Cha Seung-won

Cha Seung-won
Cha Seung-won (차승원)
Born June 7, 1970 (1970-06-07) (age 41)
Southkoreanflag.jpg Anyang, South Korea
Occupation Actor
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]
Spouse Lee Su-jin[1]
Children Cha No-ah
Cha Ye-ni[1]
Korean name
Hangul 차승원
Hanja 車勝元
Revised Romanization Cha Seung-won
McCune–Reischauer Ch'a Sŭngwŏn

Cha Seung-won (Born June 7, 1970 in Seoul) is a top South Korean actor and former fashion model.



Cha Seung-won dropped out of Sungkyunkwan University[1] and began a successful career as a fashion model in 1988.[2] He was cast in the TV sitcom New York Story, which would eventually pave the way for his debut in film.[3]

Although his debut film Holiday in Seoul (1997) and many of his subsequent roles did not establish him as a major star, he attracted attention in 2000 for his performance as an arsonist in the firefighting film Libera Me. The following summer, the runaway success of Kim Sang-jin's comedy Kick the Moon (over 4.3 million tickets sold) secured his place in the industry as a leading actor with strong star appeal.[3] Since then, Cha has become one of the few surefire box office draws in the country. In a 2005 survey of influential movie producers, he was ranked among the top ten most bankable stars.[4]

In early 2003, Cha took on a slightly more serious role as a corrupt schoolteacher who is transferred to a country school in the film My Teacher, Mr. Kim. The film grossed over 2.4 million admissions and drew Cha additional praise for his acting abilities (he would later team up again with the director for 2007 comedy Small Town Rivals[5]). His next role, in Ghost House, reunited him with director Kim Sang-jin in a successful comedy about a man who buys a dream home, only to discover it is haunted by a young female ghost.[3]

In 2005 Cha put aside the comic roles he had become known for and appeared in the grisly period thriller Blood Rain.[6][7] The film's unexpectedly robust commercial success confirmed Cha's popularity among Korean audiences.[3] Cha went on to appear in two films by renowned comedy director Jang Jin -- Murder, Take One[8][9][10] and My Son.[11]

He starred in his first melodrama Over the Border, about a North Korean defector.[12][13][14] Stylish crime thrillers Eye for an Eye[15] and Secret[16] followed.

2010 was a busy year for Cha,[17][18] acting in the Lee Jun-ik-helmed period actioner Blades of Blood[19] and Korean War film 71: Into the Fire.[20][21]

Cha returned to television in 2009, in the political fairytale City Hall,[22] followed by spy series Athena: Goddess of War in 2010.[23][24][25][26] In 2011 his character in the hit romantic comedy The Greatest Love, arrogant top star "Dokko Jin" became a mini pop culture phenomenon, giving rise to numerous commercial deals and parodies.[27][28][29][30][31][32]

Personal life

Cha married early when he was an eighteen-year-old college freshman in 1989. He and his wife have 2 children, son Cha No-ah (born 1989, christened as Noah) and daughter Cha Ye-ni (born 2003, christened as Rachel).[33][34][35][36]



Year Title Role
2010 Blades of Blood Lee Mong-hak
71: Into the Fire Park Moo-rang
2009 Secret Kim Seong-yeol
2008 Eye for an Eye Ahn Hyun-min
2007 My Son Lee Kang-shik
Small Town Rivals Jo Choon-sam
2006 Over the Border Kim Sun-ho
2005 Murder, Take One Choi Yeon-gi
Blood Rain Lee Won-kyu
2004 Lovely Rivals cameo - Kim Bong-du
Ghost House Park Pil-gi
2003 My Teacher, Mr. Kim Kim Bong-du
2002 Jail Breakers Moo-seok
Break Out Yang Cheol-gon
2001 Kick the Moon Choi Ki-woong
2000 Libera Me Yeo Hee-su
Black Honeymoon Kim Joon-ho
1999 Attack the Gas Station cameo
A Century's End
Ghost in Love Na Han-su
1998 If the Sun Rises in the West Ji-min
1997 Holiday in Seoul Leg model's boyfriend

Television series

Year Title Role
2011 The Greatest Love (MBC) Dokko Jin
2010 Athena: Goddess of War (SBS) Son Hyuk
2009 City Hall (SBS) Jo Gook
2003 Bodyguard (KBS2) Hong Kyung-tak
1999 Love Story: "Message" (SBS)
Woman On Top (SBS) Seung-il
Roses and Bean Sprouts (MBC) Choi Gyoo-dae
Women vs. Women (MBC)
1998 Angel's Kiss (KBS2) Jang Tae-ju
Shy Lover (MBC) Im Sung-bom
Barefoot Run (MBC)
Song of the Wind (SBS)
1997 New York Story (SBS)

Music videos

  • (Part 1) Cry Cry (Part 2) Lovey Dovey (T-ara, 2011)
  • Rain shower (Kim Jang-hoon, 2008)
  • Project X (2003)
  • In My Heart (4U, 2002)
  • I Love You (Position, 2001)
  • I am a Man (Kim Jang-hoon, 2000)
  • Poison (Uhm Jung-hwa, 1998)
  • Even if the World Fools You (Kim Jang-hoon, 1998)

