Daniel Edgar is the calming presence in an otherwise chaotic gator hunting season. In his early 60s, Daniel understands the swamps of Louisiana better than anyone else on the show. Often known by his nickname ‘Creole Patriarch’, it was quite the task to ask Daniel to feature on the show. After all, Daniel had been fishing all his life and never needed to star in a reality show. He eventually agreed after Troy Landry enlisted Daniel to help him control the gator population. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Daniel Edgar.
Daniel Edgar was born to Rufus and Bertha Edgar on Apr 17, 1949, in the countryside near Jeanerette, Louisiana. Born and raised in a family of six children, Daniel was introduced to the French language by his grandparents. While both of his parents were illiterate, Daniel went on to high school and finished the basics of his education. Daniel shared a special relationship with his grandfather, and would often accompany him for fishing. Over the years, Daniel learned the tricks and tips from his grandfather and would often compete with his father and brothers, as to who could bring in the largest haul.
Life on the swamp:
After graduating from high school, Daniel took up the mantle left by his father and grandfather and took up Commercial fishing. By the time Daniel reached 35-years of age, he was steadily building up an empire in commercial fishing. Around the same time, Daniel established St. Mary’s Seafood Incorporated. He is also the founder and partner of the Louisiana Bait Products company. While Daniel does admit that, his age has been weighing him down for the last couple of years, he would not change his life for anything in the world and would do it all over again, given the chance.
“I fell in love with making money fishing. I fell in love with being able to get paid to catch a crawfish, a crab or a fish… As a kid, I always wanted to be on a boat with dad and my grandfather. I enjoy fishing and hunting recreationally, and I know that my kids enjoy it too”.
Even though Daniel joined the cast of Swamp People in 2014, he was scouted by the producers for quite a while. Ever since the series began in 2010, the producers wanted to get Daniel and his son Joey to feature in the series. Daniel agreed to appear on the show for the 7th season and has since established himself as one of the fan-favorite appearances on the show.
While Daniel has had two failed marriages, he is close to his kids and ex-wives. He first tied the knot with Juanita and the pair had two sons, Joey and Dwaine. While the pair had a good relationship, their marriage could not take the strain of Daniel’s increasing workload. The pair divorced soon after and Juanita went on to remarry. Sadly, she passed away in the early 2010s.
Following the divorce, Daniel tied the knot with Mandy. The pair had one daughter, Danielle. Even though the pair had a loving marriage, Daniel’s problems with his work surfaced soon after.
“Back then, we were open seven days a week. From five in the morning till eight at night. It was just too many hours… Mandy worked so hard for so many years and is somewhat responsible for helping me put all this together. She worked very hard, but it got to the point where she just couldn’t do it anymore.”
The pair split soon after and Daniel has not been associated with anyone after the divorce.