Jin Goo

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Jin Goo
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Born (1980-07-20) July 20, 1980 (age 36)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Sahmyook University - Advertising
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Agent BH Entertainment
Spouse(s) Kim Ji-hye (m. 2014)
Children 2
Korean name
Hangul 진구
Hanja 晋久
Revised Romanization Jin Gu
McCune–Reischauer Chin Ku

Jin Goo (born July 20, 1980) is a South Korean actor. He won Best Supporting Actor at the Grand Bell Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards for his role in Bong Joon-ho's 2009 noir thriller Mother. He is also best known for his role in the critically and commercially successful series Descendants of the Sun.


Jin Goo made his television debut in the 2003 gambling drama All In, as the younger version of the protagonist character played by Lee Byung-hun. They reunited onscreen in Kim Jee-woon's film noir A Bittersweet Life,[1] and Jin would later join Lee when he established his own management agency, BH Entertainment.

In 2005, Jin starred in the one-episode drama Saya, Saya ("Bird, Bird"), adapted from the novel written by Shin Kyung-sook about a mother and son who are both deaf. It won the top award in the TV movie/miniseries category of Prix Italia, and the jury praised it as "a magical, moving and poetic story about the power of love with high quality performances."[2]

After a guest appearance as a Korean language teacher on the webisodes of Japanese drama Joshi Deka!,[3] Jin returned to Korean television in 2008's Spotlight, a glimpse into the lives of broadcast news reporters covering the city beat. To prepare for his role, Jin followed a cub reporter for a day, and realized they didn't have time to bathe or even wash their faces.[4][5]

Though he appeared in little-seen mystery romance The ESP Couple,[6] Jin would become known for playing strong moody characters, such as a low-ranking thug in Yoo Ha's A Dirty Carnival,[7][8] and a serial killer in Truck.[9] For his portrayal of a secretive doctor in arthouse horror film Epitaph,[10] Jin received a Best New Actor trophy from the Golden Cinematography Awards.[11][12]

But Jin's breakthrough would be his critically acclaimed supporting turn in 2009's Mother.[13][14] His performance in the Bong Joon-ho thriller earned him recognition from the Grand Bell Awards,[15] the University Film Festival of Korea,[16] and the Blue Dragon Film Awards.[17][18][19]

In 2010, Jin shed his hardboiled image to play a down-to-earth, aspiring chef in Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle. He said the film was a great pleasure to make since cooking is a hobby of his, though emulating a professional chef meant undergoing "200 hours of chopping radishes" in order to perfect the motion. He added that after the filming, he was able to make kimchi with his mother, which proved to be a memorable experience.[20][21]

2011 was a busy year for Jin. Besides appearing in conspiracy thriller Moby Dick,[22] he had a starring role as one of three desperate Joseon soldiers in The Showdown.[23] He also made his stage debut as Nathan in a Korean production of the musical Guys and Dolls.[24][25][26][27]

He next starred in 26 Years, based on Kang Full's manhwa about a plot to assassinate the man responsible for the Gwangju Massacre.[28] Jin had been attached to the project since pre-production began in 2008,[29] but investors backed out due to the politically controversial content. Online donations from thousands of private individuals enabled filming to resume in 2012.[30] Jin was the only holdover from the original cast; initially cast as the young policeman, he now played the more central role of the gangster.[31]

In 2013, he played the titular character in TV series Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek, a success story about a man who comes up to Seoul from the countryside armed with nothing but a high school diploma and a gift for drawing, and through sheer hard work, fights his way to become the best ad man and art director in the business.[32]

Supporting roles followed in thriller The Target, period blockbuster The Admiral: Roaring Currents, and nostalgic musical drama C'est Si Bon. In 2015, Jin starred in Northern Limit Line, a naval thriller about the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong.[33] He was next cast as an elite special forces soldier in Descendants of the Sun, a series written by Kim Eun-sook.[34]

2016 was a remarkable year for Jin Goo. He experienced a surge in popularity for his role as Sergeant Major Seo Dae Young in the commercial and critically successful drama Descendants of the Sun. He was then cast in the action film One Line, which is set to be released towards the later part of 2016.[35] Moreover, BH Entertainment announced that he would be returning to small screen with the MBC drama Night Light. He plays Park Gun Woo, the son of the CEO of the Moon Jin Group.[36]

Personal life[edit]

He married his non-celebrity girlfriend on September 21, 2014.[37][38][39][40][41][42] They welcomed a baby boy in June 2015.[43] They welcomed another baby in November 2016 .



