Dan Gheesling is considered one of the best Big Brother candidates to ever win the 10th season and come second in the 14th season of the reality TV series. After his unanimous victory, Dan Gheesling advanced from high school teacher to national favorite.
Following his Big Brother fame, he began shooting game videos and live streams on YouTube and twitch.tv respectively, and has built a huge community with a large number of subscribers to his channel. He simply has a touch of gold that you would agree with. Learn more about him in this article.
Who Is Dan Gheesling? Bio
Dan Gheesling is both a reality and a YouTube personality who became famous after winning the tenth season of the American reality TV series Big Brother in September 2008. Aside from his reality TV personality, he has also established himself as an author, coach, entrepreneur, and public speaker. In 2013, he launched a YouTube game channel that has won over 68,000 subscribers.
He was born on September 1, 1983, as Daniel Robert Gheesling in Dearborn, Michigan, United States. A graduate of Divine Child High School and Michigan State University, where he earned a master’s degree in Kinesiology, our dear Dan taught health at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory School and also coached the school’s soccer team.
The former high school teacher told in his blog “How to Get on Reality TV” how it took him four years and over eight auditions to get a spot on a reality show. When he finally got a spot on Big Brother 10 in 2008, Dan played a game that was considered perfect, which explains why he didn’t even get a single vote for eviction. He then trumped his renegade ally, Memphis Garrett, by a unanimous 7-0 vote from his evicted colleagues, and also got the entire jury on his side to win the $500,000 prize.
His victory made him the only US player and the first of two winners to win by a unanimous vote. As a result, his victory is still considered one of, if not the best ever in the history of the show, and he is the best player in the show to date.
After his phenomenal victory, Dan Gheesling has nicknamed Judas during the show, and his book “How A Normal Guy Got Cast On A Reality TV” describes in detail how he beat the odds and fulfilled his dream of being in the Big Brother house. He was called back into the 14th season as a coach to lead his team to victory. In the first season, Dan found himself in solitary confinement, locked in a room for 24 hours.
Because he was a brilliant player and saw that everyone wanted him to leave the house, he figured there was always a way out as long as you think you can get out. So he came up with the most epic move in the history of Big Brother: staging his own funeral and praising himself.
The funeral was meant to convince his fellow guests that he was dead in the game, which means there were no more intrigues, alliances, and game talk, which gave him the chance to continue very carefully undetected. And the fact that his plan not only helped to save him from possible expulsion but also to disarm his roommates, is simply wise. In the end, he made it to the final four and finished the season 6-1 behind Ian Terry in second place.
He was the first and only winner in both of his appearances in the series to make it to the final twice. In addition to his magic in the series, Dan has written several books, including Clean Your Own Mirror and How A Normal Guy Got Cast on Reality TV.
Dan Gheesling Wife, Children
He is the husband of Chelsea Gheesling (née Niemiec), a professional writer and speaker. She is also the founder of the non-profit Good Girl Comeback (GGCB). GGCB focuses on encouraging girls to become virtuous leaders, to think outside the box, and to see the good in themselves and in others.
The duo shared their vows with friends and family at a Catholic wedding on July 2, 2011, in Orchard Lake, Michigan. They have two sons – Desmond Daniel, born July 3, 2016, and Miles Glen, born March 13, 2018, who lives with his family in Oakland County, Michigan.
His story could be described as a story out of the darkness into the limelight. Since his days in the BB House, Dan has carved out a niche for himself in the world of celebrities. After depositing half a million into his account at the end of the 10th season, he has continued to invest and earn a hefty sum through his other numerous ventures. He has an estimated net worth of $600,000.