For anyone who follows the entertainment industry in South Korea, one name that should not be lost in the crowd is Yoo Jae Suk. He is a South Korean multi-talent who has achieved fame as a comedian and TV personality. He has a large following in the country, in Asia and beyond. Here is everything you might want to know about him.
Who is Yoo Jae Suk?
The entertainer was born on August 14, 1972, in the South Korean capital Seoul. Although he grew up there, poverty forced his family to move to different places. For this reason, he had to change schools three times as a child.
He was raised together with his sisters by his father, who worked as a local government official, and his mother, who helped to keep the family together and pay the children’s fees by doing various jobs.
For his education, he attended the Seoul Institute of the Arts after high school to pursue his passion for entertainment. By this time he had already begun to work as an aspiring comedian. To cope with the things he needed, he was forced to quit school.
What made Yoo Jae Suk popular is his work in the entertainment industry, which he started in 1989 when he performed in Young-gu and Daengchili. After that, he performed again in Tyranno’s Toenail (1994). However, these were films.
He subsequently made a bigger name for himself as a presenter and host of programs such as Happy Together on KBS2, Running Man on SBS, TWO YOO Project Sugar Man on JTBC, and Busted! on Netflix. All these shows are still being broadcast. His earliest shows that he no longer hosts are Yoo Jae-suk & Kim Won-hee’s Come to Play,! exclamation mark, Infinite Challenge, all on MBC, and Achievable Saturday – Star Survival Donggeodongrak (live and fun together). Others are Happy Together (seasons 1, 2) on KBS2 and Super TV Enjoy Sunday.
As a very versatile person, Yoo has a number of songs to his credit in the past, including All You Need Are Love, which he sang with other Infinite Challenge members, and I’m So Sexy with Park Jin-young. If you think you’ve seen someone like him on some music videos like the popular Gangnam Style and Gentleman, you’re right, he appeared in the music videos.
With a fairly successful career, Yoo has received many awards for his name, including the Prime Minister’s Award at the 3rd Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards (2013), the most popular TV personality among viewers at the 9th SBS Entertainment Awards (2015), and the Entertainer Star icon at InStyle Korea among more than 50 other awards.
Yoo Jae Suk’s Family: Sister, Wife (Na Kyung Eun) and Son
As already mentioned, Yoo Jae Suk came from a rather small family with two sisters. His mother, of whom he said he could never stop loving her, is the closest to him. In view of all her sacrifices, including cleaning his school because the family could not pay his fees, he said he could never repay her.
In 2008, the star of Running Man Na married Kyung Eun, with whom he had started dating two years earlier. She was born on June 4, 1981, and worked as an MBC spokesperson. The two worked together in the nationally popular show Infinite Challenge.
Before they started dating, it became known that Na Kyung Eun took the first step when she met Yoo and told him that she was a fan. It wasn’t long before they exchanged numbers and things got rolling from there until they made the deal for life in 2008.
Their marriage was blessed with a son, Yoo Ji-ho, who was born in 2010. Interestingly, the comedian had announced in 2017 that he and his wife would try to father a second child. In February 2018, they announced that Na Kyung Eun was pregnant with the couple’s second child. Although it is not known whether a scan was performed to determine the sex of the expected child, Yoo Jae Suk’s wish, as he revealed in 2015, is to have a daughter as his second child.
Yoo Jae Suk’s Height and Weight
Yoo is a man of average height and slim stature. Expressed in numbers, he stands at a height of 175 cm (1.75 m), and he has a bodyweight of 67.2 kg. His other body measurements are not publicly known.