World-renowned adventurer Bear Grylls hosts NBC's new adventure reality series, "Running Wild with Bear Grylls," where he leads top celebrities on extreme survival journeys around the world.
Grylls has become known worldwide as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His journey to this acclaim started in the U.K. on the Isle of Wight, 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. It was here that he perfected many of the skills that his fans all over the world enjoy, as he pits himself against 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 then went on to star in Discovery Channel's Emmy Award-nominated "Man vs. Wild" and "Born Survivor" TV series, the latter of 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 have raised over $2.5 million for children 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 15 books, including the #1 international bestseller "Mud, Sweat and Tears." He is married with three young boys and together they live on a small, remote Welsh island off the U.K. coast.
Bear is Vice President for The JoLt Trust which is a small charity that for the past twenty-one years, has been taking disabled, disadvantaged, abused and neglected young people on challenging month-long expeditions.