Jang Dong-gun - Then and Now
(movies & TV series)
South Korean actor and musician and born on March 7, 1972 (turning 41 this March)
In 1994 he had a break and starred in TV series like "Medical Brothers", "Model", and "All About Eve"
Jang made his film debut in "Repechage", winning the Blue Dragon Best New Actor award.
He won again in 2009 as Best Supporting Actor Award for his role as the dedicated cop in “Nowhere to Hide”.
In 2000, he starred in the film “Friend”, which was the highest grossing Korean film that time. He gained lots of critical acclaim for his role as a troubled youngster who joined the mafia.
The following year he starred in the popular action blockbuster 2009 “Lost Memories” set in a futuristic Great Japan. He had to learn Japanese during this film.
He also starred in the movie “Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War” (2004), a film about the Korean War, that again made box office records. His portrayal of one of two brothers drafted into the war earned him a third Blue Dragon award.
Jang also had his Hollywood debut “The Warrior's Way”, starring Kate Bosworth (Straw Dogs, Superman Returns) and Geoffrey Rush (The Green Lantern, The Kings Speech, Quills), but the film was released in 2010
Jang made his highly-anticipated return to television dramas in “AGentleman's Dignity”, a story of four gents in their forties and their struggles for happiness and love.
After the series ended, Jang and co-star Kim Min-jong (A Gentleman's Dignity, My Queen, A Man Called God, The Return of Iljimae) visited refugees in Congo on a mission trip sponsored by UNICEF and UNHCR's World Food Programme.
Jang enjoys playing baseball and is a member of the celebrity amateur baseball team "Playboys". Together with Hyun Bin, Kim Seung-woo, Joo Jin Mo, Gong Hyung Jin, Ahn Gil Sang, Jo In Sung, Ji Jin Hee, Gong Yoo and Hwang Jung Min.
Jang and Ko So-young, his co-star in the 1999 film "Love Wind Love Song", tied knots on May 2010 in an extravagant wedding ceremony at Seoul's Shilla Hotel. Their son was born on October 4, 2010.
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