Equipped with his trademark overalls and an American flag bandana, Bruce Mitchell is one of the most recognizable faces in the cast of Swamp People. Nicknamed as The Alligator Man, Bruce has been with the series since its first season. More often than not, Bruce takes out dangerous alligators on his own and prefers going solo. Equipped with nothing but a few tools, Bruce is one of the best gator hunters in the business. From sharpshooting a gator from miles away to overpowering one in close combat, Bruce can do it all. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Bruce Mitchell.
Bruce Mitchell was born on the 13th of July 1960 in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. The eldest child of the family, Bruce spent much of his early life with his four brothers and sisters. Little is known about Bruce’s parents and his academic career. As a young kid, Bruce loved pranks. He would often target his pranks at his unsuspecting family members. But for all his pranks, Bruce loved his family above everything else and always has a special place for them.
Learning the tricks of the trade:
Bruce’s earliest exposure to gator hunting came when he started to work on Kliebert’s Alligator & Turtle Farm. This was back in 1980 when he was still a greenhorn in the world of gator hunting. The farm belonged to the father of his then-girlfriend, Janet Kliebert. Over the years, Bruce learned all the necessary skills from his father in law and started hunting gators in the swamp. When he married Janet, Bruce moved to the farm and continued working under his father-in-law.
In 2010, Bruce was approached by the executive producers of the reality TV series Swamp People. As the History Channel was most viewed in Bruce’s household, Bruce couldn’t turn down the offer. So, on the 22nd of August 2010, Bruce debuted on the show with his signature American bandana and overalls. Since then, Bruce has made numerous appearances in the series. The series follows the Louisiana based Gator Hunters who make their living on the swamp. The series is currently in its 11th season which features veteran swampers as Troy Landry, Terral Evans, Willie Edwards, Daniel Edgar including new faces as Ashley Jones, Big Tee, Dusty Crum. Bruce Mitchell is no longer listed in the cast of History channel website.
Living behind the spotlight
Once a swamper always a swamper, even though not featured in the TV show Bruce is true to his cajun lifestyle. Apart from hunting adventures, he updates fans with his southern lifestyle and cooking videos in social media. Also pouncing the popularity from Swamp People he runs the events, meetups with fans, and boat tours. He also sells different merchandise through websites.
Bruce is not the one to boast about his fortunes. Nevertheless, he seems well off and enjoying his cajun lifestyle in Louisiana. As of now, his net worth is estimated to be $400,000.
Bruce is happily married to his high-school sweetheart, Janet Kliebert. The pair met way back in the mid-1970s and have been together ever since. It was Janet’s father who taught Bruce the ABC’s of gator hunting. Since his retirement, Bruce and Janet have combined handled the farm. While Bruce takes care of the muscle work, Janet handles the paperwork. The pair are proud parents of two lovely daughters. Their firstborn Lorraine Michelle was born in 1981, a year after the pair tied the knot. In 1984, the pair gave birth to another daughter, Janice Marie. After the birth of their second daughter, Bruce and Janet decided to open the farm for public tours.
Apart from gator hunting, which he does most of the time, Bruce loves gunsmithing, collecting knives, riding bikes, and spending time with his family. A grandfather now, Bruce loves playing with his grandkids during the offseason.