Mostly Credited As: Bear Grylls
Birth Name: Edward Michael Bear Grylls
Date Of Birth: June 07, 1974 (Age 41)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Isle of Wight, England
Height: 6' (1.82 m)
Explorer, author and television host Bear Grylls grew up on the Isle of Wight in the UK, where he started to climb with his father as a young boy.
Grylls, who is a Karate black belt, served three years with the Special Air Service, a special forces unit of the British Army, during which time he broke his back in three places while parachuting over Southern Africa.
Despite the accident, he fought back to become the youngest British climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest and return alive. Grylls wrote about his experience in his first book The Kid Who Climbed Everest.
He also led the first unassisted crossing of the frozen North Atlantic Ocean in an open, rigid inflatable boat. His book on this adventure, Facing the Frozen Ocean, was shortlisted as the UK's Sports Book of the Year and Grylls was awarded a commission in the Royal Navy in honor of leading this record-breaking expedition.
In June 2005, Grylls broke a world record by hosting a dinner party at a table suspended below a hot air balloon at 24,500 feet. He rappelled from the balloon's basket to the table, where in full naval uniform he ate a three-course meal, before saluting the Queen and skydiving to earth. The goal was to celebrate the work of the charities The Prince's Trust and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Last year he hosted a TV Series called Escape to the Legion where he took a group of young men to the Western Sahara desert, to undergo the French Foreign Legion's infamous basic training.
His latest project, the Discovery Channel series Man vs. Wild, premieres Friday, Nov. 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Each episode Bear strands himself in popular wilderness destinations where tourists often get lost with no idea what to do. As he finds his way back to civilization, he demonstrates localized survival techniques along the way, including escaping quicksand in the Moab, navigating dangerous river currents in Costa Rica, building a snow shelter in the Alps, and spearing fish in Hawaii.
Bear lives on a converted barge on the River Thames with his wife Shara and their young sons Jesse and Marmaduke.
Trivia His father died in 2001.
He spends time as a motivational speaker.
Grylls owns an island on the Welsh coast, which includes a nature reserve, and lives on a converted barge on the River Thames with his wife Shara and their sons Jesse and Marmaduke.
Led the first unassisted crossing of the frozen North Atlantic Ocean in an open, rigid inflatable boat.
Broke his back in three places on a parachuting jump over Southern Africa.
Black Belt in Karate.
Climbed Mount Everest.
Served in the British Special Air Services (SAS).
Is an avid skydiver.
In June 2005, Grylls broke a world record by hosting a dinner party at a table suspended below a hot air balloon at 24,500 feet.
Bear Grylls Quotes
On Climbing Everest.
"I remember collapsing to my knees and just crying and crying inside my mask as all those emotions from so long began to flow. Neil and myself, with our oxygen off, just hugged. It is an extraordinary place and you see the curvature of the earth at the edges and at 7.22am we watched as the dawn came up over all the land of Tibet 20,000 ft below." -
"Americans are cool, if you show just a chink of vulnerability, they respond so much. They'll pat you on the arm and say, 'Hey kid, you're all right'. Brits will respond but they are much more cynical."
"I loved climbing because of the freedom, and having time and space. I remember coming off Everest for the last time, thinking of Dad and wishing that he could have seen what I saw. He would have loved it."