Park Si-hoo

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Park Si-hoo
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Park Pyeong-ho

(1978-04-03) April 3, 1978 (age 40)
Eunsanmyeon, Buyeo County, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea
EducationHanyang University - Theater and Film
Years active1993–present
AgentHoo Factory
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBak Si-hu
McCune–ReischauerPak Sihu
Birth name
Revised RomanizationBak Pyeong-ho
McCune–ReischauerPak P'yŏngho

Park Si-hoo (born Park Pyeong-ho on April 3, 1978) is a South Korean actor. He began his entertainment career as an underwear model and stage actor, then made his official television debut in 2005. After several years in supporting roles, Park rose to fame in 2010 with the popular romantic comedy series Queen of Reversals and Prosecutor Princess. This was followed by leading roles in period drama The Princess' Man (2011) and thriller film Confession of Murder (2012).


Park Pyeong-ho began his acting career in theater in 1997, putting up posters, handing out flyers, and appearing as an extra or in bit parts on stage,[1] leading to his acting debut in the play The Twelve Nyang Life. During this time, he also worked as an underwear model,[2] before being cast in a bit part in episodes 1 and 2 of 2005 television series Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang.[3]

Under the stage name Park Si-hoo, he starred in supporting roles in the MBC TV series Let's Get Married and Which Star Are You From?. With How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor in 2007, he gained more recognition and won the New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards that year. More high-profile roles in action adventure series Iljimae[4] and weekend drama Family's Honor (the latter, his first leading role) followed in 2008.[3]

But Park's breakthrough would come in 2010. As the mysterious lawyer Seo In-woo in Prosecutor Princess, he rose to fame and the term "Seo Byun syndrome" was coined for his growing fanbase.[5][6][7][8][9] And such was his popularity with audiences in Queen of Reversals that when the series was extended, screenwriter Park Ji-eun rewrote the script so that his character, chaebol businessman Gu Yong-shik, would end up with the heroine.[10][11] He later won an Excellence Award at the MBC Drama Awards for Queen of Reversals.[12]

He continued his success in 2011 with the Joseon period drama The Princess' Man, a critical and ratings hit.[13][14][15] Park's portrayal of a man torn between revenge and love for his enemy's daughter garnered him a Top Excellence Award at the KBS Drama Awards.[16] Fan meetings in Asian countries such as Japan, China and Taiwan further cemented his status as a Hallyu star.[17][18][19] He also recorded the Christmas single "Winter Story," along with other stars from his then-agency Eyagi Entertainment.[20]

In 2012, Park played his first big-screen leading role as a serial killer-turned-bestselling author in the film Confession of Murder.[1][21][22][23] After shooting the 80-minute music video "Boy" in Thailand (which was released on DVD),[24][25] he returned to television later that year in the romance drama Cheongdam-dong Alice.[26][27][28][29]

Park's career was temporarily halted in 2013 when he was involved in a highly publicized sexual assault case (charges were later dropped when the alleged victim withdrew her complaint).[30]

For his comeback, Park was reportedly considering taking on the leading role in 2014 series Golden Cross,[31] but continuing public outrage regarding his 2013 case led broadcaster KBS to cancel his casting, with the Corea Entertainment Management Association stating that "Park still needs more time."[32] Instead, he focused on overseas activities, holding a photo exhibition in Japan titled The Man Who Was There, and starring in the 2014 Chinese film Scent, directed by Jessey Tsang Tsui-Shan.[33][34] He also filmed the Korean-Chinese co-produced drama film After Love opposite Yoon Eun-hye.[35][36] Two years after his controversy, Park returned in 2015 in the cable series Local Hero, in which he plays a former undercover agent who mentors a young police officer as they fight crime together.[37]

In 2017, Park was cast in KBS2 weekend drama My Golden Life.[38] The drama was a major hit in South Korea and surpassed 40% ratings.[39]

In 2018, Park was cast in KBS's romance horror series Lovely Horribly alongside Song Ji-hyo,[40] and mystery melodrama Babel.[41]

Personal life[edit]

His father Park Yong-hoon used to be a fashion and commercial model in the 1960s and 1970s, and his younger brother Park Wu-ho is a former baseball player for the Hyundai Unicorns.[42][43]

On February 18, 2013, Park was accused of allegedly raping a 22-year-old aspiring actress. The woman said that after drinking heavily at a bar in Gangnam District, she and Park went to his apartment in Cheongdam-dong at around 2:00 a.m. on February 15, where she lost consciousness and realized she had been raped when she woke up. In a statement released through his management agency, Park denied the allegation; he admitted that he had sex with the woman but claimed it was consensual. Ultimately, the matter was settled out of court, and no verdict was ever reached.[44][45][46][47][48]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1994 My Son's Woman MBC
1996 Sibling Relations
1999 Sister's Mirror KBS1
2002 Sunlight Upon Me Lee Seok-hoon MBC
2005 Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang Hong Chae-rin's boyfriend KBS2
Let's Get Married Kang Jae-ho MBC
2006 Which Star Are You From? Han Jeong-hoon
2007 How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor Yoo Joon-seok SBS
2008 Iljimae Shi-hoo / Cha-dol
Family’s Honor Lee Kang-seok
2010 Queen of Reversals Gu Yong-shik MBC
Haru: An Unforgettable Day in Korea
(tourism short film)
Prosecutor Princess Seo In-woo SBS
2011 The Princess' Man Kim Seung-yoo KBS2
2012 Cheongdam-dong Alice Cha Seung-jo SBS
2016 Local Hero Baek Si-yoon OCN
2017 My Golden Life Choi Do-Kyung KBS2
2018 Lovely Horribly Yoo Phillip
2019 Babel Cha Woo-hyeok TV Chosun


Year Title Role
2000 Chunhyang extra
2007 Mr. Bullet
2012 Confession of Murder Lee Doo-seok
2014 Scent Kang In-joon
2018 After Love Kim Sung-joon

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2005 "Happiness" Gavy NJ
"I Will Still Live"
2006 "I Love You" Alex Chu and Jisun
"Very Heartbreaking Words"
2009 "Taste of Separation" Kim Bum-soo
"I'll Be Pretty" Taru
2012 "Boy" Big Mama
Jang Woo-hyuk
MC Mong
SG Wannabe

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor Won
2009 2009 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama[49] Family's Honor Won
2010 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Queen of Reversals Won
2010 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Prosecutor Princess Nominated
2011 Style Icon Awards SIA's Discovery[50] N/A Won
KBS Drama Awards[51] Best Couple Award with Moon Chae-won The Princess' Man Won
Popularity Award Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor Won
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Nominated
Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actor Nominated
Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 50th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Confession of Murder Nominated
2015 Luxury Brand Model Awards Hallyu Asia Top Star Award[52] N/A Won
2017 KBS Drama Awards[53] Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama My Golden Life Won
Best Couple with Shin Hye-sun Won
2018 11th Korea Drama Awards[54] Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
6th APAN Star Awards[55] Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Lovely Horribly Nominated


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