Song Seung-heon

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Song.
Song Seung-heon
Song Seung-heon.jpg
Born (1976-10-05) October 5, 1976 (age 40)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Education Hankyong National University
(B.A. Business)
Kyonggi University
(B.A. Multimedia Arts)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Agent Better ENT
Partner(s) Liu Yifei
Korean name
Hangul 송승헌
Revised Romanization Song Seung-heon
McCune–Reischauer Song Sŭnghŏn

Song Seung-heon (Hangul송승헌; born October 5, 1976) is a South Korean actor.


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. The following year he debuted as an actor. His feature film debut came in 1999 in the film Calla co-starring Kim Hee-sun.[1]

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.[1]

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

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[2][3] Amidst the press coverage and scandal this aroused, Song agreed to immediately serve his two-year term in the military.[4][5] Song was discharged on November 15, 2006 with the rank of Corporal, to much fanfare and media attention.[6][7][8] For a time he kept a low profile, trying to gauge public opinion on his return to the entertainment world.[9]

2008–Present: Comeback[edit]

For his comeback, Song took on a tough image, playing aggressive and masculine roles in the 2008 drama East of Eden,[10] which he won the "Daesang" (Grand Prize) for at the MBC Drama Awards. He also starred in the action film Fate,[11] and the 2010 remake A Better Tomorrow.[12][13]

His popularity in Japan continued, and in 2010 he starred in Ghost remake Ghost: In Your Arms Again with Matsushima Nanako.[14][15][16]

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."[17][18][19][20]

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.[21][22][23]

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).[20][24][25][26][27] 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.[28][29][30][31][32]

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.[33][34][35][36][37]

In 2015, he starred in the Chinese romantic melodrama The Third Way of Love followed by Wonderful Nightmare.[38][39] Song was next cast as a fighter pilot in his second Chinese project, World War II film The Bombing.[40]

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.[41][42][43] He is also set to star in the film Commander Kim Chang-soo, portraying a cruel and cold-hearted prison director.[44]

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).[45] 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.[46]


Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1996 Three Guys and Three Girls Seong-heon MBC
1997 Beautiful Lady SBS
You and I Park Min-kyu MBC
1998 Winners SBS
1999 Happy Together Seo Ji-suk SBS
Love Story: "Message" SBS
2000 Popcorn Lee Young-hoon 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


Year Title Role
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 Commander Kim Chang-soo Kang Hyeong-sik
The Bombing

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Co-stars
2001 "Once Upon a Day" Kim Bum-soo Song Hye-kyo,
Ji Jin-hee
2005 "Sad Love Story" Yoon Gun Kim Hee-sun,
Kwon Sang-woo
2008 "I Miss You" SG Wannabe Park Yong-ha,
Lee Yeon-hee,
Ha Seok-jin


Album information Track listing
Song Seung-heon Vol. 1
  • Album
  • Released: December 7, 2004
  • Label: Synnara Music
Even After Ten Years / For You...
Last Love[47][48][49]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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
Photogenic Award 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[50]
(co-winner with Girls' Generation)
N/A Won
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[51] 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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