Song Seung-heon (Korean: 송승헌; born October 5, 1976) is a South Korean model and actor. He has acted in various television dramas, notably Autumn in My Heart (2000), East of Eden (2008), My Princess (2011), Black (2017), Player (2018), The Great Show (2019), and Dinner Mate (2020). His latest on-screen appearance was in the fourth season of Voice (2021).
|Born||October 5, 1976|
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||Hankyong National University|
|Agent||King Kong by Starship|
|Revised Romanization||Song Seung-heon|
1995–2004: Beginnings and Pan-asia stardomEdit
Song Seung-heon began his career in 1995 as a model for the jeans brand 292513=STORM, and first became known to viewers in the popular sitcom Three Guys, Three Girls in 1996. The following year he debuted as an actor. His feature film debut came in 1999 in the film Calla co-starring Kim Hee-sun.
True stardom came to Song in late 2000, with the broadcast of the hugely popular TV drama Autumn in My Heart. The romantic melodrama series was a ratings success, pioneering a trend in Korean melodramatic series and launching a fever that is commonly referred to as the "Korean Wave" and leading to Song becoming a Hallyu star. Since then he has been actively recruited for film roles and advertisements in Japan, Hong Kong and other Asian countries.
Song further solidified his status as a Hallyu (Korean Wave) star in 2003 with Summer Scent, co-starring Son Ye-jin. The series is the third "season-themed" Yoon Seok-ho TV drama after Autumn in My Heart and Winter Sonata, but did not become as popular as the ones that preceded it.
In 2004, Song appeared in two films, but neither was a success: Ice Rain, shot in the Canadian Rockies, failed to enthuse viewers with its mixture of mountaineering and melodrama, while He Was Cool, based on an internet novel by Guiyeoni, was unable to compete with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and other films from the 2004 summer season.
2005–2007: Enlistment and scandalEdit
Meanwhile, in late 2004, just as he was getting ready to start shooting another high-profile TV drama Sad Love Story, it was revealed that the actor had illegally avoided his compulsory military service by submitting tainted urine samples that suggested he was suffering from certain illnesses and was thus unfit for the army. Amidst the press coverage and scandal this aroused, Song agreed to immediately serve his two-year term in the military. Song was discharged on November 15, 2006, with the rank of corporal, to much fanfare and media attention. For a time he kept a low profile, trying to gauge public opinion on his return to the entertainment world.
For his comeback, Song took on a tough image, playing aggressive and masculine roles in the 2008 drama East of Eden, which he won the "Daesang" (Grand Prize) for at the MBC Drama Awards. He also starred in the action film Fate, and the 2010 remake A Better Tomorrow.
In 2011, Song starred in My Princess opposite Kim Tae-hee, his first romantic comedy. He considers the series a turning point in his career, saying, "Previously, I took on characters living a life full of ups and downs. For me, Hae-young was the first character that was so rich, bright and cheerful. I felt much lighter while acting the character."
Based on the original comic by Motoka Murakami and previously dramatized in Japan, in 2012's Dr. Jin Song played the titular smart and cold-hearted surgeon who takes a journey back through time to the late 19th century Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). He then played a cold-hearted loan shark and gangster who morphs into a successful businessman for his love in 2013 melodrama When a Man Falls in Love.
2014–present: Mature rolesEdit
In 2014, Song starred in Kim Dae-woo's erotic period film Obsessed. Set in 1969 at the end of the Vietnam War, he played a high-ranking officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who falls into an obsessive love affair with his subordinate's wife.
In 2015, he starred in the Chinese romantic melodrama The Third Way of Love, followed by family comedy Wonderful Nightmare. Song was next cast as a fighter pilot in his second Chinese project, World War II film Air Strike. He is also set to star in the film Man of Will, portraying a cruel and cold-hearted prison director.
Back on the Korean screen in 2017, Song starred opposite Lee Young-ae in period drama Saimdang, Memoir of Colors, about the Joseon artist and calligrapher Shin Saimdang; Song played a fictional character, an aristocrat and painter who has loved the heroine since childhood. The same year, he was cast in the fantasy thriller drama Black alongside Go Ara, playing the role of a grim reaper. Song reunited with Black director Ko Jae-hyun in another OCN drama Player in 2018, playing the role of a con-artist.
In 2021, Song took the role as the main lead in the fourth season of Voice.
In 2009 he founded his own management agency, Storm S Company (later renamed Better ENT, now majority-owned by KOSDAQ-listed Signal Entertainment Group). It currently manages actors Kim Min-jung, Chae Jung-an and Goo Jae-yi. Song also owns the Sinsa-dong branch of Italian restaurant chain Blacksmith, launched by Caffe Bene.
