elimination, being one of the final two males along with Jonathan Libby, but Caryn Groedel selected him to be the final member of the Koror tribe over Jonathan.

Koror defeated the generally disorganized Ulong in every Immunity Challenge, but because of his age, Willard was often sat out of challenges and did not help around camp. One morning, Tom Westman hinted to Willard to help with the fire. However, Willard claimed his age prevented from helping out with camp life. Tom noted that it did not take much effort to drop a log into the fire, believing Willard was simply being lazy and noted that Willard was staying much longer than he should due to Koror's winning streak.

On Day 12, both tribes would vote someone out in a Double Tribal Council and Tom deemed Willard the tribe's biggest liability. While most of the tribe agreed, Coby Archa preferred to vote out Katie Gallagher over Willard. However, he knew it was futile to vote with Willard and joined the rest of the tribe in unanimously voting him out. Before leaving Tribal Council, Willard wished his team good luck and to finish the job by eliminating the remaining Ulong members.

Voting History

Willard's Voting History
Episode Willard's
Voted Against
1 Koror Tribe Immune
2 Koror Tribe Immune
3 Koror Tribe Immune
4 Koror Tribe Immune
5 Katie Caryn, Coby, Gregg, Ian,
Janu, Jenn, Katie, Tom
Voted Out, Day 12


  • On January 9, 2010, Willard attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.


  • Willard is the oldest contestant on Palau.
  • A joke that is believed to be originated from the Survivor fan community states that the Immunity Idol for Palau looked like Willard, earning it the nickname "The Immunity Willard".
  • Willard was the only member of Koror to be eliminated during the tribal stage of the game.
  • While in Palau, Willard said that he was a mail carrier, not a lawyer.
    • However, he revealed in the Reunion that he was a mail carrier at one point.
  • Willard is tied with Angie Jakusz, Kim Mullen, and Stephenie LaGrossa for the most votes received in Palau with 8.


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