Gong Yoo

  • I. Introduction

    Gong Yoo, born on July 10, 1979, as Gong Ji-cheol, is a famous actor, best known for his acting skills and innumerable repertoire.

    He graduated with a B.A in theater and started a career as a jockey on Mnet. He did a number of supporting roles in dramas and movies and tried his hand at hosting music programs. His first main role was in 2005, as he was casted in Hello My Teacher opposite Gong Hyo-jin, followed by One Fine Day in 2006 opposite Sung Yu-ri. However, the real breakthrough came with Coffee Prince. His acting was highly praised and that earned him a higher status in the industry.

    Soon after, Gong Yoo enlisted. 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. He was discharged in December 2009.

    Post-enlistment, Gong Yoo worked in various films and dramas that failed to meet up the audience's expectations. It was only in 2016 that his career skyrocketed all thanks to A Man and a Woman opposite Jeon Do-yeon. Next in line was the blockbuster Train to Busan followed by The Age of Shadows.

    Working with Kim Eun-sook next in the fantasy drama Goblin only solidified his status as an A-list actor.

    In 2021, Gong Yoo starred in Lee Yong-ju's action thriller film Seo Bok alongside Park Bo-gum.

    II. Filmography

    Year Title Role Note
    2003 My Tutor Friend Lee Jong-soo
    2004 Spy Girl

    Superstar Mr. Gam

    S Diary
    Choi Ko-Bong

    Park Chul-soo

    2005 She's on Duty Kang No-young
    2007 Like a Dragon Park Chul Adaptation of a video game
    2010 Finding Mr. Destiny Han Gi-joon Adaptation of a stage musical
    2011 Silenced Kang In-ho Adaptation of a novel
    2013 The Suspect Ji Dong-chul
    2016 A Man and a Woman

    Train to Busan

    The Age of Shadows



    Kim Woo-jin

    2019 Kim Ji-young: Born 1982

    2021 Seo Bok

    Go Heon Adaptation of a novel

    III. Television Series

    Year Title Role Network
    2001 School 4 Hwang Tae-young KBS2
    2002 Whenever the Heart Beats

    Hard Love
    Park Chan-ho

    Seo Kyung-chil

    20 Years

    Best Theater: Flying Saucer


    My Room, Your Room
    Seo Joon

    Ki Jin

    Kim Joon-pyo

    Kim Sung-joon



    2005 Hello My Teacher

    Park Tae-in SBS
    2006 One Fine Day

    Seo Gum MBC
    2007 Coffee Prince

    Choi Han-kyul MBC
    2012 Big

    Seo Yoon-jae KBS2
    2013 Dating Agency: Cyrano Magician tvN
    2016-2017 Goblin (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God)

    Goblin/Kim Shin tvN

    IV. Discography

    Year Title Album
    2012 "Because It's You" Big Soundtrack

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    V. Accolades

    Year Award Category Nominated Work
    2003 11th SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Screen
    2006 25th MBC Drama Awards Special Award One Fine Day
    2007 1st Mnet 20's Choice Awards

    26th MBC Drama Awards
    Best Style

    Excellence Award

    Coffee Prince
    2011 32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award Silenced
    2014 22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards Best Actor The Suspect
    2016 Korea Film Actors Association Awards Grand Prize A Man and a Woman
    2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards

    Brand of the Year Awards
    Best Actor

    Actor of the Year



    - His stage name is a combination of his father's last name "Gong" and of his mother's last name "Yoo".

    - He is a descendant of Chinese philosopher Confucius, and was part of the 79th generation among Confucius's descendants originated from the Gokbu Gong clan.