Gong Yoo

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Gong.
Gong Yoo
Born Gong Ji-chul
(1979-07-10) July 10, 1979 (age 36)
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 graduated with B.A. Theater degree at Kyung Hee University. He started his showbusiness career with small parts in dramas and films. He landed his first lead role in Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy in 2005. His acting talent caught the attention of casting directors and audiences and he has become an actor to watch. His role as Choi Han-Kyul in the MBC romantic comedy The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince solidified his status as a leading man. The popularity of the drama made it one of Korea's most watched dramas of 2007, and made Gong Yoo a hallyu star.

The actor finished his mandatory service in the Korean Armed Forces, which started on January 14, 2008 and ended on December 8, 2009.[2]

Gong Yoo initiated and pursued production of a theatrical adaptation of[3][4][5] Gong Ji-young's novel The Crucible, a gift from his senior as congratulation for his promotion during enlistment. This movie was internationally released under the title Silenced. The film sparked public outrage upon its release on September 22, 2011. 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.

In 2013, he returned to the big screen after a two-year gap in the movie The Suspect (2013 film). He played an elite North Korean spy who defects after being betrayed by his country.[6]

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 will visit countries around the world to raise awareness of the situation of children in underdeveloped countries.[7]

On July 7, 2014, Gong was named as an ambassador for the National Tax Service, alongside actress Ha Ji-won. For the next two years, they will model for promotional posters and take part in street campaigns that encourage honest tax payment in support of the NTS.[8]


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


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
2015 A Man and a Woman Ki-hong In pre-production
Busan Bound Seok-woo In pre-production
2016 Secret Agent


Year Program Role Episodes Network Notes
2004 Music Camp MC 2004.01.10~2004.07.03 MBC [9]
(during enlistment)
Best Music MC episodes 155~186 KFN [10]
G.yoo20 DJ 371 episodes KFN [11]

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 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 One Fine Day Won
2007 1st Mnet 20's Choice Awards Best Style N/A Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor 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 Won
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) 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 Won


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