Ji Suk-jin

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Ji Suk-jin
Ji Suk Jin at Malaysia for Running Man Fan Meeting Asian Tour 2014.jpg
Ji Suk-jin in Malaysia at Running Man Fan Meeting Asian Tour, 2014
Birth nameJee Seok-jin
Born (1966-02-10) February 10, 1966 (age 53)
Jungseon, Gangwon, South Korea
Mediumtelevision, music, radio
NationalitySouth Korea
EducationAjou University
Years active1992–present
Ryu Su-jung (m. 1997)
ChildrenJee Hyun-woo (son)
Notable works and rolesHost of Star Golden Bell, Running Man
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJi Seok-jin
McCune–ReischauerChi Sŏkchin

Ji Suk-jin (Hangul: 지석진; Hanja: 池錫辰 (more commonly known as 池石镇)) is a South Korean comedian, television presenter, actor, and broadcaster. He graduated from Ajou University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.[2][3]

In 1992, Ji Suk-jin debuted as a singer, releasing his first album "I Know".[4] However, he gained popularity as an MC and comedian in the entertainment industry. He was most commonly known as the main MC in Star Golden Bell, which aired from 2004 to 2010.[5] Ji is most well known as a cast member in the variety show Running Man together with Yoo Jae-suk, Kim Jong-kook, Haha, Song Ji-hyo, Lee Kwang-soo, Jeon So-Min and Yang Se-chan and formerly Gary. In addition to his television career, he also hosts the afternoon radio show 2 O'Clock Date on MBC FM4U.[6]


Ji Suk-jin has recently released a couple of new songs, 22 years after his debut as a singer.

In 2014, he sang a duet '사랑한다 말하는건' (Saying I Love You) with Club Soul, for the KBS drama My Dear Cat's OST.

In 2015, he sang 머리핀 (Hairpin) for the OST of drama Romance for 7 Days, a collaboration drama between Korea's CMB and Hong Kong's TVB. Ji Suk-jin released this song in both Korean and Chinese versions, the Chinese version being called 发卡 which is very well received in Mandarin-speaking regions, reaching the 6th position on the Chinese Baidu music charts.

Also, Ji Suk-jin has been known for his rendition of the Chinese song 童话 (Fairy Tale). It was first performed at the Running Man Special Live in Taipei fan meeting in January 2015, which garnered many positive responses about his accurate Mandarin pronunciation and melodious vocals. The original singer of the song, Michael Wong, also known as 光良 (Guang Liang), also praised Ji Suk-jin for his rendition. Wong subsequently invited Ji Suk-jin to be the performing guest for his Taipei concert in May 2015, where they performed 童话 (Fairy Tale) together.

In September 2016, Ji Suk-jin started hosting on MBC Radio FM4U as a DJ. His radio programme 2시의데이트 지석진입니다 (2PM Date) is broadcast daily, from 2pm to 4pm.

In 2017, Ji released a Chinese-language duet "You're the Most Precious" (你最珍贵) with Hong Kong singer Bianca Wu (zh). Wu had invited him to record a newly arranged jazz rendition of the 1998 classic hit duet originally performed by Jacky Cheung and Francesca Kao, and also to film the MV in Hong Kong. They were then invited to perform the song at Hong Kong's TVB annual charity gala show.

In 2019, Running Man held their first ever fan meeting in Seoul, South Korea. Ji collaborated with Apink and fellow Running Man member Lee Kwang-soo presented their own song titled PARTY in which they danced and sang together. Ji also sang a group song with all Running Man members titled I Like It (좋아) and danced to 1 Million's Lia Kim's choreography for the song BOOM and Just Blow.

Personal life[edit]

Ji met his wife through an introduction from Yoo Jae-seok.[7] Ji and his wife celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in January 2017. Their "second wedding" was aired on Running Man in a special episode called "Big Nose Week" (alluding to Ji's nickname on the show).[8] They have a son, who made a rare appearance on a Running Man episode in 2015.



