Yoo Jun-sang

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Yoo Jun-sang
Yoo Joon-Sang.jpg
Born (1969-11-28) November 28, 1969 (age 50)
Alma materDongguk University
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1995–present
AgentNamoo Actors
Spouse(s)Hong Eun-hee (m. 2003)
Children2 sons
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYu Jun-sang
McCune–ReischauerYu Chunsang

Yoo Jun-sang (born November 28, 1969) is a South Korean actor and singer. Yoo is best known for starring in the Hong Sang-soo films Ha Ha Ha (2010), The Day He Arrives (2011), and In Another Country (2012). He was also praised for his supporting roles in Wide Awake (2007) and Moss (2010), and gained newfound popularity in 2012 because of the TV drama My Husband Got a Family. Aside from film and television, Yoo is also active in musical theatre, notably in The Three Musketeers, Jack the Ripper and The Days.


Yoo Jun-sang graduated from Dongguk University with a bachelor's degree in Theater and Film and a master's degree in Theater Arts. Having kicked off his career in 1995 through SBS's open auditions, Yoo built a stable acting career through films and TV series.[1] He also stars in stage musicals, notably Claws of Angel,[2] The Three Musketeers,[3] Jack the Ripper,[4] Rebecca,[5][6] Kim Kwang-seok jukebox musical The Days,[7][8] and Frankenstein.[9] Additionally, Yoo has been a full-time faculty member at the Korea Arts Institute since 2010.[10]

He gave a memorable supporting turn as a cynical prosecutor in 2010's Moss, the blockbuster mystery film based on a popular online comic series.[11] His performance garnered him Best Supporting Actor wins at the Buil Film Awards and Chunsa Film Art Awards. He also won Best Supporting Actor at the Grand Bell Awards for the 2007 medical thriller Wide Awake.

But Yoo is best known as a regular in the films of auteur Hong Sang-soo.[12] He headlined The Day He Arrives in 2011, which netted him the Best Actor prize at the Busan Film Critics Awards.[13][14] He also starred in Ha Ha Ha, which won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, at which Yoo and his fellow cast members walked the red carpet.[15] When asked to describe the actor, Hong said that "Yoo is... a kind person."[16] [...] I just... like him. I like him a lot. He is someone with a drive that doesn't irritate me. His honesty doesn't irritate me either and I like his energy. His energy has a clean color. And I think he's a lot of help when we work together."[17] The director cast him opposite renowned French actress Isabelle Huppert in Hong's first English-language film In Another Country. He described Huppert as "a real joy" to work with,[18] while she praised him as "kind and charismatic."[19] Yoo was singled out in The Hollywood Reporter review as the film's scene-stealer.[20]

After a five-year absence from television, he returned in the series My Husband Got a Family (also known as Unexpected You) co-starring Kim Nam-joo. The drama was a big hit, it not only consistently topped its timeslot throughout its long run, but ranked number one on the 2012 yearly TV ratings chart.[21][22] As a result, Yoo enjoyed his biggest surge of mainstream popularity since his debut, landing commercial contracts and gaining the nickname "Nation's son-in-law".[23]

In 2012, he published his memoir titled The Invention of Happiness. Yoo said he began writing diaries back in university when his professor recommended that he try filling up at least one journal each year with personal reflections. The book contained highlights from his 20 years of journaling life—from his days as a college student, moments on the set of several productions to his travels and vacations—as well as poems and sketches made by the actor in his everyday life.[1][19] He donated all of the proceeds from the book to charity, especially to impoverished children.[24]

For the aerial action blockbuster R2B: Return to Base, Yoo along with the rest of the cast had to undergo months-long physical training for their role as jet fighter pilots. The actors also had to pass mandatory tests for actual pilots to be able to get into the cockpit—in a low-pressure chamber, emergency escape routine, simulated flight as well as training to develop tolerance for acceleration. Yoo reportedly passed out twice before he passed his 6G test, only passing on his third attempt.[25][26][27]

