Jang Keun-suk

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jang.
Jang Keun-suk
Jang Keun-suk from acrofan.jpg
In April 2011
Born Danyang County, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea
Education Hanyang University
(Theater and Film)
Occupation Actor, singer, director
Years active 1992–present
Agent TreeJ Entertainment
Website http://www.princejks.com
Korean name
Hangul 장근
Revised Romanization Jang Keun-suk
McCune–Reischauer Chang Kŭnsŏk

Jang Keun-suk (Hangul장근석; Hanja張根碩) is a South Korean actor and singer, He is best known for starring in the television dramas Beethoven Virus (2008), You're Beautiful (2009), Mary Stayed Out All Night (2010), Love Rain (2012), Pretty Man (2013) and Jackpot (2016).[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Jang started working as a child model at the age of five after he was discovered by a talent agent. At that time, Jang's parents were selling their house and the agent, who was a prospective buyer, saw Jang. Seeing his potential, the agent advised Jang's parents to allow him to try a career in modeling.

In junior high school, Jang went to school in New Zealand, where he attended Nelson College in 2003, to learn English and Japanese.[4]



Jang made his acting debut in the 1997 HBS (now Channel CGV) sitcom Selling Happiness. He then continued to work in television as a child actor. Studying in New Zealand at the time, a role in the popular MBC sitcom Nonstop 4 brought him back to South Korea.


In 2005, Jang's portrayed the president's son in the SBS drama Lovers in Prague.

In 2006, Jang debuted in the big screen for the Japanese horror film One Missed Call: Final where he played the role of a deaf boy. He next played the first love of famous gisaeng Hwang Jini (played by Ha Ji-won) in the period drama Hwang Jini.

In 2007, Jang was cast in the rock music-themed film The Happy Life, directed by Lee Joon-ik. Jang then co-hosted SBS's weekly live music show Inkigayo from February 25 to October 7, 2007.

In 2008, Jang would go on to act in two more music-inspired projects with the film Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do and the MBC drama Beethoven Virus opposite Kim Myung-min, in which he played a trumpet player in an orchestra. He also starred in the KBS drama, Hong Gil-dong as the fictional brother of King Gwanghae who vies for Joseon's throne. Afterwards, he starred opposite Moon Mason in the movie Baby and I.


Jang's took on his first villain role in the 2009 thriller, The Case of Itaewon Homicide. The film is based on the real-life Itaewon murder case in which a young Korean-American was accused of stabbing a Korean student to death. Jang spoke his lines in English throughout the entire film, and Beyond Hollywood praised him as having "performed very well" in the role.[5][6]

In You're Beautiful (2009) Jang played the leader of fictional K-pop band A.N.Jell, who falls in love with a fellow band member who is a girl pretending to be her twin brother (played by Park Shin-hye).

In 2010, he starred opposite Moon Geun-young in the romantic comedy series Mary Stayed Out All Night. Jang and Moon attended four fan meetings in Tokyo and Osaka in 2011.

Jang's first single as a singer, "Let Me Cry," was released by Pony Canyon in Japan on April 27, 2011. "Let Me Cry" debuted at number 1 on Japan's Oricon single charts, selling 119,149 copies on its first week of release, making him the first non-Japanese act to have the debut single to debut at number 1 on the charts.[7] This won him Best New Artist in the 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards.[8]

On October 26, 2011 Jang Keun-Suk released a direct-to-DVD titled Budapest Diary in Japan. Budapest Diary has Jang Geun-Suk as the primary actor and also Jang Geun-Suk participated in writing the screenplay and selecting the locations for filming.[9] In September 2011, Jang's first Chinese album, an EP titled The Lounge H Vol.1, was released in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and throughout Southeast Asia.[10][11] The album, which also included the music video for "Gotta Getcha" and backstage clips, eventually reached platinum sales. Team H later won Best Selling Album and Best Korean Album at the 2012 IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales Awards.

Jang's next film You're My Pet was released in November 2011. It was adapted from the Japanese manga Kimi wa Petto in which a younger man willingly becomes the "pet" of a career woman (played by Kim Ha-neul).


In March 2012, Jang released a new album Lounge H (The First Impression) exclusively in Japan.[12] The album was different from Lounge H Vol.1, which Team H had released the year before, and contained seven tracks of rock and electronic genre, including "Gotta Getcha."[13]

Jang then worked with TV director Yoon Seok-ho on the melodrama series Love Rain, in which he and costar Im Yoon-ah played dual roles in the 1970s and 2012.

