Korean actor Bae Yong Jun was born on August 29, 1972. He is also known as the abbreviated BYJ to many of his loyal fans, or as Yon-sama in Japan.
Born in Mapo-gu, Seoul, to Bae Yung, Song Ki-Ok, he was educated in the in Il-mun Preschool and Myung-il Elementary School. In his school days, Bae was a very quiet boy with few friends. He eventually went to study in Baejae Middle School and the Hanyoung High School. He has a sister, Bae Eun-Chuk.
After graduating from the FTM (Film, TV & Multimeadia) department in the school of arts in the Sungkyunkwan University, Bae later went onto his film debut in PpilKu in 1994. He later went on to star in dramas like Salut D'Armour and Six Steps to Separation in late 1994 and 1995 respectively.
However, it was not until he starred as Jae-Ho in True To Love when he made his first breakthrough. But Bae, being ambitious in venturing out in his acting business, acted out in dramas of better quality like Hotelier.
In 2002, Bae truly managed to expand his acting business to Japan. Winter Sonata, despite the fact that it was a TV drama and not a movie, razed all of Japan with as much as 80% of the country watching it. This popularity really gave both Bae and his co-star Choi Ji-woo a chance to shift their main stage from Korea to Japan. Other Korean movies and dramas also became quite popular following the fever.
Bae also managed to get a deeper foothold into the Japanese and South-east asian market after he starred in the movie Untold Scandal as Jo Won. However, due to the fact that there are several strong sexual scenes in the movie, the public appeal from the public was not as great as Winter Sonata.
After making a tour to Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Phuket in 2004, Bae released his biography during his hysterical 4 1/2-day tour in Japan, where The Image: Volume 1 to commemorate his 10th year of his acting career.
Since 2004, he has been the spokesman for the Japanese pizza chain Pizza-La.
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