Kim Hee-chul

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Kim Heechul
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Heechul at KCON 2015
Born Kim Hee-chul
(1983-07-10) 10 July 1983 (age 33)
Hoengseong, Gangwon, South Korea
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Huicheol
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hŭich'ŏl

Kim Hee-chul (born July 10, 1983), better known by the mononym Heechul, is a South Korean singer, composer, presenter and actor. He is a member of South Korean boy band Super Junior and has further participated in its subgroup, Super Junior-T as well as project group with TRAX's Jungmo, M&D. Aside from group activities, he participated in various television dramas, appeared as a radio DJ and television presenter.

Biography & Career[edit]


Kim Hee-chul was born in Hoengseong County, Gangwon Province, on July 10, 1983. In October 2002, he auditioned to become a singer through the Starlight Casting System, and was initially placed in a four-member group called "Four Seasons" along with Jaejoong, Yunho, and Kangin. While Jaejoong and Yunho went on to debut as TVXQ in December 2003, Heechul and Kangin joined ten other trainees under S.M. Entertainment to form the group "Super Junior 05", the first generation of Super Junior.

He made his first television appearance in the 2005 teen drama Sharp 2 alongside bandmate Kibum before the debut of Super Junior. Shortly afterwards, he appeared in an episode of the series Loveholic and was a regular MC for the cable music show Show! Music Tank. He also plays piano and drums.

2005–07: Debut with Super Junior[edit]

See also: Super Junior

On November 2, 2005, Super Junior 05 made their official debut as a twelve-member group on SBS's Popular Songs, performing their first single "TWINS (Knock Out)".[1][2] Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released on December 5 and debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.[3]

Following their debut, Heechul again appeared alongside Kibum for the sixth season of Nonstop, and also starred in Bad Family (2006) and Golden Bride (2007). He also appeared on entertainment programs such as Vitamin, Sponge, Xman, and Love Letter, and was a radio DJ on SBS Power FM Youngstreet with Park Hee-bon until mid-2006.

2007-11: Sub-group and MC[edit]

See also: Super Junior-T

On February 23, 2007, he debuted as part of Super Junior sub-group, Super Junior-T , performing trot single "Rokuko!!!".[4] That year Super Junior released their second album Don't Don, toured with the Super Show, and filmed the movie Attack on the Pin-Up Boys.[5]

He appeared as a presenter on SBS music programme Inkigayo as a substitute for Andy of Shinhwa, going on to become a permanent host with Ku Hye-sun (23 April 2006 – 18 February 2007), Jang Keun-suk (25 February-7 October 2007) and Song Ji-hyo (11 November 2007 – 4 May 2008).

In 2008, he appeared in the S.M. Entertainment production of the musical Xanadu, playing the role of Sonny in rotation with bandmate Kangin. The production ran between 9 September-23 November 2008 at the Doosan Art Center, Yeonji-dong, Seoul.[6] Casting was carried out via a reality television programme, To Be Kangin and Heechul.[7] That year, he also appeared on the reality TV programmes Good Daddy and Band of Brothers. Kim co-MC the 2009 Dream Concert with Song Ji-hyo, which was held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on 10 October.[8] His first solo single, "초별" ("First Star"), was released on November 6, 2009, as part of the OST for the drama Loving You Ten Million Times.[9]

He returned as a radio DJ for the first time in four years[10] on SBS's "Heechul's Young Street" from March 29, 2010 until mid-2011. In May 2010, he became a regular cast member on the series Family Outing 2,[11] but the show was cancelled two months later due to low ratings. On October 9, he created a personal Facebook account which received 5,000 friend requests within five minutes. He became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter for four days after the account's creation.[12]

2011–14: M&D and military enlistment[edit]

See also: M&D

In 2011, he formed a project group with label mate Kim Jungmo of TRAX called M&D (meaning "Midnight and Dawn" or "Miari and Dangae-dong", after the members' hometowns). They released their debut single, "Close Ur Mouth", in June. Heechul wrote the lyrics and directed the music video for the song, while Jungmo produced and performed the instrumental. Their first live performance was at Mnet’s summer awards ceremony 20’s Choice on July 7.

