Gong Yoo – A veteran actor who used to be accused on Running Man for “committing arson” by setting fire in women’s hearts.
Referring to Gong Yoo, many fans often call the actor “ahjussi” and think of his roles in the movie Train To Busan or the drama Goblin. Through this article, let’s learn more about the veteran Korean actor who used to be accused on Running Man for “committing arson” by setting fire in women’s hearts.
Gong Yoo’s real name is Gong Ji Cheol (July 10, 1979, Cancer). Gong Yoo’s stage name is a combination of his father’s surname Gong (Hangul: 공) and his mother’s surname Yoo (Hangul: 유).
Gong Yoo graduated with a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) from the Theater Department of the prestigious Kyung Hee University. He started his career with small supporting roles in a few productions. Gong Yoo’s debut role was as a character in the 2001 TV drama School 4.
In 2005, he got his first lead role in the SBS drama Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy, co-starring with Gong Hyo Jin (a colleague from the same management agency Soop). Gong Yoo’s acting ability managed to catch the eye of directors and viewers. He quickly became one of the promising actors of the Korean film industry.
In 2007, Gong Yoo starred in the MBC drama Coffee Prince. The role of Choi Han Kyul in this drama was one of his outstanding roles at that time. The popularity of Coffee Prince has made Gong Yoo one of the top celebrities of the Hallyu wave.
Gong Yoo enlisted in the military in January 2008 and was discharged in December 2009. He returned to acting with the romantic comedy Finding Mr. Destiny. The film was quite a box office success at the time. Gong Yoo then continued to star in the drama Big written by the Hong sisters, alongside actress Lee Min Jung.
In 2013, he made a comeback after a 2-year hiatus, playing the role of a North Korean spy betrayed by his country. Gong Yoo was chosen to represent the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Korea in November 2013, the same year as the 24th anniversary of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC). On July 7, 2014, Gong Yoo was selected as an ambassador for the National Tax Service along with actress Ha Ji Won.
In 2016, after 2 years of absence, Gong Yoo returned stronger than ever by starring in the romance film A Man and a Woman with Jeon Do Yeon, followed by the box office hit Train To Busan about the zombie apocalypse. He also starred in The Age of Shadows, which was another commercial success.
In December 2016, Gong Yoo along with Lee Dong Wook and Kim Go Eun starred in tvN’s 10th anniversary romantic fantasy drama Goblin (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God). He played the role of Kim Shin, an immortal goblin with a mysterious and tragic backstory. Goblin became a hit in 2016 both in Korea and internationally.
Goblin is also listed among the tvN’s dramas with the highest ratings. The drama’s soundtrack also swept the charts and is still well-loved after nearly 5 years, with a high number of views on Youtube. Goblin is a successful work of the golden screenwriter Kim Eun Sook, who also wrote the script of hit dramas such as On Air, Secret Garden, A Gentleman’s Dignity, Mr. Sunshine,…
Thanks to his performance in Goblin, Gong Yoo won the Best Actor award at the 2017 Baeksang Art Awards. Gong Yoo impresses the audiences with his diction, the way he delivers lines and facial expressions when portraying different characters in a natural and emotional way.
To this day, many viewers probably still can’t forget the heartbreaking scene at the end of Train To Busan, when Gong Yoo’s character sacrifices to keep his daughter safe.
Gong Yoo has acted with Jung Yoo Mi several times, most recently in Kim Ji Young: Born 1982, which realistically portrays the life of a married couple who bear too much pressure in life. The actor’s latest work is Seo-bok, a man who carries various emotions when standing between life and death.
Gong Yoo’s filmography truly showcases his flexible transformation in acting and ability to portray different kinds of character. He’s also good at choosing the right scripts. Gong Yoo is a veteran actor in his 40s but still looks like a young man. Not only is he known for his impressive look and acting skills, Gong Yoo is also adored by the public thanks to his personality and sense of humor. Moreover, he is a charitable celebrity who often participates in social activities.