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"Survivor: Thailand"'s Million-Dollar Man

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Dec 20, 2002 | 12:53pm EST

Brian Heidik is $1 million richer.

The 34-year-old car salesman and part-time actor from Quartz Hill, Calif., was the big winner on Survivor: Thailand, the fifth installment of the reality show that started it all. Heidik beat out Clay Jordan, a 46-year-old restaurateur from Monroe, La., with a 4-3 vote.

Heidik outlasted 15 contestants as they fought for survival on an island off the southern coast of Thailand. His acting credits include appearances on show such as Baywatch Nights, Doogie Howser M.D. and the soap opera Days of Our Lives. It was also revealed on the Internet site TheSmokingGun.com that Heidik was a former soft-core porn star.

This Survivor installment received the lowest ratings thus far for the series, tying for seventh place with CSI: Miami in the Nielsen ratings.

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