List of famous Korean actors would not be complete without including Hyun Bin. Talking about Hyun Bin, might be every other girl’s dream guy. Hyun Bin is such a remarkable actor in Korea in today’s generation. He was born on September 25, 1982, raised in Seoul and has two older brothers.
Name: 현빈 / Hyun Bin (Hyeon Bin)
• Real name: 김태평 / Kim Tae Pyung (Gim Tae Pyeong)
• Profession: Actor and model
• Birthdate: September 25, 1982
• Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
• Height: 184cm
• Weight: 74kg
• Star sign: Libra
• Blood type: B
• Talent agency: O& Entertainment
In 2004 he graduated from Chung-Ang University where he majored in Theater Studies. Since 2009 to obtain a master’s degree, he has been enrolled at the same university. Nobody knows when the best of fate comes to other lives just like Hyun Bin’s acting career. His unforeseen career began when an official at an entertainment agency saw Hyun Bin passing by on a motorcycle in high school and approached him.
After he was discovered he begin filming his 2002 film Shower unfortunately due to lack of financial support the film was not released, Hyun finally made his debut in 2003 with the television series Bodyguard, followed by his character in the sitcom Nonstop 4 and peculiar drama Ireland. Hyun Bin made a leap to fame in the 2005 renowned romantic comedy My Name is Kim Sam-soon with Kim Sun-ah.
Hyun Bin on his middle-of-the-road triumph eluded in the next few years. The actor also experienced ups and downs in his career. His primary film as a lead actor A Millionaire’s First Love slumped, as well as TV melodrama The Snow Queen, a love tale between a math genius-turned-boxer and a sheltered, pampered girl.
Regardless of stumpy ratings, 2008’s Worlds Within was well-received for its writing; he and Song Hye-kyo played TV producers was under pressure to create the ideal drama while still maintaining their relationship. Hyun began choosing more diverse projects than his usual type of acting, such as I’m Happy, a romance between a patient and a nurse (Lee Bo-young) in a mental ward. He then portrayed a sociopath in the gravely acclaimed gangster saga Friend, Our Legend, reportedly Hyun rewatching the original film 20 to 30 times.
In 2010 he saw a rush rise of his fame with Secret Garden, a romantic fantasy about a picky and conceited department store owner and a flat broke stunt woman (Ha Ji-won) that every time it rains they switch souls. Secret Garden brought in 30% ratings and acquired much interest regarding its fashion, catchphrases and music, and Hyun was acknowledged at the SBS Drama Awards and Baeksang Arts Awards for his performance. He also contributed to the soundtrack with “That Man,” which peaked at number one in eight Korean music portals.
Hyun Bin’s career was unstoppable. In February 2011 at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival he walked the red carpet where two of his films Come Rain, Come Shine and Late Autumn screened. He described the honor as his “happiest achievement.”
Hyun Bin was never been afraid taking risk in accepting role. In Late Autumn, an English-language remake shot in Seattle of the 1966 Lee Man-hee classic. In history, it became the top grossing Korean film released in China to date, taking in more than US$9.5 million over two weeks, which was extraordinary and first-time for a melodrama.
Hyun volunteered to serve his 21 months of obligatory military service in the Marine Corps, considered the toughest service branch on March 7, 2011. In his return at the front of media and thousands of fans from different countries, Hyun shed tears and bowed. He was discharged on December 6, 2012 and received an excerpt for being an excellent soldier. In the meantime in 2013, he used up his open time while waiting for his comeback Hyun was shooting commercials as an in-demand product endorser, and holding fan meetings all over Asia.
For Hyun acting comeback after military service, he chose The King’s Wrath, his first ever period in big screen, in which he plays the most important role of King Jeongjo who faced ferocious party strife throughout his reign. It is scheduled to be released in early 2014.
Hyun Bin’s career would be a perfect sample of how possible things are. His unforeseen career and his taste of acting can easily make audiences around the world to long for more about Korean Dramas. Hyun Bin is an asset to Korean Dramas. Unquestionably the popularity of the Korean actors helps the rising phenomenon of Hallyu these days.