October 5, 1976|
Seoul, South Korea
Hankyong National University|
(B.A. Multimedia Arts)
|Revised Romanization||Song Seung-heon|
- 1 Career
- 2 Other activities
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Discography
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 References
- 7 External links
1995–2004: Beginnings and Pan-asia stardom
Song Seung-heon began his career in 1995 as a model for the jeans brand STORM, and first became known to viewers in the popular sitcom Three Guys, Three Girls in 1996. The following year he debuted as an actor. His feature film debut came in 1999 in the film Calla co-starring Kim Hee-sun.
True stardom came to Song in late 2000, with the broadcast of the hugely popular TV drama Autumn in My Heart. The romantic melodrama series was a ratings success, pioneering a trend in Korean melodramatic series and launching a fever that is commonly referred to as the "Korean Wave" and leading to Song becoming a Hallyu star. Since then he has been actively recruited for film roles and advertisements in Japan, Hong Kong and other Asian countries.
Song further solidified his status as a Hallyu (Korean Wave) star in 2003 with Summer Scent, co-starring Son Ye-jin. The series is the third "season-themed" Yoon Seok-ho TV drama after Autumn in My Heart and Winter Sonata, but did not become as popular as the ones that preceded it.
In 2004, Song appeared in two films, but neither was a success: Ice Rain, shot in the Canadian Rockies, failed to enthuse viewers with its mixture of mountaineering and melodrama, while He Was Cool, based on an internet novel by Guiyeoni, was unable to compete with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and other films from the 2004 summer season.
2005–2007: Enlistment and scandal
Meanwhile, in late 2004, just as he was getting ready to start shooting another high-profile TV drama Sad Love Story, it was revealed that the actor had illegally avoided his compulsory military service by submitting tainted urine samples that suggested he was suffering from certain illnesses and was thus unfit for the army. Amidst the press coverage and scandal this aroused, Song agreed to immediately serve his two-year term in the military. Song was discharged on November 15, 2006 with the rank of corporal, to much fanfare and media attention. For a time he kept a low profile, trying to gauge public opinion on his return to the entertainment world.
For his comeback, Song took on a tough image, playing aggressive and masculine roles in the 2008 drama East of Eden, which he won the "Daesang" (Grand Prize) for at the MBC Drama Awards. He also starred in the action film Fate, and the 2010 remake A Better Tomorrow.
In 2011, Song starred in My Princess opposite Kim Tae-hee, his first romantic comedy. He considers the series a turning point in his career, saying, "Previously, I took on characters living a life full of ups and downs. For me, Hae-young was the first character that was so rich, bright and cheerful. I felt much lighter while acting the character."
Based on the original comic by Motoka Murakami and previously dramatized in Japan, in 2012's Dr. Jin Song played the titular smart and cold-hearted surgeon who takes a journey back through time to the late 19th century Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). He then played a cold-hearted loan shark and gangster who morphs into a successful businessman for his love in 2013 melodrama When a Man Falls in Love.
2014–present: Mature roles
In 2014, Song starred in Kim Dae-woo's erotic period film Obsessed. Set in 1969 at the end of the Vietnam War, he played a high-ranking officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who falls into an obsessive love affair with his subordinate's wife.
In 2015, he starred in the Chinese romantic melodrama The Third Way of Love, followed by family comedy Wonderful Nightmare. Song was next cast as a fighter pilot in his second Chinese project, World War II film The Bombing. He is also set to star in the film Man of Will, portraying a cruel and cold-hearted prison director.
Back on the Korean screen in 2017, Song starred opposite Lee Young-ae in period drama Saimdang, Memoir of Colors, about the Joseon artist and calligrapher Shin Saimdang; Song played a fictional character, an aristocrat and painter who has loved the heroine since childhood. The same year, he was cast in the fantasy thriller drama Black alongside Go Ara, playing the role of a grim reaper. Song reunited with Black director Ko Jae-hyun in another OCN drama Player in 2018, playing the role of a con-artist.
In 2009 he founded his own management agency, Storm S Company (later renamed Better ENT, now majority-owned by KOSDAQ-listed Signal Entertainment Group). It currently manages actors Kim Min-jung, Chae Jung-an and Goo Jae-yi. Song also owns the Sinsa-dong branch of Italian restaurant chain Blacksmith, launched by Caffe Bene.
