Oh Ji-ho

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Oh.
Oh Ji-ho
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Born (1976-04-14) April 14, 1976 (age 40)
Mokpo, South Jeolla Province, South Korea
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Agent Heavenly Star Contents[1]
Spouse(s) Eun Bo-ah (m. 2014)
Korean name
Hangul 오지호
Revised Romanization O Jiho
McCune–Reischauer O Chiho

Oh Ji-ho (born April 14, 1976) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for the television dramas Couple or Trouble (2006), The Slave Hunters (2010) and Queen of the Office (2013).


Oh Ji-ho was born and raised in Mokpo, South Jeolla Province.[2] He dropped out of his e-Business Management course at Anyang Industrial Technical School and at the age of 17, moved to Seoul on his own to pursue a career in acting.[3] He first found work as a commercial model, then made his acting debut in 1998 with a minor role in the film Kka (Naked Being).

Despite starring in a few movies (notably the erotic two-hander La Belle in 2000), Oh would become better known for his work in television. He soon earned heartthrob status among fans for his handsome face and well-defined muscles,[4] but critics initially dismissed him as just another model-turned-actor with attractive looks but little talent. In 2004, Oh established his acting credentials in A Second Proposal, about a divorcee getting another chance at love; he won Best Supporting Actor at the KBS Drama Awards. He next starred in Couple or Trouble (2006), a Hong Sisters-penned romantic comedy series inspired by Overboard about a handyman who gets his petty revenge on an amnesiac heiress by lying to her that she's his live-in girlfriend so that she'll help take care of his three nephews. Couple or Trouble received high ratings and praise for its stars' acting, and Oh took home two popularity prizes at the MBC Drama Awards.

This was followed by more leading roles in Autumn Shower (2005) as a man who falls for the best friend of his comatose wife, Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung (2007) as a pro-golfer who wants to get back at the ex-girlfriend who dumped him when he was overweight and unsuccessful, and Single Dad in Love (2008) as a mixed martial arts fighter whose young son has been diagnosed with a brain tumor; but these series drew lackluster ratings.[5]

In 2009, he played a smart yet socially inept underperformer whose wife will do anything to help him climb the corporate ladder in Queen of Housewives; despite being outshined by his other costars, Oh proved his willingness to look foolish in the service of comedy (similar to his turn in the 2005 series Super Rookie).[6][7] Oh then reunited with Single Dad in Love television director Kwak Jung-hwan in his most high-profile, critically acclaimed series yet: historical period drama The Slave Hunters (2010).[8] Using his physicality to great effect, Oh portrayed a Joseon military general who becomes a runaway slave and his performance garnered him an Excellence Award at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards.[9][10]

In 2011, Oh was cast in a supporting role in Sector 7, a 3D action film about a creature lurking on an oil rig, then appeared in the Korea-China-Japan co-production Strangers 6 and medical drama The 3rd Hospital (both in 2012).[11][12][13] He also played ousted guard Baek Dong-soo in The Grand Heist, a Joseon-set comedy heist film about the theft of ice blocks from the royal storage.[2][3]

Oh next starred in Queen of the Office (2013), a workplace dramedy adapted from Japanese television drama Haken no Hinkaku that addresses the plight of temps, followed by paranormal police procedural Cheo Yong (2014) as the titular ghost-seeing detective, and period drama Maids (2015) where he played a mysterious slave on an undercover assignment.[14][15][16] He then played a obstetrician/gynecologist with impotence problems in the adult romantic comedy film Love Clinic (2015).[17]

Personal life[edit]

On January 9, 2007, Oh's ex-girlfriend, a bar hostess identified only by her surname Lim and bar name "Anna," killed herself shortly after they broke up. Oh said though he loved her, Lim was the one who ended their 2-year relationship because she didn't want to get in the way of his career.[18] But Lim's bereaved family and friends insisted that Oh dumped her on January 3, and the hurt drove her to suicide.[19] A TV program later interviewed Lim's relatives and with their permission, entered her bedroom, and some of Oh's personal items were shown on camera, such as his screenplay and photos. After the show was aired, the TV station was severely criticized by the public for compromising the privacy of the people involved.[citation needed]

Oh married Eun Bo-ah, who is 3 years his junior, on April 12, 2014 at the Shilla Hotel. Eun works in the fashion industry.[4][20][21][22][23] They welcomed their first daughter, Oh Seo-heun (nicknamed "Jibong"), on Dec 30, 2015. Both he and his daughter are both on a reality program, The Return of Superman.


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2001 Cool KBS2
2002 Confession Kim Myung-woo MBC
MBC Best Theater
"Beguiling Romance"
MBC Best Theater
"Fly Daughters"
Open Drama Man and Woman
"To Mr. Martial Arts"
2003 Detective SBS
2004 Drama City
"Waving a Handkerchief"
Chan-ki KBS2
A Second Proposal Nam Kyung-soo KBS2
2005 MBC Best Theater
"My Beautiful Barbershop"
Super Rookie Lee Bong-sam MBC
Autumn Shower Choi Yoon-jae MBC
2006 Thanks Life Yoon Jin-soo KBS2
Couple or Trouble Jang Chul-soo MBC
2007 Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung Go Man-soo/Karl Go SBS
2008 Single Dad in Love Kang Poong-ho KBS2
2009 Queen of Housewives Ohn Dal-soo MBC
2010 The Slave Hunters Song Tae-ha KBS2
The Fugitive: Plan B Kevin Jung (cameo) KBS2
2012 Strangers 6 Park Tae-hyun WOWOW/
Channel A
The 3rd Hospital Kim Seung-hyun tvN
2013 Queen of the Office Jang Gyu-jik KBS2
Basketball Gambling basketball star (cameo) tvN
2014 Cheo Yong Yoon Cheo-yong OCN
2015 Maids Mumyeong ("Nameless")/Lee Bi jTBC
Late Night Restaurant Sung-kyun (guest, episode 7) SBS
Cheo Yong - Season 2 Yoon Cheo-yong OCN
2016 My Little Baby Cha Jung-Han MBC


