Extracurricular’s Lee Whang Chul was one of the series’ coolest characters. A man of few words but with one hell of a temper. His death may have left us all teary-eyed, but who portrayed the infamous ‘Mr Lee’?
Netflix is on-the-ball when it comes to Korean dramas and their latest series, Extracurricular is amazing. The show tells the story of Ji-soo, a high school student who runs a ‘security service’ for sex workers.
When one of his classmates finds out, the story only escalates and involves more of their classmates, teachers, police and psychopath gangsters.
Whilst there were lots of awesome and badass characters in Netflix’s Extracurricular, Ji-soo’s enforcer and muscle for his business, Lee Whang Chul (Choi Min Soo) was top dog.
Fans of the show now want to know who is Choi Min Soo is, what else he has starred in and why he was in the public eye for the wrong reasons over a decade ago.
Who is Choi Min Soo?
Choi Min Soo is one of South Koreas most acclaimed actors, starring in over 25 television shows and 37 feature films in his 35-year career.
The South Korean actor met his wife, June Elizabeth Kang, in 1993 at the Miss Korea Beauty Pageant where she was representing Miss Canada. He famously proposed to her after one three-hour conversation and the two were married the following year.
He also comes from a well-known acting family. Both of his parent, Choi Moo Ryong and Kang Hyo Shil were extremely popular actors throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Even his grandparents are respected entertainers, Jeon Ok is referred to as the ‘Queen of Tears’ due to her excellent performances in tragic dramas and Kang Hong Shik was a popular director and singer during the Japanese occupation period.
How old is Choi Min Soo?
Choi Min Soo is currently 58 years old, being born on March 26, 1962.
Choi Min Soo: Previous roles
Choi Min Soo has starred in a wide range of television shows and feature-length films around the world.
He is best known for his role in South Korean production of Pride and Prejudice (2014) as Moon Hee-man, a performance that earned him a Golden Acting Award at the MBC Drama Awards the same year. He received the same award in for his role in The Legend (2007) as Daejangro.
Amongst many others, he has also starred in popular films including The Terrorist (1995), Yesterday (2002), The Myth (2005) and How to Steal a Dog (2014).
On the small screen, fans may recognise him from Sandglass (1995), Faith (2012) and Do You Know Taekwondo (2012).
Choi has also been recognised as the ‘Most Popular Actor’ in 1996 at the Golden Cinematography Awards, 1993 at the Grand Bell Awards and 1992 at the Baeksang Arts Awards.
Choi Min Soo’s past scandals
Unfortunately, Choi has also been involved in some scandals in his past.
In 2008, there were allegations that he assaulted an elderly man after a traffic incident and attempted to flee the scene. Whilst no charges were pressed, the public reaction was severe.
As a way to apologise for his actions, Choi lived in exile in the mountains away from his family for a year.