In 2011, Song was named PR ambassador for cultural sharing by the Korea Foundation. His role was to promote Korean language, food and other cultural heritages overseas. In 2015, he was named as a promotional ambassador for the National Tax Service.
|2002||Make It Big||Seong-hwan|
|2004||Ice Rain||Han Woo-sung|
|He Was Cool||Ji Eun-sung|
|2010||A Better Tomorrow||Lee Young-choon|
|Ghost: In Your Arms Again||Kim Jun-ho|
|2012||Lucid Dreaming (short film)|
|The Third Way of Love||Lin Qizheng|
|2017||Man of Will||Kang Hyung-sik|
|2018||Unbreakable Spirit||An Ming Xun / An Ming He|
|1996||Three Guys and Three Girls||Seong-heon||MBC|
|You and I||Park Min-kyu||MBC|
|1999||Happy Together||Seo Ji-suk|
|Love Story: "Message"|
|Autumn in My Heart||Yoon Joon-seo||KBS2|
|2001||Law Firm||Jung Young-woong||SBS|
|2003||Summer Scent||Yoo Min-woo||KBS2|
|2008||East of Eden||Lee Dong-chul||MBC|
|2011||My Princess||Park Hae-young|
|2012||Dr. Jin||Jin Hyuk|
|2013||When a Man Falls in Love||Han Tae-sang|
|2017||Saimdang, Memoir of Colors||Lee Gyeom||SBS|
|Black||Han Moo-gang (Detective) / Black (Grim Reaper #444)||OCN|
Music video appearances
|2001||"Once Upon a Day"||Kim Bum-soo||Song Hye-kyo, |
|2005||"Sad Love Story"||Yoon Gun||Kim Hee-sun, |
|2008||"I Miss You"||SG Wannabe||Park Yong-ha, |
|Album information||Track listing|
|Song Seung-heon Vol. 1
|Even After Ten Years / For You...|
Awards and nominations
|1997||KMTV||Best New Actor||Won|
|1998||34th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV)||You and I||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award||Winners||Won|
|1999||20th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Calla||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Netizen Popularity Award||Happy Together||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2000||KBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award||Autumn in My Heart||Won|
|2001||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Law Firm||Nominated|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2008||MBC Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||East of Eden||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Lee Yeon-hee||Won|
|2009||4th Andre Kim Best Star Awards||Male Star Award||N/A||Won|
|17th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang) in a TV Drama||East of Eden||Won|
|45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|2010||Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Content Industry Awards
|Distinguished Hallyu Entertainer Award of Merit
(co-winner with Girls' Generation)
|44th Taxpayer's Day||Exemplary Taxpayer Citation||N/A||Won|
|2011||6th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actor||My Princess||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|2012||9th China Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards||Asia's Most Charming Artist||N/A||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Dr. Jin||Nominated|
|2013||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||When a Man Falls in Love||Nominated|
|2014||35th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popular Star Award||Obsessed||Won|
|2015||49th Taxpayers' Day||Presidential Commendation||N/A||Won|
|2016||8th Style Icon Asia||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Won|
|2017||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama||Saimdang, Memoir of Colors||Nominated|
- Paquet, Darcy. "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Song Seung-hun". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
- "10 Hallyu Stars". The Korea Times. 14 October 2007.
- Han, Jae-hyun (9 September 2004). "More Actors Come Forward on Draft Dodging". The Chosun Ilbo.
- Lee, Brian (20 September 2004). "TV stars confess to dodging draft". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013.
- Jang, Il-hyun (20 October 2004). "Celebrity Draft Dodgers Face Conscription in November". The Chosun Ilbo.
- "Song Seung-heon Appointed as Artilleryman, Jang Hyuk as Rifleman". KBS Global. 17 December 2004.
- "Fuji TV Producing Special on Korean Wave Star". The Chosun Ilbo. 20 October 2006.
- "Asian Press Gears up for Star's Release from Army". The Chosun Ilbo. 14 November 2006. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013.
- "Yellow Ribbons Time for Song Seung-hun". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 November 2006.
- Lee, Brian (4 June 2007). "Korean draft dodgers sing the G.I. blues". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013.
- "No Longer Just a Pretty Face: Song Seung-hun". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 September 2008.
- "A Whole New Destiny for Song Seung-hun". The Chosun Ilbo. 24 March 2008.
- "Actors Kwon, Song Get Rough in 'Fate'". The Korea Times. 18 March 2008.
- Lee, Ji-hye (9 September 2010). "Song Seung-heon Invincible will be "lucky to break even"". 10Asia.
- "Tomorrow remake to bring macho drama". The Korea Times. 7 August 2010.
- "Song Seung-hun to Star in Remake of Ghost". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 May 2010.
- Hong, Lucia (24 November 2010). "Song Seung-hun says goal is not to outdo original Ghost". 10Asia.
