Joo Ji Hoon

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Joo Ji Hoon - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Joo Ji Hoon is a South Korean actor and model. He’s best recognized for his roles in Korean drama series such as Princess Hours (2006), Lucifer (2007), Kingdom (2019–2020) and Jirisan (2021).


Joo Ji Hoon began his career as a model in 2003. He appeared in various commercials, including some big brands like Levi’s, Calvin Klein, and Reebok. During that time, he also had some small acting gig in various TV series.

The man from Seoul officially had his acting debut in 2006. He starred in the series Princess Hours. The drama was a hit across Asia.

It immediately launched his name into stardom, even being dubbed as a Hallyu (Korean Wave) star.

Following his successful debut, Ji Hoon starred in another series The Devil (2007). He also had his big screen debut with the 2008 film Antique. He then had his mandatory military service in 2010 which lasted until 2011.

The actor made his return to the entertainment industry in 2012. He got a role in the comedy film I Am the Kings. He also starred in Confession (2014), Mask (2015), and Asura: The City of Madness (2016).

In 2018, the Taurus man further solidified his name in the industry. He starred in the film The Spy Gone North and Dark Figure of Crime.

He was widely praised for his performance in both films. Ji Hoon also won many Best Supporting Actor awards.

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  • Real Name: Joo Young Hoon (주영훈)
  • Stage Name: Joo Ji Hoon (주지훈)
  • Nickname: –
  • Birthday: May 16, 1982
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Actor, Model
  • Education: Kyonggi University
  • Hobbies: Reading books, swimming, playing game, playing basketball
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  • Instagram: @_jujihoon
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Height, Weight, & Physical Appearance 

  • Height: 187 cm (6’2″)
  • Weight: 68 kg (150 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Black
  • Body Measurements: –
  • Shoe Size: 11 (US)


  • Father: –
  • Mother: –
  • Brother: –
  • Sister: –

Girlfriend & Dating History

Shin Min Ah

Jo Ji Hoon used to be rumored to date Shin Min Ah, a famous South Korean actress, in around 2009 after they worked together in The Naked Kitchen.

During the interview of the movie, the actor gave compliment to Shin Min Ah regarding her striking beauty, which makes fans think that the two may have a special relationship.

However, neither of them has ever acknowledged the rumors.

Yoon Eun Hye

The actor used to be linked romantically to Yoon Eun Hye, a South Korean actress and his co-star in Princess Hours (2011), due to their amazing on-screen chemistry.

There were reports that the two went on a vacation using the same airplane to Bali.

That being said, neither of them has ever addressed the speculations.

Ga In (Brown Eyed Girls)

In 2014, the actor starred in Ga In’s Fxxk U music video, where they both acted in steamy scenes.

Following the work, dating rumors spread between the two. Later, A Pop Entertainment, Ga In’s representative agency, confirmed the news.

Unfortunately, their breakup news came in July 2017 through their agencies without ever disclosing the reasons.

Net Worth 

Even though the actor has never disclosed the exact amount of his net worth, several sources estimated the number to be around $1 million to $5 million.


Jenis kontroversi dengan siapa

In April 2009, Seoul Metropolitan Police seized Joo Ji Hoon on drug charges, alongside other “Yoon” who’s said to be an actress as well as other 15 people on ecstasy supply suspicion.

He pleaded guilty on ecstasy and ketamin in court in June 2009. The courth sentenced him 6-month of serving in jail, 1-year suspension, ₩360 thousand of fine, and 120-hour community servive.

According to the judge, the actor “has reflected deeply on the crime” and hasn’t consume drugs since as long as 14 months.

Plastic Surgery

There is no known information on whether he has undergone any cosmetic surgery to change his visual appearance.


  • Ji Hoon grew up in Seoul.
  • He used the stage name Joo Ji Hoon because his real name Joo Young Hoon is the same as an actor.
  • He has a younger sister.
  • The actor has an associate degree in e-business and a theater degree.
  • He debuted as a model after his mother’s friends sent his portfolio to a magazine company.
  • He was friends with people of different personalities.
  • Ji Hoon has done several musical stages, such as in Doctor Zhivago and Don Juan.
  • He attended an acting academy after debuting.
  • He initially declined the role in Princess Hours because he felt embarrassed.
  • The model was invited to the Cannes Film Festival for his role in the movie The Spy Gone North.
  • Some of his best friends are fellow actors Kim Nam Gil, Kim Jae Wook, and Ryu Deok Hwan.
  • In the past, Ji Hoon had lived with Kim Jae Wook for around 7 months.
  • He really loves reading books, especially novels.
  • The Taurus man has a Shiba Inu named Butan.
  • He has allergy reaction to cat fur.
  • He is not good at taking selfie.
  • He has double eyelid on the left eye and a monoloid on the right.
  • He has gouty arthritis.
  • His signature greeting is the Aloha or Shaka gesture.
  • Breath by Park Hyo Shin is his favorite song.
  • His ideal type is chubby and petite girl with bright personalities over tall skinny girl.

