Choi Min-soo (Korean: 최민수; born March 27, 1962) is a South Korean actor. He is known as one of the most acclaimed actors in South Korea.
June Elizabeth Kang
|Revised Romanization||Choe Min-su|
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.
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.
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).
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.
- *Note; the whole list is referenced.
|Year||English title||Korean/Original title||Role||Notes|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|My Old Sweetheart||아찌,아빠||Young-soo|
|1996||Come to Me||나에게 오라||Jung-suk|
|Piano Man||피아노 맨||Piano Man|
|Story of a Man||남자 이야기||Bong-man|
|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|
|2003||Sword in the Moon||청풍명월||Ji-hwan|
|2005||The Myth||신화 - 진시황릉의 비밀 / 神話||General Choi||Hong Kong film|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|||
- *Note; the whole list is referenced.
- 2014 MBC Drama Awards: Golden Acting Award, Actor (Pride and Prejudice)
- 2007 MBC Drama Awards: Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Historical Drama (The Legend)
- 2004 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award, Actor (Han River Ballad)
- 2001 37th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Film Actor (Libera Me)
- 2000 SBS Drama Awards: Big Star Award (Legends of Love)
- 2000 37th Grand Bell Awards: Best Actor (Phantom: the Submarine)
- 1996 19th Golden Cinematography Awards: Most Popular Actor
- 1996 34th Grand Bell Awards: Best Actor (Terrorist)
- 1995 SBS Drama Awards: Grand Prize/Daesang (Sandglass)
- 1995 22nd Korea Broadcasting Awards: Best TV Actor (Sandglass)
- 1995 16th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Best Actor, Popular Star Award (Terrorist)
- 1995 31st Baeksang Arts Awards: Best TV Actor (Sandglass)
- 1993 14th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Popular Star Award
- 1993 31st Grand Bell Awards: Most Popular Actor
- 1993 29th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best TV Actor (Walking Up to Heaven)
- 1992 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actor (What Is Love)
- 1992 28th Baeksang Arts Awards: Most Popular TV Actor (What Is Love)
- 1992 13th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Popular Star Award
- 1991 12th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Popular Star Award
- 1990 11th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor (North Korean Partisan in South Korea)
- 1989 25th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best New Film Actor (Last Dance with Her)
- 1987 11th Golden Cinematography Awards: Best New Actor (Long Journey & Tunnel)
- Lee, Geun-tae (이근태) 무성 영화 배우 가수 강홍식 (in Korean) Gayo 114
- 최민수 Daum Movie
- 최민수 [Choi Min-soo] (in Korean). Korean Movie Database (KMDb). Retrieved 2010-02-09.
- 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).
- Oh, Young-jin (12 October 2009). "Kang Makes Smooth Transition". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- Oh, Jean (2 February 2009). "Choi Min-soo's wife to host new show". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- Kim, Rahn (25 April 2008). "Assault Allegations Cloud Actor Chois Hollywood Dream". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- Oh, Jean (25 December 2009). "Choi Min-soo returns to small screen". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- Kim, Dong-Joo. "Choi Min Soo assaults the production director of 'Look Back At Myself'". sg.entertainment.yahoo.com. Yahoo!. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
- ddangha (August 24, 2015). "Choi Min Soo Steps Down From "A Look at Myself"". Soompi. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
- Nam, S. (September 5, 2019). "Choi Min Soo Receives Suspended Sentence For Retaliatory Driving". Soompi. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
- Kim, D.S. (September 12, 2019). "Choi Min Soo And Prosecution Appeal Sentence In Actor's Retaliatory Driving Case". Soompi. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
- "Cast and Crew DB >Choi Min-soo >Filmographies". Korean Movie Database (KMDb). Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- 신화 - 진시황릉의 비밀 (2005) KMDb
- [공식] 이혜영·최민수 '무법변호사' 캐스팅…'쌍방 카리스마' 예고. Ilgan Sports (in Korean). March 16, 2018.
- Kang, Minji (April 22, 2019). "NETFLIX ANNOUNCES TEENAGE CRIME DRAMA EXTRACURRICULAR". Netflix Media. Retrieved April 23, 2019.