16 Facts About Sig Hansen


Since 2005, Hansen has been featured in each season of the documentary television series Deadliest Catch, serving as technical advisor for the production and stars in Deadliest Catch: The Viking Returns.


Sigurd Jonny Hansen was born in Seattle, the eldest of three sons; his brothers are Norman and Edgar.


Sig Hansen began fishing at age 14, working on his family's boat.


Sig Hansen started as a deckhand on his father's boat before his teenage years, working his way up the ranks.


In March 2010, Sig Hansen became a published author with the release of his book North By Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters, which reached the bestseller list of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.


In September 2010, Sig Hansen announced that he would not return for the seventh season of Deadliest Catch.


However, in October 2010, it was announced that Sig Hansen would come back to the show.


Sig Hansen provided the voice of a boat named Crabby in the Disney Pixar film Cars 2.


Sig Hansen competed in the 14th season of The Celebrity Apprentice.


In 2014, Sig Hansen was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame, along with Tonight Show bandleader, Doc Severinsen, and singer Bobby Vee.


Sig Hansen has a grandson, Jackson, from Nina, as well as a granddaughter, Sailor Marie, from Mandy.


Sig Hansen has a biological daughter, Melissa, from a previous marriage.


Sig Hansen is an alumnus of Shorewood High School and a supporter of Seattle-based sports teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners.


In March 2016, Sig Hansen suffered a heart attack, which was recorded and shown on Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch.


Sig Hansen had to be medically cleared before he could return to fish and film the show's 15th season.


In July 2019, it was reported that June Sig Hansen was diagnosed with cancer.