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|Born||Gong Ji-Chul (공지철)
July 10, 1979
Busan, South Korea
|Education||Kyung Hee University - Theater|
|Revised Romanization||Kong Yoo|
Gong Ji-chul (Hangul: 공지철; born July 10, 1979) better known by his stage name Gong Yoo (Korean: 공유), is a South Korean actor. He is currently a "special representative" of the United Nations Children’s Fund in Korea.
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 first lead role was 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.
Gong Yoo initiated and pursued production of a theatrical adaptation of 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 November 20, 2013 Gong 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.
|2001||School 4 ||Hwang Tae-Young||48 episodes KBS|
|2002||Whenever ||Park Chun-Ho||29 episodes KBS|
|Hard Love ||Seo Kyung-Kyul||19 episodes KBS|
|2003||20 Years ||Seo Joon||40 episodes SBS|
|Screen ||Kim Joon-Pyo||18 episodes SBS|
|My Room, Your Room ||Internet drama|
|My Tutor Friend||Jong-Soo|
|2004||Spy Girl||Choi Ko-Bong|
|Superstar Mr. Gam |
|2005||Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy||Park Tae-In||16 episodes SBS|
|She's on Duty||Kang No-Young|
|2006||One Fine Day ||Seo Gun||16 episodes MBC|
|2007||Ryu Ga Gotoku ||Park Chul||Film adaptation of video game Ryu Ga Gotoku|
|The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince||Choi Han-Kyul||17 episodes MBC|
|2010||Finding Mr. Destiny ||Han Gi-Joon||Film adaptation of musical Finding Kim Jong-Wook|
|2011||Silenced ||Kang In-Ho||Film adaptation of Gong Ji-young's novel The Crucible|
|2012||Big ||Seo Yoon-Jae/Kang Kyung Joon||16 episodes KBS|
|2013||Dating Agency: Cyrano||Magician||Cameo on Episode 9 tvN|
|The Suspect||Ji Dong-Chul||Post-production|
|2004||Music Camp ||MC||episodes 2004.01.10~2004.07.03 MBC|
|Best Music ||MC||episodes 155~186 KFN|
|G.yoo20 ||DJ||371 episodes KFN|
- 2011 Blue Dragon Film Awards: Popularity Award (Silenced)
- 2007 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award (Coffee Prince)
- 2007 Mnet 20's Choice Awards: Best Style
- 2006 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries (One Fine Day)
- 2003 SBS Drama Awards: New Star Award
- 2010–present: Mindbridge Clothing
- 2012–present: Samsung
- 2013: Maxim Kanu Coffee
- 2013: Discovery Expedition Clothing
- "백지연의 피플 인사이드'공유편'-A sincere talk with Gong Yoo (English subtitled)" (in Korean). 9 October 2011.
- "INTERVIEW Actor Gong Yoo - Part 1". 27 September 2011.
- "INTERVIEW Actor Gong Yoo - Part 2". 27 September 2011.