Uhm Tae-woong(born April 5, 1974) is a South Korean actor. He made his acting debut in 1998, but initially struggled to emerge from under the shadow of his older sister, popular singer-actress Uhm Jung-hwa . After several years of small roles and work in one-act dramas, Uhm began to gain recognition after his villainous turn in the romantic comedyDelightful Girl Choon-Hyang. In 2005, he made his breakthrough in the critically acclaimedResurrection, followed by another revenge-themed seriesThe Devilin 2007. Since then, he has starred in diverse leading roles on film and television, notably inForever the Moment(2008),Chaw(2009),Cyrano Agency(2010),Architecture 101(2012), andMan from the Equator(2012).
Silmido, in which he played a member of a suicide commando unit trained to kill Kim Il-sung in the 1960s. Starring veteran actors Sol Kyung-gu and Ahn Sung-ki ,Silmidodrew over 10 million admissions, and Ahn encouraged Uhm, saying he "would turn into a true actor."Uhm continued to go on auditions with little success, partly from the long shadow cast by his older sister, popular singer-actress Uhm Jung-hwa .
Then in 2004, Uhm played a dying man in the acclaimed Drama City episodeBlue Skies of Jeju Island, a well-received performance for which he won his first acting trophy at the 2004 KBS Drama Awards .
, a modern retelling of the classic Korean folktaleChunhyangjeon. But instead of the villainous magistrate of the folktale, Uhm played a talent agency executive who becomes obsessed with the heroine.
was a critical hit and gained a cult following , and one review praised Uhm for "the kind of acting expected from Song Kang-ho and Choi Min-sik ," not from a young little-known actor who'd previously appeared in a few projects in supporting roles.His growing fanbase nicknamed him "the UhmForce" (derived fromStar Wars), and he received an Excellence Award from the 2005 KBS Drama Awards and a Best TV Actor nomination from the 2006 Baeksang Arts Awards .
, but an on-set accident that injured Han and co-star Eric Mun led to production being halted and the series was cancelled after airing only three episodes.Uhm moved on toStranger Than Paradise, in which he played the manager of a singer, the same woman his long-lost brother also falls in love with. He also joined the ensemble cast of Kim Tae-yong 's critically acclaimed filmFamily Ties, playing a reckless but charming man who suddenly shows up at his sister's door with a live-in partner 20 years his senior. For this role, Uhm won Best New Actor at the Chunsa Film Art Awards .
In 2007, Uhm, reunited withResurrection's director Park Chan-hong and writer Kim Ji-woo inThe Devil, the second in Park and Kim's noir vengeance trilogy that explore the conflict between good and evil, and sin and punishment. He gave another memorable lead performance as a detective hunting down a serial killer while attempting to atone for his past. Uhm also starred in December romanceMy Love, in which his character is a Free Hugs activist who returns to Korea after six years overseas in the hopes of finding his ex-girlfriend.
he continued building a diverse filmography in 2008. In Yim Soon-rye 's sleeper hitForever the Moment, Uhm played the tough coach of the National Women's Handball Team (and received a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Blue Dragon Film Awards ). In Lee Joon-ik 'sSunny, he played a newly married Korean soldier conscripted during the Vietnam War . And inIri, he played a cab driver taking care of his mentally impaired sister in the aftermath of the Iri Station Explosion .
Queen Seondeok, for which he received a Top Excellence Award at the 2009 MBC Drama Awards .
While inDr. Champ, after his character's ice hockey career was ended by injury, he became a cranky sports medicine doctor reminiscent of Gregory House .
Through it, viewers discovered the real-life shy, dorky personality behind Uhm's intense screen persona.
co-star Joo Won inS.I.U., as two detectives who team up against corruption in their ranks.
Architecture 101(the latter was a box-office hit, breaking records at the time as the top-grossing Korean melodrama of all time).
. Uhm then reunited withMan from the Equatordirector Kim Yong-soo inThe Blade and Petal, a period drama set in Goguryeo . He played Yeon Gaesomun 's fictional illegitimate son who has a forbidden romance with the princess whose father, the king , was killed by Yeon in a coup.
. He played a manager who dreams of becoming an actor.
along with other regulars Lee Soo-geun , Sung Si-kyung , and Yoo Hae-jin .
In early 2014, Uhm played an arrogant film director who falls in love with a divorcee inCan We Love?, which aired on cable channel jTBC .
from tvN , in which his character's marriage is put to the test after his wife has an affair, so as a marine researcher he sets out to prove that her new romance is "invalid."
, a reality show in which male celebrities take care of their young children for 48 hours.He got off the program october 2015.
