July 10, 1983
Hoengseong, Gangwon-do, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Gim Hui-cheol|
Kim Hee-chul (born July 10, 1983), better known by the mononym Heechul, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, presenter, and actor. He is a member of South Korean boy group 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.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Discography
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Commercial endorsements
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Life and career
1983-2005: Early life and career beginnings
Kim Hee-chul was born in Hoengseong County, Gangwon Province, on July 10, 1983. He has one older Sister, Kim Heejin. Kim graduated from Sangji University with a bachelor's degree in informatics through Bachelor's Degree Examination for Self-Education.
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.
In December 2016, he confessed, he was preparing to debut as Trax main vocalist. He also revealed that he had frequent clashes and misunderstandings with the person in charge at SM at that time. Therefore, he became frustrated and abandoned his Trax debut and returned to his hometown in Gangwon Province. With Trax's Jungmo and Jay, TVXQ's Yunho and Donghae encouragement and positivity, he returned to SM.
His first acting role was in teen drama Sharp 2 (Season 2) alongside bandmate Kibum on 2005 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 Bank Tank. He also appeared in advertisements.
2005–2010: Debut with Super Junior, Super Junior-T and solo activities
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". Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released on December 5 and debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.
In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. However, plans changed and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. Following the addition of thirteenth member Kyuhyun, the group dropped the suffix "05" and became officially credited as Super Junior. The re-polished group's first CD single "U" was released on 7 June 2006, which was their most successful single until the release of "Sorry, Sorry" in March 2009.
Following their debut, Heechul appeared as an actor on Rainbow Romance (2005–06) and also starred in Bad Family (2006), Golden Bride (2007–08). He also appeared as a radio DJ on SBS Power FM Youngstreet with Park Hee-von until mid-2006.
On February 23, 2007, he debuted as part of Super Junior sub-group, Super Junior-T, performing trot single "Rokuko!!!". That year Super Junior released their second album Don't Don, which became Super Junior's best-selling album and Korea's second best-selling album of the year. toured with the Super Show, and filmed the movie Attack on the Pin-Up Boys.
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). He co-MC 4 straight years the Dream Concert (2008 – 11).
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. Casting was carried out via a reality television programme, To Be Kangin and Heechul. He also appeared on the TV Programmes 8 vs 1 (2008), Good Daddy (2008–09), Band of Brothers (2009).
His first solo single, "First Star", was released on November 6, 2009, as part of the OST for the drama Loving You a Thousand Times. The song is written by Song Jong-ho and composed by Choi Myung-hoon.
He returned as a radio DJ for the first time in four years 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, 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. Twitter published the list of top overall trends in 2010 and from this computation, he took the spot of being the 9th placer for the People Category.
2011–2015: Debut with M&D, military enlistment and League of Legends
In 2011, he formed a project group with label mate 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 from 1 September 2011 to 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. At the time that he enlisted, he had been appearing on KBS's Secret (시크릿) as well as the Radio Star main segment of MBC's Golden Fishery, for which bandmate Kyuhyun took over the role.
On July, Lady Gaga appeared on 9th’s episode on KBS2’s Entertainment Weekly for an exclusive interview and mentioned that she was amazed by Heechul's imitation of her. He's appeared “Lady HeeHee” throughout Super Show 3, as well as SM Town in Paris. Lady Gaga has seen his imitation and praised him, saying: “He looks amazing!”
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. Also he wrote the lyrics of Orange Caramel's "Shanghai Romance" on October 13, 2011, which peaked at No. 8.
On 26 January 2012, he hosted the radio program every Friday at the office of District Seong Dong, where he was serving his 2-year mandatory military service. His first episode was broadcast on January 20 and had received 5,600 hits.
In September 2013, he became a regular cast member on the JTBC's variety program Ssulzun (War of Words) it was his first project after releasing from his mandatory military enlistment but on July 2014 he posted a photo in his personal Instagram account and poured his heart and thoughts regarding his last appearance in the program. In Heechul’s last recording for the show, he mentioned about having the pressure of talking about the people close to him.
In January 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. That year, he also played the role of a detective in the tvN drama Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit.
In February 2015, the famous LoL team SK Telecom T1 sponsored a special match titled the Celebrity League of Legends Invitational Event Match. SKT T-LoL invited various celebrities to join in a match against professional LoL gamers. The celebrity team including Heechul ultimately lost. He also appeared on OnGameNet’s Pandora TV LoL Champions on 27 November 2013 as a Special Commentator and Guest player.
In April 2015, SM Entertainment announced that M&D would release their first mini-album Cottage Industry with the title track "I Wish" digitally on April 16 and physically on April 20.
In 2015, he became MC on entertainment programs such as Tvn's The Demand of Luxurious Food, KBS's Fashion-beauty Show A Style For You, O'live's Travel Show MAPS, JTBC's variety show Knowing Bros. and Korean-Chinese program All the Way With You, This is the first Chinese variety that he was in charge since his debut in Korean entertainment in 2005.
