Gong Yoo

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Gong Yoo
Gong Yoo (Sep 2016).png
In September 2016
Born Gong Ji-cheol
(1979-07-10) July 10, 1979 (age 39)
Busan, South Korea[1]
Education Kyung Hee University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Agent SOOP Management
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gong Yu
McCune–Reischauer Kong Yu
Birth name
Revised Romanization Gong Ji-cheol
McCune–Reischauer Kong Chi-ch'ŏl

Gong Ji-cheol (Hangul공지철; born July 10, 1979), better known by his stage name Gong Yoo (Hangul공유), is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in television dramas The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (2007) and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016–2017), and the films Silenced (2011), Train to Busan (2016) and The Age of Shadows (2016).


2001–2006: Beginnings

Gong Yoo graduated from Kyung Hee University with a B.A. theater degree.[2] He started his show business career as a video jockey on Mnet in 2000 and debuted as an actor in the TV series School 4 in 2001.[3] Thereafter, Gong did a number of supporting roles in dramas and movies and also hosted the music program Music Camp in 2004.

2007: Coffee Prince and breakthrough

In 2005, he landed his first lead role in SBS's Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy opposite Gong Hyo-jin.[4] Gong Yoo was then cast in MBC's romantic comedy The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, which became his breakout role. The popularity of the drama not only solidified his status as a leading man, but also made him a hallyu star.[5][6]

2008–2015: Military enlistment and comeback

On January 14, 2008, Gong Yoo enlisted for the mandatory service, which ended on December 8, 2009.[7][8] He did 8 months of frontline active service in Cheorwon and was transferred to the Defense Media Agency, where he served in the public relations department and hosted as a DJ for the army radio station.[9] He was discharged in December 2009.

He made his comeback in the romantic comedy Finding Mr. Destiny, which was a medium box office hit in Korea.[10][11]

In January 2011

He then initiated and pursued the production of a theatrical adaptation of Gong Ji-young's novel The Crucible, a congratulatory gift from his senior for his promotion during enlistment.[12][13] This movie was internationally released under the title Silenced. Upon its release on September 22, 2011, the film sparked public outrage.[14] This led to a reopening of the investigations into the incidents on which the novel and film are based. Public demand for legislative reform reached the National Assembly, where a revised bill to target sex crimes against minors and the disabled, dubbed the Dogani Bill after the Korean title of the film, was successfully passed in late October 2011.[15]

Gong Yoo then starred opposite Lee Min-jung in the romantic-comedy series Big written by the Hong sisters.[16] Although the drama was initially well-received, it was later heavily criticized for its ending.[17]

In December 2013

In 2013, he returned to the big screen after a two-year gap in the movie The Suspect. He played an elite North Korean spy who defects after being betrayed by his country.[18] In November 2013, Gong Yoo was appointed as a special representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Korea, in conjunction with a celebration of the 24th year since the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted. Following his appointment, he has visited countries around the world to raise awareness of the situation of children in underdeveloped countries.[19]

On July 7, 2014, Gong Yoo was named as an ambassador for the National Tax Service (NTS), alongside actress Ha Ji-won. The pair modeled for promotional posters and took part in street campaigns that encourage honest tax payment in support of the NTS.[20]

2016–present: Career resurgence

Gong experienced a new high in his career with consecutive hit works in 2016.[21] His first film in 2016 was the melodrama A Man and a Woman alongside critically acclaimed actress Jeon Do-yeon.[22] He then starred in the hugely successful zombie blockbuster Train to Busan,[23] which surpassed 11 million admissions in South Korea.[24] He then starred in another box office hit The Age of Shadows,[25] which surpassed 6 million admissions in two weeks.[26]

