26 Facts about Survivor Contestant Dan Lembo

Reality TV happens to be my guilty pleasure. From The Real World to Dance Moms to those brawny boys on the Jersey Shore, I eat ‘em all up with gusto. So when my friend Dan Lembo made it on CBS’ Survivor  Nicaragua, I was both slightly jealous (of the notion he was going on the show and his never-fading tan) and ridiculously excited for him. We recently reconnected in Bimini where I picked Dan’s brain every day for fun facts for you crazy kids. 

                                        26 facts about Survivor Dan!

  • I can cook a mean authentic meatball — it’s my mom’s recipe
  • I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York
  • I never tried out for Survivor, the producers approached me at a bar in Miami.
  • I’ve been married twice — my first wife was a mafia princess. That didn’t work out so well…
  • I had never even heard about the show, Survivor, until I was asked to be on it!
  • I’m a car fanatic and own the vintage Lincoln as seen on Entourage and Tupac’s sparkly purple Hummer
  • My two sons, Mike and Matt, are my world
  • I live between South Hampton and New York City
  • I love visiting Miami
  • My favorite restaurant in Miami is Prime 112
  • I’m currently dipping my toes in the Vegan lifestyle
  • My drink of choice is a martini  — no fruit, no vermouth
  • While I do have a penchant for custom-made clothes, I like to buy beachwear at Wings
  • I have an 8-inch scar running down my leg from knee surgery
  • I used to own a dental lab where we used to make celebrity veneers
  • I never put cheese on pasta dishes with seafood
  • I’m allergic to shellfish — which happens to be my favorite food
  • I love to workout and my fave after-workout drink is peanut butter, protein and bananas
  • I’m addicted to sun and keep my tan fresh!
  • After my stint on Survivor, I smelled like a campfire for 9 whole days
  • I lost 37 pounds on Survivor…and gained 30 back.
  • Cowboy boots are my go-to shoes
  • I’m a country music buff and attended the CMAs every single year.
  • My favorite musicians are Toby Keith and The Rat Pack
  • My mug is painted on the wall of The Palms restaurant in New York
  • I wear a diamond horseshoe ring every day


  1. February 26, 2018 / 9:30 am

    This is Frank Lovece, a writer for Newsday who wrote about Dan Lembo when he was on Survivor (see story below). We’re trying to locate him for a “where are they now” story, but his email address no longer works ([email protected]) and his voicemail is full (516-807-4894). Could you help us contact him? CBS and I have tried for days, and now I have to write the story today.

    Hamptons real estate exec to be on CBS’ ‘Survivor’
    By Frank Lovece
    Updated August 9, 2010 4:20 PM

    • The Wordy Girl
      February 26, 2018 / 12:10 pm

      Hi Frank, Sadly, Mr. Lembo has been struggling with health issues but I will send him your email. Best, Maria

      • Steven Raskind
        April 12, 2018 / 7:36 pm

        I was a friend of his in N.Y. Is he ok

  2. Frank Lovece
    May 12, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    Wordy Girl–
    Thank you so much for trying. I’m only seeing this now — I thought there might be email notification of new comments, but I should have checked anyway. Thank you again. –Frank

  3. Dan Chino
    December 22, 2021 / 9:54 am

    He was a horrible boss!

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