Cha Seung-won

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Cha.
Cha Seung-won
Cha Seung-won on September 24, 2012.jpg
Born (1970-06-07) June 7, 1970 (age 44)
Flag of South Korea.svg Anyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Occupation Actor
Agent YG Entertainment
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]
Spouse(s) Lee Soo-jin (m. 1992)
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Cha Seung-won
McCune–Reischauer Ch'a Sŭng-wŏn

Cha Seung-won (born June 7, 1970) is a South Korean actor. He began his career as an in-demand fashion model in the 1990s, before embarking on an acting career. Cha achieved stardom through the hit comedy films Kick the Moon (2001), Jail Breakers (2002), My Teacher, Mr. Kim (2003) and Ghost House (2004). After proving his versatility in other genres, notably the period thriller Blood Rain (2005) and melodrama My Son (2007), Cha's popularity continued with the television series Bodyguard (2003), City Hall (2009), and The Greatest Love (2011).

Career[edit]

Cha Seung-won dropped out of Sungkyunkwan University,[1] and began a successful career as a fashion model in 1988.[2] He was cast in the TV sitcom New York Story, which would eventually pave the way for his debut in film.[3]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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[5]). 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.[3]

In 2005 Cha put aside the comic roles he had become known for and appeared in the grisly period thriller Blood Rain.[6][7] The film's unexpectedly robust commercial success confirmed Cha's popularity among Korean audiences.[3] He further proved his versatility in Jang Jin's Murder, Take One (also known as The Big Scene).[8][9][10]

Cha starred in his first melodrama Over the Border (2006), about a North Korean defector.[11][12][13] He then reunited with Jang Jin in My Son (2007), and he said his experience as a father helped a lot in learning the character.[14] Stylish crime thrillers Eye for an Eye (2008),[15] and Secret (2009) followed.[16][17][18][19]

Cha returned to television in 2009, in the political fairytale City Hall penned by writer Kim Eun-sook.[20][21][22] 2010 was a busy year for him,[23][24] with Cha appearing in two films, the Lee Joon-ik-helmed period actioner Blades of Blood,[25] and Korean War film 71: Into the Fire,[26][27][28] followed by spy series Athena: Goddess of War.[29][30][31][32]

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.[33][34][35]

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.[36][37][38]

In 2014, Cha signed with the talent agency YG Entertainment.[39][40] He next appeared in the police comedy series You're All Surrounded.[41] This was followed by his third team-up with director Jang Jin in the comedy noir film Man on High Heels, which subverted Cha's "macho" image by having him play a transgender homicide detective.[42][43]

Personal life[edit]

Cha married wife Lee Soo-jin in 1992. He and Lee are biological parents to daughter Cha Ye-ni (born 2003, christened as Rachel).[44] In July 2014, a man claiming to be the birth father of Cha and Lee's son Cha No-ah (born 1989, christened as Noah)[45] filed (and quickly dropped) a ₩100 million defamation lawsuit against Cha, which led to the actor admitting that No-ah is Lee's son from her previous marriage, and that when he and Lee got married, Cha legally adopted No-ah who was then three years old. Cha had previously falsified his marriage date as 1989 to match No-ah's age, apologizing for the white lie since their son did not know his paternity.[46][47]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role
1997 Holiday in Seoul Leg model's boyfriend
1998 If the Sun Rises in the West Ji-min
1999 Ghost in Love Na Han-su
Attack the Gas Station bit part
A Century's End
2000 Black Honeymoon Kim Joon-ho
Libera Me Yeo Hee-su
2001 Kick the Moon Choi Ki-woong
2002 Break Out Yang Cheol-gon
Jail Breakers Moo-seok
2003 My Teacher, Mr. Kim Kim Bong-doo
2004 Ghost House Park Pil-gi
Lovely Rivals cameo - Kim Bong-doo
2005 Blood Rain Lee Won-gyoo
Murder, Take One Choi Yeon-gi
2006 Over the Border Kim Sun-ho
2007 Small Town Rivals Jo Choon-sam
My Son Lee Kang-shik
2008 Eye for an Eye Ahn Hyun-min
2009 Secret Kim Seong-yeol
2010 Blades of Blood Lee Mong-hak
71: Into the Fire Park Moo-rang
2012 The Suck Up Project: Mr. XXX-Kisser cameo - Cha Seung-won
2014 Man on High Heels Yoon Ji-wook

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1997 New York Story SBS
1998 Song of the Wind SBS
Barefoot Run MBC
Shy Lover Im Sung-bom MBC
Angel's Kiss Jang Tae-ju KBS2
1999 Women vs. Women MBC
Roses and Bean Sprouts Choi Gyu-dae MBC
Woman On Top Seung-il SBS
Love Story "Message" SBS
2003 Bodyguard Hong Kyung-tak KBS2
2009 City Hall Jo Gook SBS
2010 Athena: Goddess of War Son Hyuk SBS
2011 The Greatest Love Dokko Jin MBC
2014 You're All Surrounded Seo Pan-seok SBS

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1998 Lee Seung-yeon's Say Say Say Co-host SBS
GO! Our Heaven MC MBC
Kim Hye-soo Plus You Co-host SBS
Music Camp MC MBC
2006 Cha Seung-won's Health Club (Sunday Sunday Night) Himself MBC

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
1998 "Even if the World Fools You" Kim Jang-hoon
"Poison" Uhm Jung-hwa
2000 "I am a Man" Kim Jang-hoon
2001 "I Love You" Position
2002 "In My Heart" 4U
2003 Project X [48]
2008 "Rain Shower" Kim Jang-hoon
2011 "Cry Cry" T-ara
2012 "Lovey Dovey"
"I'm Sorry" Lena Park

