Dick Donato

Dick Donato


Nickname Evel Dick
Season Big Brother 13
Place 14th
Alliances Veterans
Loyalties Daniele Donato
Duo Partner Daniele Donato
HOH Wins 0
Times Nominated 0
Days 6

Season Big Brother 8
Place 1st
Votes Against 3
Votes To Win 5
Alliances Late Night Crew
Loyalties Daniele Donato
HOH Wins 3 (Week 3, Days 69 & 76)
Times Nominated 3 (Weeks 2, 6, & 10)
Veto Wins 1 (Week 6)
Days 81

Social Media
Twitter EvelDick

Richard Louis "Dick" Donato (better known by his nickname "Evel Dick") was the winner of Big Brother 8 and was a houseguest on Big Brother 13.

In Big Brother 8, Dick along with Dustin Erikstrup and Jessica Hughbanks, were 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 Dick and Daniele were nominated during Week Six. Both he and Danielle 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 Danielle, and, he formed the Veterans alliance. However, he left the game in the first week due to an emergency involving a close friend (although 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Dick along with his daughter Daniele Donato originally made it into the casting process for Big Brother 6 where the duo made were among 40 potential houseguests but were not chosen to be one of the final 14 houseguests for the start of the season.


Richard Louis "Evel Dick" Donato (born June 24, 1963) is a bar owner from Los Angeles, California. He is married to Michelle Donato.

Player History - Big Brother 8

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Sat Out
Food Win
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Win
Food Sat Out as HOH
POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Previous HOH
Food Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 6 HOH Loss
Food Loss
Week 7 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
Luxury Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 9 HOH Loss
POV Loss
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
Week 11 HOH Part 1 Loss
HOH Part 2 Win
HOH Part 3 Win

Food History

Week 1 Food
Week 2 Food
Week 3 Food
Week 4 Slop
Week 5 Food
Week 6 Slop
Week 7 Food
Week 8 Food Competition Phase Over
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Immune Carol Journey Yes
2 Nominated
4 Nick Starcevic Yes
5 Eric Stein No
6 Nominated/POV
7 Jen Johnson Yes
8 Amber Siyavus Yes
9 Jessica Hughbanks Yes
10 Vetoed Jameka Cameron Sole Vote
11 HOH Zach Swerdzewski Sole Vote
Finale Winner

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 3
Mike Dutz
Day 69
Eric Stein
Week 11
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Player History - Big Brother 13

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have

Have/Have-Not History

Week 1 Have

Voting History

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Walked

Post Big Brother

  • Donato hosts an online Big Brother recap show called "Dick at Night" on, 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.[1]
  • 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.[2]


  • Dick was the first House Guest 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.
  • Dick was the first winner to receive a vote to win as a result of a viewer's poll. (This was due to the fact that Eric Stein was America's Player.) Jordan Lloyd would later follow him in Big Brother 11 after the expulsion of Chima Simone at the Final 8 resulted in her jury vote being replaced by a viewer's poll as she was not allowed to be on the jury. Both Dick and Jordan won with a final jury vote of 5 to 2. Coincidently, they both returned for Big Brother 13.
  • Dick is the oldest House Guest to win Big Brother, being 44 at the time of his win.
    • He is also the oldest to make the final 2.
  • Dick also appeared on Big Brother 9, hosting the veto competition "Club Evel". It had the same format as the veto competition that he won during Week 6 of Season 8.
  • Dick was the first previous winner to play for a second time and not be evicted. He was soon followed by Dan Gheesling, who reached the Final 2 in both Big Brother 10 and Big Brother 14. They were then both followed by Paul Abrahamian, who reached the Final 2 in both Big Brother 18 and Big Brother 19.
  • Dick is the second Houseguest to "walk" from the game following Big Brother 9 Houseguest Neil Garcia, and he was the first houseguest to walk before the 7-day mark.
  • Dick is one of five people not to use the Power of Veto on themselves while being nominated. The other three are Marcellas Reynolds, Daniele Donato, Brendon Villegas and Matthew Clines.
    • He is the first person to not use the Veto on himself while being nominated and not be evicted.
  • He is the first and only winner to not participate in the first HOH and have immunity the first week.
  • He is the only winner to walk in a different season.
  • Dick and Daniele are the second pair of relatives to compete on Big Brother. Michael Ellis and Nakomis Dedmon along with Adria Klein and Natalie Carroll are the first.


Preceded by
Season 7 - All-Stars
BB7 Mike
Mike "Boogie" Malin
Season 8
BB8 Dick
Dick Donato
Succeeded by
Season 9
BB9Small Adam
Adam Jasinski
Big Brother 8 House Guests
BB8 Dick
BB8 Danielle
BB8 Zach
BB8 Jameka
BB8 Eric
BB8 Jessica
BB8 Amber
BB8 Jen
BB8 Dustin
BB8 Kail
BB8 Nick
BB8 Mike
BB8 Joe
BB8 Carol
Big Brother 13 House Guests
Rachel13 Small
Porsche13 Small
Adam13 Small
Jordan13 Small
Kalia13 Small
Shelley13 Small
Jeff13 Small
Daniele13 Small
Brendon13 Small
Lawon13 Small
Dominic13 Small
Cassi13 Small
Keith13 Small
Dick13 Small

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