Eric Mun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Mun.
Eric Mun
Birth name Mun Jung-hyuk
Born (1979-02-16) 16 February 1979 (age 36)
Seoul, South Korea
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres K-pop, J-pop, Dance
Occupation(s) singer, actor, producer
Instruments Vocals, Saxophone
Years active 1998–present
Labels SM Entertainment, Good Entertainment, Top Class Entertainment, E&J Entertainment
Associated acts Shinhwa
Korean name
Revised Romanization Mun Jeong-hyeok
McCune–Reischauer Mun Chŏnghyŏk

Eric Mun (born February 16, 1979) is a Korean American singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Shinhwa. He has also starred in several dramas such as Phoenix and Super Rookie. He was with Top Class Entertainment from 2007 to December 2013. In 2014 Eric teams up with is long time manager of 10 years, Lee Jong Hyun, to set up a new management agency E&J Entertainment for his individual activities. Eric is also the CEO of Shinhwa Company with Lee Min-woo as co-CEO since 2011, with the remaining members: Kim Dong-wan, Shin Hye-sung, Jun Jin and Andy Lee as shareholders.


Eric Mun (Mun Jung-hyuk) was born in Seoul. He is the youngest of the 3 siblings with 2 older sisters. Eric attended Daechi Elementary School located in Seoul. When his family moved to the US, he went to John Burroughs Middle School located in Los Angeles, CA, Parks Junior High School and Sunny Hills High School, both of which are located in Fullerton, CA. In 1996 Eric returned to Korea and he joined SM Entertainment as a trainee and was featured as a rapper on label mate girl group S.E.S.'s single "I'm Your Girl" along with Andy. On 24 March 1998, using the stage name Eric, he debuted with Shinhwa with their single "해결사" (The Solver) on KM Music Tank. He stated that their debut album Resolver did not perform well and the band almost disbanded. At the time, he thought seriously about giving up and returning to the U.S.[1] He graduated from Dongguk University with a major in Theatre and Film, as one of its notable students.

2004: The start of acting career[edit]

Even though in 2002 Eric and his Shinhwa band mates had cameo appearance in the movie Emergency 19 Act, Eric’s career as an actor really started in 2003 when director Park Sung Soo gave him 0.5 second to make a decision whether taking on a supporting roll for MBC’s series Breathless (I Run). Eric responded with a "Yes" and that opened door to the path of acting.[2] In early 2004, he got a big break with the immensely popular drama Phoenix (Bulsae). The huge success of Phoenix further launch Eric to super stardom. Most memorable line was the infamous super cheesy “Do you smell anything burning? My heart is burning” that is still currently being used, parodied in many dramas and shows.

2005-2006: Acting and injury[edit]

In 2005, Mun starred in lead role in MBC's Super Rookie with actress Han Ga-in.[3] It was also broadcast on Fuji Television. It got solid rating in Korea during the broadcast. Super Rookie was also a big hit in Japan after Fuji TV paid ₩2 billion for the broadcast rights in Japan.[4] It sparked a huge response in Japan when it was broadcast there, as the viewers could relate to the drama that further launch Eric to the Hallyu wave. In December 2005, Eric went to promote Super Rookie in Japan. Huge crowd was waiting to see him at the airport. Fuji TV and Narita Airport treated him like State Guest.[5]

In early 2006, Mun was injured on the set of MBC drama Wolf, resulting in it being pulled off air after four episodes. Mun was injured whilst shooting a scene, near Namdaemun in Seoul, where he was to save co-star Han Ji-min from being run over by a car. However the stunt car driver misunderstood the signals drove at them at 40 km/h and did not stop in front of them as planned.[6]

In August, after the successful run of Super Rookie, especially in Japan,[7] Eric collaborated again with its writers in Invincible Parachute Agent (also known as Korea Secret Agency).[8]

2008: Military service[edit]

Gave up his American Citizenship in 2003 [9][10] to be able to serve his military duty, Eric was the first Shinhwa member to enlist for mandatory military service in October 2008. Because of his back injury from the filming of Wolf drama, Eric served non-active duty e.g. public service worker after under going four weeks of basic training. He was discharged on 30 October 2010.[11]

After being discharged, Mun's first project was supposed to be KBS's action drama Poseidon opposite Kim Ok-bin, set for broadcast in July 2011. However they dropped out when production was halted after the Bombardment of Yeonpyeong incident in November 2010.[12] Instead, he made his comeback in another KBS drama, Spy Myung-wol with Han Ye-seul in July, playing a Korean wave star who is at the center of a kidnap plot by North Korean agents.[13][14]

On 1 July 2011, Mun became CEO (with Lee Min-woo as co-CEO) of Shinhwa Company, a joint venture agency for members Shinhwa to perform as a group. The Company manages the group as a whole, whilst members' individual activities are managed by their respective agencies.[15]

As part of Top Class Entertainment he produced girl group Stellar, who debuted in August 2011 with the song "Rocket Girl".[16]

2012: Shinhwa Comeback[edit]

In March 2012, Eric reunited with his Shinhwa band mates for their comeback after four years, under the management of Shinhwa Company. The group released their tenth studio album The Return on 23 March 2012,[17][18] launched their comeback concerts 2012 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Return throughout Asia[19][20] and their first exclusive variety program Shinhwa Broadcast premiered on 17 March 2012 on cable channel JTBC.[21]

Mun's rap is featured on Brown Eyed Girls' Ga In's digital single "Nostalgia", released on 30 November 2012.[22]

2013: Shinhwa Comeback[edit]

On February 8, 2013, Shinhwa’s agency announced the legendary group’s comeback through their official website. The poster for their comeback 2013 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Classic to commemorate the group’s 15 years since their debut was revealed. The album's name called The Classic.

It became a huge success, the concert's tickets were sold out within minutes. Mun along with Shinhwa won many awards in 2013. People regarded them as the Longest Running Boy Band in the South Korean music industry.

December 2013, Mun's contract with Top Class Entertainment came to an end. He didn't re-sign another contract with Top Class Entertainment.[23][24]

2014: Return to Acting[edit]

In March, Eric successfully concluded the 16th Anniversary Concerts with Shinhwa. After several casting offers from KBS,[25][26] Eric returns to the small screen in August with the drama Discovery of Love, which reunites him with Jung Yu-mi, who was his co-star in MBC's 2007 Que Sera, Sera.[27][28][29] It was also announced that he has formed his own management company, E&J Entertainment with his manager of 10 years, Lee Jong-hyun.[30]


Television dramas[edit]


Personal life[edit]

Eric previously dated actresses Kim Hee-sun and Park Si-yeon.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Phoenix Won
Popularity Award, Actor Won
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Super Rookie Won
Most Popular Actor (TV) Won
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Won
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Diary of June Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Invincible Parachute Agent Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2014 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Discovery of Love Won
Netizen's Award, Actor Won
Best Couple Award with Jung Yu-mi Won
Grand Prize Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
Popularity, Actor Nominated


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