Choi Jin-hyuk

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Choi Jin-hyuk
Choi Jin-hyuk from acrofan.jpg
Born Kim Tae-ho
(1986-02-09) February 9, 1986 (age 31)
Mokpo, South Jeolla Province, South Korea
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present
Agent G-Tree Creative
Korean name
Hangul 최진혁
Revised Romanization Choe Jin-hyeok
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Chin-hyŏk
Birth name
Hangul 김태호
Hanja 金太昊
Revised Romanization Gim Tae-ho
McCune–Reischauer Kim T'ae-ho

Choi Jin-hyuk (Hangul최진혁, born Kim Tae-ho on February 9, 1986)[1] is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in the television series Gu Family Book, The Heirs and Emergency Couple.


Kim Tae-ho launched his acting career after he won the grand prize in the KBS reality talent show Survival Star Audition in 2006.[2] He began using the stage name Choi Jin-hyuk in 2010, prior to the airing of family drama It's Okay, Daddy's Girl, in which he was cast in his first leading role. He also starred in the romantic comedies I Need Romance (2011),[3] and Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog (2012).[4][5]

His breakout came in 2013 after a well-received appearance on fantasy-period drama Gu Family Book.[6][7][8][9] Afterwards, Choi landed supporting roles in two high-profile projects: writer Kim Eun-sook's trendy drama The Heirs, and the action film The Divine Move.[10][11] His costar in The Divine Move, Jung Woo-sung also directed him in the short film Beginning of a Dream (Choi had joined Jung's agency Red Brick House).[12][13]

In 2014, he headlined his first miniseries, the cable romantic comedy/medical drama Emergency Couple.[2][14] Choi then returned to network television with a supporting role in Fated to Love You, a remake of the 2008 Taiwanese drama. Another leading role followed with the legal drama Pride and Prejudice.[15][16] He was also cast in a minor role in the Japanese film Koisuru Vampire ("Vampire in Love").

Choi went on a hiatus from acting when he enlisted for mandatory military service on March 31, 2015.[16][17] He had the option to join the Seoul Police Promotional Team, the theater unit under the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, but choose to serve as an active duty soldier.[18][19] He was discharged from the army after just seven months due to a knee injury.[20]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2006 Rainbow Romance High school student (bit part) MBC
2006-2007 Just Run! Lee Hyuk-jin KBS2
2007 Drama City
"A Neighborhood for Young People"
Kim Byung-yong KBS2
2007-2008 Belle Oh Jae-hyuk KBS1
2008 Hometown Legends "Nine-tailed Fox" Hyo-moon KBS2
2008-2009 My Precious You Ha Dong-woo KBS2
2009 Hometown Legends "Come with Me to Hell" Lee Rang KBS2
2010 Pasta Sunwoo Deok MBC
2010-2011 It's Okay, Daddy's Girl Choi Hyuk-ki SBS
2011 I Need Romance Bae Sung-hyun tvN
2011-2012 My Daughter the Flower Gu Sang-hyuk SBS
2012 Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog Choi Won-il Channel A
2013 Gu Family Book Gu Wol-ryung MBC
The Heirs Kim Won SBS
2014 Emergency Couple Oh Chang-min tvN
Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit young Lee Joon-hyuk (cameo) tvN
Fated to Love You Daniel Pitt MBC
2014-2015 Pride and Prejudice Gu Dong-chi MBC
2016 Entourage Choi Jin-hyuk tvN
2017 Tunnel Park Gwang-ho OCN


Year Title Role
2012 Tone-deaf Clinic aka Love Clinique Park Min-soo
2013 Beginning of a Dream (short film) Kim Jun-su
2014 The Divine Move Sun-soo
2015 Koisuru Vampire Mike

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2006 Survival Star Audition KBS2 Contestant
2010 Star Photographer Tansaenggi - Passionate Force MBC Every 1 Cast member
2013 MBC 10th Anniversary Special:
From Dae Jang Geum to I Am a Singer
MBC Host[21]
Running Man SBS Guest, episode 166
2014 Happy Together - Season 3 KBS2 Guest, episode 363

