Kim Soo-Hyun Profile
Kim Soo-Hyun (김수현: born February 16, 1988) is a South Korean actor. One of the highest-paid actors in South Korea, He has appeared in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity 40 list.
Kim was selected as Gallup Korea’s Television Actor of the Year in 2014 and was featured by Forbes in their 30 Under 30 Asia list of 2016. His accolades include four Baeksang Arts Awards, two Grand Bell Awards and one Blue Dragon Film Award. From 2012 to 2016 and in 2021.
|Date Of Birth:||16 February 1988|
|Place Of Birth:||Seoul, South Korea|
|Agent:||KeyEast Gold Medalist|
|Years Active:||2007 – Present|
|Height:||180 cm (5’11”)|
|Weight:||65 kg (143 lbs)|
|Net Worth:||$110 million|
Early Life and Education
Born on February 16, 1988, Kim’s father is Kim Chung-hoon and was the lead singer of the 80’s band “Seven Dolphins”. Kim’s mother encouraged him to take acting classes during his school years to help him overcome his shy and introverted personality. His first major acting was in a stage play of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream delivering the role of Puck. His later work in the theatre includes the role of Kenickie and Hamlet in the musical Grease and tragedy Hamlet. By 2006, Kim completed elementary, middle and high school in Gangnam, Seoul and debuted as a TV actor in 2007 after auditions. He enrolled at Chung-Ang University’s Film and Theater Department in 2009.
Kim made his television debut in 2007 with the family sitcom Kimchi Cheese Smile, and in 2008, he landed a lead role in Jungle Fish.In 2009, Kim acted in the short film Worst Friends and Cherry Blossom, He also co-hosted Mnet’s Boys & Girls Music Countdown along with Kara’s Han Seung-yeon in 2009.Kim also starred the younger version of the male lead characters in Will It Snow for Christmas? and Giant. In January 2010, KeyEast signed an exclusive contract with Kim becoming his management company. Kim appeared in the food-based variety show Delicious Quiz (The Taste of Life) as one of the hosts. He went on to established himself with starring roles in the television dramas Dream High (2011), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), and in the top-grossing films The Thieves (2012) and Secretly, Greatly (2013).
Kim became a top Hallyu star as he gained further success with the fantasy rom-com My Love from the Star (2013–14), the variety-drama The Producers (2015), and the box-office failure Real (2017). Kim made headlines in newspapers when he stepped back into his acting career through his cameo appearances on dramas Hotel del Luna and Crash Landing on You. In January 2020, Kim signed with newly formed entertainment agency Gold Medalist along with actresses Kim Sae-ron and Seo Yea-ji. Kim took another role of Moon Gang-tae, in the tvN and Netflix broadcast romance drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay. In 2021 Kim starred in Coupang Play’s television series One Ordinary Day, based on the British television series Criminal Justice.
In March 2015, Kim was awarded for being a model taxpayer by the local tax office for faithfully paying taxes every Tax Day.
In July 2015, it was revealed that Kim has a paternal half-sister named Kim Ju-na, a singer.
Kim has been regarded as the ‘King of product endorsements’ by media outlets; and has been the face of variety of products ranging from food, clothing, electronics, telecoms to automobiles and more.Kim became most in-demand advertising model after his drama My Love From the Star with appearing in more than 30 advertisements, including 10 airing in China and other Asian counties. He has also been the face of Jeju airlines and main character of a Chinese video game. In 2014, Kim Soo-hyun appeared in an ad alongside Gianna Jun for Chinese bottled water company Hengda bingquan. Kim Soo Hyun joined the Philippine retail brand Bench as a product endorser in July 2021.
Since, 2012, Kim and his fans have donated a total of 20 tons of rice every year to help those in need.
In April 2014, during his tour of Asia Kim donated about ₩200 million to the China Children & Teenager’s Fund from a Gucci charity event.
He also joined Yellow Ribbon Campaign and donated ₩300 million to help the teenage victims of Sewol ferry tragedy.
In January 2017, Kim along with 32 top stars of South Korea joined an online fund raising event, Give Love, to help NGO dedicated to protecting children’s rights.
In February 2020, Kim delivered ₩100 million in donations related to COVID-19 to support low income families.
In 2011 Kim along with Bae Suzy were the Ambassadors of the 16th Korea Goyang International Flower Festival.
On 18 April 2012, Korea Tourism Organization appointed Kim as the Honorary Ambassador for Korean tourism.
On 3 December 2012, Kim was appointed as the Public Relation Ambassador for Lotte Hotel Busan
On 20 May 2014, Kim was appointed as one of the Public Relations Ambassador for his alma mater, Chung-Ang University.
