Joon Park

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Joon Park
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Park during a g.o.d concert in 2017
Native name Park Joon-hyung
Born (1969-07-20) July 20, 1969 (age 48)
South Korea[1]
Occupation Actor, singer
Agent SidusHQ
Children 1
Musical career
Genres K-pop, R&B
Years active 1999–present
Labels JYP Entertainment
SidusHQ
Associated acts g.o.d JYP Nation
Korean name
Hangul 박준형
Hanja 朴俊炯
Revised Romanization Bak Junhyeong
McCune–Reischauer Pak Chunhyŏng

Joon Park (Korean name: Park Joon-hyung, Hangul박준형; born July 20, 1969) is a Korean-American singer, actor and entertainer based in South Korea. As a singer, he is best known as the leader and rapper of the Korean pop group g.o.d.

Early life[edit]

Park was born in South Korea, the youngest of three siblings, and raised in the United States, later becoming an American citizen.[1] He had a lot of hobbies which consisted of surfing, skateboarding, water polo, drawing, martial arts, body building, dancing, rapping-singing, etc. He graduated from La Quinta High School in Westminster, California and attended California State University, Long Beach.

During and after his college years he was a graphic designer with his talented drawing background. In his college days he did some modeling but never really thought of himself as a model and one day was discovered in Hollywood by a casting agent for a Janet Jackson video in which he had his first 15 minutes of fame on TV.

Career[edit]

Early years and forming g.o.d[edit]

In 1997 Park moved to Seoul, South Korea, where his older sister had been working, with the dream of creating a pop music group. He wanted to mix Korean music with a twist of western culture. The first member he recruited was his cousin Danny Ahn,[1] followed by Danny's friend Son Hoyoung, Yoon Kye-sang and Kim Sun-a.[2] However, their agency was forced to cut funding for trainees due to the 1997 Asian financial crisis and only relented due to Park and the other members' persistence. Singer-songwriter Park Jin-young was introduced to be their producer and the group was initially a six-piece mixed-gender group tentatively named "GOT6".[3][4][5]

In the midst of preparations for the group's debut and album, Park was cast in a beer commercial for Oriental Brewery and also landed a small role in the SBS sitcom Soonpoong Clinic (ko) as the boyfriend of Song Hye-kyo's character. With his quirky humor and imperfect, childlike grasp of the Korean language, in contrast to his Eurasian masculine looks and tanned chiseled physique, he won the hearts of all the viewers And through this show he gained mass appeal/recognition and was wanted on numerous magazines to show off his physique with his platinum blonde hair which was unheard of at the time for an Asian. Park later stated that all his earnings from the commercial and sitcom was spent on daily living expenses during the period he and the other members did not receive financial funding from their agency.[6]

Kim Sun-a left to pursue acting.[2] The final member, high school student Kim Tae-woo, joined the group in July 1998 after sending in an audition tape and impressing Park Jin-young during their meeting.[5][2] The now five-member band then became g.o.d, short for Groove Over Dose.

1999–2005: g.o.d[edit]

g.o.d debuted on television in January 1999 but their performance of "To Mother" (어머님께) was not well-received by those in the music industry.[5][7][8] Nevertheless, the song would go on to be one of g.o.d's most famous hits. It was partly based on Joon's childhood being raised by a widowed single mother. The group also gained attention due to the large age gap between Park and Kim (12 years) and Park being much older than most of their contemporaries, who were either in their late teens or early twenties.

The group nearly broke up in 2001 after Park was discovered to be dating, which was considered to be taboo for most pop stars in South Korea at that time.[9] Their management had intended to force Park out of the group and have the remaining members continue as a four-piece. It was met with strong objection from fans, who threatened to boycott concerts, as well as Park's bandmates. Ahn, Yoon, Son and Kim held their own press conference to show their support for Park and their management eventually backed down.[10][11][12]

2006–2014: Hiatus and acting[edit]

On the cover of KoreAm with Jamie Chung (right)

With Yoon having left the group in 2004, they decided to take a break in 2006 as the lead vocalist of the group Kim Tae-woo was required to perform his compulsory military duty. The other four members began their solo careers in the entertainment industry while Park returned to the United States. He moved back to the Los Angeles area to pursue acting, having a cameo on Speed Racer as the Platinum blond-haired Yakuza Driver and the role of Yamcha in the live-action film version of Dragonball Evolution in which he starred with Chow Yun Fat, Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum and Jamie Chung.[13] He injured his back while filming Dragonball Evolution and was forced to rehabilitate for over two years.[6][14]

