Gong Yoo

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Gong.
Gong Yoo
Gong Yoo (Sep 2016).png
Born Gong Ji-cheol
(1979-07-10) July 10, 1979 (age 37)
Busan, South Korea[1]
Education Kyung Hee University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001-present
Agent Management Soop
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gong Yu
McCune–Reischauer Kong Yu
Birth name
Revised Romanization Gong Ji-cheol
McCune–Reischauer Kong Chi-ch'ŏl

Gong Ji-chul (Hangul공지철; born July 10, 1979), better known by his stage name Gong Yoo (Hangul공유), is a South Korean actor.


Gong Yoo graduated with B.A. theater degree at Kyung Hee University.[2] He started his show business career as a video jockey on Mnet in 2000 and debuted as an actor in the TV series School 4 in 2001.[3] Thereafter, Gong did a number of supporting roles in dramas and movies and also hosted the music programme Music Camp in 2004.

In 2005, he landed his first lead role in SBS's Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy opposite Gong Hyo-jin.[4] Gong Yoo was then cast in MBC romantic comedy The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, which became his breakout role. The popularity of the drama not only solidified his status as a leading man, but also made him a hallyu star.[5][6][7]

Gong Yoo then enlisted the mandatory service on January 14, 2008, which ended on December 8, 2009.[8][9] He did 8 months of frontline active service in Cheorwon and was transferred to the Defense Media Agency, where he served in the public relations department and hosted as a DJ for the army radio station.[10] He made his comeback in the romantic comedy Finding Mr. Destiny, which was a medium box office hit in Korea.[11]

He then initiated and pursued production of a theatrical adaptation of Gong Ji-young's novel The Crucible, a gift from his senior as congratulations for his promotion during enlistment. This movie was internationally released under the title Silenced. Upon its release on September 22, 2011, the film sparked public outrage. This led to a reopening of the investigations into the incidents on which the novel and film are based. Public demand for legislative reform reached the National Assembly, where a revised bill to target sex crimes against minors and the disabled, dubbed the Dogani Bill after the Korean title of the film, was successfully passed in late October 2011.[12][13][14][15]

Gong Yoo then starred opposite Lee Min-jung in the romantic-comedy series Big written by the Hong Sisters. Although the drama was initially well-received, it was later heavily criticized for its ending.[16]

In 2013, he returned to the big screen after a two-year gap in the movie The Suspect. He played an elite North Korean spy who defects after being betrayed by his country.[17] On November 2013, Gong Yoo was appointed as a special representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Korea, in conjunction with a celebration of the 24th year since the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted. Following his appointment, he has visited countries around the world to raise awareness of the situation of children in underdeveloped countries.[18]

On July 7, 2014, Gong Yoo was named as an ambassador for the National Tax Service, alongside actress Ha Ji-won. The pair modelled for promotional posters, and took part in street campaigns that encourage honest tax payment in support of the NTS.[19]

Gong Yoo experienced a resurgence in his career in 2016. Following the melodrama A Man and a Woman alongside critically acclaimed actress Jeon Do-yeon, he starred in the hugely successful thriller zombie blockbuster Train to Busan, which surpassed 11 million admissions.[7][20] He then starred in another box office hit The Age of Shadows, which surpassed 6 million admissions in two weeks.[21]

In December 2016, Gong Yoo returned to television in Kim Eun-sook's fantasy-romance drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, playing the titular goblin.[22][23]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2001 School 4 Hwang Tae-young KBS2
2002 Whenever the Heart Beats Park Chan-ho KBS2
Hard Love Seo Kyung-chul KBS2
2003 20 Years Seo Joon SBS
Screen Kim Joon-pyo SBS
My Room, Your Room
2005 Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy Park Tae-in SBS
2006 One Fine Day Seo Gun MBC
2007 The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince Choi Han-kyul MBC
2012 Big Seo Yoon-jae/Kang Kyung-joon KBS2
2013 Dating Agency: Cyrano Magician (cameo, ep. 9) tvN
2016 Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Kim Shin tvN


Year Title Role Notes
2003 My Tutor Friend Lee Jong-soo
2004 Spy Girl Choi Ko-bong
Superstar Mr. Gam Park Chul-soo
S Diary Yoo-in
2005 She's on Duty Kang No-young
2007 Like a Dragon Park Chul Film adaptation of video game Ryu Ga Gotoku
2010 Finding Mr. Destiny Han Gi-joon Film adaptation of stage musical Finding Kim Jong-wook
2011 Silenced Kang In-ho Film adaptation of Gong Ji-young's novel The Crucible
2013 The Suspect Ji Dong-chul
2016 A Man and a Woman Ki-hong
Train to Busan Seok-woo
The Age of Shadows Kim Woo-jin

