Gong Yoo

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Gong Yoo
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Born Gong Ji-Chul (공지철)
(1979-07-10) July 10, 1979 (age 34)
Busan, South Korea[1]
Education Kyung Hee University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001-present
Agent Management SOOP

Management SOOP

Korean name
Revised Romanization Kong Yoo
McCune–Reischauer Gong Yoo
Birth name

Gong Ji-chul (Hangul: 공지철; born July 10, 1979) better known by his screen name Gong Yoo (Korean: 공유), is a South Korean actor.


Gong Yoo graduated with B.A. Theater degree at Kyung Hee University. He started his showbusiness career with small parts in dramas and films. He landed his first lead role in Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy in 2005. His acting talent caught the attention of casting directors and audiences and he has become an actor to watch. His role as Choi Han-Kyul in the MBC romantic comedy The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince solidified his status as a leading man. The popularity of the drama made it one of Korea's most watched dramas of 2007, and made Gong Yoo a hallyu star.

The actor finished his mandatory service in the Korean Armed Forces, which started on January 14, 2008 and ended on December 8, 2009.[2]

Gong Yoo initiated and pursued production of a theatrical adaptation of[3][4][5] Gong Ji-young's novel The Crucible, a gift from his senior as congratulation for his promotion during enlistment. This movie was internationally released under the title Silenced. The film sparked public outrage since its release in September 22, 2011. This led to a reopening of the investigations into the incidents the novel and film are based on. Public demand for legislative reform reached to the National Assembly, where a revised bill to target on sex criminals against minors and the disabled, dubbed as the Dogani Bill, was successfully passed in late October 2011.

In 2013, he returned to the big screen after a two year gap in the movie The Suspect (2013 film). He plays an elite North Korean spy who defects after being betrayed by his country.[6]

Other activities[edit]

In November 2013 Gong Yoo was appointed as a special representative in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Korea. In Celebrating the 24th year since the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted. Following his appointment the actor will participate in visiting over 193 countries around the world to raise awareness of the situation of children in underdeveloped countries.


Year Title Role Notes
2001 School 4 [7] Hwang Tae-Young 48 episodes KBS
2002 Whenever the Heart Beats [8] Park Chun-Ho 29 episodes KBS
Hard Love [1] Seo Kyung-Kyul 19 episodes KBS
2003 20 Years [9] Seo Joon 40 episodes SBS
Screen [10] Kim Joon-Pyo 18 episodes SBS
My Room, Your Room [11] Internet drama
2005 Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy Park Tae-In 16 episodes SBS
2006 One Fine Day [12] Seo Gun 16 episodes MBC
2007 The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince Choi Han-Kyul 17 episodes MBC
2012 Big [13] Seo Yoon-Jae/Kang Kyung Joon 16 episodes KBS
2013 Dating Agency: Cyrano Magician Episode 9 (cameo) tvN
Running Man Himself Episode 175 SBS


Year Title Role Notes
2003 My Tutor Friend Lee Jong-Soo
2004 Spy Girl Choi Ko-Bong
Superstar Mr. Gam [14] Park Chul Soon
S Diary[15] Yoo-In
2007 Ryu Ga Gotoku [2] Park Chul Film adaptation of video game Ryu Ga Gotoku
2005 She's on Duty Kang No-Young
2010 Finding Mr. Destiny [3] Han Gi-Joon/Kim Joong Wook Film adaptation of musical Finding Kim Jong-Wook
2011 Silenced [4] Kang In-Ho Film adaptation of Gong Ji-young's novel The Crucible
2013 The Suspect (2013 film) [5] Ji Dong-Chul


Year Program Role Notes
2004 Music Camp [16] MC episodes 2004.01.10~2004.07.03 MBC
(during enlistment)
Best Music [17] MC episodes 155~186 KFN
G.yoo20 [18] DJ 371 episodes KFN



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