December 20, 1976
|Education||Seoul Institute of the Arts - Film |
Dankook University - Theater and Film
Kim Yeo-jin (m. 2008)
|Revised Romanization||Jang Hyeok|
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Yong-jun|
Jang Hyuk (born Jung Yong-joon on December 20, 1976) is a South Korean actor and rapper. He is best known for his leading roles in the films Volcano High (2001) and Windstruck (2004), and the television dramas Successful Story of a Bright Girl (2002), Thank You (2007), The Slave Hunters (2010), Deep Rooted Tree (2011), You Are My Destiny (2014),Voice (2017) and Money Flower (2017).
Jung Yong-joon spent most of his childhood and adolescence in his birthplace, Busan, before making his acting debut in 1997 in the television drama Model under the stage name Jang Hyuk. Besides the teen series School and a minor role in the little-seen film Zzang (The Best), Jang appeared in the music video of "To Mother", the 1999 debut single of popular boyband g.o.d, whom he was housemates with at that time. Also in 1999, he played the good-hearted yet aggressive Myung-ha in the series Into the Sunlight. Using the stage name "TJ", he had a brief career as a rapper and acted in several music videos from his rap album TJ Project, which was released in 2000.
Jang's career first began to take off in 2001, when he was cast in the lead role of the special-effects extravaganza Volcano High with actress Shin Min-a. His acting in the eccentric role drew praise from fans and critics.
In 2002 he continued to make a name for himself, starring in the sleeper hit Jungle Juice, which made the top of the weekly box-office. His popularity continued to increase when he starred in the hugely popular TV drama Successful Story of a Bright Girl with actress Jang Na-ra. He also took a role in Public Toilet, the HK-Korea co-production by acclaimed Hong Kong director Fruit Chan which won a Special Mention in the Upstream section of the 2002 Venice Film Festival.
Jang continued to appear in high-profile projects; in 2003, Jang starred alongside Lee Na-young in the comedy Please Teach Me English, by director Kim Sung-su and the following year, he starred opposite Jun Ji-hyun in Kwak Jae-yong's Windstruck. Although Windstruck was generally not well received in Korea, it went on to beat Shiri and become one of the best-selling Korean films in Japan.
In late 2004, together with fellow actors Song Seung-heon and Han Jae-suk, Jang was found to have illegally avoided his mandatory military service through his and Han's agency SidusHQ. Amid widespread public condemnation, Jang apologized to his fans, then began to serve his two-year term.
After his discharge from the military in 2006, Jang made his comeback in the drama series Thank You. A heartwarming story about a young single mother (played by Gong Hyo-jin) with an HIV-positive daughter and the cynical doctor who enters their lives, Thank You surprisingly became a modest hit, and with it Jang left the stigma of his draft-dodging scandal behind him.
He then signed up for the international movie production Dance of the Dragon (2008), a love story that mixed ballroom dancing with martial arts action and costarred Singaporean actress Fann Wong. He won the Best Actor award at the inaugural West Hollywood International Film Festival for his role. Jang also made a cameo in Japanese drama Ryokiteki na Kanojo, a remake of the 2001 Korean film My Sassy Girl. After his earlier guesting on star Tsuyoshi Kusanagi's talk show, the director of the drama reportedly added new scenes for Jang that were not included in the original script. Jang then appeared as the love interest in three music videos of Taiwanese singer Elva Hsiao.
More leading roles in TV dramas followed, including Robber (2008) and Tazza (2008) adapted from the gambling manhwa. In 2009, he appeared in the short film His Concern in the omnibus Five Senses of Eros, the risque thriller Searching for the Elephant, and the melodrama Maybe.
In 2010, he received the best reviews of his career for his leading role as the slave hunter ("chuno") Dae-gil in the hit fusion period drama The Slave Hunters. His acting coach of 14 years described Jang as being relentless in his analysis of a character. According to Jang, "It is easy to fail if you don't understand the steps one has to take to be famous." He won several acting awards, most significantly the Grand Prize ("Daesang") at the KBS Drama Awards, and a Best Actor nomination at the 2011 International Emmy Awards.
In the same year, he starred in Fall in Love with Anchor Beauty, the Chinese remake of 2000 Korean drama All About Eve. Fall in Love with Anchor Beauty received high ratings in China during its run.
Back in Korea, Jang played a fund manager-turned-lawyer in 2011's Midas, also starring Lee Min-jung and Kim Hee-ae. He next starred in legal thriller The Client (2011) with Ha Jung-woo and Park Hee-soon, saying the film satisfied his wish to portray a more emotionally complex persona. Playing a man accused of murdering his wife, Jang said he had to find "the right balance" "as someone who can appear at times like a criminal or at other times like an innocent man."
