Chun Ho-jin

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Chun Ho-jin (born September 9, 1960) is a South Korean actor.

Chun Ho-jin
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Born (1960-09-09) September 9, 1960 (age 60)
EducationInha University - Chemistry
Years active1983-present
Spouse(s)(m. 1986)
Parent(s)Chun Gyu-deok (father)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationCheon Ho-jin
McCune–ReischauerCh'ŏn Ho-chin

Early lifeEdit

Chun studied chemistry at Inha University but dropped out to pursue acting.[1] His father Chun Gyu-deok was among the first generation of professional wrestlers in the country.[2]


Chun's acting career began in 1983 when he auditioned at Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and was selected. His first roles were mostly in miniseries and one-off telemovies (similar to KBS's Drama City). He came to prominence with viewers in the long-running KBS drama Love on a Jujube Tree (ko),[3] which garnered him the Baeksang Arts Awards for Best New Actor in the television category in 1992.[4] In later years, he earned the sobriquet "the national father" (국민 아버지) after portraying the father of the main characters in the family dramas My Golden Life (2017) and Once Again (2020), both of which had viewership ratings of over 30%.[5][6] His portrayal as a bankrupt and down-on-his-luck father of four children in My Golden Life won critical acclaim from both critics and viewers and earned him the Daesang (Grand Prize) at the 2017 KBS Drama Awards and a string of award nominations.[7]



Year Title Role
2017 The Chase Na Jung-hyuk
Lucid Dream Jo Myeong-cheol
2015 The Chosen: Forbidden Cave Reverend Kang
Veteran Regional investigation unit
senior superintendent
The Treacherous Im Sa-hong
2014 Mr. Perfect Seok-gu
2013 Horny Family Seo Jung-min
2012 The Neighbor Pyo Jong-rok
2011 My Way Kim Jun-shik's father
2010 Finding Mr. Destiny Colonel Seo
The Unjust Police bureau chief Kang
Enemy at the Dead End[8] Kim Min-ho
I Saw the Devil Section chief Oh
2009 The Sword with No Name Daewongun
2008 The Guard Post Sergeant major Noh Seong-gyu
2007 Miss Gold Digger Shin Mi-soo's father (cameo)
Skeletons in the Closet (Shim's Family) Shim Chang-soo
2006 Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theater Woo Ki-nam
A Dirty Carnival President Hwang
Daisy Detective Jang
Vampire Cop Ricky Detective Kang
2005 All for Love Jo Jae-kyung
Blood Rain Commission agent Kang
Crying Fist Sang-chul
2004 Doll Master Director Choi
Temptation of Wolves Jung Tae-sung's father (cameo)
The Big Swindle Squad leader Cha
Once Upon a Time in High School Hyun-soo's father (cameo)
2003 Double Agent Baek Seung-cheol
2002 2009 Lost Memories Senjin leader
1992 The Season of Percussion Eun-hoe
1991 The Wedding Dress of Tears Hak-soo
1990 Dreaming Plant
Oseam Monk Haeng-woon
1989 The Report of the Daughter-in-law's Rice Flower Chang-soo
1988 Sunshine at Present Man-ki
Lee Jang-ho's Alien Baseball Team 2 Ma Dong-tak
1987 Hello Im Kkeokjeong
Dolai 3
Iron Wind Sung-kyu
1986 Chung: Blue Sketch Ji-hoon
Street of Desire