  • 2014: 사랑한다 말하는건 (Saying I Love You) - My Dear Cat OST
  • 2015: 머리핀 (Hairpin) - Romance for 7 Days OST (Korean version)
  • 2015: 发卡 (Hairpin) - Romance for 7 Days OST (Chinese version)
  • 2017: 你最珍贵 (Ni Zui Zhen Gui)

Solo album[edit]

  • 1992: I Know

Extended Plays[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2019 "Party" Pink Nose Light (핑코빛)
"Ji Suk-jin, Lee Kwang-soo and Apink"
Running Man Fan Meeting:
Project Running 9
"I Like It" Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Haha, Song Ji-hyo, Lee Kwang-soo, Yang Se-chan and Jeon So-min


  • September 26, 2016 - September 29, 2019
    MBC Radio FM4U: Ji Suk-jin's 2 O'Clock Date (2시의데이트 지석진입니다)[9]


Television Host[edit]

List of present programs
Year Title Network Notes
2010–present Running Man
Episode 1 – present
List of former programs
Year Title Network Notes
2004 - 2006 Heroine 6
2004 - 2010 Star Golden Bell
2007 - 2008 High-Five
2007 Truth Game
2008 Cider
2011 Death Camp 24 Hours
2012 Survival King
2015 Same Bed, Different Dreams
2016 Talk Hero
2017–2018 Happy Together - Legendary Big Mouth
Cast member[10][11][12]
2018 Royal Adventure SBS Mobidic TV/ Clash Royal Member

Television Appearances[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2008 Happy Together
Guest ep 50
2009 Guest ep 101
2010 Guest ep 140
Strong Heart
Guest ep 29-30
2012 Radio Star (Golden Fishery)
Guest ep 264
Happy Together
Guest ep 244
Go Show
Guest ep 14
Infinite Challenge
Guest ep 304
2013 Thank You
Guest ep 12
Real Animal Adoption: Our Family’s Youngest
Guest ep 1-2
2014 Infinite Challenge Guest ep 379
Magic Eye
Guest ep 3
Hurry Up, Brother
Zhejiang Television
Guest ep 5
Happy Together
Guest ep 377
2015 Countdown Show
Zhejiang Television
2015 Everybody
Guest ep 13
Happy Together
Guest ep 418
2016 Infinite Challenge
Guest ep 467-468
Radio Star (Golden Fishery) Guest ep 467
Anhui Television
Tianjin Television And Radio Station
Guest ep 7-8
Guest ep 92
Cameo ep 9
Po Leung Kuk Charity Show


Running Man Fan Meetings[edit]

Race Start! 2013[edit]

Race Start! Season 2 2014[edit]

Running Man Special Live in Taipei 2015[edit]

Race Start! Season 3 2015[edit]

Running Man Live in Taiwan 2016[edit]

Running Man 2017 Live[edit]

2018: Running Man Live in Taipei[edit]

2019: Running Man Keep on Running[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards show Category Result
2004 KBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award (Variety) Won
2007 KBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award (Variety) Won
2012 SBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award (Variety) Won
2013 SBS Entertainment Awards Best Couple Award (with Lee Kwang-soo) Nominated
SBS Entertainment Awards Viewer's Most Popular Award (with Running Man members) Won
2015 Seoul Luxury Brand Model Awards (LBMA) Hallyu Entertainer Won
SBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award (Variety) Won
2017 2017 SBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award (Variety) Won

External links[edit]


  1. ^ 지석진 아내 류수정, 내조에 이어 미모도 '여왕' (in Korean). Seoul NTN. May 19, 2010. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  2. ^ "지석진 MC, 개그맨" (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  3. ^ 지석진. daum.net (in Korean). Daum Communications. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  4. ^ 1992년 서태지의 난 알아요와 동명 노래 발표해 화제가 되기도 (in Korean). Nocut News. 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  5. ^ "Ji Suk Jin to Replace Kim Jae Dong on Star Golden Bell". allkpop. 6Theory Media. 14 October 2009. Archived from the original on 17 May 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  6. ^ "두시의 데이트 지석진입니다" (in Korean). MBC FM4U.
  7. ^ ji, sukjin. "지석진, 여배우 뺨치는 미모의 아내 사진 보니? "유재석 소개로 만났다"".
  8. ^ "Ji Suk Jin Holds Back Tears During Wife's Touching Letter At Their "Running Man" Remind Wedding". Soompi. January 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "지석진 하차 소감 "'두데' 마지막 생방송, 헤어지기 싫은 건 당연" - 열린세상 열린방송 MBN". star.mbn.co.kr. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  10. ^ 김용만 지석진 김수용 박수홍, '해피투게더' 2부 책임진다…'조동아리' 입담 기대. 중앙일보 (in Korean). 2017-04-04. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  11. ^ '해피투게더3' 측 "박명수·엄현경 하차, '전설의 조동아리' 코너 종료" [공식]. 중앙일보 (in Korean). 2018-09-13. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  12. ^ "'해피투게더3', 박명수·엄현경 하차 이어 '전설의 조동아리' 종료텐아시아". 텐아시아 (in Korean). 2018-09-13. Retrieved 2018-09-22.