August 4, 1987 |
Danyang County, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea
|Education||Hanyang University - Theater and Film|
|Occupation||Actor, Singer, Model|
|Height||180.4 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Revised Romanization||Jang Geun-seok|
Jang Keun-suk (Hangul: 장근석; hanja: 張根碩; born August 4, 1987) is a South Korean actor, model and singer. He is best known for starring in the television dramas Beethoven Virus (2008), You're Beautiful (2009), Mary Stayed Out All Night (2010), Love Rain (2012), and Pretty Man (2013).
Jang Keun-suk started working as a child model at the age of five after he was discovered by a talent agent. At that time, Jang's parents were selling their house and the agent, who was a prospective buyer, saw Jang. Seeing his potential, the agent advised Jang's parents to allow him to try a career in modeling.
In middle school, Jang 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, Jang went to school in New Zealand, where he attended Nelson College in 2003, to learn English and Japanese. Because of his studies in New Zealand, he can carry casual conversations in both languages.
Even though Jang 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, Jang 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 2006, Jang 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, Jang was able to communicate with his Japanese co-stars with ease. He also learned sign language in preparation for his role.
In 2007, Jang was cast in the rock music-themed film The Happy Life, directed by Lee Joon-ik. His role allowed Jang to show off his masculine charms, as well as display his skills as a singer. Jang then co-hosted SBS's weekly live music show Inkigayo from February 25 to October 7, 2007.
In 2008, Jang would go on to act in two more music-inspired projects with the film Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do and the hit MBC drama Beethoven Virus opposite Kim Myung-min, in which he played a trumpet player in an orchestra. He also starred in the KBS drama, Hong Gil-dong as the fictional brother of King Gwanghae who vies for Joseon's throne. Afterwards, he starred with child actor Moon Mason in the movie Baby and I.
Jang's next role in the 2009 thriller The Case of Itaewon Homicide was his first villain role. The film is based on the real-life Itaewon murder case in which a young Korean-American was accused of stabbing a Korean student to death. Jang spoke his lines in English throughout the entire film, and Beyond Hollywood praised him as having "performed very well" in the role, while a review posted on London Korean Links 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. It's not perfect American accent of course, but it plays a vital part in itself."
In You're Beautiful, Jang played the leader of fictional K-pop band A.N.Jell, who falls in love with a fellow band member who is a girl pretending to be 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. He then hosted Tracking Your X Boyfriend, where he showed his outspoken personality and tectonic dance.
In 2010, he starred opposite Moon Geun-young in the romantic comedy series Mary Stayed Out All Night. Despite low ratings domestically, it was better received in Japan, and in 2011, Jang and Moon attended four fan meetings in Tokyo and Osaka, one of which drew a record-setting 60,000 people.
Although he'd recorded songs for the soundtracks of some of his dramas, as well as several advertisements (namely, "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), Jang at this point had not released any music as a solo artist. 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. "This made him win as Best New Artist in the 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards held last January (2012)" .
In September 2011, Jang's first Chinese album, an EP titled The Lounge H Vol.1, was released in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and throughout Southeast Asia. Jang worked with friend and musician Big Brother (大兄弟/Jung Kurt) to create the duo "Team H." Big Brother wrote and produced songs for the album, as well as rapping. The Lounge H Vol.1 had 4 tracks, and Jang reportedly wrote the lyrics for the title track "Gotta Getcha." The album, which also included the music video for "Gotta Getcha" and backstage clips, eventually reached platinum sales. Team H later won Best Selling Album and Best Korean Album at the 2012 IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales Awards.
Jang's next film You're My Pet was released in November 2011. It was adapted from the Japanese manga Kimi wa Petto in which a younger man willingly becomes the "pet" of a career woman (played by Kim Ha-neul).
In March 2012, Jang released a new album Lounge H (The First Impression) exclusively in Japan. It was emphasized that this album was different from Lounge H Vol.1, which Team H had released the year before, and contained seven tracks of rock and electronic genre, including "Gotta Getcha."
