June 7, 1970 |
Anyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Lee Soo-jin (m. 1989)|
|Revised Romanization||Cha Seung-won|
Cha Seung-won dropped out of Sungkyunkwan University, and began a successful career as a fashion model in 1988. He was cast in the TV sitcom New York Story, which would eventually pave the way for his debut in film.
Although his debut film Holiday In Seoul (1997) and many of his subsequent roles did not establish him as a major star, he attracted attention in 2000 for his performance as an arsonist in the firefighting film Libera Me. The following summer, the runaway success of Kim Sang-jin's comedy Kick the Moon (over 4.3 million tickets sold) secured his place in the industry as a leading actor with strong star appeal. Since then, Cha has become one of the few surefire box office draws in the country. In a 2005 survey of influential movie producers, he was ranked among the top ten most bankable stars.
In early 2003, Cha took on a slightly more serious role as a corrupt schoolteacher who is transferred to a country school in the film My Teacher, Mr. Kim. The film grossed over 2.4 million admissions and drew Cha additional praise for his acting abilities (he would later team up again with director Jang Gyu-seong for 2007 comedy Small Town Rivals). His next role, in Ghost House, reunited him with director Kim Sang-jin in a successful comedy about a man who buys a dream home, only to discover it is haunted by a young female ghost.
In 2005 Cha put aside the comic roles he had become known for and appeared in the grisly period thriller Blood Rain. The film's unexpectedly robust commercial success confirmed Cha's popularity among Korean audiences. He further proved his versatility in Jang Jin's Murder, Take One (also known as The Big Scene).
Cha starred in his first melodrama Over the Border (2006), about a North Korean defector. He then reunited with director Jang Jin in My Son (2007), and he said his experience as a father helped a lot in learning the character. Stylish crime thrillers Eye for an Eye (2008), and Secret (2009) followed.
Cha returned to television in 2009, in the political fairytale City Hall penned by writer Kim Eun-sook. 2010 was a busy year for him, with Cha appearing in two films, the Lee Joon-ik-helmed period actioner Blades of Blood, and Korean War film 71: Into the Fire, followed by spy series Athena: Goddess of War.
In 2011 his character in the hit romantic comedy series The Greatest Love, arrogant top star "Dokko Jin," became a mini pop culture phenomenon, giving rise to numerous commercial deals and parodies, as well as awards for Cha.
Cha made his theater debut in 2012 in the stage play Bring Me My Chariot Fire alongside Japanese actors Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Ryoko Hirosue, Teruyuki Kagawa, and Korean veteran actor Kim Eung-soo. Set in the historically turbulent early 1900s, the plot focuses on the friendship of artists from Korea and Japan who work together to preserve traditional Korean arts.
Cha married early when he was an eighteen-year-old college freshman in 1989. He and wife Lee Soo-jin have two children, son Cha No-ah (born 1989, christened as Noah) and daughter Cha Ye-ni (born 2003, christened as Rachel).
On August 3, 2013, Cha posted a public apology on his Me2day account after his son Cha No-ah was charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl. Cha No-ah is a professional online gamer, but he was removed from the LG-IM team in June after he was indicted for marijuana use.
