Cancer? Sig Hansen wiki/bio, net worth, wife, kids, health issues.

Accidents in the sea are not that much of rare occurrence as people think they are, which is why ships with low accident rates are amongst some of the best ships in the business. An iconic figure in the world of commercial fishing Sig Hansen stands at the helm of one such ship “Northwestern.” Hansen has been fishing in the Bering Sea for over 30 years and is considered one of the most experienced and successful crab fishermen in the world. In the television world, he is also known as the captain of the fishing vessel Northwestern on the Discovery Channel series “Deadliest Catch.” In addition to his role on the show, Hansen is also an author and has written a memoir about his experiences as a fisherman. 

Early Life:

Sigurd Jonny “Sig” Hansen was born on the 28th of April 1966 in Seattle, Washington, United States. The oldest child of Snefryd and Sverre Hansen, Sig spent much of his early life with his brothers, Norman and Edgar Hansen in his hometown. The Hansen are the direct descendants of a long lineage of Norwegian ancestry fishermen. Both Sig’s father and grandfather pioneered opilio crab fishing in Alaska.

Deadliest Catch veteran fisherman Sig Hansen
Deadliest Catch star Sig Hansen

Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Sigurd started working in the family boat at the age of 14. Sig attended Shoreline High School. In his early years, Sig would often cut short the time he was in school to continue fishing. And after graduation, Sig spent ten months at the Bering Sea. 

Professional Career:

Sig began his professional career as a deckhand on his father’s boat. Over the years, Sig climbed through the ranks and became a relief skipper at the age of 22. His work entailed providing relief to the captain of Northwestern and also working short stints as a captain on other boats of the fleet. Sig got his hands on the wheel of Northwestern when he was 24 years of age. Since then, Sig has captained the ship for over 30 years, making it one of the safest ships on the Bering Sea.

Deadliest Catch:

Due to his growing popularity, Sig Hansen was the first name on the sheet, when plans were drawn for the “Deadliest catch,” it is a popular American reality television series that first aired on the Discovery Channel in 2005. The show follows the lives of commercial crab fishermen who work on fishing boats in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska. The show documents the challenges and dangers of working on these fishing boats, including harsh weather conditions, unpredictable ocean currents, and the struggle to catch enough crab to make a profit. Over the years, the series has become popular for its dramatic and intense depiction of life on the high seas.

Deadliest Catch star Sig Hansen
Deadliest Catch star Sig Hansen

He joined the cast in 2005 and has been with the series ever since. The Northwestern won successive titles right after joining the series, in 2005 for King Crab and 2006 for Opilio. He managed to win the final derby seasons and took home titles for both the highest poundage caught and the highest dollars earned between the featured boats in the Deadliest Catch. Sig appeared in 241 episodes from 2005-2023.

Deadliest Catch: The Vikings Return:

Alaska state put probation on fishing red king crabs during the winter of 2021/2022 season. It caused a major dilemma among the fisher community and some commercial fishermen put their fishing journey to a halt. While Sig joined by his daughter Mandy Hansen chartered the Norwegian water. As the pair embarked on a new fishing season with new challenges on the Norweigein high seas it was documented for “Deadliest Catch: The Vikings Return.” The spin-off premiered on September 15, 2022, and Sig made 8 episode appeareances also serving as executive producer. 

Authorship and more television works:

Alongside his work in the sea, Sig is also an author. He released the book entitled North By Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters on March 30, 2010. The book managed to climb to the bestseller list of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Sig has also voiced a boat named Crabby in the Disney Pixar film Cars 2.

Net Worth

Sig made his money through different professional endeavors. As of now, he has a net worth of $4.5 Million.

Personal Life

Wife and Kids:

Sig Hansen is currently married to June Hansen. While her first name is spelled June, like the month, it’s pronounced: “U nah,” the J is silent. Like many of the Hansen Clan, June has also found her way into the reality television world. She appeared in episodes of Deadliest Catch and its spin-offs. Besides a few pieces of information here and there, not much is known about June. In 2019, she was reported to have been diagnosed with cancer while Sig has faced health problems of his own over the years. In March 2016, he suffered a heart attack and followed by a second heart attack in October 2018 after a severe allergy to an antibiotic. Sig needed medical clearance before joining Deadliest Catch ins season 15.


In the years as a married couple, Sig and June has not given birth to biological children. They adopted both of their daughters Nina and Mandy Hansen after the marriage.

This is not the only time Sig tied the knot. He was previously married to Lisa Eckstrom sometime during the 80s and early 90s. In the years together the pair had a daughter Melissa Eckstrom. Sig has two grandkids Sailor Pederson from his daughter Mandy Hansen (Clark Pederson) and Jackson born on June 18, 2017, to his oldest daughter Nina.

Physical and Personality Traits:

Sig Hansen has a standing of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m). He has blue eyes and grey/brown hair. His zodiac is Aries and according to his horoscope reading Sig is said to possess the personality traits of being fiery, passionate, high energy, domineering, determined, confident, and courageous.

Wiki/bio facts:

Full nameSigurd Jonny Hansen
Age 56 years old
Date of BirthApril 28, 1966
Place of BirthSeattle, Washington, United States of America
EducationShoreline High School
ProfessionTV personality, Commercial Fisherman, Author, Boat Captain
Net worth$4M
Relationship StatusCommitted
Marital StatusMarried
WifeJune Hansen
Ex-wifeLisa Eckstrom
KidsNina Hansen, Mandy Hansen, Mellisa Eckstrom
Eye colorBlue
Hair ColorGrey/Brown
Height 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)
Parents Sverre and Snefryd Hansen
SiblingsEdgar Hansen, Norman Hansen
Social MediaFacebook, Instagram

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