Jo Jae Hyeon

Cho Jae-hyun (born June 30, 1965) is a South Korean film, stage, and TV actor. He is commonly dubbed "director Kim Ki-duk's persona" since Cho has starred as leading and supporting characters in almost all films directed by Kim.



Cho Jae-hyun was born in Seoul in 1965. He and his family lived in a poor neighborhood on the slopes of a hill until his father became successful with his restaurant business in the Jongno area, Seoul. In a 2002 interview with the film magazine, Cine 21, Cho said he was a rebellious boy wandering outside of home. He aspired to be a painter, so tried to enter an art high school but failed. When he entered another high school, Cho ran away from home to Busan. Cho worked as a waiter there, and studied on his own to pass a qualification exam equivalent to obtaining a high school diploma. However, Cho failed it, so returned to Seoul to finish his high school year.



Cho was admitted to study film and drama at Kyungsung University. Cho recollected he indulged himself in Busan's culture during his freshman and sophomore years, while he focused on theater for the rest of his university years. Cho said a question from his junior in school during his third summer break shook him to rethink about his future; "What would you do after the graduation from the school?" Cho said he felt shame at the time because he could not clearly answer the question. Therefore, Cho shaped his head and started dedicating to acting.



After the graduation, Cho was selected as a TV actor by a public recruit of Korea Broadcasting System (KBS), and officially debuted as a professional actor by starring as the youngest little brother of Yu In-chon in The Age of Ambition (야먕의 세월). Though, theater stages were his main ground. As Cho and his friends established a theatrical company named "Jongak" (종각, literally "Bell Pavilion"), the company raised several works on the stage such as Tricycles (세발자전거, 1989), Look Back in Anger (성난 얼굴로 돌아보라, 1990) and The Lovers of Woomook-baemi (우묵배미의 사랑, 1990). In the period, Cho set his first priority in play than TV or film. In 1991, Cho won New Actor in Theater at the year's PaekSang Arts Awards for his acting for Equus in which he recreated the leading role, Alan as an innocent person which is largely depicted as a cruel and rebellious character.



When Cho Jae-hyun was 24 years old in 1989, he married his university sweetheart who was an anchor for the university TV. He has one daughter and son. His son, Cho Su-hun is a short track speed skater who won a gold metal from the 500 meter competition for male university students at the 2008 Korean National Winter Sports Festival.



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Drama & Films

Drama

Year
Title
#
Role
Rating
2016
12
Han Kyung Moon Main Role
8.3
2016
20
Kim Gil Do Main Role
7.6
2015
20
(Ep.1) Guest Role
7.5
2014
19
Lee Tae Jun Main Role
8.4
2014
50
Jung Do Jun Main Role
8.7
2013
36
Ha Myeong Geun [Eun Jung's father] Main Role
7.7
2012
103
Geum Bo Hwa's ex-boyfriend Guest Role
6.9
2012
20
Cha Tae Jin Main Role
7.1
2011
36
King Ui Ja Main Role
7.8
2008
24
The King (Ep.1) Guest Role
7.4
2007
23
Choi Kang Gook Main Role
7.7
2006
16
Yeon Jeong Seo Main Role
6.3
2005
2
Im Dae Boem Main Role
N/A
2005
16
Kang Min-soo Main Role
7.5
2004
15
himself Guest Role
6.1
2003
17
Detective Han Pil-seung Main Role
6.2
2001
16
Uhk Gwan Main Role
6.5
2001
16
Supporting Role
N/A
2000
16
Huh Jang Suk Supporting Role
N/A
2000
17
Unknown Role
6.4
2000
48
Jo Jae Hyun Supporting Role
8.1
1999
36
Shin Deok Bae Supporting Role
N/A
1999
16
Park Jang Soon Supporting Role
N/A
1999
16
Jo Pil Do Supporting Role
6.8
1999
42
Jo Jae Hyun Supporting Role
7.9
1998
59
Ma Dal Soo Supporting Role
8.0
1996
16
Unknown Role
N/A
1995
16
Jang Joon Ha Supporting Role
N/A
1995
69
Jong Rak Main Role
N/A
1993
119
Park Tae Hyeon Supporting Role
N/A
1993
16
Soon Goo Main Role
N/A
1990
100
Unknown Role
6.0

