Otto Kilcher is a man of many talents and adventures. He is a mechanic, a machinist, a farmer, a homesteader, and a reality TV star known for “Alaska The Last Frontier.” He followed in the footsteps of his father as a second-generation homesteader and continues to live an adventurous life in the isolated community of Homer, Alaska. He breeds livestock, grows his own farms, and makes his family ready for the cold winter year after year. He has shown that living off the land is possible and rewarding, even in the modern world. He has also preserved his family’s legacy and heritage for future generations. In this article, we will bring everything to know about this television star including his accident during a snowstorm when he was mauled by an ox.
Edwin Otto Kilcher was born on April 19, 1952, in Homer, Alaska, U.S. Otto comes from a family of pioneers who settled in Alaska in the 1940s. His father, Yule Kilcher, was a Swiss immigrant who escaped the turmoil of World War II and became a homesteader, a filmmaker, and a politician. His mother Ruth Weber was a poet, writer, and active member of the Homer community. He has seven siblings Atz Kilcher, Mossy Kilcher, Stellavera Kilcher, Sunrise Sjoeberg, Wurtilla Hepp, Fay Graham, Catkin Kilcher Burton.
Otto grew up on a 640-acre homestead, learning how to survive the harsh Alaskan wilderness. He was raised in a tiny cabin with no electricity and heating facility. He had seven siblings to play with and learn from, and a vast natural playground to explore.
He loved his life on the homestead, where he helped his parents with farm work and chores. He learned how to plant, harvest, fish, hunt, and herd cattle from a young age. He also developed a passion for music and sang with his family around the fire. Otto was a curious and adventurous child, who always wanted to know how things worked. He was fascinated by machines and tools, and started collecting and fixing them whenever he could. He could turn anything into something useful or fun, with his creativity and skill.
Otto grew up in a close-knit family that valued hard work, self-reliance, and respect for nature. He faced many challenges and dangers in the harsh Alaskan environment, but he also enjoyed many joys and adventures. He had a happy and fulfilling childhood that shaped him into the man he is today.
Career & Progression:
Otto began his career journey as a mechanic and machinist at his Homestead where he used to fix and operate farm equipment and other machinery. He later ventured into business too. He became the owner and president of Coastal Freight & Salvage, Inc which was founded in 1993. The company managed inland water freight transportation. He served as president of Apex Gear & Hydraulic, INC. He also involved in the Cattle association and served as the director and later chairman for Fox River Cattleman’s Assoc., Inc.
Alaska The Last Frontier
Otto Kilcher is not only a skilled mechanic and a resourceful homesteader, but also a reality TV star. He is one of the main cast members of the Discovery Channel show Alaska: The Last Frontier, which documents the lives of the Kilcher family as they live off the land in a remote and harsh area of Alaska.
Otto joined the show in 2011, along with his older brother Atz Kilcher and their extended family. Since the debut he has been a regular cast member and has appeared in over 105 episodes as of 2023. The show follows their daily struggles and triumphs as they hunt, fish, farm, and survive the long and cold winters. Otto showcases his talents and knowledge as he fixes and builds anything that the family needs, from machines to houses. He also shares his love for animals and nature as he tends to his farm and protects his livestock from predators.
Otto has faced many challenges and dangers on the show, but also many joys and adventures. He has been critically mauled by an ox in a severe snowstorm, but he has also ridden a horse and enjoyed the beauty of his land.
He has been involved in many projects and tasks, such as building a bridge, moving a cabin, digging a well, and making cheese. He has also helped his neighbors and friends with their problems and needs.
In addition to Alaska the Last frontier, Otto appeared in a TV movie documentary called Rousseaus Children in 2012. He also has been creatied for Alaska: The Last Frontier: The Frozen Edge, Alaska: The Last Frontier Exposed and Alaska: The Last Frontier: Kilchers Revealed.
Injuries and the accident:
Otto’s lifestyle is not for everyone as he faces many challenges and dangers, such as harsh weather, wild animals, and limited resources. This is the one of the reason Kilcher family work hard year-round to grow their farm, raise livestock, collect food, repair their cabin home and store enough reserve for winters. However, not every time it has gone as planned as they have seen a fair share of accidents and injuries. Like back in 2015, Atz Lee had a near-fatal fall from a cliff. In 2022, Otto found himself at the recieving end of an unfortunate accident as he was mauled by an ox during heavy snowfall. Due to bad weather helicopter could not come in and Otto had to be transported in an emergency ambulance of Homer Hospital. He had punctured lungs, and broken several of his ribs according to the video shared by Alaska The Last Frontier official Facebook account. In the video Otto is seen in the hospital bed and says “not doing well.” Since Otto has been discharged and returned to Homestead in Homer Alaska.
Otto’s main source of income is reality television show and as a veteran with over 10 years on he has done well careerwise. He also earned from his different business endeavors over the years. Otto and his wife Charlotte Kilcher has a combined net worth of $700,000.
Wife and Kids:
Otto Kilcher has been married three times and has four children. His current wife is Charlotte Kilcher, a former wildlife biologist who moved to Alaska from Northern California. Otto and Charlotte first crossed paths in 1989 while they were volunteering in South Central Alaska. The two fell in love and decided to tie the knot in the 90s. They took their wedding vows in a small ceremony in Alaska which was attended by close relatives and friends.
Charlotte moved to the homestead with him following the marriage where the two lead a self-sufficient. Tending to their lifestyle Charlotte focuses on tasks like gardening, raising chickens & ducks, beekeeping, and milking the cow while Otto takes care of fixing things and raising cattle and growing the farm.
Ex-wives & Children:
Otto and Charlotte have four children altogether. In over 25 years of marriage, they have given birth to August Kilcher who was born in 1997. Charlotte has a son Torrey Short from her ex-husband while Otto has two from his ex-wives. His first wife was Olga Von Ziegesar, but they divorced without having any children. His second wife was Sharon Mckemie, and they had two sons, Levi Kilcher and Eivin Kilcher.
Otto Kilcher has a height of about 5 feet 10 inches and weighs around 60 kg. He has light brown eyes and brown hair. He has a beard and often wears hats and jackets to protect himself from the cold weather.