Choi Su-jong

최수종 / Choi Soo Jong (Choe Su Jong)

Choi Soo-jong(alternatelyChoi Su-Jong, born on December 18, 1962) is a South Korean actor. Choi made his debut in 1987 as a young actor in the TV soap opera ‘Love Tree’. He has appeared in movies, on television and as an MC for various award shows. He has received worldwide recognition for his leading roles in several highly successful shows. Most recently he garnered acclaim for his portrayals of the principal characters in the Korean historical dramasEmperor of the Seaplaying the role of Jang Bogo , and as the title character Dae Joyoung in the epic seriesDae Jo Yeong (TV series).

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 Choi Su-jong's Career

When reflecting on his more than twenty years as an actor, Choi said "To an actor, fame is short, but acting is long."

As a public figure and social activist, Choi Soo-jong has sought to project an image of integrity and wholesomeness. His fidelity to his wife and dedication to his role as father and husband are widely discussed in the media, although he strives to retain his family's privacy. Choi also openly discusses his commitment to clean living through regular exercise and healthy eating. Despite his advancing age, Choi continues to accept physically challenging roles that require horseback riding, combat and swordsmanship, and exposure to extreme temperatures. His youthful appearance and physical fitness allow Choi to play characters much younger than his actual age.

Choi tearfully apologized for misleading the public.

In 2010, Choi was cast in a lead role in Legend of the Patriots, a remake of the 1975 series Comrades. According to a press release from KBS, Choi found acting in a war drama even more challenging than the historical dramas he is known for. When asked why he chose to pursue the challenging genre of war drama, Choi stated "There is a problem though that the more I act, the more I become greedy for acting. What do I have to do from now on? Anyway, I want to remain as a good actor as I put more effort into managing myself"."

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 Choi Su-jong's Personal life

Choi is married to actress Ha Hee Ra , a Hwagyo . They have two children together: son Min-seo and daughter Yoon-seo. Choi Soo-jong and Ha Hee Ra's happy marriage is well-known in Korea. When Ha was pregnant, Choi did the housework, cooked, and let her rest, a fact that has made Choi very popular with Korean women and jokingly scorned by Korean men. In a television interview in early 2010, Choi's wife Ha stated the her husband is a better housekeeper than she is. Choi is frequently seen text messaging and making phone calls with his wife Ha Hee Ra while filming and was even documented doing so in the television special for Emperor of the Sea.

Choi has a reputation amongst co-stars as funny and bright. He is known as a jokester on the set that has earned him the title "NG Mawang" (NG Master). When he makes an NG (blooper), he attempts to make light of his error.

In his free time, Choi enjoys playing soccer on Sunday mornings. In 2008, Choi announced that he would also begin studying English in his spare time.

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 Choi Su-jong's Filmography

Films[]

  • A Man Who Can't Even Kiss (1994)
  • A Woman Of Downstairs and A Man Of Upstairs (1992)
  • Do You Like Rain Stopped Afternoon (1991)
  • In A Starry Night (1991)
  • To You Once Again (1991)
  • Well, It's A Secret (1990)
  • Il Ji Mae, The Superman (1990)
  • A Young Punch (1988)

Television[]

  • Into the Flames(TV Chosun, 2014)
  • You're Great, Really! (MBC, 2013) (cameo)
  • The King's Dream(KBS1, 2012)
  • Drama Special- "For My Son" (KBS2, 2011)
  • President(KBS2, 2010)
  • Legend of the Patriots(KBS1, 2010)
  • Hometown Legends - "The Curse of Sajin Sword" (KBS2, 2008)
  • Dae Jo Yeong(KBS1, 2006)
  • Emperor of the Sea(KBS2, 2004)
  • War of the Roses (MBC, 2004)
  • Choi Su-jong Show (2003)
  • Above the Green Fields (KBS2, 2003)
  • Man of the Sun (KBS2, 2002)
  • Emperor Wang Gun(KBS1, 2000)
  • Did You Ever Love? (KBS2, 1999)
  • Someone's House (KBS1, 1999)
  • Legendary Ambition (KBS2, 1998)
  • When She Beckons (KBS2, 1997)
  • Fireworks (MBC, 1997)
  • First Love(KBS2, 1996)
  • Blowing of the Wind (KBS2, 1995)
  • Last Lovers (MBC, 1994)
  • Ambition (MBC, 1994)
  • Pilot (MBC, 1993)
  • Iljimae (MBC, 1993)
  • Sons and Daughters (MBC, 1992)
  • Jealousy (MBC, 1992)
  • Daewongun (MBC, 1990)
  • The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyeong (MBC, 1988)

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 Choi Su-jong's References

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  2. "Film `D-War Tops Internet News". Koreatimes.co.kr. 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  3. [2] Archived January 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. "Fabulous Five to Promote Seoul". Koreatimes.co.kr. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 

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 Choi Su-jong's Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1990 KBS Drama Awards Popularity Award Won
1991 27th Baeksang Arts Awards Popularity Award in Film Well, It's A SecretWon
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Won
KBS Drama Awards Popularity Award Won
1992 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor JealousyWon
1993 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Sons and DaughtersWon
1994 30th Baeksang Arts Awards Popularity Award in TV PilotWon
1995KBS Drama Awards Popularity AwardBlowing of the WindWon
Top Excellence Award, ActorNominated
1996 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, ActorFirst LoveWon
1997 10th Grimae Awards Best ActorWon
1998 25th Korea Broadcasting Awards Best ActorLegendary AmbitionWon
KBS Drama Awards Photogenic AwardWon
Top Excellence Award, ActorNominated
Grand Prize/DaesangWon
1999 35th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor in TVWon
KBS Drama Awards Popularity AwardDid You Ever Love?Won
Top Excellence Award, ActorNominated
2001KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, ActorEmperor Wang GunNominated
Grand Prize/DaesangWon
2002KBS Drama Awards Popularity AwardMan of the Sun, Lee Je-maWon
Top Excellence Award, ActorNominated
2003 KBS Drama Awards Special Award Won
2005 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, ActorEmperor of the SeaWon
2006 1st Seoul International Drama Awards Best ActorNominated
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, ActorDae Jo YeongNominated
2007KBS Drama Awards Netizen AwardWon
Top Excellence Award, ActorNominated
Grand Prize/DaesangWon
2008 3rd Seoul International Drama Awards Best ActorNominated
2nd Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, ActorWon
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama Hometown Legends - "The Curse of Sajin Sword"Nominated
2010 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Legend of the PatriotsNominated
2011 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama For My SonWon
2012KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial DramaThe King's DreamNominated
Top Excellence Award, ActorNominated
2013KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial DramaNominated
Top Excellence Award, ActorNominated

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 Choi Su-jong's Social activities

In the first half of 2009, Choi and Ha were selected to be the ambassadors for a worldwide campaign against tuberculosis. Also in 2009, Choi and Ha became goodwill ambassadors of the National Museum of Korea and sponsored a project to provide 50,000 Korean language guidebooks for visitors to the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

As a member of the "Fabulous Five," Choi was chosen to publicize the international appeal of the city. In June 2009, Choi Soo-jong and six other high profile actors waived their fees to teach master acting classes at Im Kwon-taek Film and Art College of Dongseo University.

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