Choi Jin-young

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
Choi Jin-young
Born (1970-11-17)November 17, 1970
Seoul, South Korea
Died March 29, 2010(2010-03-29) (aged 39)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names SKY
Education Kyungwon College - Creative Writing (dropout)
Hanyang University - Theatre
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1990–2010
Korean name
Hangul 최진영
Revised Romanization Choe Jin-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Chin'yŏng

Choi Jin-young (Hangul최진영; November 17, 1970 – March 29, 2010) was a South Korean actor and singer.

Life and career[edit]

Choi made his debut as a television commercial model in 1987 and began his acting career three years later. He rose to stardom in 1993 with the popular TV show Our Paradise, and his resemblance to his elder sister, popular actress Choi Jin-sil gave him a head start in his career, while his young image helped him gain recognition in various TV dramas, commercials and even films. Choi's acting career floundered but in 1999, after completing military service, he returned to the stage as a singer using the stage name SKY. His first album Final Fantasy was a success with the popular single "Forever" topping music charts. He released his third and last album in 2004. In 2007, he returned to acting with a supporting role in the series It's OK Because I Love You, but failed to catch much attention.[1]

When Choi Jin-sil committed suicide on October 2, 2008, photos of Choi in tears clutching his sister's picture shook the nation, and fans wept with him as he led her funeral procession.[2] Acting upon his late sister's wishes to finish college, he belatedly enrolled in Hanyang University to study acting in 2009, and played Demetrius in a staging of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.[3][4]

Suffering from depression after his sister's death, Choi canceled engagements for more than a year. Friends later said he made several suicide attempts and had his stomach pumped for a drug overdose in 2009. Refusing his mother's pleas that he see a doctor, Choi relied instead on nonprescription tranquilizers he bought from a pharmacy. In January 2010 Choi signed with a new agency, MCloud Entertainment and announced plans on March 2 to resume activities in the first half of the year, but his approaching comeback added to his stress and he increasingly felt frustrated that he wasn't getting cast in any TV series.[5][6]

On March 29, 2010, Choi hanged himself with an electrical cord in the attic of his apartment in Nonhyeon-dong, Seoul. His body was found by his mother and a woman identified as Chung, who was his junior in college. When Choi did not answer the phone, Chung alerted Choi's mother and the two hurried to his home together. They called the police and a 119 rescue squad around 2:14 p.m. Choi was rushed to Gangnam Severance Hospital for CPR at 2:46 p.m. but was pronounced dead on arrival.[7][8]

Choi's body was cremated and buried next to his sister at the Kapsan Cemetery in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi Province.[9][10][11]


Television series[edit]

  • 92 고래사냥 (KBS2, 1992)
  • Our Paradise 2 (MBC, 1993)
  • Landscaping with My Wife (KBS2, 1996)
  • 도시남녀 (SBS, 1996)
  • Power of Love (MBC, 1996)
  • 방울이 (MBC, 1997)
  • It's OK Because I Love You (KBS2, 2007)


  • Well, Let's Look at the Sky Sometimes (1990)
  • You Know What? It's a Secret 2 (1991)
  • Does the American Moon Rise Over Itaewon? (1991)
  • Beyond the Mountain (1991)
  • Teenage Love Song (1991)
  • I Want to Live Just Until 20 Years Old (1992)
  • 멀고 먼 해후 (1995)
  • Final Blow (1996)
  • 젊음의 문을 열고 (1996)



Album information Track listing
Final Fantasy
  • 1st Album
  • Released: November 17, 1999
  • Label: Doremi Media / KT Music
영원 II
  • 2nd Album
  • Released: November 12, 2001
  • Label: Wawa Entertainment
Sky the 3rd
  • 3rd Album
  • Released: September 23, 2004
  • Label: Korean Association of Phonogram Producers



  1. ^ Han, Sang-hee (29 March 2010). "Choi Jin-young Dead in Apparent Suicide Monday". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  2. ^ "Choi Jin-sil's Brother Speaks Out". The Chosun Ilbo. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  3. ^ Park, Sun-young (5 June 2009). "Reunion for 'Midsummer Night' revival". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  4. ^ Chung, Ah-young (9 June 2009). "Star Actors Team Up in Shakespeare Play". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  5. ^ Kim, Mi-ju (31 March 2010). "Police: Choi depressed before suicide". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  6. ^ "Star Choi Jin-young Commits Suicide". The Chosun Ilbo. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  7. ^ Kim, Mi-ju (29 March 2010). "Brother of late actress Choi Jin-sil commits suicide". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  8. ^ Kim, Mi-ju (30 March 2010). "Choi Jin-sil's kin found dead from a possible suicide". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  9. ^ 故 최진영, 사후 100일 만에 누나 최진실 옆 안장. No Cut News (in Korean). 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  10. ^ Han, Sang-hee (31 March 2010). "Choi Jin-young Laid to Rest". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  11. ^ "Last memorial for Choi in Yangpyeong". Korea JoongAng Daily. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  12. ^ "2000 Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Choi, Joon-ho; Seo, Ji-eun (24 August 2010). "And to my dear son, I leave my blog". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-01-08.