Jonny Fairplay

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Jonny Fairplay
Dalton at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, October 17, 2009.
Jon Dalton

(1974-03-11) March 11, 1974 (age 44)[1]
TelevisionSurvivor: Pearl Islands
Survivor: Micronesia
Spouse(s)Michelle Deighton (2005-2011)

Jonny Fairplay (born Jon Dalton, March 11, 1974),[1] is an American former art consultant, professional wrestler, and reality television personality. He has twice competed on the reality competition TV show Survivor, coming in third place on the seventh season, Survivor: Pearl Islands and coming in last at twentieth place on the sixteenth season, Survivor: Micronesia.

Early life[edit]

Jon Dalton is originally from Danville, Virginia He attended George Washington High School, and subsequently attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute. After college, he moved to Washington, D.C. and Portland, Oregon before settling in Los Angeles.[2]

Reality television[edit]

Survivor: Pearl Islands[edit]

On Survivor: Pearl Islands, Dalton constructed what host Jeff Probst called "the greatest lie in Survivor history."[3] Before Dalton left to compete on the show, he told a friend of his, Dan, that if the friend were ever invited to Panama as part of a loved-one-related challenge to tell Dalton that his grandmother had died. There was indeed such a challenge, and Dalton's friend told him, according to plan, that his grandmother had died.[2]

Probst also publicly said:[4]

... [then] you have Jonny Fairplay, who's completely despicable. It was actually fun to work with Fairplay on the show because he's a producer's dream. When he shows up drunk or flips somebody off, he's bringing you gold every time. I wish we had a Jonny Fairplay every season. Personally, however, he's an absolute jackass whose actions at the Vanuatu finale after-party pissed me off so much that he's banned from any event that I'm at from now on. I'm done with Jonny Fairplay.

Danny Bonaduce altercation[edit]

On October 2, 2007, at the Fox Reality Really Awards, Fairplay was booed while speaking on stage, and when he asked the audience about this, actor and political commentator Danny Bonaduce walked up to Fairplay and said, "They're booing because they hate you." Fairplay subsequently jumped onto Bonaduce – who then flipped Fairplay over his head – slamming him to the floor, bloodying his face, and reportedly causing the loss of teeth.[5][6][7]

In a later interview with website TMZ, Fairplay stated he had filed a police report and that authorities were only waiting for a copy of the video before pressing charges against Bonaduce.[8] On October 5, 2007, Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Boxer announced that Danny Bonaduce would not be charged in the incident, stating that there was "insufficient evidence" that Bonaduce committed battery. He also noted that Bonaduce's "actions fell within the realm of self-defense" because Fairplay had initiated contact and acted offensively toward Bonaduce.[9]

At the 2008 Reality Awards, Fairplay and Bonaduce joked about the previous year's altercation, with Fairplay kissing Bonaduce on the lips. Bonaduce then spit out an object that he joked was another one of Fairplay's teeth, before picking him up again, wishing the audience a good night, and carrying him off stage.[10]

Survivor: Micronesia[edit]

On January 3, 2008, it was announced that Fairplay was the only pre-All-Stars castaway who accepted an offer to join the tribe of returning contestants in Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites, the show's 16th season.[11] However, Fairplay asked his tribe to vote him off in the first episode so that he could return to his pregnant girlfriend.[12]

Subsequent Survivor appearances[edit]

Fairplay did not participate in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains in 2010.[13] When asked about the reason for this, Jeff Probst remarked, "The reason that Fairplay isn't here is that this season is called Heroes vs. Villains, not Survivor Quitters."[14] Fairplay acknowledged in a 2010 interview that there is animosity between himself and Probst, stating, "It's no secret that Jeff Probst hates me, and I don't go out of my way to be his friend either."[15]

In 2013, Fairplay was inducted into the Xfinity "Survivor Hall of Fame," alongside Kim Spradlin and John Cochran. Fairplay was the only non-winner inducted into the Class of 2013.[16]

Also in 2013, he had his name legally changed to "Jonny Fairplay."

Other appearances[edit]

Dalton and his wife Michelle appeared on The Celebrity Newlywed Game, on which he beat the Monkees' Davy Jones and his wife; as well as on Dr. Phil in an episode titled 'Reality TV Stars' Real Life Drama' .[17] He has also appeared on Celebrity Poker Showdown, Celebrity Fear Factor, Pawn Stars, and Camp Reality.[15]

Dalton is also under contract with Wizard World to appear at its comic book conventions.[15]

Professional wrestling[edit]

Dalton started in professional wrestling in 1998 in North Carolina and then moved to Oregon where, as Jonny Fairplay, he started his own promotion, New Dimension Wrestling (not to be confused with a similarly named Carolinas' promotion with which he claimed to be affiliated). There he served as promoter and commentator. During this time, he also ran his own weekly online professional wrestling radio talk show, having various wrestlers on as guest commentators. He worked as a personal assistant for the professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper for a year and a half prior to Survivor.[18]

