Popular South Korean Actor “Yu Oh-Seong”
Yu Oh-Seong (born September 11, 1968, age 50), also spelled as “Yu Oh-Sung” or “Yoo Oh-Sung” is a South Korean actor. He majored drama at Hanyang University and began acting in the theater, but after a TV commercial he became a more known figure. He started his film career in rather small roles, but made a big impression in ‘Beat’ when he played the main character’s best friend.
Yu Oh-Seong’s Profile
|Name||Yu Oh-Seong ( 유오성 )|
|Born||September 11, 1968, Yeongwol County, Gangwon Province, South Korea|
|Education||Hanyang University – Theater and Film|
|Years Active||1992 – Present|
|Spouse(s)||Myung Seung-Hee (m.1999)|
Yu Oh-Seong’s Career
Yu Oh-Seong made his stage debut in 1992, and throughout the mid-1990s, he complemented a career in television with taking minor roles in films. With his success playing a young gangster in the hit movie Beat (1997), Yu Oh-Seong’s face became familiar to a new generation of moviegoers. The year 1999 was somewhat of a breakthrough for Yu Oh-Seong, as he took the lead role in Jang Jin’s acclaimed cult comedy, The Spy and also starred in Kim Sang-jin’s hugely successful Attack the Gas Station
His career reached its peak in the year 2001, however. Appearing as Jang Dong-gun’s co-star in Kwak Kyung-taek’s smash hit Friend, which sold an unprecedented 8 million tickets, Yu Oh-Seong won effusive critical praise for his hard-edged performance as a ruthless gangster and enjoyed a tremendous degree of exposure.
This fame would carry over somewhat when he took the lead in director Kwak’s fourth feature, Champion, a biopic set in the 1980s, about the boxer Kim Deuk-gu, who dominated the Korean boxing scene until his death after the World Boxing Association lightweight championship in 1982. However, even though Yu Oh-Seong was praised for his body makeover and acting skills, the film failed to deliver on the high expectations that preceded it Later that year, a series of highly public disagreements with Kwak, believed to stem from money problems, made headlines and served to cool some of the public’s interest in the actor.
Yu Oh-Seong ‘s next two films, the melodrama Star, with actress Park Jin-hee, and the patriotic/historical drama Thomas An Jung-geun, about the titular independence activist, bombed badly at the box office.
He returned to television in 2004, headlining in his first historical drama series Jang Gil-san. Set in the Joseon dynasty during the reign of King Sukjong, Jang Gil-san was born of a female servant, raised by gypsies, then rises politically.
In the contemporary drama Invisible Man, in 2006, he played a man in his thirties battling early-onset Alzheimer’s disease with the support of his loving family (his wife is played by Chae Shi-ra). Yu said his character, Choi Jang-soo, was closest to his real-life personality This was followed by a leading role in the adultery drama Dear Lover (2007), with Yoon Son-ha, a remake of the 1995 Japanese drama, Koibito Yo..
In 2009, Yu Oh-Seong and Song Seon-mi played a gangster and doctor who fall in love in the stage play Turn Around and Leave, which was previously dramatized onscreen in the 1998 film A Promise and the 2006 TV series Lovers. Later that year, he played a supporting role in Potato Symphony, about a man who moves back to his hometown with his daughter and faces unresolved conflicts with his old high school friends (the protagonist is played by Jeon Yong-taek, who also wrote, directed and produced the film). Jeon and Yu Oh-Seong are close friends in real life, and the film is set in their hometown Yeongwol County. Despite winning the Grand Prix at the 4th Festival Franco-Coréen du Film, Potato Symphony was little seen domestically.
After the underwhelming box office and TV ratings of past projects he’d headlined, Yu Oh-Seong stuck to supporting roles. He starred opposite Kim Dong-wook in the buddy comedy, Happy Killers (2010), in which Kim played a slacker cop assigned to investigate a serial killer case, while Yu Oh-Seong played an unemployed man with natural instincts as a detective, who gets in the way by trying to catch the killer, as well. Yu Oh-Seong also appeared in action series Swallow the Sun (2009), which was filmed in Las Vegas, South Africa and Jeju Island, two horse-based human comedy films — Lump Sugar (2006) starring Im Soo-jung and Champ (2011) starring Cha Tae-hyun, and the crime drama Don’t Cry Mommy (2012).
More recently, he played villains in the 2010 historical drama Kim Su-ro, The Iron King, and the 2012 fantasy Faith, in which he played a fictionalized version of Empress Gi’s older brother.
In 2013, Yu Oh-Seong reprised his most memorable role in the sequel Friend: The Great Legacy, in which he faces the grown-up son of the friend he’d given orders to have killed (Kim Woo-bin), interspersed with scenes of his own father’s gangster past in Busan (Joo Jin-mo).
