Song Jong-ho (Korean송종호; born October 5, 1976) is a South Korean actor. Song debuted as a runway model in Park Byung-chul's fashion show in 1995. His print and runway modeling career lasted until 1999, when he turned to acting. He is best known for his roles in Will It Snow for Christmas? (2009), The Princess' Man (2011), and Reply 1997 (2012).

Song Jong-ho
Born (1976-10-05) October 5, 1976 (age 47)
EducationPyeongtaek University - Computer Statistics
Years active1995–present
AgentBlossom Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSong Jong-ho
McCune–ReischauerSong Jong-ho

Career edit

Song Jong-ho majored in Computer Statistics at Pyeongtaek University, but he soon realized that his true passion lay in entertainment. In 1995, he made his debut as a model in a fashion show of designer Park Byung-chul. Song's print and runway modeling career lasted until 1999, when he turned to acting. Song first appeared in sitcoms and television dramas in minor and supporting roles.

In 2007, he drew notice as a surgical intern in the medical drama Surgeon Bong Dal-hee, for which he received a New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards. Another notable role followed in the 2009 melodrama Will It Snow for Christmas?, as a penniless man whose family went bankrupt during the IMF crisis, and thus feels conflicted about falling for an heiress. Song said he cried when he first read Lee Kyung-hee's script, describing it as "so entertaining and sad and it had a lot of great lines," that he begged his manager to get him cast in the drama.[1][2]

In 2011, Song's profile rose further when he starred in The Princess' Man, a period drama set in the Joseon period which drew both high ratings and critical acclaim. In it, he played a nobleman fallen on hard times who betrays his best friend in order to possess the woman he loves and achieve his ambition.[3] This was followed by the popular Reply 1997, a nostalgic cable drama in which Song played a warm-hearted computer genius-turned-politician loosely based on Ahn Cheol-soo, and was part of the show's central love triangle.[4]

Song returned to the Joseon era in his next two projects. He made his big screen debut in The Grand Heist (2012), an ensemble heist comedy about a group of quirky professionals who attempt to steal ice (a valuable commodity at the time) from the royal storage. Then in The Fugitive of Joseon (2013), Song portrayed an uigeumbu, an intelligent and tenacious investigator hunting down the protagonist until he becomes convinced of the latter's innocence and they join forces.

He then made guest appearances on The Suspicious Housekeeper (as a stalker) and Beyond the Clouds (as the heroine's fiancé whose death early in the drama serves as a catalyst). Not long after, Song headlined The Reason I'm Getting Married, which was featured on the single-episode anthology, KBS Drama Special.

Filmography edit

Television series edit

Year Title Role Network
1999 Invitation KBS2
Jump MBC
March SBS
2001 Nonstop 2 MBC
2003 Thousand Years of Love SBS
2004 First Love of a Royal Prince Yoon-joon MBC
2007 Surgeon Bong Dal-hee Lee Min-woo SBS
Golden Bride Kim Young-min SBS
2008 Tazza Ahn Se-hoon SBS
My Life's Golden Age MBC
2009 Cain and Abel Kang Suk-hoon SBS
Will It Snow for Christmas? Park Tae-joon SBS
2010 Three Sisters Lee Min-woo SBS
2011 The Princess' Man Shin Myeon KBS2
2012 Reply 1997 Yoon Tae-woong tvN
Drama Special "The Flight of the Spoonbill" Kyeong-ho KBS2
2013 The Fugitive of Joseon Lee Jung-hwan KBS2
The Suspicious Housekeeper Jang Do-hyung/Seo Ji-hoon SBS
2014 Beyond the Clouds Gong Woo-jin (cameo) KBS2
Drama Special "The Reason I'm Getting Married" Han Seung-wook KBS2
Dr. Frost Moon Sung-hyun/Park Dong-hee OCN
2015 A Girl Who Sees Smells Chun Baek-kyung SBS
Orange Marmalade Han Yoon-jae KBS2
All About My Mom Yoon Sang-hyuk KBS2
Cheo Yong 2 Nam Hui-jun OCN
2016 The Promise Park Hwi-kyung KBS2
The Royal Gambler Kim Yi-soo (Cameo) SBS
2017 A Korean Odyssey[5] Kang Dae-sung tvN
Band of Sisters Jo Han-sung SBS
2019 Liver or Die[6] Jin Ji-ham KBS2
2019 Arthdal Chronicles Issroob tvN
2020 Was It Love? Ryu Jin JTBC
2021 Secret Royal Inspector & Joy Jang Ki-wan (cameo)[7] tvN
2022 Love Is for Suckers Kim In-woo[8] ENA

Film edit

Year Title Role
2012 The Grand Heist Kim Jae-joon

Variety show edit

Year Title Network Notes
2000 Achieve the Goal Saturday MBC
2007 Road Trip SBS MTV
2010 Lucky Strike 300 XTM Host

Music video edit

Year Song Title Artist
2004 "For You Not to Know" As One
2007 "Say Goodbye" i

Musical theatre edit

Year Title Role
2008-2009 Music in My Heart Jang Jae-hyuk

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 Model Center Model Best 10, Print Model category Won
2007 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Surgeon Bong Dal-hee Won
2011 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor The Princess' Man Nominated

References edit

  1. ^ Kang, Myoung-seok (27 November 2009). "SBS drama Will It Snow On Christmas? is all about love". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  2. ^ Oh, Jean (2 December 2009). "Is SBS' new melodrama classic or stale?". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  3. ^ Kim, Hee-ju (5 October 2011). "My Name Is: Model-actor Song Jong-ho". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ "Answer Me 1997: Interview with Actor Song Jong Ho". Electric Ground. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  5. ^ "Song Jong-ho to join "Hwayugi"". HanCinema. October 22, 2017.
  6. ^ ""What's Wrong, Poong-sang" Introduces Extended Cast in Script Reading Stills". HanCinema. 12 November 2018.
  7. ^ Park Jeong-soo (November 10, 2021). "어사와 조이' 김혜윤, 이혼 위해 송종호와 거래" ['Easy and Joy' Kim Hye-yoon, deal with Song Jong-ho for divorce] (in Korean). Star Today. Retrieved November 21, 2021.
  8. ^ Jang Jin-ri (September 7, 2022). "[단독]송종호, '얼어죽을 연애 따위' 출연…최시원-이다희 호흡" [[Exclusive] Song Jong-ho to appear in 'A love that will freeze to death'... Choi Si-won and Lee Da-hee breathing] (in Korean). SpoTV News. Retrieved September 7, 2022 – via Naver.

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