Daniel Henney

Daniel Phillip Henney (born November 28, 1979) is an American actor and model. He first came into international prominence with his television debut as Dr. Henry Kim on the Korean drama My Lovely Sam Soon (2005).

Daniel Henney
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Henney in 2018
Daniel Philip Henney

(1979-11-28) November 28, 1979 (age 43)
OccupationActor, model
Years active2001–present
Known forMatt Simmons in Criminal Minds

He has gone on to star in films such as Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006), My Father (2007), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Shanghai Calling (2012), The Last Stand (2013), One Night Surprise (2013), and Big Hero 6 (2014). In television, he has starred in the Korean Spring Waltz and as well as US television series Hawaii Five-0 and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. He joined the regular cast of Criminal Minds for its 13th, 14th and 15th seasons. He currently stars as Lan Mandragoran in the 2021 adaptation of The Wheel of Time.

Early lifeEdit

Henney was born on November 28, 1979[1] in Carson City, Michigan.[2] His mother Christine Henney, an American adoptee from Busan, South Korea,[3] was a nurse.[2] His father Philip Henney, an American of British and Irish descent,[4] worked in a factory.[2] He was a star basketball player at Carson City-Crystal High School and led the Eagles to the MHSAA Central region (CSAA) 2nd-place finish during his senior year in 1998.[2][5]

Henney attended various colleges—including Albion College, Alma College and Elgin Community College—but never completed his college studies due to his burgeoning modeling career. He was credited on many online portals for a time to have had graduated with an economics degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. However that was proven to be false when an academic scandal in 2007 revealed that several South Korean social figures and celebrities, such as Choi Soo-jong and Jang Mi-hee, had falsified their academic records.[6]


Henney moved to South Korea after having lived on and off in Hong Kong and Taiwan for four years.[7] While in New York in 2004, he did some work Off-Broadway while auditioning for television shows.[4]

Henney started modeling in the U.S. in 2001 and worked in France, Hong Kong, and many more while attending college. After his debut in South Korea with an advertisement for the Amore Pacific's cosmetic "Odyssey Sunrise", he became a spokesperson for commercials with Jun Ji-hyun for Olympus cameras and Kim Tae-hee for Daewoo Electronics's Klasse air conditioners.[8] Henney is signed with DNA Models in New York under the celebrity division.[9]

Henney in an LG Border Wireless LED TV advertisement, September 2009

While modeling in South Korea for Olympus in 2005, he was scouted by a talent manager who got Henney a role in the Korean drama My Lovely Sam Soon, aka My Name is Kim Sam Soon.[10] Henney, who did not speak any Korean, was cast as an Asian American physician Henry Kim[4] who struggled with the language.[10][11] He played a supporting role in a love triangle between female lead Hee-jin (Jung Ryeo-won) and restaurateur Hyun Jin-heon (Hyun Bin).[4] The show was widely popular, with over half of South Korean households estimated to have watched the finale.[4][12]

Henney then starred in another romantic drama Spring Waltz as Philip, a foreign music manager, in 2006.[4] He resumed his modeling career when he was featured in a Bean Pole campaign with Gwyneth Paltrow.[4]

Henney made his feature film debut in another romantic comedy Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006), which coincided with pop star Rain's debut in I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006).[4] His second film, My Father, won multiple awards in South Korea and Henney became the first foreigner to sweep all the major cinema awards in the Best New Actor category.

He later learned the language and appeared on a few variety shows, such as Family Outing.[13]

His first American role was as Agent Zero in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).[11]

In the fall season of 2009, he played "Dr. David Lee" in the CBS television drama Three Rivers.

In 2010, Henney returned to South Korea television for KBS2's The Fugitive: Plan B, alongside Rain and actress Lee Na-young.[14]

Since 2012, Henney has appeared in several American TV series.

Henney starred as Special Agent Matt Simmons in the American television series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, a spin-off of Criminal Minds, for two seasons from 2016 to 2017. After the Beyond Borders's cancellation, it was announced in June 2017 that Henney's Matt Simmons would continue on Criminal Minds as a series regular for season 13.[15] He remained a part of the cast until the series concluded in season 15.[16]

In September 2019, Henney was cast in the supporting role of Lan Mandragoran in Amazon Video's adaptation of Robert Jordan's fantasy epic The Wheel of Time.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Seducing Mr. Perfect Robin Heiden
2007 My Father James Parker
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Agent Zero[18]
2012 Papa Music producer Cameo
Shanghai Calling Sam Chao
2013 The Last Stand Agent Phil Hayes
One Night Surprise Bill
The Spy: Undercover Operation Ryan
2014 Big Hero 6 Tadashi Hamada Voice role
2017 Mowgli Gool Voice role
2019 Money Roy Lee Cameo
2022 Confidential Assignment 2: International Jack [19][20]
2023 Missing Elijah Park [21]
TBA Dog Days Daniel [22]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 My Lovely Sam Soon Dr. Henry Kim Main cast
Hello Franceska Elizabeth's first love Guest star; 2 episodes
2006 Spring Waltz Philip Main cast
2009 Three Rivers Dr. David Lee Main cast; 13 episodes
2010 The Fugitive: Plan B Kai Main cast
2012–2013 Hawaii Five-0 Michael Noshimuri Guest star; 3 episodes[23]
2014 Revolution Peter Garner Guest star; 3 episodes
NCIS: Los Angeles NCIS Agent Paul Angelo Episode: "Three Hearts"
2015–2020 Criminal Minds Matthew "Matt" Simmons Special Guest (season 10 & 12)
Main Role (Season 13–15)
49 episodes
2016–2017 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Main cast; 26 episodes
2016 Dear My Friends Mark Smith Cameo
2017–2019 Big Hero 6: The Series Tadashi Hamada Voice role; 6 episodes
2021-present The Wheel of Time Lan Mandragoran TV series

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Year Category Works/Recipient Ref.
MBC Entertainment Awards 2005 Best Dressed Daniel Henney
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor My Lovely Sam Soon [24]
Dong Ah TV's Fashion Award 2006 Best Dressed Daniel Henney [25]
27th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards 2007 Best New Actor My Father [25]
28th Blue Dragon Film Awards
6th Korean Film Awards
3rd Premiere Rising Star Awards
45th Grand Bell Awards 2008 [26]
31st Golden Cinematography Awards
16th Chunsa Film Art Awards [25]
People's Choice Award 2010 Nomination for Favorite On-Screen Team X-Men Origins: Wolverine [27]
Newport Beach Film Festival 2012 Outstanding Achievement in Acting Shanghai Calling [25]
Shanghai International Film Festival Best New Actor
Blue Dragon Film Awards 2022 Popular Star Award Confidential Assignment 2: International [28]

See alsoEdit

  • Hines WardNFL player of African and Korean descent who brought interest in the sport to South Korea
  • Sean Richard Dulake — American actor of Korean and British descent who acted in Korean dramas


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  22. ^ Kim Na-ra (April 28, 2022). "도그데이즈', 크랭크업…윤여정 "웃음+공감 있는 영화" [공식]" [Dog Days', crank up... Yoon Yeo-jeong "Laughter + Sympathetic Movie" [Official]] (in Korean). My Daily. Retrieved April 28, 2022 – via Naver.
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