Year Title Role
2003 Romantic Assassins Assassin
1+1=6 (short film)
2005 A Bittersweet Life Min-gi
2006 A Dirty Carnival Jong-soo
Ice Bar In-baek
Love Me Not Mickey/Tae-ho
2007 Epitaph Park Jung-nam
2008 Truck Kim Young-ho
The ESP Couple Su-min
2009 Mother Jin-tae
2010 Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle Seong-chan
2011 The Showdown Do-young
Moby Dick Yoon Hyuk
Always Pottery store owner (cameo)
2012 26 Years Kwak Jin-bae
2014 The Target Baek Sung-hoon
The Admiral: Roaring Currents Lim Jun-young
Late Spring
2015 C'est Si Bon Lee Jang-hee (20s)
Northern Limit Line Han Sang-gook
2016 One Line Suk-Goo

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2003 All In young Kim In-ha SBS
2004 MBC Best Theater
"Where Are Arrows We Shoot?"
Jin-ho MBC
Nonstop 5 Jin Goo MBC
MBC Best Theater
"Oshio Ddeokbokki"
2005 HDTV Literature
"Saya, Saya (Bird, Bird)"
2007 Joshi Deka! (guest, episode 10 and webisodes) TBS
2008 Spotlight Lee Seon-chul MBC
Tokyo Sun Shower Park Sang-gil SBS
2009 Swallow the Sun young Kim Il-hwan SBS
2010 Athena: Goddess of War Black agent Jang Hyuk-joon
(cameo, episode 7)
2013 Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek Lee Tae-baek KBS2
2015 Falling for Innocence Ma Dong-wook (guest) jTBC
2016 Descendants of the Sun Seo Dae-young KBS2
Entourage Himself (cameo) tvN
Night Light[44] Park Gun Woo MBC

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Sonata of Temptation" Ivy
2009 "Shout to the Heart" Monday Kiz ft. Rhymer
2009 "Scar" Monday Kiz
2009 "Stupid" Yoon Seo-jin
2013 "V"[45] Lee Jung-hyun

Variety Shows[edit]

Year Title Notes
2016 Running Man ep. 297

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2011 Guys and Dolls Nathan Detroit

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
19th KBS Drama Awards
Best Actor in a One-Act / Special / Short Drama Saya, Saya (Bird, Bird) Nominated
5th Korean Film Awards
Best Supporting Actor A Dirty Carnival Nominated
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best New Actor Nominated
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actor Nominated
31st Golden Cinematography Awards
Best New Actor Epitaph Won
16th SBS Drama Awards
Best Supporting Actor in a Special Planning Drama Tokyo Sun Shower Nominated
2nd Korea Junior Star Awards
Special Award Truck Won
46th Grand Bell Awards
Best Supporting Actor Mother Won
17th Korean Culture & Entertainment Awards
Excellence Award, Movie Actor Category Won
5th University Film Festival of Korea
Best Supporting Actor Won
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best Supporting Actor Won
7th Max Movie Awards
Best Supporting Actor Nominated
KBS 감동대상
Hope Award N/A Won
22nd Buil Film Awards
Best Actor 26 Years Nominated
34th Golden Cinema Festival[46]
Special Jury Prize Won
52nd Grand Bell Awards
Best Supporting Actor C'est Si Bon Nominated
11th Asia Model Festival
Popular Star Award Descendants of the Sun Won
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
iQiyi Global Star Award Nominated
1st Indonesian Television Awards
Special Award Won
5th APAN Star Awards
Best Couple Award (with Kim Ji-won) Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Won
1st Asia Artist Awards
Best Celebrity Award, Actor Won
30th KBS Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
Best Couple (with Kim Ji-won) Won


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