Daniel Henney

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Daniel Henney
Daniel Henney cropped.jpg
Daniel Henney in 2012
Born Daniel Phillip Henney
(1979-11-28) November 28, 1979 (age 37)
Carson City, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2001–present
Agent Apple of the Eye Co., Ltd. (Korea)
DNA Model Management (US)
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)

Daniel Phillip Henney (Hangul다니엘 필립 헤니 Daniel Pillip Heni; born November 28, 1979) is a American actor and model, known for starring in films such as Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006), My Father (2007), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Shanghai Calling (2012), The Last Stand (2013), and Big Hero 6 (2014).

In television, he is popular for starring in the Korean dramas Spring Waltz and My Lovely Sam Soon and the American television series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

Early life[edit]

Henney was born in Carson City, Michigan, to Christine, a Korean American [1] and Philip Henney, an Irish American.[2] His mother was born in Busan, South Korea and adopted by a German American couple as an infant.[3] He was a star basketball player at Carson City-Crystal High School and led the Eagles to the MHSAA Central region (CSAA) championship during his senior year.[4]


Henney started modeling in the U.S. in 2001 and worked in France, Italy, Hong Kong and Taiwan while attending college. After his debut in South Korea with an advertisement for the Amore Pacific's cosmetic "Odyssey Sunrise", he became a spokesperson for commercials with Jun Ji-hyun for Olympus cameras and Kim Tae-hee for Daewoo Electronics's Klasse air conditioners.[5][6]

Despite speaking no Korean,[7] Henney became a household name through the South Korean hit TV drama, My Lovely Sam Soon, aka My Name is Kim Sam Soon. He played the role of Dr. Henry Kim, a surgeon who is devotedly in love with Hee-jin (played by Jung Ryeo-won). Sam Soon was the most popular Korean drama in 2005; although Henney was starring as the supporting actor, his performance and good looks were widely noticed.

Henney then starred in another drama, “Spring Waltz” in 2006. He later learned the language and appeared on a few variety shows, such as Family Outing.[8] Henney was a part of an academic scandal in which many sources stated that he had an Economics degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, while in actuality he had no college degree.[9]

Henney starred in his first feature film in Korea, Seducing Mr. Perfect. His second film, My Father, won multiple awards in South Korea and Henney became the first foreigner to swept all the major cinema awards in the Best New Actor category.

In 2009, he portrayed Agent Zero in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In the fall season of 2009, he played "Dr. David Lee" in the CBS television drama Three Rivers.

In 2010, Henney returned to South Korea television for KBS2's The Fugitive: Plan B, alongside Rain and actress Lee Na-young.[10]

Since 2012, Henney has appeared in several American TV series. In 2015, he starred as Special Agent Matthew Simmons in the American television series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, a spin-off of Criminal Minds.

Henney is signed with DNA Models in New York under the celebrity-division.[11]


Television series[edit]

Year Work Role Notes
2005 My Lovely Sam Soon Dr. Henry Kim Main cast
Hello Franceska Elizabeth's first love Guest star, 2 episodes
2006 Spring Waltz Philip Main cast
2009 Three Rivers Dr. David Lee Main cast
2010 The Fugitive: Plan B Kai Main cast
2012-2013 Hawaii Five-0 Michael Noshimuri Guest star, 3 episodes[12]
2014 Revolution Peter Garner Guest star, 3 episodes
NCIS: Los Angeles NCIS Agent Paul Angelo Episode: "Three Hearts"
2015, 2017 Criminal Minds Matthew Simmons Episodes: "Beyond Borders" and "Spencer"
2016-present Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Main cast
2016 Dear My Friends Cameo


Year Work Role Notes
2006 Seducing Mr. Perfect Robin Heiden
2007 My Father James Parker
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Agent Zero[13]
2012 Papa Music producer Cameo
Shanghai Calling Sam Chao
2013 The Last Stand Agent Phil Hayes
One Night Surprise Bill
The Spy: Undercover Operation Ryan
2014 Big Hero 6 Tadashi Hamada Voice

TV Commercials / Advertisements[edit]

LG Border Wireless LED TV, Daniel Henney, September 2009
Daniel Henney 2009 LG ad.jpg


Years Awards
  • Dong Ah TV's Fashion Award: Best Dressed [17]


  1. ^ "Daniel Henney's Mother Travels Back to Her Roots". Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ Lo, Ricky. "Daniel Henney: From Kim Sam Soon to Hawaii Five-O". Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ "A most unlikely Seoul sensation". Los Angeles Times. June 17, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Prep Basketball: Carson City". Lansing State Journal. January 10, 1998. p. 18. 
  5. ^ (Korean) 다니엘 헤니 “모델로 활약했지만 여전히 나의 꿈은 연기자”. News.naver.com (February 24, 2006). Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  6. ^ 다니엘 헤니. 10asia.co.kr. Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "wftrok.com". Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ (Korean) 다니엘 헤니 "모델은 순간예술, 배우는 인생을 연기". News.naver.com (July 4, 2005). Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  9. ^ "Actor Daniel Henney Caught in Academic Record Scandal '". Newszone. The Korea Times. September 2, 2007. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  10. ^ Daniel Henney hops aboard "Domangja" cast.Asiae June 21, 2010 Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  11. ^ DNA Models. DNA Models. Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  12. ^ Keck, William (October 2, 2012). "Hawaii Five-0 Brings on Alex O'Loughlin's Old CBS Co-Star". TV Guide. 
  13. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (February 21, 2008). "Dominic Monaghan joins 'Wolverine'". Variety. 
  14. ^ 헤니 다니엘 헤니와 기네스 팰트로가 만난 CF, 그 뒷이야기 공개.Newsen September 22, 2005 Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  15. ^ 헤니 김태희, 다니엘 헤니 ‘찍었다’.Newsen October 17, 2005 Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  16. ^ searchstring=다니엘 헤니 LG 얼짱골퍼 최나연, LG전자 골프폰 모델 발탁! 다니엘 헤니와 호흡맞춘다.Newsen October 26, 2009 Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  17. ^ a b c d Biography. Hermosa USA (January 31, 2014). Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  18. ^ 헤니 (포토엔)휴잭맨-다니엘 헤니, 배우로 처음 청계광장에 핸드프린팅 남겨요.Newsen April 10, 2010 Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  19. ^ 헤니 (포토엔)신인남우상 다니엘 헤니, 오 마이 갓! .Newsen June 27, 2010 Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  20. ^ 헤니 다니엘 헤니는 역시 최고 인기남! 여성들의 시샘과 질투 쏟아졌다.Newsen December 30, 2005 Retrieved June 24, 2010.

External links[edit]