Song Seung-heon

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Song Seung-heon
(미쓰와이프) 제작기영상 송승헌 1m17s.jpg
Born (1976-10-05) October 5, 1976 (age 44)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationHankyong National University
Kyonggi University
Years active1995–present
AgentKing Kong by Starship
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSong Seung-heon
McCune–ReischauerSong Sŭnghŏn

Song Seung-heon (Korean송승헌; born October 5, 1976) is a South Korean model and actor. He has acted in various television dramas, notably Autumn in My Heart (2000), East of Eden (2008), My Princess (2011), Black (2017), Player (2018), The Great Show (2019), and Dinner Mate (2020). His latest on-screen appearance was in the fourth season of Voice (2021).[1]


1995–2004: Beginnings and Pan-asia stardom[edit]

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.[2] The following year he debuted as an actor. His feature film debut came in 1999 in the film Calla co-starring Kim Hee-sun.[3][4]

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.[5] Since then he has been actively recruited for film roles and advertisements in Japan, Hong Kong and other Asian countries.[6][4]

In 2002, Song starred in the action comedy Make It Big by director Cho Ui-seok,[7][8] and also in the Hong Kong film So Close with actresses Karen Mok, Shu Qi and Zhao Wei.[9]

Song further solidified his status as a Hallyu (Korean Wave) star in 2003 with Summer Scent, co-starring Son Ye-jin.[10][5] 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.[4]

In 2004, Song appeared in two films, but neither was a success: Ice Rain,[11] shot in the Canadian Rockies, failed to enthuse viewers with its mixture of mountaineering and melodrama, while He Was Cool,[12] 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.[4]

2005–2007: Enlistment and scandal[edit]

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.[13][14] Amidst the press coverage and scandal this aroused, Song agreed to immediately serve his two-year term in the military.[15][16] Song was discharged on November 15, 2006 with the rank of corporal, to much fanfare and media attention.[17][18][19] For a time he kept a low profile, trying to gauge public opinion on his return to the entertainment world.[20]

2008–2013: Comeback[edit]

For his comeback, Song took on a tough image, playing aggressive and masculine roles in the 2008 drama East of Eden,[21] which he won the "Daesang" (Grand Prize) for at the MBC Drama Awards. He also starred in the action film Fate,[22][23] and the 2010 remake A Better Tomorrow.[24][25]

His popularity in Japan continued, and in 2010 he starred in Ghost remake Ghost: In Your Arms Again with Matsushima Nanako.[26][27][28]

In 2011, Song starred in My Princess opposite Kim Tae-hee, his first romantic comedy.[29] 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."[30][31]

His 30-minute short film Lucid Dreaming, helmed by director Chang of 2008 feature Death Bell, was shot particularly for his fans in China and Japan and released on DVD in early 2012.[32][33][34]

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).[35][36] 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.[37][38][39]

2014–present: Mature roles[edit]

In 2014, Song starred in Kim Dae-woo's erotic period film Obsessed.[40] 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.[41][42]

In 2015, he starred in the Chinese romantic melodrama The Third Way of Love,[43] followed by family comedy Wonderful Nightmare.[44][45] Song was next cast as a fighter pilot in his second Chinese project, World War II film Air Strike.[46] He is also set to star in the film Man of Will, portraying a cruel and cold-hearted prison director.[47][48]

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.[49][50][51] The same year, he was cast in the fantasy thriller drama Black alongside Go Ara, playing the role of a grim reaper.[52] Song reunited with Black director Ko Jae-hyun in another OCN drama Player in 2018, playing the role of a con-artist.[53][54]

In 2019, Song starred in the political family comedy drama The Great Show.[55] In April 2019, Song signed with new agency King Kong by Starship.[56]

In 2020, Song starred in the romance drama Dinner Mate as a psychiatrist.[57][58]

In 2021, Song took the role as the main lead in the fourth season of Voice.

Other activities[edit]

In 2009 he founded his own management agency, Storm S Company (later renamed Better ENT, now majority-owned by KOSDAQ-listed Signal Entertainment Group).[59] 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.[60]

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.[61] In 2015, he was named as a promotional ambassador for the National Tax Service.[62]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1999 Calla Kim Sun-woo
2002 Make It Big Seong-hwan
So Close Yen
2004 Ice Rain Han Woo-sung
He Was Cool Ji Eun-sung
2008 Fate Kim Woo-min
2010 A Better Tomorrow Lee Young-choon
Ghost: In Your Arms Again Kim Jun-ho
2012 Lucid Dreaming short film
2014 Obsessed Kim Jin-pyeong
2015 Wonderful Nightmare Sung-hwan
The Third Way of Love Lin Qizheng
2017 Man of Will Kang Hyung-sik
2018 Air Strike An Ming Xun / An Ming He

Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
1996–1999 Three Guys and Three Girls MBC Song Seung-heon
1997 Beautiful Lady SBS Lee Min-hyuk
1997–1998 You and I MBC Park Min-kyu [63]
1998 Winners SBS Jung Min-soo [64]
1999 Happy Together Seo Ji-suk [65]
Love Story Joon-sung episode 2: "Message" [66]
2000 Popcorn Lee Young-hoon [67]
Autumn in My Heart KBS2 Yoon Joon-seo
2001 Law Firm SBS Jung Young-woong [68]
2003 Summer Scent KBS2 Yoo Min-woo
2008 East of Eden MBC Lee Dong-chul
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 SBS Lee Gyeom
Black OCN Han Moo-gang (Detective) / Black (Grim Reaper #444)
2018 Player Kang Ha-ri
2019 The Great Show tvN Wi Dae-han
2020 Dinner Mate MBC Kim Hae-kyeong
2021 Voice tvN Derek Jo Season 4 [69]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Ref.
2001 "Once Upon a Day" Kim Bum-soo
2005 "Sad Love Story" Yoon Gun
2008 "I Miss You" SG Wannabe


Album information Track listing
Song Seung-heon Vol. 1
  • Album
  • Released: December 7, 2004
  • Label: Synnara Music
Track listing
  1. I love you
  2. 널 지울때까지
  3. 그 모든 눈물(Take 1)
  4. Miss Flower
  5. 그 모든 눈물(Take 2)
  6. 그래요, 그렇다고, 그렇게
  7. 외사랑
  8. Playin' Playin'
  9. I love you (instrumental)
  10. 그 모든 눈물 (instrumental)
Even After Ten Years / For You...
Track listing

1. 십년이 지나도 (Even After Ten Years)

4. 그대를... (For You...)
Last Love[70]
Track listing
5. 마지막 사랑 (Last Love)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
Andre Kim Best Star Awards 2009 Male Star Award Song Seung-heon Won [71]
Baeksang Arts Awards 1998 Most Popular Actor – Television You and I Won [72]
2009 Best Actor – Television East of Eden Nominated
Blue Dragon Film Awards 1999 Best New Actor Calla Nominated
2014 Popular Star Award Obsessed Won [73]
China Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards 2012 Asia's Most Charming Artist Song Seung-heon Won [74]
KBS Drama Awards 2000 Top Excellence Award, Actor Autumn in My Heart Nominated
Popularity Award Won [75]
Photogenic Award Won
2003 Netizen Award, Actor Summer Scent Nominated
Best Couple Award Song Seung-heon with Son Ye-jin
Summer Scent
KCA Consumer Day Awards 2019 Best Drama Actor Player Won [76]
KMTV 1997 Best New Actor Song Seung-heon Won
Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards 2009 Grand Prize (Daesang) in a TV Drama East of Eden Won [77]
MBC Drama Awards 2008 Grand Prize (Daesang) East of Eden Won [78][79][80]
Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
Popularity Award, Actor Won
Best Couple Award Song Seung-heon with Lee Yeon-hee
East of Eden
2011 Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries My Princess Nominated
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award Song Seung-heon with Kim Tae-hee
My Princess
2012 Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Dr. Jin Nominated
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
2013 Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries When a Man Falls in Love Nominated
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award Song Seung-heon with Shin Se-kyung
When a Man Falls in Love
2020 Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Miniseries / Short Drama Dinner Mate Nominated
Best Couple Award Song Seung-heon with Seo Ji-hye
Dinner Mate
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Content Industry Awards
2010 Distinguished Hallyu Entertainer Award of Merit (co-winner with Girls' Generation) Song Seung-heon Won [81][82]
SBS Drama Awards 1998 Popularity Award, Actor Winners Won [83]
1999 Netizen Popularity Award Happy Together Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2001 Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Law Firm Nominated
Top 10 Stars Won [84]
2017 Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama Saimdang, Memoir of Colors Nominated
Seoul International Drama Awards 2011 Outstanding Korean Actor My Princess Nominated
2021 Dinner Mate Pending [85][86]
Style Icon Asia 2016 Top 10 Style Icons Song Seung-heon Won [87]

State honors[edit]

Name of the organization, year presented, and the award given
Organization Year Award Ref.
Taxpayers' Day 2010 Exemplary Taxpayer Citation [88]
2015 Presidential Commendation [89]


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