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Won Bin

Won Bin at LG’S New Cinema 3D TV Rewrites the Rules for 3D, in February 2011
BornKim Do-jin
(1977-11-10) November 10, 1977 (age 34)
Jeongseon, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Nationality South Korea
EthnicityKoreans
EducationBFTV
Alma materYong-In University,
Baekje Arts College
OccupationActor, model
Years active1997–present
AgentEden Nine Entertainment
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight63 kg (140 lb)
Korean name
Hangul원빈
Hanja元斌
Revised RomanizationWon Bin
McCune–ReischauerWŏn Pin
Birth name
Hangul김도진
Hanja金道振
Revised RomanizationGim Do-jin
McCune–ReischauerKim To-jin
Website
wonbinus.co.kr
Notes
 
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Won Bin

Won Bin at LG’S New Cinema 3D TV Rewrites the Rules for 3D, in February 2011
BornKim Do-jin
(1977-11-10) November 10, 1977 (age 34)
Jeongseon, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Nationality South Korea
EthnicityKoreans
EducationBFTV
Alma materYong-In University,
Baekje Arts College
OccupationActor, model
Years active1997–present
AgentEden Nine Entertainment
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight63 kg (140 lb)
Korean name
Hangul원빈
Hanja元斌
Revised RomanizationWon Bin
McCune–ReischauerWŏn Pin
Birth name
Hangul김도진
Hanja金道振
Revised RomanizationGim Do-jin
McCune–ReischauerKim To-jin
Website
wonbinus.co.kr
Notes

Won Bin (Hangul: 원빈; born Kim Do-jin; Hangul: 김도진 on November 10, 1977) is a top South Korean actor and model. Won gained wide popularity in 2000 after starring in the television drama Autumn in My Heart. He has gained critical acclaim for his performances in the films Taegukgi , Mother and The Man from Nowhere.

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Early life and beginnings

Won was born and raised in a hamlet in the north of Jeongseon in Gangwon-do, South Korea. He is the fifth and youngest child, with one brother and three sisters. His father was formerly employed in a mine and his mother worked on a farm; both of his parents are now retired. As was common for other children living in mountaineous regions, Won spent most of his time playing around with friends in the mountains and rivers, and later explained: "I came back home most nights at sunset with a black and dusty face." He was frequently shy, introspective, and quiet, character traits that would continue to follow him throughout adulthood.[7] While not talkative or outgoing, he excelled at athletics. Won started taekwondo lessons and now holds a black belt.[8] As a young boy, he initially planned to become a car mechanic due to his interest in car racing and motorcycling. Won graduated from a mechanical high school, where he studied car repair and mechanics.

In November 1995, a cable television station was looking to recruit and hire new actors; Won applied and was accepted in his last semester of high school. He started to take acting classes at the station's headquarters and appeared in several dramas. The following month, Won signed an acting contract with a talent agency.

Career

Won made his screen debut with a supporting role in the 1997 drama Propose. His role in Ready Go! (1998) helped hone his acting chops. After Ready Go!, he took a break and entered a college called Paekche Institute of the Arts in 1998 to take acting classes. In 1999, Won came back to the screen with a lead role in drama Kwangki from which he was recognized as a promising young actor and a teen heartthrob.

He made his big breakthrough in 2000 with drama Kkokji and Autumn Fairy Tale. His role as a rebellious youngest son in Kkokji proved his acting potential and his role in the widely successful drama Autumn Fairy Tale landed him on the A-list for Korean performers. Autumn Fairy Tale gained wide popularity in Asia and he became one of the most popular Korean actors in Korea and Asia as well. In 2002, Won was involved in the first South Korea and Japan joint production drama Friends.

Won also had roles in several popular movies, including Guns & Talks and My Brother, but it is his portrayal of the sensitive younger brother in the blockbuster war movie Taegukgi (aka Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War) (2004) that has truly cemented his fame in the international realm. With the success of the critically acclaimed Taegukgi, recognition of his acting skills has reached an ever-wider international audience. Taegukgi is the best selling movie in South Korea in 2004 with 11.75 million admissions.[9]

His career was interrupted by his mandatory service to the South Korean Army. After graduating from the Graduate School of Arts in Yong-In University in 2005, Won started his military duty in November 2005 and stationed at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, a position for which he volunteered.[10][11][12] On June 2, 2006, the military officially confirmed that Won Bin would be no longer active.[13] The decision was made by the military when Won Bin sustained injury to his ACL. He had undergone surgery and was officially discharged on June 7, 2006.[14] After the surgery, he had gone through rehabilitation program for more than one year to recover from the injury.