On 25 October 2014, Kim was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of Seoul. For the city’s promotion, he participated in various cultural events in the next two years
In 2015 Kim was the Honorary Ambassador for the Incheon International Airport.
In 2016 Kim is the Promotional Ambassador for Paradise City.
Real (리얼) | (2017) as Jang Tae Young
Miss Granny (수상한 그녀) | (2014) as young Mr. Park (cameo)
Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게) | (2013) as Won Ryu Hwan / Bang Dong Gu
The Thieves (도둑들) | (2012) as Zampano
Kim Soo Hyun Drama Series:
It’s Okay Not to Be Okay (사이코지만 괜찮아) | tvN / (2020) as Moon Kang Tae
Crash Landing on You (사랑의 불시착) | tvN / (2019-2020) as Dong Gu (cameo ep. 10)
Hotel del Luna (호텔 델루나) | tvN / (2019) as Owner of Hotel Blue Moon (cameo ep. 16)
The Producers (프로듀사) | KBS2 / (2015) as Baek Seung Chan
My Love From the Star (별에서 온 그대) | SBS / (2013-2014) as Do Min Joon
Dream High 2 (드림하이 2) | KBS2 / (2012) as Song Sam Dong (cameo ep. 1)
The Moon Embracing The Sun (해를 품은 달) | MBC / (2012) as King Lee Hwon
Dream High (드림하이) | KBS2 / (2011) as Song Sam Dong
Giant (자이언트) | SBS / (2010) as young Lee Seong Mo
Father’s House (아버지의 집) | SBS / (2009) as Kang Jae Il
Will It Snow For Christmas? (크리스마스에 눈이 올까요?) | SBS / (2009) as young Cha Kang Jin
Jungle Fish (정글피쉬) | KBS2 / (2008) as Han Jae Ta
Kimchi Cheese Smile (김치 치즈 스마일) | MBC / (2007-2008) as Himself
Kim Soo Hyun Awards:
2021 APAN Star Awards | Popular Star Award, Actor
2021 APAN Srar Awards | KT Seezn Star Award (Kim Soo Hyun) |Nominated
2020 Asian Artist Awards | Grand Prize (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay)
2020 Asian Artist Awards |AAA Hot Issue Award (Kim Soo Hyun)
2015 KBS Drama Awards | Grand Prize (“The Producers”)
2015 APAN Star Awards | Grand Prize (“The Producers”)
2015 Korea Drama Awards | Grand Prize (“The Producers”)
2015 KBS Drama Awards | Netizen’s Popularity Award (“The Producers”)
2015 KBS Drama Awards | Best Couple Award with Gong Hyo Jin & Cha Tae Hyun (“The Producers”)
2015 Korea Drama Awards | Hallyu Star Award (“The Producers”)
2014 SBS Drama Awards | Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special (“My Love From the Star”)
2014 SBS Drama Awards | Netizen Popularity Award (“My Love From the Star”)
2014 SBS Drama Awards | Best Couple Award with Jun Ji Hyun (“My Love From the Star”)
2014 APAN Star Awards | Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries (“My Love From the Star”)
2014 Korea Drama Awards | Grand Prize (“My Love From the Star”)
2014 Korea Drama Awards | Hallyu Hot Star Award (“My Love From the Star”)
2014 SBS Drama Awards | Chinese Netizen Popularity Award (“My Love From the Star”)
2014 SBS Drama Awards | Top 10 Stars Award (“My Love From the Star”)
2014 Baeksang Arts Awards | Best New Film Actor (“Secretly Greatly”)
2014 Baeksang Arts Awards | Most Popular TV Actor (“My Love From the Star”)
2014 Baeksang Arts Awards | Most Popular Film Actor (“Secretly Greatly”)
2013 Daejong Film Awards | Best New Actor (“Secretly Greatly”)
2012 MBC Drama Awards | Popularity Award (“The Moon Embracing The Sun”)
2012 Baeksang Arts Awards | Best TV Actor (“The Moon Embracing The Sun”)
2012 MBC Drama Awards | Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries (“The Moon Embracing The Sun”)
2012 APAN Star Awards | Excellence Award, Actor (“The Moon Embracing The Sun”)
2012 Blue Dragon Film Awards | Popular Star Award (“The Thieves”)
2011 KBS Drama Awards | Best Couple Award with Bae Suzy (“Dream High”)
2011 Korea Drama Awards | Popularity Award (“Dream High”)
2011 KBS Drama Awards | Best New Actor (“Dream High”)
2011 KBS Drama Awards | Popularity Actor Award (“Dream High”)
2011 Korea Drama Awards | Best New Actor (“Dream High”)
2010 SBS Drama Awards | New Star Award (“Giant”)
Kim Soo-Hyun has a net worth of $110 million