Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$3 million
Date Of BirthApril 28, 1966, April 28, 1966
SpouseJune Hansen, June Hansen
FactDuring one trip, Sig stitched his brother Edgar Hansen's head, after a huge piece of ice hit him there. He used some dental floss to sew it.


Sig Hansen may have started out as a humble crab fisherman from a long line of the like, but when Discovery Channel arrived on the scene of Alaskan crab fishing, Hansen shot to the height of fame. A constant on the Discovery show “Deadliest Catch” since its inception, Hansen has been an object of much discussion and speculation. The Norwegian captain of the FV Northwestern has struggled with heart issues in recent years, suffering two heart attacks. He works closely with his brother, Edgar Hansen, which raised even more dissent when both brothers faced separate allegations of sexual assault. In the case of Sig Hansen, these allegations arose from his estranged daughter, and caused an enormous stir in the media.

Early Life and Family

Sigurd Jonny ‘Sig’ Hansen was born on 28 April 1966, in Seattle, Washington State USA, to Sverre and Snefryd Hansen. Sig was the first of three boys, his younger brothers Norman and Edgar following in short order. Sig comes from a long line of crab fisherman which dates back at least four generations. Hansen was eager to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who had pioneered new fishing techniques that allowed them to extend the fishing season, and so create a steadier source of income. By the age of 14, Hansen was already helping on the family fishing boat, often missing school to do so.

Education

Sig Hansen attended school despite knowing from a young age that the career he wished to follow did not lie in the academic field. He matriculated from Shorewood High School, and didn’t attend any institution of tertiary education. Hansen and his brothers are bilingual, speaking fluent Norwegian as spoken in their childhood home. Sig learned all his fishing skills from his father and the crew of the boats he worked on before he obtained his own fishing vessel.

Career

Ascent to Captain

Like most crew on fishing vessels, Hansen had to start on the lowest rung and work his way up to a position of power. Sig began as a deckhand on one of his father’s boats after he matriculated, spending months at sea at a time.

Sig Hansen

He would also strike out to Norway in the summer months, to fish for mackerel and cod. His ability and close family ties saw him ascend to the position of relief skipper at the age of 22 in 1988; he would work short shifts and fill in for various skippers in his father’s fleet. By the age of 24, Sig had assumed full control of the Northwestern. The boat had earned an impressive reputation, not only for its success in the fishing industry, but for the incredibly low injury rates and the scarcity of deaths – something not to be taken for granted on the tumultuous and freezing waters of the Bering Sea.

“Deadliest Catch”

Although there are multiple Alaskan based Discovery shows, “Deadliest Catch” is perhaps the most popular of the entire set. The show premiered on 12 April 2005, and set records within the docuseries industry.

The show has earned multiple awards, and the cast is now recognized in mainstream media. Although the featured vessels thrived in the spotlight, the show is reported to have had a highly detrimental impact on the crab fishing industry, as other vessels and fleets struggling to compete. The show takes its name from the hazardous nature of life at sea and on the boat. Sig is a Captain on the show, but also acts as a confidant and mentoring figure to members of the crew, and even the captains of other boats, such as Jake Anderson.

Voice Acting

Sig Hansen’s fame at sea led to him being approached by the producers of “Cars 2” (2011) to play a cameo voice role. He agreed, and voiced Crabby the boat; a highly appropriate role given his background.

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Author

On 30 March 2010, Sig Hansen and Mark Sundeen released the book they had co-authored, “North by Northwest: A Seafaring Family on Dangerous Alaskan Waters”. The book explores the struggle of Sig Hansen’s family from immigrants to crab fishing moguls. The book was well-received by the public, rocketing to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

Personal Life

Family

Sig divorced from his first wife in 1992, after a messy and tension-ridden process, as the couple was engaged in a vicious battle over the custody of their only daughter, Melissa Eckstrom. The divorce escalated to the extent that allegations were thrown that Sig had sexually abused his daughter, but the case did not go to court for many years.

