Who is Edgar Hansen?
Edgar Hansen was born on 14 January 1971, in Seattle, Washington State, USA. He is a deck boss, relief skipper, chief engineer, cook, and reality television personality, best known from gaining fame through the television show “Deadliest Catch” as a member of the fishing vessel called Northwestern.
The Riches of Edgar Hansen
How rich is Edgar Hansen? As of late-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $700,000, earned largely through a successful career as a fisherman, plus significant wealth from his television appearances – the fame has opened up numerous avenues for him. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Fishing Beginnings
There is limited information when it comes to Edgar’s life before his rise to fame on television. It is known that he was born into a family of fisherman, and that helped develop his interest towards fishing at a young age. He learned the basics early, and began to hone his skills during his youth. He was proud of becoming a part of the family line of fisherman, one that he believes is in their blood.
His older brother Sig would eventually become the captain of their family ship, The Northwestern, and at the age of 18, he decided to pursue a career in fishing as well. With his brother being promoted, he was assigned to become the ship’s cook; eventually, as more seasons progressed, he gained experience doing other tasks on board ship, including being a relief skipper, a manager of the entire vessel if ever the captain is not present.
Eventually, the Hansen brothers would gain the attention of television producers thanks to their fishing capabilities, and they were invited to become a part of the documentary television series entitled “Deadliest Catch”, so named due to the fact that there is a high risk of injury and death associated with their line of work. The show airs on the Discovery Channel, and portrays the real life events of fishing vessels in the Bering Sea.
These vessels are often stationed at the Aleutian Islands port located in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and usually go out to fish during seasons of the Alaskan king crab, queen crab, bairdi crab, and opilio crab. Since debuting in 2005, the show has gone on to air a total of 15 seasons receiving a lot of success with many cast members finding fame thanks to their television exposure. The show emphasizes the dangers on deck as fisherman have to maneuver hundreds of pounds of crab across a deck filled with hazards while in some of the coldest and stormiest weathers in the planet. There are often themes that occur within each episode, and some activities of crew members are also documented.
Recent Endeavors, Concerns, and Issues
Edgar’s brother joined his crew during the ninth season which focused on the Blue King Crab. Prior to his appearance in the show, his brother had an issue with the Hillstrand brothers who are also cast members and Discovery Communications though that was later sorted out leading to the return of all cast members. Since his debut, he’s been with the show up to the 14th season though has been noticeably absent during the 15th season, leading to many questioning the reason for his disappearance.
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In 2015, he revealed that he was diagnosed with a degenerative spine condition that was making it difficult for him to perform his duties regularly – the condition would eventually be career threatening if left unchecked. This was initially speculated to be the reason for his absence. There were also speculations that he had taken a break to spend more time with his family. Despite his love for fishing, he doesn’t encourage his children to have a similar dangerous life, preferring that they stay at home with their families, even after one of his sons expressed a desire to have the same kind of career.
For his personal life, it is known that Edgar is married to Louise Hansen and they have three children together. They prefer to keep their relationship and family life away from the spotlight, with only limited details available about it. He speaks fluent Norwegian as his parents spoke the language at home, leading to them learning it before they learned English. Like him, his brother has also had medical issues due to their line of work with the stress involved with crab fishing. He has suffered two heart attacks and had to be medically cleared before returning for the 15th season.
In 2018, it was reported that he received a 364 jail sentence, and that he was ordered to pay court fines and undergo a sexual deviancy evaluation. This was after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl, accepting a plea deal. The victim, a 16 year old girl, told her therapist of the assault that occurred at a Mountlake Terrace home. He has expressed his regret for his actions. This comes in line with issues that his brother has had with alcohol and contested claims that he was also abusive towards his now estranged daughter. Many believe that this is the reason that Edgar has been absent from filming of the 15th season.