Atz Lee Kilcher is an American hunter and personality, born on 26 August 1977 in Homer, Alaska USA. He’s known from appearing in the reality TV show “Alaska: The Last Frontier”.
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Atz Lee is the first of three children of Atz Kilcher and Lenedra Carroll; his younger siblings are named Shane and Jewel. His parents divorced when Atz Lee was very young, and his father married to a woman named Linda, welcoming a son named Nikos. Their marriage ended at a time unknown, and Atz Sr. married a third time, to Bonnie Dupree.
There’s not much information about Atz Lee Kilcher’s early childhood and education. However, following his sister Jewel’s revelations, they didn’t have running water in their Alaskan household.
Atz Lee developed a strong independent will from an early age, along with a passion for music. This led him to leave his house in his teens, to wander across the US, performing on a variety of stages playing guitar. Although he was able to survive this way, he never became a professional musician, and ultimately returned to his hometown.
Back in Alaska, Atz Lee built a cabin. As stated in his biography on Discovery Channel’s website, Atz Lee’s reason for returning to his family was that he realized he belonged to the insulated place he used to call home in his childhood.
Hunting and Fishing
There’s no information on the exact time Atz Lee learned to fish and hunt, though these skills were supposedly learned in his childhood, when he and his family lived off the land in the Alaskan wilderness.
Nowadays Atz Lee hunts and fishes to provide for his family. Aware of the dangers of these activities, he manages to supply himself with enough meat before winter: ‘Surviving a single Alaskan winter is a huge challenge, surviving a life time of winters though, becomes the ultimate test’.
Atz Lee Kilcher appears in Discovery Channel’s reality series “Alaska: The Last Frontier”. The show is focused on Kilcher’s family, as they survive in one of the most remote places of the world, living a sustainable life, surviving and providing for their families through hunting, fishing and farming.
Kilcher’s family way of living was learned from Atz Lee’s grandfather Yule, who was a Swiss immigrant, journalist, and a pioneer of this type of self-reliant lifestyle in the area.
Here’s the skis me and my dad made that got cut from last weeks episode. It’s always great to spend time w family doing something the old fashioned way that especially when it has such a great practical use and can be passed on to future #generations pic.twitter.com/YcQifim2zd
— Atz Lee Kilcher (@AtzLee) October 30, 2019
Yule Kilcher also entered Alaska’s State Senate, and was a member of the Ordinances and Transitional Measures Committee. He died in 1998, though he was remembered for his invaluable contributions to his community: ‘He sure impacted my life and the lives of everyone who met him by the force of his personality. He had tremendous life force.’
“Alaska: The Last Frontier” has been on air for nine seasons.
Atz Lee Kilcher’s sister is the award winning pop singer Jewel. Just like her older brother, Jewel left her hometown at a young age in search of a professional music career. Thanks to a scholarship she was granted at 15 years of age, she attended Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy to study operatic voice.
During her time at music school, Jewel started writing and composing her own songs. She moved to San Diego after her matriculation, though her financial situation didn’t allow her to pay rent, so she lived out of her car for years while travelling and performing in various local bars.
In August 1993, Jewel’s talent was discovered by the band Rust’s lead singer John Hogan, who introduced her to his agent Inga Vainshtein. Soon Jewel was signed with Atlantic Records, and her debut album “Pieces of You” was released in 1995, which topped Billboard’s number four, ultimately selling 7.3 million copies, and was certified Platinum 12 times.
In an interview in 2018, Atz Kilcher Sr. said how important his daughter Jewel was for him and the family: ‘Recently I left her a voice message and I told her how much she has inspired me.
Jewel didn’t have a perfect childhood. I was an alcoholic and a single parent. I’m still a recovering alcoholic. She grew up in a dysfunctional home, but she overcame adversity and turned her negative experiences into something positive through her art. She transformed her life and inspired others.’
Marriages and Children
Atz Lee Kilcher married Nantia Krisintu in the late 1990s, welcoming a son together. Although there’s not much information about Krisintu, it’s known that the pair divorced a few years into their marriage.
Despite the couple’s separation, Atz Lee maintains a close relationship with his son Etienne, and is not afraid of showing his affection for him, as can be seen on an Instagram post of 2018: ‘My son managed to turn 18 and graduate high school all in the same week, amazing.
I honestly don’t have much faith in the public school system, and personally couldn’t care less if he graduated or not. I’m more concerned with him setting goals and gaining the self love and confidence one obtains upon completion of a dream. So damn proud, the world is a better place with you in it. Dream big, work hard and never stop believing in yourself. Much love.’
Atz Lee Kilcher married Cristina Jane in 2005, and they’re apparently lived happily together ever since. Kilcher also adopted Cristina’s daughter Piper, the result of a previous marriage.
Atz Lee Kilcher suffered a severe accident in 2015 when he fell off a cliff in Alaskan Resort Otter Cove.
The event that almost ended his life resulted on two collapsed lungs and various other injuries, such as fractures to his left shoulder, right hip, ribs and ankles. In 2019 Kilcher filed a $100,000 lawsuit against the hotel for damages, claiming ‘(they) failed to adequately warn of and/or provide measures to prevent guest and other individuals from falling over the precipice at the resort’.
In 2015 Atz Lee Kilcher and his wife Jane, along the production company of “Alaska: The Last Frontier” Wilma TV, were accused of using a helicopter to hunt a black bear, which is deemed as an ‘unlawful method of taking or attempting to take big game’ by State’s laws.
Although it’s unknown if the hunting scene was shown on the series, a spokesperson reported authorities were alerted of the alleged crime by a former member of the production company.
In 2016, charges against the Kilchers were dismissed, as it was determined a bear was never hunted by the couple, as Jane’s attorney stated: ‘Though they saw an animal, there was no attempt to take that specific animal.’
However, Wilma TV had to pay a fine of $17,500, as the company allegedly forced Kilcher and his wife to board the helicopter to go hunting.
Atz Lee Kilcher earns on average $10,000 per episode of “Alaska: The Last Frontier”. From this and his various other activities, he has an estimated net worth of $2 million, as of mid-2020.
Atz Lee Kilcher is a man of white ethnicity, whose hair is dark brown and eyes green. His weight and height are unknown.
Atz Lee’s parents married in the late 1960s, and divorced 20 years later.
Atz Lee Kilcher’s grandfather, Yule also divorced from his first spouse Ruth.
It’s said Atz Lee’s family inherited their musical talent from matriarchal Ruth, who was a classical singer.
Atz Lee’s sister Jewel has published a book entitled “The Architecture of All Abundance: Seven Foundations to Prosperity”, in which she recalls her difficult childhood and the hard times she had to endure when their mother Lenedra abandoned their household when Jewel was still a kid.
Jewel accused her mother of stealing million dollars from her over the years she worked as her manager. Nowadays, mother and daughter are estranged from each other.