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Park Bo-gum (Hangul: 박보검; born June 16, 1993) is a South Korean actor. He gained acclaim with his diverse range of roles in television dramas: playing a psychopathic lawyer in Hello Monster (2015), a genius Go player in Reply 1988 (2015) and Joseon's Crown Prince Lee Yeong in Love in the Moonlight (2016).

Born in Seoul on 16 June 1993, Park is the youngest of three siblings. "Bo-gum" means 'precious sword' (寶劍).[1] His mother passed away when he was in fourth grade.[2] He started learning to play the piano when he was five and was a pianist and choir member at church.[3]

Park was in the swimming varsity team of Seoul Mokdong Middle School.[4][5] During his sophomore year of high school he sent a video of himself singing and playing the piano to prominent talent management agencies which led to several offers.[6] Park, who initially wanted to be singer-songwriter, later changed his career path after a suggestion that he would do well acting.[7][8] After graduating from Shinmok High School, he enrolled at Myongji University's Film and Musical Studies Department. In 2015, he represented his university's cultural overseas exchange program where he traveled to cities in England, France, Italy and Switzerland.[9]

2011-2013: Beginnings[edit]
Park debuted as an actor with a supporting role in the thriller film Blind (2011) wherein he played Kim Ha-neul's little brother.[10] He then featured in the action-comedy film Runway Cop (2012), one-off KBS drama special Still Picture (2012) and the period drama Bridal Mask (2012).[11] In 2013, he landed his first major role in the weekend drama Wonderful Mama playing the playboy son of Bae Jong-ok's character.[12]

2014-2015: Rising popularity and acclaim[edit]
In 2014, Park played the teenage version of Lee Seo-jin's character in the melodrama Wonderful Days and played a prodigy cellist in the KBS2'S Cantabile Tomorrow, an adaptation of the Japanese manga Nodame Cantabile.[13][14] The roles earned Park "Best New Actor" nominations in both the KBS Drama Awards and the APAN Star Awards.[15][16]

He next featured in the critically acclaimed box-office hits A Hard Day (2014) which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014) which grossed over US$132 million in South Korea.[17]

In May 2015, Park joined Music Bank as a co-host alongside Red Velvet's Irene. They both gained attention for their chemistry as well as singing and hosting skills.[18] The press called them one of the best partnerships in the show's 18-year history and Park was awarded the "Best Newcomer Award" at the KBS Entertainment Awards.[19][20]

A departure from his previous roles and public image, Park gained rave reviews from audience and critics with his scene-stealing role in crime drama Hello Monster (2015).[21] The portrayal won him the "Popularity" and "Best Supporting Actor" awards at the year-end KBS Drama Awards.[22] The same year, he featured in Coin Locker Girl which screened at Cannes Film Festival.[23] The role earned him a nomination for "Best New Actor in Film" at the Baeksang Arts Awards.[24]

He was then cast as one of the leads in the third installment of the widely-known Reply series of cable network tvN. Set in 1980's Seoul, Park played the genius, socially-inept Go-player Choi Taek in Reply 1988 (2015). The series was a hit with audience ratings peaking at 18.8% making it the highest-rated show in Korea's cable television history. It catapulted Park to fame not only in Korea but also made him known as an emerging Korean Wave star, with the Top Chinese Music Awards presenting him with "Best International Artist Award", the American-based DramaFever Awards giving him the "Best Rising Star Award" and tvN10 awarding him "Asia Star Award".[25] He was also nominated for the "iQiyi Global Star Award" at the Baeksang Arts Award and won the "Best New Actor" trophy at the APAN Star Awards for his work in Reply.[26]

2016-present: Mainstream success[edit]

At the press conference of Love in the Moonlight, August 2016
Post-Reply, Park became an in-demand advertising model and has since shot commercial films alongside, among others, Olympic figure skater Kim Yu-na and Blossom Entertainment label-mate Song Joong-ki.[27][28] In January 2016, he held his first ever fan-meeting in Seoul which was attended by a sold-out crowd of 3,500 fans.[29] This was followed by his first overseas fan-meeting in April 2016 in Taipei.[30]

At the beginning of 2016, he starred in tvN's travel program Youth Over Flowers: Africa.[31] He also made cameos in reality shows Running Man and Sister's Slam Dunk.[32][33] In addition, he guested in 2 Days & 1 Night after being invited on-air by agency senior Cha Tae-hyun.[34] After more than a year as Music Bank host, he left the show on June 2016.[35]

