Bear Grylls is often regarded as one of the most intense men in the universe, participating in extreme acts in the wilderness on his TV show. He accomplished numerous feats before this that put him a notch above most, such as being a part of the British Special Forces and climbing Mount Everest. Bear is also not his real name. Given the nickname as a child, Bear’s real name is Edward Michael Grylls. He has a black belt in karate, was almost paralyzed when his chute failed to open, crossed the Arctic Circle, and was trapped in Antarctica for several days with a broken shoulder.