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A Quick Guide To The Cast Of 'Running Man'

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If you're unfamiliar with the cast of Running Man—or simply want a refresher on who's who—here's a quick guide to the regular members, and where you've probably seen them before!

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1. Yoo Jae Suk

The nation's MC needs no introduction. Yoo Jae Suk is an incredibly popular comedian, host, and TV personality. As the main host of Running Man, he is known for his quick thinking and ability to escape most race missions.

Previous projects: Yoo Jae Suk was one of the main hosts on X-Man, Infinite Challenge, Come To Play, Family Outing, and Two Yoo Project Sugar Man. He appeared in Psy's music videos for "Gangnam Style" and "Gentleman," and collaborated with EXO for the SM Station single "Dancing King." Jae Suk also currently hosts Netflix's Busted! and the KBS TV program Happy Together.


2. Haha

Haha made his entertainment debut in 2001 as a singer/rapper in boy band Z-kiri. Usually picked on by members for his height, he is one of the biggest jokers in Running Man. Previously the established "flirt" of the cast, Haha's interactions with female guests changed once he got married to South Korean singer Byul in 2012.

Previous projects: Haha was a former host of What's Up YO!, Infinite Challenge, Music Bank, Invisible Man, Law Of The Jungle, and High School Rapper. He currently hosts Music Box, We Play, and Eye Contact, as well as the show Big Picture alongside Kim Jong Kook.


3. Ji Suk Jin

Ji Suk Jin debuted as a singer in 1992, but quickly became popular as an MC and comedian. The mathyung (oldest member) of the cast, he is jokingly referred to as the group's "Race Starter" or "Black Hole" during Running Man's race missions. This is because he is the one most frequently eliminated, so the members say the actual race officially starts after his elimination.

Previous projects: Aside from being a radio DJ, Suk Jin was a host on Heroine 6, Star Golden Bell, High-Five, Death Camp 24 Hours, and Happy Together. He has also guested on Strong Heart and Infinite Challenge.


4. Kim Jong Kook

Kim Jong Kook debuted as a member of the duo Turbo in 1995, and following their split in 2000, made his solo debut in 2001. The strongest Running Man member, Jong Kook is also known for his tactical skills during missions, often successfully eliminating other members to remain the last man standing.

Previous projects: He has previously appeared on X-Man, Happy Sunday, Real Situation Saturday Love Letter, Family Outing, and Escape Crisis No.1. He is currently one of the hosts for ongoing shows Big Picture, I Can See Your Voice, My Little Old Boy, and Five Cranky Brothers.


5. Lee Kwang Soo

Actor Lee Kwang Soo made up the "Variety Rookies" trio alongside former members Song Joong Ki and Kang Gary due to their lack of prior variety experience before Running Man. The tallest member—and one most likely to betray his teammates during missions—Kwang Soo is also extremely unlucky, often receiving the worst mission punishments.

Previous projects: Some of Kwang Soo's previous movies and TV shows include The Innocent Man, Goddess Of Fire, Confession, It's Okay, That's Love, Collective Invention, the South Korean remake of Entourage, the sitcom The Sound Of Your Heart, and The Accidental Detective 2: In Action. He also had cameos in Descendants Of The Sun,  and Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth. Currently, he is a regular member of Netflix's Busted! alongside Yoo Jae Suk.


6. Song Ji Hyo

Actress-slash-model Song Ji Hyo is one of the bravest and luckiest Running Man members, often winning the mission for her team. She is quick on her feet and is shown to easily solve most mental puzzles and physical tests. She was also involved in the show's official couple pairing alongside former member Kang Gary.

Previous projects: Some of Ji Hyo's previous movies and TV show appearances include Princess Hours, Jumong, A Frozen Flower, New World, Emergency Couple, What a Man Wants, and Intruder. She was also a host on SBS' music show Inkigayo with Super Junior's Heechul from 2007 to 2008.


7. Jeon So Min

Actress Jeon So Min is one of the youngest cast members on Running Man. She often becomes shy around handsome male guests, and is known for getting 'scary' when missions involve money. Along with Kwang Soo and Haha, So Min is often shown betraying team members, which leads to a lot of laughs.

Previous projects: So Min has appeared in the 2006 film Cinderella, and television shows such as Princess Aurora, Something About 1 Percent, Cross, Drama Special: My Embarrassing Days, and Top Star U-back. She also published her first book in 2020, titled You Can Call Me After A Drink.


8. Yang Se Chan

Comedian and singer Yang Se Chan is one of the youngest Running Man cast members. He is usually incredibly unlucky during missions, often failing and receiving punishments together with Suk Jin and Kwang Soo.

Previous projects: Se Chan has appeared in variety shows such as Comedy Big League, We Got Married (Season 4), Battle Trip, Law of the Jungle, and Love Me Actually. He is also a part of ongoing shows The Ranksters, Rewind, and Fly Shoot Dori — New Beginning.


Former Members

1. Song Joong Ki

Yes, Big Boss was an OG member of Running Man! Song Joong Ki was known for his enthusiasm, always willing to try new things during missions—although his attempts resulted in failure, more often than not. He appeared in episodes 1 to 41, then left the show to focus on his acting career, though he has made several cameos through the years.


2. Kang Gary

Previously the most gullible member of the cast, Kang Gary was better known as a rapper and songwriter before joining Running Man. During his time on the show, he was known to surprise members and viewers alike at his unlikely mission wins. Gary was also the official loveteam partner of Song Ji Hyo until he left the show after episode 324.


3. Lizzy

Member of the K-pop girl group After SchoolLizzy made guest appearances in the early episodes of the show before being cast as a regular member for episodes 18 to 25. Her reason for leaving Running Man was never officially declared, but it could have been due to scheduling conflicts between RM and After School's activities. As the youngest member back then, Lizzy was in charge of aegyo (being cute).


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