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Cha Tae-hyun
KBS "The Producers" press conference, 11 May 2015 06.jpg
Cha in May 2015
Born (1976-03-25) March 25, 1976 (age 41)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Seoul Institute of the Arts
Kyonggi University
(Multimedia Arts)
Chung-Ang University
(Graduate School of Mass Communications)
Occupation Actor, singer, television personality, radio DJ, director
Years active 1995-present
Agent Blossom Entertainment
Spouse(s) Choi Suk-eun (m. 2006)
Children 3
Korean name
Hangul 차태현
Revised Romanization Cha Tae-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Ch’a T’ae-hyŏn

Cha Tae-hyun (born March 25, 1976) is a South Korean actor, singer, television personality radio DJ and director. He is best known for his lead roles in the box-office hit comedies My Sassy Girl (2001), Scandal Makers (2008) and Hello Ghost (2010) as well as the television series Jeon Woo-chi (2012) and The Producers (2015). He made his directorial debut with the variety-drama Hit the Top (2017), in which he also stars.

Since 2012, he is a cast member of the variety show 2 Days & 1 Night. He is a co-founder of the talent management agency Blossom Entertainment.


1995-2000: Beginnings[edit]

Cha Tae-hyun started his career as a silver medalist in a 1995 KBS Talent Contest. Over the next several years he would star in a large number of TV dramas such as Sunflower and Happy Together, while also appearing in numerous TV commercials.[1] He was the radio DJ for KBS Cool FM's FM Popular Music with Cha Tae-hyun from 1999-2000, and made a minor film debut in the comedy Hallelujah.[2]

2001-2007: My Sassy Girl and musical debut[edit]

In 2001, he rose to fame through the hugely successful romantic comedy My Sassy Girl where he acted alongside Jun Ji-hyun. Cha's expressive acting established him as a recognized star in Korea as well as the Asian region at large,[3] and he extended his fame by releasing his debut album Accident. His next film Lovers' Concerto (2002), a tragic melodrama with actresses Son Ye-jin and Lee Eun-ju, also proved to be a popular success.[2]

From 2003, however, Cha's casting choices proved to be less inspired. He appeared in three comedies -- Crazy First Love, Happy Ero Christmas and Two Guys—that were widely criticized by audiences for their weak scripts and lack of creativity.[2] He released his second album The Book later that year.

His 2005 films—the relationship film Sad Movie with an all-star ensemble cast, and melodrama My Girl and I opposite Song Hye-kyo, the remake of Japanese hit film Crying Out Love in the Center of the World[2]—were box office disappointments. 2007's Highway Star, in which he played a masked trot singer, was a moderate success.[4]

Cha hosted KBS Cool FM's Mr. Radio from 2007-2008, and was awarded Best Radio DJ at the 2007 KBS Entertainment Awards alongside Ahn Jae-wook.[5] He then portrayed the town's jester who has the intelligence of a six-year-old in BABO (which means "fool" in Korean), a film adaptation of Kang Full's popular online comic.[6]

2008-2012: Revived popularity and 2 Days & 1 Night[edit]

Cha regained his top star status when his comedy flick Scandal Makers became the number one film of 2008, attracting 8.2 million moviegoers and ranking among Korea's biggest hits of all time. The film centers on a radio talk show host who must face unforeseen consequences of his days of philandering as a teen idol star when he discovers that he already has a daughter (Park Bo-young) and a grandson (Wang Seok-hyun) at the age of 30.[7] As a result of the film's success, the advertising industry named Cha as the top male celebrity endorser of 2009.[8]

He reunited with BABO director Kim Young-tak in 2010's Hello Ghost, a film about a man who after several failed suicide attempts, becomes possessed by four different ghosts.[9] It was another box office success at 3 million tickets sold, and Cha's performance led him to be dubbed as "Korea's Jim Carrey."[10]

Based on a true story, his 2011 film Champ depicts the relationship between a recently injured racehorse named Woo-bak and the jockey who tries to tame her.[11] Cha spent time with the horse before and during filming, luring his four-legged partner with a combination of carrots and sugar cubes.[12]

In 2012, he became a regular cast member of the second season of popular variety program 2 Days & 1 Night, and remained as a member to this day. The show, which focuses on introducing various places in Korea to the viewers while the cast takes on different missions, has consistently scored high viewership ratings.[13][14]