Won was appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador of the Korean Committee on September 6, 2007. He has participated in various programs and charity events in Korea for UNICEF from that time on, and has appeared in several promotional videos.

In April 2008, Won finally confirmed that his re-debut film would be Mother directed by Bong Joon-ho. Filming started in September 2008 and finished in February 2009. The film was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. He walked the red carpet at the film's world premiere on May 16, 2009 in the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.[15] Won's new movie The Man from Nowhere was released in August 2010.

Filmography

Films

YearTitleKorean TitleRole
2001Guns & Talks킬러들의 수다Ha-yun
2004Taegukgi태극기 휘날리며Lee Jin-seok
My Brother우리형Jong-hyun
2009Mother마더Do-joon
2010The Man from Nowhere아저씨Cha Tae-sik

Television drama

YearTitleRoleNetwork
1997ProposeKBS
1998Ready, Go!Han Seung-jooMBC
1999KwangkiKang MinKBS
2000Small StationKBS
Tough Guy's Love (aka: Kkokji)Song Myung-taeKBS
Autumn in My HeartHan Tae-sukKBS
2002FriendsKim Ji-hoonTBS & MBC

Books

Modeling

TV commercials/Advert

Won Bin as LG INFINIA Smart TV model, in January 2011

Fashion brand spokesmodels

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef
1999KBS Drama Acting AwardsBest NewcomerKwangkiWon
2000Excellence in ActingKkokji and Autumn in My HeartWon
200137th PaekSang Arts AwardsBest NewcomerWon
200412th Chunsa Film Art AwardsBest New ActorTaegukgiWon
27th Golden Cinematography AwardsBest New ActorWon
3rd Korea Film AwardsBest ActorMy BrotherNominated
2010
46th PaekSang Arts AwardsBest ActorMotherNominated
4th Asian Film AwardsBest Supporting ActorNominated
47th Grand Bell AwardsBest ActorThe Man from NowhereWon[20][21][22]
Popularity AwardWon[21]
8th Korea Film AwardsBest ActorWon[23][24][25]
31st Blue Dragon AwardsPopularity AwardWon[26]
Best ActorNominated
6th University Film Festival of KoreaBest ActorWon
201147th PaekSang Arts AwardsBest ActorNominated
2nd Film Journalists Association Annual Film Awards (Korea)Best ActorWon
8th MaxMovie Awards (Korea)Best ActorWon

Other awards/honors

Magazine/Media recognition

Charity works

As UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Won Bin has participated in various programs and charity events.