|2013||High Heels||Detective Ji-wook|
|2012||The Suck Up Project: Mr. XXX-Kisser||cameo - Cha Seung-won|
|2010||Blades of Blood||Lee Mong-hak|
|71: Into the Fire||Park Moo-rang|
|2008||Eye for an Eye||Ahn Hyun-min|
|2007||My Son||Lee Kang-shik|
|Small Town Rivals||Jo Choon-sam|
|2006||Over the Border||Kim Sun-ho|
|2005||Murder, Take One||Choi Yeon-gi|
|Blood Rain||Lee Won-gyoo|
|2004||Lovely Rivals||cameo - Kim Bong-doo|
|Ghost House||Park Pil-gi|
|2003||My Teacher, Mr. Kim||Kim Bong-doo|
|Break Out||Yang Cheol-gon|
|2001||Kick the Moon||Choi Ki-woong|
|2000||Libera Me||Yeo Hee-su|
|Black Honeymoon||Kim Joon-ho|
|1999||Attack the Gas Station||bit part|
|A Century's End|
|Ghost in Love||Na Han-su|
|1998||If the Sun Rises in the West||Ji-min|
|1997||Holiday in Seoul||Leg model's boyfriend|
|2011||The Greatest Love (MBC)||Dokko Jin|
|2010||Athena: Goddess of War (SBS)||Son Hyuk|
|2009||City Hall (SBS)||Jo Gook|
|2003||Bodyguard (KBS2)||Hong Kyung-tak|
|1999||Love Story: "Message" (SBS)|
|Woman On Top (SBS)||Seung-il|
|Roses and Bean Sprouts (MBC)||Choi Gyoo-dae|
|Women vs. Women (MBC)|
|1998||Angel's Kiss (KBS2)||Jang Tae-ju|
|Shy Lover (MBC)||Im Sung-bom|
|Barefoot Run (MBC)|
|Song of the Wind (SBS)|
|1997||New York Story (SBS)|
|2012||Bring Me My Chariot of Fire||Lee Soon-woo|
Music video appearances
|2012||"I'm Sorry"||Lena Park|
|2008||"Rain Shower"||Kim Jang-hoon|
|2002||"In My Heart"||4U|
|2001||"I Love You"||Position|
|2000||"I am a Man"||Kim Jang-hoon|
|"Even if the World Fools You"||Kim Jang-hoon|
|2006||Cha Seung-won's Health Club (MBC Sunday Sunday Night)||Himself|
|1998||Music Camp (MBC)||MC|
|Kim Hye-soo Plus You (SBS)||Co-host|
|GO! Our Heaven (MBC)||MC|
|Lee Seung-yeon's Say Say Say (SBS)||Co-host|
- 2012: HOME & SHOPPING, Maserati, Amorepacific Median, Schick Hydro 5, DAKS Accessories, JDX, Emporio Armani Watch F/W 2012
- 2011: Dongwon Chamchi, Samsung Card S Class, Buckaroo Jeans, FILA Sport, Hyundai Santa Fe, Giorgio Armani Skin Minerals for Men, Lotte Chilsung Del Monte Cold Juice, Asahi Super Dry, Me2day, Xero
- 2010: Pantech Sky Vega, Namyang Delicious Milk GT
- 2008: S-Oil, Kumho Life, Hedgren Bag
- 2007: S-Oil, Kumho Life, Lotte World 'Island Castle', KT landine phone ann
- 2006: S-Oil, Kumho Life, Daewoo Electronics, Haitai beverage, Channel CGV, Ottogi Jin Ramen, Chung Jung Won Sunchang Pepper, Dongkook Pharmaceutical Madecassol complex ointment, Bohae Black Raspberry Wine, Woongjin ThinkBig
- 2005: Daewoo Electronics, Ottogi Jin Ramen, Chung Jung Won Sunchang Pepper
- 2004: Daewoo Electronics, ZESPRI® GOLD Kiwifruit, SK Telecom NATE Drive, Lotte Chilsung MBP Drink for Kids, Woori Home Shopping
- 2003: LG Telecom, KT 1541 Collect Call
- 2002: RU Jeans
- 2001: Nestlé Korea, Orion Frito-Lay
- 2000: Basso Homme, Aekyung Chemical: Soonsaem Bubble
- 1999: Philips Philishave, Konica Centuria, Chamon Cosmetics for Men, SBS Campaign, Oxy Oxy Power Clean, CHB Bank
- 1998: Hite Beer, Unam Apartment
- 1996: LG Electronics, Kumho Airline, Roem Fashion
- 1995: Kumkang Land Rover
|2011||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||The Greatest Love|||
|Best Couple Award with Gong Hyo-jin|
|Grimae Awards||Best Actor||The Greatest Love|
|Korea Lifestyle Awards||Best Dressed of the Year - Male|||
|Style Icon Awards||Style Icon of the Year|
|Korea Broadcasting Awards||Best Actor||The Greatest Love|
|Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Drama Star - Male||The Greatest Love|
|Hot Male Body (Best Six-Pack)|
|2010||Asia Model Festival Awards||Asia Special Award, Film category|
|2009||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||City Hall|
|Top 10 Stars|
|2008||Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actor||My Son|||
|Korea Jewelry Awards||Sapphire Award|
|2007||Korea Fashion & Design Awards||Fashion Icon Award|
|TVCF Awards||CF Model Award for 2006|
|2003||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Bodyguard|
|Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor||Jail Breakers|
|Korea Advertisers Association||Good Model Award|
|2002||Golden Cinematography Awards||Popularity Award||Kick the Moon|
|1999||Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards||Best Dressed|
|1997||Model Center Adieu Fashion Festival||Grand Prize/Daesang, Fashion category|
|1996||Korea Fashion Association||Male Model of the Year|
|1995||Korea Fashion Photographers Association||Model of the Year|
|Korea Model Association||Model of the Year|
|Model Line||Best Dressed Award|
- "Cha Seung-won's Movie Picks". 10Asia. January 18, 2010.