After his first Survivor appearance, Dalton was signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he appeared under the Jonny Fairplay moniker. In mid January, promo began airing hyping his debut in the company. He made his debut on January 21, but was interrupted by A.J. Styles. The two feuded for several weeks, and on February 25, Fairplay brought in Lex Luger to get revenge on Styles and cost him the NWA World Tag Team Championship.[1] He made brief, non-wrestling appearances in 2005 at both Final Resolution and Destination X.[1]

On October 7, 2006, Fairplay was defeated by Molly Holly after a low blow and quick pin fall at a WCWA event. One month later, Fairplay and the Hardkore Kidd defeated Frankie Kazarian. Dalton also made an appearance in Ring of Honor, an American professional wrestling promotion, on March 31, 2007 in Detroit, Michigan.[1]

On April 1, 2011, Fairplay made an appearance for Dragon Gate USA, endorsing Jimmy Rave as the promotion's next breakout star. After Rave was defeated in a match by Arik Cannon, Fairplay entered the ring, confronted Cannon and got on the receiving end of his finishing maneuver, Total Anarchy.[19]

On May 3, 2011, Jonny Fairplay appeared on the debut televised event of WFX Wrestling in a backstage scene in which he swindled U-Gene out of pocket money with a trick reminiscent of his famous Survivor lie. The following week Fairplay convinced U-Gene to sign a contract making Fairplay his 'manager slash best friend' promising to make him the biggest star in reality television. On the third episode of Overload, Fairplay is overheard by U-Gene while bragging about having stole all of his money. After chasing Fairplay to ringside, U-Gene was physically attacked by Fairplay before he revealed he had used his money to help male bodybuilder and former Big Brother contestant Jessie Godderz join the roster of WFX.[20]

Starting in May 2014, Fairplay has appeared in the West Coast Wrestling Connection as the on-screen manager of Ashton Vuitton.

Personal life[edit]

Dalton attended George Washington School in Danville, Virginia, followed by college at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.[1]

Dalton and his wife, Michelle Deighton, a contestant from WWE's Tough Enough 2011 and the fourth season of America's Next Top Model, had a daughter born in 2008,[21][22] and lived in Providence, North Carolina.[15] Dalton announced that he was separating from Deighton on June 28, 2011 via Twitter.[23]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "MISCELLANEOUS PROFILES". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Survivor: One World Cast: Jonny Fairplay. CBS. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Sharon Fink (December 14, 2003). "Sideshow". Retrieved May 12, 2007.
  4. ^ Jeff Probst and Dalton Ross (February 7, 2005). "The Host Has Spoken". Retrieved May 12, 2007.
  5. ^ Serpe, Gina (October 2, 2007). "Bonaduce: Turnabout for Fairplay?". E! Online.
  6. ^ "Danny Bonaduce Beats Up Survivor Star". VH1. October 3, 2007
  7. ^ "Danny Bonaduce and Jonny Fairplay Brawl at Really Awards ". YouTube. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  8. ^ "Bonaduce Bloodies 'Survivor' Star". October 3, 2007.
  9. ^ Grossberg, Josh (March 12, 2008). "Fairplay Must Fix Bonaduce Suit". E! Online.
  10. ^ "Jonny Fairplay Danny Bonaduce Kiss Picture Fox Reality Channel Really Awards". Pop Crunch. 2007. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  11. ^ Ross, Dalton (January 3, 2008). "'Survivor: Micronesia': Exclusive Cast Reveal!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 3, 2008.
  12. ^ "Survivor Micronesia: Jonny Fairplay Explains Himself". BuddyTV. February 8, 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2008.
  13. ^ Official CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Website
  14. ^ TV Guide; February 1, 2010; Page 4
  15. ^ a b c d Slotek, Jim (March 23, 2010). "Fairplay dishes on 'Survivor' villains". Jam! Showbiz Television.
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  17. ^ "The Model and the Villain". Dr. Phil. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  18. ^ Anderson, Kyle. "The Capri Lounge Interview: Jonny Fairplay". Rolling Stone. April 23, 2008
  19. ^ McNeill, Charles (2011-04-02). "4/1 DGUSA in Burlington, N.C.: Live report on CIMA vs. Gargano standout match, PAC & Ricochet vs. Taylor & Tozawa, Helms, Fairplay, Rave". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2011-04-06.
  20. ^ Gonzalez, Maria (2011-06-01). "Big Brother's Jessie Godderz Joins WFX Overload". BuddyTV. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
  21. ^ Herndon, Jessica (January 16, 2008). "Jonny Fairplay & Michelle Deighton Welcome a Daughter". People.
  22. ^ "Johnny Fairplay and Top Model Michelle welcome a baby". Celebrity Pregnancy. January 19, 2008. Survivor's Johnny Fairplay and his fiancée, Top Model contestant Michelle Deighton, welcomed their first child, a girl named Piper, together on January 16. The reality star couple, who plan on tying the knot this summer, named their daughter Piper Addison.
  23. ^ Bluth, Michael (June 29, 2011). "John Cena & Bret Hart Comment On Punk's Shoot Promo, Fairplay & GF Split".

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