Cha In-pyo

Cha In-pyo (Korean차인표; born October 14, 1967) is a South Korean actor.[1]

Cha In-pyo
Born (1967-10-14) October 14, 1967 (age 53)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma materRutgers University
OccupationActor, Novelist
Years active1987–present
(m. 1995)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationCha In-pyo
McCune–ReischauerCh‘a Inp‘yo

Early lifeEdit

Cha graduated from Rutgers University in the U.S. with a degree in economics.[2] His father ran a shipping company and had intended for Cha to take over the family business.


Cha In-pyo had dreamed of becoming an actor since he was a teenager, so he auditioned for ‘General’s Son’, but at the recommendation of his parents, he went to the U.S. with his mother to study.[3] After working at Hanjin Shipping for several years, he quit his job to pursue acting full-time. In 1993 he joined MBC and made his debut in the television series Under the Same Roof (ko) before enlisting and completing his mandatory military service.[4][5] His major breakthrough came in the 1997 television series Star in My Heart, one of the first Korean dramas to be broadcast overseas and widely acknowledged to be the "first generation" of the Korean Wave, earning him public recognition.[6][7] In 2004 he starred in the SBS romantic-mystery drama Hong Kong Express. While the drama did not garner as much attention, the scene in which his character expresses his rage by furiously brushing his teeth in front of the bathroom mirror became iconic and was often parodied by comedians or used as a meme on Korean variety shows to indicate silent rage.[8] Cha later stated on Cultwo Show that the scene was not in his script since the only direction he received was "expressing anger in the bathroom".[9]

Cha has since garnered an extensive filmography in both film and television, including Crossing which was South Korea's entry for the 81st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and earned him several nominations for various awards. He has also collaborated with Korean-American director Benson Lee in the period drama-comedy indie film Seoul Searching, which was screened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and features a diverse cast and crew drawn from the worldwide overseas Japanese, Chinese and Korean diaspora.[2][10][11] He returned to network television in the weekend drama The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop, which drew ratings of over 30% for much of its run and earned him nominations at the 2016 KBS Drama Awards.

Personal lifeEdit

Cha met his future wife, co-star Shin Ae-ra, on the set of the drama Love in Your Heart (ko) and they married in March 1995 prior to his enlistment. As two of the top television stars of the 1990s, their marriage received extensive media coverage and was one of the most reported events of the year.[12] They have a son and two daughters.[13] Their decision to adopt their daughters was met with praise, especially given the rarity of adoptions by local Korean families compared to overseas families.[14]


Television seriesEdit

Year Station Title Role Note
2016 KBS2 The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop Bae Sam-do
2015 jTBC D-Day (TV series) Minister Koo Ja-hyuk
2015 Netflix Sense8 Sun's Attorney
2014 SBS Endless Love General Chun Tae-Woong
2012 KBS Sent From Heaven Cha Se-joo
2011 MBC Gyebaek Moo Jin cameo
2010 SBS Big Thing Kang Tae-san
KBS The Reputable Family Choi Gook-sun
2007 MBC White Tower Noh Min-guk
CCTV Love in Moments Apart Zhao Ming Wei Chinese drama
2005 SBS Hong Kong Express Choi Kang-hyuk
2004 MBC The Age of Heroes Chun Tae-sun
Endless Love Ji Dong-yang Chinese drama
The Four Detective Guards Tie Shou (Iron Hand)
2003 SBS Perfect Love Park Shi-woo
2001 MBC Her House Jang Tae-ju
2000 The Golden Era Park Kwang-chul
SBS Fireworks Choi Jong-hyuk
1999 MBC Beautiful Seoul Cho Sang-chul
The Boss Kim Choon-sam
1997 You and I Park Young-kyu
Star in My Heart Lee Joon-hee
Heroic Rebellion Han Young-ung
1996 KBS Reporting for Duty Cha Sung-yun
1995 Making Men Park Han-joo
1994 MBC Kareiski Yoon Ho-jun
My Son's Woman Kang Min-wook
Love is in Your Embrace Kang Pung-ho
The White Journey
1993 Han Ji-bong's Three Families


Year Title Role Notes[15][16]
2021 What Happened to Mr. Cha? Himself (Fictionalized) Netflix January 1
2019 Heaven's Quest
2015 Seoul Searching Mr. Kim
2014 My Boy Do Gong
2013 The Flu South Korean President
2012 The Tower President Jo
2009 A Dream Comes True Im Sang_hyeon Telecinema
2008 Crossing Kim Yong-su
2006 Hanbando Yi Sang-hyeon
2004 Mokpo the Harbor Baek Seong-gi
2003 Season in the Sun Kim Sin-bu
2002 Iron Palm Ah Yi-eon
1999 Dr. K Kang Ji-min/Dr. K
1998 Zzang Hwang Gi-pung
1996 Albatross Lieutenant Jo Gyeong-min Cho Chang-ho


  • Fireman Boy (tvN STORY & tvN , Cast Member , 2021)[17]
  • Environmental Special (Korean: 환경 스페셜) (KBS, 2007)[18][19]
  • Blackbox (KBS, 2002)[20]
  • Love for Three Days (Korean: 3일간의 사랑; co-host, Park Cheol) (iTV, 1998)[21]

Music videosEdit

  • Forgiveness (용서, Cho Jang-hyuk, 2001)
  • Sad... (Cho Jang-hyuk, 2001)
  • Forever (영원, Sky, 1999)


