Cha Tae-hyun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Cha.
Cha Tae-hyun
Born (1976-03-25) March 25, 1976 (age 38)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Seoul Institute of the Arts - Broadcasting
Kyonggi University - Multimedia Art
Chung-Ang University Graduate School of Mass Communications
Occupation Actor, Singer, Radio DJ
Years active 1995-present
Agent Blossom Entertainment
Religion Christianity
Spouse(s) Choi Suk-eun (m. 2006)
Children Cha Soo-chan
Cha Tae-eun
Cha Su-jin
Korean name
Hangul 차태현
Revised Romanization Cha Tae-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Ch’a T’ae-hyŏn

Cha Tae-hyun (born March 25, 1976) is a South Korean actor and singer. Internationally he is best known for his lead roles in the box-office hit comedies My Sassy Girl and Scandal Makers.


Cha Tae-hyun started his career as a silver medalist in a 1995 KBS Talent Contest. Over the next several years he would star in a large number of TV dramas such as Sunflower and Happy Together, while also appearing in numerous TV commercials.[1] He was the radio DJ for KBS Cool FM's FM Popular Music with Cha Tae-hyun from 1999-2000, and made a minor film debut in the comedy Hallelujah.[2]

Then in 2001 he burst onto the film scene with a bang, in the hugely successful romantic comedy My Sassy Girl opposite Jeon Ji-hyun. Cha's expressive acting established him as a recognized star in Korea as well as the Asian region at large,[3] and he extended his fame by releasing his debut album Accident. His next film Lovers' Concerto (2002), a tragic melodrama with actresses Son Ye-jin and Lee Eun-ju, also proved to be a popular success.[2]

From 2003, however, Cha's casting choices proved to be less inspired. He appeared in three comedies -- Crazy First Love, Happy Ero Christmas and Two Guys—that were widely criticized by audiences for their weak scripts and lack of creativity.[2] He released his second album The Book later that year.

His 2005 films—the relationship film Sad Movie with an all-star ensemble cast, and melodrama My Girl and I opposite Song Hye-kyo, the remake of Japanese hit film Crying Out Love in the Center of the World[2]—were box office disappointments. 2007's Highway Star, in which he played a masked trot singer, was a moderate success.[4]

Cha hosted KBS Cool FM's Mr. Radio from 2007-2008, and was awarded Best Radio DJ at the 2007 KBS Entertainment Awards alongside Ahn Jae-wook.[5] He then portrayed the town's jester who has the intelligence of a six-year-old in BABO (which means "fool" in Korean), a film adaptation of Kang Full's popular online comic.[6]

Cha regained his top star status when his comedy flick Scandal Makers became the number one film of 2008, attracting 8.2 million moviegoers and ranking among Korea's biggest hits of all time. The film centers on a radio talk show host who must face unforeseen consequences of his days of philandering as a teen idol star when he discovers that he already has a daughter (Park Bo-young) and a grandson (Wang Seok-hyun) at the age of 30.[7] As a result of the film's success, the advertising industry named Cha as the top male celebrity endorser of 2009.[8]

He reunited with BABO director Kim Young-tak in 2010's Hello Ghost, a film about a man who after several failed suicide attempts, becomes possessed by four different ghosts.[9] It was another box office success at 3 million tickets sold, and Cha's performance led him to be dubbed as "Korea's Jim Carrey."[10]

Based on a true story, his 2011 film Champ depicts the relationship between a recently injured racehorse named Woo-bak and the jockey who tries to tame her.[11] Cha spent time with the horse before and during filming, luring his four-legged partner with a combination of carrots and sugar cubes.[12]

In 2012 he became a season 2 regular cast member of the variety program 1 Night & 2 Days. The show, which focuses on introducing various places in Korea to the viewers while the cast takes on different missions, has consistently scored high viewership ratings.[13][14]

Cha played his first historical role in The Grand Heist, as the leader of a Joseon era group of thieves who band together to steal ice.[15][16] The action-comedy film was produced by his brother Cha Ji-hyun. He returned to that time period as the titular character in TV series Jeon Woo-chi, an impish Taoist wizard who becomes an unlikely hero.[17]

Personal life[edit]

His father Cha Jae-wan was an assistant director for special effects at KBS, and his mother Choi Su-min, now retired, once did voice-overs.[18]

Cha married his high school sweetheart, pop lyricist Choi Suk-eun on June 1, 2006.[19] They dated for 13 years; she was his first and only girlfriend.[20] They have three children, a son Cha Soo-chan and two daughters Cha Tae-eun and Cha Su-jin.[ambiguous]

He is close friends with singers Kim Jong-kook and Hong Kyung-min, and actor Jang Hyuk.