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
2020 Once Again Song Young-dal KBS2
2019 Save Me 2[9] Choi Kyung-suk OCN
2018 My Strange Hero[10] Teacher Park SBS
Life[11] Lee Bo-hoon JTBC
2017 My Golden Life Seo Tae-su KBS2
Man to Man Baek In-su JTBC
Chicago Typewriter Beak Do-ha tvN
2016 Love in the Moonlight Kim Heon KBS2
2015 Six Flying Dragons Yi Seong-gye SBS
House of Bluebird Jang Tae-soo KBS2
2014 Doctor Stranger Jang Seok-joo SBS
12 Years Promise Yoo Jung-han JTBC
2013 Two Weeks Han Chi-gook MBC
Good Doctor Choi Woo-seok KBS2
Ugly Alert Na Il-pyung SBS
All About My Romance Go Dae-ryong SBS
2012 My Daughter Seo-young Lee Sam-jae KBS2
Bridal Mask Kimura Taro KBS2
God of War Lee Gyu-bo MBC
2011 Saving Mrs. Go Bong-shil David Kim TV Chosun
Bravo, My Love! Kang Hyung-do MBC
City Hunter Choi Eung-chan SBS
Midas Choi Gook-hwan SBS
Paradise Ranch Lee Eok-soo SBS
2010 Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho Manshin KBS2
Dong Yi Choe Hyo-won (cameo) MBC
2009 Will It Snow for Christmas? Han Joon-soo MBC
Smile, You Kang Sang-hoon SBS
Good Job, Good Job Han Sung-hoon MBC
The Return of Iljimae Hong Taiji MBC
2007 Prince Hours Grand Prince Lee Gyeom MBC
2006 The Snow Queen Kim Jang-soo KBS2
2005 Three Leaf Clover Park Geun-ho SBS
2004 Kkangsooni Kang Gook-han EBS
2003 Long Live Love Lee Chul-sik SBS
Open Drama Man and Woman
"My Beautiful Ajumma"
Detective Oh SBS
Drama City "Terrible Love" Detective KBS2
2002 Zoo People Go Hyun-sik KBS2
Dotorimuk (Acorn Jelly) Dong-chul SBS
2001 Pure Heart Captain Cha KBS2
Father and Sons Seo Kwang-tae SBS
Drama City "Map to Ramon" Joon-ha KBS2
2000 Secretary KBS2
Legends of Love Jung Young-seok SBS
SWAT Police Lee Dong-sik SBS
I Want to Keep Seeing You Park Dal-bong SBS
Tough Guy's Love Jo Dong-chul KBS2
1999 Someone's House Hong-chul KBS1
Dish of the Day Jae-hyuk MBC
1998 For Love MBC
Living with the Enemy "I Wish You Would Die" Kim Chang-soo MBC
Married 7 Years Ui-gyo KBS2
The Age of the 3 Kim's Kim Sang-hyun SBS
1997 Love Better Than a Great Love MBC
Star KBS2
The Mountain Choi Ki-tae MBC
Untitled 5 KBS2
Model Jo Tae-sik SBS
1996 A Faraway Country Choi Wook-jin KBS2
Splendid Holiday Sahara MBC
Hometown of Legends "Deokdaegol" KBS2
Drama Game "Ppaengdeok's Mother
and Hong Gil-dong"
Drama Game "The Prison of My Mind" KBS2
Drama Game "Everyday I Turn Thirty" KBS2
In the Name of Love Park Chul-kyu SBS
1995 Auntie Ok Dae-gil SBS
Korea Gate Park Seon-ho SBS
Dreaming of Superman SBS
1994 That Window Choi Min-young SBS
Hidden Pictures Choi Jae-pil KBS2
Love in Your Embrace Jung Do-il MBC
1993 Wangsimni Min Joon-tae KBS2
Third Republic Park Chi-ok MBC
Drama Game "A Woman's Favorite Requiem" KBS2
1992 Bramble Flowers Han Soo-bin KBS2
Self-Portrait in Black Byung-chil KBS2
Drama Game "Father's Wineglass" KBS2
1991 Autumn Flowers in Winter Trees KBS2
Humble Men Yoon-seok MBC
Women's Time Jung-hoon KBS2
Near the Valley KBS2
1990 The Dance of Sky Breaking Du Mi-so KBS2
Love on a Jujube Tree Hwang Dae-chul KBS1
Waiting People KBS2
What Women Want Han-soo MBC
1989 The Region of Calm Military judge advocate KBS2
The Carousel KBS1
1988 500 Years of Joseon:
The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyeong
Whoa Hey Whoa Hey Kim Hyo-sik KBS2
Encounter Jung Ha-sang MBC
1986 MBC Bestseller Theater "The Midday of Youth" Hwang Sa-bin MBC
Chief Inspector (guest) MBC

Musical theatreEdit

Year Title Role
2012 La Cage aux Folles[12] Monsieur Edouard Dindon
1997-1998 Jesus Christ Superstar Pontius Pilate
1993 Evita Juan Perón
1984-1985 Jesus Christ Superstar Simon the Zealot


Year Title Publisher ISBN
2009 Chun Ho-jin's Woodworking DIY[13] Open House Books ISBN 9788993824230

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2018 11th Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize[14] My Golden Life Nominated
54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV)[15] Nominated
Korean Producer Awards Best Performer Award Won
2017 KBS Drama Awards[16] Daesang (Grand Prize) Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated
2015 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Six Flying Dragons Nominated
2013 2nd APAN Star Awards Acting Award, Actor My Daughter Seo-young, Two Weeks Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Special Acting Award, Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama Ugly Alert Nominated
2012 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Bridal Mask, My Daughter Seo-young Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated
2011 SBS Drama Awards Special Acting Award, Actor in a Drama Special City Hunter Nominated
2010 KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho Nominated
2008 2nd Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Skeletons in the Closet Nominated
2007 44th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor A Dirty Carnival Nominated
2004 41st Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor The Big Swindle Nominated
1994 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Won
1992 28th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Love on a Jujube Tree Won


  1. ^ "KBS 연기대상 천호진 그는 누구?". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). January 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "천호진 부친상, 故 천규덕 '당수치기의 달인' 프로레슬링 1세대". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). June 2, 2020.
  3. ^ "[연예수첩] '대추나무…'…17년 만에 종영" (in Korean). KBS. October 1, 2007.
  4. ^ "28회 백상예술대상 수상자 · 작품" (in Korean). Baeksang Arts Awards.
  5. ^ "'한 번 다녀왔습니다' 천호진, 국민 아버지의 매력 포인트…캐릭터와 혼연일체". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). May 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "배우 천호진 & 김미경, 애틋한 부모 사랑…명품연기 진수". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). April 6, 2020.
  7. ^ ""여보 너무 미안해"…천호진, 대상 소감에 네티즌 "아내 사랑꾼"". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). January 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Kim, Kyu Hyun. "Enemy at the Dead End". Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  9. ^ Yoon Hyo-jung (12 March 2019). "[공식입장] '구해줘2' 엄태구·천호진·이솜 주연확정…'사이비' 원작". News1 (in Korean).
  10. ^ ""Revenge is Back" Releases Script Reading Photos, Introduces Supporting Cast and Characters". Hancinema. October 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "[단독] '대상' 천호진, 차기작은 '라이프'..조승우X이동욱과 호흡". Osen (in Korean). March 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (30 August 2012). "Kim Ho-young spices up Korean La Cage". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  13. ^ "천호진이 알려주는 생활목공 DIY !". Daily Woodworking (in Korean). 23 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2013-03-06.
  14. ^ "2018코리아드라마어워즈 후보 공개". (in Korean). 22 September 2018.
  15. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). 6 April 2018.
  16. ^ Lee, Kyung-ho (January 1, 2018). "김영철·천호진,KBS 연기대상 공동 수상..아버지의 힘!(종합)". Star News (in Korean). Archived from the original on January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2018.

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