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Date Of BirthJanuary 14, 1971
SpouseLouise Hansen
FactBrother-in-law of June Hansen.

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.

Edgar Hansen

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.

Deadliest Catch

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.

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.

Personal Life

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.

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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.

General Info

Full NameEdgar Hansen
Date Of BirthJanuary 14, 1971


SpouseLouise Hansen
ChildrenErik Hansen, Stefanie Hansen, Logan Hansen
ParentsSverre Hansen, Snefryd Hansen
SiblingsSig Hansen, Norman Hansen


TV ShowsDeadliest Catch, After the Catch

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1(on his sons fishing) I don't want this life for them. I want them to stay home and be with their families.
2(on fishing) It's not all about the money. There's pride, there's our heritage. It's in our blood. It's addicting.


1Brother-in-law of June Hansen.
2Younger brother of Sig Hansen and Norman Hansen.
3Uncle of Mandy Hansen and Nina Hansen.
4Father, with Louise Hansen, of son Erik Hansen.




Deadliest Catch2005-2017TV Series documentaryHimself - Deck Boss & Engineer: Northwestern / Himself - Relief Captain & Deck Boss: Northwestern / Himself - Deck Boss / ...
Deadliest Catch: Evolution of Danger2017TV MovieHimself - Deck Boss: Northwestern (as Edgar)
Deadliest Catch: Legends Born & Broken2017TV MovieHimself - Relief Skipper & Deck Boss: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Sig Hansen Legacy2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Relief Skipper & Deck Boss: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: The Bait2013-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Deck Boss: Northwestern / ...
Deadliest Catch: A Season in Hell2016TV MovieHimself - Relief Captain & Deck Boss: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Season 10 Revealed2015TV MovieHimself - Relief Captain & Deck Boss: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Legend of the Northwestern2014TV Movie documentaryHimself - Relief Captain
Deadliest Catch: Season 9 Revealed2014TV Movie documentaryHimself - Deck Boss & Engineer & Captain
This Old House2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Crab Fisherman
The Insider2013TV SeriesHimself
Deadliest Catch: An Epic Season2013TV SpecialHimself - Deck Boss & Engineer: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Best of Season 82013TV SpecialHimself
Deadliest Catch: Behind the Scenes2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Deck Boss & Engineer: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Revelations2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Deck Boss & Engineer: Northwestern
After the Catch2007-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Deadliest Catch: Inside the Catch2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Deck Boss & Engineer: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Best of Season 72012TV SpecialHimself - Deck Boss & Engineer: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Behind the Scenes - Season 72011TV Movie documentaryHimself - Deck Boss & Engineer: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Greenhorns2011TV MovieHimself - Deck Boss & Engineer: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Scariest Moments at Sea2010TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Deadliest Catch: Best of Season 52010TV MovieHimself
Deadliest Catch: Behind the Scenes - Season 52009TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Ca$h Cab2009TV SeriesHimself
Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm2008Video GameHimself (voice)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
Deadliest Catch: Behind the Scenes2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2007TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2007TV SeriesHimself
Trading Spaces2004TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Deadliest Catch: The Beginning2013TV MovieHimself - Deckboss & Engineer: Northwestern

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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