Bruce Mitchell is a one-man army. From controlling gators to shooting them, there is nothing that the man cannot do. One of the veteran gator hunters, Bruce is known for his signature American Bandana and his nickname, Gator Man. One of the original cast members of the series, Bruce is best known for his work on Swamp People. While he left the show on its ninth season, Bruce is still known for his time in the series. As one of the few gators hunters who went solo, Bruce embodied everything that made Swamp People one of the best shows. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Bruce Mitchell.
Early Life of Bruce Mitchell:
Bruce Mitchell was born on the 13th of July 1960 in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Born and raised in a family of four brothers and sisters, Bruce has revealed very little about his early life. As a young kid, Bruce loved pranks and would jump on any chance he got to scare someone. While little is known about his academic life, his first exposure to gator hunting came in 1980, when he started working at Kliebert’s Alligator & Turtle Farm. The farm belonged to the father of his then-girlfriend, Janet Kliebert. Over the years, Bruce gathered all the skills to make him a successful gator hunter and moved to the farm after his marriage to Janet.
After his marriage to Janet, Bruce moved to the farm and started working alongside his father-in-law. As the years progressed, Bruce grew as a gator hunter and eventually took over Kliebert’s Alligator & Turtle Farm. Bruce was aided by his wife, Janet, who helped him with the paperwork for the farm. For the longest time, Bruce and Janet ran the farm together which only contributed to their fame.
In 2010, Bruce was invited by the executive producers of Swamp People to feature on the series. Bruce agreed to the proposition and started making regular appearances on the show. While Bruce missed the sixth season of the show, he made a comeback on the seventh season and was partnered up with Ron Methvin. During his later years, Bruce preferred hunting gators on his own and refused to partner up with someone. Equipped with his signature American flag bandana, his signature jumpsuit, and a few tools with his disposal, Bruce brought in some of the largest gators on the show.
Leaving the show:
While Bruce had an amazing run with the series, he dropped out of the show during its 10th season. While no reason was given for his departure, Bruce seems to have moved on to new things. An avid user of social media, Bruce regularly updates his fans about his new ventures. Bruce currently hosts a cooking show on his Facebook Live called Bruce’s Front Porch Cooking Show and also has a YouTube channel called Bruce the Alligator Man where he occasionally posts vlogs.
Bruce is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Janet Kliebert. The pair met in the mid-1970s and have been together ever since. The pair tied the knot in 1980 and Bruce moved to the farm with his wife and father-in-law. In their time together, the pair have two lovely daughters. Their eldest, Lorraine Michelle was born in 1981, followed by Janice Marie in 1984.