2013-present: The Producers and continued success[edit]

Cha played his first historical role in The Grand Heist, as the leader of a Joseon era group of thieves who band together to steal ice.[15][16] The action-comedy film was produced by his brother Cha Ji-hyun. He took on another saeguk role as the titular character in TV series Jeon Woo-chi, an impish Taoist wizard who becomes an unlikely hero.[17]

In 2014, he starred as an introverted man with dynamic visual acuity who works at a CCTV control center in the comedy film Slow Video, his third collaboration with director Kim Young-tak.[18][19] This was followed by The Producers in 2015, in which Cha played a hot-headed but soft-hearted television producer.[20][21]

In 2016, Cha reprised his role in My New Sassy Girl, a sequel to the 2001 hit film. However, the film did not live up to its predecessor and was a failure at the box office.[22] The same year, he reunited with My Sassy Girl co-star Jun Ji-hyun in a cameo appearance on the SBS drama The Legend of the Blue Sea.[23]

In 2017, Cha starred in the romantic comedy Because I Love You, playing a gifted composer who connects people in love; the film was again produced by his brother Cha Ji-hyun.[24] He has also been cast in the upcoming fantasy blockbuster With God, based on the webtoon of the same name by Joo Ho-min.[25] He made his directorial debut in KBS2's variety-drama Hit the Top in 2017.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Cha's father is Cha Jae-wan, who was an assistant director for special effects at KBS, and his mother Choi Su-min, now retired, was a voice-over artist.[27] His brother is film producer Cha Ji-hiyeon.

In June 1, 2006, Cha married his high school sweetheart, pop lyricist Choi Suk-eun.[28] They dated for 13 years; she was his first and only girlfriend.[29] They have three children, a son (Cha Soo-chan) and two daughters (Cha Tae-eun, Cha Su-jin).

In 2011, Cha revealed on SBS talk show Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy that he suffers from a panic disorder.[30]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Hallelujah Bad youngster in church Bit part
2001 My Sassy Girl Gyun-woo
2002 Lovers' Concerto Lee Ji-hwan
2003 Crazy First Love Son Tae-il
Happy Ero Christmas Sung Byung-ki
2004 Who's Got the Tape? Jap-beom Cameo
Windstruck Man at train station Cameo
Two Guys Kim Hoon
2005 Sad Movie Jung Ha-suk
My Girl and I Kim Su-ho
2007 Highway Star Bong Dal-ho / Bong Pil
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Horton the Elephant voice, Korean dubbed
BABO Seung-ryong
My Mighty Princess Pigeon man Cameo
Scandal Makers Nam Hyun-soo
2009 Maybe (Rabbit and Lizard) Yeong-nam Cameo
Triangle Cameo
2010 Hello Ghost Kang Sang-man
2011 Sunny Poster model of insurance company Cameo
Champ Seung-ho
2012 Never Ending Story Song-kyung's friend Cameo
The Grand Heist Lee Deok-mu
2013 Steal My Heart Ho-tae's neighbor Cameo
2014 Tazza: The Hidden Card Radio DJ Cameo
The Con Artists New Technician Cameo
Slow Video Yeo Jang-boo
2016 My New Sassy Girl Gyun-woo
2017 Because I Love You Lee Hyeong
With God - Part 1 Ja Hong

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
1995 Our Sunny Days of Youth (uncredited) KBS2
1996 Papa Jang Jung-moon
Looking Into Each Other's Eyes
and Loving Each Other
Daughter-in-law's Three Kingdoms
1997 First Love Chan-woo's friend
Ready Go! Park Chan-ki MBC
1998 Shy Lovers Hwang In-soo
Sunflower Dr. Heo Jae-bong
1999 Happy Together Ha Shin-yeop SBS
I'm Still Loving You Park Young-jae MBC
Into the Sunlight Kang In-ha
2000 Juliet's Man Jang Gi-poong SBS
2004 First Love of a Royal Prince Choi Gun-hee MBC
2007 Flowers for My Life Yoon Ho-sang KBS2
2008 General Hospital 2 Choi Jin-sang MBC
2011 Lights and Shadows Drunkard Cameo, episode 2[31]
2012 My Husband Got a Family Tae-bong Cameo, episode 26[32] KBS2
Jeon Woo-chi Jeon Woo-chi
2014 Drama Festival "4teen" Adult Young-hoon MBC (Cameo
2015 The Producers Ra Joon-mo KBS2
2016 Love in the Moonlight Farm servant Cameo, episode 1
The Legend of the Blue Sea Han River con-man SBS Cameo, episode 4
2017 Hit the Top Lee Gwang-jae KBS2 Also director