In 2011, Song was named PR ambassador for cultural sharing by the Korea Foundation. His role was to promote Korean language, food and other cultural heritages overseas. In 2015, he was named as a promotional ambassador for the National Tax Service.
|2002||Make It Big||Seong-hwan|
|2004||Ice Rain||Han Woo-sung|
|He Was Cool||Ji Eun-sung|
|2010||A Better Tomorrow||Lee Young-choon|
|Ghost: In Your Arms Again||Kim Jun-ho|
|2012||Lucid Dreaming||short film|
|The Third Way of Love||Lin Qizheng|
|2017||Man of Will||Kang Hyung-sik|
|2018||Air Strike||An Ming Xun / An Ming He|
|1996–1999||Three Guys and Three Girls||MBC||Song Seung-heon|
|1997||Beautiful Lady||SBS||Lee Min-hyuk|
|1997–1998||You and I||MBC||Park Min-kyu|||
|1999||Happy Together||Seo Ji-suk|||
|Love Story||Joon-sung||episode 2: "Message"|||
|Autumn in My Heart||KBS2||Yoon Joon-seo|
|2001||Law Firm||SBS||Jung Young-woong|||
|2003||Summer Scent||KBS2||Yoo Min-woo|
|2008||East of Eden||MBC||Lee Dong-chul|
|2011||My Princess||Park Hae-young|
|2012||Dr. Jin||Jin Hyuk|
|2013||When a Man Falls in Love||Han Tae-sang|
|2017||Saimdang, Memoir of Colors||SBS||Lee Gyeom|
|Black||OCN||Han Moo-gang (Detective) / Black (Grim Reaper #444)|
|2019||The Great Show||tvN||Wi Dae-han|
|2020||Dinner Mate||MBC||Kim Hae-kyeong|
|2021||Voice||tvN||Derek Jo||Season 4|||
|TBA||Black Knight||Netflix||Ryu Seok|||
Music video appearancesEdit
|2001||"Once Upon a Day"||Kim Bum-soo|
|2005||"Sad Love Story"||Yoon Gun|
|2008||"I Miss You"||SG Wannabe|
|Album information||Track listing|
|Song Seung-heon Vol. 1
|Even After Ten Years / For You...|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Award ceremony||Year||Category||Nominee / Work||Result||Ref.|
|Andre Kim Best Star Awards||2009||Male Star Award||Song Seung-heon||Won|||
|Baeksang Arts Awards||1998||Most Popular Actor – Television||You and I||Won|||
|2009||Best Actor – Television||East of Eden||Nominated|
|Blue Dragon Film Awards||1999||Best New Actor||Calla||Nominated|
|2014||Popular Star Award||Obsessed||Won|||
|China Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards||2012||Asia's Most Charming Artist||Song Seung-heon||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||2000||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Autumn in My Heart||Nominated|
|2003||Netizen Award, Actor||Summer Scent||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award||Song Seung-heon with Son Ye-jin
|KCA Consumer Day Awards||2019||Best Drama Actor||Player||Won|||
|KMTV||1997||Best New Actor||Song Seung-heon||Won|
|Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||2009||Grand Prize (Daesang) in a TV Drama||East of Eden||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||2008||Grand Prize (Daesang)||East of Eden||Won|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Song Seung-heon with Lee Yeon-hee
East of Eden
|2011||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||My Princess||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award||Song Seung-heon with Kim Tae-hee
|2012||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Dr. Jin||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|2013||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||When a Man Falls in Love||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award||Song Seung-heon with Shin Se-kyung
When a Man Falls in Love
|2020||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Miniseries / Short Drama||Dinner Mate||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award||Song Seung-heon with Seo Ji-hye
|Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Content Industry Awards
|2010||Distinguished Hallyu Entertainer Award of Merit (co-winner with Girls' Generation)||Song Seung-heon||Won|| |
|SBS Drama Awards||1998||Popularity Award, Actor||Winners||Won|||
|1999||Netizen Popularity Award||Happy Together||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2001||Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Law Firm||Nominated|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|||
|2017||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama||Saimdang, Memoir of Colors||Nominated|
|Seoul International Drama Awards||2011||Outstanding Korean Actor||My Princess||Nominated|
|Style Icon Asia||2016||Top 10 Style Icons||Song Seung-heon||Won|||
|Taxpayers' Day||2010||Exemplary Taxpayer Citation|||
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- "Song Sung-heon, Go A-ra cast in OCN drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 5 August 2017.
- "Song Seung-heon, Krystal, and Lee Si-eon in "Player"". Hancinema. Star Money. 4 June 2018.
- "Song Seung-heon finally loves to act: It took the TV and film veteran a while, but now he appreciates his job". Korea JoongAng Daily. December 29, 2018.
- "'위대한 쇼' 송승헌, 첫 촬영 공개 '파격 변신 예고'" (in Korean). August 2, 2019.
- "[공식]송승헌, 킹콩by스타쉽과 전속계약…유연석·이동욱 한솥밥". Sports Chosun (in Korean). April 12, 2019.
- "'저녁 같이 드실래요?' 송승헌 출연확정, 5월 MBC 월화극 편성 [공식입장]". Sports Donga (in Korean). February 6, 2020.
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