In Big Brother 8, Dick, along with Dustin Erikstrup and Jessica Hughbanks, was part of the "Rivals" twist. Dick's rival was Daniele Donato, his estranged daughter. Dick was known for his various personal attacks on houseguests as a means of intimidation after he and Daniele were nominated during Week Six. He narrowly escaped eviction in week 6 due to America's Player which required America's player Eric Stein to vote to evict Dustin Erikstrup instead of Dick despite Eric wanting to evict the latter. Both he and Daniele made it to the Final Two, where he won the season in a 5 to 2 vote.
He returned for BB13 where he was partnered with Daniele, and he formed the Veterans Alliance. However, he left the game in the first week due to an emergency; Donato later revealed he left the game after learning he was HIV-positive from a blood test given to him by the producers. He placed 14th.
Dick along with his daughter Daniele Donato originally made it into the casting process for Big Brother 6 where the duo was among 40 potential houseguests but they were not chosen to be one of the Final 14 houseguests for the start of the season.
Dick's actions in BB8 has made him arguably the biggest and most notorious villain as well as one of the most memorable houseguests in Big Brother history. He has been referenced several times following his performance in BB8, and many future players have tried to copy some aspects of his game.
Richard Louis "Evel Dick" Donato (born June 24, 1963) is a bar owner from Los Angeles, California. He is married to Michelle Donato.
Donato hosts an online Big Brother recap show called "Dick at Night", which features alumni, various celebrities, and evicted houseguests.
Donato, alongside his girlfriend Stephanie Rogness-Fischer, appeared on an episode of the fifth season of the VH1 reality show Couples Therapy, which aired on September 10, 2014.
On October 1, 2014, Donato revealed that he has been HIV-positive since 2011, first learning that he had the virus after given a blood test by the producers during Big Brother 13. Donato says that this is the reason why he walked away from the house that season.
Dick and Daniele are the only pair of relatives to compete on Big Brother (US) who were not a pair of siblings.
Dick was the first houseguest to use the Power of Veto on the opposing nominee and survive eviction in Big Brother 8. His daughter, Daniele, would tie this record by making the same move at the Final 4.
Coincidentally, all three players won by a 5-2 vote.
He is the first and only winner to not participate in the first HOH and have immunity the first week.
Dick is the oldest finalist and the oldest winner by date of birth on Big Brother US. Dick is also the oldest finalist in a standard season of Big Brother (US), being 44 while competing. Dick was the oldest finalist overall in both categories until Marissa Jaret Winokur won Celebrity Big Brother 1 (US) at the age of 45.