Jon Dalton

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Jon Dalton, also known as Jonny Fairplay (born March 11, 1974), is a reality TV participant and former art consultant from Danville, Virginia. He came in third place as a competitor on the reality TV show Survivor: Pearl Islands. He also appeared in the sixteenth season of Survivor, Survivor: Micronesia, and was the first contestant voted out.

Early life

Jon Dalton is originally from Danville, Virginia He attended George Washington High School, and subsequently attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute. After college, he moved to Washington, D.C. and Portland, Oregon before settling in Los Angeles.

Reality television


On Survivor: Pearl Islands, Dalton constructed what host Jeff Probst called "the greatest lie in Survivor history." Before Dalton left to compete on the show, he told a friend of his that if the friend were ever invited to Panama as part of a loved-one-related challenge to tell Dalton that his grandmother had died. There was indeed such a challenge, and Dalton's friend told him, according to plan, that his grandmother had died. Probst has also publicly said:

"... [then] you have Jonny Fairplay, who's completely despicable. It was actually fun to work with Fairplay on the show because he's a producer's dream. When he shows up drunk or flips somebody off, he's bringing you gold every time. I wish we had a Jonny Fairplay every season. Personally, however, he's an absolute jackass whose actions at the Vanuatu finale after-party pissed me off so much that he's banned from any event that I'm at from now on. I'm done with Jonny Fairplay."
On January 3, 2008, it was announced that Fairplay was the only pre-All-Stars castaway who accepted an offer to join the tribe of returning contestants in Survivor: Micronesia. Fairplay asked his tribe to vote him off so that he could return to his pregnant girlfriend.

Dalton did not participate in the Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains in 2010. When asked about the reason for this, Jeff Probst remarked, "The reason that Fairplay isn't here is that this season is called Heroes vs. Villains, not Survivor Quitters." Dalton acknowledged in a 2010 interview that there is animosity between himself and Probst, stating, "It's no secret that Jeff Probst hates me, and I don't go out of my way to be his friend either."

Other appearances

Dalton and his wife Michelle appeared on The Celebrity Newlywed Game, on which he beat the Monkees' Davy Jones and his wife; as well as on Dr. Phil in an episode titled 'Reality TV Stars' Real Life Drama' . He has also appeared on Celebrity Poker Showdown, Celebrity Fear Factor, and Camp Reality.

Dalton is also under contract with Wizard World to appear at its comic book conventions.

Fox Reality Awards

On October 2, 2007, at the Fox Reality Really Awards, Fairplay was booed while speaking on stage, and when he asked the audience about this, actor and political commentator Danny Bonaduce walked up to Fairplay and said, "They're booing because they hate you." When Fairplay subsequently jumped onto Bonaduce, Bonaduce flipped Fairplay over his head, slamming Fairplay to the floor, bloodying his face and reportedly causing the loss of teeth.

In a later interview with website TMZ, Fairplay stated he had filed a police report and that authorities were only waiting for a copy of the video before pressing charges against Bonaduce. On October 5, 2007, Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Boxer announced that Danny Bonaduce would not be charged in the incident, stating that there was "insufficient evidence" that Bonaduce committed battery. He also noted that Bonaduce's "actions fell within the realm of self-defense" due to Fairplay having "initiated contact and act[ing] offensively" toward Bonaduce.

At the 2008 Reality Awards, Fairplay and Bonaduce joked about the previous year's altercation, with Fairplay kissing Bonaduce on the lips. Bonaduce then spit out an object that he joked was another one of Fairplay's teeth, before picking him up again, wishing the audience a good night, and carrying him off stage.

Professional wrestling

Dalton started in professional wrestling in 1998 in North Carolina, and then moved to Oregon where, as Jonny Fairplay, he started his own promotion, New Dimension Wrestling (not to be confused with a similarly named Carolinas' promotion with which he claimed to be affiliated). There he served as promoter and commentator. During this time, he also ran his own weekly online professional wrestling radio talk show, having various wrestlers on as guest commentators. He worked as a personal assistant for the professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper for a year and a half prior to Survivor.

After his first Survivor appearance, Dalton was signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he appeared under the Jonny Fairplay moniker. In mid January, promo began airing hyping his debut in the company. He made his debut on January 21, but was interrupted by A.J. Styles. The two feuded for several weeks, and on February 25, Fairplay brought in Lex Luger to get revenge on Styles and cost him the NWA World Tag Team Championship. He made brief, non-wrestling appearances in 2005 at both Final Resolution and Destination X.

On October 7, 2006, Fairplay was defeated by Molly Holly after a low blow and quick pin fall at a WCWA event. One month later, Fairplay and the Hardkore Kidd defeated Frankie Kazarian. Dalton also made an appearance in Ring of Honor, an American professional wrestling promotion, on March 31, 2007 in Detroit, Michigan.

On April 1, 2011, Fairplay made an appearance for Dragon Gate USA, endorsing Jimmy Rave as the promotion's next breakout star. After Rave was defeated in a match by Arik Cannon, Fairplay entered the ring, confronted Cannon and got on the receiving end of his finishing maneuver, Total Anarchy.

On May 3, 2011, Jonny Fairplay appeared on the debut televised event of WFX Wrestling in a backstage scene in which he swindled U-Gene out of pocket money with a trick reminiscent of his famous Survivor lie. The following week Fairplay convinced U-Gene to sign a contract making Fairplay his 'manager slash best friend' promising to make him the biggest star in reality television. On the third episode of Overload, Fairplay is overheard by U-Gene while bragging about having stole all of his money. After chasing Fairplay to ringside, U-Gene was physically attacked by Fairplay before he revealed he had used his money to help male bodybuilder Jessie Godderz join the roster of WFX, a former Big Brother 11 houseguest.

Personal life

Dalton attended George Washington School in Danville, Virginia, followed by college at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

Dalton and his wife, Michelle Deighton, a contestant from WWE's Tough Enough 2011 and a fourth season contestant from America's Next Top Model, had a daughter born in 2008, and lived in Providence, North Carolina. Dalton announced that he was separating from Deighton on June 28, 2011 via Twitter.


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