Yoo underwent knee surgery after an injury to his cruciate ligament while filming Fists of Legend. The action movie revolved around a group of middle-aged men who fight on a reality show for a cash prize.[28] On December 19, 2013, he released his first album, titled Junes; besides singing, Yoo composed, wrote the lyrics and produced all the seven songs included.[29] Yoo's second album, J N Joy 20: Travel Project One, Just Travel... Walking... and Thinking..., was a collaboration with guitarist Lee Jun-hwa and released on November 13, 2014, followed by his first concert.[30][31]

Personal life[edit]

Besides acting, singing and writing, Yoo can also play several musical instruments including guitar, saxophone, violin and the piano.[10] In December 2012, he showcased 20 of his artwork at the Art Asia fair.[32]

He married actress Hong Eun-hee in 2003, and they have two sons named Yoo Dong-woo and Yoo Min-jae.[33][34] Dong-woo appeared in the 2011 short film Modern Family.[35]

In the talk show Healing Camp, he spoke about his love for his widowed mother, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhagic stroke in 2011.[36]



Year Title Role
1999 Tell Me Something Kim Gi-yeon
2000 Nightmare Jung-wook
2001 Go Back, Red Peter's Confession
2003 Show Show Show San-hae
2005 Wedding Campaign Hee-chul
2007 Wide Awake Kang Wook-han
2009 Like You Know It All Mr. Go
Where is Ronny... In-ho
2010 Ha Ha Ha Bang Joong-sik
Moss Prosecutor Park Min-wook
2011 The Last Blossom Kim Geun-deok
List (short film)
The Day He Arrives Seong-jun
2012 In Another Country Lifeguard
R2B: Return to Base Lee Cheol-hee
Touch Park Dong-sik
Zambezia Tendai the Peregrine Falcon
(voice, Korean dubbed)
2013 Nobody's Daughter Haewon Joong-sik
Fists of Legend Lee Sang-hoon
2014 The Target Song Gi-cheol
2015 A Matter of Interpretation Detective
Angry Painter Painter
Right Now, Wrong Then Ahn Seong-gook
Gosanja, Daedongyeojido Heungseon Daewongun

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1994 Kka-chi-ne SBS
1995 Agatha Christie SBS
1996 Expedition of Men SBS
MBC Best Theater
"Man Opening the Refrigerator Door"
Jae-min MBC
When the Salmon Returns Han Jae-joon SBS
1997 Wedding Dress KBS2
MBC Best Theater "Tricycle" Min-soo MBC
MBC Best Theater "Until You Fall Asleep" Man MBC
1998 Hope Inn KBS2
Sunday Best "April Concerto" Joon-ho KBS2
I Love You, I'm Sorry KBS2
Stranger Beom-soo MBC
White Nights 3.98 Kim Jin-seok SBS
1999 Young Sun Yoon Je-hyuk SBS
We Saw a Lost Little Bird KBS2
Sunday Best
"A Thirty-one-year-old's First Kiss"
Cello Park Ki-tae SBS
The Last War Kim Tae-joong MBC
Goodbye My Love Song Dae-ho MBC
Magic Castle Lee Poong-jin KBS2
2000 Butcher's Daughter SBS
The Full Sun Kang Min-ki KBS2
2001 How Should I Be? Na Ki-chan MBC
Life Is Beautiful Nam Jung-woo KBS2
Fox and Cotton Candy Bong Kang-chul MBC
2002 Affection Jo Byung-soo SBS
Inspector Park Mun-su Park Mun-su MBC
2004 The Woman Who Wants to Marry Shin Joo-ho MBC
2005 Land Kim Gil-sang SBS
Young-jae's Golden Days Eom Joong-seo MBC
2007 Catching Up with Gangnam Moms Seo Sang-won SBS
2012 My Husband Got a Family Bang Gwi-nam/Terry Kang KBS2
2013 The Secret of Birth Hong Gyung-doo SBS
My Love from the Star Section chief Yoo
(cameo, episodes 2–3)
2015 Heard It Through the Grapevine Han Jeong-ho SBS
2016 Working Mom Parenting Daddy Lee Moon-han (cameo) MBC
Pied Piper Yoon Hee-Sung tvN
2017 Distorted Lee Seok-min SBS
2019 Liver or Die[37] Lee Poong-sang KBS2

Music video[edit]

Year Title Artist
2003 "Can't I?" Wheesung
2007 "Oh, You Beautiful Woman" Yoo Jun-sang


