Hyun Bin (born Kim Tae-pyung on September 25, 1982) is a South Korean actor. Hyun Bin first gained wide recognition for his role in the 2005 romantic comedy television drama My Name is Kim Sam-soon. Since then, he has appeared in leading roles in other successful television shows including; the romantic fantasy drama Secret Garden (2010–2011), fantasy drama Memories of the Alhambra (2018–2019), and romantic drama Crash Landing on You (2019–2020). Hyun Bin's popularity was further widened by starring in a series of box office hits; the action thriller Confidential Assignment (2017), the crime thrillers The Swindlers (2017) and The Negotiation (2018) as well as the zombie horror Rampant (2018). Hyun was Gallup Korea's Television Actor of the Year in 2011. The success of Hyun Bin's works internationally established him as a top Hallyu star. He is one of the highest paid and most influential actors in South Korea.
September 25, 1982
Songpa District, Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||Chung-Ang University|
M.A. in Theater and Film
|Revised Romanization||Gim Tae-pyeong|
Hyun Bin drew praise from critics for his performance in melodrama film Late Autumn, which was screened at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. Throughout his career, he has been nominated for many awards, including five at the Baeksang Arts Awards, and won various acting recognition, including the Grand Prize (Daesang) for TV at the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards.
2003–2007: Career beginnings and stardomEdit
Hyun Bin's first film was Shower in 2002. However, it was not released due to lack of funding. Hyun eventually made his debut as an actor in the 2003 television series Bodyguard. He then starred in the sitcom Nonstop 4 and quirky romance drama Ireland, and made his film debut the same year in the youth sports movie Spin Kick.
Hyun shot to stardom with the 2005 romantic comedy series My Lovely Sam Soon with Kim Sun-a, for which Hyun won the Top Excellence Award at the MBC Drama Awards. My Lovely Sam Soon was a massive hit with average ratings of over 37% and recorded 50.5% for the finale, making it one of the highest-rated Korean drama of all time. The explosive popularity of the drama and his portrayal as Sam-sik established Hyun Bin as a top star in South Korea and a Hallyu star as his popularity expanded beyond South Korea to Japan and other countries in Asia.
Following the success of My Lovely Sam Soon, Hyun starred in his first film as a lead actor in A Millionaire's First Love (written by internet novelist Guiyeoni). The movie was a hit with the young audience. Hyun's next television project, The Snow Queen, although underperformed, earned him his first Best Actor nomination at Baeksang Arts Awards.
2008–2011: New challenges and Secret GardenEdit
To expand his acting profile, Hyun started to choose more eclectic projects. In 2008, he acted in director Yoon Jong-chan's film I Am Happy, playing Man-soo, a man who suffers from mental illnesses. The movie was selected to screen at the 13th Busan International Film Festival in 2008, but it was not released in theaters until late 2009. After The Snow Queen, Hyun returned to television with Worlds Within, which was well-received for Noh Hee-kyung's writing. He was praised for his nuanced acting in the drama series. In 2009, Hyun drew critical acclaim with his portrayal as a sociopath in the gangster saga Friend, Our Legend. To prepare for his role, he reportedly watched Kwak Kyung-taek's original film 20 to 30 times.
In 2010, Hyun starred in Secret Garden, a romantic fantasy drama written by Kim Eun-sook. The drama recorded its highest viewership ratings of 35%, and gained enormous popularity both domestically and internationally for its fashion, catchphrases and music. His portrayal as Kim Joo-won created a "Hyun Bin Syndrome" as his name and face were plastered everywhere, from newspapers to television and the internet. Hyun was recognized at the 2010 SBS Drama Awards and the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards for his stellar performance. He also contributed to the soundtrack of the drama with "That Man", which peaked at number one in eight Korean music portals.
In 2011, Hyun appeared in two films that were released back to back; Come Rain, Come Shine, a minimalist breakup indie directed by Lee Yoon-ki, and Late Autumn directed by Kim Tae-yong. Shot in Seattle, Late Autumn is an English-language remake of the 1966 Lee Man-hee classic, in which Hyun played a man on the run who falls in love with a woman who is on special leave from prison (Chinese actress Tang Wei). It became the highest grossing Korean film released in China to date, taking in more than US$9.5 million over two weeks, which was unprecedented for a melodrama. He received a good review from The Hollywood Reporter which stated, "It is Hyun who impresses more for not underplaying the dandy, narcissistic side of his personality." Hyun walked the red carpet at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, where the two films were both selected to be screened. He described the honor as his "happiest achievement."
