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Henney in 2008
Daniel Philip Henney

(1979-11-28) November 28, 1979 (age 39)
Other namesJeom Deok-su
OccupationActor, model
Years active2001–present
Agent Echo Global Group (Korea)
DNA Model Management (US)
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Website www.daniel-henney.com

Daniel Phillip Henney (born November 28, 1979) is a Korean-American actor and model. He is known for starring in films such as Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006), My Father (2007), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Shanghai Calling (2012), The Last Stand (2013), and Big Hero 6 (2014).

<i>Seducing Mr. Perfect</i> 2006 film

Seducing Mr. Perfect, alternatively known as Seducing Mr. Robin, is a South Korean film, released on December 7, 2006. It was written and directed by Sang-woo Kim and stars Uhm Jung-hwa as Min Joon and Daniel Henney as Robin Heiden.

<i>My Father</i> 2007 film by Hwang Dong-hyeok

My Father is a 2007 South Korean film. The film, which is based on a true story, is about an adopted son who is searching for his biological parents in South Korea. During his search he meets his real father, a condemned murderer on death row. Daniel Henney plays the lead role of James, who works as an army captain in the United States Forces Korea. He asks questions of why his father is on death row and finds out things that he always wanted to know. Then he finds more and more truths unravel about his father and his life.

<i>X-Men Origins: Wolverine</i> 2009 superhero film directed by Gavin Hood

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics fictional character Wolverine. It is the fourth installment of the X-Men film series and the first spin-off of its standalone Wolverine trilogy. The film was directed by Gavin Hood, written by David Benioff and Skip Woods, and produced by and starring Hugh Jackman. It co-stars Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan, will.i.am and Ryan Reynolds. The film is a prequel / spin-off focusing on the violent past of the mutant Wolverine and his relationship with his half-brother Victor Creed. The plot details Wolverine's childhood as James Howlett, his early encounters with Major William Stryker, his time with Team X and the bonding of Wolverine's skeleton with the indestructible metal adamantium during the Weapon X program.


In television, he is known for starring in the Korean dramas Spring Waltz and My Lovely Sam Soon as well as US television series Hawaii Five-0 and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders . He has joined the regular cast of Criminal Minds for its thirteenth season.

<i>Spring Waltz</i> 2006 South Korean television series

Spring Waltz is a 2006 South Korean television series starring Seo Do-young, Han Hyo-joo, Daniel Henney, and Lee So-yeon. It aired on KBS2 from March 6 to May 16, 2006 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.

<i>My Lovely Sam Soon</i> South Korean television series

My Lovely Sam-soon is a South Korean television series based on the internet novel of the same title by Ji Soo-hyun, which was published on March 9, 2004. Touted as the Korean version of Bridget Jones's Diary, it starred Kim Sun-a, Hyun Bin, Jung Ryeo-won and Daniel Henney. The series aired on MBC from June 1 to July 21, 2005 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.

<i>Hawaii Five-0</i> (2010 TV series) 2010 version of the American television series

Hawaii Five-0 is an American action police procedural television series that premiered on Monday, September 20, 2010, on CBS. The series is a re-imagining of the original series, which aired on CBS from 1968 to 1980. Like the original series, the show follows an elite state police task force set up to fight major crimes in the state of Hawaii. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street Television, initially in association with CBS Productions, then CBS Television Studios since season three. The show has had three crossovers with other crime shows and has received praise for its modern take on the original series.

Early life

Henney was born in Carson City, Michigan, to Christine, a Korean American [1] and Philip Henney, an Irish American. [2] His mother was born in Busan, South Korea and was brought to the United States as a child after being adopted by a Caucasian couple. [3] He was a star basketball player at Carson City-Crystal High School and led the Eagles to the MHSAA Central region (CSAA) 2nd place finish during his senior year. [4]

Carson City, Michigan City in Michigan, United States

Carson City is a city in Montcalm County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,093 at the 2010 census.

Korean Americans are Americans of Korean heritage or descent, mostly from South Korea, and with a very small minority from North Korea, China, Japan, and the Post-Soviet states. The Korean American community comprises about 0.6% of the United States population, or about 1.8 million people, and is the fifth largest Asian American subgroup, after the Chinese American, Filipino American, Indian American, and Vietnamese American communities. The U.S. is home to the second largest Korean diaspora community in the world after the People's Republic of China.

Irish Americans are an ethnic group comprising Americans who have full or partial ancestry from Ireland, especially those who identify with that ancestry, along with their cultural characteristics. About 33 million Americans — 10.5% of the total population — reported Irish ancestry in the 2013 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. This compares with a population of 6.7 million on the island of Ireland. Three million people separately identified as Scotch-Irish, whose ancestors were Ulster Scots and Anglo-Irish Protestant Dissenters who emigrated from Ireland to the United States. However, whether the Scotch-Irish should be considered Irish is disputed.


Henny in an LG Border Wireless LED TV advertisement, September 2009. Daniel Henney in an LG advertisement in 2009.jpg
Henny in an LG Border Wireless LED TV advertisement, September 2009.

