Kim Hee-chul (born July 10, 1983), better known by the mononym Heechul, is a South Korean singer, composer, presenter and actor. He is a member of South Korean boy band Super Junior and has further participated in its subgroup, Super Junior-T as well as project group with TRAX's Jungmo, M&D. Aside from group activities, he participated in various television dramas, appeared as a radio DJ and television presenter.
Biography & Career
Kim Hee-chul was born in Hoengseong County, Gangwon Province, on July 10, 1983. In October 2002, he auditioned to become a singer through the Starlight Casting System, and was initially placed in a four-member group called "Four Seasons" along with Jaejoong, Yunho, and Kangin. While Jaejoong and Yunho went on to debut as TVXQ in December 2003, Heechul and Kangin joined ten other trainees under S.M. Entertainment to form the group "Super Junior 05", the first generation of Super Junior.
He's one of Idol Band’s Members who shots 300 commercials before his music debut as Super Junior. he attracting a lot of attention for his pretty boy image. His first acting role was in teen drama Sharp 2 alongside bandmate Kibum on 2005 before the debut of Super Junior. Shortly afterwards, he appeared in an episode of the series Loveholic and was a regular MC for the cable music show Show! Music Bank. He also plays piano and drums.
2005–07: Debut with Super Junior
On November 2, 2005, Super Junior 05 made their official debut as a twelve-member group on SBS's Popular Songs, performing their first single "TWINS (Knock Out)". Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released on December 5 and debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.
Following their debut, Heechul again appeared alongside Kibum for the sixth season of Nonstop, and also starred in Bad Family (2006) and Golden Bride (2007). He also appeared on entertainment programs such as Vitamin, Sponge, Xman, and Love Letter, and was a radio DJ on SBS Power FM Youngstreet with Park Hee-bon until mid-2006.
2007-11: Sub-group and MC
On February 23, 2007, he debuted as part of Super Junior sub-group, Super Junior-T , performing trot single "Rokuko!!!". That year Super Junior released their second album Don't Don, toured with the Super Show, and filmed the movie Attack on the Pin-Up Boys.
He appeared as a presenter on SBS music programme Inkigayo as a substitute for Andy of Shinhwa, going on to become a permanent host with Ku Hye-sun (23 April 2006 – 18 February 2007), Jang Keun-suk (25 February-7 October 2007) and Song Ji-hyo (11 November 2007 – 4 May 2008).
In 2008, he appeared in the S.M. Entertainment production of the musical Xanadu, playing the role of Sonny in rotation with bandmate Kangin. The production ran between 9 September-23 November 2008 at the Doosan Art Center, Yeonji-dong, Seoul. Casting was carried out via a reality television programme, To Be Kangin and Heechul. That year, he also appeared on the reality TV programmes Good Daddy and Band of Brothers. Kim co-MC the 2009 Dream Concert with Song Ji-hyo, which was held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on 10 October. His first solo single, "초별" ("First Star"), was released on November 6, 2009, as part of the OST for the drama Loving You Ten Million Times.
He returned as a radio DJ for the first time in four years on SBS's "Heechul's Young Street" from March 29, 2010 until mid-2011. In May 2010, he became a regular cast member on the series Family Outing 2, but the show was cancelled two months later due to low ratings. On October 9, he created a personal Facebook account which received 5,000 friend requests within five minutes. He became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter for four days after the account's creation.
2011–14: M&D and Military Enlistment
In 2011, he formed a project group with label mate Kim Jungmo of TRAX called M&D (meaning "Midnight and Dawn" or "Miari and Dangae-dong", after the members' hometowns). They released their debut single, "Close Ur Mouth", in June. Heechul wrote the lyrics and directed the music video for the song, while Jungmo produced and performed the instrumental. Their first live performance was at Mnet’s summer awards ceremony 20’s Choice on July 7.