- "Song Seung-hun Draws Japanese Moviegoers with Ghost Remake". The Chosun Ilbo. 19 November 2010.
- Oh, Jean (4 January 2011). "Hallyu stars take first stab at rom-com". The Korea Herald.
- Hong, Lucia (4 January 2011). "Song Seung-heon says My Princess character is most cheerful since 90s sitcom". 10Asia.
- Lee, Ji-hye (16 December 2010). "Actor Song Seung-heon Movie Picks". 10Asia.
- Ko, Kyoung-seok (5 October 2011). "Song Seung-heon to shoot short film for Asia fans". 10Asia.
- Hong, Lucia (3 May 2012). "Song Seung-heon to introduce short film at fan meeting in Japan". 10Asia.
- Sunwoo, Carla (4 May 2012). "Song Seung-hun to present fans with a short film at the fan meet". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012.
- Kwon, Mee-yoo (15 May 2012). "Pioneering 'hallyu' actor Song returns". The Korea Times.
- Oh, Jean (28 May 2012). "Song says new role is very Alice in Wonderland". The Korea Herald.
- Oh, Jean (28 March 2013). "Song Seung-heon sheds 'pretty boy' image". The Korea Herald.
- Han, Je-hee (16 May 2013). "Song is a remade man". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013.
- "'I put myself down for acting': Song Seung-heon". The Korea Herald. 12 June 2013.
- Tae, Sang-joon (24 September 2013). "KIM Dae-woo Prep Story of Forbidden Love during Vietnam War". Korean Film Council.
- "Song Seung-heon gets 'Obsessed'". Korea JoongAng Daily. 17 April 2014.
- "Song Seung-hun Reflects on Edgier Role in Latest Flick". The Chosun Ilbo. 23 May 2014.
- "Song to star in 'Another Love'". Korea JoongAng Daily. 25 June 2014.
- Kim, June (27 November 2014). "UHM Jeong-hwa and SONG Seung-heon to Play Husband and Wife". Korean Film Council.
- Kim, Yeon-ji (31 July 2015). "An actor tries to spread his wings". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- Yoon, Sarah (3 June 2015). "Song Seung-heon, Bruce Willis cast in Chinese war film". The Korea Herald.
- "Actor Song Seung-heon to play villain in new movie". Yonhap News Agency. 7 November 2016.
- Shim Sun-ah (12 September 2017). "New Korean film depicts early years of prominent independence fighter". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
- "Song Seung-hun to Pair with Lee Young-ae in Upcoming Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 August 2015.
- Lim, Jeong-yeo (10 August 2015). "Lee Young-ae, Song Seung-heon to be lovers in new TV drama". The Korea Herald.
- "Anticipation grows for Lee Young-ae, Song Seung-heon drama". The Korea Times. 30 November 2015.
- "Song Sung-heon, Go A-ra cast in OCN drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 5 August 2017.
- "Song Seung-heon, Krystal, and Lee Si-eon in "Player"". Hancinema. Star Money. 4 June 2018.
- "Affiliate". Signal Entertainment Group. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
- "Stars Show Business Savvy with Successful Food, Coffee Franchises". The Chosun Ilbo. 3 January 2012.
- "Actor Song named PR ambassador". The Korea Times. 13 December 2011.
- "Song Seung-hun, Yoon-a Named Tax Service Ambassadors". The Chosun Ilbo. 24 April 2015.
- Park, Elli (5 July 2012). "Song Seung-hun sings for Time Slip Dr. Jin OST". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012.
- "MBC Should Be Ashamed of Farcical Awards". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 January 2009.
- "Song Seung Heon Knows He Didn't Deserve His Daesang". enewsWorld. 8 May 2014.
- "소녀시대·송승헌·설경구 문화연예대상 대상". Star News (in Korean). 30 November 2009.
- Lee, Sarah (14 January 2010). "Girl's Generation and Song Seung Hun wins award". Korea.com. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014.
- "Korean Wave stars receive government awards". The Korea Herald. 29 March 2010.
- Son, Jin-ah (2 November 2012). "Song Seung Heon visits China". StarN News.
- Kim, June (18 December 2014). "35th Blue Dragon Awards Names THE ATTORNEY Best Film". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-08-03.
- "Stars picked as top taxpayers". Korea JoongAng Daily. 4 March 2015.
- "G-Dragon, Park Bo-gum, Girls' Generation and Song Joong-ki picked as style icons". Kpop Herald. 13 March 2016.
- Song Seung-heon at Better Ent (in Korean)