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Kka (Naked Being) Trainee 2
2000 La Belle Man
2001 I Love You Ji-hoo
2003 Silver Knife Joo-hak
2004 Love Trilogy Song Zi Ming Hong Kong-Chinese film
2006 My Wife Is a Gangster 3 Kkongchi[24]
2011 Sector 7 Kim Dong-soo
2012 The Grand Heist Baek Dong-soo
2013 Help short film
2014 Man on High Heels Lee Seok (cameo)
2015 Island K
Love Clinic Wang Seong-ki

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2001 Kim Hye-soo Plus You SBS Fixed guest
2002 Beautiful Sunday: 통일 바닷길 종단 SBS
2009-2010 Invincible Baseball Team KBS2 Cast member
2011 Running Man SBS Guest, episode 33
2011-2012 Storytelling Magic Show Channel A
2012 Running Man SBS Guest, episode 83
Saturday Night Live Korea tvN Host, episode 9[25]
I'm Real: Oh Ji-ho in Canada QTV
2016 Return of Superman KBS

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
1999 "Sad Love" Park Eun-shin
"Go Away" Park Ji-yoon
2000 "Lieblich" Boohwal
"8318" J
"Love You for All Time" Jessica feat. Kim Min-jong
2001 "Walk" Park Ki-young
2002 "Memories" Jo Kwan-woo
2005 "Time Limited Life" V.O.S
"I Now" Choi Hyun-joon feat. Lee Jin-sung (Monday Kiz)
"Confession" Lee Seung-chul
2010 "Words That I Can Say" T-Max
2011 "Ordinary"[26] Baek Ji-young


Year Song Title Notes
2008 "It Will Be Fine (Act ver.)" track from Single Dad in Love OST
2011 "The First Poem" single
2012 "I Am a Man"[27] track from Strangers 6 OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor La Belle Nominated
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor A Second Proposal Won
2006 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Couple or Trouble Nominated
Popularity Award Won
Best Couple Award with Han Ye-seul Won
2007 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung Won
2009 4th Asia Model Festival Awards Model Star Award N/A Won
2010 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama The Slave Hunters Won
2013 7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Drama Star - Male Queen of the Office Nominated
21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Excellence Award, Actor (TV) Won
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Won
Best Couple Award with Kim Hye-soo Won


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  2. ^ a b Lee, Claire (12 August 2012). "Oh Ji-ho dreams big". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ a b Kwaak, Je-yup (14 August 2012). "Oh Ji-ho: shrewd actor hidden behind dimples". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ a b Kim, Ji-soo (14 February 2014). "Actor says he will tie the knot April 12". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  5. ^ Oh, Jean (18 February 2008). "Single Daddy in Love promises comic relief". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  6. ^ Han, Sang-hee (10 March 2009). "New Types of Husbands to Sneak Onto TV Screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  7. ^ "Rookie Employees Talk About the New Hit Show Super Rookie". The Dong-a Ilbo. 11 May 2005. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  8. ^ Kang, Hye-ran; Sung, So-young (18 February 2010). "Rom-com Romeo takes tougher role". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
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  10. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (9 April 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Oh Ji-ho - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  11. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (7 July 2011). "3D film out to compete with Hollywood". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  12. ^ Hong, Lucia (16 May 2012). "Channel A to air Korea-China-Japan's TV series Stranger 6 this month". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
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  14. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (26 February 2013). "Kim Hye Soo and Oh Ji Ho to Attempt to Revive KBS Dramas with Come Back Miss Kim". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  15. ^ "CJ E&M Launches New Supernatural Detective Drama Cheo Yong: The Paranormal Detective". Hancinema. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  16. ^ Kim, Min-ji (24 September 2014). "Oh Ji Ho to Make Drama Comeback through The Maids". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  17. ^ "Love Clinic Oh Ji-ho is all full of love". Hancinema. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  18. ^ Lee, Min-a (23 January 2007). "Star admits to dating bar girl". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  19. ^ Chung, Ah-young (17 January 2007). "Actor Oh in Public Spotlight Over Ex-Girlfriend's Suicide". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  20. ^ Lee, Sun-min (24 January 2014). "Oh Ji-ho confesses to being engaged". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  21. ^ "Oh Ji-ho confirms wedding". Korea JoongAng Daily. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  22. ^ Lee, Mi-ji (13 April 2014). "Oh Ji Ho shows tears during his wedding press conference". StarN News. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  23. ^ "Actor Oh Ji-ho poses before his wedding in Seoul.". The Chosun Ilbo. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  24. ^ A nickname which is also the Korean word for the fish pacific saury or mackerel pike.
  25. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (21 May 2012). "Oh Ji Ho Promises to Ruin His Image for SNL Korea 2". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  26. ^ "Baek Ji Young reveals MV for As Usual starring Oh Ji Ho". Allkpop. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  27. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (5 June 2012). "Oh Ji-ho wants to be in TVXQ". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 

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