Joo Hyun

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Joo Hyun
Joo Il-choon

(1943-03-01) March 1, 1943 (age 80)
Other namesJu Hyeon
Years active1960–present
Stage name
Revised RomanizationJu Hyeon
McCune–ReischauerChu Hyŏn
Birth name
Revised RomanizationJu Il-chun
McCune–ReischauerChu Il-ch'un

Joo Hyun (Korean주현; born Joo Il-choon, Korean주일춘; March 1, 1943) is a South Korean actor.


Joo graduated from Konkuk University in Seoul, where he majored in political science and diplomacy. He began his acting career after being selected through a special recruiting program by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) in 1969, making his debut the following year in Vietnam War Battlefield. In 1990 Joo played his first comedic role, giving a memorable performance in the KBS TV drama Seoul Ttukbaeki.[1][2]

Joo starred in the 2004 film A Family alongside Soo Ae, portraying a single father who has a troubled relationship with his daughter. His performance found favour with critics, with Darcy Paquet of saying, "in his accomplished handling of small details and the film's quieter moments, Joo succeeds in making the father a real person instead of a stereotype",[3] and in October 2005 won the award for Best Actor at the 50th Asia Pacific Film Festival.[1]

In 2006 Joo starred in the musical comedy film The Fox Family, learning to sing and dance during a month-long period of intensive training. He chose the film because the story was fun and unconventional, and said, "it was fun to challenge myself and I don't have any regrets".[2]

Joo is the father of two children, having both a son and a daughter.[1]



Year Title Role
1975 The North Korean Communists Party in Japan
1976 Cold Hearted Days
1977 Night Journey
1980 No Glory
1991 Han Hee-jak's Love Stories
1994 Emperor of Sae-al City
1997 Father vs Son
1999 Happy End Bookstore owner
2001 Friend
Out of Justice
2002 Saving My Hubby Baek-sa
2424 Kang Yong-gu
2003 My Wife is a Gangster 2 Gosachae
2004 Sweet Sixties Bae Jong-dal
A Family Ju-seok
2005 All for Love Mr. Kwak
2006 The Fox Family Father
2007 Mapado 2: Back to the Island Park Dal-gu
Miracle on 1st Street
A Love

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1970 Vietnam War Battlefield
1990 Seoul Ttukbaeki
1998 Lie Joo Hyun-chul
1999 Did We Really Love? Lee Byung-kuk
Goodbye My Love Choi Hyun-su
2001 Hotelier President Choi
Wuri's Family Man-su
2002 Saxophone Kang Kap-su
Let's Get Married Tak Song-baek
Solitude Min Sun-saeng
2003 Yellow Handkerchief Lee Woon-kyu
Love Letter Dr. Jung Myung-woo
2004 More Beautiful Than a Flower Kim Do-chil
War of the Roses Oh Il-man
Love Story in Harvard Lee Yong-goo
2005 Wonderful Life Han Bum-soo
The Secret Lovers Suh Dal-koo
2006 My Lovely Fool Dr. Park Pung-soo
2007 A Happy Woman Choi Hyun-doo
Several Questions That Make Us Happy
Thirty Thousand Miles in Search of My Son Chairman Kang
2008 Kokkiri Bok-man's father
Why Did You Come to My House Han Jin-tae
2015 Heart to Heart Go Sang-gyu
2016 Dear My Friends Lee Seong-jae
Dr. Romantic Shin Myung-ho
2019 Mother of Mine Jeong Dae-cheol
Never Twice Choi Geo-bok
2020 Dr. Romantic 2 Shin Myung-ho (cameo, ep. 1)

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2021 God father KBS2 Main Cast with Lee Soo-jae and Kim Kap-soo [4]


  1. ^ a b c "Joo Hyun, an actor as friendly as a family member". KBS Global. Retrieved on 8 December 2008.
  2. ^ a b Kim Tae-jong. "An Old Actor's Physical Challenge". HanCinema, 20 August 2006; originally published by The Korea Times. Retrieved on 8 December 2008.
  3. ^ Paquet, Darcy. "A Family". Retrieved on 8 December 2008.
  4. ^ Lee Woong-hee (September 17, 2021). "KBS2 신규 예능 '갓파더' 이순재, 주현, 김갑수 '국민 아버지' 출격" [KBS2 new entertainment 'Godfather' Lee Soon-jae, Joo-hyeon, Kim Gap-soo's 'National Father' scramble]. Sports Seoul (in Korean). Retrieved September 17, 2021 – via Naver.

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