In May 2012, Jang released his first full-length Japanese album, titled Just Crazy.[14] It debuted at No. 1 on the Oricon daily singles chart with 53,000 copies sold, and again topped the weekly singles chart with 88,009 copies sold.[8] This made Jang the first male international (non-Japanese) solo artist to reach the top of both the Oricon daily and weekly charts, and the second overall to accomplish this feat after BoA's "Listen To My Heart." He is also the first artist in over 17 years to have topped both charts with the first single ("Let Me Cry") and the first studio album.[15]

In June 2012, Jang released a Japanese cookbook titled, Love Recipe. It featured twenty recipes, essays, and photo shoots.[16] His song, "200 Miles," was also featured in Fairy Tail the Movie: The Phoenix Priestess.

This was followed in 2013 by another series adapted from a manhwa, Pretty Man opposite IU.

Jang filmed the reality show Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village with Cha Seung-won and Yoo Hae-jin, which was supposed to air in January 2015.[17] But a supposed tax evasion controversy in which a fine was paid of ₩10 billion (US$9.27 million) for his agency under-reporting taxes led to him dropping out of the program. Though Jang was found not guilty as it was his agency's unintentional accounting mistake, he decided to leave the program and his scenes were edited out.[18][19][20]

On February 25, 2015 Jang Keun Suk released his third solo album ‘Monochrome’ and won the third place on ‘Oricon’ album daily and weekly chart.[21][22] He also launched 2015 "Jang Keun Suk The Cri Show 3" around Japan. The tour, which began with the Osaka concert on March 14, has completely sold out tickets for the 12 hall concerts in six cities (Osaka, Niigata, Fukuoka, Okayama, Shizuika, Hokkaido) and four arena concerts in two cities (Kobe, Tokyo), for a total of 16 concerts.[23] On March 14 short film CAMP, starring Jang Keun Suk and directed by him, was officially released as a DVD (full name Jang Keun Suk Special short Film DVD CAMP), and it debuted #1 on Oricon Weekly Film chart.[24] CAMP was filmed entirely in Jeju Island in October 2013.[25][26]

On September 5, 2015 "Jang Keun Suk Live in Seoul 2015" was held at Jangchoong Stadium in Seoul. It was Jang's first solo concert in Korea in three years.[27] On October 24 Jang held a concert in Shanghai which was a comeback concert in China since 2013,[28] followed by 4 concerts in Japan in the end of November.[29] On October 20 the same year, Jang was appointed as one of the as the first domestic university "Sharing Professor" by Hanyang university.[30] On December 10 and 19, 2015 held his first special lectures.[31] On December 7 it was announced that Jang accepted to be MC and a mentor in the new musical survival show of Mnet Produce 101.[32] Its 11 episodes premiered on January 6, 2016.[33][34]

Jang starred in historical drama Jackpot which started airing on March 28 on SBS for 24 episodes.[35][36]

On July 2, 2016, Jang kicked off his Asia tour "It's Show Time", performing in Seoul, Japan and China.[37] The concerts held in Shenzen and Shanghai were streamed online by various platforms. From August 18 starred in the new reality show of tvN's My Ear's Candy. for 10 consecutive weeks. [38]


Drama Series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source
1998 Hug Won-joo
2000 School 3 Kang Won-seok's younger brother
2001 Ladies of the Palace young Jeong Ryeom
2001 Four Sisters young Lee Young-hoon
2002 Orange Jang Keun-suk
2002 The Great Ambition young Park Si-young
2003 Nonstop 4 Keun-suk
2005 Lovers in Prague Yoon Gun-hee
2006 Alien Teacher Bong-sam/Alexander
2006 Hwang Jini Kim Eun-ho
2008 Hong Gil-dong Lee Chang-hwi
2008 Beethoven Virus Kang Gun-woo
2009 You're Beautiful Hwang Tae-kyung
2010 Mary Stayed Out All Night Kang Mu-gyul
2011 Ikemen desu ne Himself Cameo, Episode 8
2012 Love Rain Seo In-ha/Seo Joon
2013 Pretty Man Dokgo Ma-te
2016 Jackpot Baek Dae-gil


