Remember Bulent Gurcan from N*aked and Afraid XL season 6? After failing to fully complete the season, he said he would only return to the franchise if it was something different from “30 Days in the Jungle”. Well, now that N*ked & Afraid: Castaways is here, so is he.
Keep reading this Bulent Gurcan Bio to learn all about him.
Bulent Gurcan On N*ked & Afraid: Castaways
Bulent Gurcan, a seasoned competitor in N*aked and Afraid, embarked on a fresh challenge in N*aked and Afraid: Castaways. The show dropped nine experienced participants in the Pacific Ocean, tasking them with swimming to and surviving on a deserted island without any tools or map. Forming teams of three, they set out on a 21-day survival journey, aiming to reach an extraction point for rescue.
After previous adventures alone in the African bush, Bulent was yearning for something different from the standard 30-day jungle experience. Thus, with the arrival of the new N*aked and Afraid franchise, he insisted on pursuing uncharted territory.
As a pilot commuting regularly between Point Roberts and Lynden, Bulent saw “Castaways” as real-life training for potential emergency aircraft landings on water. And he couldn’t be more true. In the show, Bulent faces challenges such as sharks, sandflies, and the different approaches to planning taken by millennials, contrasting it with the resourceful nature of Gen Xers like himself.
The show’s trailer also teased a confrontation between Bulent and an armadillo, emphasizing the law of the wild — survival of the fittest.
“Yeah, it gonna be epic. Honored to be a part of this team of amazing people,” Bulent promoted the show on his IG before daring his fans to “be against me.”
Bulent made his debut on the popular Discovery Channel show back in 2018. Sadly, his lower back issues hindered his progress, also leading him to retire early from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Having participated in four seasons, Bulent emphasized that the initial awkwardness of nudity quickly fades away. According to him, the focus shifts to enduring the challenges of heat, humidity, and extensive hiking to reach various locations very quickly.
Bulent Gurcan Age
Bulent Gurcan was 47 years of age when he appeared on N*aked and Afraid: Castaways in 2023.
But he was a year younger when he filmed the show.
What Is Bulent Gurcan Nationality?
Bulent Gurcan is American. But he was born in Turkey and immigrated to the U.S. at age 20.
Thus, he flaunts Turkish-American ethnicity.
Bulent Gurcan Family
Bulent Gurcan is close to his family; especially his sister who loved gardening and often sent her pictures of her plants.
Once, she sent Bulent a picture of a yellow ladybug in her garden. The reality star featured it on his IG, captioned, “Life lesson is: we are all used to red ladybugs. Just like this yellow ladybug, we are all different one way or another. That is not a reason good enough not to enjoy and love each other. Our differences make us unique, and special and it is our blessings. Let’s enjoy each other’s uniqueness, life is better that way.”
Other members of Bulent’s family include Berkant M Gurcan (born: Jan 1972) and Deborah Gurcan (born: Aug 1967).
Bulent Gurcan Job
Bulent Gurcan started his career as a “Power Generation Specialist” in the US Army from 2000 to 2003, stationed at Fort Bliss, TX. Following his military service, he joined the US Border Patrol as a Border Patrol Agent in Fabens, TX, from 2006 to 2007.
In 2008, Bulent transitioned to the Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection as a CBP Officer, where he worked until 2018. During this time, he was stationed in Point Roberts, WA.
In May 2018, Bulent then took on a part-time role with Discovery Inc, becoming an On-Air Personality for the show N*aked and Afraid. Over four years, he became known as the “Barehanded Killer” and “Lone Survivor” on the popular program.
After taking a break from filming, Bulent then co-founded Entangled Exposure Entertainment, a production company focused on creating features, television shows, shorts, podcasts, and web series.
In addition to his television appearances, Bulent also acted in a short film called Gossamer Winger produced by Overlook Entertainment, where he played the lead character Dogan in 2021.
Furthermore, Bulent’s a director and a producer as well.
As for his education, Bulent attended The University of Texas at El Paso for his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise from 2004 to 2006, and Northwestern State University for his Master of Science in Health and Human Performance from 2006 to 2008.
How Much Is Bulent Gurcan Net Worth?
In 2023, Bulent Gurcan flaunted a net worth of above $800 thousand.
Bulent Gurcan Height
Bulent Gurcan stands tall at a height of 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm) and weighs 71 kg (156 lbs).
His distinct features include 1 green eyes and brown hair.
Bulent Gurcan Wife
Bulent Gurcan is single now. But he was married to his wife Estela Legaspy (born: Jan 1985) from 2008 to 2013.
His now ex-wife, Estela is an experienced professional in auditing and risk management. She holds a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) in Audit & Financial Accounting from The University of Texas, where she also completed her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting. Additionally, she attended the Trust Audit, Compliance & Risk Management School at Cannon Financial Institute. With a background at PwC as an Experienced Assurance Associate and as a Senior Internal Auditor at Guaranty Bank & Trust, she currently serves as an Internal Audit Manager at Charles Schwab.
Together, Bulent and Estela share two kids, Penelope and Attila
Fun Fact: Bulent asked Estela if he could participate in N*aked and Afraid — mentally and physically. To which, she said, ‘Why would I even want to think about you and another naked woman in the middle of the jungle?’ ” Gurcan recalled. “As soon as she became an ex, I applied and got picked.”
When Is Bulent Gurcan Birthday?
Bulent celebrates his birthday on January 2.
Where Is Bulent Gurcan From?
Bulent was born and raised in Turkey. But he calls El Paso, Texas, his hometown.
In 2023, he resided in Point Roberts, Washington.
Is Bulent Gurcan On Instagram And Facebook?
Also, here’s his Cameo @barehandedkiller.