Hansen later married June and adopted her two daughters – Mandy and Nina. Mandy took to Hansen’s way of life and started assisting him on the Northwestern during the filming of “Deadliest Catch”, and eventually took over the boat.

Health

Sig Hansen experienced his first heart attack in 2016, while on the Northwestern during the filming of “Deadliest Catch”, later admitting that the experience was extremely traumatic and terrifying. The show did not reveal that the heart attack had happened for almost three years, which sparked outrage from the fanbase.

In October 2018, Sig was in the car with his wife June when he experienced his second heart attack.

Hansen had been taking anti-biotics for a sinus infection, and unbeknownst to him had an allergic reaction to the medication. Realizing that something was wrong, he continued driving at 100 miles per hour to reach the emergency room. Later, it was revealed that he had barely 10 minutes left before death when the nurse administered the EpiPen injection that would save his life.

These health issues left Hansen extremely wary, aware of his mortality, even affecting the way he viewed his life at sea. Sig Hansen explains that “I don’t like it anymore. I don’t even remember this king crab season. I’m still trying to get over this last winter. I can’t get it out of my mind. It’s scary. It’s been really hard. I don’t know how much more I’ve got left in me.”

Legal Issues

In a highly publicized and convoluted court case, Sig Hansen’s estranged daughter made allegations that her father has sexually abused her when she was no more than two years old. She claims that because of this treatment, her life has been plagued with depression, suicidal thoughts, and eating disorders. The case was based on Mellissa’s alleged memories of the abuse, medical records, and therapist evaluations. Sig denies all these claims and says that his daughter has been brainwashed by that her mother to believe that these things occurred. He believes that his ex-wife used this tactic to obtain custody of Melissa, and that the two are now using this as a form of blackmail.

While Sig was never convicted of this, the original investigation in 1990 chose not to investigate the case, with the added caveat that they did believe Sig to be guilty, but didn’t think they could prove it. However, Hansen has now been acquitted, and all allegations laid to rest.

Appearance

Sig Hansen has pale brown, greying hair that he wears longer, but remains clean-shaven. He is 5ft 8ins (1.72m) tall and weighs 172lbs (78kgs). He is broad-shouldered and well built from his years at sea.

Net Worth and Salary

Sig Hansen has made a sizeable sum from both the crab fishing industry and “Deadliest Catch”; Discovery Channel docuseries cast members are reportedly paid significant amounts for their appearances on the show. As of 2020, Sig Hansen has accrued a net worth of over $3 million.

General Info

Full NameSig Hansen
Net Worth$3 million
Date Of BirthApril 28, 1966, April 28, 1966
Height1.72 m, 1.72 m
ProfessionVoice Actor, Author, Voice Actor, Author
NationalityAmerican, American

Family

SpouseJune Hansen, June Hansen
ChildrenMandy Hansen, Nina Hansen, Mandy Hansen, Nina Hansen
ParentsSverre Hansen, Snefryd Hansen, Sverre Hansen, Snefryd Hansen
SiblingsEdgar Hansen, Norman Hansen, Edgar Hansen, Norman Hansen

Accomplishments

MoviesCars 2, Cars 2
TV ShowsDeadliest Catch, After the Catch, Deadliest Catch, After the Catch

Social profile links

Facts

#Fact
1Brother-in-law of Louise Hansen.
2Sig Hansen is captain of the Northwestern, one of the most successful crab boats fishing the perilous Bering Sea.
3He is a fourth-generation Norwegian fisherman, that has been fishing since his early teens, and is the oldest of the three brothers.
4Sig has been running the 125 ft. Northwestern since he was 22, along with two younger brothers, Edgar Hansen and Norman Hansen.
5Sig, like his two younger brothers, Norman Hansen and Edgar Hansen, is fluent in Norwegian.
6He is the first of three children, born to Snefryd and Sverre Hansen.
7Sig, along with his two younger brothers, Edgar Hansen and Norman Hansen, were the first generation of their family to be born in the U.S.
8Sig was named after his grandfather, Sigurd.
9Along with Captain Larry Hendricks of the "Sea Star", Sig is a consultant for the show, Deadliest Catch (2005).
10In the 2004 King Crab Season and in the 2005 Opilio Crab Season, Sig Hansen was awarded a $250,000 bonus from the Discovery Channel for having the vessel which harvested the most king crab and opilio crab.
11During one trip, Sig stitched his brother Edgar Hansen's head, after a huge piece of ice hit him there. He used some dental floss to sew it.
12Hansen lives in Seattle with his wife, June Hansen, and their two children, Nina Hansen and Mandy Hansen.

