Sung Hoon is a well-known South Korean actor who has been in a number of television programs in a variety of roles. Hoon, an ace swimmer who specialized in the butterfly stroke, was a member of the national swim team for fourteen years and had no interest in acting or modeling. But fate seemed to have different ideas for him. Due to a spinal injury, he had to leave the national swim team, which caused a problem later when he enlisted in the military. Hoon made his acting debut in the 2011 South Korean TV series ‘New Tales of Gisaeng,’ despite being a complete newbie in the realm of glamour and entertainment. It was a breakout role for him, earning him praise, notoriety, and the New Star Award at the 20th SBS Drama Awards, as well as paving the way for more prominent roles. ‘Passionate Love, Noble, My Love, Five Enough, and My Secret Romance’ are some of his other renowned series. So far, he’s only appeared on the big screen as Tae-Sung in the 2016 film ‘Come Back to Busan Port.’ He’s also a talented musical Disc Jockey who has performed over the world under the stage name ROI.
Childhood and Adolescence
He was born in the Nam District of Daegu, South Korea, on February 14, 1983. Except for the fact that he studied Social and Physical Education at Yong In University, little is known about this attractive and charming actor’s early life and family background. Hoon is a gifted swimmer who has been a member of the national swim team for fourteen years. He was a butterfly stroke expert who was forced to leave the squad due to a spinal injury. He subsequently resolved to join in the military and enlisted in the service; unfortunately, the same spinal injury prevented him from continuing his service.
Career of Sung Hoon
Despite having no prior experience in either modeling or acting, Hoon made his acting debut in the South Korean TV series ‘New Tales of Gisaeng’ as Ah Da-mo, which also happened to be his breakout role. From January 23, 2011 until July 17, 2011, 52 episodes of the series broadcast on SBS. In 2011, his portrayal of a haughty second-generation chaebol in ‘New Tales of Gisaeng’ catapulted him to fame, earning him the New Star Award at the 20th SBS Drama Awards.
In 2012, he starred in his debut Chinese drama, ‘The Bodyguard,’ in which he played Guo Xu, a security chief. The series was broadcast on the CCTV (China Central Television) network (previously Beijing Television). He played Chun Eum-ja, a malicious and sinister guy who carries a lethal flute, in the South Korean television drama ‘Faith,’ which aired on SBS for 24 episodes from August 13, 2012, to October 30, 2012. The second SBS series in which he appeared that year was ‘The Birth of a Family,’ in which he played entrepreneur Han Ji-hoon.
From September 28, 2013 until March 23, 2014, he played Kang Moo Yool, a gorgeous and wealthy chaebol in the South Korean weekend TV drama series ‘Passionate Love,’ which aired on SBS for 47 episodes. He also played Min-soo in the online drama ‘6 Persons Room’ in 2014. His character was that of a successful entrepreneur and womanizer who, after being admitted to the hospital due to an injury, finds himself in the midst of unusual patients.
His portrayal of chaebol Lee Kang Hoon in the South Korean web series ‘Noble, My Love’ in 2015 only added to his fame. After an accidental encounter with Cha Yoon Seo, a veterinarian played by Kim Jae Kyung, the life of his character, a CEO of the Korean branch of the world’s largest firm D.O.L, changes in the series.
In the rom-com drama TV series ‘Oh My Venus,’ he played pro-boxer Jang Joon-sung AKA “Korean Snake,” which aired on KBS2 for 16 episodes from November 16, 2015 to January 5, 2016. His character was depicted as an orphan who was mentored and trained to become a professional boxer by Hollywood stars’ personal trainers in America. So Ji-sub portrays John Kim.
Hoon is a talented disc jockey who performs under the stage name ROI. In June 2015, he performed in numerous countries, including Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Malaysia, showcasing his talent in the profession. He played as Kim Sang-min in the South Korean weekend drama television series ‘Five Enough,’ which aired on KBS2 from February 20, 2016 to August 21, 2016. In 2016, he won the Best New Actor award at the 30th KBS Drama Awards for his depiction of model turned professional golfer Kim Sang-min.
In 2016, he made his big screen debut in Park Hee-film Joon’s ‘Come Back to Busan Port,’ which began filming in Busan in June of that year. His character was Tae-sung, the younger twin brother of Lee Jung-Tae-Joo. Jin’s The plot depicts the reunion of twin brothers who were separated early in life, with the older becoming a detective and the younger becoming the second in command of a criminal gang.
The leading character of Cha Jin-wook in the South Korean television series ‘My Secret Romance’ was then offered to him. It aired on OCN for 13 episodes from April 17 to May 30, 2017, making it the cable network’s first romance drama. In the South Korean TV drama series ‘The Idolmaster KR,’ based on the ‘The Idolmaster’ video game series by ‘Bandai Namco Entertainment,’ he plays Kang Shin-hyuk, a producer of an entertainment company. The 24-episode series premiered on Amazon Prime Video on April 28, 2017, and was also broadcast on SBS-owned pay TV channels SBS MTV, SBS funE, and SBS Plus on the same day.
Hoon has been on a number of reality and variety shows over the years. Let’s Go! was one of them. Among his other credits are Dream Team Season 2 (2012), Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education (2015), Running Man (2016), Law of the Jungle (2017), and I Live Alone (2017). After the series ended in June 2017, he and his ‘My Secret Romance’ co-star Song Ji-eun held a fan meeting in Seoul. That month, it was also revealed that he will embark on a Global Fan Meeting Tour, during which he would visit thirteen nations to organize such gatherings.
According to sources, he will begin his Global Fan Meeting Tour in Thailand and end it in Seoul, South Korea, with stops in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, UAE (Dubai), the United States, and Canada.
Estimated Net Worth
Sung Hoon is one of the wealthiest TV actors and one of the most popular. Sung Hoon’s net worth is estimated to be at $15 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.