Ahn Jae-wook

Ahn Jae-wook (born September 12, 1971) is a South Korean actor and singer.

Ahn Jae-wook
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Born (1971-09-12) September 12, 1971 (age 51)
EducationSeoul Institute of the Arts – Theater (1994)
Yonsei University Graduate School of Public Administration – Social Welfare
Occupation(s)Actor, singer
Years active1994–present
Universal D
Choi Hyun-joo
(m. 2015)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationAn Jae-uk
McCune–ReischauerAn Chae-uk


Ahn Jae-wook spent most of his childhood in his hometown, the district of Donam-dong in Seoul, before graduating from Seoul Institute of the Arts, where he majored in theater. After graduating in 1994, Ahn made his acting debut in Song of a Blind Bird, which was based on a real-life story, followed by supporting roles in several 1995–96 television series such as Hotel and Their Embrace.[1] In 1997 he and costar Choi Jin-sil shot to stardom in the highly popular trendy drama Star in My Heart, which reached ratings of over 49%. It not only ignited trends in hairstyle, fashion and products featured in the series,[2] Ahn also became a Korean Wave star, extending his popularity to China, Japan and Southeast Asian countries.[3]

Star in My Heart likewise kick-started Ahn's music career. Forever, which was featured in the series' ending during the concert of his character Kang Min, sold over 700,000 copies, and became the title song of his debut album.[4] He continued to compose and sing over the years, holding numerous concerts in Japan and China, and releasing albums such as Memories and Reds in Ahn Jae-wook.

In 1998, he played lead roles in three films – Rub Love with Lee Ji-eun, Tie a Yellow Ribbon with Kim Hye-soo, and First Kiss with Choi Ji-woo—but did not meet with box office success despite his popularity at the time. He also starred in Garden of Heaven with Lee Eun-ju in 2003, and the Korea-Japan telecinema project Triangle in 2009.

Instead, Ahn focused on the small screen, appearing in over 10 television series from the late 1990s and throughout the 2000s. Among these were Goodbye My Love with Kim Hee-sun, Oh Pil-seung and Bong Soon-young (also known as Oh Feel Young) with Chae Rim, and I Love You (also known as Saranghae) with Seo Ji-hye.[5]

As he entered his forties and his matinee idol status gave way to younger actors, Ahn returned to his stage roots.[6] He played Daniel in Jack the Ripper (a Korean adaptation of the Czech musical Jack Rozparovač [cs]) from 2009 to 2011,[7][8] then reprised the role in the musical's run in Tokyo, Japan in 2012.[9][10]

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of broadcaster MBC, Ahn headlined Lights and Shadows in 2011.[11] The sprawling drama, which spotlights Korean show business against the backdrop of history in the 1960s to the 1980s, was number one in its timeslot for 20 consecutive weeks.[12]

Ahn then played the title role in the 2012 Korean staging of Rudolf, a musical about the 1889 Mayerling Incident involving the Crown Prince of Austria.[13]

In February 2013 Ahn underwent brain surgery in the U.S. for a subarachnoid hemorrhage.[14][15][16][17][18] After resting for a year, Ahn returned to work in April 2014 via the musical Le Roi Soleil.[19] He celebrated his 20th anniversary in entertainment by holding a concert titled One Fine Day in October 2014.[20]

In September 2017, It was confirmed that Ahn will be a fixed cast member in Netflix's variety show Busted!.[21] Ahn's involvement in a drunk driving incident in February 2019 caused him to be omitted in the promotions of Busted's second season - including removal from the opening credits and promotional posters, as well as to skip the already-scheduled musical "Hero".[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Ahn married musical theatre actress Choi Hyun-joo on June 1, 2015.[23][24] The couple met in 2014 when they were cast as lovers in the stage musical Rudolf.[25] The couple have a daughter and a son.[26]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1994 천국의 나그네
Song of a Blind Bird Kang Young Woo
1994–1997 Partner Oh Min Soo
1995 노래만들기
Hotel Yeong Pal
Love and War
1996 Their Embrace Ji Yun Woo
Salted Mackerel Sang Woo
1997 Star in My Heart Kang Min Hee
1997–1998 Revenge and Passion Kang Joon Ho
1998–1999 Sunflower Dr. Jang Hyun Woo
1999 Goodbye My Love Chang Min Soo
2000 Bad Friends Kim Kang Seok
2000–2001 Mothers and Sisters Kong Su Chul
2003 The Fairy and The Swindler Jung Jae Kyung
2004 Match Made in Heaven Kim Suk Koo
Oh Feel Young Oh Pil Seung
2006 Mr. Goodbye Yoon Hyun Suh
2008 I Love You Suk Chul Soo
2011–2012 Lights and Shadows Kang Ki Tae
2012 Faith Eun Soo's ex-boyfriend ep 1 cameo
2016 Five Enough Lee Sang Tae
2021 Mouse Han Seo-joon [27]
2022 The Driver Ha Tae-joon [28][29]
The Empire Na Geun-woo [30][31]
2023 Strangers Jin-hong [32]


Year Title Role
1998 Rub Love Jo Han
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Joon Hyuk
First Kiss Han Kyeong Hyeon
2003 Garden of Heaven Choi Oh Sung
2009 Triangle Ryu Sang Woo

Variety showEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Pot Stand Host
2018–2019 Busted! Cast member Season 1–2
2023 Oh Eun-young Game judge [33]