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
1998 Family Camp MBC MC
Happy Saturday SBS MC
2000 Mnet KM Music Festival Mnet MC; co-host Kim Hyun-joo
2001 MC; co-host Song Hye-kyo
2002 Campus Song Festival MBC MC; co-host: Yoon Do-hyun
2003 MC; co-host: Lee Hyori
Mnet KM Music Festival Mnet MC; co-host: Sung Yu-ri
2007 Campus Song Festival MBC MC; co-host: Lee Hyori
2008 Family Outing SBS Guest, episodes 23-24
2009 Guest, episodes 66-67
2010 Hit the Ball, Home Run King MBC ESPN Guest
Running Man SBS Guest, episode 10
2011 Guest, episodes 57-58
Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy Guest, episode 6
2012 Qualifications of Men KBS2 Guest
2012–present 2 Days & 1 Night Cast member
2013 Star Awards 2013 Channel 8 Presenter
2015 The Return of Superman KBS2 Guest, episodes 67-68
Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education Guest, episodes 87-92, 109, 114
2016 Happy Camp HBS Guest
Happy Together KBS Guest, Episode 440
Radio Star MBC Guest, episodes 475
Sister's Slam Dunk KBS Guest, Episode 1
Talents for Sale Guest, Episode 5 & 6
Two Yoo Project Sugar Man JTBC Guest, episodes 17
Immortal Songs KBS With Hong Kyung-Min, Episode 261
Gura Chacha Time Slip - New Boy KBS
Hello Friends KBS2
Please Take Care Of My Refrigerator JTBC Guest, episodes 104-105
2017 Mom's Diary - My Ugly Duckling SBS Special Host, episodes 24-26
Carefree Travellers JTBC

Guest, episode 21-24

Happy Together KBS2

Guest, episode 502-503

Radio program[edit]

Year Title Station Notes
1999-2000 FM Popular Music with Cha Tae-hyun KBS Cool FM DJ
2007-2008 Mr. Radio
2015 Sunny FM Date MBC FM4U Guest
2016 Kim Shin Young's Noon Song of Hope
2 O’clock Escape Cultwo Show SBS Power FM


Studio albums[edit]

Album information Track listing
더북 (The Book)


Year Title Notes
2000 "어디로 갈까" Juliet's Man OST
2002 "I Don't Know" Lovers' Concerto OST
2005 "Forget Me" Sad Movie OST
"Don't Let Go of My Hand"
2007 "Ichaseon Bridge" Highway Star OST
"Wind Wind Wind"
2008 "Because I Love You" Scandal Makers OST
2010 "With You" Hello Ghost OST
2011 "Happiness" Champ OST
2016 "Cheer Up Song" Duet with Hong Kyung-min

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1995 KBS Super Talent Contest Silver Medal N/A Won
1999 35th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Sunflower Won
SBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Happy Together Won
MBC Drama Awards Won
2000 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Juliet's Man Nominated
Big Star Award Won
Popularity Award Won
SBSi Award Won
2001 22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor My Sassy Girl Won
2002 38th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Nominated
39th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
Popularity Award Won
25th Golden Cinematography Awards Best New Actor Won
23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award Lovers' Concerto Won
2003 24th Blue Dragon Film Awards Crazy First Love Won
2004 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor First Love of a Royal Prince Nominated
2005 Savings Day Presidential Citation N/A Won
2007 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Radio DJ Mr. Radio Won
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Flowers for My Life Nominated
2008 45th Grand Bell Awards Overseas Popularity Award BABO Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor General Hospital 2 Nominated
2009 6th Max Movie Awards Best Actor Scandal Makers Won
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Hello Ghost Nominated
48th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
2012 KBS Entertainment Awards Top Entertainer Award 2 Days & 1 Night Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Jeon Woo-chi Nominated
2013 KBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award 2 Days & 1 Night Won
2014 Daesang (Grand Prize) Nominated
2015 Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama The Producers Won
Best Couple Award with Kim Soo-hyun Won


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