Daniel Henney

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Daniel Henney
Daniel Henney cropped.jpg
Born Daniel Phillip Henney
(1979-11-28) November 28, 1979 (age 34)
Carson City, Michigan, United States
Occupation Model, actor
Years active 2001–present
Agent South Korea Apple of the Eye Co., Ltd.
United States DNA Model Management
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Korean name
Hangul 다니엘 헤니
Revised Romanization Daniel Heni
McCune–Reischauer Taniel Heni

Daniel Phillip Henney (Hangul: 다니엘 필립 헤니; born November 28, 1979) is an American actor and model, known for starring in films such as Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006), My Father (2007), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Shanghai Calling (2012) and The Last Stand (2013).

Life and career[edit]

Henney was born in Carson City, Michigan. Henney started modeling in the U.S. in 2001 and worked in France, Italy, Hong Kong and Taiwan while attending college. After his debut in South Korea with an advertisement for the Amore Pacific's cosmetic "Odyssey Sunrise", he became a spokesperson for commercials with Jeon Ji-hyun for Olympus cameras and Kim Tae-hee for Daewoo Electronics's Klasse air conditioners.[1][2]

Despite speaking no Korean, Henney became a household name through the South Korean hit TV drama, My Name is Kim Sam Soon. He played the role of Dr. Henry Kim, a surgeon who is devotedly in love with Hee-jin (played by Jung Ryeo-won. Sam Soon was the most popular Korean drama in 2005; although Henney was starring as the supporting actor, his performance and look was widely noticed.

Henney then starred in another drama “Spring Waltz” in 2006. He later learned the language and appeared on a few variety shows, such as Family Outing.[3] Henney was a part of an academic scandal in which many sources stated that he had an Economics degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, while in actuality he had no college degree.[4]

Henney starred in his first feature film in Korea, "Seducing Mr. Perfect." His second film, "My Father," won multiple awards in South Korea and was actually the first time in that country's history that a foreigner swept all the major cinema awards in the Best New Actor category.

In 2009, he portrayed Agent Zero in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In the fall season of 2009, he played "Dr. David Lee" in the CBS television drama Three Rivers.

In 2010, Henney returned to South Korea television for KBS2's The Fugitive: Plan B, alongside Bi Rain and actress Lee Na Young.[5]

Henney is signed with DNA Models in New York under the celebrity-division.[6]


Television series[edit]


TV Commercials / Advertisements[edit]

LG Border Wireless LED TV, Daniel Henney, September 2009
Daniel Henney 2009 LG ad.jpg


Years Awards
  • 27th Critics Choice Award: Best New Actor for My Father[16]
  • The 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Best New Actor for My Father
  • The 6th MBC Movie Awards: Best New Actor for My Father
  • The 3rd Premiere Rising Star Awards: Best New Actor for My Father
  • Dong Ah TV’s Fashion Award: Best Dresser [17]


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