Yoo Jun-sang

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Yoo.
Yoo Jun-sang
Yoo Joon-Sang.jpg
Born (1969-11-28) November 28, 1969 (age 45)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Dongguk University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1995-present
Agent Namoo Actors
Spouse(s) Hong Eun-hee (m. 2003)
Children 2 sons
Korean name
Hangul 유준상
Revised Romanization Yu Jun-sang
McCune–Reischauer Yu Chunsang

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.[1]


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.[2] He has also starred in musicals, notably Claws of Angel,[3] Jack the Ripper,[4] Rebecca,[5][6] Kim Kwang-seok jukebox musical The Days,[7][8] Frankenstein,[9] and as Athos in The Three Musketeers.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12][13][14] 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.[15] When asked to describe the actor, Hong said that "Yoo is... a kind person."[16] [...] 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."[17] 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,[18] while she praised him as "kind and charismatic."[19] Yoo was singled out in The Hollywood Reporter review as the film's scene-stealer.[20]

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.[21][22] 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".[23]

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.[2][19] He plans to donate all of the proceeds from the book to charity, especially for children in need.[24]

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.[25][26][27]

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.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30][31]

Personal life[edit]

Besides acting, singing and writing, Yoo can also play several musical instruments including guitar, saxophone, violin and the piano.[1] In December 2012 he showcased 20 of his artwork at the Art Asia fair.[32]

He married actress Hong Eun-hee in 2003, and they have two sons named Yoo Dong-woo and Yoo Min-jae.[33][34] Dong-woo appeared in the 2011 short film Modern Family.[35]

In the talk show Healing Camp, he spoke about his love for his widowed mother, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhagic stroke in 2011.[36]



Television series[edit]

  • 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)

Music video[edit]



  • 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)



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