Gong Ji-cheol (Korean: 공지철; born July 10, 1979), better known by his stage name Gong Yoo (Korean: 공유), is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in television dramas Coffee Prince (2007) and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016–2017), and the films Silenced (2011), Train to Busan (2016) and The Age of Shadows (2016).
Gong in May 2016
July 10, 1979
|Education||Kyung Hee University |
|Height||6' 0" (1.84 m)|
|Revised Romanization||Gong Yu|
|Revised Romanization||Gong Ji-cheol|
His stage name is a combination of his father's last name "Gong" and of his mother's last name "Yoo".
Gong Yoo graduated from Kyung Hee University with a B.A. degree in theater. In 2000, he started his show business career as a video jockey on Mnet and debuted as an actor in the TV series School 4 in 2001. Thereafter, Gong did a number of supporting roles in dramas and movies and also hosted the music program Music Camp in 2004.
2005–2007: Coffee Prince and breakthroughEdit
Gong Yoo was then cast in MBC's romantic comedy Coffee Prince, which became his breakout role. The popularity of the drama not only solidified his status as a leading man, but also made him a hallyu star.
2008–2015: Military enlistment and comebackEdit
On January 14, 2008, Gong Yoo enlisted for the mandatory service, which ended on December 8, 2009. He did 8 months of frontline active service in Cheorwon and was transferred to the Defense Media Agency, where he served in the public relations department and hosted as a DJ for the army radio station. He was discharged in December 2009.
He then initiated and pursued the production of a theatrical adaptation of Gong Ji-young's novel The Crucible, a congratulatory gift from his senior for his promotion during enlistment. This movie was internationally released under the title Silenced. Upon its release on September 22, 2011, the film sparked public outrage. This led to a reopening of the investigations into the incidents on which the novel and film are based. Public demand for legislative reform reached the National Assembly, where a revised bill to target sex crimes against minors and the disabled, dubbed the Dogani Bill after the Korean title of the film, was successfully passed in late October 2011.
Gong Yoo then starred opposite Lee Min-jung in the romantic-comedy series Big written by the Hong sisters. Although the drama was initially well-received, it was later heavily criticized for its ending.
In 2013, he returned to the big screen after a two-year gap in the movie The Suspect. He played an elite North Korean spy who defects after being betrayed by his country. In November 2013, Gong Yoo was appointed as a special representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Korea, in conjunction with a celebration of the 24th year since the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted. Following his appointment, he has visited countries around the world to raise awareness of the situation of children in underdeveloped countries.
On July 7, 2014, Gong Yoo was named as an ambassador for the National Tax Service (NTS), alongside actress Ha Ji-won. The pair modeled for promotional posters and took part in street campaigns that encourage honest tax payment in support of the NTS.
2016–present: Career resurgenceEdit
Gong Yoo experienced a new high in his career with consecutive hit works in 2016. His first film in 2016 was the melodrama A Man and a Woman alongside critically acclaimed actress Jeon Do-yeon. He then starred in the hugely successful zombie blockbuster Train to Busan, which surpassed 11 million admissions in South Korea. He then starred in another box office hit The Age of Shadows, which surpassed 6 million admissions in two weeks.
In December 2016, Gong Yoo returned to television in Kim Eun-sook's fantasy-romance drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, playing the titular goblin. The drama was a massive hit and Gong won Best Actor at the Baeksang Awards for his performance.