Yu Oh-Seong’s Uncontrollably Fond
Actor Yoo Oh-sung has been confirmed for KBS 2TV’s upcoming drama, “Uncontrollably Fond” starring Kim Woo-bin as the lead, which is slated to begin sometime in the first half of next year.
The two actors: Yoo Oh-sung and Kim Woo-bin, who showed off their perfect chemistry for their roles in the movie, ‘Friends 2‘, have joined up again for the new drama. As Kim Woo-bin, who has established his stance as a A-list star and Yoo Oh-sung, who is also a trusted actor for his top-class acting performances, will co-star in this highly anticipated drama, it is garnering even more attention.
Yoo Oh-sung has been loved for his candid and sincere acting performances hidden behind his coolheaded look. Many fans send out strong support for his passionate work as an actor back and forth between the small screen and silver screen. How he will transform for his prosecutor role in KBS 2TV’s new Wednesday & Thursday drama, “Uncontrollably Fond“ is a source of curiosity and anticipation in drama fans.
Yoo Oh-sung is currently starring as Gil So-gae in the KBS 2TV’s special project drama. He will come back on small screen in 2016 through “Uncontrollably Fond“ along with Kim Woo-bin, Suzy, Lim Ju-hwan, Im Joo-eun, Jin Kyung, Jung Sun-kyung, and Choi Moo-sung.
Yu Oh-Seong’s Filmography
|1991||Love, Love: Han Hee-jak’s Love Stories||Dal-shik|
|1994||I Wish for What Is Forbidden to Me||Hwang Nam-gi|
|1996||Kill the Love||Baek Joon|
|1998||Saturday, 2:00 pm||Dal-soo|
|Spring in My Hometown||Sung-min’s uncle|
|1999||The Spy||Rhee Cheol-jin|
|Attack the Gas Station||Mu Dae-po (“Bulldozer”)|
|2004||Thomas An Jung-geun||An Jung-geun|
|2010||Happy Killers||Kim Young-seok|
|2012||Don’t Cry Mommy||Detective|
|2013||Friend: The Great Legacy||Lee Joon-seok|
|2015||Shoot Me in the Heart||Choi Ki-hoon|
|2018||The Great Battle||Yeon Gaesomun|
|1998||Aim for Tomorrow||Kang Dae-ho||MBC|
|2000||Some Like It Hot||Kang Man-ho||MBC|
|2004||Jang Gil-san||Jang Gil-san||SBS|
|2006||Invisible Man||Choi Jang-soo||KBS2|
|2007||Dear Lover||Go Dong-woo||SBS|
|2009||Swallow the Sun||Jackson Lee||SBS|
|Invincible Lee Pyung Kang||Policeman (cameo)||KBS2|
|2010||Kim Su-ro, The Iron King||Shingwi Ghan / Tae-gang||MBC|
|2012||Drama Special “Missing Case of National
Assembly Member Jung Chi-sung”
|2013||Drama Special “Mother’s Island”||Lee-Tan||KBS2|
|Drama Special “The Devil Rider”||Moon-Bok||KBS2|
|2014||Gunman in Joseon||Choi Won-shin||KBS2|
|The Merchant: Gaekju 2015||Gil So-gae||KBS2|
|2016||Uncontrollably Fond||Choi Hyeon-joon||KBS2|
|2018||Are You Human?||Seo Jong-gil||KBS2|
|2009||Billion Won Mystery with Yu Oh-seong||SBS||Host|
|2013||“Baby I’m Sorry” (2013)||MY NAME|
|2005||Story of an Old Thief|
|2009||Turn Around and Leave||Gong Sang-du|
Awards and nominations
|1994||32nd Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actor||I Wish for What Is Forbidden to Me||Nominated|
|1997||35th Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Beat||Nominated|
|1998||MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Aim for Tomorrow||Won|
|1999||Korean Most Popular Entertainment Awards||Most Popular Actor||Won|
|2001||46th Asia Pacific Film Festival||Best Actor||Friend||Won|
|9th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|38th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2002||38th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (Film)||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor (Film)||Won|
|1st Korean Film Awards||Best Actor||Champion||Nominated|
|2003||40th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2007||44th Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Lump Sugar||Nominated|
|2009||SBS Drama Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Special||Swallow the Sun||Nominated|
|2012||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Faith||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Actor in a One-act Drama||Missing Case of National Assembly
Member Jung Chi-sung
|2013||KBS Drama Awards||Best Actor in a One-act Drama||Mother’s Island, The Devil Rider||Won|
|2014||KBS Drama Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Gunman in Joseon||Nominated|