Year Title Role Reprised
1995 Foes of Women
1998 Grease
2001 The Play
Love & Luve
2004 Two Men
2005 Passion of the Rain
2007 Claws of Angel Il-du/Idu
2008 The Life Sonja
2008–2009 The Happy Life Beom-jin
2009 The Three Musketeers Athos/D'Artagnan 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2018[38]
Jack the Ripper Anderson 2010, 2011, 2012
2013 Rebecca Maxim de Winter
The Days Jung-hak 2014, 2015, 2016–2017[38]
2014 Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein 2015[38]
2015 Robin Hood Robin Hood
2017 Ben Hur Judah Ben Hur[38]
2018 Barnum P.T. Barnum[38]
2018–2019 The Days Cha Jung-hak


Album information Track listing
Oh, You Beautiful Woman
Track listing
7. 오, 그대는 아름다운 여인 (Oh, You Beautiful Woman) – Yoo Jun-sang
Don't Turn Off the Lights
  • 1 track from Love Tree Project:
    Namoo Actors Charity Project
  • Released: January 8, 2010
  • Label: Ode Music, KT Music
Track listing
8. 꺼지지 않는 불빛 (Don't Turn Off the Lights) – Yoo Jun-sang
Gray City / I Hate This City
Track listing

11. 회색도시 (Gray City) – Ensemble, Yoo Jun-sang

22. 이 도시가 싫어 (I Hate This City) – Ensemble, Yoo Jun-sang
Ce Song
Track listing
2. Ce Song – Yoo Jun-sang (feat. Kwak Dong-yeon and Kim Sang-ho)
  • Album
  • Artist: Yoo Jun-sang
  • Released: December 20, 2013
  • Label: CJ Music
Track listing
  1. 27과 33 그 해 여름 사이
  2. 사랑이 필요해
  3. 아름다운 아름다운
  4. Making Room
  5. 그대에게 다가가는 순간 (feat. Lee Da-yeon of Taurine)
  6. In Tokyo
  7. 27과 33 여름 사이
Travel Project One: Just Travel... Walking... And Thinking...
  • Album
  • Artist: J N Joy 20
    (Yoo Jun-sang, Lee Joon-wha)
  • Released: November 17, 2014
  • Label: Mirrorball Music
Track listing
  1. 기타 치기 좋은 오후
  2. 나의 본적을 찾아서
  3. Now(nä)
  4. 기차 너머 보이는 저 풍경 위를 따라가다 보면
  5. The Path You've Been
  6. 이제 울지 마
  7. 어떤 사람이 될까?
  8. I'll Call The Name
  9. 너에게 못다 한 이야기
  10. 공연할 때 눈물을 너무 많이 흘려서 앞으로 눈물이 안 나오면 어쩌나 걱정하는 어느 연기자의 고백


Year Title Publisher ISBN
2012 The Invention of Happiness[39] Yolimwon ISBN 9788970637426

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2001 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor How Should I Be? Won
Popularity Award Won
2002 8th Korea Musical Awards Best Actor The Play Won
MBC Drama Awards Popularity Award Fox and Cotton Candy Won
2005 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Land Won
2006 40th Taxpayer's Day Prime Minister's Commendation N/A Won
2007 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Catching Up with Gangnam Moms Won
2008 45th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Wide Awake Won
2009 3rd Daegu International Musical Festival Popular Star Award Won
2010 18th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actor Moss Won
19th Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Ha Ha Ha Won
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Moss Nominated
2011 12th Busan Film Critics Awards Best Actor The Day He Arrives Won
2012 5th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won
Korea Advertisers Association Awards Good Model Award Won
21st Buil Film Awards Best Actor In Another Country Nominated
49th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor My Husband Got a Family Won
Top Popularity Award Won
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated
Best Couple Award with Kim Nam-joo Won
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Nominated
50th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Fists of Legend Nominated
25th Korean PD Awards Best Performer, TV Actor category Won
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries The Secret of Birth Nominated
2014 8th Daegu International Musical Festival Star of the Year Award Won
2015 8th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Heard It Through the Grapevine Nominated
4th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated
2016 3rd Wildflower Film Awards Best Supporting Actor A Matter of Interpretation Nominated


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