OK TAEC-YEON (
Hangul : 옥택연;
Hanja : 玉澤演; born December
27, 1988), known mononymously as TAECYEON, is a South Korean singer ,
songwriter , actor , and entrepreneur . He is the main rapper of the
South Korean boy group
2PM . In 2010,
Taecyeon debuted as an actor in
the Korean drama Cinderella\'s Sister and since then has starred in
Dream High (2011) and Let\'s Fight, Ghost (2016).
* 1 Early life
* 2 Music career
* 2.1 Debut with
* 2.2 Solo career
* 3 Acting and hosting career
* 4 Other activities
* 4.1 OKCAT
* 5 Military enlistment
* 6 Filmography
* 6.1 Film
* 6.2 Television
* 6.3 Web series
* 6.4 Reality shows
* 6.4.1 Overview
* 6.5 Variety show
* 6.6 Music video-drama
* 7 Discography
* 8 Awards and nominations
* 9 References
* 10 External links
Taecyeon was born in
South Korea , but immigrated at the
age of 10, with his parents and older sister Jihyen to Bedford,
Massachusetts , a small town situated in the Greater Boston Area.
Taecyeon lived there for seven years, attending Bedford High School
where he was a member of the Chess Club, Jazz Band, JV Soccer Team and
National Honor Society, before returning to pursue his career in
Taecyeon transferred to Young Dong High School in Seoul and
then studied Business Administration at
Dankook University and
Korea University Graduate School of International
Studies. He is fluent in English, Korean and Japanese. Being from
Taecyeon is also familiar with the use of the
(dialect) , which he used in the
KBS2 drama Wonderful Days .
It was his sister Jihyen who persuaded him to participate in a JYP
Entertainment audition, whose promotion she had noticed when surfing
on the Internet. After his reluctant agreement to participate, both
New York City
New York City on his 17th birthday. A week later he was
chosen for the final 35 and got the call to go to Korea to go further
in the competition. At first
Taecyeon applied to become a model , but
the judges suggested he try dancing and singing. Eventually he was
named one of the dozen finalists (including his future bandmates Lee
Hwang Chansung ) to compete in the show Superstar Survival,
but was the first contestant to leave the show.
DEBUT WITH 2PM
In 2008 he took part in Mnet 's Hot Blood Men which follows the
extreme training of 13 trainees in order to become a member of the boy
band One Day. One Day spawned two boy bands, 2AM and
2PM , the latter
Taecyeon became a member of. Six months after Hot Blood was
aired on TV
2PM debuted with their first single "10 Points out of 10
Points" ("10점 만점에 10점") from their first EP Hottest Time of
the Day , but it wasn't until their second EP 2:00PM Time For Change
that their success in the Korean music industry skyrocketed. So far
2PM has released five Korean studio albums , four Japanese studio
albums, and one EP.
Taecyeon is featured in "Yes I'm In Love" by Bada on her fourth album
Baek Ji-young 's 2009 song "내 귀에 캔디" (My Ear's Candy).
Taecyeon teamed up with his fellow
Dankook University alumni
students to produce a digital album, Blue Bears with Taecyeon. The
album was performed live on 2012/02/24 at
Dankook University for the
matriculation ceremony. The title song “Wings (날개)” was
written and composed by Life Music and the Dankook University
students, and featured personally penned rap lyrics written by
Taecyeon. The second song, a remake of Lee Gwangjo's “A Night Like
Tonight (오늘같은 밤)” was also included in the performance,
complete with an original rap also written by
Taecyeon himself. The
album went on sale 2012/02/29, with all proceeds donated back the
Taecyeon performed "Kiss" and "After you've left me"
for his solo stage. Both songs were written and composed by Taecyeon
On 2012/06/18 Taecyeon, composing as TY, uploaded a message on 2PM's
Official Fan Cafe with his newest self-composed song: 자장가 for
Taecyeon included the .mp3 as a free download for Hottest,
asking them to like the song.
Taecyeon released his 1st solo album on 18th Jan 2017. As part of the
solo project, he successfully held his first solo concert, 'Taecyeon
(From 2PM) Premium Concert' at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on
January 2 and the 3rd, attracting many fans.
ACTING AND HOSTING CAREER
He formerly hosted SBS\'s music show Inkigayo with
Wooyoung , and was
a permanent cast member on
Family Outing 2 before it was cancelled.
In 2010 he made his acting debut in
Korean Broadcasting System (KBS)
drama series Cinderella\'s Sister alongside
Moon Geun-young and Chun
Jung-myung . He then starred in high school drama
Dream High , which
received high domestic ratings as well as international popularity.
In September 2011, FujiTV announced that
Taecyeon was going to become
a regular on their Sunday drama
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi , along with
Japanese actor Nishijima Hidetoshi and South Korean actress Kim
Tae-hee . This is his first regular role on a Japanese drama.
In February 2013, it was announced that
Taecyeon would form an
on-screen couple with Taiwanese actress
Emma Wu , in the Global
Edition of the reality show
We Got Married
We Got Married . The show premiered in
April 2013 and the couple quickly gained popularity in China, Taiwan,
Korea and Southeast Asia. The same year, he made his film debut in
Marriage Blue . He composed two songs for the
soundtrack of the film.
