Oh Man-seok(born January 30, 1975) is a South Korean actor . Best known for playing the titular transgender singer in rock musicalHedwig and the Angry Inch, Oh's acting career spans theater, television and film.
Faustin 1999. One of his early notable roles was as the androgynous court jester Gong-gil who becomes the object of obsession of the tyrant King Yeonsan inYi, which would later be adapted into the hit 2005 filmKing and the Clown. Highly acclaimed for his portrayal of Gong-gil, Oh was awarded Best New Actor by the National Theater Association of Korea for the play's first run in 2000, and he reprised the role four more times in 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2010.
(2001),Return to the Forbidden Planet(2002),Grease(2003),Singin' in the Rain(2004),The Seagull(2004),Woyzeck(2004), andAssassins(2005).
. As the first "Korean Hedwig," Oh received sensational reviews for his performance and he won Best Actor at the Korea Musical Awards.After its run, a sold-out concert featured four of the actors alternating in the lead role, namely Oh, Jo Seung-woo , Kim Da-hyun and Song Yong-jin.
actors. Oh was also able to talk to Mitchell one-on-one, without an interpreter, for one and a half hours. Both agreed that the role was emotionally and physically consuming, and Oh added that he used to sit absentmindedly with a cigarette for 20 minutes after finishing his performance.A year later in 2008, Mitchell returned to Korea, and he and Oh headlined a concert to commemorateHedwig's 10th anniversary.
for the rock musical's seventh run in Korea. At a press conference, he jokingly talked about shaving his legs again and being banned from his favorite activities like eating meat, working out, and drinking alcohol, but said that the role was "certainly worth the ordeal." Oh said, "This musical tells us that to love someone is to accept him exactly the way he is. It also tells us that everyone deserves to be loved, and every individual is meaningful and important. I think that's the essential message of this piece."
Besides portrayingHedwig, 2005 was also significant in Oh's career because of his appearance in the critically acclaimed period dramaShin Donset in Goryeo . He had played minor roles in film and TV before, but the Buddhist monk Wonhyeon was his first major supporting role. (Oh later made a cameo in the 2010 Korean War dramaRoad No. 1as a favor toShin Dondirector Kim Jin-min.)
(also known asThe Man of the Vineyard), in his first onscreen leading role as a country guy in charge of a vineyard, who gradually falls for a hapless city girl determined to work there in order to inherit it.The romantic comedy initially had low ratings, but it later surprisingly held its own against ratings juggernautJumong, unlike other Korean dramas in the same timeslot. Oh won Best New Actor and the Popularity Award at the 2006 KBS Drama Awards , and he and costar Yoon Eun-hye were voted as the Best Couple among the network's dramas.
, a risque cable drama about the love lives of a group of four male friends.Oh played a successful, urbane man with such high standards for "the perfect woman," that he's overly fastidious and critical to his dates.
Our Town. This was followed by the historical dramaThe King and I, which centered on the tragic love between King Seongjong , his royal concubine and a self-sacrificing eunuch (played by Oh, for which he won Best Actor in a Serial Drama at the SBS Drama Awards).
From 2009 to 2010, Oh starred in the daily dramaEverybody Cha-cha-cha(also known asJolly Widows), and he received another Best Actor award from the KBS Drama Awards .
(he later made a cameo in its 2010 film adaptationFinding Mr. Destiny),A Day, andDreamgirls.
, which ran from 2008 to 2009. He was also the musical's lyricist and polished the script. The title is ironic , since the story centers on two characters, a high school music teacher (played by Yoo Jun-sang and Im Choon-gil) and a younger man who's recently been orphaned (played by Ryan and Kim Mu-yeol ), who live dull, depressing lives, but the only thing that makes them feel alive and gives them joy is music. Calling it a musical that's "both cheerful and emotionally weighty," Oh said directing made him feel a huge sense of responsibility, fear, and nerves, but he did his best with the actors "to create something.""
For the musical's run in 2011, Oh cast Tim and Kim Seung-dae in the lead role.
Oh was praised for successfully transforming into a grotesque, comical character, shedding the gentle image he frequently portrayed in previous musicals and television dramas.
(2011). The latter is a musical adaptation of the same-titled 2006 romantic comedy film , about an overweight ghost singer who undergoes extensive cosmetic surgery to become a pop star; Oh played her love interest, a music producer.
which aired on cable in 2011. He also held a series of mini-concerts in 16 cities in Japan that year.
(2012), Oh said, "It's not easy to depict subtle changes in the character's mind. I wanted to portray how unsuccessful people in their 30s and 40s are living in this generation."
