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Running Man (Korean: 런닝맨) is a South Korean variety show and it was first aired on July 11, 2010.. Starring Yu Jae-suk,Gary,Ha-ha,Ji Suk-jin,Kim,Jong-kook,Lee Kwang-su,Song Ji-hyo,Song Joong-ki (Ep.1-41),Lizzy (After School) (Ep.18-26)...


Name: Yoo Jae Suk (유재석)
Born: August 14, 1972
Nickname: Grasshopper (메뚜기), Yooruce Willis, Yoo Hyuk, Nation’s MC, Dumb.
Birth: Seoul, South Korea
Debut: 1991, KBS College Comedian Festival.
Career: hosted TV program called Live and Enjoy Together, Happy Together, X-Man (2000), Infinity Challenge (since 2005), Come to Play (since 2004), Happy Together season 3, Family Outing (2008-2010), Running Man (2010-present).

On Running Man

"The main host of the show, Yu Jae-suk is known as Yu-ruce Willis (유르스 윌리스) during the race mission where he is good at running away. The name is a parody of Bruce Willis in Die Hard. He is also known as Yu Hyuk (유혁), acting as a popular student that can dance well. In The Usual Suspects of Running Man (episode 38), he was known as Yu-mes Bond (유임스 본드), where he needed to disguise as a guest and eliminate all members in Find the Guests."

Although he is one of the weak ones, Yoo is always portrayed as the rival of Kim Jong Kook. He often call himself "Yooruce Willis" (유르스 윌리스) when being chased by Kim Jong Kook but he often gets caught in the end. He is also often being labelled as the "Icon of Betrayal" because in one of the episode(38)where he has to eliminate and lie to all his team mates.
Awards :
  • 1991 Inaugural KBS College Student Gag Competition
  • 2003 Best TV Presenter, KBS Entertainment Award
  • 2003 Best Excellence Award in show/variety category, MBC Entertainment Award
  • 2005 Grand Award, KBS Entertainment Award
  • 2006 Best TV MC, 18th Korean Broadcast Producers’ Award
  • 2006 Awarded in TV Entertainment, 42nd Baeksang Arts Award
  • 2006 ‘Speech Award’ from Blue Media
  • 2006 Grand Award, MBC Entertainment Award
  • 2007 Grand Award, MBC Entertainment Award (with Infinite Challenge members)
  • 2008 Mnet 20′s Choice Awards (Variety Star Category)
  • 2008 Grand Award, SBS Entertainment Award
  • 2009 Grand Award, MBC Entertainment Award
  • 2009 Grand Award, SBS Entertainment Award (with Lee Hyo-ri)
  • 2010 Grand Award, MBC Entertainment Award
  • 2011 MC Award, MBC Entertainment Award
  • 2011 Grand Award, SBS Entertainment Award

Name: Ji Suk Jin
Born: May 10, 1968
Nickname: Big Nose Hyungnim
Debut: 1992 1st Album [Smile In The Gloomy Afternoon]
Occupation: MC, Comedian
Career: SBS (Truth Game), KBS (Yuyoomanman), (Happy Sunday), (Roadshow Quiz), (Golden Ladder), Hosted TV Program called Star Golden Bell, Running Man (2010-present).

"The oldest member of the show. Ji Suk-jin is known as Big Nose Older Brother (왕코형님) for his known big nose. He is often shown as weak during the race mission and is frequently and easily caught."

Name: Kim Jong Kook (김종국)
Born: April 25, 1976
Nickname: Trainer Kook, Kim Kook Jong, Sparta Kooks, The Commander, Kookie~^^
Debut: 1995, as a Member of duo group called TURBO.
Career: TURBO (1995-2001), Solo Singer (2001-present), X-Man, Family Outing (2008-2010), Running Man (2010-present)
Origin: South Korea
Occupations: Singer, Years active 1995–present Labels CJ Music(2001-2006), M.Net Media(2007-2008), 101 Entertainment(2010-2011), JK Entertainment(2011)-present
Associated acts: Turbo, Mighty Mouth, SG Wannabe
Korean Name:
Hangul: 김종국
Hanja: 金鐘國
Revised Romanization: Gim Jong-guk

The strongest man on the show, Kim Jong-kook is known as Sparta-kook (스파르타국스) and Capable One (능력자) for his skill in capturing others during the race mission. Sparta-kook is a parody of the film 300, his sudden appearances and shows of strength are usually accompanied by the soundbite "This is Sparta" taken from the movie. He uses successful tactics to eliminate the other team members during race missions. He was also known as Kookie~♥^^ (꾹이~♥^^) for his cuteness and "aegyo"."

