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"Big Brother" US Season 1: Where Are They Now?

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The 10 houseguests of "Big Brother" US Season 1

The 10 houseguests of "Big Brother" US Season 1

Big Brother Season 1 Cast

In the summer of 2000, CBS debuted the first US season of Big Brother. The season featured 10 houseguests who had to live together for 3 months completely cut off from the outside world. The winner would receive $500,000, the runner-up would receive $100,000, and the third-place prize would be $50,000. Every week, there would be a weekly challenge for the group. They were told to wager between 20% and 50% of their grocery money, depending on how well they felt they could complete the challenge.

Every two weeks, the houseguests one by one went into the "Red Room" and would nominate two others to be banished. The people with the most nominations would be put up for banishment, and America would then decide who to banish forever from the house. This is the only US season to work like this. The rest are dramatically different.

Eddie McGee; then and now

Eddie McGee; then and now

1st Place

Eddie McGee was the last one to leave the house, as he was the first place prize winner of $500,000.

He has since been in a few small roles in TV and movies. For example, he was in one episode each of Mutant X, Law & Order, Guiding Light, Desperate Housewives, The Cleaner, The Philanthropist, NCIS: Los Angeles, Elementary, Shooter, Chicago Med, Now What?, FBI: Most Wanted, and Hunters. He even appeared in two episodes of the popular show, 9-1-1.

Eddie has acted in the movies Drop Dead Roses, The Signs of the Cross, Rose Woes and Joe's, Eddie Monroe, The Ex, Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe, Just Like Joe, Priceless, Susan 313, The Human Race, and God's Pocket. He is the CEO and founder of a production company entitled Tripod Productions, Inc.

His newest film, titled Renko, is an action/fantasy/horror film that debuted at a film festival.

Josh Souza; then and now

Josh Souza; then and now

2nd Place

Josh Souza was the runner-up and won $100,000.

Since the show, Souza has been involved with several different projects and job types. He appeared in an episode of Blind Date, as well as a few reality show episodes as himself, such as Real Hot, Kill Reality, and Reality Unleashed. He has also produced a TV movie called The Scorned. In 2010, he founded a modeling agency in Miami Beach called the Ocean Models agency. He created a reality show about the agency. Souza has also worked in real estate.

Curtis Kin; then and now

Curtis Kin; then and now

3rd Place

Curtis Kin was the third-place winner of $50,000.

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Before the show, Kin had been working as a lawyer. He continued to do so afterwards, until he joined the U.S. Attorney's office in L.A. The Honorable Curtis A. Kin acts as judge in California via the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Jamie Kern; then and now

Jamie Kern; then and now

4th Place

Jamie Kern was the 7th person voted out and earned 4th place in the Big Brother competition.

Jamie is now Jamie Kern Lima. She was originally a field reporter and eventually moved to Oregon to work for KPTV.

She then launched the It Cosmetics line of beauty products. She has appeared on QVC, Rachael Ray, the Today show, E! News, and other popular outlets in order to promote her growing product line. That line was sold to L'Oréal in 2016, earning her $1.2 billion. She stayed on as the CEO and was the first female chief executive officer of a L'Oréal brand.

George Boswell; then and now

George Boswell; then and now

5th Place

George Boswell, known as Chicken George, was the 6th person voted out and came in 5th place.

He originally worked as a roofer, before turning promoter. He then joined the world of auctioneering.

Chicken George appeared in the All-Stars 7th season of Big Brother. He came in 5th place.

Casandra Waldon; then and now

Casandra Waldon; then and now

6th Place

Cassandra Waldon was the 5th one voted out and the 6th place person of the season.

She worked as a communications director for the United Nations, but sadly passed away at the age of 56 after a car crash. On September 25, 2019, she became the first female Big Brother contestant to pass. The first male was Kent Blackwelder from season 2. He died on December 24, 2017, at 62 from a heart attack.

Brittany Petros; then and now

Brittany Petros; then and now

7th Place

Brittany Petros was the 4th person voted out and came in 7th place.

Petros became a casting director for a short time, and also decided to act herself, playing in Days of Our Lives. She has had a wide variety of jobs, from a producer to a camera person, to a driver, to an assistant director. She is most recently an assistant location manager for many television shows and movies. She was the key assistant location manager for 20 episodes of the show Supergirl and held the same position for the TV series Lethal Weapon and Insecure. Her most recent work involves A Wrinkle In Time, The Suicide Squad, and Birds of Prey.

Karen Fowler; then and now

Karen Fowler; then and now

8th Place

Karen Fowler was the 3rd person voted out who came in 8th place.

Karen asked for a divorce from her husband while on the show. She ended up moving in with houseguest, Brittany, while she was separated, but she later reconciled with her husband. As far as I know, she has always been a stay at home mom.

Jean Jordan; then and now

Jean Jordan; then and now

9th Place

Jean Jordan (who went by Jordan) was the 2nd person voted out and came in 9th place.

Before the show, Jordan was an exotic dancer. Since then, she worked as a personal trainer, but eventually returned to being an exotic dancer.


10th Place

Will Collins (aka Will Mega) was the first person voted out and therefore came in 10th (last) place.

He worked as a politician in Pennsylvania, but is now a social activist and public speaker.


The Pet

Chiquita was brought in part-way through the season to give the house guests a pet. She was a pug. Near the end of the show, a Big Brother staff member and his wife adopted Chiquita for their own.

© 2014 Brandi Goodman


Frigger on September 22, 2019:

I have watched Big Brother since Season 1. The only one I didnt watch was the one with Evil Dick. I love it!

Bryan S. on September 17, 2019:

Whatever happened to Chiquita after the show, is she still alive and kicking?

Big brother one on May 03, 2018:

Jamie was the best sweet kind to everyone I'm so happy to see she is a successful beauty guru love her cosmetics line they are selling EVEYWHERE and made multi million deal with Loreal go Jamie !!

RexJCarr on December 24, 2016:

I watched Big brother one i still follow Brittany on facebook but she sadly she doesn't post very much on her public facebook. I have stop watching i got tired of starting with bb16, big brother bb17 and bb18 i would check the boards to see if anything change but i still see the same over tired casting and returning players, etc continued on. The show is no danger of cancel because of young viewers but some of its long time viewers like myself are feedup with how the show is run.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on September 28, 2016:

This bring back memories. I've watched Big Brother since season one. Sadly, I won't be watching the Over the Top Big Brother version via CBS All Access starting today.

Dianna Mendez on March 17, 2014:

I never did get to watch this show, but I feel like I know the best part of it from your review.

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