December 28, 1962 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Choe Su-jong|
Choi Soo-jong (alternately Choi Su-Jong, born on December 28, 1962) is a South Korean actor. Choi made his debut in 1987 as a young actor in the TV soap opera ‘Love Tree’. He has appeared in movies, on television and as an MC for various award shows. He has received worldwide recognition for his leading roles in several highly successful shows. Most recently he garnered acclaim for his portrayals of the principal characters in the Korean historical dramas Emperor of the Sea playing the role of Jang Bogo, and as the title character Dae Joyoung in the epic series Dae Jo Yeong (TV series).
When reflecting on his more than twenty years as an actor, Choi said "To an actor, fame is short, but acting is long."
As a public figure and social activist, Choi Soo-jong has sought to project an image of integrity and wholesomeness. His fidelity to his wife and dedication to his role as father and husband are widely discussed in the media, although he strives to retain his family's privacy. Choi also openly discusses his commitment to clean living through regular exercise and healthy eating. Despite his advancing age, Choi continues to accept physically challenging roles that require horseback riding, combat and swordsmanship, and exposure to extreme temperatures. His youthful appearance and physical fitness allow Choi to play characters much younger than his actual age.
Despite Choi's image of integrity and health, in 2007 his career was briefly overshadowed by scandal. In a series of news stories, it was revealed that several high-profile Korean actors had falsified their academic credentials. Choi was among those whose educational background on his resume proved to be exaggerated and included untrue information. Choi tearfully apologized for misleading the public.
In 2010, Choi was cast in a lead role in Legend of the Patriots, a remake of the 1975 series Comrades. According to a press release from KBS, Choi found acting in a war drama even more challenging than the historical dramas he is known for. When asked why he chose to pursue the challenging genre of war drama, Choi stated "There is a problem though that the more I act, the more I become greedy for acting. What do I have to do from now on? Anyway, I want to remain as a good actor as I put more effort into managing myself"."
Choi is married to actress Ha Hee Ra, a Hwagyo. They have two children together: son Min-seo and daughter Yoon-seo. Choi Soo-jong and Ha Hee Ra's happy marriage is well-known in Korea. When Ha was pregnant, Choi did the housework, cooked, and let her rest, a fact that has made Choi very popular with Korean women and jokingly scorned by Korean men. In a television interview in early 2010, Choi's wife Ha stated the her husband is a better housekeeper than she is. Choi is frequently seen text messaging and making phone calls with his wife Ha Hee Ra while filming and was even documented doing so in the television special for Emperor of the Sea.
Choi has a reputation amongst co-stars as funny and bright. He is known as a jokester on the set that has earned him the title "NG Mawang" (NG Master). When he makes an NG (blooper), he attempts to make light of his error.
In his free time, Choi enjoys playing soccer on Sunday mornings. In 2008, Choi announced that he would also begin studying English in his spare time.
When not filming, Choi and his wife also are involved with charitable projects both jointly and separately. They contribute regularly to charitable causes in addition to actively volunteering for causes such as disabled children and were actively involved in the cleaning up after the massive oil spill in Korea in 2007. In the first half of 2009, Choi and Ha were selected to be the ambassadors for a worldwide campaign against tuberculosis. Also in 2009, Choi and Ha became goodwill ambassadors of the National Museum of Korea and sponsored a project to provide 50,000 Korean language guidebooks for visitors to the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Additionally, in December 2008, Choi was one of five celebrities appointed as a goodwill ambassador to the Korean capital Seoul. As a member of the "Fabulous Five," Choi was chosen to publicize the international appeal of the city. In June 2009, Choi Soo-jong and six other high profile actors waived their fees to teach master acting classes at Im Kwon-taek Film and Art College of Dongseo University.
- A Man Who Can't Even Kiss (1994)
- A Woman Of Downstairs and A Man Of Upstairs (1992)
- Do You Like Rain Stopped Afternoon (1991)
- In A Starry Night (1991)
- To You Once Again (1991)
- Well, It's A Secret (1990)
- Il Ji Mae, The Superman (1990)
- A Young Punch (1988)
- Into the Flames (TV Chosun, 2014)
- The King's Dream (KBS1, 2012)
- For My Son (KBS2, 2011)
- President (KBS2, 2010)
- Legend of the Patriots (remake of Comrades)(KBS, 2010)
- Hometown Legends -"The Curse of Sajin Sword" episode (KBS2, 2008)
- Dae Jo Yeong (KBS, 2007)
- Emperor of the Sea (KBS, 2004)
- War of the Roses (MBS, 2004)
- Choi Su Jong Show (2003)
- Above the Green Fields (alternate title- On the Prairie) (KBS, 2003)
- Man of the Sun (KBS2, 2002)
- Emperor Wang Guhn (alternately- Taejo Wang Geon) (KBS, 2000)
- When She Beckons
- First Love (KBS, 1996)
- Pilot (MBC, 1993)
- Jealousy (MBC, 1992)
Awards and nominations
|1990||KBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award||Won|
|1991||Baeksang Arts Awards||Popularity Award in TV||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award||Won|
|1992||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Won|
|1993||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Won|
|1994||Baeksang Arts Awards||Popularity Award in TV||Won|
|1995||KBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award||Won|
|1996||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Won|
|1998||Korea Broadcasting Awards||Best Actor||Legendary Ambition||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Photogenic Award||Won|
|1999||Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor in TV||Won|
|2001||KBS Drama Awards||Grand Prize/Daesang||Emperor Wang Gun||Won|
|2002||KBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award||Won|
|2003||KBS Drama Awards||Special Award||Won|
|2005||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Emperor of the Sea||Won|
|2006||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Dae Jo Yeong||Nominated|
|2007||KBS Drama Awards||Netizen Award||Won|
|2008||Seoul International Drama Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Won|
|2013||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||The King's Dream||Nominated|