Birthday: July 29, 1981
Nationality: South Korean
Age: 39 Years, 39 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Leo
Born in: Cheonho-dong, Gangdong District, South Korea
Famous as: Actor
South Korean Men
Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males
siblings: Jo Woo-sung
awards: 2006 - Korean Film Awards
2005 · Spring Day - Baeksang Arts Award for Most Popular Male in Television
2004 · Something Happened in Bali - Baeksang Arts Award for Best Leading Actor in TV
Jo In-sung is a renowned South Korean actor widely known for his role in the television series ‘What Happened in Bali’ and ‘That Winter, The Wind Blows’, and in movies like ‘The Classic’ and ‘A Frozen Flower.’ From starting his career in modelling to winning numerous awards for contributing to the movie and television industry through remarkable acting performances, he has achieved quite a lot. He was awarded ‘Best Young Actor’ at the 14th KBS Drama Awards for his debut TV series. As a model and a style icon, he has received recognition in the form of honors such as ‘Good Model Award’, ‘Fashion Idol of the Year’, and ‘Style Icon of the Year.’ He has also appeared in various music videos including ‘Sad Love’, ‘Fool’, and ‘Love’ for South Korean pop music artists and bands. In a KBS2 show in January 2017, he expressed his intention to get married soon, considering it as his top priority.
Childhood & Early Life
Jo In-sung was born on 28 July 1981 in Gangdong district in Seoul, South Korea.
After studying modelling and events management at Chunnam Techno University, he joined Dongguk University for a major in Theatre and Films. However, he was expelled from the university in 2007 due to insufficient attendance.
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Jo In-sung made his debut as a model in the entertainment industry in 1998 for Ziozia, a clothing brand. He made his acting debut in 2000 through ‘School 3’ which was a South Korean teenage drama series. He also appeared in the South Korean sitcom ‘New Nonstop’.
He acted in a supporting role in SBS’s romance series ‘Piano’ in 2001 and as a lead in the drama ‘Shoot for the Stars’ in 2002 in which he played the role of an illiterate person. He made his film debut in 2002 in the movie ‘Public Toilet.’
He starred in the romantic melodrama movie ‘The Classic’ in 2003 as ‘Sang-Min’. In the same year he acted in two other romantic movies called ‘Madeleine’ in the role of ‘Ji-Seok,’ and ‘Love Impossible’ as ‘Kim Cheol-Su’.
In 2005, he appeared in the drama series ‘Spring Day’, a Korean version of the Japanese series ‘Hoshi no Kinka’ which means ‘Heaven’s Coins’. He did a period movie titled ‘A Frozen Flower’ playing the role of a royal bodyguard caught up in a love triangle.
On 15th and 22nd March 2008, he made appearances in the episodes of ‘Infinite Challenge’, a comedy show aired on MBC. The purpose of these episodes was to motivate the national team to give their best at the Olympics that year.
Jo In-sung served his two years of mandatory military service in the Air Force. He joined the Air Force on 7th April 2009 and he was discharged from the duties on 4th May 2011.
After joining IOK Company in 2012, he starred in the romantic melodrama television series ‘That Winter, The Wind Blows’ in 2013 which was the remake of a Japanese series. It was a major hit, reaching the number one place in that time slot. The actors were widely applauded for their performances.
In 2014, he starred in ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’, a medical melodrama television series in SBS for which he received ‘Daesang (Grand Prize)’ at the ‘3rd APAN Star Awards’. In 2017, he played a significant role in the crime thriller ‘The King’ which drew attention of almost 5.3 million viewers.
In 2017, it was announced that he would be playing the lead role in the historical movie ‘Ansi City’. He would play the character of ‘General Yang Manchun’ which is predicted to be the most charismatic role of Jo In-sung’s acting career.
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Jo In-sung made a comeback to the television industry in 2004 through ‘What Happened in Bali’, a melodrama series aired on SBS that became an instant hit with an average rating of 39.7% in the final episode. Jo received the best actor award for this series at ‘SBS Drama Awards’ and ‘40th Baeksang Arts Awards’ that year.
He starred in the lead role in the movie ‘A Dirty Carnival’ in 2006 which was directed by renowned filmmaker Yoo Ha. In this movie he played the character of a charming gangster in pursuit of a happy life. He received the best actor award for this movie at the ‘5th Korean Film Awards’ and ‘4th Max Movie Awards’ in the same year.
Awards & Achievements
Jo In-sung won the ‘Best Young Actor’ at ‘KBS Drama Awards’ in 2000 for ‘School 3’. In 2001, he won ‘Excellence Award’ for the sitcom ‘New Nonstop’ at ‘MBC Entertainment Awards’.
He was awarded with ‘Netizen Popularity Award’ at ‘SBS Drama Awards’ twice: in 2002 for ‘Shoot for the Stars’ and in 2005 for ‘Spring Day’. He won ‘Most Popular Actor (TV)’ at the ‘40th Baeksang Arts Awards’ in 2005.
In 2006, he won ‘New Currents Best Actor’ at ‘Pyeongtaek Film Festival.’ The following year, he won the ‘Most Promising Actor’ at ‘45th Motion Pictures Day’ and ‘Netizen’s Choice for Best Male Model’ at ‘Korean Advertising Festival’.
In 2011, he received ‘Good Model Award’ at ‘Korea Advertisers’ Association’ and in 2013, he was given ‘SBS Special Award’ for ‘That Winter, the Wind Blows’.
He received ‘Fashion Idol of the Year’ at ‘2nd Sohu Fashion Awards’ and ‘Style Icon of the Year’ at ‘7th Style Icon Awards’ in 2014.
In 2016, on ‘50th Taxpayers’ Day’, he was awarded with ‘Presidential Commendation’.
Personal Life & Legacy
Jo In-sung dated fellow actress Kim Min-hee for 18 months from early 2013 and they ended the relationship in September 2014 due to their hectic schedules and individual differences. He is rumored to be still dating Kim Min-hee, though it is not confirmed.
The actor is pretty close to fellow actor Song Joong Ki and is rumored to have played the cupid in Song Joong Ki’s love story with actress Song Hye Kyo.
In a television show, he expressed his desire to get married soon and stated that his ideal woman would be a gentle woman.
Jo In-sung’s family name is spelled as ‘Jo’ in English. However, he spells it as ‘Zo’.
His hobby is collecting hats.
He likes playing basketball and practising Taekwondo.
His religion is reported to be Christianity.