Kim Hee-chul carried out mandatory military service between 1 September 2011-30 August 2013. He served as a public service worker for 23 months after undergoing four weeks of basic training at the Nonsan military camp in Chungcheongnam-do. At the time that he enlisted, he had been appearing on KBS's Secret (시크릿) as well as the "Radio Star" segment of MBC's Radio Star, for which bandmate Kyuhyun took over the role.
Shortly after he had completed his military service, he featured on Kim Jang-hoon's single "Breakups are So Like Me". During live performances of the song on Music Bank and Show! Music Core, his part was performed by bandmates Yesung, Eunhyuk and Shindong.
2014-present: Solo Fanmeeting
In 2014, he appeared on the "Global Edition" spinoff of MBC reality television programme We Got Married, as an on-screen couple with Taiwanese girl group member Puff Guo. That year, he also played the role of a detective in the tvN drama Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit.
In March 2016, Heechul was confirmed to become a temporary host for Weekly Idol.
In 23 July, he held his first solo fanmeeting "The Space Big Star Show" in Beijing, China.
August 2006: Car accident
On 10 August 2006, Heechul was involved in a car accident while heading back to Seoul from Mokpo after attending the funeral of fellow Super Junior member Donghae’s Father. The tires malfunctioned while his car attempted to switch lanes. Heechul fractured his left leg in five places, including his femur, knee, and ankle, requiring him to be in surgery for six hours. He also sustained other injuries, including a tear in his tongue which required stitches.
Heechul was advised to stop all activities for a period of twelve weeks. He was released from the hospital on 13 September 2006 but he continued to receive out-patient care. He returned to the hospital to have a second surgery to remove some of the iron rods in his leg on October 10 and briefly returned to work in late October to film the final three episodes of an MBC youth sitcom while still in a cast and on a wheelchair. He made his comeback on 25 November of the same year during the Mnet KM Music Festival (MKMF) Awards. In late December Heechul officially returned to individual activities such as variety show appearances and hosting appearances.
In 2007, Heechul started to perform regularly despite still having a few rods that the doctors had attached to his leg. In late April and May 2007, he had recovered enough to be able to take part in Super Junior’s strenuous dance routines. The remaining rods in his leg were removed in 2008.
He attributes his survival and ability to recover to the fact that he wore his seat belt and has championed seat belt safety since, including after the September 2014 accident involving the entirety of Ladies' Code that killed Ladies' Code members Go Eunbi (EunB) and Kwon Rise (RiSe), during which EunB, who had not been wearing a seat belt, had died on impact and was pronounced dead on arrival.
June 2011: Chocoball club
On June 6th, Super Junior’s Kim Hee Chul tweeted a photo of his celebrity best friends along with the caption:
|“||“Simon D, Yong Jun Hyung, Choi Jong Hoon. I wish everyday could be like today. Kim Hee Chul and Lee Hong Ki. It’s important to laugh. I hope we can continue to laugh like this as we live our lives.”||”|
