Bear Grylls, who is renowned for his reality show Man vs. Wild, is an adventurer, traveler, and explorer. Adventure sports, such as mountaineering, sailing, and sky diving interested him ever since he was a child. He was trained in these sports by his father who was associated with the Royal Yacht Squadron. He was keen to learn martial arts and earned a black belt in Shotokan karate at an early age. He even became a cub scout when he was eight years old.
Adventures are accompanied by risks and demand immense physical as well as mental strength. Not surprisingly, He has sustained many injuries and has even injured his spine. Apart from recovering from his physical injuries, this courageous individual has overcome his psychological hindrances as well. His determination to climb the Mount Everest remained undeterred even after sustaining severe injuries. He is also a survival instructor, writer, businessman, former ‘Special Air Service’ (SAS) serviceman, and honorary lieutenant-colonel. Let’s know more about him through this article.
What is Bear Grylls famous for?
- A British former SAS serviceman, survival instructor, and honorary lieutenant-colonel, adventurer, writer, television presenter, and businessman.
- His television series Man vs. Wild (2006-11), originally titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls for the United Kingdom release.
When was Bear Grylls Born?
Recalling his early life, Grylls was born in London, England to his parents; Michael and Sarah Grylls in the year 1974. Currently, he aged 45 years old. He has one sibling, Lara Fawcett. Similarly, he is British by nationality and belongs to English ethnicity. Further, his birth sign is Gemini and he is Christian by nationality.
What school did Bear Grylls go to?
Concerning her education details, Grylls attended Ludgrove School in London, England. He later earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Hispanic and Latin American Studies from Eton College, London, England. After that, he enrolled at The University of West of England and the University of London.
When did Bear Grylls join the military?
- After graduation, Grylls considered joining the Indian Army. He went hiking the Himalayan mountains in Sikkim and West Bengal. He served in the British army from 1994 until 1997.
- In 2004, Grylls was awarded the honorary lieutenant commander rank, but in 2013, he was awarded the honorary lieutenant colonel rank in the Royal Marines Reserve.
- While in an army, He was in a terrible accident and survived a parachuting freefall. Just 18 months after breaking three vertebrae in his spine, He went to Nepal and fulfilled his dream of climbing the summit of Mount Everest. He was at the time 23 years old, becoming one of the youngest people ever to reach it. He later wrote the book Rising about his experience during the expedition.
- In 2000, He took on a new adventure. To raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, he led a team that circumnavigated the British Isles on jet skis. The trip took about 30 days to complete.
- The same year, He also rowed naked in a bathtub along the Thames river to raise money for a friend who lost his legs in a climbing accident.
- In 2003, He lea a team of five people on an unassisted crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean in an open rigid inflatable boat. The team traveled in an 11-meter-long boat. Between Halifax, Nova Scotia to John o’ Groats, Scotland, they encountered force eight gale winds and had to pass through icebergs.
- He didn’t stop taking on new adventures and in 2005, he, mountaineer David Hempleman-Adams and the leader of the Royal Navy Freefall Parachute Display Team Alan Veal made the world record for the highest open-air formal dinner party. They had dinner in a hot-air balloon at 7,600 meters dressed in full mess dress and oxygen masks. The funds raised with this event went to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and The Prince’s Trust.
- In 2007, He set another record with Parajet paramotor in the Himalayas, near Mount Everest, taking off from 4,400 meters and reaching 9,000 meters. He along with two of his friends set the world record for the longest continuous indoor freefall in 2008. The team used a vertical wind tunnel and surpassed the previous record of 1 hour and 36 minutes only by a few seconds.
When did Bear Grylls begin his media career?
- Grylls began his TV career by appearing in an advertisement for a deodorant, featuring his ascent of Mount Everest. He also appeared in an anti-drugs campaign and was featured in a campaign for Harrods.
- Throughout the years, he has made several appearances on talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Tonight Show. Grylls also made an appearance in Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Academy episode named Survival in the Modern Era.
- In 2005, He filmed his first TV show Escape to the Legion. The four-part show featured Grylls and eleven other recruits as they re-created the French Foreign Legion’s basic desert training in the Sahara.
- In 2006, Grylls debuted his show Man vs. Wild which was broadcasted in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, and the United States, and as Ultimate Survival in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The show became an immediate success, with Grylls showing how to survive in inhospitable places. The show has since run for seven seasons.
- He was also the host of New Zealand reality competition series Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls. He also created the show Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell, featuring true stories about ordinary people trapped in situations of survival.
- He also hosted the adventure series Running Wild with Bear Grylls, featuring celebrities taking a two-day trip in the wilderness. He also presented another celebrity show Bear Grylls: Mission Survive featuring eight celebrities on a twelve-day survival mission.
- Besides this, He has written several books about his expeditions and other experiences. His book Born Survivor: Bear Grylls accompanied the TV series of the same name.
- He also wrote a guidebook for outdoor pursuits Bear Grylls Outdoor Adventures. In 2012, he released his autobiography Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography.
- In 2009, He was appointed the Chief Scout by The Scout Association. His five-year term was extended until 2018. He is also the ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, which provides training and financial support to young people in the UK.
- He is also the vice president for The JoLt Trust, which takes disabled, disadvantaged or abused young people on challenging, month-long expeditions. He also works with the UK charity Global Angels, raising funds with many of his expeditions
- In 2019, He published a Christian devotional titled Soul Fuel.
Who is Bear Grylls married to?
Reflecting on his personal life, Grylls married to Shara Cannings Knight in 2000. The couple has three sons. In 2015, while filming his show, Grylls deserted his son on Saint Tudwal’s Island as the tide approached. The RNLI (The Royal National Lifeboat Institution) later criticized him for the stunt, since they did not know a child will be involved
How much does Bear Grylls get paid?
Being an adventurer and writer, Grylls earned an impressive amount of money and salary from his profession in the field of the entertainment industry. Based on some online reports, his estimated net worth said to be $20 million at present. However, his salary and asset details are yet to be disclosed.
How tall is Bear Grylls?
Observing his body statistics, Grylls stands a height of 6 feet 0 inches and weighs around 77 Kg. Similarly, he has a pair of grey eyes and brown hair color. Further, he has 42 inches of chest sizes, 32 inches waist size and 14 inches biceps sizes.