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Jo Min-ki (November 5, 1965 – March 9, 2018) was a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in the television series Love and Ambition,[2] East of Eden,[3][4] Queen Seondeok,[5] and Flames of Desire. He was also a noted photographer and published two books and held solo exhibitions,.[6][7][8] In addition since 2010 he was an assistant professor at Cheongju University.[9][10]

Jo Min-ki
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Jo Min-ki in 2012
Born(1965-11-05)November 5, 1965
Seoul, South Korea
DiedMarch 9, 2018(2018-03-09) (aged 52)
Seoul, South Korea
Cause of deathSuicide by hanging[1]
Other namesCho Min-ki
EducationCheongju University - B.A. Theater and Film
Chung-Ang University Graduate School - Master's degree in Performing Arts
Years active1990–2018
AgentWill Entertainment
Kim Sun-jin (m. 1991)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJo Min-gi
McCune–ReischauerCho Min-gi

Following high-profile accusations of sexual misconduct from numerous students, Jo was found dead at an underground parking lot in Seoul in an apparent suicide on March 9, 2018.[11]


On February 22, 2018, Jo Min-ki was accused of sexually harassing his students, which he initially denied.[12][13] It was then revealed that he had resigned from a teaching post at Cheongju University,[14] and dropped out of his upcoming drama Children of a Lesser God.[15] A week later, Jo apologized and admitted to the allegations.[10] It was confirmed that Jo would be investigated by the police and was due to turn himself in for questioning by Monday March 12, 2018.[16][10] Shortly before his death, police announced that he was banned from leaving the country during the investigation.[17] Following Jo's death, it was announced he had written and sent a written apology on February 26, however his agency decided not to release it and instead released an official statement of apology.[18]


Jo Min-ki was found dead from an apparent suicide by hanging on March 9, 2018, in an underground parking lot near his home in Gwangjin District of Seoul.[11][19] Jo left a six-page suicide note in which he apologized to his family and students, although the police have declined to release the full contents of the note.[20] A private funeral was held for Jo at the Konkuk University Hospital Funeral Home in Seoul.[21]


