Edgar Hansen is an American Television personality who has been associated with the sea from his early days. He is best known for his roles in the Discovery Channel documentary television series Deadliest Catch. He has been one of the crewmembers of F/V Northwestern which has been on the series from the first season to the present one. He is the younger brother of Captain Sig Hansen and has served different roles in the vessel including Cook, Relief Skipper, and Deck Boss. Edgar has also worked as a chief safety engineer for the vessel, accounting for the safety of his crew and ensuring the correct flow of crabs.
Birth and Early life
Edgar Hansen (age 46) was born on the 14th day of January, 1971, in Seattle, Washington, United States. He is the son of Snefryd Hansen, who was equally a fisherman in his days, and his wife, Sverre Hansen. Besides Sig Hansen, who happens to be the captain of the vessel Edger fishes with, he has another brother named Norman Hansen, who is equally a capable hand on the boat but hates the cameras. Edgar is the youngest of the siblings. There is little known about his ancestry other than the fact that he is of white ethnicity and is originally from Seattle.
Edgar Hansen grew up with his family in Seattle and there is no much information about his education. He was however introduced to fishing by his father at the young age of 18, and took over the role of Cook from his elder brother Sig.
Edger joined his father and elder brother in the Northwestern in the 80s. He started as a cook and was described as a flunky and not-so-dependable fellow at that point. After sometimes, Edger started growing into the homely and affectionate character who is willing to sacrifice for the welfare of his crew members. He has occupied various roles in the vessel, performing excellently at each role and relishing the experiences of being out in the sea.
As the cook, he earned the reputation of meeting the demands of every crew member and being able to wipe up gourmet dishes in no time. He has also served as the chief engineer of the vessel. As always, was also excellent and efficient in this role, accounting for the safety of the crew members and ensuring the correct flow of crabs. He has equally served as the Relief Skipper and Deck Boss of his brother’s vessel and earned the reputation of a conscientious taskmaster who expects his crew to act likewise. For many years, he has been a great and dependable number two – while his brother Sig ran the boat from the wheelhouse, Edgar ran the deck.
Edgar Hanson once took over the Northwestern for the bairdi season. He brought his son, Erik, on board as a deckhand. His little reign as captain was not very smooth as the crew questioned most of his decisions. One of them went as far as calling Sig to undermine Edgar’s authority when he feared that Edgar will not suspend fishing during a dangerous storm. In spite of the tensed atmosphere that hovered during his time as captain of the vessel, Edgar dutifully returned to his position as Deck Boss and Engineer when Sig returned to helm the wheel. In fact, one of his most remarkable moment in the vessel came after that when an electric fire broke out in the engine room. Edgar risked his life to put off the fire and worked tirelessly to return the crippled vessel to life.
Edgar Hanson and his brother Sig were approached by Discovery Channel about being showcased in a television series doing what they love to do. They accepted and a deal was struck for cameramen to follow their crab fishing expeditions. The show, which is titled “Deadliest Catch” premiered on Discovery Channel on April 12, 2005, and airs in 200 countries currently. The show has gone ahead to produce 13 successful seasons, with the last one premiering on 11 April, 2017.
Deadliest catch is not only about the Northwestern and its crew, it showcases the real life events aboard several fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab, opilio crab, and bairdi crap fishing seasons. Some of the vessels that have been featured on the show include Brenna A, Northwestern, Saga, Summer Bay, Time Bandit, and Wizard. Edgar Hansen has served as a Deckhand in most of the fishing seasons and as captain in a few seasons. He has appeared in 71 episodes of the show.
Edgar Hansen has also made five appearances in the show “After the Catch,” which follows the reunion of the crab fishermen of “Deadliest Catch” as they reunite in a waterfront bar and reminisce about their expeditions and experience at sea. The first episode of the show premiered on 29 May, 2007, and several others have followed ever since. He has also made appearances in the tonight show with Jay Leno and WAAF FAM Hill-man Morning show.
Edgar Hansen’s Personal Life
Talking about his personal life, Edgar Hansen is married to his long term girlfriend, Louise Hansen, after their long term affair. After tying the knot to date, Edgar Hansen wife are living happily together in Seattle with their children.
The couple has three children named Stefanie Hansen, Logan Hansen, and Erik Hansen. Edgar once took his son, Erik, on board the Northwestern as a deckhand in one of the seasons he was captain. He admitted to being concerned about his son, but Erick had a rather smooth time at sea. Besides being away from his family for his various fishing expeditions, Edgar seems to be a great family man. There has not been any negative rumor about his marriage and he seems to be a very happy man. In 2012, he proposed to his wife to marry him again during a television show.
In his spare time, Edgar Hansen loves to work with wood, such as building bird houses.
Edgar’s Family Members
Louise Hansen – Wife
Stefanie Hansen – Daughter
Erik Hansen – Son
Logan Hansen – Son
Sig Hansen – Brother
Norman Hansen – Brother
Mandy Hansen – Niece
Nina Hansen – Niece
Sverre Hansen – Father (died on June 10, 2001 in Seattle, Washington, USA)
Snefryd Hansen – Mother
Edgar Hansen’s Net Worth
Edgar Hansen’s successful career as a deckhand allowed him to amass a lot of wealth being a member of the highest producing fish vessel, Northwestern. Edgar also earns a decent salary from his television appearances. At present, Edgar Hansen net worth is estimated to be seven hundred thousand dollars ($700,000). It’s clear that his hard work always pays off.
Edgar Hansen has a large home in Seattle, WA. Hansen also has two rental houses to add to his income.
Social Media Engagement
Hansen has gathered a huge number of fans around the world and is very active on social media. Both his Instagram and Facebook followership are huge. He also engages his teeming fans via twitter.
Edgar Hansen was recently rumored to have given up the sea life in order to be with his family, but being the man he is, it is only expected that he’ll step up his leadership role and one day prove himself as the captain of the Northwestern.