  • "Heart Fire" (心火, Xin Huo) - The Four Detective Guards opening theme song (2004)
  • "Dream" (梦, Meng) - The Four Detective Guards ending theme song (2004)


  • Cha, In-pyo. (2011). Today's Forecast (Korean: 오늘예보). Hainaim (해냄출판사). ISBN 978-89-6574-313-2.[22][23]
  • Cha, In-pyo. (2009). Goodbye, Hill (Korean: 잘 가요 언덕). Sallim (살림). ISBN 978-89-522-1103-3.[24][25][26][27][28]


Year Ceremony Film / Series Award Ref.
2016 KBS Drama Awards The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop Best Couple Award with Ra Mi-ran
2010 SBS Drama Awards Daemul Producer's Award [29]
Corporate Social Responsibility Korea Awards Ministry of Health and Welfare Commendation, Private Sector [30]
Pony Chung Scholarship Foundation Pony Chung Innovation Award [31]
2009 Korea CEO Summit KCS Volunteer Service Award [32]
2008 Asan Foundation Asan Special Award [33]
Chunsa Film Art Awards Crossing Special Jury Prize [34]
2006 Korean Presidential Awards Presidential Commendation for the Promotion and Protection of Children's Rights [35]
Model Awards Hallyu Star Award
2005 Korea Green Foundation 100 People Who Light Up Our World
2003 SBS Drama Awards Perfect Love Top Excellence Award, Actor
Top 10 Stars
2001 MBC Drama Awards Her House Grand Prize (Daesang)
2000 Baeksang Arts Awards The Boss Best Actor in TV [36]
1998 You and I Popularity Award [37]
1997 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor
1995 Baeksang Arts Awards Love is in Your Embrace Popularity Award, TV [38]


  1. ^ 차인표 :: 네이버 인물검색. (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  2. ^ a b "Cha In-Pyo Recalls the 1980s for 'Seoul Searching'". KoreAm. March 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "차인표가 우성해운 경영권 포기한 이유는?... "회사근무한적 없고 해운업 아는게 없어"". 글로벌이코노믹 (in Korean). 2019-10-31. Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  4. ^ "군 입대가 '신의 한 수'… 연예계 '까방권'의 역사". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). July 22, 2015.
  5. ^ "군에 입대해 신병훈련 마친 탤런트 차인표[신영환]". MBC. January 25, 1995.
  6. ^ "K-drama masterpieces: 'Star in My Heart'". August 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "[스타 그때 이런 일이] '별은 내 가슴에' 마지막 방송". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). April 29, 2015.
  8. ^ "[연중 라이브] 연예계 대표 소띠 스타들의 흥미 가득한 사주X관상 大공개!" (in Korean). Korean Broadcasting System. December 31, 2020.
  9. ^ "'컬투쇼' 차인표 "분노의 양치질 따라하면 안 돼…잇몸 다 나간다"". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). December 29, 2020.
  10. ^ "'Seoul Searching' Exclusive Clip: Korean Teens Attend Summer Camp To Reconnect With Their Roots". IndieWire. June 13, 2016.
  11. ^ "'Seoul Searching' Director: 'This Country is Half Made Up of Minorities, But Cinema Doesn't Reflect That'". Variety. June 18, 2015.
  12. ^ "[길을 찾아서] 인기 절정 차인표-신애라 결혼식에 주례로 / 한완상". The Hankyoreh (in Korean). September 12, 2012.
  13. ^ "Celeb couple on board for adopting babies". Korea JoongAng Daily. February 4, 2008.
  14. ^ "Celebrity Couple Adopts 'God-Sent' Addition to Family". The Chosun Ilbo. December 14, 2005.
  15. ^ [1] (in Korean)
  16. ^[permanent dead link] (in Korean)
  17. ^ Kim Seong-hyun (June 9, 2021). "[단독] 윤도현 '불꽃미남' 합류… 차인표·손지창과 '불꽃호흡' 예고". Never (in Korean). YTN. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  18. ^ (in Korean)
  19. ^[permanent dead link] (in Korean)
  20. ^ Archived 2006-02-11 at the Wayback Machine (in Korean)
  21. ^ (in Korean)
  22. ^ [2] (in Korean)
  23. ^ Actor Cha In-pyo publishes second novel Korea Herald. June 20, 2011.
  24. ^ (in Korean)
  25. ^ Actor Cha In-pyo to Release Debut Novel Chosun Ilbo. March 19, 2009.
  26. ^ Tragic topic for actor’s 1st book JoongAng Daily. March 27, 2009.
  27. ^ Actor Touches Comfort Women in Novel Archived October 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Korea Times. April 3, 2009.
  28. ^ Book-Writing Fever Sweeps the Nation KBS World. April 22, 2009.
  29. ^ Ko Hyun-jung wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards Archived 2011-09-16 at the Wayback Machine 10Asia. January 3, 2011.
  30. ^[permanent dead link] (in Korean)
  31. ^ Celebrity Couple Honored for Charity Work Chosun Ilbo. April 21, 2010.
  32. ^ "Archived copy" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2011-07-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  33. ^ Celebrity Couple to Receive Philanthropy Award Chosun Ilbo. April 19, 2010.
  34. ^ (in Korean)
  35. ^ Celeb couple on board for adopting babies JoongAng Daily. February 4, 2008.
  36. ^ "Archived copy" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2011-07-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  37. ^ "Archived copy" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2011-07-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  38. ^ "Archived copy" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2011-07-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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