7 Feb 13

Kim Jong Kook Profile


Kim Jong Kook

Kim Jong Kook: (born April 25, 1976) is a South Korean singer and TV personality. He was initially part of the Korean duo Turbo, later pursuing a successful career as a solo artist. Apart from being a 3 Daesang Award Winner Singer, he also participates actively in many variety shows including Running Man and Family Outing.

Details: Commander, Sparta(kook). Undeniably the physically strongest  member and most driven to win. He’s also probably the smartest, most clever and observant with uncanny powers of deduction. But if he can’t win by strength, he’s willing to resort to cowardly or weaselly tactics to re-gain an advantage (questionable character, but being of an older generation, he’s more observant of and sensitive to Korean cultural etiquette, and has shown himself to be very magnanimous as well). Other nicknames I would suggest are Detective Kook, Bully Jong Kook and Anger Management Jong Kook. Early on he was often allied with Haha and Gary who he called his “dongsaengs” (little brothers), but the dongsaeng relationship only lasted with Haha.
Korean Name : 金鐘國
English Name : Kim Jong Kook
Revised RomanizationGim Jong-guk
McCune ReischauerKim Chong’guk
Pseudonym (Nickname)The Commander, Sparta Kook, Trainer Kook, Kim Kook Jong, Mosquito Sound, Bear, Jong Kookie, Tiger, Kookminator (episode 137)
Date of Birth25 April 1976
Blood Type : A
Height : 178 cm
Weight : 76 kg
Religion : Buddhism
Family : Parents, 1 Older Brother, Kim Jong Kook
Status : Single
Education : Myeong Hak Elementary School,Shin Seong Middle and High School,Han Se University, Dan Kook University Postgraduate
Hobbies : Sports (Weights, Soccer, Boxing), Soccer Game
Occupation : Singer
Start active : 1995 (1st album “Turbo” – “280 km/h speed”)
TV Program Related :

  • 2012: Escaping Crisis No.1
  • 2010-Present: SBS Running Man
  • 2011: KBS 2TV ‘Yoo Heeyeol’s Sketch Book’ [110715]
  • 2010: KBS2 Star Golden Bell [100312]
  • 2010: Happy Together [100211]
  • 2010: Kim Jung Eun’s Chocolate [100206] & [101010]
  • 2010: KBS2 Yoo Heeyeol’s Sketchbook [100129]
  • 2008-2010: SBS Family Outing
  • 2008: MBC Golden Fishery [081203]
  • 2008: KBS2 Star Golden Bell [081202]
  • 2008: Happy Together [081106]
  • 2008: KBS2TV Immortal Musical Classics [080907]
  • 2008: Kim Jung Eun’s Chocolate [080903]
  • 2005-2006: KBS’s 슟돌이 Shootdori (coach)
  • 2005-2006: SBS Real Situation Saturday Love Letter
  • 2005: Old Miss Diary (special appearance)
  • 2004-2006: SBS X-Man
  • 2004-2006: KBS Happy Sunday
  • 2004: SBS’s Banjun Drama, (special appearance)
  • 2004: MBC’s Special TV Story
  • 2002: Star Survival
  • 2001-2003: KBS Dream Team
Movie :

  • 2012: Wonderful Radio

Solo Albums :

  • 2001: Renaissance [Release 011213]
  • 2004: Evolution [Release 040618]
  • 2005: This is me [Release 050601]
  • 2006: Kim Jong Kook’s Fourth Letter [Release 060413]
  • 2008: Here I am [Release 081022]
  • 2010: Eleventh Story [Release 100127]
  • 2010: Kim Jong Kook Remake Album ‘Song’ [Release 100909]
Group Albums : Turbo
  • 1995: 280 km/h speed [Release 950906]
  • 1996: New sensation [Release 960814]
  • 1996: X-mas dance party mix with Turbo [Release 961129]
  • 1997: Turbo summer remix [Release 970624]
  • 1997: Born again [Release 971022]
  • 1998: Perfect love [Release 981017]
  • 1999: Millennium Turbo Dance Megamix [Release 990715]
  • 2000: E-mail my heart [Release 000127]
  • 2001: History [Release 010619]


Awards :

  • KBS 가요대상 (KBS Music Awards)
  • SBS 가요대전 (SBS Music Awards)
  • MBC 가요대전 (MBC Music Awards)
  • 서울가요대상 (Seoul Music Awards)


  • KBS 가요대상 (KBS Music Awards) 본상
  • SBS 가요대전 (SBS Music Awards) 본상
  • MBC 10대 가수가요제 (MBC Best 10 Music Awards) 본상
  • 서울가요대상 (Seoul Music Awards) 본상
  • 골든디스크 인기가수상 (Golden Disk Popularity Awards)


  • MBC 가요대제전 (MBC Music Awards) 최고인기가수상 (Most Popular)
  • KBS 가요대상 (KBS Music Awards) 대상 (Best Artist)
  • SBS 가요대전 (SBS Music Awards) 대상 (Best Artist)
  • KBS 연예대상 (KBS Acting Awards) Best Entertainer
  • 골든디스크 (Golden Disk Awards) 본상
  • MNET Best Male Solo Artist
  • Korean Entertainer Awards Ballad Award


  • 골든디스크 (Golden Disk Awards) 본상
  • BBF Popular Singer Award
  • 서울가요대상 (Seoul Music Awards) 본상
  • SBS 연예대상 (SBS Entertainment Awards) Best TV Star Award
  • SBS 연예대상 (SBS Entertainment Awards) Excellence Award
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  1. [...] 1: Kim Jong Kook And His Two Kids (HaHa and Kang Gary) Detail: Because they often have to stay in the same team, [...]

