Park Hyung-sik

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Park Hyung-sik
20180423 박형식.jpg
Park in April 2018
Born (1991-11-16) November 16, 1991 (age 29)
Yongin, South Korea
  • Singer
  • actor
  • dancer
Musical career
Years active2010 (2010)–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBak Hyeong-sik
McCune–ReischauerPak Hyŏngsik

Park Hyung-sik (born November 16, 1991),[1] known mononymously as Hyungsik, is a South Korean actor, singer, and dancer. He is a member of the South Korean boy group ZE:A, and its sub-group ZE:A Five. As an actor, he is known for his roles in The Heirs (2013), High Society (2015), Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016), Strong Girl Bong-soon (2017), and Suits (2018). He stars in drama series, as well as in movies and musical theatre productions.

Personal life[edit]

Park was born in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea as the second of two sons.[citation needed] He was named Hyung-sik (Korean형식; Hanja炯植) by a Buddhist monk, as his mother and grandmother are Buddhists.[2]

Military enlistment[edit]

Park began his mandatory military service on June 10, 2019. He entered the Nonsan Army Recruit Training Center in South Chungcheong Province to start his basic military training and will be completing the rest of his military duties in the military police department of the Capital Defense Command as an active duty soldier.[3][4]

Park had earlier revealed that he was inspired to join the Capital Defense Command after he received positive feedback for his shooting skills while training for the variety show, Real Man. The actor said that he wanted to put his skills to good use, so he is excited to join the unit and be of service to his country.[5]

Park was officially discharged from military service on January 4, 2021.[6]


2009: Pre-debut[edit]

In February 2009, Park appeared in Jewelry S' "Date" music video as the male lead.[7] The same year, Park worked as a uniform brand model[8] and also appeared in Mnet's reality program ZE:A's Debut Diary along with fellow ZE:A members.[9][10]

2010–2014: ZE:A, acting debut, and ZE:A Five[edit]

On January 7, 2010, Park debuted as a member of South Korean boy band ZE:A.[11] In addition to ZE:A's regular promotional activities, he participated in variety shows and had bit parts in several dramas. In 2011, Park began his theatrical career as a cast member alongside Super Junior's Ryeowook in the musical Temptation of Wolves.[12]

He began his acting career in 2012, starring in SBS' special drama I Remember You.[13] The same year, he starred in SBS' Dummy Mommy, where he played a vocalist of an indie band.[14]

The following year, Park had a role in KBS2's drama special Sirius (2013), where he played the adolescent version of two twin brothers with starkly contrasting personalities.[15] It was also in early 2013 when Park participated in his second musical theatre production, Gwanghwamun Love Song, playing the role of Ji-Yong.[16]

In March 2013, Park, along with his fellow ZE:A members Siwan, Kevin, Minwoo and Dongjun formed the group's first sub-unit called ZE:A Five.[17] He then featured in tvN's time-slip drama Nine as the younger version of Lee Jin-wook's character.[18]

Park gained wider recognition after joining Real Men in June 2013, where he was nicknamed "Baby Soldier" for his innocent, yet passionate image.[19]

In September 2013, Park was cast as Clyde in his third musical theatre production, Bonnie & Clyde.[20] He followed this with a role in hit teen drama The Heirs (2013).

In early 2014, Park was cast for the role of D'Artagnan in his fourth musical production, The Three Musketeers.[21] And in August of the same year, Park joined the main cast of the family drama What's With This Family (2014) as Cha Dal-bong, the youngest child who is struggling with finding a stable job.[22][23]

2015–2020: Solo career and new agency[edit]

In 2015, Park was part of the main cast in SBS' romance drama High Society where he played the role of a chaebol who falls for a part-timer at the gourmet supermarket he manages.[24][25] Park drew favorable reviews for his performance in the series, which led to increased popularity for the actor in Japan.[26][27]

In the following year, Park was once again cast for the role of D'Artagnan in the 2016 musical production of The Three Musketeers.[28] And in December 2016, he starred in the historical drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, playing the role of Sammaekjong, a young and distrustful king.[29]

In February 2017, Park starred in his first leading role in cable network JTBC's Strong Girl Bong-soon, playing the CEO of a game company, Ainsoft.[30] The romantic-comedy with Park Bo-young was a critical and commercial success, and became one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history.[31][32] Park experienced a rise in popularity[33][34] and received increased endorsement offers.[35]

In April 2017, Park officially signed with United Artists Agency (UAA) after deciding not to renew with his former agency, Star Empire Entertainment.[36] In December 2017, he starred in a romantic short film, Two Rays of Light alongside Han Ji-min.[37]

In April 2018, Park starred in the Korean remake of American legal drama series Suits; portraying the Korean counterpart of Mike Ross.[38][39] Following this, in November 2018, Park returned to the musical scene, playing the role of Der Tod in the stage production of Elisabeth.