Kim Hee-chul carried out mandatory military service between 1 September 2011-30 August 2013. He served as a public service worker for 23 months after undergoing four weeks of basic training at the Nonsan military camp in Chungcheongnam-do.[13] At the time that he enlisted, he had been appearing on KBS's Secret (시크릿) as well as the "Radio Star" segment of MBC's Golden Fishery, for which bandmate Kyuhyun took over the role.[14]

Shortly after he had completed his military service, he featured on Kim Jang-hoon's single "Breakups are So Like Me". During live performances of the song on Music Bank and Show! Music Core, his part was performed by bandmates Yesung, Eunhyuk and Shindong.[15]

2014-present: Solo Fanmeeting[edit]

In 2014, he appeared on the "Global Edition" spinoff of MBC reality television programme We Got Married, as an on-screen couple with Taiwanese girl group member Puff Guo.[16][17] That year, he also played the role of a detective in the tvN drama Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit.[18]

In late-2015, Heechul became a host on JTBC's variety show Knowing Bros.

In March 2016, Heechul was confirmed to become a temporary host for Weekly Idol.[19]

In 23 July, he held his first solo fanmeeting "The Space Big Star Show" in Beijing, China. [20]

Personal life[edit]

August 2006: Car accident[edit]

On 10 August 2006, Heechul was involved in a car accident while heading back to Seoul from Mokpo after attending the funeral of fellow Super Junior member Donghae’s Father. [21] The tires malfunctioned while his car attempted to switch lanes. Heechul fractured his left leg in five places, including his femur, knee, and ankle, requiring him to be in surgery for six hours. He also sustained other injuries, including a tear in his tongue which required stitches.[22]

Heechul was advised to stop all activities for a period of twelve weeks. He was released from the hospital on 13 September 2006 but he continued to receive out-patient care. He returned to the hospital to have a second surgery to remove some of the iron rods in his leg on October 10 and briefly returned to work in late October to film the final three episodes of an MBC youth sitcom while still in a cast and on a wheelchair. He made his comeback on 25 November of the same year during the Mnet KM Music Festival (MKMF) Awards.[23] In late December Heechul officially returned to individual activities such as variety show appearances and hosting appearances.

In 2007, Heechul started to perform regularly despite still having a few rods that the doctors had attached to his leg. In late April and May 2007, he had recovered enough to be able to take part in Super Junior’s strenuous dance routines. The remaining rods in his leg were removed in 2008.[24]

He attributes his survival and ability to recover to the fact that he wore his seat belt and has championed seat belt safety since, including after the September 2014 accident involving the entirety of Ladies' Code that killed Ladies' Code members Go Eunbi (EunB) and Kwon Rise (RiSe), during which EunB, who had not been wearing a seat belt, had died on impact and was pronounced dead on arrival.[25]


Soundtrack & Singles Contributions[edit]

Year Title Album Note
2006 Can It Be Love? Rainbow Romance OST with Kibum
2008 Don't Walk Away Xanadu OST with Kim Sung Ki, Hong Ji Min, Kim Hee Won
2009 First Star Loving You a Thousand Times OST Part 2
2010 King Wang Zzang Digital Single with Defconn
2011 Breakups are So Like Me with Kim Jang-hoon
2013 You Are A Miracle 2013 SBS Gayo Daejun Friendship Project with Various Artists


Year Album Song Partner Note
2005 Twins "Believe" Korean Lyrics
Show Me Your Love "Show Me Your Love" Shindong, Eunhyuk Rap written
2009 Super Show 2 "Spirit" Super Junior The 2nd Asia Tour Concert Album
2010 Digital Single "King Wang Zzang" Defconn Rap lyrics [26]
2011 A-CHa "Oops" Leeteuk, Shindong, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Misfit A-CHa (Repackage)
Orange Caramel "Shanghai Romance" [27]
2015 Magic "You Got It" Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, Team One Sound Magic (Repackaged Edition)
"Sarang♥" Team One Sound



