Survivor: Panama-Exile Island (Season 12)- withdrew from the show due to an illness
Bruce Kanegai Biography:
Bruce Kanegai was born on December 17, 1947 and raised in Los Angeles, California. Kanegai has spent most of his adult life as an art teacher at Simi Valley High School. He was deemed "Teacher of the Year" by The International Rotary Club and has received The Bravo Award from such institutions as The Los Angeles Music Center, The Amgen Corporation, The Pasadena Art Center College of Design and the Otis/Parsons Art School. In addition, Kanegai is a fifth-degree black belt in karate and was a top backpacking instructor for Moorpark Community College, the Yosemite Institute and many private organizations. Furthermore, he used to be a POST (Police Officer Survival Training) Instructor in California. His interests include photography, drawing, hiking, golfing and skiing. He has experienced several close brushes with death, including being bitten by a large rattlesnake while golfing. He shares a home in Simi Valley, California, with his wife, Nancy, with whom he has two children, Alexander and Danielle.
Kanegai was a strong contender on the 12th installment of the Survivor series, Survivor: Panama-Exile island, until a medical condition concerning his digestive system forced him to withdraw from the competition. He returned to the Island as one of the members of the jury. He did, however, make it far enough to become a part of the merged tribe, Gitanos. Before the merge, Kanegai was a member of the La Mina and Casaya tribes.