Jang Keun-suk

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Jang Geun-Suk
Jang Keun-suk from acrofan.jpg
Born (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actor, Singer, Model
Years active 1992-present
Agent TreeJ Entertainment[1]
Height 180.4 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Korean name
Hangul 장근
Revised Romanization Jang Geun-seok
McCune–Reischauer Chang Kŭnsŏk

Jang Geun-suk (Hangul: 장근석; hanja: 張根碩) (born August 4 1987 in Danyang County, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea), is a South Korean actor, singer and model. He is best known for playing the role of band leader Hwang Tae Kyung in the 2009 drama You're Beautiful, with Lee Hong-gi, Jung Yong-hwa, Park Shin-hye and Uee, as well as the role of Kang Mu Gyul in the 2010 romantic comedy series Mary Stayed Out All Night, with Moon Geun-young , as Seo In Ha/Seo Joon in 2012 Love Rain with Yoona of Girls' Generation,and Dokgo Ma-te in 2013-2014 Pretty Man with IU .[2][3]

Early life and career[edit]

Geun Suk started working as a child model at the age of five after he was discovered by a talent agent. At that time, Geun-Suk's parents were selling their house and the agent, who was a prospective buyer, saw Geun-Suk. Seeing his potential, the agent advised Geun-Suk's parents to allow him to try a career in modeling.

Geun Suk made his acting debut in 1997 HBS (now Channel CGV) sitcom Selling Happiness (Haengbokdo Pabnida). He then continued to work in television as a child actor. In middle school, Geun-Suk heard the music of Japanese pop singer Ken Hirai. He was inspired enough by these bands to start learning Japanese by himself. In junior high school, Geun-Suk went to school in New Zealand, where he attended Nelson College in 2003,[4] to learn English and Japanese. Because of his studies in New Zealand, he can carry casual conversations in both languages.

Even though Geun Suk wanted to continue his studies in New Zealand, a job offer brought him back to South Korea, a role in the popular MBC sitcom Nonstop 4. After his work in Nonstop 4, Geun-Suk fell into a self-perceived slump and didn't think his acting was good enough. He decided then to re-devote himself to becoming a true actor.


In 2005, Geun-Suk's portrayal of the president's son in the SBS drama Lovers in Prague became a hit and was well regarded by drama fans.

In 2006, Geun-Suk made the jump to the big screen in the Japanese horror film One Missed Call: Final where he played the role of a deaf boy. Using his past experience with the Japanese language, Geun-Suk was able to communicate with his Japanese co-stars with ease. He also learned sign language in preparation for his role.

Back on the small screen, he next played the role of Kim Eun-ho, Hwang Jin-yi's first love in the TV drama Hwang Jin-i. Geun-Suk's performance gained the attention of many female fans.

In 2007, Geun-Suk was cast in the rock music-themed film The Happy Life. His portrayal of Hyeon-ju allowed Keun-Suk to show off his masculine charms, as well as display his skills as a singer. Jang was co-MC with Heechul of Super Junior on SBS's weekly live music show Inkigayo, from 25 February to 7 October 2007.

In 2008, Geun-Suk would go on to act in two more music-inspired titles with the feature film Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do and the hit MBC TV drama Beethoven Virus starring opposite Kim Myung Min. He also starred in the KBS drama, Hong Gil Dong, as Prince Lee Changhwi. He starred alongside the baby actor Moon Mason in the movie Baby and I.

2009 and onwards[edit]

Keun-Suk's next role in the 2009 thriller The Case of Itaewon Homicide was his first villain role. The film is based on the true story of a murder that occurred at a Burger King restaurant in Itaewon, South Korea. Keun-Suk portrayed the role of Pearson who was a disturbed young Korean-American accused of stabbing a student to death. Keun-Suk spoke his lines in English throughout the entire film, a job he did well, according to BeyondHollywood.com: "Jang Keun Suk performs very well as the sullen Pearson."[5]

Film critics and moviegoers also praised Keun-Suk for his acting. A movie review posted on LondonKoreanLinks.com said: "The casting is cleverly done with Jang as the ‘innocent’ accused, his popularity allowing the audience to feel some empathy and warmth to an otherwise unattractive character. He does well in this role, a break from his normal cheerful persona and, combined with the fact he has to speak English through most of the film, it’s quite impressive. Its not perfect American accent of course, but it plays a vital part in itself."[6]

In You're Beautiful, Keun-Suk played the role of Hwang Tae-Kyung, leader of pop band A.N.Jell, who falls in love with a fellow band member who is a female pretending to be a guy on behalf of her twin brother, played by Park Shin Hye. The show also starred Lee Hong-gi and Jung Yong-hwa as the band's drummer and guitarist, respectively.