Year Film Role
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys The Ultra Junior president
Alvin and the Chipmunks
(Korean voice-cover)
Voices Simon - with Kangin, Shindong
2010 Super Show 3 3D Himself
2015 SM Town The Stage

Television Drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2005 Sharp 2 Baek Jin-woo KBS Supporting role
Loveholic Young chef Cameo
2005–07 Rainbow Romance Heechul MBC Leading role
2006 Mystery 6 Himself Mnet Supporting role
Bad Family Gong Min SBS
2007–08 Golden Bride Kim Young-soo
2009 Tae-hee, Hye-kyo, Ji-hyun Himself MBC Cameo (EP 116)
2009–10 Loving You a Thousand Times Lee Chul SBS Supporting role
2010 I am Legend Himself Cameo (EP 15)
2011 Melody of Youth Shen Tai Yi CCTV Supporting role
2013 The Heirs Himself SBS Cameo (EP 04)
2014 Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit Park Jung-woo tvN Leading role

Variety Shows[edit]

Music Video Appearance[edit]

Year Title Artist
2007 “Flight Girl” (비행소녀) Magolpy ,Super Junior's Kangin & Shindong, JYJ's Park Yoo-chun, Eru
2010 “Let You Go” (가슴이 차가운 남자) TRAX & Victoria Song
“Shady Girl” (가식걸, ”Gasikgeol”) Sistar
2013 “Open The Door” (문을 여시오) Im Chang-jung
2015 “CHOK CHOK DANCE (Everybody's CHOK CHOK DANCE)” Super Junior D&E

Other Work[edit]


Year Title Role Note
2008 Xanadu Sonny with Kangin


Year Title Websites Note
2013 "The ZZINPANG Family" SM TOWN‘s official homepage, ZZINPANG’s official Facebook, HOTTRACKS webtoon page, Kyobo Books webtoon page The Main Character is based on Himself [28]

Radio Show[edit]


Year Title Network Note
2005-2006 Young Street Radio (영스트리트) SBS Power FM with Park Heebon
2010-2011 Heechul's Young Street
2012-2013 Kim HeeChul's SungDong Cafe
2014 Kiss the Radio KBS Cool FM Special DJ with EXO's Baekhyun on 01.04.14 / Ryeowook (Guest)
Special DJ On 02.10.14 / BTOB (Guests)
2015 Special DJ on 12.10.15
2016 2 O’Clock Escape Cultwo Show SBS Power FM On August 23 in place of one of the regular DJs Kim Tae Gyun [29]


Year Title Network Note
2007 Yesung's MIRACLE for You with Heebum (his cat) On 4 July 2007
Kiss the Radio KBS Cool FM Surprise Appearance On 16.02.07
2008 Melon Chunji Radio on 14.03.08 / SNSD's Sunny & Sungmin (DJ)
Taeyeon's Chin Chin Radio MBC FM4U
Park Kyung Lim's Starry Night MBC FM On "Textbook Quiz Cinema"
2009 Park Myeong Soo's Dating at 2PM with Kangin On 17.06.09
2013 Kiss the Radio KBS Cool FM On 02.09.13 / Ryeowook (DJ)
Shindong's Shimshimtapa MBC Standard FM On 02.09.13 / Shindong (DJ)
Park So Hyun's Love Game SBS Power FM On 03.10.13
2014 Idol True Colors MBC C-Radio On 15.03.14 / Zhou Mi, Miss A's Fei & Jia (DJ)
2016 Kiss the Radio KBS Cool FM On August 21 for celebrated 10 years of hosting their KBS radio show “Kiss the Radio” [30]

