November 28, 1969 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||Dongguk University - Theater and Film|
|Spouse(s)||Hong Eun-hee (m. 2003)|
|Revised Romanization||Yu Jun-sang|
Yoo Jun-sang (born November 28, 1969) is a South Korean actor and singer. Yoo is best known for starring in the Hong Sang-soo films Ha Ha Ha (2010), The Day He Arrives (2011), and In Another Country (2012). He was also praised for his supporting roles in Wide Awake (2007) and Moss (2010), and gained newfound popularity in 2012 because of the TV drama My Husband Got a Family. Aside from film and television, Yoo is also active in musical theatre, as well as a full-time faculty member at Korea Art College since 2010.
Yoo Jun-sang graduated with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in Theater and Film from Dongguk University. Having kicked off his career in 1995 through SBS's open auditions, he has been building a stable acting career through films and TV series. He has also starred in musicals, notably Claws of Angel, Jack the Ripper, Rebecca, Kim Kwang-seok jukebox musical The Days, Frankenstein, and as Athos in The Three Musketeers.
He gave a memorable supporting turn as a cynical prosecutor in 2010's Moss, the blockbuster mystery thriller based on a popular online comic series. He later won Best Supporting Actor awards at the Buil Film Awards and Icheon Chunsa Film Festival for his role.
But Yoo is best known as a regular in the films of auteur Hong Sang-soo. Notable among them is Ha Ha Ha, which won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, at which Yoo and his fellow cast members walked the red carpet. When asked to describe the actor, Hong said that "Yoo is... a kind person." [...] I just... like him. I like him a lot. He is someone with a drive that doesn't irritate me. His honesty doesn't irritate me either and I like his energy. His energy has a clean color. And I think he's a lot of help when we work together." The director cast him opposite renowned French actress Isabelle Huppert in Hong's first English-language film In Another Country. He described Huppert as "a real joy" to work with, while she praised him as "kind and charismatic." Yoo was singled out in The Hollywood Reporter review as the film's scene-stealer.
After a five-year absence from television, he returned in the series My Husband Got a Family (also known as Unexpected You) co-starring Kim Nam-joo. The drama was a big hit, it not only consistently topped its timeslot throughout its long run, but ranked number one on the 2012 yearly TV ratings chart. As a result, Yoo enjoyed his biggest surge of mainstream popularity since his debut, landing commercial contracts and gaining the nickname "Nation's son-in-law".
In 2012 he published his memoir titled The Invention of Happiness. Yoo said he began writing diaries back in university when his professor recommended that he try filling up at least one journal each year with personal reflections. The book contains highlights from his 20 years of journaling life—from his days as a college student, moments on the set of several productions to his travels and vacations—as well as poems and sketches made by the actor in his everyday life. He plans to donate all of the proceeds from the book to charity, especially for children in need.
For the aerial action blockbuster R2B: Return to Base, Yoo along with the rest of the cast had to undergo months-long physical training for their role as jet fighter pilots. The actors also had to pass mandatory tests for actual pilots to be able to get into the cockpit—in a low-pressure chamber, emergency escape routine, simulated flight as well as training to develop tolerance for acceleration. Yoo reportedly passed out twice before he passed his 6G test, only passing on his third attempt.
Yoo underwent knee surgery after an injury to his cruciate ligament while filming Fists of Legend. The action movie revolved around a group of middle-aged men who fight on a reality show for a cash prize. On December 19, 2013, he released his first album, titled Junes; besides singing, Yoo composed, wrote the lyrics and produced all the seven songs included. Yoo's second album, J N Joy 20: Travel Project One, Just Travel... Walking... and Thinking..., was a collaboration with guitarist Lee Jun-hwa and released on November 13, 2014, followed by his first concert.
Besides acting, singing and writing, Yoo can also play several musical instruments including guitar, saxophone, violin and the piano. In December 2012 he showcased 20 of his artwork at the Art Asia fair.