2016-present: MC-ing, variety shows and mainstream success
In March 2016, Heechul was confirmed to become a temporary host for Weekly Idol until October 5, when Jeong Hyeong-don ended his 11-month break from television activities. On April 15, 2016 he released a duet with Wheein for SM Station. The single "Narcissus" was written by him and produced by Jungmo, and is his first collaboration with a female artist. In early July 2016, M&D returned as "Kim Heechul & Kim Jungmo", with a 2nd mini-album Goody Bag, and trot-rock title track "Ulsanbawi" on July 12.
In August 2016, he attended the "League of Legends Pro League 5th Anniversary" in China, which included the Regional Final with four Chinese teams competing for a spot in the World Championship. He also competed in a Korea vs. China celebrity showmatch in commemoration. Also, on 9 October he appeared on OnGameNet as a special commentator for the LoL World Championship. In November 2016, Heechul began participating in S.M. Entertainment's League of Legends tournament 2016 S.M. Super Celeb League, where he and labelmate Baekhyun play the game with both professional players and fans from South Korea and China.
In fall 2016, Heechul and Buzz member Min Kyung-hoon released a duet titled "Sweet Dream". The two stars are known as "Universe Cowards" when they promote music, which is a name they came up with for a Knowing Bros project group. The song proved successful, topping the South Korean Gaon Digital Chart an achievement known as "all-kill", making him the first Super Junior member to achieve "all-kill" in 2016. In 2017, "Sweet Dream" won a Best Rock Song at the MelOn Music Awards.
His career as a MC made a breakthrough after appearing on Knowing Bros and Weekly Idol. The success of Knowing Bros in Korea brought him a new range of fans and is a large part of why the show is so popular. He was named as one of the Top 3 Idol MC's of 2016. After appearing on the show, he has earned more recognition and received roles from other shows as MC — such as Phantom Singer (Season 1), Secretly Greatly, Lipstick Prince (Season 1, 2).
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. 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 ten hours. He also sustained other injuries, including a tear in his tongue which required stitches.
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. 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.
On 6 November, 2017, at a press conference for Super Junior’s album, Heechul said that he’d thought for a long time about when to talk about his injury. "It was getting worse with age, and the doctor said it wasn’t possible for it to get better and that I’d need to keep up rehabilitation treatments so that it wouldn’t get worse, we’re a cool performance team, but our choreography has been changed a lot because of me, since I can’t use my ankle". 
He's still receiving treatment, and can no longer dance on live stages, often only making sporadic appearances at the latter half of the song. It also contributes to him being a sub-rapper and vocals instead of a lead dancer.
|Kim Hee-chul discography|
|As featured artist||3|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales
|"Breakups are So Like Me"
(with. Kim Jang-hoon)
(with. Min Kyung-hoon)
||S.M. Station Season 1|
|"Charm of Life"
(with. Shindong, Eunhyuk, Solar)
|2017||—||N/A||S.M. Station Season 2|
(with. Min Kyung-hoon)
|2018||To be announced|
|"Can It Be Love?"
|2006||*||*||Rainbow Romance OST|
(feat. Cast of Bad Family)
|Bad Family OST|
|"Don't Walk Away"
(with. Kim Sung Ki, Hong Ji Min, Kim Hee Won)
|"First Star"||2009||Loving You a Thousand Times OST|
|As featured artist|
|"King Wang Zzang"
(Defconn feat. Heechul)
|"You Are A Miracle"
(Feat. Various Artists)[A]
(EVE feat. Heechul)
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
"*" denotes the chart did not exist at that time.
|"Breakups are So Like Me"||2011||Kim Jang-hoon|
|"Sweet Dream"||2016||Min Kyung-hoon|
|"Charm of Life"||2017||Shindong, Eunhyuk, Solar|
|As featured artist|
|"King Wang Zzang"||2010||Defconn|
|"You Are A Miracle"||2013||Various Artists|
- "You Are A Miracle" was a Single for SBS Gayo Daejun 's Friendship Project.
Heechul has endorsed for various brands such as Lotte Duty Free, Lotte Pepero, Ottogi Ramen, SPRIS, IVY Club, 1677 Collect Call, Sunkist Lemonade, Kyochon Chicken, SPAO Star, FINO Yamaha, 12 Plus, NII, Picks Miwon, App DdocDoc, Smilegate.
Awards and nominations
||Best Pretty Boy||N/A||Won|||
||Best Newcomer Award||Radio Star||Won|||
||Asia Beauty Icon Award||N/A||Won|||
||Crazy Person Award||Knowing Bros||Won|||
|Best Couple Award with Min Kyung-hoon||Won|
||Song of the Year (November) with Min Kyung-hoon||"Sweet Dream"||Nominated|||
||Best Rock Song with Min Kyung-hoon||Won|||
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