Sung Hoon Biography
Sung Hoon Biography

Sung Hoon Biography

Sung Hoon is a South Korean actor known for his portrayals in the television series New Tales of Giseang(2011), Faith(2012),  Passionate Love (2013-2014), Five Children (2016), Are we in Love (2020).


Sung Hoon is a South Korean actor known for his leading portrayals in the television series New Tales of Giseang(2011), Faith(2012),  Passionate Love (2013-2014), Five Children (2016), Are we in Love (2020) 

Who is Sung Hoon?

Sung Hoon was an ace swimmer, specializing in a butterfly stroke before starting his career as an actor. He had been swimming since elementary school, but he quit after his spinal injury at the age of 26.

With no prior experience in acting, Hoon made his debut with a lead role in the 2011 South Korean TV series New Tales of Gisaeng. His breakthrough role won him the New Star Award from, 20th SBS Drama Awards and also paved his way for the other notable roles in the TV drama series such as Faith(2012), Passionate Love(2013-2014), Noble, My Love (2015), Five Children(2016), Oh My Venus (2015-2016).

The versatile actor is also an accomplished Disc Jockey who has worked under the name of  ROI. In June of 2015, he performed in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia 

In 2016 he made his big-screen debut in the South Korean action crime film ‘Come Back to Busan Port’.Later, he starred in the 2017 South Korean television series "My Secret Romance" as a lead character.

Additionally, he was cast in the second season of the sitcom  ‘The Sound of  Yor Heart’ (2018), romantic comedy web drama ‘I Picked up a Celebrity on the Street(2018), romantic comedy-drama; Level up (2019). Later in 2020 Hoon appeared as a lead role in the romantic fantasy film ‘Are you in Love’.

Early Life

Born as Bang Sung Hoon on February 14, 1983, in Nam District, Daegu South Korea, Hoon was a swimmer from the elementary school. In 2002 he participated in a fifty-meter butterfly contest where he set the new record of 25.7 seconds. 

Although he had 16 years of experience, Hoon was unable to pursue his career as a swimmer because of his injuries. He had undergone his first surgery in Grade 6 of elementary school, and then he had six full-body gusset surgeries from his high school to college. The surgery had a major impact on both his health and his education.  As a result, he unwillingly quit his swimming career at the age of 26. He then graduated from Yong University, where he studied Social and Physical Education.

After graduation, Hoon had a feeling of loss as he put an end to swimming, his passion from an early age. He worked part-time to continue his life, but it wasn't enough to sustain his life. So Hoon, who had also been fond of acting since childhood, decided to pursue another passion; acting. The hardship came to an end after he met with the CEO of the acting agency, who gave him a golden opportunity to act.

Career

The novice in the acting industry made a debut in the South Korean Tv series ‘New Tales of Gisaeng” starting from January 23, 2011, to July 17, 2011. In the 52 episodes SBS series, he portrayed as an arrogant second-generation chaebol which garnered him the limelight. Initially, Hoon was criticized for his awkward acting however as the episodes progressed he improved his acting. 

The breakthrough role earned him the New Star Award at the 20th SBS drama awards in 2011 and opened up a path for further acting opportunities. 

In 2012 he was cast in his first Chinese drama; The Bodyguard where he portrayed the role of Guo Xu; a security chef. The same year he appeared in the SBS drama Faith as a shady character with a deadly flute and also in the SBS drama The Birth of the Family; as a businessman

Following that year, Hoon starred in the 2013- 2014 SBS drama series Passionate Love as a handsome and rich chaebol Kang Moo Yool. In 2014, he appeared in the web drama '6 Persons Room' where he played a thriving businessman and a womanizer who suffered an injury and found himself surrounded by a strange patient in a hospital.

His popularity soared after starring in the 2015 miniseries Noble, My Love, in which he played Lee Kang Hoon, the CEO of the world's largest corporation D.O.L's Korean division. Because of his celebrity, he was cast in his next film, Oh My Venus, in which he plays Jang Joon-sung, a professional boxer trained by John Kim (played by So Ji-sub), whose nickname is "Korean Snake."

Hoon, a talented disc jockey, goes by the stage name ROI. In June 2015, he performed in several countries, including Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Malaysia, showcasing his talent in the region.

In 2016 Sung Hoon was cast in a KBS's weekend drama Five Enough. His portrayal as Kim Sang-min in the drama earned him the Best New Actor award at the 30th KBS Drama Awards in 2016. 

The same year he made a big-screen debut with the film 'Come Back to Busan Port,' which was directed by Park Hee Joon, the story shows how those twin brothers who were separated from each other again meet when the elder is a detective, and the younger a criminal gang man.

After that, he landed the lead role of Cha Jin-Wook in the South Korean television series "My Secret Romance," which aired on OCN for 13 episodes from April 17 to May 30, 2017. In the 2017 South Korean TV drama series "The Idolmaster KR,"  he plays Kang Shin-hyuk, a producer of an entertainment company.

In addition, he was cast in the second season of the sitcom 'The Sound of Your Heart,' and he starred in the romantic comedy web drama 'I Picked up a Celebrity on the Street,' in 2018. He was cast in the romantic comedy-drama "Level Up" later in 2019. Following that, in 2020, Hoon starred in the romantic fantasy film "Are You in Love?" as the protagonist.