Films

Year
Title
Role
Rating
2016
Sung Dae Ryeon Main Role
8.4
2016
Sang-ho Main Role
5.0
2014
Gwang Baek Main Role
7.9
2013
Director Baek Guest Role
N/A
2013
[Father] Main Role
6.6
2013
Main Role
6.3
2012
Jung / Han Hae-woon Main Role
5.7
2011
Master Moon Main Role
7.8
2010
King Gojong Supporting Role
6.4
2009
Jong Ho Bae Main Role
7.0
2009
Chairman Kang Main Role
6.9
2007
Dong Ho Main Role
5.3
2006
Choi Min Jae Main Role
6.8
2006
Hyeong Jun Main Role
7.1
2004
Maeng Man Soo Main Role
8.8
2004
Lee Su Cheol Main Role
8.8
2003
Main Role
6.3
2001
Han Gi Main Role
6.8
2000
Mang Chi Supporting Role
6.6
2000
Byung-Kwon Supporting Role
6.5
1999
Kim Soon Kyeong Main Role
N/A
1998
Unknown Role
8.0
1998
Yong Jak Main Role
8.0
1997
Young Man Main Role
N/A
1997
Cheong Hae Main Role
7.1
1996
Main Role
7.0
1996
Jung Kil Unknown Role
N/A
1995
Lee In Mong Main Role
8.0
1990
Supporting Role
N/A

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    gesotto Jul 3, 2016 - edited

    Happy Birthday! I hate him in Master God of Noodles and pitied him in A Korean in Paris! (with that impact and impression he must be doing great).
    Kudos!

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    Pedro Jun 30, 2016

    Happy Birthday a villain man :)

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    Moe Jun 1, 2016

    This actor is by far one of my favorites in K-Drama, his talent seems to be bottomless. His current drama, Master: God of Noodles, is shaping up to be one of his best works, especially with the talented cast and staff that are working with him. Thank you for being awesome!

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    Malu Apr 21, 2016

    What a talented actor! OMG his performances are absolutely outstanding

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    EXO_HOLIC Jun 30, 2015

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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    rainruma Feb 20, 2015 - edited

    He left a strong impression, from the first time I saw him.... Very good actor w/ a very strong presence on screen!

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      Malu Apr 21, 2016

      Exactly, I was just thinking that when he is on screen it's almost impossible not to pay attention

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    _Rosie Feb 14, 2015

    SO bad and yet so good in Punch. Even though he is a villain I cant hate him

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    Heba Dec 27, 2014

    I love you abeoji <3 <3 <3

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    Mo-chan Nov 17, 2014 - edited

    Damn I would have NEVER recognised him in The Fatal Encounter!!!

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      risingsun Jan 21, 2015

      Same here, I only recognized him because of his voice^^

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    MarksonLove Jun 30, 2014

    Happy Birthday

  • Reply
    EXO_HOLIC Jun 30, 2014

    Happy birthday

  • Reply
    Kealohalani808 Jun 30, 2014

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

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    _Rosie Oct 7, 2013

    First time seeing him in Scandal as Ha Myeong-Geun and I am impressed.

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      soumatra Jan 30, 2014

      i heard a lot of good thing about him, he's so well know in the cinema industry for that he's too big for drama, I will watch some of his films after that follow up with scandal

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    b2bawkward19 Jun 30, 2013

    Happy Birthday!

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    Jamaique3d Jun 30, 2013

    Happy Birthday

Details

  • Name:

    Jo Jae Hyeon
  • Native name:

    조재현
  • Also Known as:

    Cho Jae Hyun; Jo Jae Hyun;
  • Nationality:

    South Korean
  • Gender:

    Male
  • Born:

    June 30, 1965
  • Age:

    51