Big Tee is a gator hunter and reality television personality known for History Channel show Swamp People, a show that follows the lives of Alligator hunters in Louisiana. One of the later additions to the series, Big Tee is a sharpshooter who worked for the veteran swamper, Daniel Edgar, who is his father’s best friend. A cajun swamper Big Tee depends on the swamp to get by ins his daily life. He joined the series as a novice gator hunter and deckhand of Edgar during season 9 of Swamp People. Tee is one of the best when it comes to a gun. In this article, we take a closer look at the wiki-bio of this television star.
Getting the nickname:
There was a time when Big Tee was not known by his nickname but rather his real name. Born Joseph Roger Richard, Tee got the nickname from his big brother who was 27 years older than him. Tee is a French word that means petite and while Tee hated his nickname it stuck with him for all his life. As soon as Tee started growing up they started calling him Big Tee.
Knowing Daniel Edgar and his family:
Tee’s dad and Daniel Edgar were the best of friends. The pair grew up together, hunted together, and were close as a family. Daniel was always around when Tee was born and Edgar often helped Tee learn the tricks of the trade. Tee is fond of Daniel and often states his influence growing up. As Daniel would often take Tee hunting, most of the things he did for the first time were with Daniel. As a result, Daniel became like a father figure to Tee and in the swamp, there’s nothing better than family.
Getting good with the gun:
Tee has one of the most accurate hands on the show. One of the best sharpshooters in the business, Tee is often asked for his secrets with guns. But when it comes to shooting, Tee has a simple formula, practice, practice, and practice. As his family lived off the land, it nurtured Tee’s skills and helped him progress as a shooter.
Big Tee made joined Swamp People during its ninth season. Interestingly even before he set foot on the set he knew most of the cast members including Troy (Landry) and his sons, Jacob and Chase, Bruce Mitchel, RJ, and Jay Paul (Molinere). Tee joined Daniel’s crew as a deckhand. He quickly became a fan favorite for his big personality, contagious enthusiasm, and sharpshooting skills. He made 15 episode appearances from 2018-2022 according to IMDb records. Big T has been absent from the show since season 12, leaving many fans wondering what happened to him. The reason for his disappearance is unfortunately related to his health and financial problems, which have prevented him from returning to the show or working as a gator hunter.
An injury on his way:
In 2019, Tee had to undergo surgery for a scratch he received from an air-conditioning vent. The wound flared up due to Tee’s existing diabetic condition. He had to undergo surgery to clear the debris on his wound. But a week later, Tee was back in the hospital because a bone in his toe was infected. He had another surgery and Tee was out of the game for at least four months. He was sent home with a PIC line in his arm that day as a part of a six-week antibiotic treatment.
Since Big T was unable to work or join the ‘gator season for the time being. To help him with medical bills and personal finances, which was also negatively affected by his inability to work, he had an active funding campaign on his official Facebook page. His friends and fans responded generously to his fundraiser, which was organized by Bubba Borque of Bubba’s Sports Bar in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. The event featured great food, fun raffle prizes, and even some donated guided trips and tours for people to bid on. One of the prizes was an alligator hunt tag donated by Mr. Daniel Edgar himself, who has been like a second father figure to Big T.
The former television star has not officially given an update on his recovery journey from his foot infection. However, prying through his social media we came across a Facebook post he shared on November 11, 2022, where he posted a picture of himself alongside two champion belts, one gold, and the other silver with the caption “My titles finally came in from The Courtableau Bar !” The picture also shows his right leg which is covered with bandages and support suggesting he has not fully recovered after nearly three years. For those hopeful fans, it is clear Big T still has medical concerns with his right leg and is unlikely to return to Swamp People anytime soon.
Big Tee is a tall and burly man with a white complexion and a beard. He usually wears a cap, sunglasses, and a camouflage shirt. He has a friendly and cheerful personality and is loyal to his friend Daniel Edgar.
Big Tee has collected his wealth from hunting and fishing. He had a boost in his earning source during his time as a cast member of Swamp People reportedly earning a salary somewhere between $10,000 to $30,000 per episode from Swamp People. However, his net worth is not publicly revealed.
Even though Big Tee is not currently married he is in a relationship with his girlfriend Christine Moss who is in the medical field as a medical assistant. The pair have been together since July 2022.
Prior to this relationship, Big Tee shared an affair with Lesley Faverino Wills. His ex-girlfriend Lesley is a resident of Lafayette, Louisiana. Despite being aware of the danger associated with the Swamp she was supportive of his career as a gator hunter.