The show ‘Deadliest Catch’ is a show I originally watched out of sheer curiousity and then became addicted as I began to know the characters as if I actually knew them. Captain Phil, Captain Sig, The Hillstrands, etc. The Hillstrands actually are local celebrity’s here in Sarasota, Florida and you’re practically a native, if you’ve bought the Time Bandit guys a beer. Well, a member of the Deadliest Catch family passed away recently. Captain Phil of the Cornelia Marie lost his battle with cancer and a rough life spent on the Bering Sea and battling extreme conditions. Last nights episode made us want to call our dad and scream, “I love you!”.
Captain Phil Harris
1956 – 2010
We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Capt. Phil last February. He was a devoted father and loyal friend to all who knew him. We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart — in every way, he was a true American legend.
Phil was a star of Deadliest Catch from the series premiere in 2005, but what we all shared on TV for just a few years was only a small part of his life as a fisherman and father. He worked for 18 years as captain and co-owner of the Cornelia Marie and for 32 years in the fishing industry. The son of a fisherman, Phil is also the father of Jake and Josh Harris who both served — and learned — under him on the Cornelia Marie.
‘Deadliest Catch’: The Five Things We’ll Miss Most About Captain Phil
By Dave Nemetz
Anyone who says reality TV is all fluff never met Captain Phil Harris. The tough-as-nails star of Discovery’s crab-fishing reality hit “Deadliest Catch,” Harris spent six seasons risking his life on the Bering Sea in search of precious Alaskan crabs. Sadly, Harris passed away in February at age 53 from complications after suffering a stroke while offloading crabs from his boat, the Cornelia Marie.
The last six years of Harris’ life have been lived on camera, and his death was no different. For three weeks, the “Deadliest Catch” cameras have captured the heartwrenching final days of Harris’ life, and tonight, he finally loses his battle, surrounded by family and friends. After the episode, the follow-up show “After the Catch” has crew members and fans paying tribute to their fallen leader. In that spirit, here are the five things we’ll miss most about good ol’ Captain Phil.
His Sense of Humor
His Way With His Sons
His Everyman Appeal