Daniel Henney

Daniel Phillip Henney (born November 28, 1979)[1] is an American actor and model. He is known for starring 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).

Daniel Henney
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Henney in 2008
Daniel Philip Henney

(1979-11-28) November 28, 1979 (age 41)
South Korean
OccupationActor, model
Years active2001–present
Known forMatthew Simmons in Criminal Minds

In television, he is known for starring in the Korean dramas Spring Waltz and My Lovely Sam Soon as well as US television series Hawaii Five-0 and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. He has joined the regular cast of Criminal Minds for its thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth seasons.

Early lifeEdit

Henney was born to Christine, a Korean-American,[2] and Philip Henney, an Irish-American.[1]

His mother was born in Busan, South Korea and was adopted by an American couple.[3]


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

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.[4][5]

Henney in an LG advertisement, June 2009

Despite not speaking any Korean,[6] Henney became a household name through the South Korean hit TV drama, My Lovely Sam Soon, aka My Name is Kim Sam Soon. He played the role of Dr. Henry Kim, a surgeon who is devotedly in love with Hee-jin (played by Jung Ryeo-won). Sam Soon was the most popular Korean drama in 2005; although Henney was starring as the supporting actor, his performance and good looks were widely noticed.

Henney then starred in another drama, "Spring Waltz" in 2006. He later learned the language and appeared on a few variety shows, such as Family Outing.[7] Henney was a part of an academic scandal in which many sources stated that he had an Economics degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, while in actuality he had no college degree.[8]

Henney starred in his first feature film in Korea, Seducing Mr. Perfect. 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.

In 2009, he portrayed Agent Zero in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. 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.[9]

Since 2012, Henney has appeared in several American TV series. In 2015, he starred as Special Agent Matt Simmons in the American television series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, a spin-off of Criminal Minds.

Henney is signed with DNA Models in New York under the celebrity division.[10]

On June 21, 2017, it was announced that he has joined Criminal Minds as a series regular for season 13. He was part of the cast until its conclusion in season 15.[11]

In 2019, he was cast in the supporting role of Lan Mandragoran in Amazon Video's adaptation of Robert Jordan's fantasy epic The Wheel of Time.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Seducing Mr. Perfect Robin Heiden
2007 My Father James Parker
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Agent Zero[13]
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
TBA Confidential Assignment 2 [14]
Searching 2 [15]


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
2010 The Fugitive: Plan B Kai Main cast
2012-2013 Hawaii Five-0 Michael Noshimuri Guest star; 3 episodes[16]
2014 Revolution Peter Garner Guest star; 3 episodes
NCIS: Los Angeles NCIS Agent Paul Angelo Episode: "Three Hearts"
Criminal Minds Matthew "Matt" Simmons Special Guest (season 10 & 12)
Main Role (Season 13–15)
47 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
TBA The Wheel of Time Lan Mandragoran TV series

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award(s)
  • Dong Ah TV's Fashion Award: Best Dressed [17]


  1. ^ a b Lo, Ricky (March 11, 2013). "Daniel Henney: From Kim Sam Soon to Hawaii Five-O". The Philippine Star. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "Daniel Henney's Mother Travels Back to Her Roots". August 22, 2005. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Wallace, Bruce (June 17, 2007). "A most unlikely Seoul sensation". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  4. ^ (in Korean) 다니엘 헤니 “모델로 활약했지만 여전히 나의 꿈은 연기자”. News.naver.com (February 24, 2006). Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  5. ^ 다니엘 헤니 Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. 10asia.co.kr. Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "wftrok.com". Archived from the original on January 10, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  7. ^ (in Korean) 다니엘 헤니 "모델은 순간예술, 배우는 인생을 연기". News.naver.com (July 4, 2005). Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  8. ^ "Actor Daniel Henney Caught in Academic Record Scandal '". Newszone. The Korea Times. September 2, 2007. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  9. ^ Daniel Henney hops aboard "Domangja" cast Archived August 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.Asiae June 21, 2010 Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  10. ^ DNA Models Archived April 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. DNA Models. Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  11. ^ "Criminal Minds Adds Beyond Borders ' Daniel Henney as Series Regular". TVLine.com. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  12. ^ "'The Wheel Of Time': 'Criminal Minds' Star Daniel Henney Joins Amazon's Epic Fantasy Drama". Deadline. September 4, 2019. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  13. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (February 21, 2008). "Dominic Monaghan joins 'Wolverine'". Variety.
  14. ^ Kwak Hyun-soo (January 22, 2021). "공조2' 현빈·유해진→다니엘 헤니 캐스팅 [공식]". sports.donga (in Korean). Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  15. ^ Namkyung Lee (April 8, 2021). "다니엘헤니 '서치2' 합류…올 봄 촬영 예정". MBN Star (in Korean). Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  16. ^ Keck, William (October 2, 2012). "Hawaii Five-0 Brings on Alex O'Loughlin's Old CBS Co-Star". TV Guide.
  17. ^ a b c d Biography. Hermosa USA (January 31, 2014). Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  18. ^ 헤니 (포토엔)휴잭맨-다니엘 헤니, 배우로 처음 청계광장에 핸드프린팅 남겨요.Newsen April 10, 2010 Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  19. ^ 헤니 (포토엔)신인남우상 다니엘 헤니, 오 마이 갓! .Newsen June 27, 2010 Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  20. ^ 헤니 다니엘 헤니는 역시 최고 인기남! 여성들의 시샘과 질투 쏟아졌다.Newsen December 30, 2005 Retrieved June 24, 2010.

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