Troy Landry - Louisianian of the Year - Celebrity

Fame won’t change the king of the swamp.

 

We present here our first class of Louisianians of the Year. In doing so we defined some key categories: Conservationist, Visual Artist, Civic Activist, Educator, Celebrity, Chef, Musician and Entrepreneur. There are other important, higher profile categories that we could have looked at – politics and sports being among them – but these chosen eight represent to us an impressive cross-section of local creativity. Thanks to all of them for their good works; thanks to all of you for providing an active state in which those works can be appreciated.

Celebrity

Troy Landry
Alligator-hunter / Pierre Part

Fame won’t change the king of the swamp.

How many Cajuns does it take to wrestle an angry 12-foot alligator into a pirogue? If their name is Landry, just a couple will do.

In the scary and mysterious wilderness of America’s largest swamp, only denizens with deep roots are truly at ease, and Troy Landry and his sons are the real deal. Landry has spent his life plying the waters of the Atchafalaya Swamp and earning a living by capturing what he finds there.

“I’ve been trapping and hunting since I was little bitty,” he says.

The Pierre Part native, nicknamed by friends the “king of the swamp,” likely would have continued his trade without creating a blip
on anyone’s radar had it not been for cable television’s History Channel.

A few years ago the producers at Arts & Entertainment Network got the wild hair to create a reality show focused on alligator-hunters. It didn’t take them long to find Landry, and it took very little time for Landry to become a star.

With its third season now in production,Swamp People has become the most-watched show on the History Channel. The second season delivered record numbers for the channel, and the season finale snagged 5.5 million viewers.

The show follows Landry, his son Jacob and a handful of other hunters as they go about their dangerous work night after night during the short annual gator-hunting season. Wielding hooks, ropes and plenty of guts, they work the moonlit waters to find and capture gators by the dozen. Of course, the only sure way to kill the critters is with a rifle shot between the eyes.

“Choot ‘em!” Landry frequently shouts at the appropriate moment in his quirky Cajun brogue.

Even his phrase has become a star, spawning its own Web site where Landry’s fans can buy Choot ‘Em caps, T-shirts and ringtones.

Landry can hardly believe the fame the show has brought him. “Everywhere we go, the people come out with their little kids, and they’re so excited,” he says.

“We’ve had people almost pass out, like we’re some real movie stars.”

Landry is grateful for the rewards the show has brought his family: “It’s opened a lot of doors for my boys and me.” But he says his stardom won’t change the way he lives – or where.

“The little street I live on – my mama and daddy live right down the street, and all three of my brothers and my three sons are close by, and
my wife, Bernita, works over at the school.”

Landry enjoys the traveling he’s done since the show became a hit. “I like to visit other places, but I’ll always come back,” he says. “The bayou is who I am.”

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Reader Comments:
Feb 27, 2012 09:02 am
 Posted by  Apple Head

I really enjoy the show. Hats off to all of cast and crew . Mr. Landry just wondered if you offered any guided tours of the "Swamp". If so please contact me at nathanielanderson68@yahoo.com with more info .

Thanks

Nathaniel Anderson

Apr 20, 2012 07:54 pm
 Posted by  CMB

Got chance to meet Troy at signing in Indianapolis. He is exactly what you see on television. He's a guy like you and me who happens to be a celebrity now. I am really glad to have met him.

Apr 26, 2012 10:21 pm
 Posted by  Gloriann

Way to go Troy! Never forget the most important things in life - family and "who" you are! Fantastic show, my husband actually made me watch it one night and now I am hooked to. We are coming to Louisiana in 2013 and my husband says he is not going unless he gets to go on a swamp tour! Your his idol I think. If you can recommend any real authentic swamp tours - that are not commercialized tourist entertainment traps, we would greatly appreciate your advice! Congratulations on being Louisianian of the year!

Apr 27, 2012 02:06 pm
 Posted by  cory

MR.LANDRY I AM A HARD-CORE HUNTING FAN MOSTLY DEER AN TURKEY AN I LOVE YOUR SHOW . AN WOULD LIKE SO MUCH TO TRY TO ALIGATOR HUNT JUST ONE TIME WITH YOU. PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOU CAN E-MAIL ME AT teamwackem1313@yahoo.com
thanks so much
CORY

Apr 27, 2012 09:59 pm
 Posted by  tonya1

My son and I love swamp people my husband bought me the chootemn sweatshirt for christmas and i about got it worn out.lol..Troy you are the best, we love ya and your family values.One day it would be a dream to meet you and take a swamp tour and try aligator meat. My son watches swamp people all day long if ya let him.Love the show and hopefully one day we could meet ya..Take care,and be safe.. Tonya

May 3, 2012 02:18 pm
 Posted by  countryboy

TROY MR ALLIGATOR MAN THIS IS CHARLES WHEELER AN I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW MY BOYS AN I ENJOY WATCHING SWAMP PEOPLE AN MOST OF SEEING YOU ON THIS SHOW . ITS GREAT . WONDERING IF YOU COULD SEND ME AN AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO OF YOU BESIDE ONE OF YOUR BIG GATORS YOU HAVE GOTTEN THANKS YOU CAN EMAIL IT TO ME THANKS.

May 5, 2012 05:24 pm
 Posted by  acadjen du nord

Hey! J'aime ta show,Je suis un acadjen du Nouveau - Brunswick. Je reste a Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Par che nous on peche dans l'ocean aussi, le homard, le hareng, les coques, le macquereau. Tu parle comme par che nous. J'aimerais descendre par che vous ben vite peut-etre pour le prochan congres mondial acadjen. Ou aincque pour une trip. Je sait que tu parle cajun a cause du mot LOUGAROU, j'ai pas entendu ca sa fait longtemps quand j'etais ptit.

GOOD LUCK 2 U. HOPE DE DESCENDRE
BYE FOR NOW!

May 13, 2012 03:17 pm
 Posted by  Fan from Northeast Arkansas

Troy Landry Please send information on the cost to get you to make an appearence in Arkansas. thank you susanford63@hotmail.com

May 17, 2012 10:22 pm
 Posted by  tinkerb42

Absolutely LOVE Troy,and his handsome boys on the show Swamp People!!There is always something new to learn every season about being in the Swamp,the sacrifices,the extreme heat,but also the real sense of family that is portrayed to the audience..Love,love it.keep on "Chootin",cause I'm lovin it!

May 26, 2012 07:18 pm
 Posted by  gonoles

Our whole family loves Troy and his family. My son got me to watch and now I can't miss it. History Channel and Louisiana hit the jackpot with this show. And I believe, all because of Troy. His humble ways, humor, love of family and his families history in the swamp, made him a natural. Not to forget to mention his wonderful accent and sayings. I love the accent. This show has millions focused on your state. The history and traditions are wonderful. Who better to represent you than such a fine family man, TROY LANDRY!

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