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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). His mother passed away when he was in fourth grade. He started learning to play the piano when he was five and was a pianist and choir member at church. Park was in the swimming varsity team of Seoul Mokdong Middle School. 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. Park, who initially wanted to be singer-songwriter, later changed his career path after a suggestion that he would do well acting. 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. Career 2011-2013: Beginnings Park debuted as an actor with a supporting role in the thriller film Blind (2011) wherein he played Kim Ha-neul's little brother. 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). In 2013, he landed his first major role in the weekend drama Wonderful Mama playing the playboy son of Bae Jong-ok's character. 2014-2015: Rising popularity and acclaim 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. The roles earned Park "Best New Actor" nominations in both the KBS Drama Awards and the APAN Star Awards. 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. 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. 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. 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). The portrayal won him the "Popularity" and "Best Supporting Actor" awards at the year-end KBS Drama Awards. The same year, he featured in Coin Locker Girl which screened at Cannes Film Festival. The role earned him a nomination for "Best New Actor in Film" at the Baeksang Arts Awards. 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". 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. 2016-present: Mainstream success 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. In January 2016, he held his first ever fan-meeting in Seoul which was attended by a sold-out crowd of 3,500 fans. This was followed by his first overseas fan-meeting in April 2016 in Taipei. At the beginning of 2016, he starred in tvN's travel program Youth Over Flowers: Africa. He also made cameos in reality shows Running Man and Sister's Slam Dunk. In addition, he guested in 2 Days & 1 Night after being invited on-air by agency senior Cha Tae-hyun. After more than a year as Music Bank host, he left the show on June 2016. 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. A domestic and international hit, Moonlight achieved more than 20% in audience ratings and became KBS2's highest-rated Monday-Tuesday drama since 2010. 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". It solidified Park's status as a top star as well as a versatile leading actor. 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. Considered a new generation Hallyu Star, Park is also known for his upstanding persona. Colleagues describe him as kind and polite with the Korean media dubbing him the "National Man of Good Influence". 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. In addition, advertisers often cite his "boyishness and manliness", "easygoing and high-class image" and "bright and positive vibe". Film 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 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  Variety show 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
2014 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Cantabile Tomorrow, Wonderful Days Nominated 2015 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 Won Best Supporting Actor Won 2016 InStyle Icons: Next Generation New Generation Actor Award N/A Won 11th Max Movie Awards Rising Star Award N/A Won 8th Style Icon Asia Style Icon N/A Won 16th Top Chinese Music Awards Best International Artist N/A Won 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor in Film Coin Locker Girl Nominated Popularity Award in Film Nominated Popularity Award in TV Reply 1988 Nominated iQiyi Global Star Award N/A Nominated InStyle Fashion Award N/A Won 4th Annual DramaFever Awards Best Rising Star Reply 1988 Won Best Kiss (With Hyeri) Won 5th APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Won 9th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Love in the Moonlight Nominated tvN10 Awards Made in tvN Actor, Drama Reply 1988 Nominated 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 Reply 1988, Love in the Moonlight Won Best Star Award, Actor Love in the Moonlight Won 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