Facts of Ji Chang-Wook Biography
|Education||Dankook University at the Faculty of Theater and Film|
|Place of birth||Anyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea|
KBS Drama Award winning South Korean actor, Ji Chang-Wook, well known for his starring role as Dong-hae on the South Korean television series "Smile Again." Having active in this entertainment industry since 2006, this famous actor has appeared on the dramas Empress Ki, Bachelor's Vegetable Store, and Warrior Baek Dong-soo.
Early Life & Education
Ji Chang-Wook was born in Anyang, South Korea on July 5, 1987.His father passed away when he was in the elementary school. He grew up under the care of his single mother that time his mother used to work hard in a restaurant and was also sick.
He was a son who had never gone against his mother’s words, but when he said he wanted to act, that was the first time he went against his mother and fought back. His mother was hurt and still feel sorry whenever the think of that.
Before tracking his career as an actor, Chang-Wook had his share of appealing jobs. During his time at high school, he wanted to be an engineer and work in architecture just because he felt like it. When he was even younger, his dream jobs alternated between a police officer, a judge, a lawyer, a doctor, a teacher and respectively.
After completing his high school, he decided to enter Dankook University at the Faculty of Theater and Film to acquire acting skills and diploma.When auditioning for the department of theater and film of Dankook University, he sang a song from Les Mis for the performance part of the test.
He began his career in the musical theater and performed in numerous musical theater productions. He made his onscreen appearance in the 2006 film "Days" in 2006 and returned to the musical theater in 2013, performing an official bodyguard, who went missing twenty years ago with a strange female companion. The Days was a jukebox musical doing the folk rock songs of 'Kim Kwang-Seok.'
He had a minor role in the 2008 television drama "You Stole My Heart." In 2009, he appeared in the Lee Jae-sang's South Korean television series "My Too Perfect Sons," along with the stars Son Hyun-joo, Lee Pil-mo Han Sang-jin, playing the timid, sissy youngest brother who ends up raising his best friend's daughter while just turning 20 years old. He was also a supporting role in the action-comedy "Hero" from 2009-2010.
Rose to fame
He was cast in his first starring role in the 159-episode daily drama "Smile Again" in 2010, Playing the role of a Korean-American short track speed skater, Ji trained four to five hours daily at the ice rink.
After topping the rating chart for 15 consecutive weeks, he was awarded "Best Actor in a Daily Drama" at the KBS Drama Awards.
Then, he landed along with the stars Yoo Seung-ho, Yoon So-yi, Shin Hyun-bin, Choi Min-soo and Jun Kwang-ryul in the South Korean fusion historical/action television series " Warrior Baek Dong-soo" in 2011, playing Baek Dong-soo, which was directed by Lee Hyun-jik and Kim Hong-sun. For his role, he won the SBS Drama Awards in the category of New Star Award in 2011.
From 2011-2012, he played the lead role in cable drama Bachelor's "Vegetable Store," based on the true success story of Lee Young-Seok, a young man who turned a tiny 350-square-feet vegetable store in 1998 into a nationwide franchise with 33 stores.
His breakthrough role came when he played Toghon Temür, the 16th emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, in the historical drama "Empress Ki." Ji then starred as the title character in Song Ji-na-penned action thriller "Healer" from December 2014 to February 2015.
He then took on a role in Mandarin-language dramas like "The Whirlwind Girl 2" ( 2016).In 2016, Ji appeared in tvN's action thriller "The K2", as the title role, a bodyguard who gets betrayed by his fellow countrymen and falls in love with a girl with a fear of people. The drama received favorable reviews, topping cable channel viewership ratings throughout its 8-week broadcast.
In 2017, Ji appeared in the action film "Fabricated City," playing the role of a jobless game addict who becomes a framed murderer.
He is currently appearing in the television series "Suspicious Partner" where he plays No Ji-wook, a prosecutor in the Sunho District Prosecutors’ Office who ends up switching professions to a private attorney. He harbors a trauma stemming from an event in his childhood involving his parents and first love. Which premiered in May 2017.
The 5' 11" actor was rumored to be dating his co-star, Ha Ji-won. The rumors began when the two were filming the first few scenes together, and they grew close, where he was helping her escape from public attention and often said that he enjoyed working with her.
But none of them ever confessed to being in an affair. For that matter, the two never spotted dating and hanging out in public. While Ji was filming "Empress Ki," he had revealed that they were both shy around strangers but that they quickly became comfortable with each other. His current relationship status is single.
Being a successful actor and singer, he has already won a million heart. He won several awards for his breakthrough roles. Ji shot to stardom after playing the title character in the hit drama "Healer." His estimated net worth has 50 million won ($42,000 USD) per episode. He holds a Korean nationality and belongs to Asian ethnicity. Ji is also active on social networking sites, where he has a huge fan following.