2014–present: Return to Korea[edit]

Park returned to Korea as the members of g.o.d had agreed to reunite for their 15th anniversary in 2014. He re-signed with SidusHQ, which also manages g.o.d.[15]

Park made a cameo as himself on MBC drama Fated to Love You, which starred his long-time friend Jang Hyuk, who had featured in the music video of g.o.d's debut song "To Mother".[16] He and fellow K-pop stars Sunny from Girls' Generation and Jackson Wang from Got7 joined the cast for the second season of Roommate, a reality television series in which various celebrities share a house and are responsible for all household chores and meals.[17] The show was not renewed for a third season due to low ratings despite the new additions being well-received.

Since returning to Korea, Park has largely been cast in various variety and reality shows such as Infinite Challenge, Saturday Night Live Korea, Radio Star, Life Bar and others, having gained popularity with audiences due to his cheerful persona and candidness. He also appeared in the music videos for "Shake That Brass", the title track of singer-rapper Amber Liu's debut EP Beautiful,[18] and "Hot Sugar" (뜨거운 설탕), the comeback single of Kim Jong-kook's group Turbo.[19]

Personal life[edit]

On May 4, 2015, Park's agency announced that he would be marrying his non-celebrity girlfriend, a flight attendant, whom he been dating for about a year.[20] They married on June 25.[21] On May 10, 2017, the couple welcomed a daughter into their family.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Movie Role
2008 Speed Racer Yakuza Driver
2009 Dragonball Evolution Yamcha
2011 Hero: 108 Mr. No Hands
2015 Bean in the Backyard Mr. Ben

Drama[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Soonpoong Clinic (ko) Joon
2009 Dark Blue Shin Uncredited
2014 Fated to Love You Himself Cameo
Love Cells Doraejoon (One man salesman) Cameo

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Notes
2014 Roommate Regular cast; season 2
2015 Animals
2016 The Friends in Chiang Mai With Danny Ahn and Ryohei Otani
2016 Take a Look At Myself (ko) With Jackson Wang

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Bromance Special". Happy Together. Season 3. Episode 389. March 12, 2015. KBS2. 
  2. ^ a b c "We Can See Korea Trip (part 2)". 2 Days & 1 Night. Season 3. Episode 414. October 18, 2015. KBS2. 
  3. ^ "Episode 9". Handsome Boys of the 20th Century. June 11, 2013. QTV. 
  4. ^ "Park Jin Young Reveals That g.o.d's Original Name Was GOT6". Soompi. December 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "다섯 남자 god의 귀환…" (in Korean). MBC. November 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Episode 212: g.o.d". Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy. December 7, 2015. SBS. 
  7. ^ "Episode 1". Handsome Boys of the 20th Century. April 16, 2013. QTV. 
  8. ^ "신인상 놓치고도 최고인 톱가수들 ⑴". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). January 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ "사랑한 죄로 퇴출될 뻔했던 GOD 박준형, 한고은". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). January 31, 2002. 
  10. ^ "Park Joon Hyung Almost Got Kicked Out of g.o.d Because of His Girlfriend". Mnet. October 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ "[연예가 소식]god 멤버 4명 "박준형 퇴출 철회하라"". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). September 13, 2001. 
  12. ^ "Well, g.o.d Bless Us All: A Boy Band Returns". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 25, 2001. 
  13. ^ Rossum roars onto 'Dragonball' cast
  14. ^ "'god' 세상에 이런 그룹이…아빠 준형, 엄마 계상·데니, 장남 호영, 막내 태우". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). July 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ "god 박준형, 싸이더스HQ와 전속계약..13년만에 친정행". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). January 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ "g.o.d's Park Joon Hyung Reunites with Jang Hyuk in 'Fated to Love You' Cameo". Mnet. August 12, 2014. 
  17. ^ "SNSD′s Sunny, g.o.d′s Park Joon Hyung, and GOT7′s Jackson to Move In as New ′Roommates′". Mnet. September 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Amber's 'Shake That Brass' Video Basically Features Every K-Pop Star Ever". Billboard.com. February 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Watch: Turbo Has Some Summer Fun In Cameo-Filled MV For "Hot Sugar"". Soompi. July 25, 2017. 
  20. ^ "g.o.d's Park Joon Hyung Confirmed to Be Tying the Knot Next Month". Soompi. 3 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "g.o.d's Park Joon Hyung Gets Married in Private Ceremony". Soompi. 25 June 2015. 

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