Gary (rapper)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kang Gary
Kang Gary.jpg
Background information
Birth name Kang Hee-gun
Also known as Garie, Gary
Born (1978-02-24) 24 February 1978 (age 36)
South Korea
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, lyricist, producer
Years active 1996–present
Labels Jungle Entertainment
Leessang Company
Associated acts Leessang, Honey Family
Hangul 개리
Revised Romanization Gaeri
McCune–Reischauer Kaeri
Birth name
Hangul 강희건
Revised Romanization Gang Huigeon
McCune–Reischauer Kang Hŭigŏn

Kang Hee-gun (Korean: 강희건, Hanja: 姜熙建; born February 24, 1978), better known by his stage name Gary (Korean: 개리, often spelled as Garie[1]) is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, lyricist, record producer, dancer, entertainer, promoter, television personality, restaurateur and founder of Leessang Company. He is member of hip-hop duo, Leessang. He is also currently a cast member of the variety show Running Man.[2]


Early years[edit]

Gary was born on February 24, 1978. His nickname in middle school was "Gae" (meaning "dog" in Korean), which he adapted to become his stage name. In his younger years, he was more interested in dancing than rapping.[3]

Gary went to Yong In University and trained as a bodyguard.[citation needed] He was an amateur boxer for 10 years and his qualifications in various martial arts sum up to 8th dan.[4]

Musical career[edit]

In 1997, Gary joined X-Teen and helped in releasing two albums in 1998 and 2000, and met Gil, who was a member of the X-Teen.[5] At the time, Gary said that they were not good looking and their music was not great either which made them quit the group.[6] Gary and Gil ended up joining "Honey Family" and released two albums in 1999 and 2000. Gary takes part of the responsibility for the break up of the group stating he "started feeling like a celebrity".[7] Gary, Gil, and Diggity decided to form "Leessam Trio ("sam" means three in Korean)". They released a compilation album called 2000 Korea, in the year 2000. When Diggity left the group, Gary and Gil changed the name to LeeSsang.[8]

In January 2014 he released a mini album, Mr.Gae.[9] Gary‘s title track “Shower Later” clenched the number 1 spot on 8 real-time music charts![10]

Other activities[edit]

In 2010, Gary joined Running Man as co-host, an urban variety show. He had a cameo on the movie Wonderful Radio, and in February 2014 another cameo, Emergency Couple.[11][12][13][14]


Year Title Role
2005 April Snow cameo appearance
2008 Dachimawa Lee cameo appearance
2012 Wonderful Radio cameo appearance
2014 Emergency Couple Dae-ri (cameo)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 4th SBS Entertainment Award Variety New Star Award Running Man Won
2012 6th SBS Entertainment Award Excellence Award in Variety Won
2013 7th SBS Entertainment Award Viewers Choice Popularity Award Won
2013 NATE Awards Best Couple with Song Ji-hyo Running Man Won
2014 2nd DramaFever Awards Best Kiss with Song Ji-hyo Pending
Best Couple NOT Meant To Be with Song Ji-hyo Pending
Singapore Entertainment Awards OMY Hot Star with Song Ji-hyo Pending


  1. ^ "리쌍 개리 "뒤풀이! 독수리 오남매"" (in (Korean)). 이투데이. 8 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Running Man Official SBS website" (in (Korean)). 11 July 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  3. ^[dead link]
  4. ^ "'리쌍' 개리 예능감 뽐내...'입담마다 웃음 터져' : 네이버 뉴스" (in (Korean)). 29 September 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "힙합 듀오 리쌍 6집 음반 ‘헥새거늘’ 발표... 신곡 가요프로 1위 돌풍-국민일보 쿠키뉴스" (in (Korean)). 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  6. ^ "[INTERVIEW] LeeSSang member Gary". editorial). 9 September 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "[INTERVIEW] LeeSSang member Gary". editorial). 9 September 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "[스타백과사전2.0] 리쌍, 사람 마음을 쥐락펴락 ‘진정한 광대" (in (Korean)). 25 May 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gary Reveals Jacket Photo and Album Name for His First Solo Project". 7 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "'19금 티저' 내건 개리 '조금이따샤워해', 8개 차트 1위 '대박'" (in (Korean)). 15 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Lee, Min-ji (3 February 2014). "Gary to Cameo in Song Ji Hyo's Drama Emergency Couple". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  12. ^ Jung, Jin-young (12 February 2014). "Gary and Song Ji Hyo Get Close in BTS Photo of Emergency Couple". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  13. ^ "[SPOILERS] Gary cameos as a chauffeur for Song Ji Hyo's 'Emergency Couple'". allkpop. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  14. ^ "Gary to make a cameo appearance in Song Ji Hyo's drama 'Emergency Couple'". allkpop. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 

External links[edit]