Up-Close with Model-Actor, Cha Seung-won: Height, Wife, Family, Movies and TV Shows, etc

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The Korean Actor Cha Seung-won

Starting off his renowned career as a fashion model, Cha Seung-won has successfully switched to being an actor who plays well in various kinds of genres in both Korean dramas and movies. Cha Seung-won has received notable awards in the acting field, such as Best Actor for Film category on 39th Baeksang Arts Awards in 2002, Top Excellence Award for Actor category on KBS Drama Awards in 2003, Best Actor on 15th Chunsa Film Art Awards in 2007, and Top Excellence Award for Actor in a Mini-Series category on MBC Drama Award in 2011.

Thus, in this article, Channel-Korea will explain all about Cha Seung-won, including his full profile, tattoo, family, projects, Instagram feed, etc. So, stay tuned!

Cha Seung-won’s Full Profile


Real Name: Cha Seung-won

Nickname: Chajumma, Monkey

Date of Birth: June 7, 1970, in Anyang, Gyeonggi

Age: 49 (Korean age) / 48 (International age)

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

Chinese Astrology: Dog

Blood Type: B

Nationality: South Korean

Religion: Roman Catholic

Weight: 80 kg

Education: Dankook University Teachers College High School, Mokwon University (Engineering Degree)

Net Worth: 4 Million Dollars

Agency: YG Entertainment

Hobbies: Weightlifting, fitness, mountain cycling

Skills: Dancing, baseball

Cha Seung-won’s Height and Tattoo


Apparently, Cha Seung-won is the tallest model and actor in South Korea with a height of 188 cm, whereas the average height for models and actors is 180 cm. Moreover, similar to his powerful macho image, Cha Seung-won also has a tattoo which is inked on his right arm. This tattoo is a picture of an angel figure and the word ‘Rachel’.


Cha Seung-won’s Family


Unlike other male celebrities who generally tie the knot at a late age, Cha Seung-won married Lee Soo-jin, a woman who is four years older than him, when he was really young. Cha Seung-won first met his current wife at a club when she was in college while he was still a senior in high school. Later, the two of them married when Cha Seung-won was 20 years old and Lee Soo-jin was 24 years old, overlooking the fact that their parents were against their marriage. Together, Cha Seung-won and Lee Soo-jin have two children named Cha No-ah, who was known as a pro-gamer in the LG-IM sponsored team for League of Legend (LoL), and Cha Ye-ni, who is the only daughter and biological kid of Cha Seung-won.


In the middle of 2013, Cha Seung-won’s first child Cha No-ah was accused of sexual assault towards a high school student. In detail, The Central Seoul Prosecutor’s Office stated that charges were brought up by high school student “A” against Cha No-ah for bringing her to an officetel and sexually assaulting her numerous times between April and August. Cha No-ah’s side denied the charges as all he did was date her, and when they did have sex, it was consensual. On the other hand, the girl’s family refused an out-of-court settlement, saying that Cha No-ah has to kneel before her and beg for forgiveness instead of just giving money to make up her suffering. Later, in December 2013, Cha No-ah’s sexual assault case was dropped after high school student “A” met with Cha No-ah to discuss the incident. In addition to sexual assault, Cha No-ah has also been arrested for marijuana possession along with Bianca Mobley and K-pop boy group DMTN. After asking for leniency in the court because he confessed to the charge but did not personally purchase the marijuana or have a regular habit of smoking it, Cha No-ah received a six-month suspended sentence instead of 10 months in prison. Regarding his son’s misbehavior, Cha Seung-won has apologized to the public by saying that he failed to raise his children properly, and although he cannot hide his sadness about Cha No-ah’s scandals, he would like to express his deepest apologies.


One year later, another shocking fact became known to the public regarding Cha Seung-won’s son Cha No-ah. A man filed a lawsuit regarding his status as Cha No-ah’s real biological father and asked for 1 billion won ($1 million) to compensate his hurt pride because Cha Seung-won claimed to be the real father. Soon after, the home agency of Cha Seung-won, YG Entertainment, confirmed that Cha Seung-won is indeed not the biological father of Cha No-ah and had adopted Cha No-ah after marrying his wife Lee Soo-jin who had Cha No-ah from her previous marriage. On October 6, 2014, YG Entertainment gave the lengthy explanation, “Cha Seung-won got married 22 years ago, and he became one family with his wife, as well as her three-year-old son born from her previous husband, whom she divorced. Cha Seung-won firmly believes that he gave birth to his son Cha No-ah with his heart, and he has shared that he still does not regret the decision he made at that time.” This is obviously considered scandalous because what the public previously knew about Cha Seung-won’s family was through Lee Soo-jin’s book essay which stated that Cha No-ah was born soon after Cha Seung-won and Lee Soo-jin married in 1989. However, after this parentage scandal occurred, it was revealed that the two of them actually married in 1992 when Cha No-ah was three years old. In relation to this matter, Cha Seung-won spoke up, “I acknowledge the small lie my wife and I made for the sake of No-ah, and I would like to apologize to everyone. I would appreciate if people understood that at the time, we couldn’t reveal everything.” He continued, “No matter what anyone says, No-ah is my son. I don’t know how far this is going to go, but we are going to love each other more and become stronger.”