Henney started modeling in the U.S. in 2001 and worked in France, Italy, Hong Kong and Taiwan while attending college. After his debut in South Korea with an advertisement for the Amore Pacific's cosmetic "Odyssey Sunrise", he became a spokesperson for commercials with Jun Ji-hyun for Olympus cameras and Kim Tae-hee for Daewoo Electronics's Klasse air conditioners. [5] [6]

France Republic with mainland in Europe and numerous oversea territories

France, officially the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and a total population of 67.3 million. France, a sovereign state, is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice.

Italy republic in Southern Europe

Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a country in Southern and Western Europe. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and the enclaved microstates San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. With around 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth-most populous EU member state and the most populous country in Southern Europe.

Hong Kong East Asian city

Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and commonly abbreviated as HK, is a special administrative region on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. With over 7.4 million people of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is the world's fourth most densely populated region.

Henny in an LG advertisement, June 2009. Daniel Henney 2009 LG ad.jpg
Henny in an LG advertisement, June 2009.

Despite speaking no Korean, [7] Henney became a household name through the South Korean hit TV drama, My Lovely Sam Soon , aka My Name is Kim Sam Soon. He played the role of Dr. Henry Kim, a surgeon who is devotedly in love with Hee-jin (played by Jung Ryeo-won). Sam Soon was the most popular Korean drama in 2005; although Henney was starring as the supporting actor, his performance and good looks were widely noticed.

Korean language Language spoken in Korea

The Korean language is an East Asian language spoken by about 80 million people. It is a member of the Koreanic language family and is the official and national language of both Koreas: North Korea and South Korea, with different standardized official forms used in each territory. It is also one of the two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture and Changbai Korean Autonomous County of Jilin province, China. Historical and modern linguists classify Korean as a language isolate; however, it does have a few extinct relatives, which together with Korean itself and the Jeju language form the Koreanic language family. This implies that Korean is not an isolate, but a member of a micro-family. The idea that Korean belongs to the controversial Altaic language family is discredited in academic research. Korean is agglutinative in its morphology and SOV in its syntax.

Jung Ryeo-won South Korean-Australian actress and singer

Jung Ryeo-won is a Korean Australian actress. She began her entertainment career as a singer in the now-defunct girl group Chakra, and first rose to fame in the hit television series My Name Is Kim Sam-soon. She is also known for her roles in Two Faces of My Girlfriend, Castaway on the Moon, and History of a Salaryman.

Henney then starred in another drama, "Spring Waltz" in 2006. He later learned the language and appeared on a few variety shows, such as Family Outing. [8] Henney was a part of an academic scandal in which many sources stated that he had an Economics degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, while in actuality he had no college degree. [9]

<i>Family Outing</i> television series

Family Outing was a South Korean comedy-variety show; a part of SBS's Good Sunday lineup, along with Gold Miss is Coming. It first aired on June 15, 2008, and was one of the top rated programs on Sunday Korean television. The format of the show called for the "Family" to travel to different parts of South Korea, taking care of the house of an elderly family, who go on a vacation. The "Family" then accomplishes the tasks left for them by the homeowners.

Chicago City in Illinois, United States

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States, and the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, which is often referred to as "Chicagoland." The Chicago metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States; the fourth largest in North America ; and the third largest metropolitan area in the world by land area.

Henney starred in his first feature film in Korea, Seducing Mr. Perfect. His second film, My Father, won multiple awards in South Korea and Henney became the first foreigner to sweep all the major cinema awards in the Best New Actor category.

In 2009, he portrayed Agent Zero in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine . In the fall season of 2009, he played "Dr. David Lee" in the CBS television drama Three Rivers .

In 2010, Henney returned to South Korea television for KBS2's The Fugitive: Plan B , alongside Rain and actress Lee Na-young. [10]

Since 2012, Henney has appeared in several American TV series. In 2015, he starred as Special Agent Matt Simmons in the American television series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders , a spin-off of Criminal Minds .

Henney is signed with DNA Models in New York under the celebrity-division. [11]

On June 21, 2017, it was announced that he has joined Criminal Minds as a series regular for season 13. [12]



2006 Seducing Mr. Perfect Robin Heiden
2007 My Father James Parker
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Agent Zero [13]
2012 Papa Music producerCameo
Shanghai Calling Sam Chao
2013 The Last Stand Agent Phil Hayes
One Night Surprise Bill
The Spy: Undercover Operation Ryan
2014 Big Hero 6 Tadashi Hamada Voice role


2005 My Lovely Sam Soon Dr. Henry KimMain cast
Hello Franceska Elizabeth's first loveGuest star; 2 episodes
2006 Spring Waltz PhilipMain cast
2009 Three Rivers Dr. David LeeMain cast
2010 The Fugitive: Plan B KaiMain cast
2012-2013 Hawaii Five-0 Michael NoshimuriGuest star; 3 episodes [14]
2014 Revolution Peter GarnerGuest star; 3 episodes
NCIS: Los Angeles NCIS Agent Paul AngeloEpisode: "Three Hearts"
2015–present Criminal Minds Matthew "Matt" Simmons Special Guest (season 10 & 12)
Main Role (Season 13–Season 15)
47 episodes
2016–2017 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Main cast; 26 episodes
2016 Dear My Friends N/ACameo
2017–present Big Hero 6: The Series Tadashi HamadaVoice role

Awards and nominations

  • Dong Ah TV's Fashion Award: Best Dressed [15]

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