Terry Deitz

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Terry Deitz
Born (1959-10-10) October 10, 1959 (age 55)
Simsbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Television Survivor: Panama
Survivor: Cambodia

Terry Deitz (born October 10, 1959) is a retired U.S. Navy pilot, television host, and 3rd place finisher on the twelfth season of the American reality television show Survivor.[1] He is currently a commercial airline pilot and host of Great Planes on the Military Channel.


Deitz was born and raised in Matawan, New Jersey. He was a student at St. John Vianney High School and attended the United States Naval Academy where he graduated from in 1982.[2] He attended pilot school in Pensacola in 1984. He served on the USS Carl Vinson with VF-51 flying the F-14 Tomcat and then served at the west coast Replacement Air Group as an instructor. Deitz left active service in 1992, and continued flying in the Navy Reserves with VR-52,on Logistics missions around the world. He retired in 2001 with the rank of Commander and is currently a pilot with American Airlines.

Deitz married his wife Trish in 1991. The couple have two children, Kayla and Daniel, and reside in Simsbury, Connecticut.

Deitz has been an athlete throughout his life and competed in baseball, basketball, football, swimming, and wrestling. He earned 11 varsity awards in high school and was named to the All State Baseball 1st Team. He was the quarterback of his high school team and led them to their first undefeated regular season and first state playoffs. In college, he played four years of Varsity Division I baseball.



Deitz competed on Survivor: Panama in 2005. He was noted for dominating the challenges, with an unbroken string winning five immunity challenges and four reward challenges. He was also the first contestant to find a hidden immunity idol at Exile Island. However, because of his prowess in the immunity challenges, he never had to play it. Deitz finished in third place, behind Aras Baskauskas (winner) and Danielle DiLorenzo (runner-up).

With five consecutive immunity challenge wins, Deitz is currently tied with Colby Donaldson of Survivor: The Australian Outback for the record of the highest-amount of consecutive immunity challenge wins in Survivor history. He is tied with Donaldson, Tom Westman, Ozzy Lusth, and Mike Holloway for the record of the most immunity challenge wins in a season overall. Also, with four additional reward challenge wins, Deitz is tied with Holloway for the record of the highest amount of overall post-merge challenge wins in a single season. However, he is the only one of these five individuals to have never reached the finale.

After his appearance on Survivor: Panama, Deitz was considered as one of the ten castaways to return for Survivor: Micronesia, but was ultimately cut.[3]


On May 6, 2015, it was revealed that Deitz was one of the 16 men who was eligible to be voted upon by viewers to return for Survivor's 31st season, Survivor: Cambodia. He was one of two representatives from Panama, the other being Shane Powers. It was revealed on May 20, 2015 that the public voted for Deitz to return to game, while Powers did not make it in.[4]

Survivor stats[edit]

Year Season Place
Reward challenges won Immunity challenges won Votes cast
Votes cast
Tribal Individual Tribal Individual
2005 Survivor: Panama 3 / 16 38 / 39 3 / 6 2 / 4 3 / 6 5 / 7 1 / 60
Red italicized text = lead castaways in category

After Survivor[edit]

With the newfound "Survivor notoriety", Deitz has been called upon to appear, speak and provide motivation to many groups and charity organizations to include cystic fibrosis, AIDS, juvenile diabetes, ARC, FAVARH, breast cancer, and many others.[citation needed]

On November 1, 2006, Deitz hosted The History Channel's Modern Marvels show on the final flight of the F-14 Tomcat.

In December 2007, Deitz was hired by Afterburner Seminars. A team of 50 men and women fighter pilots who travel around the world working with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies and other top organizations, teaching and preparing them for a fighter pilots view of Flawless Execution. As a main speaker for the group, he interacts with the leaders of these companies to mold presentations and programs.

In 2008, Deitz began work on a pilot combining "history with some elements of Survivor and Survivorman" with his cousin, former All My Children actor Mark La Mura.[5]

In the spring of 2012 Deitz took over the reins from Maj. Paul "Max" Moga[6] when Deitz began hosting the third season of the TV series Great Planes[7] on the Military Channel,[8] ending each show with his personal tagline, "Your six is clear".


  1. ^ "Survivor: Panama Boot Sheet". Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Terry Deitz actor profile, The South African TV Authority. Accessed July 29, 2007. "He then attended St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, New Jersey, where he earned 11 Varsity letters in football (quarterback), baseball (catcher) and wrestling."
  3. ^ "Jeff Probst Media Teleconference". Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  4. ^ Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance cast (and logo) revealed Entertainment Weekly, Retrieved May 21, 2015
  5. ^ Soap Opera Digest, July 22, 2008 issue, pg. 60.
  6. ^ "Paul "Max" Moga". Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Great Planes". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Military Channel Soars To Heights Of Greatness With Third Season Of Great Planes". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 

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