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Choi Soo Jong
Hangul 최수종
Hanja 崔秀宗
Revised Romanization Choe Su-jong
McCune–Reischauer Choi Su-chong

Choi Soo-Jong (alternately Choi Su-Jong, born on December 28, 1962 ~ ) is a Korean actor. Choi made his debut in 1987 as a young actor in the TV soap opera ‘Love Tree’. He has appeared in movies, television and as an MC on various award shows. He has received worldwide recognition for his leading roles in several highly successful shows. Most recently he garnered acclaim for his portrayals of the principle characters in the Korean historical dramas Emperor of the Sea in the role of Jang Bogo, and as the title character Dae Joyoung in the epic series Dae Jo Yeong (TV series).



When reflecting on his more than twenty years as an actor, Choi said "To an actor, fame is short, but acting is long." [1]

As a public figure and social activist, Choi Soo Jong has sought to project an image of integrity and wholesomeness. His fidelity to his wife and dedication to his role as father and husband are widely discussed in the media, although he strives to retain his family's privacy. Choi also openly discusses his commitment to clean living through regular exercise and healthy eating. Despite his advancing age, Choi continues to accept physically challenging roles that require horseback riding, combat and swordsmanship, and exposure to extreme temperatures. His youthful appearance and physical fitness allow Choi to play characters much younger than his actual age.

Despite Choi's image of integrity and health, in 2007 his career was briefly overshadowed by scandal. In a series of news stories, it was revealed that several high-profile Korean actors had falsified their academic credentials.[2] Choi was among those whose educational background on his resume proved to be exaggerated and included untrue information.[3][4] Choi tearfullly apologized for misleading the public.

Personal life

Choi is married to actress Ha Hee Ra. They have two children together: a son, Min-seo and a daughter, Yoon-seo. Choi Soo Jong and Ha Hee Ra's happy marriage is a well-known in Korea.[5][6] When Ha was pregnant, Choi did the housework, cooked, and let her rest, a fact that has made Choi very popular with Korean women and jokingly scorned by Korean men. Choi is frequently seen text messaging and making phone calls with his wife Ha Hee Ra while filming and was even documented doing so in the television special for Emperor of the Sea.

Choi has a reputation amongst co-stars as funny and bright. He is known as a jokester on the set that has earned him the title "NG Mawang" (NG Master). When he makes an NG (blooper), he attempts to make light of his error.

In his free time, Choi enjoys playing soccer on Sunday mornings. In 2008, Choi announced that he would also begin studying English in his spare time. [7]

Social activities

When not filming, Choi and his wife also are involved with charitable projects both jointly and separately. They contribute regularly to charitable causes in addition to actively volunteering for causes such as disabled children and the massive oil spill in Korea in 2007.[8][9][10][11] In the first half of 2009, Choi and Ha were selected to be the ambassadors for a worldwide campaign against tuberculosis. [12]

Additionally, in December 2008, Choi was one of five celebrities appointed as a goodwill ambassador to the Korean capital Seoul. [13] As a member of the "Fabulous Five," Choi was chosen to publicize the international appeal of the city. In June of 2009, Choi and six other high profile actors waived their fees to teach master acting classes at Im Kwon-taek Film and Art College of Dongseo University. [14]


  • Height: 174 cm
  • Weight: 68 kg
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown



  • A Man Who Can't Even Kiss (1994)
  • A Woman Of Downstairs and A Man Of Upstairs (1992)
  • Do You Like Rain Stopped Afternoon (1991)
  • In A Starry Night (1991)
  • To You Once Again (1991)
  • Well, It's A Secret (1990)
  • Il Ji Mae, The Superman (1990)
  • A Young Punch (1988)


Awards and nominations


  • Korean Drama Festival Awards: Outstanding Actor Award (2008 for Dae Jo Yeong)[15]
  • KBS Acting Awards: Highest Award 대상 (2007 for Dae Jo Yeong)
  • KBS Acting Awards: Netizen Award 네티즌 상 (2007 for Dae Jo Yeong)
  • KBS Acting Awards: Top Excellence in Acting 최우수상 (2005 for Emperor of the Sea)
  • KBS Acting Awards: Special Award (2003)
  • KBS Acting Awards: Popularity Award 인기상(2002)
  • KBS Acting Awards: Highest Award 대상 (2001)
  • Paeksang Arts Awards: Top Excellence in Acting (1999)
  • 26th Korea Broadcasting Awards: Talent Award
  • KBS Acting Awards: Highest Award 대상 (1998)
  • KBS Acting Awards: Photogenic Award (1998)
  • KBS Acting Awards: Top Excellence in Acting 최우수상 (1996)
  • KBS Acting Awards: Popularity Award (1995)
  • Paeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award (1994)
  • MBC Broadcasting Awards: Top Excellence in Acting (1993)
  • MBC Broadcasting Awards: Top Excellence in Acting (1992)
  • Paeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award (1991)
  • MBC Acting Awards: Excellence in Acting (1991)
  • KBS Acting Awards: Popularity Award (1991)
  • KBS Acting Awards: Popularity Award 인기상 (1990)


  • Seoul Drama Awards: Best Actor (2008 for Dae Jo Yeong)[16]
  • KBS Acting Awards: Top Excellence in Acting 최우수상 (2006 for Dae Jo Yeong)




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