Bear Grylls

Host Bio

World-renowned adventurer Bear Grylls leads top celebrities on extreme survival journeys around the world as host of NBC's "Running Wild with Bear Grylls," currently in its third season.   

Grylls is one of the most-recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His journey to this acclaim started on a small island off the UK coast, where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Grylls went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, with the almost legendary 21 SAS. It was here that he perfected many of the survival skills that his fans all over the world enjoy, as he pits himself against the worst of Mother Nature. Despite a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa - where he broke his back in three places and endured months in military rehabilitation - Grylls went on to become one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

He went on to star in seven seasons of the Discovery Channel's Emmy Award-nominated "Man vs. Wild" which has become one of the most-watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers. Off-screen, Grylls has led record-breaking expeditions from Antarctica to the Arctic, which in turn has raised many millions of dollars for children, conservation and veterans' charities around the world.  In recognition for his expertise and service, Grylls was appointed as the youngest-ever Chief Scout to 30 million Scouts worldwide and was awarded an honorary commission as a Commander in the Royal Navy and as a Colonel in the notoriously tough Royal Marines Commandos. He has authored 22 books, including his autobiography "Mud, Sweat & Tears," which became a No. 1 international bestseller. He is married with three young sons and together they live on a small, remote Welsh island off the UK coast.