Silas Robertson in 2013
Silas Merritt Robertson
April 27, 1948
Vivian, Louisiana, U.S.
|Residence||West Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Other names||Uncle Si|
U.S. Army veteran
|Spouse(s)||Christine Raney (1971-present)|
|Parent(s)||Merritt B. Thurman-Hale|
James Harold Robertson
|Relatives||Phil Alexander Robertson (brother)|
James Francis Robertson (brother)
Harold Gene Robertson (brother)
Thomas Silas Robertson (brother)
Judith Ann Robertson (sister)
Janice Ellen Robertson Dasher (sister)
Zach Dasher (nephew)
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1968-1993|
|Rank||Sergeant First Class|
Silas Merritt Robertson (born April 27, 1948), known as Si Robertson and often referred to as "Uncle Si", is an American television personality, preacher, hunter, outdoorsman, retired U.S. Army soldier, and a retired duck-call maker at Duck Commander. He is best known for his role on A&E's Duck Dynasty, on which he has emerged as the breakout character. He has also appeared on other shows such as the Outdoor Channel's Buck Commander and The Duckmen of Louisiana, and was the eponymous host of the Duck Dynasty spin-off Going Si-Ral Si has also made a guest appearance on Last Man Standing.
Robertson was born to James and Merritt (née Hale) Robertson in Vivian, Louisiana, the sixth of seven children. He has four brothers, Jimmy Frank, Harold, Tommy, and Phil (who was born 2 years before he), and two sisters, Judy and Jan. Because of financial setbacks of their family during Si and his siblings' childhoods, the Robertson family lived in rugged conditions with significantly fewer amenities than the average American enjoyed. In high school, Si attended North Caddo High School in Vivian, Louisiana which is in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. He played on the football team in the footsteps of his brother Phil, even wearing the same #10 jersey.
After dropping out of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana after three quarters, he was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War. During the war, his mother sent him a set of Tupperware cups, two boots, and two jars of jalapeño peppers in each boot, and beans and rice, because he loves jalapeño peppers. He is rarely seen without one of his plastic cups drinking iced tea, which he treats with equal importance.
Si retired from the Army in 1993 with the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7). Robertson is recognized for his military career with an exhibit at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe, Louisiana.
Business with Duck Commander
Upon retirement from the Army in 1993, Si found employment at his brother Phil's Duck Commander business. Si has been a big part of the growing business. His job is to fashion the reeds that are inserted in every patented duck call. Si thinks that it is a pretty easy job and is depicted in Duck Dynasty as having difficulties staying on task; he often seeks breaks to take a nap or play around with equipment in the warehouse.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Robertson talked about his wife. He said, "One woman has already got my heart, we've been married for 43 years and her name is Miss Christine Robertson". He has talked about how after he had asked for her hand in marriage about 70 times, she finally said yes. The two married in 1971, and they had a daughter, Trasa, and a son, Scott. They also have eight grandsons.
Like the rest of his family, Robertson is very open about his Christian faith. "That's what got me through 65 years of life, my belief in God and what He's done for us and what He will do for us". His favorite Scripture verses are John 3:16 and 17. "When I sign people's stuff I put down John 3:16 and 17. Most people can tell you what 16 says, OK. 'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son.' But they don't know nothin' about 17. It says Jesus didn't come to condemn us. If anybody had a right to condemn someone, it would be the son of God. If he didn't do it, then hey, we definitely are not qualified to do it."
Robertson lent his voice and personal appearance to the VeggieTales video Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, in which he narrates the video and appears as a mall janitor, in the tradition of the mid 1960s and early 1970s Rankin/Bass Christmas specials and their use of celebrity narrators.
Robertson's son served in the U.S. Army and completed eight tours in Iraq. His son was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, motivating Robertson to advocate for better care for veterans.
In A&E's reality television show Duck Dynasty, Si (or Uncle Si) is one of the main characters. He is perhaps the most well-known and recognized character of the bunch, due to the frequency and quality of his jokes and stories, as well as his general manner. His spontaneous nature often launches the plot of the show into action, whether handcuffing himself to his nephew Willie or spending the prize money of $2,000 at a children's arcade.
|Me and My Smokin' Hot Honey|
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