Key Programs: SBS (Family Outing Season 1), KBS (Happy Sunday).
  • KBS 가요대상 (KBS Music Awards)
  • SBS 가요대전 (SBS Music Awards)
  • MBC 가요대전 (MBC Music Awards)
  • 서울가요대상 (Seoul Music Awards)
  • KBS 가요대상 (KBS Music Awards) 본상
  • SBS 가요대전 (SBS Music Awards) 본상
  • MBC 10 가수가요제 (MBC Best 10 Music Awards) 본상
  • 서울가요대상 (Seoul Music Awards) 본상
  • 골든디스크 인기가수상 (Golden Disk Popularity Awards)
  • MBC 가요대제전 (MBC Music Awards) 최고인기가수상 (Most Popular)
  • KBS 가요대상 (KBS Music Awards) 대상 (Best Artist)
  • SBS 가요대전 (SBS Music Awards) 대상 (Best Artist)
  • KBS 연예대상 (KBS Acting Awards) Best Entertainer
  • 골든디스크 (Golden Disk Awards) 본상
  • MNET Best Male Solo Artist
  • Korean Entertainer Awards Ballad Award
  • 골든디스크 (Golden Disk Awards) 본상
  • BBF Popular Singer Award
  • 서울가요대상 (Seoul Music Awards) 본상
  • SBS 연예대상 (SBS Entertainment Awards) Best TV Star Award
  • SBS 연예대상 (SBS Entertainment Awards) Excellence Award

Name: Gary
Real Name: Kang Hee Gun
Born: February 24, 1978
Height: 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Nickname: Peaceful Gary, Monday Boyfriend, Gaecholas Cage
Debut: 1999, as a member of a group called LEESSANG, Honey Family’s 1st Album [A Man’s Story]
Career: Singer(LesSang), Runnning Man, still a freshman in variety program.
2002 - M.net_KM Music Video Festival_Best Hip-hop "Rush"
2007-Cyworld Digital Music Awards_ Song Of The Month_Won
2009-Mnet Asia Music Awards_Best Hip-hop_"Can't Breakup Girl"
Best Picture_"Can't Breakaway Boy"
Cyworld Digital Music Awards_Bonsang_Won
Melon Music Awards_Sudden Rise of the Year_Won

2010-Cyworld Digital Music Awards_Bonsang_Won
Best Collaboration_"Rush" featuring Jung In


  • 2010 SBS Entertainment Awards:SBS Variety New Star Award

Featured as one of the "variety rookies", Gary is known as Peaceful Gary (평온개리) for his calm facial expressions during the Photo Zone Game and throughout the show. He is also known as Gae-colas Cage (개콜라스 케이지) during the race mission, which is a parody of Nicolas Cage. He is frequently easily fooled by others and known for being clueless at times."

Name: HAHA(하하)
Real Name: Ha Dong Hoon(하동훈)
Born: August 20, 1979
Birth: Berlin, Germany
Nickname: Haroro, Harad Pitt
Occupation: Singer
Debut: 2001, as a member of Hip-Hop group named JIKIRI
Career : Sitcom-Nonstop 3 (2002), Infinity Challenge (2005), X-Man, Manwon Happiness (2008), Haha-Mong Show (2010), Running Man


  • 2011 SBS Entertainment Awards: Best Entertainer

Ha-ha is usually picked on by the other members. He is known as Ha-roro (하로로) for his similar appearance to Pororo the Little Penguin. During the race mission, he is referred to as Ha-rad Pitt (하래드 피트), which is a parody of Brad Pitt. He also has a tendency to feel as though he is the main lead into a movie created by his imagination. When things don't go his way, he lashes out verbally, causing great laughter among the cast."