Initially reluctant to sign on to period drama Deep Rooted Tree (2011) because he found the role of low-level royal guard Kang Chae-yoon uninteresting in the original novel, Jang changed his mind upon reading that the character had been dramatized and made richer in the TV script. It tells the story of Kang investigating a case involving the serial murders of Jiphyeonjeon scholars in Gyeongbok Palace while King Sejong (played by Han Suk-kyu) is developing the Korean alphabet.
In 2013, he headlined Iris II, the sequel to the 2009 spy action series. This was his third acting collaboration with actress Lee Da-hae, after Robber and The Slave Hunters. He also returned to the big screen in 2013 blockbuster disaster film The Flu, in which he and Soo Ae played a firefighter and a doctor racing against time to find the cure for a deadly strain of the cold virus.
To the surprise of many given his past draft-dodging scandal, he then joined Real Men, a weekly show in which six male celebrities are filmed documentary-style as they enter army boot camp. This was Jang's first regular appearance on a variety/reality show in his 17-year acting career. He said, "I'd like to use this opportunity to reflect on myself through Real Men and to experience army life again." He appeared on Real Men from June 2013 to February 2014. He then wrote a collection of essays on his life experiences titled Jang Hyuk, Hot-Blooded Man, published on August 6, 2013.
In 2014, he reunited with Volcano High director Kim Tae-kyun in Innocent Thing, a thriller about a high school girl who becomes obsessed with her married gym teacher. He also teamed up again with Successful Story of a Bright Girl costar Jang Na-ra in You Are My Destiny, a Korean remake of the similarly-titled 2008 Taiwanese drama. Shortly after, he and Jang starred together for the third time in Old Farewell, about a boxer who travels into the past and re-encounters his recently deceased wife. It was part of the single-episode anthology Drama Festival, and helmed by one of their directors on Fated.
Jang returned to the milieu of period dramas in 2015 with Shine or Go Crazy, a fictional romance between a cursed Goryeo prince and the last princess of Balhae. The film Empire of Lust followed, in which he played the wily and ambitious Yi Bang-won who launched a coup to become the king of Joseon. He was next cast in the Chinese film Inside or Outside, a detective mystery co-starring Simon Yam and Wallace Huo. Jang then played a Joseon innkeeper merchant in The Merchant: Gaekju 2015.
In 2016, Jang was cast in the Chinese drama New Sea. Back in Korea, Jang starred in KBS's medical drama Beautiful Mind, playing a genius neurosurgeon. Though the drama was critically praised, the number of episodes were brought down from 16 to 14 because of low viewer ratings.
In 2017, he starred in his first cable drama, crime thriller Voice by OCN, where he played an ex-detective who joined a call center's team to track his wife's killer. Voice became a hit and its ratings broke OCN's dramas records when it was aired in Korea. His movie Ordinary Person opposite Son Hyun-joo premiered in March 2017, where he acted as a manipulative National Planning Security chief. He also starred in weekend drama Money Flower, earning much acclaim and a Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor nomination for his role as a revenge-seeking lawyer. The same year, he was cast in action film The Swordsman.
In 2018, Jang returned to the small screen with SBS' romantic comedy drama Wok of Love, playing a former gangster turned restaurant owner; and MBC's action melodrama Bad Papa, playing a former champion boxer who chose to become a bad man in order to become a good father.
In 2019, he took part in reality TV program Urban Cops where celebrities team up with real life cops to solve crimes in the city. The same year, he was cast in the historical drama My Country, playing the role of Yi Bang-won.
Jang began dating his girlfriend, Kim Yeo-jin, in 2002. They met at a fitness club, where Kim was his Pilates instructor. The couple's marriage was registered in January 2008, and the ceremony was held in June. His close friends, singer Kim Jong-kook and actor Cha Tae-hyun, participated in the wedding ceremony. The couple have two sons and a daughter, born in February 2008, November 2009 and April 2015 respectively.
