Get real with Gervase Peterson

Posted: August 29, 2011

Who: Competitor on the first season of "Survivor," filmed on Pulau Tiga off the coast of Borneo in 2000.

Age: 41.

From: Germantown, then Willingboro, N.J. He graduated from Holy Cross High School, in Delran.

Where now: Cinnaminson, N.J.

On "Survivor": Think back, and you'll remember the bearded dude, cute chick, lady trucker and . . . oh, yeah, the bald-headed kids' basketball coach whose first name isn't pronounced like you'd expect (it's Jer-vis). Our local guy lay around, ate cooked rat, made a bad joke about women and won some challenges. He didn't win the show (the bearded dude did), but he won our hearts.

Post-"Survivor": Did the late-night rounds, had his own Sunkist ad, appeared in "Nash Bridges" and "The Hughleys," scored a role on "As the World Turns."

Still survivin': And busy. Starred with Joey Fatone and Danica "Winnie Cooper" McKellar in the locally filmed movie "Mancation," due out next year. Producing TV show - "Naptime" - with Vern Zaborowski from "Viva La Bam." Shooting pilot for TV's "Back to Reality." Bartends at Diego's Bar, in Bridesburg, and H2O Beach Club, in West Berlin, N.J. Still promotes scalp-shaver HeadBlade, sold at Walgreens. Coaches boys' basketball and girls' softball in Cinnaminson; his lady Pirates won this year's league championships.

Day job: Marketing and customer relations for EmStar Ambulance Service.


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