Events Shows Hosting[edit]

Year Title Note
2005 Show Music Tank
2006-2008 SBS Inkigayo with Ku Hye-sun (23 April 2006 – 18 February 2007), Jang Keun-suk (25 February-7 October 2007) and Song Ji-hyo (11 November 2007 – 4 May 2008)
2008 Dream Concert 2008 with Song Ji Hyo
2009 Dream Concert 2009
SBS Gayo Daejun 2009 with CNBLUE's Jung Yonghwa, Park Shin-hye
2010 SBS Inkigayo Special MC with Leeteuk , Shindong / On 31 January - Vancouver Olympic special
Dream Concert 2010 with 2PM's Taecyeon , Shin Se-kyung
SBS Gayo Daejun 2010 with CNBLUE's Jung Yonghwa, 2AM's Jo Kwon , Hwang Jung Eum
2011 Dream Concert 2011 with Song Joong-ki , KARA's Hara
2013 SBS Gayo Daejun 2013 with 2NE1's Sandara Park , Sung Si-kyung [31]
2014 SBS Inkigayo Special MC with Leeteuk / On 14.09.14
2015 Special MC with Song Ji Hyo / On "Inkigayo” 800th Episode Special [32]
2016 Suwon K-Pop Super Concert with Twice's Momo & Chaeyoung, Super Junior-M's Zhou Mi


Year Product Partner(s)
2005-2006 Otuggi Ramen with Kim Ki-bum & Go Ara
2006 Lotte Pepero
2006-2007 IVY Club with Super Junior
2007 1677 Collect Call with Kangin & Shindong
Sunkist Lemonade with Kangin & Yoona
2009 Yamaha with Siwon & Sungmin & Lee Donghae
2009-2011 12 Plus with Super Junior
2016 Ready (Ferrari CF) with Kangin & Leeteuk

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2006 MBC Entertainment Awards Best New Comedian Rainbow Romance Nominated
2007 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Best Flower Boy N/A Won [33]
SBS Entertainment Awards TV Star Award - Male MC N/A Nominated
2010 GoKpop Music Awards Best use of social media N/A Won
Allkpop Awards Best Social Network Personality N/A Won
2011 MBC Entertainment Awards Show Variety Rookie Award Radio Star Won [34]
2013 Public Service Worker at the Seodong District office Excellent Service as a Public Service Worker N/A Won [35]

Idol Ranking Chart Shows[edit]

Year Title Rank Note
MBC Section TV
2009 4D personality Rank #4
2010 Flower Male Beauty Rank #5
Mnet Wide News
2009 Wide STYLE Rank #3
Weekly Idol Ranking
2011 Idol You Want To Be Close Rank #1
2012 President Of Idols Rank #4
Male Artist With Best Crossdressing Rank #3
Idol Chart Show - Mnet
2011 Idol From Mars - Martian Special Rank #1 Ranked Twenty Idols Aptly Labeled as Martians due to their 4D-like behavior
Top Fashionista Rank #20
2012 Star Marry Urgent Rank #8
Arirang Star Ranking
2013 Kpop Idols with the Most-Unique Personality Rank #1
Super Idol Chart Show
2014 Male Idols Prettier Than Girls Rank #4 EP 08
Idols Ruining Your Own Image Rank #3 EP 11
Idols With Special Skills Rank #7 EP 22 - Crossdressing "Women's Dress"
Obsessions Of Idols Rank #4 EP 24 - Anna de "Frozen"
Idols Fit To Be Judges In Superstar K6 Rank #6 EP 26
2015 Male Idols Prettier Than Girls Rank #1


Year Tour Name Dates Venue
Kim Heechul 1st Asia Fanmeeting Tour
"Kim Heechul Universe Big Star show"
  • July 23
  • July 27
  • Aug 06


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  21. ^ Heechul's Car 2013.08.30
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  24. ^ The remaining rods in heechul's leg were removed
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