They call themselves “a bit psychotic, but more charming by the day.” The Chocoball club consists of AB blood-type celebrities like Kim Hee Chul, Lee Hong Ki, Simon D, Choi Jong Hoon, Yong Jun Hyung, Jang Geun Suk, Jo Sung Mo, Mithra Jin, Sang Choo, and a couple others. on August 2011 they appeared on MBC’s "Come to Play"
Soundtrack & Singles Contributions
|2006||Can It Be Love?||Rainbow Romance OST||with Kibum|
|2008||Don't Walk Away||Xanadu OST||with Kim Sung Ki, Hong Ji Min, Kim Hee Won|
|2009||First Star||Loving You a Thousand Times OST Part 2|
|2010||King Wang Zzang||Digital Single||with Defconn|
|2011||Breakups are So Like Me||with Kim Jang-hoon|
|2013||You Are A Miracle||2013 SBS Gayo Daejun Friendship Project||with Various Artists|
|2016||Narcissus||SM STATION - Narcissus||with Wheein|
|Show Me Your Love||"Show Me Your Love"||Shindong, Eunhyuk||Rap written|
|2009||Super Show 2||"Spirit"||Super Junior The 2nd Asia Tour Concert Album|
|2010||Digital Single||"King Wang Zzang"||Defconn||Rap lyrics|
|2011||A-CHa||"Oops"||Leeteuk, Shindong, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Misfit||A-CHa (Repackage)|
|Orange Caramel||"Shanghai Romance"|
|2015||Magic||"You Got It"||Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, Team One Sound||Magic (Repackaged Edition)|
|"Sarang♥"||Team One Sound|
|2007||Attack on the Pin-Up Boys||The Ultra Junior president|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks|
|Voices Simon - with Kangin, Shindong|
|2010||Super Show 3 3D||Himself|
|2015||SM Town The Stage|
|2005||Sharp 2||Baek Jin-woo||KBS||Supporting role|
|2005–07||Rainbow Romance||Heechul||MBC||Leading role|
|2006||Mystery 6||Himself||Mnet||Supporting role|
|Bad Family||Gong Min||SBS|
|2007–08||Golden Bride||Kim Young-soo|
|2009||Tae-hee, Hye-kyo, Ji-hyun||Himself||MBC||Cameo (EP 116)|
|2009–10||Loving You a Thousand Times||Lee Chul||SBS||Supporting role|
|2010||I am Legend||Himself||Cameo (EP 15)|
|2011||Melody of Youth||Shen Tai Yi||CCTV||Supporting role|
|2013||The Heirs||Himself||SBS||Cameo (EP 04)|
|2014||Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit||Park Jung-woo||tvN||Leading role|
Music Video Appearance
|2007||“Flight Girl” (비행소녀)||Magolpy ,Super Junior's Kangin & Shindong, JYJ's Park Yoo-chun, Eru|
|2010||“Let You Go” (가슴이 차가운 남자)||TRAX & Victoria Song|
|“Shady Girl” (가식걸, ”Gasikgeol”)||Sistar|
|2013||“Open The Door” (문을 여시오)||Im Chang-jung|
|2015||“CHOK CHOK DANCE (Everybody's CHOK CHOK DANCE)”||Super Junior D&E|
|2013||"The ZZINPANG Family"||SM TOWN‘s official homepage, ZZINPANG’s official Facebook, HOTTRACKS webtoon page, Kyobo Books webtoon page||The Main Character is based on Himself|
|2005-2006||Young Street Radio (영스트리트)||SBS Power FM||with Park Heebon|
|2010-2011||Heechul's Young Street|
|2012-2013||Kim HeeChul's SungDong Cafe|
|2014||Kiss the Radio||KBS Cool FM||Special DJ with EXO's Baekhyun on 01.04.14 / Ryeowook (Guest)|
|Special DJ On 02.10.14 / BTOB (Guests)|
|2015||Special DJ on 12.10.15|
|2016||2 O’Clock Escape Cultwo Show||SBS Power FM||On August 23 in place of one of the regular DJs Kim Tae Gyun|
|2007||Yesung's MIRACLE for You||with Heebum (his cat) On 4 July 2007|
|Kiss the Radio||KBS Cool FM||Surprise Appearance On 16.02.07|
|2008||Melon Chunji Radio||on 14.03.08 / SNSD's Sunny & Sungmin (DJ)|
|Taeyeon's Chin Chin Radio||MBC FM4U|