  2. [...] Picture showing the Tiger aka Kim Jong Kook performing a flying move over a few pillow as the requirement to complete the mission in episode [...]

  3. [...] Picture showing the trap set by Kim Jong Kook towards the Running Man members who are united to go against him. As shown in the picture, Yoo Jae [...]

  4. [...] for this episode 74 (Super Power) will have their wish granted. What is Song Ji Hyo‘s and Kim Jong Kook‘s wish? Who is the winner at the end? [...]

  5. [...] showing the cute looking of the wolf – Kim Jong Kook hunting for little red riding hoods in the episode 25. He seems to be talking to someone who is in [...]

  6. [...] showing the cute acting by Kim Jong Kook when he was given the KING Bell (as shown in the picture) which may pose a challenge for him to [...]

  7. [...] showing the cute looking of Kim Jong Kook with a pacifier. Cant imagine that he is commander in front of others. Do they two look alike? [...]

  8. [...]   Picture showing the secret meeting between Kim Jong Kook and Ace Ji Hyo under the raining moment. Kookie was happy the moment Ji Hyo arrived. They were both [...]

  9. [...] Kim Jong Kook and Lee Kwang Soo participated in a duet pictorial for ‘Cosmo Men‘, where they revealed their brotherly love, or bromance, extends off-screen even when not filming together. [...]

  10. [...] this conversation and in the end, a few couples were formed. They were   Ji Yeon Team (JiYeon, Kim Jong Kook) Suzy Team (Suzy, HaHa) Luna Team (Luna, Lee Kwang Soo) Sulli Team (Sulli, Yoo Jae Suk) Ji Hyo [...]

  11. [...] Man Stars : Kim Jong Kook Nicknames: Kim Jong Kook is the commander, Sparta Kook, Trainer Kook, Jong Kookie. Source : Kim [...]

  12. [...] Kim Jong Kook of Running Man was charming and humorous at a press conference held in Singapore. Despite his ruthless reputation for being very competitive in the show (earning nicknames like SpartaKook or Commander), Kim Jong Kook was witty and funny. He even admitted that those nicknames put a lot of pressure on him to win every game. When asked about his favorite nickname, he went with “Kookie.” He spoke in English for the most part, and talked about his close relationship with his castmates, how he maintains his super fit body, and about female guest stars. Castmate Lee Kwang Soo is a very familiar friend who he hangs out with regularly, working on set, working out and even going to meals together. ”But we are not dating,” he said, which made the floor erupt in laughter. [...]

  13. [...] showing the sweet moment when Park Bo Young fed our cute looking Sparta Kim Jong Kook in episode 118. Wondering why Park Bo Young fed kookie? This is an episode about ‘Hunter [...]

  14. [...] to do so even though he was characterized as be coward especially in front of the commander aka Kim Jong Kook. Whose butt was that? Why did he do [...]

  15. [...] showing the combination of our SPARTA aka Kim Jong Kook and Yoon Eun Hye. Just like Monday Couple between Kang Gary and Song Ji Hyo, do you wish both Kim [...]

  16. [...] showing the health quote by Kim Jong Kook while doing the rope skipping mission in Episode 135. The quote says ” If you think this is [...]

  17. [...] showing the healthy habit of our Sparta aka Kim Jong Kook when it came to foods and drinks. If given options, he will choose the healthier ones. As shown in [...]

  18. [...] showing our SPARTA Strength of Kim Jong Kook who easily fixed the fallen pillar when he tried to pass through a gang of guys clad in black [...]

  19. [...] Kim Jong Kook added yet another nickname to his repertoire of athletics-inspired characters on ‘Running Man‘. [...]

  20. [...] showing the various hair styles of our Sparta aka Kim Jong Kook starting from the short hair style (at the top most left side) till the current hair style (at the [...]

  21. [...] showing the quotes stated by Lee Kwang Soo to Kim Jong Kook or vice [...]

  22. [...] showing a few shots for our Sparta Jong Kook. As we all know, Jong Kook have a few rumours going on around him with a few girls. They [...]

  23. [...] Man Stars : Kim Jong Kook Running Man Images : Kim Jong Kook is the commander, Sparta Kook, Trainer Kook, Jong Kookie. [...]

  24. [...] Man Members : Yoo Jae Suk, Kim Jong Kook, Kang Gary, Song Ji Hyo, Haha, Ji Suk Jin, Lee Kwang [...]

  25. [...] shows. The Running Man members (MCs) consist of Yoo Jae Suk (South Korea’s National MC), Kim Jong Kook, HaHa, Kang Gary, Ji Suk Jin, Lee Kwang Soo, Song Ji Hyo, Song Joong Ki (Out of member since [...]

  26. […] Man Members : Gary, Kim Jong Kook, Haha and Suk […]