Best Theaterand KBS 'sDrama City) as a "meaningful experience" for him. He starred in the single-episodeThat Man's Jealous(2006),Transformation(2007), andSpy Trader Kim Chul-soo's Recent Condition(2010), as well as the four-episode seriesSpecial Task Force MSS(2011),andThe True Colors of Gang and Cheol(2012).
takes place in Manderley , a stately mansion owned by aristocratic widower Maxim DeWinter (played by Oh), whose memory of Rebecca, his beautiful dead wife who drowned in a boating accident, keeps haunting him and his new bride.
(also known asThe Days) featured folk-rock singer Kim Kwang-seok 's music, in a story about the president's daughter who goes missing along with her bodyguard, on the day of the 20th anniversary of Korea-China diplomatic relations. Oh played the head of the presidential security service who slowly unravels the mystery of where they've gone.
On television, Oh played the slacker husband of the second eldest daughter in weekend dramaWang's Family.
, the first international adaptation of the musical since its Broadway premiere in 2013.
,Tazza: The High Rollers,The HostandModern Boy.The couple divorced in May 2007; they have one daughter named Oh Young-joo.
|2003||Age of Warriors||Yangpyo||KBS1|
|2006||MBC Best Theater"That Man's Jealous"||Korean languageteacher||MBC|
|The Vineyard Man||Jang Taek-gi||KBS2|
|2007||Surgeon Bong Dal-hee|| Oh Jung-min|
(guest, episodes 13-14)
|The King and I||Kim Cheo-seon||SBS|
|2008||Chil-woo the Mighty|| Kang Chil-woo's father|
(cameo, episode 1)
|2009||Everybody Cha-cha-cha||Han Jin-woo||KBS1|
|2010||Road No. 1|| North Korean soldier|
(guest, episodes 16-17)
|Drama Special"Spy Trader Kim Chul-soo's Recent Condition"||Kim Chul-soo||KBS2|
|2011||Drama Special"Special Task Force MSS"||Noh Chul-gi||KBS2|
|Warrior Baek Dong-soo||Crown Prince Sado||SBS|
|What's Up||Sunwoo Young||MBN|
|2012||Wild Romance||Jin Dong-soo||KBS2|
|Drama Special"The True Colors of Gang and Cheol"||Noh Chul-gi||KBS2|
|2013||Wang's Family||Heo Se-dal||KBS2|
|2014||The Prime Minister and I|| gangster|
(cameo, episode 12)
|Pluto Secret Society|| Choi Ki-chan's colleague|
(cameo, episode 4)
|2016||Catch Him to Survive||bus driver|
|2000||To My Love||short film|
|2006||A Cruel Attendance||Sponge (cameo)|
|2010||Finding Mr. Destiny||Kim Jong-mook (cameo)|
|2016||Chasing||340 bus driver|
|2007-08-20|| ||Ya Shim Man Man||guest||SBS|
|2007-11-23|| || Yoo Jae-sukandKim Won-hee's|
Come to Play
|2007-11-23|| ||Yoon Do-hyun's Love Letter||guest||KBS2|
|2008-06-02 ~ 06-04|| EBS Prime Documentary|
|2008-07-08|| ||Sang Sang Plus - Season 2||guest||KBS2|
|2009-01-20|| ||Sang Sang Plus - Season 2||guest||KBS2|
|2009-02-05|| ||Happy Together - Season 3||guest||KBS2|
|2009|| 10thJeonju International Film Festival|
|2009-05-14 ~ 05-21|| ||Taxi||guest||tvN|
|2009-05-17|| SBS Prime Documentary|
"The Truth AboutJajangmyeon"
|2009-06-23|| ||Now is the Era of Flower Boys||guest||MBC Every 1|
|2009-11-16|| ||Shin Dong-yup's 300||guest||SBS|
|2009||3rd The Musical Awards||host|
|2010||4th The Musical Awards||host|
|2011||5th The Musical Awards||host|
|2012||6th The Musical Awards||host|
|2012-03-18 ~ 06-10||Sunday Night - Exploration of Genders||regular cast||MBC|
|2012-07-21|| ||Yoon Do-hyun's MUST - Musical Premiere||guest||Mnet|
|2013-03-30|| ||SNL Korea - Season 4||host||tvN|
|2014-05-04|| ||Running Man||guest||SBS|
|2014-06-24 ~ present||Taxi||host||tvN|
|2016-02-23 ~ present||Cool Kiz on the Block||guest||KBS|
|Year||Song title||From the Album|
|2001||"The Sword of Damocles"||The Rocky Horror Showcast recording|
|2002|| "Great Balls of Fire"|
"The Young Ones"
"Born to Be Wild"
|Return to the Forbidden Planetcast recording|
|2003|| "Those Magic Changes"|
"Beauty School Dropout"
|2005|| "The Origin of Love"|
"Wicked Little Town"
|Hedwig and the Angry Inchcast recording|
|2006|| "종욱과 나라의 Love Theme"|
"한양서 김서방 찾기"
"이젠 정말 만나야 할 때"
"나라와 만석의 Love Theme"
|Finding Kim Jong-wookcast recording|
|2008|| "봄이다. 그치?"|
"커피향, 웃는 이유"
"홍연이 안 왔어요"
"나의 사랑 수정"
"내 마음의 풍금(Springtime/나비 Reprise)"
|The Organ in My Heartcast recording|
|2009|| "Steppin' to the Bad Side"|
"You Are My Dream"
|2011|| "별 (Star)"|
"누가 나를 알까?"
