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3 February 1971 |
Cheongyang, South Chungcheong, South Korea
|Alma mater||Hanyang University
(B.A. Theater, 1989)
|Occupation||Actor, restaurateur and politician|
|Known for||Actor, restaruateur entrepreneur|
|Revised Romanization||Hong Seok-cheon|
Hong Seok-cheon (hangul:홍석천, hanja:洪錫天, born February 3, 1971) is a South Korean actor, broadcasters, restaurateur and member of 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. After his sister's divorce he adopted her children and changed their last names to his. In 2008 he hosted his own television talk show, "Coming Out", a program that featured the lives of homosexuals.
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. He was a guest in Barefoot Friends for the homemade healthy food segment. He was a guest in King of TV rating and Radio Star. He was also a guest in QTV's A Woman Who Ranks. He recently appeared as a meddler in We Got Married in 2014. He also is in process in co-hosting a Transgender show with a comedian Shin Dongyeop soon. In August 2014, he was a special guest on Non-Summit In August 2014, he was in MBC's documentary People are Good.
- People are Good (MBC 2014)
- Roommate(SBS 2014)
- Sense8 (Netflix 2015, as Tony Hong)
- The Time I Loved You - 7000 Days (SBS 2015) cameo (Ep. 3)
- Masked Prosecutor (KBS2, 2015)
- Triangle (MBC, 2014)
- Reply 1994 (TvN, 2013) cameo (Ep. 2)
- A Tale of Two Sisters (2013) cameo
- Dummy Mommy (SBS, 2012)
- Vampire Prosecutor (OCN) Season 2, Ep. 6
- Saving Madame Go Bong Shil (CSTV, 2011)
- Jung Yak Yong (OCN, 2009)
- Assorted Gems (MBC, 2009)
- Swallow the Sun (SBS, 2009)
- That Fool (KBS2, 2009) cameo
- Aeja's Older Sister, Minja (SBS, 2008)
- Life Special Investigation Team (MBC, 2008)
- Golden Bride (SBS, 2007)
- Kid Gang (OCN, 2007)
- Hyena (tvN, 2006)
- Sad Love Story (MBC, 2005)
- 18 vs. 29 (KBS, 2005) cameo
- Perfect Love (SBS, 2003)
- Three Guys and Three Girls (MBC, 1996)
- LA Arirang (SBS, 1995)
- A Midnight Night's Dream
- Fashion King (2014 , MC, cameo)
- Sky and Sea (2009, hair designer, cameo)
- The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan (2008, suit store owner, cameo)
- Puzzle (2006, "Noh")
- The Art of Seduction (2005)
- Last Present (2001, "Cheong-choon", cameo)
- No. 3 (1997, cameo)
- "Time Magazine Selects Korean Actor Hong Seok-cheon as Asian Hero". Chosun Ilbo. September 24, 2004. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
- Cho, Joohee (May 27, 2009). "Breaking the Gay Taboo in South Korea". ABC News. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- Glionna, John M. (March 5, 2012). "South Korean actor throws open closet door". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
- Han, Sang-hee (April 13, 2008). "Actor Hong Suk-Chun to Host Coming Out". The Korea Times. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
- ‘비정상회담’홍석천이 장위안을 식당에 채용한 이유 “외모와 미소때문” (in Korean). Korea Herald. August 15, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- "Sky and Sea (Movie - 2009)". Hancinema. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- "The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan (Movie - 2008)". Hancinema. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- "Puzzle (Movie - 2006)". Hancinema. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- "The Art of Seduction (Movie - 2005)". Hancinema. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- "Last Present (Movie - 2001)". Hancinema. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- "No. 3 (Movie - 1997)". Hancinema. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- Hong Seok-cheon on Twitter
- Hong Seok-cheon at the Internet Movie Database
- Cineseoul profile
- Korea.net News
- The Korea Herald
- The Chosun Ilbo
- The Chosun Ilbo
- Hong Suk-chun talks about coming out of the closet The Korea Herald-2013.02.04.
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