Year Title Role Notes Source
2003 The Owl Museum Lee Jung-woo Short film
2006 One Missed Call: Final Ahn Jin-wo Japanese film
2007 The Happy Life Park Hyeon-jun
2008 Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do Shin Eun-gyu
2008 Baby and I Han Joon-soo
2008 Crazy Waiting Park Won-jae
2009 The Case of Itaewon Homicide Robert J. Pearson
2011 Budapest diary Keun-Suk Short film
2011 You're My Pet Kang In-ho ("Momo")
2015 Camp Film director & lead role Short film

TV Shows[edit]

Year Title Notes Source
2007 Inkigayo Co-host with Kim Heechul
2012 The Center of the New Hallyu, I Am Jang Keun-suk
2012 Sekai no Purinsu e! Chan Gunsoku ~ 24 sai no Sugao~
2012 Happy Camp Guest ep. June 16, 2012 [39]
2014 The Return of Superman Guest, episodes 39 & 48
2016 Produce 101 Mentor and MC
2016 Candy In My Ear Main cast

Music Videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes Source
"Black Engine" Himself Debut Single
"We Can Make It" Tim Hwang and Son Hoyoung
2009 "Toucholic" Himself
2009 "Just Drag" Himself
2010 "Magic Drag" Jang Keun-suk feat. Hyolyn
2011 "Let Me Cry" Himself
2012 "Crazy Crazy Crazy" Himself
2012 "Can't Stop" Team H
2012 "Abracadabra" Himself
2012 "Stay" Himself
2013 "Nature Boy" Himself
2013 "I See You (ICU)" Jang Keun-suk and Park Min-young [40]
2013 "I Just Wanna Have Fun" Team H
2013 "Beautiful Change" Team H
2013 "Feel The Beat" Team H directed by Zanybros
2013 "What is Your Name?" Team H
2014 "Dream Journey in Jeju" Jang Keun-suk and Park Shin-hye [41]
2014 "Raining on the Dance Floor" Team H Driving to the Highway
2014 "Take Me" Team H Driving to the Highway
2015 "Hidamari" Himself Monochrome [42]
2016 "Darling Darling " Himself Debut Single [43]
2016 "Endless Summer " Himself Debut Single [44]
2016 "Like A Zombie" Team H Monologue [45]
2016 "I Want To Hug You" Himself Debut Single [46]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2006 Mnet Top 100 Charming Guys Who are Single N/A Won
Adorable Males N/A Rank #29
KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award (with Ha Ji-won) Hwang Jini Won
Best New Actor Nominated
2007 Mnet Top 100 Must Have Males N/A Rank #3
10th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actor The Happy Life Won
28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
6th Korean Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Won
17th Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
45th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Nominated
2nd Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Beethoven Virus Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Hong Gil-dong Nominated
Popularity Award, Actor Won
Best Couple Award (with Sung Yu-ri) Nominated
2009 46th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor The Case of Itaewon Homicide Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special You're Beautiful Nominated
Netizen Popularity Award Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Film) The Case of Itaewon Homicide Won
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Top Buzz Male Korea Star N/A Won [47]
Top Buzz Male Asia Star N/A Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Mary Stayed Out All Night Nominated
Netizen Award, Actor Won
Best Couple Award (with Moon Geun-young) Won
2011 15th Global Chinese Music Awards Most Popular Korean Artist N/A Won
Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards Commendation from the Ministry of Culture and Finance N/A Won
19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Hallyu Grand Prize N/A Won
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Taiwan Top Searched Single Korean Artist N/A Won [48]
2012 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards Best 3 New Artists (with 2PM and B2ST) N/A Won [49]
10th IFPI Hong Kong Record Sales Awards Best Selling Album (with Big Brother) The Lounge H Vol. 1 Won
Best Korean Album (with Big Brother) Won
48th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Film) You're My Pet Won
Huading Awards Top 100 Asian Celebrities N/A Rank #3 [50]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Love Rain Nominated
2013 27th Japan Gold Disc Awards Best 3 Albums Just Crazy Won [51]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Pretty Man Nominated
Best Couple Award (with IU) Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best actor in a serial drama (excellence award) Jackpot Nominated [52]
SBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Won
K-Wave Star Award Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Yeo Jin-goo) Nominated
Top 10 Stars Award Won
Best Drudge Nominated


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