Radio programEdit


Album information Track listing
  • 1st album
  • Released: April 24, 1997
Track listing
  1. Prologue
  2. Forever
  3. 아침 고은 햇살
  4. Don't go baby
  5. 어둠 그리고 그림자
  6. 방황
  7. 널 보낸 지금
  8. Main The Piano Solo
  9. Forever (Bonus Track)
  • 2nd album
  • Released: April 17, 1998
Track listing
  1. 이별 (Good Bye)
  2. 기댈 수 없는 세상 (Unreliable World)
  3. 天愛擊兒 (천애지아) (Memories)
  4. 가 (Go)
  5. Only You
  6. Tears
  7. 그런게 아냐 (It's Not Like That)
  8. 기약 (Promise)
  9. 지금은 냉전중 (In Cold War)
  10. 덫 (A Trap)
  • 3rd album
  • Released: November 1, 1999
Track listing
  1. Goodbye
  2. Yesterday
  3. Please don't go away
  4. 인연 (Fate)
  5. 너 없는 내일 (Tomorrow Without You)
  6. 부탁 (Favor)
  7. Baddest
  8. Illusion
  9. 나의 너에게 (Me To You)
  10. Yesterday (Instrumental)
Reds in Ahn Jae-wook
  • 4th album
  • Released: March 17, 2003
Track listing
  1. Dear...
  2. Pain
  3. Friend
  4. 시작 (Start)
  5. 벽 (Wall)
  6. 수호천사 (Guardian Angel)
  7. Blessing
  8. 배신 (Betrayal)
  9. 넌 또다른 나 (Me Other Than You)
  10. 모래시계 (Sand Glass)
  11. 떠나지마 (Don't Leave)
  12. Never Ever
  13. 변명 (Alias)
  14. 자유 (Freedom)
사랑,이별 그리고...
Track listing
14. 사랑,이별 그리고... – Ahn Jae-wook
Sounds Like You
  • 5th album
  • Released: November 11, 2005
Track listing
  1. Scene No. 1 ‘They...’
  2. 혼잣말
  3. 두루루 (타이틀곡)
  4. 너를 사랑하던
  5. 말해줘
  6. Scene No. 2 ‘Time that we spent’
  7. 못잊어
  8. 반지
  9. 사랑은 아프다
  10. Her Smile(Instrumental)
  11. 뒷모습
  12. 세상을 가진 것처럼...
  13. 바람
  14. 너를 닮아서
사랑의 향기는 설레임을 타고 온다
  • Track from All That Love
  • Released: March 2, 2006
Track listing
12. 사랑의 향기는 설레임을 타고 온다 – Lim Hyun-jung feat. Ahn Jae-wook
  • EP
  • Released: April 1, 2008
Track listing
  1. 이별인건지 (Radio Ver.)
  2. 안녕
  3. 그녀는
  4. 이별인건지 (Original Ver.)
  5. 안녕 (MR)
Best Album
Track listing
  1. 혼잣말
  2. 두루루
  3. 나에게 너만큼
  4. Yesterday
  5. Only You
  6. 언제나 너의 곁에서
  7. 상처
  8. 내가 사는 이유
  9. 친구
  10. 멋대로 맘대로
  11. Good Bye
  12. 너를 닮아서
  13. 이별인건지
  14. 안녕
  15. Forever
사랑에 살다
  • EP
  • Released: August 5, 2009
Track listing
  1. 사랑이 사랑을
  2. Breeze
  3. 화해
  4. 사랑을 보내고
  5. Make Me Smile
  6. 사랑이 사랑을 (MR)
  7. 사랑을 보내고 (MR)
  • Track from 다섯남자의 다섯번째 이야기
  • Released: January 13, 2010
Track listing
01. 청춘 – Tin Tin Five feat. Ahn Jae-wook
Jack the Ripper
Track listing

07. 어쩌면 – Sonya, Ahn Jae-wook
12. 멈출 수 없어 – Ahn Jae-wook
17. 내가 바로 잭 – Shin Sung-woo, Ahn Jae-wook

23. 내가 바로 잭 – Choi Min-cheol, Ahn Jae-wook
At This Moment
  • EP
  • Released: March 28, 2012
Track listing
  1. Best Friend
  2. 아직도 꿈꾸는 나를
  3. 그녀석
  4. 미워도 미워도
하늘아 제발 / 바람
Track listing

03. 하늘아 제발 (Heaven, Please) – Ahn Jae-wook

09. 바람 (Wind) – Ahn Jae-wook
너라는 하늘
  • Single
  • Released: November 13, 2012
Track listing
01. 너라는 하늘 (Saw the Sky)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1994 13th MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Won
1996 8th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor in TV Love and War Won
15th MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, actor Won
1997 KBS Song Festival Top 10 Singers Won
Best New Singer Won
16th MBC Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Choi Jin-sil Star in My Heart Won
Popularity Award Won
1998 19th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Tie a Yellow Ribbon Won
2000 19th MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, actor Bad Friends Won
Mothers and Sisters Won
2001 Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Today's Young Artist Award Won
2004 18th KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, actor Oh Feel Young Won
Best Couple Award with Park Sun-young Won
Grimae Awards Best Actor Won
2007 6th KBS Entertainment Awards Best Radio DJ Mr. Radio Won
2010 Seoul Art and Culture Awards World Star Award Won
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Five Enough Won
30th KBS Drama Awards Daesang (Grand Prize) Nominated
Top Excellence Award, actor Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Won


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