References

  1. ^ (Korean) Won Bin's official website - Profile page
  2. ^ (Korean) Naver - Person Profile "Won Bin"
  3. ^ (Korean) Nate - Person Profile "Won Bin"
  4. ^ (Korean) The Hankyoreh - Person Profile "Won Bin"
  5. ^ (Korean) Cine21 - Person Profile "Won Bin"
  6. ^ (Korean) Maxmovie - Person Profile "Won Bin"
  7. ^ "Won Bin - A story behind the success". Sports Seoul, Sep, 2000. http://wonbin.yuku.com/topic/848. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  8. ^ "YouTube: Won Bin shows his taekwondo skill". Korea TV show, 2000. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY24VNUDZSo. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  9. ^ "Taegukgi draws 10 million audience". HanCinema, Mar 16, 2004. http://www.hancinema.net/korean-movie-news_857.php. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  10. ^ "Won Bin heads for frontline army post". Xinhua News Agency, Jan 10, 2006. http://news3.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/10/content_4031451.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  11. ^ "Actor Won Bin Performs Military Duties at DMZ". HanCinema, Feb 10, 2006. http://www.hancinema.net/actor-won-bin-performs-military-duties-at-dmz-5231.html. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  12. ^ "Actor Won Bin Reports for DMZ Duty". Dong-a Ilbo, Feb 11, 2006. http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?bicode=050000&biid=2006021173328. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  13. ^ "Star Discharged After Brief Stint With Frontline Unit". The Chosun Ilbo, Jun 2, 2006. http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200606/200606020023.html. Retrieved 2009-08-06. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Injured Star Discharged from Military Service". The Chosun Ilbo, Jun 7, 2006. http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200606/200606070011.html. Retrieved 2009-08-06. [dead link]
  15. ^ "YouTube: Movie "Mother" at Cannes Film Festival". CJ Entertainment/Barunson Ent., June 2009. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtLohcXMT0U. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h "YouTube: Won Bin Commercials 1999–2003". YouTube playlist. http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=31EAE225C8AE8E19. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  17. ^ a b c "YouTube: Won Bin Commercials 2004–2005". YouTube playlist. http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=D4FCA4A79D189913. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  18. ^ a b c "YouTube: Won Bin Commercials 2008–2009". YouTube playlist. http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=E72D6C4854604234. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  19. ^ a b c "YouTube: Won Bin Commercials 2010–2011". YouTube playlist. http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=CE5BBBB5E658BFD1. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  20. ^ "YouTube: Won Bin winning Best Actor at Grand Bell Awards 2010". SBS broadcast, Oct 29, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y11Q7CONCvw. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  21. ^ a b "Won Bin won his first Daejong Best Actor Award". HanCinema, Oct 30, 2010. http://www.hancinema.net/won-bin-won-his-first-daejong-best-actor-award--he-said-acting-skill-is-still-my-concern-25739.html. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  22. ^ Soo-Mee, Park (2010-10-31). "'Poetry' Rings Korea's Grand Bell with Multiple Wins". Hollywood Reporter, Oct 31, 2010. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/poetry-rings-koreas-grand-bell-33916. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  23. ^ "YouTube: Won Bin winning Best Actor at Korea Film Awards 2010". MBC broadcast, Nov 18, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjoW1axNVvs. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  24. ^ "Won Bin won Best Actor Award in Korea Film Awards". HanCinema, Nov 18, 2010. http://www.hancinema.net/won-bin-won-best-actor-award-in-korea-film-awards---the-man-from-nowhere-won-7-awards-26130.html. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  25. ^ "The Man From Nowhere sweeps Korea Film Awards". 10Asia, Nov 19, 2010. http://www.asiae.co.kr/news/view.htm?sec=ent5&idxno=2010111911130258918. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  26. ^ "YouTube: Won Bin accepts the Popularity Award at Blue Dragon Awards 2010". KBS broadcast, Nov 26, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U23bvGJ39us. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  27. ^ "YouTube: Won Bin receiving the BVLGARI Brilliant Dreams Award". MBC report, May 2002. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8TuP4cXBsE. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  28. ^ a b "YouTube: Won Bin appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador". Yonhap report, Sep 6, 2007. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgpJdwl6G8Q. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  29. ^ "YouTube: Won Bin receiving Best Jewellery Dresser Award in Japan". Japan TV report, Jan 26, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGd93YC-Vz4. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  30. ^ "April 2002 Most Beautiful Man - Won Bin". MostBeautifulMan.com, April 2002. http://www.mostbeautifulman.com/actors/wonbin/bio.shtml. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  31. ^ "Korean Actor Won Bin Added to Elle Girl's Coolest List". The Chosun Ilbo, Oct 5, 2004. http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200410/200410060007.html. Retrieved 2009-08-01. [dead link]
  32. ^ "Won Bin voted favorite Asian star". Xinhua News Agency, Apr 18, 2005. http://news3.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-04/18/content_2844730.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  33. ^ "YouTube: Won Bin attended charity fashion show". YTN Star News, Nov 26, 2007. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL9ddPrx3jc. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  34. ^ "Won Bin participated in UNICEF campaign (Chinese news)". Tom.com report, Feb 29, 2008. http://ent.tom.com/2008-02-29/0PGL/12141874.html. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  35. ^ "YouTube: Won Bin promoting the Awoo Doll campaign". UNICEF Korea, Jun 24, 2008. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kw422EHK4Ss. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  36. ^ "Won Bin Joins Vuitton, GQ in Charity Project". The Chosun Ilbo, Aug 20, 2008. http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200808/200808200024.html. Retrieved 2009-09-06. [dead link]
  37. ^ "Won Bin Warms Children With Gifts This Festive Season". Hanfever.com, Dec 23, 2008. http://www.hanfever.com/2008/12/23/won-bin-warms-children-with-gifts-this-festive-season/. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  38. ^ "Won Bin visits Gambia for UNICEF". Dramabeans.com, Apr 15, 2009. http://www.dramabeans.com/2009/04/won-bin-visits-gambia-for-unicef/. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  39. ^ "Won Bin, the Philanthropist". AllKpop.com, Apr 26, 2009. http://www.allkpop.com/index.php/full_story/won_bin_the_philanthropist/. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  40. ^ "YouTube: Won Bin's East Timor visit for UNICEF - public service Ad (1)". UNICEF Korea, Dec, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8kI7DYlAA8. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  41. ^ "YouTube: Won Bin's East Timor visit for UNICEF - public service Ad (2)". UNICEF Korea, Feb 17, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL9ddPrx3jc. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  42. ^ "Won Bin does charity work in East Timor". AllKpop.com, Oct 12, 2010. http://www.allkpop.com/2010/10/won-bin-does-charity-work-in-east-timor. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  43. ^ "YouTube: Won Bin's East Timor visit photo essay". BINUS, Dec, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQuViqw09kQ. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 

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