Uhm's father, Uhm Jin-ok, was a public school music teacher who died from a motorcycle accident after Uhm had just turned 100 days old. After his father's death, his family (consisting of his mother (Yoo Gyeong-sook), three older sisters, and him as the youngest) faced serious financial problems. His older sister Uhm Jung-hwa entered show business as a pop singer and released her first album in 1993 (earning the label " Madonna of Korea"); she later turned to acting.
Their daughter Uhm Ji-on was born on June 18, 2013.
|2003||Spring Bears Love||Lee Young-seok|
|2005||Another Public Enemy||Song Jung-hoon|
|2006||Family Ties||Lee Hyung-chul|
|2008||Forever the Moment||Ahn Seung-pil|
|Chaw||Police officer Kim|
|2010||Cyrano Agency||Lee Byeong-hoon|
|2012||Never Ending Story||Kang Dong-joo|
|Architecture 101||Lee Seung-min (present)|
|2000||Look Back in Anger||KBS2|
|MBC Best Theater"An Incomplete Love"||MBC|
|2004||Span Drama"10 Years Later"||MBC|
|MBC Best Theater"Train for Gomsk"||Husband||MBC|
|Drama City"Blue Skies of Jeju Island"||Kim Ki-tae||KBS2|
|2005||Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang||Byun Hak-do||KBS2|
|Resurrection||Seo Ha-eun/Yoo Shin-hyuk||KBS2|
|Stranger Than Paradise||Kang San-ho||SBS|
|2007||The Devil||Kang Oh-soo||KBS2|
|2008||Fight||Kang Gun's father (cameo)||tvN|
|2009||Queen Seondeok||Kim Yushin||MBC|
|2010||Dr. Champ||Lee Do-wook||SBS|
|2012||Man from the Equator||Kim Sun-woo||KBS2|
|2013||7th Grade Civil Servant||Choi Woo-hyuk (guest, episodes 1-4)||MBC|
|The Blade and Petal||Yeon Choong||KBS2|
|2014||Can We Love?||Oh Kyung-soo||jTBC|
|Valid Love||Jang Hee-tae||tvN|
|2002||New Year's Special: Pokso Song Festival||KBS|
|Family Sings on Saturday||KBS1|
|2009||Happy Together||KBS2||Guest withHandphonecast|
|2010||Happy Together||KBS2||Guest withCyrano Agencycast|
|Come to Play||MBC|
|2011||Come to Play||MBC||Guest withS.I.U.cast (episode 414)|
|Win Win||KBS2||Guest with2 Days & 1 Nightcast (episode 87)|
|2011-2013||2 Days & 1 Night||KBS2||Cast member|
|2012||Happy Together||KBS2|| Guest withNever Ending Storycast|
|2013||Taxi||tvN||Guest withTop StardirectorPark Joong-hoon|
|Happy Together||KBS2||Guest withTop Starcast|
|2015||The Return of Superman||KBS2||Cast member|
|2003||"I Am Always Alone"||Page|
|"I Loved You to Death"|
|The Caucasian Chalk Circle|
|Jesus Christ Superstar|
|Year||Song Title||From Album||Notes|
|2007||"Please Don't Love Me"||Track fromThe DevilOST|
|2009||"The Only One"||Track fromQueen SeondeokSpecial OST|
|2010||"I Went toCheonggyesan Mt."||Track fromCyrano AgencyOST||Duet withChoi Daniel|
|2011||"Confession Day"||Track fromNever Ending StoryOST|
|"Wedding Song"||Duet withJung Ryeo-won|
|2012|| "One Fine Day in October"||Track fromMan from the EquatorOST||Duet withLee Bo-young|
|"해당화 외 (한용운 작)"|
|2004||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a One-Act Drama/Special||Blue Skies of Jeju Island||Won|
|2005||Excellence Award, Actor|| Resurrection,|
Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang
|Best Couple Awardwith Han Ji-min||Resurrection||Won|
|2006||Best Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|14th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best New Actor||Family Ties||Won|
|2007||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||The Devil||Nominated|
|2008||29th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Forever the Moment||Nominated|
|2009||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Queen Seondeok||Won|
|2010||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama||Dr. Champ||Nominated|
|2011||Top Entertainer Award||2 Days & 1 Night||Won|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)shared with entire cast||Won|
|2012||20's Male Drama Star||Man from the Equator||Nominated|
|5th Korea Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Nominated|
|1st K-Drama Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Won|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||The Blade and Petal||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Nominated|
|47th Taxpayer's Day||N/A||Won|
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