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Daniel "Dan" Robert Gheesling was the winner of Big Brother 10 (US) and the runner-up of Big Brother 14 (US).

Dan started in Big Brother 10. When his close ally Brian Hart became evicted in Week 1, Dan appeared to be on the outs, but he managed to get off the others' radar by giving them the perception that he was not a threat by throwing early competitions. During Week 4, he was voted by the viewers to be America's Player for the week, both he and Memphis Garrett formed The Renegades, and he successfully completed the America's player task by casting the deciding vote against Jessie Godderz, resulting in his elimination. Both he and Memphis stayed in control for the rest of the game and made it to the Final Two where Dan would win in a unanimous 7-0 vote. With his consistent victory, he became the first of three winners, and first US winner to succeed in a unanimous vote, and play a Perfect Game (Not receiving any eviction votes, and getting all jury votes). Dan is further remembered for his bold moves such as convincing Bryan Ollie to throw an HOH competition to him, only to betray him and get his ally Michelle Costa evicted.

He returned in Big Brother 14 as a Coach, but he along with the other coaches returned to the game at the end of Week 3. He was known for making one of the best strategic moves in Big Brother history by hosting his own funeral which resulted in him getting vetoed off the block when he was the target. He managed to convince his teammate Danielle Murphree to use the Power of Veto on him at the Final 4 which enabled him to blindside her Showmance Shane Meaney. Other highlights of his game include controlling the second half of the game, outlasting the other coaches, not having any eviction votes against him, and reaching the final 2 a second time. However, his cutthroat game-play cost him the win against Ian Terry in a 6-1 vote.

In two appearances, he finished 1st and 2nd, which is tied (With Cody Calafiore) for the best result in two appearances in the history of the game. He is the first player and only winner to make it to the Final Two twice. Due to all this, he became widely regarded as one of the best players of all time along with Will Kirby. Since his performance in BB14, there have been several debates on who the greatest Big Brother player is between himself and Dr. Will.


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Big Brother 10

Dan attended Michigan State University and earned a Master's Degree in Kinesiology. He is currently working as a teacher in an all-boys Catholic school.

He is conservative and not a fan of liberals. He doesn't think that America would have been ready for a female president and if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency, he would have moved out of the country. He describes vegans as weird tree-huggers and believes that religion is important and that it helps to establish basic values. He thinks it becomes more important as you get older.

His ideal romantic partner will be caring, hot, have dark hair and skin and be exotic looking. He prefers someone who is not into parties. He likes to eat sushi, turkey cutlets, Mediterranean food, and Cheez-Its. He enjoys alternative and rap music and also likes to listen to Frank Sinatra. His favorite movies include "The Godfather," "Good Will Hunting" and "The Karate Kid, Parts I and II." He likes the color black and thinks he wears it well. His favorite activities include running, coaching football, and going out with friends.

He once worked as a college football coach and claims he was the youngest person to do so. He also enjoys watching football. He thinks tattoos are trashy and that piercings are for freaks.

His birth date is September 1, 1983.[1]

Big Brother 14

Dan Gheesling, often referred to as the nicest winner in the history of the show, was the first Houseguest to win by a unanimous vote. The BIG BROTHER: SEASON 10 Jury crowned him the winner over Memphis by a vote of 7-0. No stranger to mentoring, this teacher and high school football coach is back to lead his team to victory. According to Dan, “I’m back to coach a team to do the exact same thing that I did which is win a half million dollars!” Since we last saw Dan on BIG BROTHER, he has been very busy. He coached his football team to a state championship, got married and penned two books with a third on the way. After coaching his team to victory this summer, the Michigan native is looking forward to being considered the “best player to ever play this game.”[2]

Player History - Big Brother 10

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Not Chosen
Food Win
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Not Picked
Week 4 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Not Picked
Week 6 HOH Loss
Food Win
Week 7 HOH Win
POV Loss
HOH Previous HOH
Week 8 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 9 HOH Win
Luxury Win
POV Loss
HOH Part 1 Win
HOH Part 2 Unable to Play
HOH Part 3 Win

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Renny Martyn No
2 Nominated
3 Angie Swindell Yes
4 Jessie Godderz Yes
5 Libra Thompson Yes
6 POV Holder April Dowling Yes
POV Holder Bryan Ollie Yes
8 Vetoed Renny Martyn Yes
HOH Jerry MacDonald Sole Vote
Finale Winner
  • Note: As he was America's Player during Week 4, the public controlled Dan's vote.

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 7
Michelle Costa
Week 9
Keesha Smith
Day 71
Jerry MacDonald

Player History - Big Brother 14

Competition History

Week 1 HOH/HTR Coach
Coaches Competition Loss
POV Coach
Week 2 HOH Coach
Coaches Competition Loss
POV Coach
Week 3 HOH Coach
Coaches Competition Loss
POV Coach
Week 4 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Not Picked
Week 6 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 7 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 9 HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Part 1 Win
HOH Part 2 Unable to Play
HOH Part 3 Loss

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Coach Phase
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have
Week 6 Have
Week 7 Have-Not
Week 8 Have/Have-Not Phase Over
Week 9
Week 10

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Coach Jodi Rollins Sole Vote
2 Ineligible
3 Reset Yes
4 Janelle Pierzina Yes
5 Wil Heuser Yes
6 Mike Malin Yes
Ashley Iocco Yes
7 Vetoed Britney Haynes Yes
8 POV Holder Frank Eudy Yes
9 Jenn Arroyo Yes
Vetoed Shane Meaney Sole Vote
10 Nominated
Finale Runner-Up