Name: Lee Kwang Soo(이광수)
Born: July 14, 1985
Nickname: The Framer Gwang Soo, Kwang-Vatar
Debut: 2008 MBC in a drama titled That Person is Coming
Career: City Hunter, MBC (That Person Is Coming), Sitcom–High Kick Trough The Roof, drama- Dong Yi
Occupation: Actor, Model
Height: 190cm
Star sign: Cancer


  • 2011 SBS Entertainment Awards: Newbie Award: Variety Category
  • 2010 SBS Entertainment Awards: Variety New Star Award
  • 2009 4th Asia Model Awards: CF Model Award
  • 2008 Mnet 20s Choice: CF Star Award

" Featured as one of the "variety rookies", Lee Kwang-su has build an image known as Incriminating Kwang-su (모함광수), where he frames his fellow members with embarrassing and often absurd rumours. He is also known as Gwang-vatar (광바타) for his similar appearance to the Na'vi species in Avatar."

Name: Song Ji Hyo
Real Name: Cheon Seong Im
Born: August 15, 1981
Nickname: Ace, Mong-Jihyo, Monday Girlfriend, Song Siblings
Debut: Kiki Fashion Model (2001)
Career: Wishing Stars, Princess Hours, Sex is Zero, Frozen Flower, Joining Running Man after the 2nd episode.
Occupation : Actress, Model

Key Programs :
Gye Baek
(MBC, 2011)(as Eungo)
Crime Squad (KBS2, 2011) (sbg Jo Min Joo)
Jumong (MBC, 2006) (sbg Lady Yesoya)
Goong (MBC, 2006) (sbg Min Hyo Rin)

Late Blossom/ I Love You (2010) (sbg Kim Yeon Ah)
Frozen Flower (2008) (sbg Queen)
Sex Is Zero 2 (2008) (sbg Kyeong Ah)
Yoga Class (2006)
Some (2004) (sbg Seo Yoo Jin)
Whispering Corridors 3/ Wishing Stairs (2003) (sbg Yoo Jin Seong)

Running Man (SBS, 2010)
Night Of TV Entertainment (SBS, 2010)
Sunday Nights (MBC, 2010)
Good Sunday: Family Outing (SBS, 2009)

Music Video’s
Suyoung Lee’s 3rd album – ‘And I Love You’
JTL’s 1st album – ‘Just Say Good Bye’
Stay – ‘An Unbelievable Word’


  • 2011 MBC Drama Awards: PD Award
  • 2011 5th SBS Entertainment Awards (December 30): Excellence Award
  • 2010 4th SBS Entertainment Awards (December 30): Variety Special Award

Amore Pacific Greentea Powder, Lotteria, LG Telecom Phone & Fun, Binggrae Banana Milk, Lotte Natuur, Nongshim Fresh Udon, P&G Korea Pantene Hair Health System, etc.

The only female member of the show, Song Ji-hyo is known as Song Ji-yok (송지욕), where "yok" means "to swear", because of her "bad words" toward some of the members like Lee Kwang-su and Ha-ha. She is also known as Mung Ji-hyo (멍지효), where "mung" means "confused", because of her facial expressions which makes her seem confused. During the race mission, she is referred to as an Ace (에이스) due to her similar running/catching capabilities as Kim Jong-kook."

Name: Song Joong Ki (송중기)
Born: September 19, 1985
Nickname: Flower Joongki, Ambitious Joongki, Song Siblings
Occupation: Actor and Model
Height: 178cm
Weight: 65kg
Star sign: Virgo
Blood type: A
Talent agency: SidusHQ
Debut: 2008, in a film titled Frozen Flower
Career : KBS Music Bank host, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors, Frozen Flower, Case of Itaewon Murder, Five Sense of Eros, Triple, My Precious Child, Will It Sow at Chirstmas?, Running Man (2010-2011)
Awards :
  • 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Sungkyunkwan Scandal)
  • 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award with Yoo Ah In (Sungkyunkwan Scandal)
  • 2010 SBS Entertainment Awards:SBS Variety New Star Award

"Featured as one of the "variety rookies", Song Joong-ki is known for his good-looks and is referred to as Flower Joong-ki (꽃중기), meaning pretty and is referred to as Brain Joong-ki (브레인 중기). He is also known as Active Young Man (적극청년) when he either wants to try something new or believes he can do something well, but fails. As of episode 41, he has left the program to focus on his acting career. He reappeared in episode 66 as a temporary guest, which caught the members by surprise."

Credit:runningmanfanbase blogspot, wikipedia

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