In 2014, he starred in KBS' weekend drama Wonderful Days , playing a
tough-fisted bodyguard. The same year, he joined tvN's cooking
Three Meals a Day directed by Na PD. He later rejoined
for a second season in 2015.
Taecyeon was praised for his hardworking
image and easygoing personality on the show.
Taecyeon was cast in KBS' political drama Assembly . He
plays an aspiring police officer who studies at the library to pass
his entrance exams by day and works as an official’s chauffeur by
In 2016, he starred in horror comedy Hey Ghost, Let\'s Fight with Kim
So-hyun and co-starred in web-drama
First Seven Kisses by Lotte Duty
In 2017, he starred in mystery thriller
House of the Disappeared with
Kim Yunjin . He then confirmed to star in OCN’s
upcoming psycho-religious-thriller drama “Save Me” alongside Seo
Taecyeon is known to draw large headed, long bodied cats that he has
incorporated into his signatures and autographs. He, and fans, refer
to the drawings as Okcats (옥캣). As a result of seeing knock-off
Okcat shirts being produced in countries like Thailand, Taecyeon
relayed through his Twitter, that he desired to produce his own line
Taecyeon hosted a 30-minute press conference on ustream
to introduce his "Okcat" brand to the public. The presentation, titled
"The Okcat Live", took place at the COEX building with approx 50+
reporters in attendance. The presentation consisted of video and
illustrations of the evolution of his Okcat character over the years,
to its present form.
Taecyeon also revealed a jingle and merchandise
that he is producing under the "Okcat" brand including: pillows, plush
toys, USB drives and phone accessories.
Taecyeon stated that the
merchandise will be sold through various online merchants, and be
announced through his Official venues on
Twitter and Facebook.
On 2013/17/09 A representative from JYPE revealed that the release of
the emoticons on Kakao
Talk would be just the first wave Okcat items.
Taecyeon plans to release more items in October, 2013.
It was reported that Taecyeon's Okcat business generated one million
USD revenues in 10 months. He's going to expand his business even more
by going from producing 32 to 70 kinds of products by the end 2014.
On December 9, 2010 a
JYP Entertainment representative revealed that
Taecyeon would like to give up his American permanent residence
visa and recently, on December 1st, he received his official
confirmation for his permanent residence cancellation.”
Taecyeon had a physical examination for drafting but received a
physical body status sufficient only for enlistment as public service
personnel, due to his poor vision and a dislocated shoulder back in
2008. In 2012 and 2013 he underwent surgery to correct the disk as
well as to remove pins in his upper arm from a serious break in 2013.
He was cleared for active duty in December 2013 but delayed his
enlistment due to busy workload.
In early 2016,
JYP Entertainment announced that
Taecyeon and fellow
Jun.K would be enlisting to begin their two-year mandatory
military service in January 2017, but in the middle of September 2016
Taecyeon announced that he will join the army in early 2017.
House of the Disappeared
Jin Gook / Hyun Shi-hyuk
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi
Who Are You?
Let\'s Fight, Ghost
Home Sweet Home
Naver TV Cast (South Korea)
Hollywood HDTV (Thailand)
iQiyi (Taiwan) Do Jin-woo
7 First Kisses
Naver TV Cast
2008 - 2009
October 10, 2008 (October 10, 2008)
November 8, 2008 (November 8, 2008)
Idol Army (Season 3)
December 04, 2008 (December 04, 2008)
March 26, 2009 (March 26, 2009)
July 21, 2009 (July 21, 2009)
August 21, 2009 (August 21, 2009)
July 9, 2011 (July 9, 2011)
September 24, 2011 (September 24, 2011)
A Song For You From 2PM
February 17, 2013 (February 17, 2013)
May 24, 2013 (May 24, 2013)
We Got Married
We Got Married (Global Edition)
1 - 20
April 7, 2013 (April 7, 2013)
July 14, 2013 (July 14, 2013)
June 14, 2015 (June 14, 2015)
June 18, 2015 (June 18, 2015)
2PM Wild Beat in Australia
February 01, 2017 (February 01, 2017)
April 05, 2017 (April 05, 2017)
Family Outing 2
Living Without Stress episodes
Three Meals a Day
fixed cast with
Three Meals a Day Season 2
fixed cast with
Lee Seo-jin and Kim Kwang-kyu
MC with Lee Hwi-jae
Suddenly a Millionaire
$1k USA camping car road trip (episode 1-7)
On January 7, 2010 photographs surfaced of
Yoon Eunhye for Cass Beer.
2PM were chosen to endorse the beer
with a special, promotional single "Tik Tok".
Taecyeon played one of
the three main character in the 12-minute music video-drama, which was
released on February 8, 2010.
In May 2010
Taecyeon featured in another music video-drama for
Caribbean Bay water theme park along with 2PM's
Chansung and Girls\' Generation members
Kwon Yuri .
2PM Discography See also: List of songs written by
Taecyeon Special: Winter Hitori (2017)
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
KBS Drama Awards
Best New Actor
Baeksang Arts Awards
Mnet 20\'s Choice Awards
3rd Bugs Music Awards
OST of the Year with
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