As for his daughter Cha Ye-ni, Cha Seung-won has shown nothing but love and adoration. During the brief interview for MBC’s Section TV on June 2011, Cha Seung-won, who was busy shooting The Greatest Love, was asked about his energy charger. At first, he said that the viewers do not have to know. Then, he said that his charger is his family, and he gets recharged when he is with his daughter. Aww, what a sweet father!

Cha Seung-won’s Movies, Dramas, TV Shows, Music Videos, and Theatre List


As explained previously, Cha Seung-won is a versatile actor who is able to play any kind of role in movies, television series, music videos, and theatre. Moreover, Cha Seung-won occasionally also becomes a guest on or hosts popular variety shows on broadcast channels. In this section, Channel-Korea compiled a list of movies, dramas, television shows, music videos, and theatre that Cha Seung-won has starred in.

1997: Holiday in Seoul (as the leg model’s boyfriend)

1997: SBS- New York Story

1997: SBS- Song of the Wind

1997: SBS- Woman vs. Woman

1998: If the Sun Rises in the West (as Ji-min)

1998: MBC- Run Barefoot

1998: MBC- Shy Lovers (as Im Sung-bom)

1998: KBS2- Angel’s Kiss (as Jang Tae-ju)

1998: MBC- Roses and Bean Sprouts (as Choi Gyu-dae)

1998: SBS- Lee Seung-yeon’s Say Say Say (as Co-host)

1998: MBC- GO! Our Heaven (as Host)

1998: SBS- Kim Hye-soo Plus You (as Co-host)

1998: SBS- Music Camp (as MC)

1998: Model for Kim Jang-hoon’s music video for “Even If the World Fools You”

1998: Model for Uhm Jung-hwa’s music video for “Poison”

1999: Ghost in Love (Na Han-su)

1999: Attack the Gas Station

1999: KBS2- Sunday Best “Someone Is Watching Me”

1999: KBS2- Woman on Top (as Seung-il)

1999: SBS- Love Story “Message”

2000: Fin de Siecle (as Sang-woo)

2000: Black Honeymoon (as Kim Joon-ho)

2000: Libera Me (as Yeo Hee-su)

2000: Model for Kim Jang-hoon’s music video for “I Am a Man”

2001: Kick the Moon (as Choi Ki-woong)

2001: Model for Position’s music video “I Love You”

2002: Break Out (as Yang Cheol-gon)

2002: Jail Breakers (as Choi Mu-seok)

2002: Model for Kim 4U’s music video “In My Heart”

2003: My Teacher, Mr. Kim (as Kim Bong-doo)

2003: KBS2- Bodyguard (as Hong Kyung-tak)

2003: Model for the music video for Project X

2004: Ghost House (as Park Pil-gi)

2004: Lovely Rivals (as Kim Bong-doo (cameo))

2005: Blood Rain (as Lee Won-gyu)

2005: Murder, Take One (as Choi Yeon-gi)

2006: Over the Border (as Kim Sun-ho)

2006: MBC- Cha Seung-won’s Health Club on Sunday Sunday Night (as MC)

2007: Small Town Rivals (as Jo Choon-sam)

2007: My Son (as Lee Kang-shik)

2008: Eye for an Eye (as Ahn Hyun-min)

1998: Model of Kim Jang-hoon’s Music Video Rain Shower

2009: Secret (as Kim Seong-ryeol)

2009: SBS- City Hall (as Jo Gook)

2010: Blades of Blood (as Lee Mong-hak)

2010: 71: Into the Fire (as Park Moo-rang)

2010: SBS- Athena: Goddess of War (as Son Hyuk)

2011: MBC- The Greatest Love (as Dokko Jin)

2011: Model for T-ara’s music video for “Cry Cry”

2012: The Suck Up Project: Mr. XXX-Kisser (as Cha Seung-won (cameo))

2012: Bring Me My Chariot of Fire (as Lee Soon-woo)

2012: Model for T-ara’s music video for “Lovey Dovey”

2012: Model for Lena Park’s music video for “I’m Sorry”

2014: Man on High Heels (as Yoon Ji-wook)

2014: SBS- You’re All Surrounded (as Seo Pan-seok)

2015: Minions (as the Narrator)

2015: MBC- Splendid Politics / Hwajung (as Prince Gwanghae)

2015: tvN- Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village (as Himself)

2016: The Map Against the World (as Kim Jeong-ho)

2016: tvN- Three Meals a Day: Gochang Village (as Himself)

2017: tvN- A Korean Odyssey / Hwayugi (as Woo Hwi-chul/Woo Ma-wang)

2017: Model for Wanna One’s music video for “Beautiful”

2018: Drug War (as Brian (cameo))