In December 2016, Gong Yoo returned to television in Kim Eun-sook's fantasy-romance drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, playing the titular goblin.[27] The drama was a massive hit and Gong won Best Actor at the Baeksang Awards for his performance.[28][29]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 My Tutor Friend Lee Jong-soo
2004 Spy Girl Choi Ko-bong
Superstar Mr. Gam Park Chul-soo
S Diary Yoo-in
2005 She's on Duty Kang No-young
2007 Like a Dragon Park Chul Film adaptation of video game Ryu Ga Gotoku
2010 Finding Mr. Destiny Han Gi-joon Film adaptation of stage musical Finding Kim Jong-wook
2011 Silenced Kang In-ho Film adaptation of Gong Ji-young's novel The Crucible
2013 The Suspect Ji Dong-chul
2016 A Man and a Woman Ki-hong
Train to Busan Seok-woo
The Age of Shadows Kim Woo-jin

Television series

Year Title Role Network Notes
2001 School 4 Hwang Tae-young KBS2 Ep. 29 to 48
2002 Whenever the Heart Beats Park Chan-ho
Hard Love Seo Kyung-chul
2003 20 Years Seo Joon SBS
Best Theater: Flying Saucer Ki Jin MBC Ep. 533
Screen Kim Joon-pyo SBS
My Room, Your Room Kim Sung Joon SayClub Internet Drama
2005 Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy Park Tae-in SBS
2006 One Fine Day Seo Gun MBC
2007 The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince Choi Han-kyul
2012 Big Seo Yoon-jae/Kang Kyung-joon KBS2
2013 Dating Agency: Cyrano Magician tvN Cameo, ep. 9[30]
2016–2017 Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Goblin / Kim Shin

Music video appearances

Year Song title Artist
2014 "How I Am" Kim Dong Ryul


Year Program Role Episodes Network Notes
2004 Music Camp Host 2004.01.10~2004.07.03 MBC [31]
(during enlistment)
장병가요 베스트 (Best Music) episodes 155~186 KFN [32]
공유가 기다리는 20시 DJ 371 episodes [3]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2002 16th KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Hard Love Nominated
2003 11th SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Screen Won [33]
2005 13th SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy Nominated
2006 25th MBC Drama Awards Special Award, Actor in a Miniseries One Fine Day Won
2007 1st Mnet 20's Choice Awards Best Style N/A Won [34]
26th MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Coffee Prince Won [35]
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Yoon Eun-hye) Nominated
2011 32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Silenced Nominated
Popular Star Award Won [36]
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Nominated
26th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Big Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Lee Min-jung) Nominated
2013 8th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actor Nominated
2014 19th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor The Suspect Nominated
48th Taxpayers' Day Presidential Commendation N/A Won
22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Film The Suspect Won
2016 Korea Film Actors Association Awards Grand Prize A Man and a Woman Won [37]
2nd Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista – Red Carpet Category N/A Nominated [38]
Best Dresser – Male Nominated
BloodGuts UK Horror Awards Best Actor in an International Film Train to Busan Nominated
2017 14th Seoul Creative Festival of Film Advertising Model of the Year N/A Won
11th Asian Film Awards Best Actor Train to Busan Nominated
iHorror Awards Best Actor – Horror Film Nominated
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Won [29]
Grand Prize (TV) Nominated
Brand of the Year Awards Actor of the Year Won
2017 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor Train to Busan Nominated
22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Nominated
Korea Advertisers Association Awards Best Model Award N/A Won
3rd Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista – TV & Film Division Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Nominated [39]