In May 2012, Jang released his first full-length Japanese album, titled Just Crazy. It debuted at No. 1 on the Oricon daily singles chart with 53,000 copies sold, and again topped the weekly singles chart with 88,009 copies sold. This made Jang the first male international (non-Japanese) solo artist to reach the top of both the Oricon daily and weekly charts, and the second overall to accomplish this feat after BoA's "Listen To My Heart." 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.
In June 2012, Jang released a Japanese cookbook titled, Love Recipe. It featured twenty recipes, essays, and photo shoots. His song, "200 Miles," was also featured in Fairy Tail the Movie: The Phoenix Priestess.
Jang filmed the reality show Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village with Cha Seung-won and Yoo Hae-jin, which was to be aired in January 2015. But a tax evasion controversy in which a fine was paid of ₩10 billion (US$9.27 million) for his agency under-reporting taxes led to him dropping out of the program. Though Jang was found not guilty as it was his agency's unintentional mistake, he decided to leave the program and his scenes were edited out.
|2000||School 3||Kang Won-seok's younger brother||KBS1|
|2001||Ladies of the Palace||young Jeong Ryeom||SBS|
|Four Sisters||young Lee Young-hoon||MBC|
|The Great Ambition||young Park Si-young|
|2005||Lovers in Prague||Yoon Gun-hee||SBS|
|Hwang Jini||Kim Eun-ho||KBS2|
|2008||Hong Gil-dong||Lee Chang-hwi|
|Beethoven Virus||Kang Gun-woo||MBC|
|2009||You're Beautiful||Hwang Tae-kyung||SBS|
|2010||Mary Stayed Out All Night||Kang Mu-gyul||KBS2|
|2011||Ikemen desu ne||Himself||TBS||Cameo, Episode 8|
|2012||Love Rain||Seo In-ha/Seo Joon||KBS2|
|2013||Pretty Man||Dokgo Ma-te|
Films & Movies
|2003||The Owl Museum||Lee Jung-woo||N/A||Short film|
|2006||One Missed Call: Final||Ahn Jin-wo||Kadokawa Pictures & Toho||Japanese film|
|2007||The Happy Life||Park Hyeon-jun||CJ Entertainment|
|2008||Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do||Shin Eun-gyu||New Crayon Entertainment|
|Baby and I||Han Joon-soo||N/A|
|Crazy Waiting||Park Won-jae||Cinema Service|
|2009||The Case of Itaewon Homicide||Robert J. Pearson||Watermelon Pictures Co., Ltd|
|2011||You're My Pet||Kang In-ho ("Momo")||Lotte Entertainment|
|2015||Camp||Film director||N/A||Short film|
|2007||Inkigayo||SBS||Co-host with Kim Heechul|
|2012||The Center of the New Hallyu, I Am Jang Keun-suk||KBS2|
|Sekai no Purinsu e! Chan Gunsoku ~ 24 sai no Sugao~||Fuji TV|
|2014||The Return of Superman||KBS2||Guest, Episode 39 & 48|
|2015||Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village||tvN||His scenes were edited out|
|"Black Engine"||Himself||Debut Single|
|"We Can Make It"||Tim Hwang and Son Hoyoung|
|2010||"Magic Drag"||Jang Keun-suk feat. Hyolyn|
|2011||"Let Me Cry"||Himself|
|2012||"Crazy Crazy Crazy"|
|"Can't Stop"||Team H|
|"I See You (ICU)"||Jang Keun-suk feat. Park Min-young|||
|"I Just Wanna Have Fun"||Team H|
|"Feel The Beat"|
|"What is Your Name?"|
|2014||"Dream Journey in Jeju"||Jang Keun-suk and Park Shin-hye|||
|"Raining on the Dance Floor"||Team H|
- The Lounge H Vol. 1 (Regular Edition)
by Team H (Jang Keun-suk and Big Brother)
- Gotta Getcha
- Shake It
- Run Away
by Team H (Jang Keun-suk and Big Brother)
by Team H (Jang Keun-suk and Big Brother)
by Team H (Jang Keun-suk and Big Brother)
Beautiful Day / Jang Keun-suk
|2006||Mnet Top 100||Charming Guys Who are Single||N/A||Won|
|Adorable Males||N/A||Rank #29|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award (with Ha Ji-won)||Hwang Jini||Won|
|Best New Actor||Nominated|
|2007||Mnet Top 100||Must Have Males||N/A||Rank #3|
|10th Director's Cut Awards||Best New Actor||The Happy Life||Won|
|28th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|6th Korean Film Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|2008||44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||Won|