Pictures

Movies

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deadliest CatchTV Series documentary technical advisor - 17 episodes, 2006 - 2007 consultant - 16 episodes, 2016
Deadliest Catch: Season 10 Revealed2015TV Movie consultant
Deadliest Catch: Legend of the Northwestern2014TV Movie documentary archival footage and images courtesy of:

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cars 22011Crabby (voice)

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deadliest Catch2005-2017TV Series documentaryHimself - Captain: Northwestern / Himself - Captain / Himself
Deadliest Catch: Evolution of Danger2017TV MovieHimself - Captain: Northwestern (as Sig)
Deadliest Catch: Legends Born & Broken2017TV MovieHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: The Bait2013-2016TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself
Deadliest Catch: Sig Hansen Legacy2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Legend of the Wizard2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Deadliest Catch: A Season in Hell2016TV MovieHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Steve Harvey2015TV SeriesHimself
Deadliest Catch: Legend of the Cornelia Marie2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself
Deadliest Catch: Captain's Choice 1: Sig Hansen2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Deadliest Catch: Captain's Choice 10: Sig Hansen and Jake Anderson2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Deadliest Catch: Captain's Choice 11: All Captains2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Deadliest Catch: Captain's Choice 13: All Captains2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Deadliest Catch: Captain's Choice 8: Sig Hansen2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Deadliest Catch: Captain's Choice 9: Josh and Jake Harris2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Deadliest Catch: Season 10 Revealed2015TV MovieHimself - Captain: Northwestern
The Apprentice2015TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
CBS This Morning2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
E! News2014TV SeriesHimself
Deadliest Catch: Legend of the Northwestern2014TV Movie documentaryHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Behind the Lens2014TV Movie documentaryHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Season 9 Revealed2014TV Movie documentaryHimself - Captain: Northwestern
The Insider2013TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Ryan2013TV SeriesHimself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2013TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Deadliest Catch: An Epic Season2013TV SpecialHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Best of Season 82013TV SpecialHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Watch What Happens: Live2013TV SeriesHimself - Bartender
2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys2012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Deadliest Catch: Behind the Scenes2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Revelations2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Captain: Northwestern
After the Catch2007-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2007-2012TV SeriesHimself
Deadliest Catch: Inside the Catch2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Best of Season 72012TV SpecialHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Behind the Scenes - Season 72011TV Movie documentaryHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Greenhorns2011TV MovieHimself - Captain: Northwestern
American Chopper: The Series2011TV SeriesHimself
Conan2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rachael Ray2011TV SeriesHimself
Dirty Jobs2011TV SeriesHimself
Deadliest Catch: Behind the Scenes - Season 62010TV Movie documentaryHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Deadliest Catch: Scariest Moments at Sea2010TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
The Bonnie Hunt Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Deadliest Catch: Best of Season 52010TV MovieHimself
Deadliest Catch: Behind the Scenes - Season 52009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Captain: Northwestern
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009TV SeriesHimself
Ca$h Cab2009TV SeriesHimself
Fox Reality Really Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2008TV SeriesHimself
Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm2008Video GameHimself (voice, as Capt. Sig Hansen)
Deadliest Catch: Behind the Scenes2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Last Call with Carson Daly2007TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2007TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2007TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Live with Kelly and Ryan2013TV SeriesHimself
Deadliest Catch: The Beginning2013TV MovieHimself - Captain: Northwestern
After the Catch2008TV Series documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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