Cha Tae-hyun at Slow Video press conference
March 25, 1976 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||Seoul Institute of the Arts - Broadcasting
Kyonggi University - Multimedia Art
Chung-Ang University Graduate School of Mass Communications
|Spouse(s)||Choi Suk-eun (m. 2006)|
|Revised Romanization||Cha Tae-hyeon|
Cha Tae-hyun (born March 25, 1976) is a South Korean actor and singer. Internationally he is best known for his lead roles in the box-office hit comedies My Sassy Girl (2001) and Scandal Makers (2008).
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. 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.
Then in 2001 he burst onto the film scene with a bang, in the hugely successful romantic comedy My Sassy Girl opposite Jun Ji-hyun. Cha's expressive acting established him as a recognized star in Korea as well as the Asian region at large, 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.
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. 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—were box office disappointments. 2007's Highway Star, in which he played a masked trot singer, was a moderate success.
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. 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.
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. As a result of the film's success, the advertising industry named Cha as the top male celebrity endorser of 2009.
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. 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."
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. Cha spent time with the horse before and during filming, luring his four-legged partner with a combination of carrots and sugar cubes.
In 2012, he became a season 2 regular cast member of the variety program 2 Days & 1 Night, with other fellow celebrities such as, Singer Kim Jong Min, singer Sung Si Kyung, actor Uhm Tae Woong, actor Kim Seung Woo, actor Joo Won and gagman and MC Lee Su Geun. When the show continues on with its third Season, only Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Jong Min continuing the show with some new members such as actor Kim Joo Hyuk, singer Jung Jun Young, singer Defconn, and gagman Kim Junho. 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.
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. The action-comedy film was produced by his brother Cha Ji-hyun. He returned to that time period as the titular character in TV series Jeon Woo-chi, an impish Taoist wizard who becomes an unlikely hero.
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. This was followed by The Producers in 2015, in which Cha played a hot-headed but soft-hearted television producer. Cha was then cast in the ensemble romantic comedy Because I Love You, in the role of a gifted composer who connects people in love; the film was again produced by his brother Cha Ji-hyun.
Cha married his high school sweetheart, pop lyricist Choi Suk-eun on June 1, 2006. They dated for 13 years; she was his first and only girlfriend. They have three children, a son Cha Soo-chan and two daughters Cha Tae-eun and Cha Su-jin.
|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)|
|My Mighty Princess||Pigeon man (cameo)|
|Scandal Makers||Nam Hyun-soo|
|2009||Maybe (Rabbit and Lizard)||Yeong-nam (cameo)|
|2010||Hello Ghost||Kang Sang-man|
|2011||Sunny||Poster model of insurance company (cameo)|
|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|
|2015||My New Sassy Girl||Gyun-woo|
|2016||Because I Love You||Lee Hyeong|
|1995||Our Sunny Days of Youth||(uncredited)||KBS2|
|Looking Into Each Other's Eyes
and Loving Each Other
|Daughter-in-law's Three Kingdoms||KBS2|
|1997||First Love||Chan-woo's friend||KBS2|
|Ready Go!||Park Chan-ki||MBC|
|1998||Shy Lovers||Hwang In-soo||MBC|
|Sunflower||Dr. Heo Jae-bong||MBC|
|1999||Happy Together||Ha Shin-yeop||SBS|
|I'm Still Loving You||Park Young-jae||MBC|
|Into the Sunlight||Kang In-ha||MBC|
|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)||MBC|
|2012||My Husband Got a Family||Tae-bong (cameo, episode 26)||KBS2|
|Jeon Woo-chi||Jeon Woo-chi||KBS2|
|2014||Drama Festival "4teen"||Adult Young-hoon (cameo)||MBC|
|2015||The Producers||Ra Joon-mo||KBS2|
|2000||Mnet KM Music Festival||Mnet||MC; co-host Kim Hyun-joo|
|2001||Mnet KM Music Festival||Mnet||MC; co-host Song Hye-kyo|
|2002||Campus Song Festival||MBC||MC; co-host: Yoon Do-hyun|
|2003||Campus Song Festival||MBC||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||Family Outing||SBS||Guest, episodes 66-67|
|2010||Hit the Ball, Home Run King||MBC ESPN||Guest|
|Running Man||SBS||Guest, episode 10|
|2011||Running Man||SBS||Guest, episodes 57-58|
|Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy||SBS||Guest, episode 6|
|2012–present||2 Days & 1 Night||KBS2||Cast member|
|2013||Star Awards 2013||Channel 8||Presenter|
|2015||Superman is Back||KBS2||Guest, episodes 67-68|
|Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education||KBS2||Guest|
|1999-2000||FM Popular Music with Cha Tae-hyun||KBS Cool FM||DJ|
|2007-2008||Mr. Radio||KBS Cool FM||DJ|
|더북 (The Book)|
|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|
- 1999: Samyang Food Suta Noodles, Hansol PCS One Shot 018
- 2000: Fruit Land
- 2001: Lotte World Cone, Lotte Chilsung Water Jelly, InkTec, 700-5782, Samsung Anycall, Lotte Sand
- 2002: Domino's Pizza
- 2003: TBJ, Binggrae D.r Capsule, Hyundai Marine Hi-Car
- 2004: KT Nespot Swing, Genesis BBQ, Lotte Chilsung Vita Power
- 2005: Glade
- 2006: LG Card
- 2007: Nintendo Korea Mario Kart DS, Nong Shim GunMyunSeDe Noodles
- 2008: Coca-Cola Georgia Coffee
- 2009: Hi-Mart, Shinhan Financial Group
- 2010: Nintendo Korea Nintendo WII
- 2012: Genesis Chicken Palace, Otsuka ULOS
- 2014: Samsung Fire
Awards and nominations
|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||Best New Actor||Won|
|2000||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Juliet's Man||Nominated|
|Big Star 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|
|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||Popular Star Award||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||KBS Entertainment Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Nominated|
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- Ho, Stewart (17 May 2012). "Cha Tae Hyun to Make a Cameo Appearance on Unexpected You". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Cha Tae-hyun at Cyworld (Korean)
- Cha Tae-hyun at Blossom Entertainment (Korean)
- Cha Tae-hyun at HanCinema
- Cha Tae-hyun at the Korean Movie Database
- Cha Tae-hyun at the Internet Movie Database