In October 2018, Gong Yoo was cast in two films. In Lee Yong-ju's action thriller film Seo Bok, Gong will play a former intelligence agent who is caught up in the chase of catching the first human clone to uncover the secret to eternal life. In the feminist film Kim Ji-young: Born 1982, Gong plays the role of Kim Ji-young's husband.
|2003||My Tutor Friend||Lee Jong-soo|||
|2004||Spy Girl||Choi Ko-bong|||
|Superstar Mr. Gam||Park Chul-soo|||
|2005||She's on Duty||Kang No-young|||
|2007||Like a Dragon||Park Chul||Film adaptation of video game Ryu Ga Gotoku|
|2010||Finding Mr. Destiny||Han Gi-joon||Film adaptation of stage musical Finding Kim Jong-wook|
|2011||Silenced||Kang In-ho||Film adaptation of Gong Ji-young's novel The Crucible|
|2013||The Suspect||Ji Dong-chul|
|2016||A Man and a Woman||Ki-hong|
|Train to Busan||Seok-woo|
|The Age of Shadows||Kim Woo-jin|
|2019||Kim Ji-young: Born 1982||Jung Dae-hyun|
|2001||School 4||Hwang Tae-young||KBS2||Ep. 29 to 48|
|2002||Whenever the Heart Beats||Park Chan-ho|
|Hard Love||Seo Kyung-chul|
|2003||20 Years||Seo Joon||SBS|||
|Best Theater: Flying Saucer||Ki Jin||MBC||Ep. 533|
|My Room, Your Room||Kim Sung-joon||SayClub Internet Drama|
|2005||Hello My Teacher||Park Tae-in||SBS|
|2006||One Fine Day||Seo Gun||MBC|
|2007||Coffee Prince||Choi Han-kyul|
|2012||Big||Seo Yoon-jae/Kang Kyung-joon||KBS2|
|2013||Dating Agency: Cyrano||Magician||tvN||Cameo, ep. 9|
|2016–2017||Guardian: The Lonely and Great God||Goblin / Kim Shin|
|2021||Sea of Silence||Yoon Jae||Netflix|
Music video appearancesEdit
|2014||"How I Am"||Kim Dong-ryool|||
|2008–2009||장병가요 베스트 (Best Music)||episodes 155~186||KFN|||
|공유가 기다리는 20시||DJ||371 episodes|||
|2012||"Because It's You"||Big soundtrack|||
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2002||16th KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Hard Love||Nominated|
|2003||11th SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Screen||Won|||
|2005||13th SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Hello My Teacher||Nominated|
|2006||25th MBC Drama Awards||Special Award, Actor in a Miniseries||One Fine Day||Won|||
|2007||1st Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Best Style||N/A||Won|||
|26th MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Coffee Prince||Won|||
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award (with Yoon Eun-hye)||Nominated|
|2011||32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Silenced||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|||
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (Film)||Nominated|
|26th KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Big||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award (with Lee Min-jung)||Nominated|
|2013||8th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actor||Nominated|
|2014||19th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actor||The Suspect||Nominated|
|48th Taxpayers' Day||Presidential Commendation||N/A||Won|||
|22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Film||The Suspect||Won|||
|2016||Korea Film Actors Association Awards||Grand Prize||A Man and a Woman||Won|||
|2nd Fashionista Awards||Best Fashionista – Red Carpet Category||N/A||Nominated|||
|Best Dresser – Male||Nominated|
|BloodGuts UK Horror Awards||Best Actor in an International Film||Train to Busan||Nominated|
|2017||14th Seoul Creative Festival of Film Advertising||Model of the Year||N/A||Won|||
|11th Asian Film Awards||Best Actor||Train to Busan||Nominated|
|iHorror Awards||Best Actor – Horror Film||Nominated|
|53rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Guardian: The Lonely and Great God||Won|||
|Brand of the Year Awards||Actor of the Year||Won|||
|2017 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Actor||Train to Busan||Nominated|
|22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Korea Advertisers Association Awards||Best Model Award||N/A||Won|||
|3rd Fashionista Awards||Best Fashionista – TV & Film Division||Guardian: The Lonely and Great God||Nominated|||
|2020||Brand Customer Loyalty Award||Advertising Model||N/A||Won|
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- "Zombie Movie 'Train to Busan' Passes 11 Million-Viewer Mark". The Chosun Ilbo. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
- "KIM Jee-woon Wraps Period Action-Thriller SECRET AGENT". Korean Film Biz Zone. 20 April 2016.
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