|17th Buil Film Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|45th Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|2nd Korea Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Beethoven Virus||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Hong Gil-dong||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Won|
|Best Couple Award (with Sung Yu-ri)||Nominated|
|2009||46th Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actor||The Case of Itaewon Homicide||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||You're Beautiful||Nominated|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (Film)||The Case of Itaewon Homicide||Won|
|Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards||Top Buzz Male Korea Star||N/A||Won|||
|Top Buzz Male Asia Star||N/A||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Mary Stayed Out All Night||Nominated|
|Netizen Award, Actor||Won|
|Best Couple Award (with Moon Geun-young)||Won|
|2011||15th Global Chinese Music Awards||Most Popular Korean Artist||N/A||Won|
|Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards||Commendation from the
Ministry of Culture and Finance
|19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Hallyu Grand Prize||N/A||Won|
|Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards||Taiwan Top Searched Single Korean Artist||N/A||Won|||
|2012||26th Japan Gold Disc Awards||Best 3 New Artists (with 2PM and B2ST)||N/A||Won|||
|10th IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales Awards||Best Selling Album (with Big Brother)||The Lounge H Vol. 1||Won|
|Best Korean Album (with Big Brother)||Won|
|48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (Film)||You're My Pet||Won|
|Huading Awards||Top 100 Asian Celebrities||N/A||Rank #3|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Love Rain||Nominated|
|2013||27th Japan Gold Disc Awards||Best 3 Albums||Just Crazy||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Pretty Man||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award (with IU)||Nominated|
|2014||N/A||Top 5 Stars That Are Coolest To Their Fans||N/A||Rank #1|
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- "Jang Jang is surprised by his own popularity in Paris".
- "Jang Keun-suk game gives fans chance at romance". Korea Herald. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
- "Review of "The Case of the Itaewon Homicide"". Beyond Hollywood.
- "Review of "The Case of Itaewon Homicide"". London Korean Links.
- チャン・グンソク、海外歌手史上初のデビュー作初登場首位. Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. May 3, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
- Japan goes 'Crazy' over Jang Jang - June 13, 2012, Manila Bulletin, Phils.
- (Chinese) 张根硕首张韩文专辑预购 韩星经纪
- Jang Jang to release his first Chinese album
- (Japanese) チャン・グンソクのユニット“Team H”が日本上陸 Oricon. January 18, 2012.
- Jang Jang to Debut as Unit Group "Team H" in Japan
- (Japanese)  PONYCANYON
- (Korean) 장근석, 日오리콘 일간·주간차트 '싹쓸이' Nate
- "Jang Jang to Release Cookbook on June 10". Soompi. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- Jin, Eun-soo (January 13, 2015). "Three Meals a Day spawns spinoff". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Doo, Rumy (January 16, 2015). "Jang Geun-suk drops out of TV show after tax evasion report". The Korea Herald.
- Sung, So-young (January 20, 2015). "Jang Keun-suk apologizes to his fans". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Jang Jang and Park Min Young release "ICU" MV for Tongyi CF". April 15, 2013.
- "Watch their romantic journey in Jeju and feel the love between them". 30 July 2014.
- Jang Jang releases ‘Love Rain’ OST Part II
- Jang Jang sings for his starring drama 'Pretty Man' with song 'Beautiful Day'
- Jang Geun Seok Wins Two 2010 Yahoo Buzz Awards
- Super Junior Sweeps Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards
- Girls’ Generation, KARA, TVXQ, 2PM, Jang Jang, and B2ST awarded at 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards
- (Chinese) 宫崎骏成龙张根硕位列三甲 凤凰网资讯. May 9, 2012.
- "Girls’ Generation, KARA, Big Bang and more win at the Japan Gold Disc Awards 2013". DailyKPopNews. Retrieved Jan 9, 2013.
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