In August 2016, he starred in KBS2's coming-of-age, youth sageuk Love in the Moonlight alongside Kim Yoo-jung. The drama marked Park's first leading role in a public broadcasting station as well as his first historical drama.[36] A domestic and international hit, Moonlight achieved more than 20% in audience ratings and became KBS2's highest-rated Monday-Tuesday drama since 2010.[37][38] It topped topicality, content and brand reputation charts in and beyond its 9-week run which led the media to dub the drama's popularity as "Moonlight Syndrome" and Park's pop culture influence as "Bogum Magic".[39][40][41] It solidified Park's status as a top star as well as a versatile leading actor.[42] He also released his first soundtrack for Moonlight's OST entitled "My Person". The song topped Melon, Mnet, Bugs, olleh, Soribada, Genie, Naver and Monkey3 charts upon its release and debuted at #3 on Gaon Music Chart.[43][44]

Considered a new generation Hallyu Star, Park is also known for his upstanding persona.[45][46][47][48] Colleagues describe him as kind and polite with the Korean media dubbing him the "National Man of Good Influence".[49] He has also been affectionately called the top candidate for "Nation's Son-in-Law" due to his diverse fan-base, from teens to grandmothers.[50][51][52] In addition, advertisers often cite his "boyishness and manliness", "easygoing and high-class image" and "bright and positive vibe".

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Blind Min Dong-hyun
2012 Runway Cop young Cha Chul-soo
2014 A Hard Day Officer Lee Jin-ho
The Admiral: Roaring Currents Bae Su-bong
Twinkle-Twinkle Pitter-Patter Junwoo Short film
2015 Coin Locker Girl Park Seok-hyun
Television series[edit]

At a film premiere, April 2016
Year Title Role Network Notes
2012 Hero Kang Dong-woo OCN
Drama Special "Still Picture" young Kim Hyun-soo KBS2
Bridal Mask Han Min-kyu KBS2 Ep. 26–28
2013 Wonderful Mama Go Young-joon SBS
2014 Wonderful Days young Kang Dong-seok KBS2
Cantabile Tomorrow Lee Yoon-hoo KBS2
2015 The Producers Himself KBS2 Ep. 9 cameo
Hello Monster Jung Sun-ho/Lee Min KBS2
Reply 1988 Choi Taek tvN
2016 Love in the Moonlight Lee Yeong KBS2 [55]
Variety show[edit]
Year Title Network Notes
2015 2 Days & 1 Night Season 3 KBS2 Ep. 103 cameo
2016 Youth Over Flowers: Africa tvN Cast member
Running Man SBS Ep. 293 cameo
Sister's Slam Dunk KBS2 Ep. 2 cameo
2 Days & 1 Night Season 3 KBS2 Ep. 137, 138, 139 guest



KBS Drama Awards
Best New Actor Cantabile Tomorrow, Wonderful Days Nominated

4th APAN Star Awards
Best New Actor Cantabile Tomorrow, Hello Monster Nominated
14th KBS Entertainment Awards
Best Newcomer Award Music Bank Won
29th KBS Drama Awards
Popularity Actor Award
Hello Monster
Best Supporting Actor Won

InStyle Icons: Next Generation
New Generation Actor Award[62] N/A Won
11th Max Movie Awards
Rising Star Award[63] N/A Won
8th Style Icon Asia
Style Icon[64] N/A Won
16th Top Chinese Music Awards
Best International Artist[65] N/A Won
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actor in Film[66]
Coin Locker Girl
Popularity Award in Film Nominated
Popularity Award in TV
Reply 1988
iQiyi Global Star Award N/A Nominated
InStyle Fashion Award N/A Won
4th Annual DramaFever Awards
Best Rising Star[67]
Reply 1988
Best Kiss (With Hyeri) Won
5th APAN Star Awards
Best New Actor[68] Won
9th Korea Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actor
Love in the Moonlight
tvN10 Awards
Made in tvN Actor, Drama[69]
Reply 1988
Best Kiss (With Hyeri) Nominated
Asia Star Award Won
1st Asia Artist Awards
Most Popular Artist, Actor N/A Nominated

1st Asia Artist Awards
Most Popular Actor N/A Nominated
Asia Star Award, Actor[76]
Reply 1988, Love in the Moonlight
Best Star Award, Actor
Love in the Moonlight

Melodi Awards
Most Influential Korean Drama Personality N/A Won
OSEN Awards Star of the Year N/A Won
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Asia Popular Artist Award N/A Nominated
SBS Cult Two Show Awards Most Mentioned N/A Won

30th KBS Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Love in the Moonlight Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Nominated
Netizen Award, Actor Won
Best Couple (with Kim Yoo-jung) Won
Best Kiss (with Kim Yoo-jung) Won

2nd Fashionista Awards Best Dresser of the Year N/A Won

2017 Korea Brand Awards Special Award N/A Won