2011–2012: Military enlistment and dischargeEdit
On March 7, 2011, Hyun began his 21-month mandatory military service as a soldier in the Marine Corps. He volunteered to serve in the Marine Corps, said to be the toughest branch of the Korean military, as he had a good impression of the Marines. Competition rate to enter the Marines at that time was high at 4:1 with Hyun placing in the top 5% of applicants. Hyun applied to be a combat soldier. The decision to join the Marines while at the peak of his career generated much interest in Korea and overseas. Seven broadcasting companies, including Japan's NHK, requested access to the training camp. Hyun was named a top marksman during training, one of 16 out of about 720 rookie Marines. Hyun hit the target 19 times out of 20 in day shooting training, and all of his 10 shots hit the target during night training. To qualify as a top marksman, rookies must hit the target more than 18 times out of 20 in day training and nine out of 10 at night.
The Corps originally planned to put Hyun on public relations duty; however due to public criticism and Hyun's reported desire to serve on the front line, Hyun was assigned on active duty to Baengnyeong Island, close to the Northern Limit Line and Yeonpyeong, site of a November 2010 artillery engagement between the North and South Korean forces.
After joining the Marines and completing six months into his service, Hyun participated in the "Seoul Reclamation Anniversary Marine Marathon Competition". He ran a 6.25 km long course with 400 exemplary senior marines. This event was held in remembrance of the historically significant event when the Marines won back the capital Seoul that had been taken during the 6.25 Korean War.
He was discharged on December 6, 2012, and was awarded the Secretary of Defense Award and the Marine Corps Commandant Commendation for being an exemplary soldier. After the merger of their former agency AM Entertainment with SM Entertainment, Hyun's reps announced in November 2012 that the actor and Shin Min-ah had decided to go independent and set up their own management agency O& Entertainment.
Hyun spent most of 2013 shooting commercials as an in-demand product endorser, and holding fan meetings all over Asia. For his acting comeback after military service, Hyun chose The Fatal Encounter, his first ever period film, in which he played the leading role of King Jeongjo who faced fierce party strife and assassination attempts during his reign. It was released in April 2014 and drew more than 3 million admissions. However, Hyun was criticized for his flat tonation and lack of emotions in the film, which received mostly negative reviews.
In 2015, Hyun made a comeback in the Korean drama scene after 4 years with romantic comedy series Hyde, Jekyll, Me. In the drama inspired by the literary character, he plays a man with split personality disorder whose two personas both fall for the same woman.
2017–present: Career resurgenceEdit
Hyun returned to silver screen with the action-thriller film titled Confidential Assignment (2017), where he plays the role of a North Korean detective that is secretly sent to South Korea to apprehend a crime ring that is made up of North Korean traitors. The film was a success, and Hyun received positive reviews for his action scenes and comedic performance. He then starred in crime action film The Swindlers, along with Yoo Ji-tae, about a prosecutor who plans to catch a con man who has swindled a large sum of money. The Swindlers was another box office hit for Hyun.
In 2018, Hyun starred in crime thriller The Negotiation, playing a villain role for the first time, alongside Son Ye-jin; and zombie blockbuster Rampant (which was co-produced by VAST Entertainment). The same year, he returned to the small screen with fantasy suspense drama Memories of the Alhambra alongside Park Shin-hye. The series is one of highest rated Korean drama in cable television history, and Hyun was praised for his seemingly indifferent but humorous depiction of his character.
In 2019, Hyun reunited with The Negotiation co-star Son Ye-jin in the hit romance drama Crash Landing on You as a North Korean army captain. The drama was a huge success and is the third-highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history, and Hyun was praised for his versatile range of emotions and acting skills. For his portrayal as Captain Ri Jeong Hyuk as a North Korean elite army officer, Hyun won Grand Prize at APAN Star Awards. In 2020, Hyun is set to star as a NIS agent in the thriller film The Point Men, directed by Yim Soon-rye.
On October 29, 2013, Hyun received the President's award at the 50th Savings Day held by the Financial Services Committee, for saving 35 billion won (approximately US$33 million) within 17 years. In February 2016, Hyun was involved in an awareness campaign against animal cruelty. As part of the project, Hyun's agency VAST Entertainment released pictures of him posing with a retired search and rescue dog named "Vision".
In March 2020, it was revealed that Hyun made a secret donation of 200 million won to the non-profit organization, Community Chest of Korea, to help fight against the COVID-19 outbreak on February 21, 2020. Hyun is also included as a member in the "Honor Society", a group of major private donors, for his many donations to different causes. He has continually supported projects by organizations such as Save the Children, Community Chest of Korea and international relief NGOs.