In 2011 Cha confessed on the SBS talk show Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy that he suffers from a panic disorder.[21]



Year Title Role
1997 Hallelujah Bad youngster in church (bit part)
2001 My Sassy Girl Gyun-woo
2002 Lovers' Concerto Lee Ji-hwan
2003 Crazy First Love Son Tae-il
Happy Ero Christmas Byung-ki
2004 Who's Got the Tape? Jap-beom (cameo)
Windstruck Man at train station (cameo)
Two Guys Kim Hoon
2005 Sad Movie Jung Ha-suk
My Girl and I Kim Su-ho
2007 Highway Star Bong Dal-ho / Bong Pil
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Horton the Elephant (Korean dubbing)
BABO Seung-ryong
My Mighty Princess Pigeon man (cameo)
Scandal Makers Nam Hyun-soo
2009 Maybe (Rabbit and Lizard) Yeong-nam (cameo)
Triangle cameo
2010 Hello Ghost Kang Sang-man
2011 Sunny Poster model of insurance company (cameo)
Champ Seung-ho
2012 Never Ending Story Song-kyung's friend (cameo)
The Grand Heist Lee Deok-mu
2013 Steal My Heart Ho-tae's neighbor (cameo)
2014 Slow Video

Television series[edit]

Year Network Title Role
1995 KBS2 Our Sunny Days of Youth uncredited
1996 KBS2 Papa Jang Jung-moon
KBS2 Looking Into Each Other's Eyes and Loving Each Other
KBS2 Daughter-in-law's Three Kingdoms
1997 KBS2 First Love Chan-woo's friend
MBC Ready Go! Park Chan-ki
1998 MBC Shy Lover Hwang In-soo
MBC Sunflower Dr. Heo Jae-bong
1999 SBS Happy Together Ha Shin-yeop
MBC I'm Still Loving You Park Young-jae
MBC Into the Sunlight Kang In-ha
2000 SBS Juliet's Man Jang Gi-poong
2004 MBC Prince's First Love Choi Gun-hee
2007 KBS2 Flowers for My Life Yoon Ho-sang
2008 MBC General Hospital 2 Choi Jin-sang
2011 MBC Lights and Shadows Drunkard (cameo, ep 2)[22]
2012 KBS2 My Husband Got a Family Tae-bong (cameo, ep 26)[23]
KBS2 Jeon Woo-chi Jeon Woo-chi

Variety show[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
1998 MBC Family Camp MC
SBS Happy Saturday MC
2000 Mnet Mnet KM Music Festival MC Co-host: Kim Hyun-joo
2001 Mnet Mnet KM Music Festival MC Co-host: Song Hye-kyo
2002 MBC Campus Song Festival MC Co-host: Yoon Do-hyun
2003 MBC Campus Song Festival MC Co-host: Lee Hyori
Mnet Mnet KM Music Festival MC Co-host: Sung Yu-ri
2007 MBC Campus Song Festival MC Co-host: Lee Hyori
2008 SBS Family Outing Season 1 Guest ep 23-24
2009 SBS Family Outing Season 1 Guest ep 66-67
2010 MBC ESPN Hit the Ball, Home Run King Guest
SBS Running Man Guest ep 10
2011 SBS Running Man Guest ep 57-58
SBS Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy Guest ep 6
2012–2013 KBS2 1 Night & 2 Days Season 2 Regular Cast
2013-Present KBS2 1 Night & 2 Days Season 3 Regular Cast
2013 Channel 8 Star Awards 2013 Presenter

Radio program[edit]

Year Station Program Role
1999-2000 KBS Cool FM FM Popular Music with Cha Tae-hyun DJ
2007-2008 KBS Cool FM Mr. Radio DJ



Album information Tracklisting
더북 (The Book)


Year Title Notes
2000 "어디로 갈까" Juliet's Man OST
2002 "I Don't Know" Lovers' Concerto OST
"Photograph" Lovers' Concerto OST
2005 "Forget Me" Sad Movie OST
"Don't Let Go of My Hand" Sad Movie OST
2007 "Ichaseon Bridge" Highway Star OST
"Wind Wind Wind" Highway Star OST
2008 "Because I Love You" Scandal Makers OST
2010 "With You" Hello Ghost OST
2011 "Happiness" Champ OST



Year Award Category Nominated work
1995 KBS Super Talent Contest Silver Medal N/A
1999 Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor in TV Sunflower
SBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Happy Together
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor
2000 SBS Drama Awards SBSi Award
Popularity Award
Big Star Award
Juliet's Man
2001 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor My Sassy Girl
2002 Grand Bell Awards Popularity Award
Golden Cinematography Awards Best New Actor My Sassy Girl
Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award Lovers' Concerto
2003 Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award Crazy First Love
2005 Savings Day Presidential Citation N/A
2007 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Radio DJ Mr. Radio
2009 Max Movie Awards Best Actor Scandal Makers
2013 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer 1 Night & 2 Days season 2


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