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2012 "Even If I Choke Up" T.G.U.S.
2013 "Sad Song" Tae One


Year Song Title Notes
2011 "Enough to Die" track from It's Okay, Daddy's Girl OST
2012 "Inverted Love" track from Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog OST
2013 "Best Wishes to You" track from Gu Family Book OST[22]
"Don't Look Back" track from The Heirs OST
2014 "Scent of a Flower" track from Emergency Couple OST[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2006 KBS Survival Star Audition Grand Prize (Daesang) N/A Won
2013 6th Style Icon Awards Best K-Style Award N/A Won
2nd APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Gu Family Book Won
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Gu Family Book Nominated
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award The Heirs Won
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Gu Family Book Nominated
2nd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor Gu Family Book Won
7th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor The Heirs Nominated
7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Nominated
51st Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor The Divine Move Nominated
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor The Divine Move Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Pride and Prejudice Won


  1. ^ "Choi Jin Hyuk Reveals His True Age". Soompi. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  2. ^ a b Choi, Eun-hwa (18 April 2014). "Interview: The Four Charms of Choi Jin Hyuk". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  3. ^ Lee, Ga-on (12 July 2011). "On the set of tvN series In Need of Romance". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  4. ^ Suk, Monica (22 June 2012). "Super Junior Donghae, Yoon Seung-a's Miss Panda, Mr. Hedgehog to lift lid in August.". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  5. ^ Ho, Stewart (15 September 2012). "Super Junior's Donghae/Choi Jin Hyuk Fans Feed Ms. Panda and Mr. Porcupine Crew". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  6. ^ Shin, Young-eun (20 February 2013). "Gu Family Book begins filming with Lee Yeon Hee and Choi Jin Hyuk". Korea Star Daily. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  7. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (10 April 2013). "Choi Jin Hyuk Makes His Exit after Shaking Up Female Viewers on Gu Family Book". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  8. ^ Jang, Seo-yoon (9 July 2013). "INTERVIEW: Actor Choi Jin-hyuk". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 2014-03-28. 
  9. ^ MacDonald, Joan (25 October 2013). "Choi Jin Hyuk And Lee Da Hee: The Year Of Their Breakout Performances". KDramaStars. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  10. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (31 May 2013). "Choi Jin Hyuk to Join The Heirs as Lee Min Ho's Brother". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  11. ^ Jung, Si-woo (25 July 2013). "Choi Jin-hyuk to Join Jung Woo-sung's Upcoming Pic". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 2014-03-28. 
  12. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (31 July 2013). "Choi Jin Hyuk Stars in a Short Piece Directed by Jung Woo Sung". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-07-31. 
  13. ^ "Actor Choi Jin Hyuk signs with Jung Woo Sung's agency Red Brick House". Allkpop. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Jung, Jin-young (19 April 2014). "Interview: Choi Jin Hyuk Constantly Told Himself Song Ji Hyo is Pretty". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  15. ^ Ha, Soo-jung (19 September 2014). "Choi Jin Hyuk and Baek Jin Hee Confirmed for Drama Pride and Prejudice". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  16. ^ a b Lee, Min-ji (25 January 2015). "Interview: Choi Jin Hyuk Shares Thoughts on Enlisting in the Army". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  17. ^ Hwang, Hye-jin (31 March 2015). "Choi Jin Hyuk Sends His Farewell to Fans Before Enlisting in Army". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  18. ^ Ko, Hong-ju (17 March 2015). "Choi Jin Hyuk to Enlist in Police Promotional Team This Year". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  19. ^ "Choi Jin Hyuk has decided to serve as an active duty soldier". dramafever. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  20. ^ "Choi Jin Hyuk Receives Medical Discharge From Military Duty". kdramastars. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  21. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (16 October 2013). "Choi Jin Hyuk to Host a Live Program for the First Time". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  22. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (17 June 2013). "Choi Jin Hyuk Talks about Singing for Gu Family Book". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  23. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (14 March 2014). "Choi Jin Hyuk Sings for Emergency Couple OST". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 

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