Cha Seung Won received an engineering degree from Mokwon University before embarking on a successful career as a model in 1988. 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. Cha married early (1992) he had previously falsified his marriage date as 1989 to match No Ah's age. He and his wife have two children, son Cha No Ah (born 1989) and daughter Cha Ye Ni (born 2003).
In 2014, he signed with YG entertainment.