September 11, 1968 |
Yeongwol County, Gangwon Province, South Korea
|Other names||Yoo Oh-sung
|Education||Hanyang University - Theater and Film|
|Revised Romanization||Yu Oh-seong|
Yu Oh-seong made his stage debut in 1992, and throughout the mid-1990s, he complemented a career in television with minor roles in film. With his success playing a young gangster in the hit movie Beat (1997), Yu's face became familiar to a new generation of moviegoers. The year 1999 was somewhat of a breakthrough for Yu, as he took the lead role in Jang Jin's acclaimed cult comedy The Spy and also starred in Kim Sang-jin's hugely successful Attack the Gas Station.
His career reached its peak in the year 2001, however. Appearing as Jang Dong-gun's co-star in Kwak Kyung-taek's smash hit Friend, which sold an unprecedented 8 million tickets, Yu won effusive critical praise for his hard-edged performance as a ruthless gangster and enjoyed a tremendous degree of exposure.
This fame would carry over somewhat when he took the lead in director Kwak's fourth feature Champion, a 1980s-set biopic of boxer Kim Deuk-gu, who dominated the Korean boxing scene until his death after the World Boxing Association lightweight championship in 1982. However, even though Yu was praised for his body makeover and acting skills, the film failed to deliver on the high expectations that preceded it. Later that year, a series of highly public disagreements with Kwak, believed to stem from money problems, made headlines and served to cool some of the public's interest in the actor.
He returned to television in 2004, headlining his first historical drama series Jang Gil-san. Set in the Joseon dynasty during the reign of King Sukjong, Jang Gil-san was born of a female servant, raised by gypsies, then rises politically.
For the contemporary drama Invisible Man in 2006, he played a man in his thirties battling early-onset Alzheimer's disease with the support of his loving family (his wife is played by Chae Shi-ra). Yu said his character Choi Jang-soo was closest to his real-life personality. This was followed by a leading role in adultery drama Dear Lover (2007) with Yoon Son-ha, a remake of 1995 Japanese drama Koibito Yo.
In 2009, Yu and Song Seon-mi played a gangster and doctor who fall in love in the stage play Turn Around and Leave, which was previously dramatized onscreen in the 1998 film A Promise and the 2006 TV series Lovers. Later that year, he played a supporting role in Potato Symphony, about a man who moves back to his hometown with his daughter, and faces unresolved conflicts with his old high school friends (the protagonist is played by Jeon Yong-taek, who also wrote, directed and produced the film). Jeon and Yu are close friends in real life, and the film is set in their hometown Yeongwol County. Despite winning the Grand Prix at the 4th Festival Franco-Coréen du Film, Potato Symphony was little seen domestically.
After the underwhelming box office and TV ratings of past projects he'd headlined, Yu stuck to supporting roles. He starred opposite Kim Dong-wook in buddy comedy Happy Killers (2010), in which Kim played a slacker cop assigned to investigate a serial killer case, while Yu played an unemployed man with natural instincts as a detective who gets in the way by trying to catch the killer as well. Yu also appeared in action series Swallow the Sun (2009) which was filmed in Las Vegas, South Africa and Jeju Island, two horse-based human comedy films -- Lump Sugar (2006) starring Im Soo-jung and Champ (2011) starring Cha Tae-hyun, and the crime drama Don't Cry Mommy (2012).
In 2013, Yu reprised his most memorable role in the sequel Friend: The Great Legacy, in which he faces the grown-up son of the friend he'd given orders to be killed (Kim Woo-bin), interspersed with scenes of his own father's gangster past in Busan (Joo Jin-mo).
|1991||Love, Love: Han Hee-jak's Love Stories||Dal-shik|
|1994||I Wish for What Is Forbidden to Me||Hwang Nam-gi|
|1996||Kill the Love||Baek Joon|
|1998||Saturday, 2:00 pm||Dal-soo|
|Spring in My Hometown||Sung-min's uncle|
|1999||The Spy||Rhee Cheol-jin|
|Attack the Gas Station||Mu Dae-po ("Bulldozer")|
|2004||Thomas An Jung-geun||An Jung-geun|
|2010||Happy Killers||Kim Young-seok|
|2012||Don't Cry Mommy||Detective|
|2013||Friend: The Great Legacy||Lee Joon-seok|
|2015||Shoot Me in the Heart||Choi Ki-hoon|
|1998||Aim for Tomorrow||Kang Dae-ho||MBC|
|2000||Some Like It Hot||Kang Man-ho||MBC|
|2004||Jang Gil-san||Jang Gil-san||SBS|
|2006||Invisible Man||Choi Jang-soo||KBS2|
|2007||Dear Lover||Go Dong-woo||SBS|
|2009||Swallow the Sun||Jackson Lee||SBS|
|Invincible Lee Pyung Kang||Policeman (cameo)||KBS2|
|2010||Kim Su-ro, The Iron King||Shingwi Ghan / Tae-gang||MBC|
|2012||Drama Special "Missing Case of National Assembly
Member Jung Chi-sung"
|2013||Drama Special "Mother's Island"||Lee-Tan||KBS2|
|Drama Special "The Devil Rider"||Moon-Bok||KBS2|
|2014||Gunman in Joseon||Choi Won-shin||KBS2|
|2015||SPY||"Comrade" Hwang Ki-Chul||KBS2|
|2009||Billion Won Mystery with Yu Oh-seong||SBS||Host|
|2013||"Baby I'm Sorry" (2013)||MY NAME|
|2005||Story of an Old Thief|
|2009||Turn Around and Leave||Gong Sang-du|
Awards and nominations
|1994||32nd Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actor||I Wish for What Is Forbidden to Me||Nominated|
|1997||35th Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Beat||Nominated|
|1998||MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Aim for Tomorrow||Won|
|1999||한국최고인기연예대상||Most Popular Actor||Won|
|2001||46th Asia Pacific Film Festival||Best Actor||Friend||Won|
|9th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|38th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2002||38th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (Film)||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor (Film)||Won|
|1st Korean Film Awards||Best Actor||Champion||Nominated|
|2003||40th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2007||44th Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Lump Sugar||Nominated|
|2009||SBS Drama Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Special||Swallow the Sun||Nominated|
|2012||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Faith||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Actor in a One-act Drama||Missing Case of National Assembly
Member Jung Chi-sung
|2013||KBS Drama Awards||Best Actor in a One-act Drama||Mother's Island, The Devil Rider||Won|
|2014||KBS Drama Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Gunman in Joseon||Nominated|
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- Sunwoo, Carla (8 November 2013). "12 years later, an iconic Friend returns". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
- Hong, Grace Danbi (5 July 2013). "MYNAME Unveils its Powerful Yet Violent MV for Baby I'm Sorry". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
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