Keun-Suk was also one of the actors who appeared in the photoshoot "Kolon Christmas Photo Shoot" in 2008, along with co-actors Joo Jin-mo, Song Il-gook, Go Soo, and Park Jae-jung. He also was a host on Tracking Your X Boyfriend. He's also known for his outspoken personality and tectonic dance.

Although he sings for some of his dramas, he has not released any music of his own except for a few songs done for advertisements: "Black Engine" for Mens cosmetics and skin care, and "Touch Holic", "Just Drag" and "Magic Drag" for Samsung's YP-M1 mp3 player from the YEPP line.

Keun-Suk did some advertisements in 2010–2011 such as Ole Beauty Candy, Zegda CF, Code Combines CF and Samsung Galaxy Player.[7]

His first single as a singer, "Let Me Cry," was released by Pony Canyon in Japan on April 27, 2011. "Let Me Cry" debuted at number 1 on Japan's Oricon single charts, selling 119,149 copies on its first week of release, making him the first non-Japanese act to have the debut single to debut at number 1 on the charts.[8] "This made him win as Best New Artist in the 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards held last January (2012)" .[9]

In August 2011, Jang Keun Suk and Moon Geun Young went to Japan for their Mary Stayed Out All Night Tour. There were a total of 4 Mary Stayed Out All Night Fanmeetings in Japan, 2 Meetings in Tokyo and 2 meetings in Osaka. Their Fanmeeting is the largest FM to date which can accommodate in more than 60,000 people.

By the month-end of September 2011, Jang officially released his first Chinese album, titled The Lounge H Vol.1, in China and throughout Southeast Asia.[10][11] Jang worked with friend and musician Big Brother (大兄弟/Jung Kurt) to create the duo in Team H. Big Brother took part in writing, producing, re-making songs, and even rapping. The Lounge H Vol.1 has 4 tracks with the leading song "Gotta Getcha." Jang has reportedly written the lyrics for this song himself. The track has a strong beat and powerful rap. The album also includes a music video for "Gotta Getcha" and special backstage clips.

Keun Suk agreed to play the role of the pet character in the Korean movie adaptation of the Japanese drama Kimi wa Petto, based on the manga of the same name. You're My Pet was released in November 2011.

On January 18 of 2012, Oricon[12] reported that Jang will release a new album Lounge H (The First Impression was later added to the title) in Japan as part of the two-member group Team H (the other member being DJ Big Brother). To be released on March 21 and only available in Japan, this album will have its own original style with brand new jacket photos and packaging. It was emphasized that this album is not Lounge H Vol.1, which Team H released the year before. The new Japanese album will have seven tracks of rock and electronic genre, including "Gotta Getcha."[13]

On February 23 of 2012, HS Media (韩星经纪) revealed on their official Weibo that Team H had won its first awards[14] with their debut EP Lounge H Vol. 1. At the 2012 IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales Awards, based on the highest album record sales, the album was to be awarded the Best Selling Album and the Best Korean Album. Since mid-October 2011, the album had been sold in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong with impressive sales results, breaking through platinum.

The TV melodrama Love Rain, starring Jang and Girls' Generation's Yoona and made by drama PD Yoon Seok-ho, was aired on KBS2 every Monday and Tuesday at 21:55 from March 26 to May 29.[15]

By the end of May 2012, Jang released another Japanese album, now titled Just Crazy.[16] It is his official debut full-length album and it made history on the Oricon charts. "The album debuted at No. 1 on the Oricon daily singles chart with 53,000 copies sold. It again topped the weekly singles chart with 88,009 copies sold."[9] Jang Keun Suk is the first male international solo artist ever to reach the top of both the Oricon daily and weekly charts, and second overall after BoA with her "Listen To My Heart" to accomplish this feat. He is also the first artist in over 17 years to have topped both charts with the first single ("Let Me Cry") and the first studio album.[17]

On June 10, Jang released a Japanese cookbook titled, Love Recipe. It features twenty recipes, essays, and photo shoots.[18]

His song, 200 Miles, is also featured as the opening of Fairy Tail the Movie: The Phoenix Priestess.