In May 2019, Park made his feature film debut in the legal film Juror 8.[40][41] This role won him the Best New Actor award at the 39th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards in November 2019.[42] The role also earned him nominations for Best New Actor (Film) at the 40th Blue Dragon Film Awards and 56th Baeksang Arts Awards.[43][44]

2021–present: Comeback from military[edit]

Following his military discharge in January 2021,[6] Park is set to star in Happiness, an apocalyptic city thriller as an intelligent and honest violent crimes detective named Jung Yi-hyun, helmed by producing director Ahn Gil-ho and writer Han Sang-woon, who previously worked together on the television series, Watcher.[45][46]

On October 12, 2021, it was reported and confirmed by United Artist Agency (UAA) that Park had moved to the new agency P&Studio, which was established together with his managers who he has been with since ZE:A activities. The former agency further explained that UAA invested in the establishment of P&Studio for the actor to carry out more diverse activities, and will continue their strategic partnership.[47]


As artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart

Soundtrack appearances
"Tomorrow Will Come" 2014 N/A Bonnie & Clyde The Musical OST
"You're My Love"[49] 2015 N/A High Society OST
"I'll Be Here" 2017 N/A Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth OST
"True Colors"
(with Lee Sung-kyung)
N/A Trolls OST (Korean version)
"Because of You" 85 Strong Girl Bong-soon OST
"Two Lights" N/A Two Lights: Relúmĭno OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As producer[edit]

Year Album Song Music Arrangement
Credited With Credited With
2014 First Homme "One" Yes No



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Ronin Pop Kin
2013 Justin and the Knights of Valour Justin Korean dub, voice only [51]
2017 Trolls Branch Korean dub, voice only [52]
Two Lights: Relúmĭno In Soo Short film [37]
2019 Juror 8 Kwon Nam-woo [40]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2010 Prosecutor Princess SBS Club man Cameo (Episode 2)
All About Marriage KBS2 Trainee Cameo (Episode 18)
Gloria MBC Trainee Cameo (Episode 11 & 14)
2012 I Remember You SBS Tae-sung Drama special [13]
Dummy Mommy Oh Soo-hyun [14]
My Husband Got a Family KBS2 Popular idol group member Cameo (Episode 39)
2013 Sirius Young Do Eun-chang / Do Shin-woo Drama special [15]
Nine tvN Young Park Sun-woo [15]
The Heirs SBS Jo Myung-soo [53]
2014 What's With This Family KBS2 Cha Dal-bong [54]
2015 Persevere, Goo Hae-ra Mnet Student Cha Dal-bong Cameo (Episode 1) [55]
High Society SBS Yoo Chang-soo [56]
She Was Pretty MBC Himself Cameo (Episode 9) [57]
2016–2017 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth KBS2 Kim Ji-dwi / Sam Maek-jong / King Jinheung [58]
2017 Strong Girl Bong-soon JTBC Ahn Min-hyuk [59]
2018 Suits KBS2 Go Yeon-woo [60]
2021 Happiness tvN Jung Yi-hyun [45][46]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2012 The Romantic & Idol tvN Cast member [61]
2013–2014 Real Men MBC [62]
2015 Law of the Jungle: Indochina SBS [63]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Ref.
2009 "Date" Jewelry S [64]
2013 "Hot & Cold" Jewelry [65]
2015 "Someday" V.O.S [66]
2021 "Gyopo Hairstyle" Peakboy [67]

Musical theatre[edit]

Year title Role Ref.
2011 Temptation of Wolves Ban Hae-won [12]
2013 Gwanghwamun Love Song Ji-yong [68]
Bonnie & Clyde Clyde [69]
2013–2014 The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan [70][71]
2018–2019 Elisabeth Der Tod [72]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
(Arena Homme + and Mont Blanc Korea)
2015 Contemporary (Mont Blanc Homme) Award Park Hyung-sik Won [75]
APAN Star Awards 2014 Best New Actor What's With This Family Nominated
2018 Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Suits Nominated [76]
Baeksang Arts Awards 2015 Best New Actor – Television What's With This Family Nominated
2020 Best New Actor – Film Juror 8 Nominated [44]
Blue Dragon Film Awards 2019 Best New Actor Nominated [43]
Popular Star Award Won [77]
Daegu International Musical Festival (DIMF) 2019 Best New Actor Elisabeth Nominated
KBS Drama Awards 2014 What's With This Family Won [78]
Best Couple Award Park Hyung-sik with Nam Ji-hyun
What's With This Family
Won [79]
2018 Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Suits Nominated [80]
Netizen Award Won
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards 2019 Best New Actor Juror 8 Won [81]
MBC Entertainment Awards 2013 Best Male Newcomer in a Variety Show Real Men Won [82]
2014 Excellence Male Award in a Variety Show Nominated
SBS Drama Awards 2015 Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries High Society Won [83]
New Star Award Won [84]
Best Couple Award Park Hyung-sik with Lim Ji-yeon
High Society
Soompi Awards 2018 Best Couple Award Park Hyung-sik with Park Bo-young
Strong Girl Bong-soon
Won [85]
The Seoul Awards 2017 Popularity Award, Actor Strong Girl Bong-soon Won [86]


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Forbes 2015 Korea Power Celebrity 38th [87]


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