Music Video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2014 "How I Am" Kim Dong Ryul

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2013 Running Man Himself SBS Guest with Park Hee-soon (Episode 175)


Year Program Role Episodes Network Notes
2004 Music Camp MC 2004.01.10~2004.07.03 MBC [24]
(during enlistment)
장병가요 베스트 (Best Music) MC episodes 155~186 KFN [25]
공유가 기다리는 20시 DJ 371 episodes KFN [3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Hard Love Nominated
2003 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award[26] Screen Won
2005 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy Nominated
2006 MBC Drama Awards Special Award, Actor in a Miniseries[27] One Fine Day Won
2007 1st Mnet 20's Choice Awards Best Style[28] N/A Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor[29] Coffee Prince Won
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Yoon Eun-hye) Nominated
2011 32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Silenced Nominated
Popular Star Award[30] Won
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film)[31] Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Big Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Lee Min-jung) Nominated
2013 8th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actor Nominated
2014 19th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor The Suspect Nominated
48th Taxpayers' Day Presidential Commendation N/A Won
22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Film The Suspect Nominated


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  2. ^ "김희선·성유리·옥주현·공유·J-Walk·이선진…학사모 쓴 스타들" (in Korean). Kyunghyang Shinmun. 2005. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  3. ^ a b ""카메라 선물로 달력 만드는 이 남자, '공유'할 수 없나요?"" (in Korean). Oh My News. 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  4. ^ "SBS 새 수목드라마 '건빵선생과 별사탕'" (in Korean). Cine21. 2005-04-12. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  5. ^ "'공유' 인생드라마 '커피프린스 1호점', 연속 방송" (in Korean). Insight. 2016-07-28. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  6. ^ "'만인의 연인'으로 사랑받는~ 공유" (in Korean). DongA. 2007-09-20. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  7. ^ a b "Gong Yoo". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  8. ^ "Gong Yoo to Leave For the Military Next Year". The Korea Times. 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  9. ^ "공유, 오늘(8일) 제대 "당분간 휴식"" (in Korean). Star News. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  10. ^ "'현역 제대' 공유 '홀가분하고 기분좋다'". 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  11. ^ "Theatrical Releases in 2010: Box-Office Admission Results". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  12. ^ "백지연의 피플 인사이드'공유편'-A sincere talk with Gong Yoo (English subtitled)" (in Korean). 9 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "INTERVIEW Actor Gong Yoo - Part 1". Asiae. 27 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "INTERVIEW Actor Gong Yoo - Part 2". Asiae. 27 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "National Assembly passes 'Dogani Law'". Korea Times. 2011-10-28. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  16. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (25 July 2012). "Big Concludes with Open Endings, Unsatisfied Fans, and Highest Rating". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  17. ^ "Gong Yoo a 'Suspect' in his first action role". 13 December 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Gong Yoo named UNICEF special representative". The Korea Herald. 8 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Ha Ji-won, Gong Yoo Named Tax Service Ambassadors". Chosun. 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  20. ^ "Zombie Movie 'Train to Busan' Passes 11 Million-Viewer Mark". The Chosun Ilbo. 2016-08-19. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  21. ^ "'The Age of Shadows' still No. 1 at box office". The Korea Herald. 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  22. ^ "Gong Yoo to star in Kim Eun-sook fantasy drama". The Korea Times. 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  23. ^ "tvN's 'Goblin' starring Gong Yoo, Kim Go-Eun begins test shooting". Yibada. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  24. ^ "2004년 1월 10일 (토) / 제 211 회" (in Korean). iMBC. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  25. ^ "연예 사병 공유, 국방홍보원 캘린더 모델" (in Korean). Nocut News. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  26. ^ "2003 SBS 연기대상에 이병헌" (in Korean). Hankyung. 2004-01-01. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
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  28. ^ "'거침없이 하이킥', 'Mnet 20's Choice' 6관 왕 차지" (in Korean). Chosu Ilbo. 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  29. ^ "'공유 군입대 전 공식 막방' 공유 이준기 MBC연기대상 男우수상 공동수상" (in Korean). JoongAng Daily. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  30. ^ "'The Unjust' Wins Top Honors at Blue Dragon Film Awards". Mwave. 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  31. ^ "백상예술대상 2012" (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 

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