Choi Min-soo

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Choi Min-soo
Born (1962-03-27) March 27, 1962 (age 56)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) June Elizabeth Kang
Korean name
Hangul 최민수
Hanja 崔民秀
Revised Romanization Choe Min-su
McCune–Reischauer Choi Min-su

Choi Min-soo (born March 27, 1962) is a South Korean actor known for the "tough guy hunter" image.


Choi was born in Seoul in 1962. Choi's family has been active in acting, and singing for over the last eight years. Choi was born as the son of Choi Moo-ryong, a popular actor of the 1960s and 1970s, and Kang Hyo-shil, an actress. His maternal grandmother is Jeon Ok, referred to as Queen of Tears for her excellence at acting for tragic dramas. His grandfather is Kang Hong-shik, an actor, a film director and singer active during the Japanese occupation period. Kang Hong-sik and Jeon Ok were the first married couple in Korean entertainment history. Kang went over to North Korea along with his daughter Kang Hyo-son who later became a famous actress of North Korea. Kang Hong-shik was honored as "Merited artist" as well.[1]

Choi graduated from Lila Elementary School, Seongdong Middle School, Dongbuk High School and Seoul Arts College. Choi debuted to the film industry in 1985 with Son of God, a film adapted from Park Bong-seong's same titled manhwa.[2][3]

Choi has three sisters and one half sister from his father's second marriage with Kim Ji-mee, and one little half brother and half sister from his father's other marriage.[4]

Choi met his wife June Elizabeth Kang from an international Miss Korea Beauty Pageant in 1993 where Kang was being represented as Miss Canada. Choi proposed to Kang after a 3 hour meeting and they were married June 18, 1994 in Seoul. They have two children, Christian (born 1996) and Benjamin (born 2001).[5][6]

Choi took a voluntary leave from acting following a scandal in 2008. He was involved in an assault case in April 2008 after a street-side argument ended in violence. An elderly man saw Choi cursing at another driver and rebuked him. The situation escalated and Choi beat up the man. The actor attempted to drive away, but the man grabbed onto the hood of the car and refused to let go. Choi was let go by police when the victim declined to press charges, but the public reaction was swift and condemning. The actor apologized profusely for his behavior and swore to live in exile in the mountains, away from his wife and children, for a year.[7][8]


*Note; the whole list is referenced.[9]
Year English title Original title Romanization Role Director
2014 How to Steal a Dog 개를 훔치는 완벽한 방법 Gaereul humchineun wanbyeokhan bangbeob Dae-po Kim Sung-ho
2006 My Wife Is a Gangster 3 조폭마누라 3 Jo-pok Ma-nu-ra 3
2005 Holiday 홀리데이 Holiday
2005 The Myth 신화 - 진시황릉의 비밀
Stanley Tong
2003 Sword in the Moon 청풍명월 Cheong Pung Myeong Wol
2002 Yesterday 예스터데이 Yeseuteodei
2001 Seoul 서울 Masahiko Nagasawa[11]
Libera Me Liberame
Chu Noh-Myoung Bakery Ju Nomyoung be-ikeoli
Phantom, the Submarine Yulyeong
Story of A Man Namja i-yagi
Blackjack Beullaegjaeg
Film-making Jug-ineun i-yagi
Inch'Alla Insyalla
Come to Me Na-ege ola
Piano Man Pianomaen
Rehearsal Liheoseol
My old sweetheart Ajji-appa
Terrorists Teleoliseuteu
A Good Day to Fall in Love Salanghagi joh-eunnal (also credited as planner) Kwon Chil-in
Beullusigeol Beullusigeol
I wish for what is forbidden to me Naneun somanghanda naege
geumjidoen geos-eul
Life of Hollywood Kid Heolli-udeukideu-ui saeng-ae
A Honeymoon Trip Mil-wol-yeohaeng
The Man with Breasts Gaseumdallin namja
We Must Go to
Apgujung-dong on Windy Days
Balambuneun nal-imyeon
Abgujeongdong-e ga-yahanda
The Marriage Life Gyeolhon-i-yagi
Mister Mama Miseuteo mamma
For Agnes Ageuneseuleul wiha-yeo
The Winter Dream Does Not Fly Gyeo-ulkkum-eun nalji anhneunda
Man Market Namjasijang
1990 North Korean Partisan in South Korea Nambugun
The Last Dance with Her Geuneuwa-ui majimakchum-uil
That Last Winter Geu magimak gyeowul
The Lady in the Wall Byeoksok-ui buin
Son of God Sin-ui adeul
1985 Nun Nun