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  • Ransomed (2023), as Pan Soo
  • Project – Silence (2023), as Joe Park
  • Hunt (2022), as Tokyo branch agent 4 (cameo)
  • Gentleman (2022), as Ji Hyun Soo
  • Dark Figure of Crime (2018), as Kang Tae O
  • Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018), as Hae Won Maek
  • The Spy Gone North (2018), as Jung Moo Taek
  • Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017), as Hae Won Maek
  • Asura: The City of Madness (2016), as Moon Sun Mo (detective)
  • The Treacherous (2015), as Im Soong Jae
  • Confession (2014), as In Chul
  • Love Suspects (2013)
  • Marriage Blue (2013), as Kyung Soo
  • I am the King (2012), as Grand Prince Chungnyeong / Slave Deok Chil
  • The Naked Kitchen (2009), as Park Du Re
  • Antique (2008), as Kim Jin Hyuk

Drama Series 

  • Light Shop (Disney+ | 2024), as TBA
  • The Trauma Code: Heroes on Call (Netflix | 2024), as Baek Gang Hyeok
  • Dominant Species (TBA | 2023), as Woo Chae Woon
  • Kingdom: Crown Prince (Netflix | 2021), as Lee Chang
  • Jirisan (tvN | 2021), as Kang Hyun Jo
  • Kingdom Season 2 (Netflix | 2020), as Lee Chang
  • Hyena (SBS | 2020), as Yoon Hee Jae
  • Item (MBC | 2019), as Kang Gon
  • Kingdom (Netflix | 2019), as Lee Chang
  • Mask (SBS | 2015), as Choi Min Woo
  • Medical Top Team (MBC | 2013), as Han Seung Jae
  • Five Fingers (SBS | 2012), as Pianist Yoo Ji Ho
  • The Lucifer (KBS2 |  2007), as Oh Seung Ha
  • Princess Hours (2006), as Lee Shin

TV Shows

  • Kiss the Universe (KBS1 ⏐ 2021), as himself (narrator)

Music Video Appearances 

  • Fxxk U (2014) – Ga In feat Bumkey
  • 처연 (2012) – Lowdown 30


“In times of borderless content sharing, it’s gotten easier to observe and compare audience reactions. I find it both amusing and enriching to see how a single piece of content can set off such varied reactions depending on the cultural context of the audience.” 

“Globalization is nothing new but is continuously applied to yet another level. One of (globalization’s) blessings in this creator-based content economy is that it’s no longer a one-way street of passive audiences. Cultural discourse abounds.” 

“The creative process is a collaborative effort. I’m a people person when it comes to work. I like to feel at ease with the people I’m working with. To be comfortable in each other’s presence takes many interactions both on and off camera. I prefer to invest in the process of building rapport with comrades.”

“I don’t hesitate to reach out to fellow teammates, who I know have a deeper understanding than I do of the script’s context. They’re the ones who fashioned the story and its elements. The shortcut for me is to pick their brains and glean snippets of their knowledge as much as I can.”

“I think of [acting] less as a job and more a matter of lifestyle. I don’t know how I’d do it if I approached it as a job. Though I’m usually an optimist, there’s no denying that acting involves high emotional stakes.”

Pics of Joo Ji Hoon

1. Ji Hoon looks so handsome and mysterious

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2. Love his soft and sweet looks

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3. He pulls off dark colors so well

Joo Ji Hoon - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

4. His face is absolute perfection

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5. Ji Hoon is so adorable posing with the dogs

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Who is Joo Ji Hoon?

He is a South Korean actor and model.

Who is Joo Ji Hoon’s real name?

His real name is Joo Young Hoon (주영훈).

What makes Joo Ji Hoon famous?

He’s famous because of his roles in Korean drama series such as Princess Hours (2006), Lucifer (2007), Kingdom (2019–2020) and Jirisan (2021).

Where is Joo Ji Hoon from?

He was born in Seoul, South Korea.

How old is Joo Ji Hoon?

He was born in 1982, and he is 42 years old as of 2024.

When does Joo Ji Hoon celebrate his birthday?

He celebrates on the 16th of every May.

How tall is Joo Ji Hoon?

His height is 6’2″ or 187 cm.

Who are Joo Ji Hoon’s parents?

He did not reveal the names of his father and mother.

Is Joo Ji Hoon married?

He is not married. Furthermore, there is no information on whether he is in a relationship or not.

Who is Joo Ji Hoon’s ex-girlfriend?

His ex-girlfriend is Ga In (Brown Eyed Girls). He also used to be rumored to date Shin Min Ah and Yoon Eun Hye.

How rich is Joo Ji Hoon?

His net worth is around $1 million to $5 million.

What is Joo Ji Hoon’s nationality?

His nationality is South Korean.

Joo Ji Hoon has continued to prove how amazing of an actor he is. He’s not afraid of criticism and always tries his best to improve.