- A Matter of Interpretation (2015)
- Angry Painter (2014)
- The Target (2014)
- Fists of Legend (2013)
- Nobody's Daughter Haewon (2013)
- Zambezia (animated, 2012) - Korean dubbing
- Touch (2012)
- R2B: Return to Base (2012)
- In Another Country (2012)
- The Day He Arrives (2011)
- List (short film, 2011)
- The Last Blossom (2011)
- Ha Ha Ha (2010)
- Moss (2010)
- Like You Know It All (2009)
- Where is Ronny... (2009)
- Wide Awake (2007)
- Wedding Campaign (2005)
- Show Show Show (2003)
- Go Back (2001)
- Nightmare (2000)
- Tell Me Something (1999)
- Heard It Through the Grapevine (SBS, 2015)
- My Love from the Star (SBS, 2013) (cameo, ep 2-3)
- The Secret of Birth (SBS, 2013)
- My Husband Got a Family (KBS2, 2012)
- Catching Up with Gangnam Moms (SBS, 2007)
- Young-jae's Golden Days (MBC, 2005)
- Land (SBS, 2004)
- The Woman Who Wants to Marry (MBC, 2004)
- Affection (SBS, 2002)
- Inspector Park Moon-soo (MBC, 2002)
- Fox and Cotton Candy (MBC, 2001)
- Life is Beautiful (KBS2, 2001)
- How Should I Be? (MBC, 2001)
- The Full Sun (KBS2, 2000)
- Butcher's Daughter (SBS, 2000)
- Magic Castle (KBS2, 1999)
- Goodbye My Love (MBC, 1999)
- Last War (MBC, 1999)
- Cello (SBS, 1999)
- Sunday Best "서른 한살의 첫키스" (KBS2, 1999)
- The Song of Hope (KBS2, 1999)
- Young Sun (SBS, 1999)
- White Nights 3.98 (SBS, 1998)
- 6.25 Feature Drama "이방인" (MBC, 1998)
- I Love You, I'm Sorry (KBS2, 1998)
- Sunday Best "April Concerto" (KBS2, 1998)
- 희망여관 (KBS2, 1998)
- MBC Best Theater "당신이 잠들 때까지" (MBC, 1997)
- MBC Best Theater "네발자전거" (MBC, 1997)
- Wedding Dress (KBS2, 1997)
- When the Salmon Returns (SBS, 1996)
- MBC Best Theater "냉장고 문을 여는 남자" (MBC, 1996)
- Expedition of Men (SBS, 1996)
- Agatha Christie (SBS, 1995)
- 까치네 (SBS, 1994)
- Frankenstein (2014)
- The Days (2013)
- Rebecca (2013)
- The Three Musketeers (2011)
- Jack the Ripper (2011)
- The Three Musketeers (2010)
- Jack the Ripper (2010)
- Murderer Jack (2009)
- The Three Musketeers (2009)
- The Happy Life (2008)
- The Life (2008)
- Claws of Angel (2007)
- Passion of the Rain (2005)
- Two Men (2004)
- The Play (2001)
- Grease (1998)
- Foes of Women (1995)
- J n Joy 20: Travel Project One, Just Travel... Walking... and Thinking... (EP, 2014)
- Junes (EP, 2013)
- "Ce Song" feat. Kwak Dong-yun and Kim Sang-ho (My Husband Got a Family OST, 2012)
- "Gray City" / "I Hate This City" (Jack the Ripper cast recording, 2010)
- "Don't Turn Off the Lights" (Love Tree Project, 2010)
- "Oh, You Beautiful Woman" (Only One: Lee Eun-ju, 2007)
- 너에게 취했어 / 장난 / 십년동안 (Fox and Cotton Candy OST, 2002)
- The Invention of Happiness (2012)
- 2012 KBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award, Actor (My Husband Got a Family)
- 2012 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award with Kim Nam-joo (My Husband Got a Family)
- 2012 1st K-Drama Star Awards: Excellence Award, Actor (My Husband Got a Family)
- 2012 1st K-Drama Star Awards: Top Popularity Award (My Husband Got a Family)
- 2012 Korean Advertisers Association Awards: Good Model Award
- 2012 5th Style Icon Awards: Style Icon
- 2011 12th Busan Film Critics Awards: Best Actor (The Day He Arrives)
- 2010 19th Buil Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Ha Ha Ha)
- 2010 18th Chunsa Film Art Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Moss)
- 2009 3rd Daegu International Musical Festival: Popular Star Award
- 2008 45th Grand Bell Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Wide Awake)
- 2007 SBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries (Catching Up with Gangnam Moms)
- 2005 SBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama (Land)
- 2002 8th Korea Musical Awards: Best Actor (The Play)
- 2002 MBC Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Fox and Cotton Candy)
- 2001 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actor (How Should I Be?)
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