K-drama actor who was unknown for 20 years, but met the right directors and shot to fame 

Before gaining success, this actor struggled for 20 years without being noticed. 

JTBC’s “My Mister” was the drama that allowed Park Ho San to prove his acting skills. His brilliant performance brought him the Best Actor Award at the 6th Asia Pacific Star Awards.

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Working at a theatrical company under his real name, Park Jung Hwan, Park Ho San made his debut in 1997 with a minor role in the movie “Black Jack” and took on lead roles in independent films and supporting roles in commercial films. Failing to achieve success, he later returned to the theater stage.

Park Ho San, who was working tirelessly in theater and musicals, returned to TV in 2012 with his current stage name, derived from his grandfather’s name.

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Park Ho San started his career with SBS’s “Wanted” in 2016, and was cast in the movie “The King of Jokgu” through his relationship with the director. He also received offers from director Shin Won Ho, who made the “Reply” series.

Shin Won Ho watched two plays performed by Park Ho San and offered him the role of Kang Cheol Doo in “Prison Playbook”. 

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At first, the production team of “Prison Playbook”, excluding Shin Won Ho, were concerned that Park Ho San’s appearance was not suitable for the character, but Park Ho San dispelled these concerns by perfectly portraying the character who stutters with the acting skills he had accumulated over the years.

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Following “Prison Playbook”, Park Ho San continued to receive love and praise from the public for his portrayal of a sad middle-aged man in “My Mister”. 

Since then, he has starred in “Lawless Lawyer”, “The Guest”, “Less Than Evil”, “Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency”, “Pegasus Market”, “Penthouse”, etc. In every role, he has consistently left a good impression. 

Source: Daum.

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