All About Bruce
Bruce was born July 13, 1960 and grew up in
Ponchatoula, LA as the oldest of five brothers and sisters, including him.
Although he would help take care of his two brothers and two sisters, he was
always a prankster. Family get-togethers now consist of remembering the
many practical jokes played on family and friends, and of course, pulling new
pranks. Bruce's mother, father, brothers and sisters and their families
are very close and try to get together as often as possible.
Bruce and Janet Kliebert met when they were in
Jr. High. In 1980, Bruce married Janet Kliebert. You may recognize her
name from Kliebert's Alligator & Turtle Farm. Bruce began working at
Kliebert's around age 20 and moved on the farm property when he married
Janet. Over a period of thirty plus years, he learned from his
father-in-law, many aspects of the business and was able to take on more
responsibility. With Janet’s help with the business/paperwork aspect
(among other various things), they ran the business together with Janet's father
for over thirty years.
In 1981 at age 21, Bruce and Janet had a daughter named Lorraine Michelle, and a daughter named Janice Marie in 1984. The same year Janice was born, the farm was opened up to the public, and public tours of the farm began. Bruce, still owns the alligator farm but because of the time the show takes up and Kliebert family issues, does not run the farm right now. However, if you ever visited the farm and remember a tour guide who would get in the ponds and hand feed the gators - that was probably Bruce!
Lorraine, Bruce and Janet's eldest daughter,
married her Jr. High sweetheart in 2000. Bruce keeps busy in his spare time
with his granddaughters. Jillian Marie was born in 2003 and LoriAnn Katherine
was born in 2010. He does everything he possibly can with them and lets them
get away with pretty much everything! Lorraine is a stay at home mom (was a
bank teller for 8 years) and she helps Janet run the business aspect of Bruce
Mitchell Productions; her husband is a local police officer.
Janice, Bruce and Janet's youngest daughter,
works in the speech and pathology field at a list of southern Louisiana schools.
She acquired her bachelors degree at Southeastern Louisiana University and
lived in Indiana for 5 years where she acquired her masters. Janice works with
the computer and technical aspect of Bruce Mitchell Productions.
While working at the farm, Bruce was asked by the
A & E Network if would like to participate in a documentary on the History
Channel. Being that the History Channel was (and still is) the most watched
channel in the Mitchell household, how could he say no. From there Bruce and
Swamp People were connected.
Bruce spends his wild gator season working from
daylight to dark (and sometimes later), the full 30 days. He gets up around
3:00am eats his oatmeal and drinks lots of coffee. He packs up his water ( it's
so hot you can't risk dehydration ), he and Tyler head out for the water. Bruce
usually gets in around noon, but work is not even close to being done. He then
unloads and skins his gators (which includes de-boning and packaging the meat)
and then he's back out to set lines again for the next morning. By nightfall,
he's gets home, showers and sleeps his few hours to get up and do it all
During his off season he tries his best to keep
up with his granddaughters, family, friends, work around the house and hobbies. However, he and Janet usually spend a couple of weeks each month traveling in their camper to “meet and greets” to meet fans and sign autographs.
Bruce's hobbies include camping, hunting and
fishing. He loves gunsmithing and collecting guns and knives. He enjoys going
to their family camp on the river, where he is in the process of building cabins
to rent out to the public. Motorcycling is another big hobby of his! He's never
really been a football/ baseball sports type of guy. Of course, he supports our
Saints, but doesn't usually put the games into his schedule.
It's so ironic that such a good ole hometown
country-boy was chosen for this. Bruce has always worked hard for what he and
his family has. If you speak with any of his friends and family- even fans he
meets out on the road – they will tell you how deserving Bruce is of this new
found fame, because he is still the same kind, giving and good-hearted guy he
Watch Bruce on the History Channel's Swamp People!
For interviews, appearances or business opportunities, please contact:
Lorraine M. Schilling
P.O. Box 1945
Ponchatoula, La 70454