Choi Min-soo

Choi Min-soo (Korean최민수; born March 27, 1962) is a South Korean actor. He is known as one of the most acclaimed actors in South Korea.

Choi Min-soo
Born (1962-03-27) March 27, 1962 (age 58)
Years active1985–present
June Elizabeth Kang
(m. 1994)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationChoe Min-su
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe Minsu

Life and careerEdit

Choi's family has been active in acting, and singing. Choi is the son of Choi Moo-ryong, a popular actor of the 1960s and 1970s, and Kang Hyo-shil, an actress. His maternal grandmother is Jeon Ok, referred to as 'Queen of Tears' for her excellence at acting for tragic dramas. His grandfather is Kang Hong-shik, an actor, a film director and singer active during the Japanese occupation period. Kang Hong-sik and Jeon Ok were the first married couple in Korean entertainment history. Kang went over to North Korea along with his daughter Kang Hyo-son who later became a famous actress of North Korea. Kang Hong-shik was honored as "Merited artist" as well.[1]

Choi graduated from Lila Elementary School, Seongdong Middle School, Dongbuk High School and Seoul Arts College. Choi debuted to the film industry in 1985 with Son of God, a film adapted from Park Bong-seong's same titled manhwa.[2][3]

Choi has three sisters and one half sister from his father's second marriage with Kim Ji-mee, and one little half brother and half sister from his father's other marriage.[4]

Choi met his wife June Elizabeth Kang from an international Miss Korea Beauty Pageant in 1993 where Kang was being represented as Miss Canada. Choi proposed to Kang after a three-hour meeting and they were married June 18, 1994 in Seoul. They have two children, Christian (born 1996) and Benjamin (born 2001).[5][6]


Choi took a voluntary leave from acting following a scandal in 2008. He was involved in an assault case in April 2008 after a street-side argument ended in violence. An elderly man saw Choi cursing at another driver and rebuked him. The situation escalated and Choi assaulted the man. The actor attempted to drive away, but the man grabbed onto the hood of the car and refused to let go. Choi was let go by police when the victim declined to press charges, but the public reaction was swift and condemning. The actor apologized profusely for his behavior and swore to live in exile in the mountains, away from his wife and children, for a year.[7][8]

In 2015, Choi punched the main production director of the KBS variety show, A Look At Myself. Choi later withdrew from the program.[9][10]

In 2019, Choi was sentenced to two years probation for retaliatory driving due to an incident which took place on September 17, 2018.[11] Both Choi and the prosecution have appealed the sentence.[12]


*Note; the whole list is referenced.[13]
Year English title Korean/Original title Role Notes
1985 Eye short film
1986 Son of God 신의 아들 Choi Kang-ta
1988 Last Dance with Her 그녀와의 마지막 춤을 Oh Hye-suk
That Last Winter 그 마지막 겨울 In-tae
1990 North Korean Partisan in South Korea 남부군 Kim Young
Man Market 남자시장 Yong-chun
Winter Dreams Do Not Fly 겨울 꿈은 날지 않는다 Shin Gil-woo
1991 For Agnes 아그네스를 위하여 Hwang Mi-ho
1992 The Marriage Life 결혼이야기 Kim Tae-gyu
Mister Mama 미스터 맘마 Hyung-jun
1993 On a Windy Day We Must Go to Apgujeong 바람부는 날이면 압구정동에 가야한다 Cho Hyun-jae
Honeymoon 밀월여행 Sung-hun
A Different Kind of Man 가슴달린 남자 Choi Hyung-jun
1994 Life and Death of the Hollywood Kid 헐리우드 키드의 생애 Im Byung-suk
I Wish for What Is Forbidden to Me 나는 소망한다 내게 금지된 것을
Blue Seagull 블루 시걸 Ha-il voice
1995 A Good Day to Fall in Love 사랑하기 좋은 날 Hyung-jun also planner
The Terrorist 테러리스트 Soo-hyun
My Old Sweetheart 아찌,아빠 Young-soo
Rehearsal 리허설 Min-soo
1996 Come to Me 나에게 오라 Jung-suk
Piano Man 피아노 맨 Piano Man
1997 Inch'Alla 인샬라 Han Seung-yub
Story of a Man 남자 이야기 Bong-man
Blackjack 블랙잭 Oh Sae-geun
A Killing Story 죽이는 이야기 Gae-nun cameo
1999 Phantom, The Submarine 유령 202/Captain
2000 Love Bakery 주노명 베이커리 Joo No-myung
Libera Me 리베라 메 Cho Sang-woo
2001 My Wife Is a Gangster 조폭 마누라 Man with Knife cameo
2002 Seoul 서울 / ソウル Kim Yoon-chul Japanese film
Yesterday 예스터데이 Goliath
2003 Sword in the Moon 청풍명월 Ji-hwan
2005 The Myth 신화 - 진시황릉의 비밀 / 神話[14] General Choi Hong Kong film
Holiday 홀리데이 Kim An-suk
2006 My Wife Is a Gangster 3 조폭마누라 3 Sashimi cameo
2011 Assassins' Code (aka Serpent Rising) 어쌔신 코드 Karl Kim American film
2014 How to Steal a Dog 개를 훔치는 완벽한 방법 Dae-po