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 Bring Me My Chariot of Fire Lee Soon-woo

Commercials/Endorsements[edit]

Year Product
1995 Kumkang Land Rover
1996 LG Electronics
Kumho Airline
Roem Fashion
1998 Hite Beer
Unam Apartment
1999 Philips Philishave
Konica Centuria
Chamon Cosmetics for Men
SBS Campaign
Oxy Oxy Power Clean
CHB Bank
2000 Basso Homme
Aekyung Chemical: Soonsaem Bubble
2001 Nestlé Korea
Orion Frito-Lay
2002 RU Jeans
2003 LG Telecom
KT 1541 Collect Call
2004 Daewoo Electronics
Zespri® Gold Kiwifruit
SK Telecom NATE Drive
Lotte Chilsung MBP Drink for Kids
Woori Home Shopping
2005 Daewoo Electronics
Ottogi Jin Ramen
Chung Jung Won Sunchang Pepper
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
2007 S-Oil
Kumho Life
Lotte World 'Island Castle'
KT landine phone
2008 S-Oil
Kumho Life
Hedgren Bag
2010 Pantech Sky Vega
Namyang Delicious Milk GT
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
2012 HOME & SHOPPING
Maserati
Amorepacific Median
Schick Hydro 5
DAKS Accessories
JDX
Emporio Armani Watches F/W 2012

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1995 Model Line Best Dressed Award N/A Won
Korea Model Association Model of the Year N/A Won
Korea Fashion Photographers Association Model of the Year N/A Won
12th Best Dressed Awards Best Dressed, Model category N/A Won
1996 Korea Fashion Association Male Model of the Year N/A Won
1997 Model Center's Adieu Fashion Festival Grand Prize/Daesang, Fashion category N/A Won
1999 16th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed N/A Won
2002 25th Golden Cinematography Awards Popularity Award Kick the Moon Won
2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Jail Breakers Won
16th Grimae Awards Best Actor Bodyguard Won
KBS Drama Awards Popularity Award Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor Won
Korea Advertisers Association Good Model Award N/A Won
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Blood Rain Nominated
2007 TVCF Awards Best CF Model for 2006 Won
15th Chunsa Film Art Awards[49] Best Actor My Son Won
Korea Fashion & Design Awards Fashion Icon Award N/A Won
2008 1st Korea Jewelry Awards Sapphire Award N/A Won
2009 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars City Hall Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Won
2010 5th Asia Model Festival Awards Asia Special Award, Film category N/A Won
2011 5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Male Body (Best Six-Pack) N/A Won
Hot Drama Star - Male The Greatest Love Won
4th Style Icon Awards Style Icon of the Year N/A Won
9th Korea Lifestyle Awards[50] Best Dressed of the Year - Male N/A Won
4th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor The Greatest Love Nominated
38th Korea Broadcasting Awards Best Actor Won
24th Grimae Awards Best Actor Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Athena: Goddess of War Nominated
MBC Drama Awards[51] Best Couple Award with Gong Hyo-jin The Greatest Love Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Won
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Nominated

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Jang Dong-gun Voted Korea's Most Bankable Star". The Chosun Ilbo. October 20, 2005.
  5. ^ "Small Town Rivals puts comic twist on friendship". The Korea Herald. March 22, 2007.
  6. ^ "Dogged Cha Seung-won: Movie Tears of Blood". The Dong-a Ilbo. April 13, 2005.
  7. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 혈의 누 (Blood Rain)". Twitch Film. September 12, 2005.
  8. ^ "Cha Seung-won: Not Groomed for Stardom". The Chosun Ilbo. August 2, 2005.
  9. ^ "The Big Scene showcases a clever detective thriller". The Korea Herald. August 11, 2005.
  10. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 박수칠 때 떠나라 (Murder, Take One)". Twitch Film. January 2, 2006.
  11. ^ "Comic star's melodramatic acting in South of the Border". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. April 27, 2006.
  12. ^ "Go South". The Dong-a Ilbo. April 27, 2006.
  13. ^ "Border, Personal Stories of NK Defectors". The Korea Times via Hancinema. May 4, 2006.
  14. ^ "Movies Reflect on Contemporary Fathers". The Korea Times. April 24, 2007.
  15. ^ "Eye Spies Perfect Crime". The Korea Times. July 24, 2008.
  16. ^ "Thriller lays bare the secrets that we keep". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 27, 2009.
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  24. ^ "Interview: Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 2". 10Asia. April 27, 2010.
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  27. ^ "TOP says lived as 17-year-old for 6 months for Fire (1)". 10Asia. May 11, 2010.
  28. ^ "TOP says lived as 17-year-old for 6 months for Fire (2)". 10Asia. May 11, 2010.
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  38. ^ "Korean, Japanese actors come together in Chariot". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 8, 2012. 
  39. ^ "Veteran actor Cha works with YG". The Korea Times. January 20, 2014. 
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  42. ^ "Still cuts show Cha Seung-won garnered as woman in High Heel (2014)". The Korea Herald. May 29, 2014. 
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  50. ^ "Hyundai Mobis awarded grand prize at 2011 Korea Lifestyle Awards". The Korea Herald. December 6, 2011.
  51. ^ "The Greatest Love snags 7 honors at 2011 MBC Drama Awards". 10Asia. January 2, 2012.

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