L (South Korean singer)
At a fan-signing event, June 2013
|Birth name||Kim Myung-soo|
March 13, 1992 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Gim Myeong-su|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Discography
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Kim Myungsoo was born on March 13, 1992 in Seoul, South Korea. He has a younger brother, Kim Moonsoo. He attended Duk-soo High School and graduated from Daekyung University on February 15, 2013, along with members Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Hoya, and Sungyeol majoring in practical music.
2010–13: Debut with Infinite, acting debut and photography
L debuted as a vocalist and visual of Infinite in 2010. The group official debuted on June 9, 2010. Aside from Infinite's activities, he has participated in acting projects. In 2011, He made his acting debut in Japanese drama Jiu Keishicho Tokushuhan Sousagakari, which aired on TV Asahi in July. In January 2012, he was cast in tvN's idol drama series Shut Up Flower Boy Band. He played a guitarist of the rock group named Eye Candy. He also made a cameo appearances in SBS' sitcom Salamander Guru and The Shadows.
In October 2012, L was cast in a supporting role in MBC's sitcom What's The Deal, Mom?. On October 3, 2012, he guested on Radio Star to promote the sitcom, along with Kim Byung-man, Ryu Seungsoo and Kim Seo-hyung.
On May 15, 2013, L released his photo essay book titled L's Bravo Viewtiful, showing photos taken by him on a 93-day journey. The book was released in two versions; Korean and Japanese. The book was a best-seller, and reached #1 in pre-orders on online bookstores such as YES24 and Kyobo, and was quickly sold out upon release. In August 2013, he was cast in a supporting role in SBS's Master's Sun, playing the younger version of So Ji-sub's character. On September 25, 2013, the second part of L's Bravo Viewtiful was released. Like its predecessor, the book also made it on the best-seller's list.
2014–present: Infinite F's debut and supporting roles in television
L was announced to be joining the subgroup Infinite F, together with his bandmates Sungyeol and Sungjong. The subgroup was officially announced during Infinite's "One Great Step Returns" encore concert. They also performed their song "My Heart is Beating" from the soundtrack of Hi! School-Love On, which starred Sungyeol and Woohyun as the main leads. The subgroup has previously had their official release titled "Going Crazy", which was included on Infinite's 2nd album Season 2. They officially debuted in Japan with the single album "Koi No Sign" on November 19, 2014, followed by another single album release, "Azure" on December 2, 2014. Infinite F made their official stage debut on MBC's Music Core on December 5.
In June 2015, L made a cameo appearances in SBS' The Time We Were Not in Love, playing Ha Ji-won's homosexual intern. In August 2015, he was cast in the movie Mister Shark, about a boy who befriends a shark. This will be his debut role in film.
In May 2016, it was announced that L and Kim Min-seok will appear on a Korean variety show called Celebrity Bromance. The following month, L was a guest on King of Mask Singer under the alias of "I'm Your Father" in Episode 63. He was the first member of Infinite to appear on the show. The same month, he was cast in Korean-Chinese web drama My Catman. In August 2016, he was cast in KBS's four-episode drama titled The Day After We Broke Up. The drama was also aired in Japan under the name I Want to Protect You ~One More Time~. He co-stars in MBC's The Emperor: Owner of the Mask (2017).
|Title||Year||Peak chart position||Sales||Album|
|As lead artist|
|"It's All For You"||2013||—||N/A||Non-album single|
|"Love U Like U" (with Kim Yerim)||2012||27||
||Shut Up Flower Boy Band OST|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
Songwriting and producing credits
|2013||Non-album single||L||"It's All For You"||Yes||—||Yes||—|
|2011||Jiu||ジウ 警視庁特殊犯捜査係||Jiu||TV Asahi|
|Welcome to the Wara Store||Himself (voice)||Tooniverse|
|2012||Shut Up Flower Boy Band||닥치고 꽃미남 밴드||Lee Hyun-soo||tvN|
|Salamander Guru and The Shadows||도롱뇽도사와 그림자 조작단||Himself (cameo, episode 3)||SBS|
|What is Mom?||엄마가 뭐길래||Kim Myung-soo||MBC|
|2013||Master's Sun||주군의 태양||Joo Joong-won (young)||SBS|
|2014||Cunning Single Lady||앙큼한 돌싱녀||Gil Yo-han||MBC|
|My Lovely Girl||내겐 너무 사랑스러운 그녀||Shi-woo||SBS|
|2015||The Time We Were Not in Love||너를 사랑한 시간||Ki Sung-jae (guest, episodes 2–4)|
|2016||The Day After We Broke Up||헤어진 다음날||Yoo Tan||KBS2 & KBS Japan|
|My Catman||검은 고양이 / 検来的猫男||Jung Ho-yeon||Tencent & MBC|
|2017||The Emperor: Owner of the Mask||군주 – 가면의 주인||Lee Sun||MBC|
|2014||SBS Gayo Daejeon||SBS||Part of Lucky Boys group with B1A4's Baro, CNBLUE's Yonghwa, Winner's Mino, and 2PM's Nichkhun|
|2015||KCON 2015 Japan x M!Countdown||Mnet||with Woohyun, Lovelyz's Sujeong, and Kangnam|
|2016||Korean Music Wave in Fukuoka||MBC||with AOA's Seolhyun and 2PM's Chansung|
Music video appearances
|2010||Starlight March||Strawberry Fields|
|2012||60 Seconds||Kim Sungkyu|
Awards and nominations
||Best Young Actor||Master's Sun||Nominated|
- "Infinite profile". Woollim Entertainment. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
- Kim, Minseo (October 14, 2014). "INFINITE F to debut in Japan next month". Koreaboo. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
- GhostWriter (February 16, 2013). "INFINITE's L, Sungyeol, and Sunggyu attend Daekyung University Graduation Ceremony". Allkpop. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
- "Infinite debuts on M! Countdown". Allkpop. June 10, 2010.
- "INFINITE's L to make his acting debut in Japanese drama "Jiu"". Allkpop. June 24, 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
- "Viewers praise L's acting abilities on 'Shut Up Flower Boy Band'". Allkpop. February 15, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
- "L's 'BRAVO VIEWTIFUL' ranks #1 in preorders". Allkpop. April 26, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
- "INFINITE wrap up their tour through 'One Great Step Returns' encore concert with exciting comeback news, new unit, & new songs". allkpop.com. 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
- November 30, 2014 (2014-11-30). "INFINITE F Marks Korean Debut with "Heartbeat" MV!". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
- December 5, 2014 (2014-12-05). "MBC Music Core 12.6.14: Performances by Infinite F, A Pink, GOT7, AOA and more!". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
- by hanshimi (2015-08-18). "L scores first headlining role on the big screen » Dramabeans Korean drama recaps". Dramabeans.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
- "INFINITE's L and Kim Min Suk Are Up Next For "Celebrity Bromance"". Soompi. May 4, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
- June 12, 2016 (2016-06-12). "Watch: Popular Boy Group Member Impresses On "King of Masked Singer"". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
- June 1, 2016 (2016-06-01). "INFINITE's L Cast In Chinese Web Drama". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
- "INFINITE's L confirmed for a small screen comeback as the lead?". allkpop.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
- Charted songs:
- "Love U Like U". March 11–17, 2012.
- "Gaon Download Chart – March, 2012". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
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