Variety shows



  • 2011 Style Icon Awards: Style Icon of the Year[37]
  • 2011 Korea Broadcasting Awards: Actor Award (The Greatest Love)
  • 2011 Mnet 20's Choice Awards: Hot Drama Star - Male (The Greatest Love)[38]
  • 2011 Mnet 20's Choice Awards: Hot Male Body (Best Six-Pack)[38]
  • 2010 Asia Model Festival Awards: Asia Special Award, Film category[39]
  • 2009 SBS Drama Awards: Best Actor, Drama Special (City Hall)[40]
  • 2009 SBS Drama Awards: Top 10 Stars (City Hall)[40]
  • 2008 Korea Jewelry Awards: Sapphire Award
  • 2007 Korea Fashion & Design Awards: Fashion Icon Award
  • 2007 TVCF Awards: CF Model Award for 2006
  • 2007 Chunsa Film Art Awards: Best Actor (My Son)[41]
  • 2003 KBS Drama Awards: Best Actor, Top Excellence Award (Bodyguard)
  • 2003 KBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Bodyguard)
  • 2003 Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Actor (Jail Breakers)
  • 2003 Korea Advertisers Association: Good Model Award
  • 2002 Golden Cinematography Awards: Popularity Award (Kick the Moon)
  • 1999 Korea Best Dresser Awards: Best Dressed Award
  • 1997 Model Center Adieu Fashion Festival: Grand Prize/Daesang, Fashion category
  • 1996 Korea Fashion Association: Male Model of the Year
  • 1995 Korea Fashion Photographers Association: Model of the Year
  • 1995 Korea Model Association: Model of the Year
  • 1995 Model Line: Best Dressed Award


  1. ^ a b c d e "차승원 영화배우, 모델". Naver. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Cha Seung-won's Movie Picks 10Asia. January 18, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Cha Seung-won
  4. ^ Jang Dong-gun Voted Korea's Most Bankable Star Chosun Ilbo. October 20, 2005.
  5. ^ 'Small Town Rivals' puts comic twist on friendship Korea Herald. March 22, 2007.
  6. ^ Dogged Cha Seung-won: Movie "Tears of Blood" Dong-A Ilbo. April 13, 2005.
  7. ^ K-FILM REVIEWS: 혈의 누 (Blood Rain) Twitch Film. September 12, 2005.
  8. ^ Cha Seung-won: Not Groomed for Stardom Chosun Ilbo. August 2, 2005.
  9. ^ 'The Big Scene' showcases a clever detective thriller Korea Herald. August 11, 2005.
  10. ^ K-FILM REVIEWS: 박수칠 때 떠나라 (Murder, Take One) Twitch Film. January 2, 2006.
  11. ^ Jang Jin’s world stumbles in My Son JoongAng Daily. August 20, 2007.
  12. ^ Comic star's melodramatic acting in 'South of the Border' Korea Herald. April 27, 2006.
  13. ^ Go South Dong-A Ilbo. April 27, 2006.
  14. ^ 'Border,' Personal Stories of NK Defectors Korea Times. May 4, 2006
  15. ^ 'Eye' Spies Perfect Crime Korea Times. July 24, 2008.
  16. ^ Thriller lays bare the secrets that we keep JoongAng Daily. November 27, 2009.
  17. ^ Interview: Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 1 10Asia. April 27, 2010.
  18. ^ Interview: Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 2 10Asia. April 27, 2010.
  19. ^ Traces of Lee Jun-ik's work in "Blades of Blood" 10Asia. April 20, 2010.
  20. ^ TOP says lived as 17-year-old for 6 months for "Fire" (1) 10Asia. May 11, 2010.
  21. ^ TOP says lived as 17-year-old for 6 months for "Fire" (2) 10Asia. May 11, 2010.
  22. ^ 'City Hall' to Bring Public Officials to TV Korea Times. April 21, 2009.
  23. ^ Will 'Athena' Exceeds Popularity of 'IRIS'? KBS Global. September 1, 2010.
  24. ^ 'Athena' to sneak into homes this month Korea Times. November 30, 2010.
  25. ^ Preview: SBS TV series "Athena" 10Asia. December 3, 2010.
  26. ^ 'Iris' spinoff set for its small-screen debut JoongAng Daily. December 7, 2010.
  27. ^ TV soap to peek into celebrity life Korea Times. May 3, 2011.
  28. ^ Cha Seung-won: I am Dokko Jin Hankyoreh/Dramabeans. May 22, 2011.
  29. ^ Cha Seung Won's me2day interview Sports Seoul/Electric Ground. June 22, 2011.
  30. ^ Preview: Cha Seung-won: I wanted to show the cute side to men 10Asia. June 23, 2011.
  31. ^ Interview: Actor Cha Seung-won 10Asia. June 27, 2011.
  32. ^ Cha Seung-won is a passionate actor Newsen/HanCinema. July 10, 2011.
  33. ^
  34. ^ Cha Seung-won "My energy charger is my daughter" Newsen/HanCinema. June 26, 2011.
  35. ^ ‘대세남’ 차승원, “변태연기 거부감 없어”…마라톤 인터뷰① Dong-A Ilbo. July 15, 2011.
  36. ^ 차승원 “대놓고 잘난척하기 좋아해”…마라톤 인터뷰② Dong-A Ilbo. July 15, 2011.
  37. ^ Performances and winners from Mnet 2011 Style Icon Awards Koreaboo. November 3, 2011.
  38. ^ a b Winners from the Mnet 20's Choice Awards Koreaboo. July 8, 2011.
  39. ^ Asian Model Awards HanCinema. January 18, 2010.
  40. ^ a b 2009 SBS Drama Awards Dramabeans. December 31, 2009.
  41. ^

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