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LEADING MEN PERSONALITY PROFILE ON FOW24NEWS.COM...GONG JI-CHUL


Gong Ji-chul (Hangul born July 10, 1979), better known by his stage name Gong Yoo (Hangul, is a South Korean actor.....


He is best known for his roles in television dramas The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (2007) and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016-2017), and the films Silenced (2011), The Age of Shadows (2016), and Train to Busan (2016).

Career

2001-2006: Beginnings

Gong Yoo graduated from Kyung Hee University with a B.A. 
theater degree. He started his show business career as a video jockey on Mnet in 2000 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.

2007: Coffee Prince and breakthrough

In 2005, he landed his first lead role in SBS's Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy opposite Gong Hyo-jin. Gong Yoo was then cast in MBC's romantic comedy The 1st Shop of 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 comeback

Gong Yoo then enlisted the mandatory service on January 14, 2008, 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 made his comeback in the romantic comedy Finding Mr. Destiny, which was a medium box office hit in Korea.

He then initiated and pursued production of a theatrical adaptation of Gong Ji-young's novel The Crucible, a gift from his senior as congratulations 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, 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 resurgence

Gong 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.

Filmography

Film


Television series

Music video appearances

Hosting

Awards and nominations

Year Title Role Notes
2003 My Tutor Friend Lee Jong-soo
2004 Spy Girl Choi Ko-bong
Superstar Mr. Gam Park Chul-soo
S Diary Yoo-in
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
Year Title Role Network Notes
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
Screen Kim Joon-pyo SBS
My Room, Your Room Kim Sung Joon
SayClub Internet Drama
2005 Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy Park Tae-in SBS
2006 One Fine Day Seo Gun MBC
2007 The 1st Shop of 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
Year Song title Artist
2014 "How I Am" Kim Dong Ryul
Year Program Role Episodes Network Notes
2004 Music Camp Host 2004.01.10~2004.07.03 MBC
2008~2009
(during enlistment)
장병가요 베스트 (Best Music) episodes 155~186 KFN
공유가 기다리는 20시 DJ 371 episodes
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
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 Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy 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
LEADING MEN PERSONALITY PROFILE ON FOW24NEWS.COM...GONG JI-CHUL Reviewed by FOW 24 News on February 07, 2018 Rating: 5 Gong Ji-chul (Hangul born July 10, 1979), better known by his stage name Gong Yoo (Hangul, is a South Korean actor.....

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