  1. ^ 공유(공지철) 탤런트, 영화배우. Naver Profiles (in Korean). 30 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  2. ^ "김희선·성유리·옥주현·공유·J-Walk·이선진…학사모 쓴 스타들". Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). 2005. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  3. ^ a b ""카메라 선물로 달력 만드는 이 남자, '공유'할 수 없나요?"". Oh My News (in Korean). 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  4. ^ "SBS 새 수목드라마 '건빵선생과 별사탕'". Cine21 (in Korean). 12 April 2005. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  5. ^ "'공유' 인생드라마 '커피프린스 1호점', 연속 방송". Insight (in Korean). 28 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  6. ^ "'만인의 연인'으로 사랑받는~ 공유". The DongA Ilbo (in Korean). 20 September 2007. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  7. ^ "Gong Yoo to Leave For the Military Next Year". The Korea Times. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  8. ^ "Actor Gong Yoo Finishes 2-Year Military Service". The Korea Times. 8 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "'현역 제대' 공유 '홀가분하고 기분좋다'". Asiae (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  10. ^ "Gong Yoo and Lim Soo-jung to star in new film "First Love"". Asiae. 8 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Theatrical Releases in 2010: Box-Office Admission Results". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  12. ^ "INTERVIEW Actor Gong Yoo – Part 1". Asiae. 27 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "INTERVIEW Actor Gong Yoo – Part 2". Asiae. 27 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Outrage grows after movie relates rape of disabled innocents". Korea JoongAng Daily. 29 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "National Assembly passes 'Dogani Law'". The Korea Times. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  16. ^ "Actors hope to score 'Big' in new show". Korea JoongAng Daily. 16 April 2012. 
  17. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (25 July 2012). "Big Concludes with Open Endings, Unsatisfied Fans, and Highest Rating". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  18. ^ "Gong Yoo a 'Suspect' in his first action role". Korea JoongAng Daily. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  19. ^ "Gong Yoo named UNICEF special representative". The Korea Herald. 8 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Ha Ji-won, Gong Yoo Named Tax Service Ambassadors". The Chosun Ilbo. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  21. ^ "(Newsmaker) Actor Gong Yoo soars in 2016". Yonhap News Agency. 19 December 2016. 
  22. ^ "Rom-com king takes on serious role". Korea JoongAng Daily. 25 January 2016. 
  23. ^ "Movie star Gong Yoo opens up about his own fears". The Korea Herald. 20 July 2016. 
  24. ^ "Zombie Movie 'Train to Busan' Passes 11 Million-Viewer Mark". The Chosun Ilbo. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  25. ^ "KIM Jee-woon Wraps Period Action-Thriller SECRET AGENT". Korean Film Biz Zone. 20 April 2016. 
  26. ^ "'The Age of Shadows' still No. 1 at box office". The Korea Herald. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  27. ^ "Gong Yoo to star in Kim Eun-sook fantasy drama". The Korea Times. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  28. ^ "Fantasy drama "Guardian" enjoys unprecedented popularity". The Korea Times. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  29. ^ a b "'Guardian,' 'The Handmaiden' win big at Baeksang Awards". The Korea Herald. 4 May 2017. 
  30. ^ "Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi to Play cameos in "Dating Agency: Cyrano"". Asiae. 20 June 2013. 
  31. ^ "2004년 1월 10일 (토) / 제 211 회". iMBC (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  32. ^ "연예 사병 공유, 국방홍보원 캘린더 모델". Nocut News (in Korean). 5 January 2009. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  33. ^ "2003 SBS 연기대상에 이병헌". Hankyung (in Korean). 1 January 2004. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  34. ^ "'거침없이 하이킥', 'Mnet 20's Choice' 6관 왕 차지". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 22 August 2007. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  35. ^ "'공유 군입대 전 공식 막방' 공유 이준기 MBC연기대상 男우수상 공동수상". JoongAng Daily (in Korean). 31 December 2007. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  36. ^ "'The Unjust' Wins Top Honors at Blue Dragon Film Awards". enewsWorld. 26 November 2011. 
  37. ^ "2016 한국영화를 빛낸 스타상 시상식, 오늘(15일) 개최". Star MBN (in Korean). 15 July 2016. 
  38. ^ "2016 네이버X셀럽스픽 패셔니스타 어워즈, 열기 뜨겁다". Chosun (in Korean). 4 November 2016. 
  39. ^ ""올해는 누구?" 2017 패셔니스타 어워즈, 더욱 뜨겁게 돌아온다". Naver (in Korean). 13 October 2017. 

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