Year Title Role Broadcast Notes
1998 Hug (포옹) Won Joo
2000 School3 (학교3) Kang Won Seok's younger brother
2001 Ladies Of The Palace / Women's World (여인천하) young Jeong Ryeom SBS
Four Sisters' Story (네 자매 이야기) Yeong Hoon MBC
2002 Orange (오렌지) himself
The Great Ambition (대망) young Park Shi-yeong SBS
2003 Nonstop 4 (논스톱4) Jang Keun-Suk MBC
2005 Lovers in Prague (프라하의 연인) Yoon Gun-hee SBS Supporting Role
2006 Alien Teacher / Alien Sam


Bong Saem (Luxurious) Tooniverse Main Role
Hwang Jin-i (황진이) Kim Eun Ho KBS2 Lead Role
2008 Hong Gil Dong (쾌도홍길동) Lee Chang Hwi KBS2 Lead Role
Beethoven Virus (베토벤 바이러스) Kang Geon Woo (Trumpet) MBC Lead Role
2009 You're Beautiful (미남이시네요) Hwang Tae Kyung SBS Main Role
2010 Mary Stayed Out All Night / Marry Me, Mary! (매리는 외박중) Kang Mu-Kyul KBS2 Main Role
2011 Ikemen desu ne (美男ですね) as Himself / Gunsoku

(Cameo, Episode 8)

TBS Japanese adaptation of You're Beautiful
2012 The Center of the New Hallyu, I Am Jang Keun Suk

(신한류의 중심, 나는 장근석)

Jang Keun Suk KBS2
Sekai no Purinsu e! Chan Gunsoku ~ 24 sai no Sugao~ Jang Keun Suk Fuji TV
Love Rain (사랑비) Seo In Ha & Seo Joon KBS2 Main Role
2013 Pretty Man (예쁜남자) Dok Go Ma Te KBS2 Main Role

Bel Ami (English title) / Pretty Boy (early English title) / Beautiful Man (literal title) / Pretty Man (literal title)

Revised romanization: Yebbeun Namja

Hangul: 예쁜남자


Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Owl Museum Lee Jung Woo Short film
2006 One Missed Call: Final

(Chakushin Ari: Final)

An Jinu Japanese film
2007 The Happy Life (즐거운 인생) Park Hyeon-jun Award, see Awards section below
2008 Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do


Shin Eun-gyu Main Role
2008 Baby and I (아기와 나) Han Joon-Su Main Role
2008 Crazy Waiting Park Won-jae Main Role
2009 The Case of Itaewon Homicide

(이태원 살인사건)

Robert J. Pearson English-speaking role as a Korean-American

(film based on the true story of the murder in Itaewon)

Award, see Awards section below

2011 You're My Pet (너는팻) In Ho / "Momo"
2015 Camp film director Short film

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
2008 "Black Engine" (debut single)
"We Can Make It" (with Tim Hwang and Son Ho Young)
2009 "Toucholic"
"Just Drag"
2010 "Magic Drag" (with HyoRin (SISTAR))
2011 "Let Me Cry"
2012 "Crazy Crazy Crazy"
"Can't Stop" (with Team H)
2013 "Nature Boy"
"I See You (ICU)" (feat. Park Min Young)[19]
"I Just Wanna Have Fun" (with Team H)
"Beautiful Change" (with Team H)
"Feel The Beat" (with Team H)
"What is Your Name?" (with Team H)
2014 "Dream Journey in Jeju" (with Park Shin-hye)[20]
"Raining on the Dance Floor" (with Team H)
"Take Me" (with Team H)


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Result
  • MNet TOP 100 Charming Guys Who are Single
2006 Won
2007 Won
2008 Won
2009 Won
2010 Won
  • 15th Global Chinese Music Awards: Most Popular Korean Artist Award
  • Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award: Cultural Minister of Finance Award
  • 19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards: Hallyu Grand Award
  • Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards: Taiwan Top Searched Single Korean Artist[24]
  • 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards: Best 3 New Artists (with 2PM and B2ST)[25]
  • 10th IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales Awards: Best Selling Album - The Lounge H Vol. 1 (with Big Brother)[14]
  • 10th IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales Awards: Best Korean Album - The Lounge H Vol. 1 (with Big Brother)
  • 48th Baeksang Arts Awards: Male Popularity Award - You're My Pet
  • 2012 Huading Awards: Top 100 Asian Celebrities - #3[26]
  • 27th Japan Gold Disc Awards: Best 3 Albums - Just Crazy [27]
2013 Nominated
2014 Nominated
  • "TOP 5 STARS That Are Coolest To Their Fans"(ranked #1)


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  24. ^ Super Junior Sweeps Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards
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