Biography

Hwang Jung-min (황정민) began his career in musical theatre, making his acting debut in Line 1 in 1995. He then starred in various musicals and plays in Daehangno such as "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Cats".

Despite a career on stage, Hwang had difficulty transitioning to film. He went through a long struggle for recognition, with people saying he "didn’t have the right face for film." He even considered giving up his dream, but stuck to his conviction about walking the path of acting. Hwang said, "After becoming interested about the stage and how it feels to be that person on stage, I've never thought of anything else. That I never swayed -- that is one thing I can say with confidence." His big break came when he was cast in Waikiki Brothers, a 2001 film that was a sleeper hit in Korea. In his role as a hopeless drummer, Hwang left a strong impression and earned favorable reviews, with director Im Soon-rye calling him "an uncut gemstone."

It was in 2005 that Hwang became a household name, portraying a naive farmer in love with an AIDS-stricken prostitute in the hit melodrama "You Are My Sunshine". Hwang explains that he was "moved by the tale of the genuine love between two people. I agreed with the director's idea of showing it as pure love, like an uncut gem, without sloppily adding to it or embellishing it." When he accepted the best actor award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards for his performance in You Are My Sunshine, many were moved by his now-famous speech: "All I did was add a spoon to a dinner table that had already been prepared by others."

Hwang Jung-min (황정민) began his career in musical theatre, making his acting debut in Line 1 in 1995. He then starred in various musicals and plays in Daehangno such as "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Cats".

Despite a career on stage, Hwang had difficulty transitioning to film. He went through a long struggle for recognition, with people saying he "didn’t have the right face for film." He even considered giving up his dream, but stuck to his conviction about walking the path of acting. Hwang said, "After becoming interested about the stage and how it feels to be that person on stage, I've never thought of anything else. That I never swayed -- that is one thing I can say with confidence." His big break came when he was cast in Waikiki Brothers, a 2001 film that was a sleeper hit in Korea. In his role as a hopeless drummer, Hwang left a strong impression and earned favorable reviews, with director Im Soon-rye calling him "an uncut gemstone."

It was in 2005 that Hwang became a household name, portraying a naive farmer in love with an AIDS-stricken prostitute in the hit melodrama "You Are My Sunshine". Hwang explains that he was "moved by the tale of the genuine love between two people. I agreed with the director's idea of showing it as pure love, like an uncut gem, without sloppily adding to it or embellishing it." When he accepted the best actor award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards for his performance in You Are My Sunshine, many were moved by his now-famous speech: "All I did was add a spoon to a dinner table that had already been prepared by others."

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 45

Birthday 1970-09-01

Place of Birth Masan, South Gyeongsang, South Korea

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Also Known As

  • 황정민
  • Hwang Jung-Min
  • Hwang Jeong-min

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2020 교섭
2020 인질 as Hwang Jung-min
2020 다만 악에서 구하소서
2019 Money as Investor (voice)
2018 The Spy Gone North as Park Suk-young / Black Venus
2017 The Battleship Island as Lee Kang-ok
2016 Asura: The City of Madness as Park Sung-bae
2016 The Wailing as Il-Gwang
2016 A Violent Prosecutor as Byun Jae-Wook
2015 The Himalayas as Um Hong-gil
2015 Veteran as Seo Do-cheol
2015 Kim Je-dong's Talk to You (1 episode) as Himself
2014 Ode to My Father as Yoon Deok-soo
2014 Man in Love as Han Tae-il
2013 Fists of Legend as Lim Deok-gyoo
2013 In My End Is My Beginning
2013 New World as Jung Chung
2012 Peninsula (18 episodes) as Seo Myung-joon
2012 Dancing Queen as Jeong-min
2011 Moby Dick as Lee Bang-woo
2011 Battlefield Heroes as Silla King
2010 The Unjust as Choi Cheol-gi
2010 Running Man (2 episodes)
2010 Blades of Blood as Kyeon-Ja
2009 Five Senses of Eros as Min Jae-in
2009 The Accidental Couple (16 episodes)
2009 Private Eye as Hong Jin-ho
2008 Family Outing (2 episodes) as himself
2008 A Man Who Was Superman as Superman
2007 My 11th Mother as Baek-joong
2007 Happiness as Young-su
2007 Black House as Jun-oh
2006 Bloody Tie as Lieutenant Do
2005 All for Love as Na Do-Chul
2005 You Are My Sunshine as Seok-joong
2005 Heaven's Soldiers as Park Jung-woo
2005 A Bittersweet Life as President Baek
2005 This Charming Girl as Writer
2004 The Last Wolf
2003 A Good Lawyer's Wife as Joo Young-jak
2003 Digital Short Film Omnibus Project Twentidentity, Vol. 1 as Man - segment: "Under a Big Tree"
2002 Road Movie as Dae-shik
2002 YMCA Baseball Team as Ryu Kwang-tae
2001 Waikiki Brothers as Kang-soo
1999 Shiri

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