Duck Dynasty star Tim Guraedy is best known to the show’s millions of hard-core fans as “Mountain Man,” the slow-talking air-conditioning repairman/radio host who is a neighbor to the Robertsons, the Louisiana family that made a fortune from its best-selling duck calls, around which the show is based. Mountain Man is the only semi-regular cast member who is not a Robertson family member or employee of Duck Commander.
Now in its fourth season, Duck Dynasty has become A&E’s most-watched series in the network’s history. The February 27, 2013 two-episode Season 3 premier tallied 8.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched telecast in network history.
While he was born in Louisiana, Guraedy moved around a bit in his youth, spending time in Minnesota, Tennessee, and Indiana. But the lure of the Bayou State was too strong, and Guraedy returned to Louisiana, which has been his home for the past twenty-five years. He lives in Monroe, LA, the small town made famous by Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander. Guraedy’s weekly radio show on local station Z107.5, Big Z Country, has become popular all over the globe, with people tuning in via the Internet to hear Mountain Man’s delightful mix of common sense, sports, music—and usually a Bible verse or two. To know Mountain Man is to know a man whose Christian faith is a big part of who he is. “Life’s not easy, but I have God in my life and it’s so much better. So much better,” he has said. “I love being able to actually go to schools and give speeches about bullying, drugs, and abstinence. It makes my soul feel good.” Guraedy is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys both fresh and salt water fishing, as well as hunting everything from wild boar to, well, ducks, of course.