Hong Seok-cheon

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Hong Seok-cheon
Born (1971-02-03) 3 February 1971 (age 43)
Cheongyang, South Chungcheong, South Korea[1]
Nationality South Korean
Alma mater Hanyang University
(B.A. Theater, 1989)[1]
Occupation Actor, restaurateur and politician
Known for Actor, restaruateur entrepreneur
Spouse(s) none
Children two(Adopted son, adopted daughter[2])
This is a Korean name; the family name is Hong.
Hong Seok-cheon
Revised Romanization Hong Seok-cheon
McCune–Reischauer Hong Sŏkch'ŏn

Hong Seok-cheon (hangul:홍석천, hanja:洪錫天, born February 3, 1971) is a South Korean actor, broadcasters, restaurateur and politician for the Democratic Labor Party. He was a male model and actor before causing considerable controversy in his home country when he came out as gay in 2000. Hong is the most prominent openly gay celebrity in Korea.


Hong was born in Cheongyang town, Cheongyang county in South Chungcheong. Hong Seok-cheon appeared on South Korean television, including children's programmes and variety shows. After revealing his homosexuality, the network fired him from his prime-time variety show, and he went on to be selected by Time magazine as the 2004 Asian Hero. He also appeared in the thriller films Ggotcheul deun namja (English release title Man Holding Flowers) in 1997, and the 2001 film Hera Purple as well as a 1998 romantic release titled Tie a Yellow Ribbon.

In 2005 he appeared with his parents on the Korean talk show Lee Honglyol, Park Ju-mi's Yoyumanman to discuss his life since coming out.[3] After his sister's divorce he adopted her children and changed their last names to his. In 2012 he appeared on popular variety show Strong Heart. He also appeared on Korean variety shows Happy Together in 2013 and 2014 and Running Man in 2014 as a guest.

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  1. ^ a b "홍석천 탤런트, 영화배우". Naver. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  2. ^ his real nephew, his one elder sister's child
  3. ^ HanCinema

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