Dick Donato

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Dick Donato
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Born Richard Louis Donato
(1963-06-24) June 24, 1963 (age 51)
Los Angeles, CA
Residence Ireland
Other names Evel Dick

Richard Louis Donato, known as "Evel Dick" Donato (born June 24, 1963), a bar manager from Los Angeles, California, is the winner of the reality game show Big Brother 8. He and his daughter, Daniele Donato, are the only family member pair to win the American Big Brother program's top two prizes in the same competition. Dick holds the record as the show's oldest winner (age 44 at the time), and Daniele is the youngest person (having turned 21 during the competition) ever to win one of the American program's top two prizes. Dick returned for Season 13 of Big Brother as a team with his daughter Daniele, and left the house for "personal reasons" during the first week.


Donato was a stand-in for Keith Richards in the motion picture Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.[1] Because of Donato's claims to have met, known, or even dated various celebrities, he has been accused of lying just to drop names. However, Dizzy Reed of the rock band Guns N' Roses says that Donato is not a name dropper, that people drop his name.[2] The nickname "Evel Dick" originated with an email address Donato once made up.[3] Donato is the father of Vincent and Daniele Donato.

After Big Brother[edit]

Donato said he planned to use a portion of the $500,000 to pay for his daughter's college education.[4] Although directly splitting prize winnings was banned by contest rules,[5][6] he could legally pay for his daughter's education and buy presents.[7]

On Wednesday, March 19, 2009 episode of Big Brother 9, Donato revealed that with his prize money he had taken Daniele Donato to Europe and bought her a red car.

Donato was nominated for[8] and won[9] the Golden Realitini for Favorite Reality Performer[10] in the Fox Reality Really Awards for 2007 against Len Goodman, New York, Sanjaya Malakar, Ant (comedian), and Christopher Knight & Adrianne Curry.[11] He was also nominated for Best Winner, Favorite Villain (which he also won[citation needed]), Favorite Potty Mouth, and Best Fight for his confrontation with Jen Johnson.[12] Fox Reality Channel recorded the ceremony on October 2, 2007, and aired it on October 13.[13]

In 2009, TV Guide Named "Evel Dick" Donato on the list of "Evil Reality TV Villains" placing him on the list next to 12 others including Simon Cowell and Gordon Ramsay [14]

In 2010, Donato was cast as the villain in Evan Pedone's horror film GPS, and is scheduled to also play in "Expedition Everest." [15] The movie GPS

In 2011, Donato returned to Big Brother on the thirteenth season of the American Big Brother alongside his daughter despite them reportedly not speaking for three years. He left the house on day 6 of the show. In a video on RTVZone.com, Donato stated that something bad happened to someone really close to him, but he will not release details about what happened to that person, saying he wants to respect their privacy.

Donato currently hosts an online Big Brother recap show called Dick at Night on RTVZone.com featuring Big Brother alumni, Various celebrities, and evicted Big Brother houseguests.


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Preceded by
Mike Malin
Big Brother U.S. winner
Season 8 (2007)
Succeeded by
Adam Jasinski