Song Seung-heon (born October 5, 1976 in Suyuri, Seoul) is a South Korean actor, model and singer. Song is noted for his roles in Korean dramas like East of Eden, Autumn in My Heart (2000) and Summer Scent. Song started his career as a model in 1995, modeling for the jeans brand STORM, and began acting in sitcoms and TV dramas in 1996.
He first became known to viewers in the popular sitcom Three Guys and Three Girls in 1996. The following year he started his extremely successful career in TV dramas, which made him well-known throughout Korea. His feature film debut came in 1999 in the film Calla together with star Kim Hee-sun. True stardom only came to Song in late 2000, however, with the broadcast of the hugely popular TV drama Autumn in My Heart. The series was exported all over Asia, making pan-Asian stars of both him and co-stars Song Hye-kyo and Won Bin. He is known to be one of the most popular stars in Korea today whose popularity even gave rise into other countries in Asia, adding to the Korean wave. Because of this, he has been actively recruited for film roles and advertisements in Hong Kong and other Asian countries.
In 2002, Song starred in the comic-action film Make It Big by director Cho Ui Seok, and also in the Hong Kong film So Close with Hong Kong actresses Karen Mok, Shu Qi and Zhao Wei. He also starred in Summer Scent, the third "season-themed" TV drama after Autumn in My Heart and Winter Sonata, which was less popular but successfully exported in Asian countries and internationally.
In 2004 Song appeared in two films, but neither was judged to be a success. Ice Rain, shot in the Canadian Rockies, failed to enthuse viewers with its mixture of mountaineering and melodrama, while He Was Cool, based on an Internet novel, proved unable to compete with Harry Potter and other films from the 2004 summer season.
In January 2007, Song took part in the Hallyu Festival in Osaka which also featured Jun Jin and Lee Min Woo of Shinhwa, Kangta of H.O.T and SG Wannabe at the Osaka Dome.
In 2008 he starred in the television drama East of Eden with Lee Yeon-hee. In 2010 he was cast as the lead character in A Better Tomorrow, a Korean remake of the Hong Kong film of the same name, but with a different plot.
In January 2011, he starred in the MBC romantic comedy series My Princess with Kim Tae-hee. His 30-minute short film Lucid Dreaming started filming in October 2011, and will be released on DVD in early 2012.
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