- "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Cha Seung-won". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
- "Jang Dong-gun Voted Korea's Most Bankable Star". The Chosun Ilbo. October 20, 2005.
- "Small Town Rivals puts comic twist on friendship". The Korea Herald. March 22, 2007.
- "Dogged Cha Seung-won: Movie Tears of Blood". The Dong-a Ilbo. April 13, 2005.
- "K-FILM REVIEWS: 혈의 누 (Blood Rain)". Twitch Film. September 12, 2005.
- "Cha Seung-won: Not Groomed for Stardom". The Chosun Ilbo. August 2, 2005.
- "The Big Scene showcases a clever detective thriller". The Korea Herald. August 11, 2005.
- "K-FILM REVIEWS: 박수칠 때 떠나라 (Murder, Take One)". Twitch Film. January 2, 2006.
- "Comic star's melodramatic acting in South of the Border". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. April 27, 2006.
- "Go South". The Dong-a Ilbo. April 27, 2006.
- "Border, Personal Stories of NK Defectors". The Korea Times via Hancinema. May 4, 2006.
- "Movies Reflect on Contemporary Fathers". The Korea Times. April 24, 2007.
- "Eye Spies Perfect Crime". The Korea Times. July 24, 2008.
- "Thriller lays bare the secrets that we keep". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 27, 2009.
- "INTERVIEW: Cha Seung-won - Part 1". 10Asia. December 2, 2009.
- "INTERVIEW: Cha Seung-won - Part 2". 10Asia. December 2, 2009.
- "INTERVIEW: Cha Seung-won - Part 3". 10Asia. December 2, 2009.
- "City Hall to Bring Public Officials to TV". The Korea Times. April 21, 2009.
- "More romantic comedy for prime time". The Korea Herald. April 29, 2009.
- "Male Actors Try New Roles in TV Dramas". KBS Global. July 2, 2009.
- "Interview: Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 1". 10Asia. April 27, 2010.
- "Interview: Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 2". 10Asia. April 27, 2010.
- "Traces of Lee Joon-ik's work in Blades of Blood". 10Asia. April 20, 2010.
- "Korean War resurrected onscreen". The Korea Times. May 11, 2010.
- "TOP says lived as 17-year-old for 6 months for Fire (1)". 10Asia. May 11, 2010.
- "TOP says lived as 17-year-old for 6 months for Fire (2)". 10Asia. May 11, 2010.
- "Will Athena Exceeds Popularity of IRIS?". KBS Global. September 1, 2010.
- "Athena to sneak into homes this month". The Korea Times. November 30, 2010.
- "Preview: SBS TV series Athena". 10Asia. December 3, 2010.
- "'Iris' spinoff set for its small-screen debut". Korea JoongAng Daily. December 7, 2010.
- "TV soap to peek into celebrity life". The Korea Times. May 3, 2011.
- "Preview: Cha Seung-won: I wanted to show the cute side to men". 10Asia. June 23, 2011.
- "Interview: Actor Cha Seung-won". 10Asia. June 27, 2011.
- "Cha Seung-won to expand career into play". 10Asia. September 7, 2012.
- "Cha Seung-won stars in Tokyo play". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 6, 2012.
- "Korean, Japanese actors come together in Chariot". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 8, 2012.
- "Cha Seung-won "My energy charger is my daughter"". Newsen via Hancinema. June 26, 2011.
- "Cha Seung-won reveals his son Noah, already 20 years old". Newsen via Hancinema. December 8, 2011.
- "Actor apologizes for son". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 5, 2013.
- "Cha Seung-won Apologizes for Son's Rape Charge". 10Asia. August 5, 2013.
- "Project X - Original Music DVD". YesAsia. March 14, 2003.
- "The Greatest Love snags 7 honors at 2011 MBC Drama Awards". 10Asia. January 2, 2012.
- "Hyundai Mobis awarded grand prize at 2011 Korea Lifestyle Awards". The Korea Herald. December 6, 2011.
- "차승원, 춘사영화제 블랙수트로 한껏 멋냈어요~" (in Korean). Newsen via Daum. September 6, 2008.