|Park Kyung Lim's Starry Night||MBC FM||On "Textbook Quiz Cinema"|
|2009||Park Myeong Soo's Dating at 2PM||with Kangin On 17.06.09|
|2013||Kiss the Radio||KBS Cool FM||On 02.09.13 / Ryeowook (DJ)|
|Shindong's Shimshimtapa||MBC Standard FM||On 02.09.13 / Shindong (DJ)|
|Park So Hyun's Love Game||SBS Power FM||On 03.10.13|
|2014||Idol True Colors||MBC C-Radio||On 15.03.14 / Zhou Mi, Miss A's Fei & Jia (DJ)|
|2016||Kiss the Radio||KBS Cool FM||On August 21 for celebrated 10 years of hosting their KBS radio show “Kiss the Radio”|
Events Shows Hosting
|2005||Show Music Tank|
|2006-2008||SBS Inkigayo||with Ku Hye-sun (23 April 2006 – 18 February 2007), Jang Keun-suk (25 February-7 October 2007) and Song Ji-hyo (11 November 2007 – 4 May 2008)|
|2008||Dream Concert 2008||with Song Ji Hyo|
|2009||Dream Concert 2009|
|SBS Gayo Daejun 2009||with CNBLUE's Jung Yonghwa, Park Shin-hye|
|2010||SBS Inkigayo||Special MC with Leeteuk , Shindong / On 31 January - Vancouver Olympic special|
|Dream Concert 2010||with 2PM's Taecyeon , Shin Se-kyung|
|SBS Gayo Daejun 2010||with CNBLUE's Jung Yonghwa, 2AM's Jo Kwon , Hwang Jung Eum|
|2011||Dream Concert 2011||with Song Joong-ki , KARA's Hara|
|2013||SBS Gayo Daejun 2013||with 2NE1's Sandara Park , Sung Si-kyung|
|2014||SBS Inkigayo||Special MC with Leeteuk / On 14.09.14|
|2015||Special MC with Song Ji Hyo / On "Inkigayo” 800th Episode Special|
|2016||Suwon K-Pop Super Concert||with Twice's Momo & Chaeyoung, Super Junior-M's Zhou Mi|
|2005-2006||Otuggi Ramen||with Kim Ki-bum & Go Ara|
|2006-2007||IVY Club||with Super Junior|
|2007||1677 Collect Call||with Kangin & Shindong|
|Sunkist Lemonade||with Kangin & Yoona|
|2009||Yamaha||with Siwon & Sungmin & Lee Donghae|
|2009-2011||12 Plus||with Super Junior|
|2016||Ready (Ferrari CF)||with Kangin & Leeteuk|
Awards and nominations
|2006||MBC Entertainment Awards||Best New Comedian||Rainbow Romance||Nominated|
|2007||Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Best Flower Boy||N/A||Won|
|SBS Entertainment Awards||TV Star Award - Male MC||N/A||Nominated|
|2010||GoKpop Music Awards||Best use of social media||N/A||Won|
|Allkpop Awards||Best Social Network Personality||N/A||Won|
|2011||MBC Entertainment Awards||Show Variety Rookie Award||Radio Star||Won|
|2013||Public Service Worker at the Seodong District office||Excellent Service as a Public Service Worker||N/A||Won|
Idol Ranking Chart Shows
|MBC Section TV|
|2009||4D personality||Rank #4|
|2010||Flower Male Beauty||Rank #5|
|Mnet Wide News|
|2009||Wide STYLE||Rank #3|
|Weekly Idol Ranking|
|2011||Idol You Want To Be Close||Rank #1|
|2012||President Of Idols||Rank #4|
|Male Artist With Best Crossdressing||Rank #3|
|Idol Chart Show - Mnet|
|2011||Idol From Mars - Martian Special||Rank #1||Ranked Twenty Idols Aptly Labeled as Martians due to their 4D-like behavior|
|Top Fashionista||Rank #20|
|2012||Star Marry Urgent||Rank #8|
|Arirang Star Ranking|
|2013||Kpop Idols with the Most-Unique Personality||Rank #1|
|Super Idol Chart Show|
|2014||Male Idols Prettier Than Girls||Rank #4||EP 08|
|Idols Ruining Your Own Image||Rank #3||EP 11|
|Idols With Special Skills||Rank #7||EP 22 - Crossdressing "Women's Dress"|
|Obsessions Of Idols||Rank #4||EP 24 - Anna de "Frozen"|
|Idols Fit To Be Judges In Superstar K6||Rank #6||EP 26|
|IDOL GOT 10|
|2015||Male Idols Prettier Than Girls||Rank #1|