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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
Occupation Actor
Education Hanyang University – Theater and Film
Height 178cm
Weight 77kg
Agent Jcon Company
Family Yu Sang-Beom
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.[1][2]

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


Year Title Role
1991 Love, Love: Han Hee-jak’s Love Stories Dal-shik
1993 First Love
1994 I Wish for What Is Forbidden to Me Hwang Nam-gi
1995 Dr. Bong On-dal
Terrorist Jeom-pyo
Man? Seong Chung-do
1996 Kill the Love Baek Joon
1997 Poison
Beat Tae-soo
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”)
2001 Friend Lee Joon-seok
2002 Champion Kim Deuk-gu
2003 Star Yeong-woo
2004 Thomas An Jung-geun An Jung-geun
2006 Lump Sugar Yun-jo
2009 Potato Symphony Jin-han
2010 Happy Killers Kim Young-seok
2011 Champ Trainer Yoon
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

Television series

Year Title Role Network
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”
Jung Chi-sung KBS2
Faith Ki-Chul SBS
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
2015 Spy Hwang Ki-chul KBS2
The Merchant: Gaekju 2015 Gil So-gae KBS2
2016 Uncontrollably Fond Choi Hyeon-joon KBS2
2018 Are You Human? Seo Jong-gil KBS2

Variety shows

Year Title Network Notes
2009 Billion Won Mystery with Yu Oh-seong SBS Host

Music video

Year Song title Artist
2011 “Goodbye” Seo Yoon
2013 “Baby I’m Sorry” (2013) MY NAME


Year Title Role
1992 Blood
2005 Story of an Old Thief
Tape Vince
2006 Oedipus
2009 Turn Around and Leave Gong Sang-du

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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