The saying “jack-of-all-trades and master of nothing” may apply to another person, but certainly not to the South Korean entertainer Ji Suk Jin. Ji, who was nicknamed “Big Nose Hyung” in the show “The Running Man”, is an actor, TV presenter, comedian, broadcaster, master of ceremonies (MC) and singer, and believe it or not, he is a master in all areas.
Ji is also the host of 2 O’Clock Date – an afternoon radio show on MBC FM4U.
Who Is Ji Suk Jin?
Jin was born Jee Seok-jin on February 10, 1966, in Jungseon, Gangwon, South Korea. At some point in his career, he took the stage name Ji Suk Jin. He holds a degree in business administration from Ajou University.
The Korean entertainer is so secretive about his private life that there is not so much information online about his early life or childhood.
Although he began his career as a singer in 1992, it is his comedy and MC career that has brought him the fame and popularity he is proud of today. He was the lead host of Star Golden Bell, a South Korean variety show that was broadcast on KBS from 2004 to 2010. Although he left the show in 2009, his style of presentation became a style that is almost irreplaceable.
He is currently known as one of the performers on another South Korean variety show called Running Man. He is one of the oldest members of the show and is often portrayed as the weakest link in the chain, always left out by fans and guests. Other cast members of the show include Lee Kwang-soo, Kim Jong-kook, Song Ji-Hyo, Haha, and Yoo Jae-suk.
As a TV presenter, MC and comedian Ji Suk Jin haven’t given up his love for music. Twenty-two years after he discontinued his debut album “I Know”, he released several new singles in 2014. In the same year, he worked with Club Soul to do a duet for the KBS drama “My Dear Cat” and the following year for “Romance for 7 Days”.
He soon released the latter song in both the Korean and Chinese versions. The Chinese version broke through so many borders that it was even received in the Mandarin-speaking regions and landed at number 6 in the Chinese Baidu music charts.
Ji Suk Jin recently became popular through his Chinese song “Fairy Tale”, which he first performed in 2015 at the Running Man Special Live fan meeting in Taipei. It was such an amazing performance that Michael Wong, the original singer of the song, praised him for giving the song a new life. Later, he invited Ji Suk Jin to perform the song with him at his Taipei concert in May 2015.
In 2017 he released a duet he sang with Hong Kong singer Bianca Wu, who invited him to record a new jazz song from a 1998 classic hit duo originally sung by Francesca Kao and Jacky Cheung. The duo also shot the video of the song in Hong Kong and performed it at the annual Hong Kong TVB charity gala.
Ji Suk Jin is also the host of 2 O’Clock Date – an afternoon radio show broadcast daily from 2 pm to 4 pm on MBC FM4U. Ji Suk Jin has also appeared on several television shows and series such as Happy Together, Strong Heart, Go, Show, Infinite Challenge, Hurry Up Bother, None Summit, Entourage, Real Animal Adoption: Our Family’s Youngest, Thank You and many more.
Besides his media career Ji runs his own business. He has a club called “Club Impala”, which has been in operation since 2012.
His Wife (Ryu Su-Jung), Children, And Parents
Ji Suk Jin is married to Ryu Su Jung since 1997. The couple met through a mutual friend – Yoo Jae Suk. It was love at first sight, they were together for a while before they entered into the marriage in 1997, and they have been together ever since.
The couple celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2017 with a second wedding, which was broadcast in a special episode called “Big Nose Week” on the Running Man show.
They have a son named Jee Hyun-woo. Jee and his mother Ryu Su Jung were featured in the MBC variety show “Real Animal Adoption”: Our Family is the Youngest” in December 2013.
As already mentioned, Ji is secretive when it comes to revealing personal information, so not so much is known about his parents. But while he received an SBS Entertainment Award in December 2017, Ji Suk Jin dedicated the award to his parents, whose health deteriorated rapidly. Six months later (June 2018), his father passed away.