TV seriesEdit

Year Title Original Title Role Network Ref.
1992 MBC Best Theater [ko] - Reason to Love Someone MBC 베스트 극장 - 누군가 사랑하려는 이유 Young Seop MBC
1993 Pilot [ko] 파일럿 Korean Air cabin crew
1994 Ambition [ko] 야망
General Hospital (1994 TV series) [ko] 종합병원
Kareisky [ko] 까레이스키
1995 TV City [ko] TV시티
Jazz [ko] 째즈 Yoon Ba-da SBS
My Love Yoo-mi [ko] 내 사랑 유미 Cha Dong-hyuk KBS2
1996 Star [ko] Song Ma-ru MBC
City Men [ko] 도시남녀 Yoo Jin-ha SBS
MBC Best Theater [ko] - Yeo Woon-po serenade MBC 베스트 극장 - 여운포 세레나데 MBC
Mother's Flag [ko] 엄마의 깃발 Kim Seung-joon SBS
When Salmon Returns [ko] 연어가 돌아올 때 Lee Kang-jae
1997 SBS 70-minute Drama [ko] - After Love SBS 70분드라마 - 사랑한 후에 In Jae SBS
Tears of Roses [ko] 장미의 눈물 Joo Young-mo
SBS 70-minute Drama [ko] - Bicycle Thief 70분드라마 - 자전거 도둑
White Christmas [ko] 화이트 크리스마스 Yoon-ho
1998 SBS 70-minute Drama [ko] - Dad Waiting for the Kindergarten Bus SBS 70분드라마 - 유치원 버스를 기다리는 아빠 SBS
Love [ko] 사랑 Nam Joon-ho MBC
Partner 파트너 Han Kang-woo SBS
Summer Horror Special [ko] - One day Suddenly 납량특선 8부작 - 어느날 갑자기 Han Seung
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers [ko] 7인의 신부 Jang Goo
Blushing with Love [ko] 수줍은 연인 이현철 Lee Hyun-chul MBC
Angel's Kiss [ko] 천사의 키스 Lee Muk-hyeon KBS2
1999 Ad Madness [ko] 광끼 Kim Nam-jin
You Don't Know My Mind [ko] 남의 속도 모르고 CEO Noh MBC
MBC Best Theater [ko] - Old love MBC 베스트 극장 - 옛사랑 Jung Joon
2000 The World's Morning 세상의 아침 SBS
Feels Good [ko] 느낌이 좋아 Kang Sung-joo MBC
Tough Guy's Love [ko] 꼭지 Song Joon-tae KBS2
Foolish Princes [ko] 온달 왕자들 Yeo Shi-woo MBC
2001 Open Drama Man & Woman 우리도 같은 꿈을 꾸는 걸까? Tae-soo SBS
School 4 학교 4 Jung Ji-seok, music teacher KBS2
Sweet Bear [ko] 반달곰 내 사랑 Kim Hyung-joon MBC
Everyday with You [ko] 매일 그대와 Jo Tae-woo
2002 Hard Love [ko] 거침없는 사랑 Han Jung-hwan KBS2
Inspector Park Mun-su [ko] 어사 박문수 King Yeongjo MBC
2003 Yellow Handkerchief [ko] 노란 손수건 Jung Young-joon KBS1
While You Were Dreaming [ko] 그대 아직도 꿈꾸고 있는가 Kim Hyuk-joo MBC
2004 Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin 불멸의 이순신 King Seonjo KBS1
Wives on Strike [ko] 아내의 반란 Jo Joon-ki SBS
2006 Love and Ambition [ko] 사랑과 야망 Park Tae-joon
2008 Iljimae 일지매 Lee Won-ho SBS
East of Eden 에덴의 동쪽 Shin Tae-hwan MBC
2009 Queen Seondeok 선덕여왕 King Jinpyeong
Wife Returns 아내가 돌아왔다 Yoon Sang-woo SBS [22]
2010 Dr. Champ 닥터챔프 Professor Seo (cameo appearance) SBS
Flames of Desire 욕망의 불꽃 Kim Young-min MBC
2011 Me Too, Flower! 나도 꽃 Park Tae-hwa MBC
2012 Five Fingers 다섯손가락 Yoo Man-se (cameo appearance) SBS
Dream of Three Men, Father 세 남자의 꿈, 아버지 Narrator KBS1
The Great Seer 대풍수 Lee In-im SBS
2013 Two Weeks 투윅스 Moon Il-seok MBC
Golden Rainbow 황금 무지개 Seo Jin-ki
Drama Festival [ko] - Lee Sang That Lee Sang MBC 드라마 페스티벌 - 이상 그 이상 Soo-young
2015 Splendid Politics 화정 Kim Ja-jeom MBC
Orange Marmalade 오렌지 마말레이드 Jung Byung-kwon KBS2
2016 Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo 달의 연인 - 보보경심 려 King Taejo SBS [23]

Variety showsEdit

Year Title Original Title Network Ref.
1999 Sunday Best 풍차 둘, 소라 하나 KBS1
2007 Jo Min-ki's Damage ComedyTV
2011 Travel the World 세상의 모든 여행 MBC
Directors 디렉터스 시즌1 Ongamenet [24]
2012 Top Gear Korea Season 2 탑 기어 코리아 시즌2 XTM [25][26]
2015 Take Care of My Dad 아빠를 부탁해 SBS




Album information Track listing
  • Album
  • Released: October 22, 2010
  • Label: Sonic스톤 / Yedang Company
Track listing
  1. Intro
  2. 사랑 그 후
  3. 설레임
  4. Good Bye
  5. 사랑 그 후(MR)


  • Photo Album of Jo's Wandering (Korean조씨유랑화첩; 2008)
  • Happy to Have Found You (Korean당신을 만나 행복합니다; 2005)



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