|200 Pounds Beautycast recording|
|2012||"어떻게 변해요 (How Can I Change)"||Wild RomanceOST|
| "Tear Me Down"|
"The Origin of Love"
"Wig in a Box"
"Wicked Little Town"
"The Long Grift"
"Wicked Little Town (Reprise)"
|Hedwig and the Angry Inchcast recording|
|2013|| "At the abyss"|
"Help me through the night"
"Never was a smile that cold"
"Manderley in Flames"
|2000||The National Theater Association of Korea||Best New Actor||Yi||Won|
|2004||10th Korea Musical Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Grease||Nominated|
|2005||11th Korea Musical Awards||Most Popular Star||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Shin Don||Nominated|
|2006||12th Korea Musical Awards||Most Popular Star||Finding Kim Jong-wook||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Yoon Eun-hye||The Vineyard Man||Won|
|Best New Actor||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|2007||43rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|2nd Golden Ticket Awards||1st Ticket Power in a Musical||Finding Kim Jong-wook||Won|
|1st The Musical Awards||Most Popular Actor||A Day||Won|
|13th Korea Musical Awards||Most Popular Star||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||The King and I||Won|
|2008||45th Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actor||Our Town||Nominated|
|14th Korea Musical Awards||Best Actor||The Organ in My Heart||Nominated|
|2009||3rd The Musical Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama||Everybody Cha-cha-cha||Won|
|2010||KBS Drama Awards||Best Actor in a One-Act Drama/Special||Spy Trader Kim Chul-soo's Recent Condition||Nominated|
|2013||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Wang's Family||Nominated|
|2014||8th Daegu International Musical Festival Awards||Star Award||Those Days||Won|
|2001|| A Serenade of Sorrow|
( Hangul : 애수의 소야곡)
|The Rocky Horror Show||Rocky|
|2002||Oh! Happy Day||Eros|
|Return to the Forbidden Planet||Bosun|
|2003|| Indangsu Love Song|
( Hangul : 인당수사랑가)
|2003-2004||Grease||Danny Zuko, Doody, Eugene Florczyk|
( Hangul : 달고나)
| Geum River Opera|
( Hangul : 가극 금강)
|2004-2005||Singin' in the Rain||Don Lockwood|
|2005||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig||2012|
| Winter Traveler|
( Hangul : 겨울나그네)
|2006|| Finding Kim Jong-wook|
( Hangul : 김종욱찾기)
|2007|| A Day|
( Hangul : 하루)
|2008|| The Organ in My Heart|
( Hangul : 내 마음의 풍금)
|2009||Dreamgirls||Curtis Taylor Jr.|
|2010||The Toxic Avenger||Melvin Ferd the Third, Toxie|
|2011-2012|| 200 Pounds Beauty|
( Hangul : 미녀는 괴로워 일본 공연)
| Those Days|
( Hangul : 그날들)
|2015-2016||Okepi (Orchestra Pit)||Conductor|
|2000||Tae( Hangul : 태)||Danjong|
|Ot Goot-Sal( Hangul : 옷굿-살)||Chorus|
|Yi( Hangul : 이; hanja : 爾)||Gong-gil||2001, 2003, 2006, 2010|
|2004||The Seagull||Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplyov|
|2008-2009||The Happy Life( Hangul : 즐거운 인생)|
|2010-2011||The Organ in My Heart( Hangul : 내 마음의 풍금)|
|2011||The Toxic Avenger|
Oh is also the vocalist of a band calledLittle Wing. He owns the OD Musical Entertainment Company, which produced several of the musicals he's starred in.
|2005||Hedwig and the Angry Inch Concert|
|2005, 2006||Passion of the Rain|
|2007||Hedwig Concert Together with John Cameron Mitchell|
|2008||HEDWIG 10th Anniversary! Hedwig Concert with John Cameron Mitchell and Oh Man-seok|
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