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 8
Joe Arvin

Post Big Brother

  • Dan married Chelsea Niemiec on July 2, 2011. Memphis Garrett served as a Groomsmen. Angie Swindell and Jerry MacDonald also attended the ceremony.[3]
  • Dan attended Memphis's wedding in 2012.
  • Dan attended the Big Brother Canada 1 finale.
  • On February 14, 2016, Dan announced that he and Chelsea are expecting their first baby. His wife eventually gave birth to their son, Desmond Daniel Gheesling on July 3, 2016.[4]
  • On March 13, 2018, Chelsea gave birth to her and Dan's second son, Miles Glen Gheesling.[5]
  • Dan continued his career in Youtube, then later on, on Twitch.
  • On June 15, 2019, Dan appeared on The Taran Show to talk about his gameplay, his Twitch career, and being a father.[6]
  • Dan was called to compete on Big Brother 22 (US), but ultimately declined the offer for reasons unknown.
  • Despite declining an opportunity to compete on Big Brother 22, Dan was featured prominently alongside other iconic houseguests such as Danielle Reyes, Will Kirby, Rachel Reilly and Kaycee Clark on a mural in the kitchen, specifically highlighting his 'Funeral' from Big Brother 14.


  • Dan previously applied for Big Brother US for four years prior to getting cast on Big Brother 10. Among his attempts, Dan made to the casting finals of Big Brother 6 and was also close to being cast on Big Brother 9.[7]
  • All three times Dan was Head of Household in Season 10, the initial nominees were Jerry and Memphis.
    • Coincidentally, they all made the final three together.
  • Dan is the first houseguest to win multiple Power of Veto competitions in a single season and later win the season.
  • Dan is the first winner to receive every jury vote. He was followed by Kevin Martin in Big Brother Canada 5, Tamar Braxton in Celebrity Big Brother 2, Dane Rupert in Big Brother Canada 7, Cody Calafiore in Big Brother 22 (US), Jean-Thomas Jobin in Big Brother Célébrités 1, and Xavier Prather in Big Brother 23 (US).
    • Dan is the first winner to play a Perfect Game. He was followed by Kevin, Dane, Jean-Thomas, and Cody.
  • Dan's game in season 10 was regarded by many as similar to Big Brother 2 winner Will Kirby's game.
  • Dan is the only returning player on Big Brother 14 to win a Head of Household competition.
  • In Big Brother 14, Dan was the only Coach to outlast all their players.
  • Dan is the first player in Big Brother US to make it to the Final 2 both times he played, followed by Paul Abrahamian and Cody Calafiore.
    • Coincidentally, during their second respective finales, both Dan and Paul repeated the outfits they wore the first time.
  • Dan is the second houseguest to play Big Brother twice and not be evicted, following Dick Donato. However, because Dick walked during Week 1 of Season 13 for personal reasons, making Dan the first to make to the finals without being evicted. They would be followed by Paul Abrahamian and Cody Calafiore.
  • Dan is the first contestant on the American version of Big Brother to go on in another Big Brother house (BBCAN1) besides that of the American show, this was also later done by Rachel Reilly who went into the BBCAN2 house.
  • Dan and Cody Calafiore are the only returnees to never receive an eviction vote against them over the course of their career.
  • Big Brother 16 winner Derrick Levasseur and Big Brother 17 contestant Vanessa Rousso became compared to Dan.
  • Dan shares many stats and feats with fellow winner Cody Calafiore:
    • They are the only two men to win Big Brother (US) with unanimous Jury votes and Perfect Games.
    • They both played two seasons and placed 1st and 2nd each. Because of this, they are tied for highest average placement of 1.5.
    • They both only faced eviction twice across their four seasons played.
    • They have both never received eviction votes across their four seasons played, and are the only Returning Players to hold this distinction.
    • They have both only voted in the minority once across their four seasons played.
    • They both were the HOH to evict Keesha Smith on their winning season.
    • They both had a Final Two deal with Memphis Garrett on their winning season.
    • They both won three HOHs on their first seasons, including the Final HOH. They both won Parts 1 and 3 respectively.
    • They both played with Ian Terry and Janelle Pierzina on their second seasons, and both successfully voted to evict Janelle.
    • They both won OTEV on their second seasons and are the only winners to also win OTEV.
    • They were both half of the most successful Final Two alliances in Big Brother history, The Renegades and The Hitmen.
  • Janelle Pierzina, Dan Gheesling, Paul Abrahamian, Enzo Palumbo, Cody Calafiore and Nicole Franzel are the only people to make it to the Final Three twice. Excluding Janelle, all of them made it to finale night twice as well.
  • On the season 14 live feeds, Dan confirmed that he and Memphis were set to compete on Big Brother 13 (US) as a Dynamic Duo, but pulled out at the last minute due to conflicts with his wedding date. They were ultimately replaced by Evel Dick and Daniele Donato.
  • Dan and fellow Renegade member Memphis are the only people to place lower on their second season than their first but play more days than their first season.


  3. EXCLUSIVE: 'Big Brother' Winner Gets Married -- See the Photos!. Too Fab (7 July 2011). Retrieved on 25 October 2018.
  5. Mizoguchi, Karen (13 March 2018). Big Brother Winner Dan Gheesling Welcomes Second Son with Wife Chelsea: 'We Are Very Happy!'. People. Retrieved on 25 October 2018.
  6. Armstrong, Taran (15 June 2019). Taran Show 55. Rob Has A Website. Retrieved on 18 June 2019.
  7. Jacobs, Matthews (13 August 2015). [big-brother-oral-history_n_55c511cee4b0f1cbf1e51830 But First: An Oral History Of 'Big Brother']. Huffington Post. Retrieved on 6 August 2020.
Preceded by
Season 9
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Adam Jasinski
Season 10
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Dan Gheesling
Succeeded by
Season 11
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Jordan Lloyd
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Big Brother 14 (US) Houseguests