Year English Title Original Title Romanization Role Network
2014 Pride and Prejudice 오만과 편견 Omangwa Pyeongyeon Moon Hee-man MBC
2013 The Blade and Petal 칼과 꽃 Kalgwa Kkot Yeon Gaesomun KBS2
2012 Do You Know Taekwondo? (Drama Special) 태권, 도를 아십니까? Taekwon, Doreul Ahshibnikka? Do-hyeon's father KBS2
Faith 신의 Shin-eui Moon Chi-hoo (cameo) SBS
Happy Ending 해피엔딩 Kim Doo-soo jTBC
2011 Warrior Baek Dong-soo 무사 백동수 Musa Baek Dong-soo Chun SBS
2010 Road No. 1 로드 넘버원 Rodeu Neombeowon Yoon Sam-soo MBC
2009 Father's House 아버지의 집 Ahbeojieui Jip Kang Man-ho SBS
2007 The Legend 태왕사신기 Taewang sasingi Daejangro MBC
2004 Han River Ballad 한강수타령 Han-kang-soo Ta-ryeong Shin Ryul MBC
2003 South of the Sun 태양의 남쪽 Tae-yang-ui Nam-jjok Kang Sung-jae SBS
2000 Legends of Love 사랑의 전설 Min-suk SBS
1998 White Nights 3.98 백야 3.98 Baekya 3.98 Kwon Taek-hyeong SBS
1995 Sandglass 모래시계 Mo-rae-shi-gae Park Tae-soo SBS
1993 Walking Up to Heaven 걸어서 하늘까지 물새 Jung-ho MBC
My Mother's Sea 엄마의 바다 Eommaui Bada Lee Dong-jae MBC
1991 What is Love 사랑이 뭐길래 Sa-rang-yi Mwo-gil-rae Lee Dae-pal MBC
무동이네 집 Lee Soo-hyun MBC
Humble Men 고개숙인 남자 In-soo MBC
Moon (Best Theater) Dal Lee Dae-pal MBC
1987 꼬치미 KBS2


*Note; the whole list is referenced.[3]


  1. Lee, Geun-tae (이근태) 무성 영화 배우 가수 강홍식 (Korean) Gayo 114
  2. 최민수 Daum Movie
  3. 3.0 3.1 최민수 (in Korean). Korean Movie Database (KMDb). Retrieved 2010-02-09. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 스크린을 누비던 원로 영화 배우 최무룡 세상 떠나던 날 (quote) 임종의 자리에 함께 있었던 사람은 미망인 차금자씨(55)와 자녀인 최정우·진경씨였다고....상주는 7명이었다. 최민수, 최정우, 최현숙, 최예숙, 최진경, 박종화, 최영숙(밍크).
  5. Oh, Young-jin (12 October 2009). "Kang Makes Smooth Transition". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Oh, Jean (2 February 2009). "Choi Min-soo`s wife to host new show". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-12-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Kim, Rahn (25 April 2008). "Assault Allegations Cloud Actor Chois Hollywood Dream". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Oh, Jean (25 December 2009). "Choi Min-soo returns to small screen". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-12-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Cast and Crew DB >Choi Min-soo >Filmographies". Korean Movie Database (KMDb). Retrieved 2010-02-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. 신화 - 진시황릉의 비밀 (2005) KMDb
  11. 서울 (2001) KMDb

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