October 5, 1976 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||Hankyong National University
(B.A. Multimedia Arts)
|Revised Romanization||Song Seung-heon|
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.
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 Wonderful Nightmare. Song was next cast as a fighter pilot in his second Chinese project, World War II film The Bombing.
Back on the Korean screen in 2017, Song starred opposite Lee Young-ae in period drama Saimdang, Light's Diary, about the Joseon artist and calligrapher Shin Saimdang; Song played a fictional character, an aristocrat and painter who has loved the heroine since childhood. He is also set to star in the film Commander Kim Chang-soo, portraying a cruel and cold-hearted prison director.
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.
|1996||Three Guys and Three Girls||Seong-heon||MBC|
|You and I||Park Min-kyu||MBC|
|1999||Happy Together||Seo Ji-suk||SBS|
|Love Story: "Message"||SBS|
|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||MBC|
|2012||Dr. Jin||Jin Hyuk||MBC|
|2013||When a Man Falls in Love||Han Tae-sang||MBC|
|2017||Saimdang, Light's Diary||Lee Gyeom||SBS|
|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||Commander Kim Chang-soo||Kang Hyeong-sik|
|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|
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- Han, Jae-hyun (2004-09-19). "More Actors Come Forward on Draft Dodging". The Chosun Ilbo.
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- Jang, Il-hyun (2004-10-20). "Celebrity Draft Dodgers Face Conscription in November". The Chosun Ilbo.
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- "Fuji TV Producing Special on Korean Wave Star". The Chosun Ilbo. 2006-10-20.
- "Asian Press Gears up for Star's Release from Army". The Chosun Ilbo. 2006-11-14.
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- "Anticipation grows for Lee Young-ae, Song Seung-heon drama". The Korea Times. 2015-11-30.
- "Actor Song Seung-heon to play villain in new movie". Dramabeans. 2016-11-07. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
- "Affiliate". Signal Entertainment Group. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
- "Stars Show Business Savvy with Successful Food, Coffee Franchises". The Chosun Ilbo. 2012-01-03.
- "Song Seung Heon to Sing for Dr. Jin OST". Soompi. 2012-07-04.
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- Song Seung-heon on Twitter (Korean)
- Song Seung-heon on Sina Weibo (Chinese)
- Song Seung-heon on Facebook (Korean)
- Song Seung-heon at Better Ent (Korean)
- Song Seung-heon at HanCinema
- Song Seung-heon at the Korean Movie Database
- Song Seung-heon at the Internet Movie Database
- Song Seung-heon on Instagram