|2001||Volcano High||Kim Kyung-soo|
|Public Toilet||Kim Seon-bak|
|2003||Please Teach Me English||Park Moon-soo|
|S Diary||Im Chan||cameo|
|2008||Dance of the Dragon||Kwon Tae-san||Korea-Singapore-USA collaboration|
|2009||Five Senses of Eros||Jung Min-soo||segment: "His Concern"|
|Rabbit and Lizard||Eun-seol|||
|Searching for the Elephant||Hyun-woo|
|2011||The Client||Han Chul-min|
|2013||The Flu||Kang Ji-goo|
|2014||Innocent Thing||Kim Joon-ki|
|2015||Empire of Lust||Prince Yi Bang-won|
|2016||Inside or Outside||Woo-geom (Ou Jian)||Korea-China collaboration|
|2017||Because I Love You||Fortune teller||cameo|
|Ordinary Person||Choi Gyu-nam|
|Into the Sunlight||Han Myung-ha||MBC|
|2000||Wang Rung's Land||Bong-pil||SBS|
|2002||Successful Story of a Bright Girl||Han Gi-tae|
|The Great Ambition||Park Jae-young|
|2007||Thank You||Min Gi-seo||MBC|
|Ryokiteki na Kanojo||Hallyu star "Jang Hyuk" (cameo, ep.1)||TBS|
|2010||The Slave Hunters||Lee Dae-gil||KBS2|
|Fall in Love with Anchor Beauty||Chen Yi Po||ZJSTV|
|Deep Rooted Tree||Kang Chae-yoon/Ddol-bok|
|2013||Iris II: New Generation||Jung Yoo-gun||KBS2|
|2014||You Are My Destiny||Lee Gun||MBC|
|Drama Festival "Old Farewell"||Kang Soo-hyuk|
|Love Cells||Neighbor (cameo)||Naver TV Cast|
|2015||Shine or Go Crazy||Wang So||MBC|
|The Producers||Jang Hyun-sung (cameo, ep.3)||KBS2|
|The Merchant: Gaekju 2015||Chun Bong-sam|
|2016||Beautiful Mind||Lee Young-oh|
|Hit the Top||(cameo, ep.2)||KBS2|
|Money Flower||Kang Pil-joo / Jang Eun-cheon||MBC|
|2018||Wok of Love||Doo Chil-sung||SBS|
|Bad Papa||Yoo Ji-cheol||MBC|
|2019||The Crowned Clown||Yi Heon's father (cameo, ep.1)||tvN|
|My Country||Yi Bang-won||JTBC|
|TBA||New Sea||Zhao Guo Sheng||JSTV|
|2013||Real Men||MBC||Cast member (until 2014)|
|2015||Ding Ge Long Dong Qiang||CCTV||Chuanju member|
|The Friends in Croatia||Kstar||Main cast|
|2017||Dragon's Club: Overgrown Bromance||KBS2||Main cast|
|2019||Urban Cops||MBC Every 1||Main cast|
|1997||"Will You Understand (이해할께)"||Cho Kyu Man|
|1997||"A Request"||Lee Seung-hwan|
|2000||"God Bless TJ"||TJ Project|
|"TJ's Love Story"|
|"Take the Life of You"|
|"Love of Sun and Moon"|
|2001||"A Better Day"||jtL|
|2006||"그저 흐르는 대로"||UTO|
|"The Loneliness of Two People"|
|"Is There Love?" ||Kim Yong-jin|
|2017||"Hot Sugar" ||Turbo|
|Album information||Track listing|
|2013||Jang Hyuk, Hot-Blooded Man||Paper Book||ISBN 9788997148325|
|2000||SBS Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Wang Rung's Land||Won|||
|2002||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama||Daemang||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Successful Story of a Bright Girl||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Successful Story of a Bright Girl,
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2007||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Thank You||Nominated|
|Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Won|||
|Chinese Martial Arts Festival||New Artist Award||N/A||Won|||
|2008||3rd Asia Model Festival Awards||BBF Popular Star Award||N/A||Won|||
|2nd West Hollywood International Film Festival||Best Actor||Dance of the Dragon||Won|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama||Tazza||Won|||
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (Television)||The Slave Hunters||Nominated|
|5th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actor||Won|||
|3rd Korea Drama Awards||Best Actor||Won|||
|17th Han Il Culture Awards||Acting Award, Cultural Diplomacy category||N/A||Won|||
|2nd Jewelry Awards||Ruby Award||N/A||Won|||
|5th A-Awards||Passion Award||N/A||Won|||
|23rd Grimae Awards||Best Actor||The Slave Hunters||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Won|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Lee Da-hae||Won|
|2011||39th International Emmy Awards||Best Performance by an Actor||Nominated|||
|23rd Korea PD Awards||Best Performer, TV Actor category||Won|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama||Midas, Deep Rooted Tree||Won|||
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2012||46th Taxpayer's Day||Presidential Commendation||N/A||Won|||
|2013||MBC Entertainment Awards||Popularity Award in a Variety Show||Real Men||Won|||
|13th Korea World Youth Film Festival||Favorite Actor||Iris II||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|2014||3rd APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||You Are My Destiny||Nominated|
|7th Herald Donga Lifestyle Awards||Best Dressed of the Year||N/A||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||You Are My Destiny||Won|||
|Best Couple Award with Jang Na-ra||Won|||
|Best Actor in a Drama Short||Old Farewell||Nominated|
|2015||4th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Shine or Go Crazy, The Merchant: Gaekju 2015||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama||Shine or Go Crazy||Nominated|
|29th KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award (with Han Chae-ah)||The Merchant: Gaekju 2015||Won|||
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|2016||30th KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Beautiful Mind||Nominated|
|2017||2017 Korean Film Shining Star Awards||Drama Star Award||Voice||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Money Flower||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend Drama||Won|||
|2018||54th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (Television)||Nominated|||
|6th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Nominated|||
|31st Grimae Awards||Best Actor||Bad Papa||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||Nominated|
|Vocal King award||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||Wok of Love||Nominated|
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