Year English Title Original Title Role Network Notes
1987 꼬치미 KBS2
1991 Best Theater - Moon 베스트극장 - 달 MBC
Humble Men 고개숙인 남자 In-soo MBC
A Mob House 무동이네 집 Lee Soo-hyun MBC
What is Love 사랑이 뭐길래 Lee Dae-pal MBC
1993 My Mother's Sea 엄마의 바다 Lee Dong-jae MBC
Walking Up to Heaven 걸어서 하늘까지 물새 Jung-ho MBC
1995 Sandglass 모래시계 Park Tae-soo SBS
1998 White Nights 3.98 백야 3.98 Kwon Taek-hyeong SBS
2000 Legends of Love 사랑의 전설 Min-suk SBS
2003 South of the Sun 태양의 남쪽 Kang Sung-jae SBS
2004 Han River Ballad 한강수타령 Shin Ryul MBC
2007 The Legend 태왕사신기 Daejangro MBC
2009 Father's House 아버지의 집 Kang Man-ho SBS
2010 Road No. 1 로드 넘버원 Yoon Sam-soo MBC
2011 Warrior Baek Dong-soo 무사 백동수 Chun SBS
2012 Happy Ending 해피엔딩 Kim Doo-soo jTBC
Faith 신의 Moon Chi-hoo SBS cameo
Do You Know Taekwondo? 태권, 도를 아십니까? Do-hyeon's father KBS2 TV film
2013 The Blade and Petal 칼과 꽃 Yeon Gaesomun KBS2
2014 Pride and Prejudice 오만과 편견 Moon Hee-man MBC
2016 The Royal Gambler 대박 King Sukjong of Joseon SBS
2017 The Liar and His Lover 그녀는 거짓말을 너무 사랑해 Kang In-woo tvN
Man Who Dies to Live 죽어야 사는 남자 Saeed Fahd Ali/Jang Dal-goo MBC
2018 Lawless Lawyer 무법 변호사 Ahn Oh-joo tvN [15]
2020 Extracurricular 인간수업 Lee Whang-chul Netflix [16]


*Note; the whole list is referenced.[3]


  1. ^ Lee, Geun-tae (이근태) 무성 영화 배우 가수 강홍식 (in Korean) Gayo 114
  2. ^ 최민수 Daum Movie
  3. ^ a b 최민수 [Choi Min-soo] (in Korean). Korean Movie Database (KMDb). Retrieved 2010-02-09.
  4. ^ 스크린을 누비던 원로 영화 배우 최무룡 세상 떠나던 날 Archived 2011-06-08 at the Wayback Machine (quote) 임종의 자리에 함께 있었던 사람은 미망인 차금자씨(55)와 자녀인 최정우·진경씨였다고....상주는 7명이었다. 최민수, 최정우, 최현숙, 최예숙, 최진경, 박종화, 최영숙(밍크).
  5. ^ Oh, Young-jin (12 October 2009). "Kang Makes Smooth Transition". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  6. ^ Oh, Jean (2 February 2009). "Choi Min-soo's wife to host new show". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  7. ^ Kim, Rahn (25 April 2008). "Assault Allegations Cloud Actor Chois Hollywood Dream". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  8. ^ Oh, Jean (25 December 2009). "Choi Min-soo returns to small screen". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  9. ^ Kim, Dong-Joo. "Choi Min Soo assaults the production director of 'Look Back At Myself'". Yahoo!. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  10. ^ ddangha (August 24, 2015). "Choi Min Soo Steps Down From "A Look at Myself"". Soompi. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  11. ^ Nam, S. (September 5, 2019). "Choi Min Soo Receives Suspended Sentence For Retaliatory Driving". Soompi. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  12. ^ Kim, D.S. (September 12, 2019). "Choi Min Soo And Prosecution Appeal Sentence In Actor's Retaliatory Driving Case". Soompi. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Cast and Crew DB >Choi Min-soo >Filmographies". Korean Movie Database (KMDb). Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  14. ^ 신화 - 진시황릉의 비밀 (2005) KMDb
  15. ^ [공식] 이혜영·최민수 '무법변호사' 캐스팅…'쌍방 카리스마' 예고. Ilgan Sports (in Korean). March 16, 2018.
  16. ^ Kang, Minji (April 22, 2019). "NETFLIX ANNOUNCES TEENAGE CRIME DRAMA EXTRACURRICULAR". Netflix Media. Retrieved April 23, 2019.

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