Hyun was born and raised in Seoul and has one older brother. He graduated from Youngdong High School and then studied at Chung-Ang University, where, in 2004, he majored in Theater Studies. In 2009, he enrolled at the same university to obtain a Master's degree.
|Year||English title||Korean title||Role||Notes||Ref.|
|2002||Shower||샤워||Hong-kyu||Was not released|||
|2004||Spin Kick||돌려차기||Lee Min-gyu|||
|2005||Daddy Long Legs||키다리 아저씨||Hyung-joon|||
|2006||A Millionaire's First Love||백만장자의 첫사랑||Kang Jae-kyung|||
|2009||I Am Happy||나는 행복합니다||Jo Man-soo|||
|Come Rain, Come Shine||사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다||Hwang Ji-seok|||
|Tears of Africa||아프리카의 눈물||Narrator||Documentary|||
|2014||The Fatal Encounter||역린||King Jeongjo|||
|2017||Confidential Assignment||공조||Im Cheol-ryung|||
|The Swindlers||꾼||Hwang Ji-sung|||
|2018||The Negotiation||협상||Min Tae-gu|||
|TBA||The Point Men||교섭||Dae-sik|||
|Confidential Assignment 2||공조2:인터네셔날||Im Cheol-ryung|||
|Year||English title||Korean title||Network||Role||Ref.|
|2004||Nonstop 4||논스톱 4||MBC||Himself|||
|2005||My Lovely Sam Soon||내 이름은 김삼순||Hyun Jin-heon|||
|Nonstop 5||논스톱 5||Himself (cameo)|||
|2006–2007||The Snow Queen||눈의 여왕||KBS2||Han Tae-woong/Han Deuk-gu|||
|2008||Worlds Within||그들이 사는 세상||Jung Ji-oh|||
|2009||Friend, Our Legend||친구, 우리들의 전설||MBC||Han Dong-soo|||
|2010–2011||Secret Garden||시크릿 가든||SBS||Kim Joo-won|||
|2015||Hyde Jekyll, Me||하이드 지킬, 나||Gu Seo-jin/Robin|||
|2018–2019||Memories of the Alhambra||알함브라 궁전의 추억||tvN||Yoo Jin-woo|||
|2019–2020||Crash Landing on You||사랑의 불시착||Ri Jeong-hyeok|||
|2010–2011||Tears of Africa||Narrator||MBC|||
|2012||Tears of the Earth - from the North Pole to the South Pole|||
Music video appearancesEdit
|"Hey U"||Lemon Tree|||
|2010||"Dream in My Heart"|
|2011||"Can't Have You"||Friend, Our Legend OST|||
|"That Man"||Secret Garden OST|||
|2009||Pink Ribbon Love Marathon ambassador|||
|2011||PR ambassador of Hyundai Motors' "Hyundai Grandeur"|||
|2013||PR ambassador of Kia Motors' "The New K5"|||
|2014||Promotional ambassador of Incheon Asian Games|||
|2016||Promotional ambassador of Gwangju Biennale|||
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2004||MBC Entertainment Awards||Special Award, TV Actor category||Nonstop 4||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Ireland||Won|||
|2005||41st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||My Name Is Kim Sam-soon||Won|||
|Best Couple Award with Kim Sun-a||Won|
|2006||42nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (Film)||A Millionaire's First Love||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||The Snow Queen||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Sung Yu-ri||Won|
|2007||43rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|2008||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Worlds Within||Nominated|
|2009||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Friend, Our Legend||Nominated|
|2010||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Secret Garden||Won|||
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Ha Ji-won||Won|
|2011||47th Baeksang Arts Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang) for TV||Won|||
|Best Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|2014||18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival||Producer's Choice Award||N/A||Won|||
|2015||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Hyde, Jekyll, Me||Nominated|
|2017||6th Korea Film Actors Association Awards||Top Star Award||Confidential Assignment, The Swindlers||Won|||
|2019||55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Memories of the Alhambra||Nominated|||
|2020||56th Baeksang Arts Awards||Crash Landing on You||Nominated|||
|Most Popular Actor||Won|
|7th APAN Star Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Won|||
|Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards||Most Popular Korean Artist||N/A||Won|||
|South Korea[note 1]||2020||Presidential Commendation|||
|Forbes||2011||Korea Power Celebrity||32nd|||
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