For all you Korean drama peeps, get ready because Daniel Henney made his big premiere on U.S. television in CBS’ new medical drama, “Three Rivers,” on Sunday night as Dr. David Lee. So far it’s been a great year for Daniel Henney as he’s made 2009 the year he introduces himself to Hollywood. He made his big Hollywood movie debut earlier this year when he played Agent Zero in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Now he plays an organ transplant surgeon and very interestingly, the George Clooney type who womanizes and breaks ladies’ hearts. Actually, it’s more than interesting because an Asian man is playing the romantic type.
Maybe Hollywood is really diversifying? If you watched John Cho in FlashForward, he’s in an interracial relationship with an African-American women and now we’ve got Daniel Henney acting as the womanizer. Let’s hope these two new shows are successful! It’s been a great fall season for Korean-American actors with Daniel Henney now joining a growing list of actors who have regular televisions shows: John Cho, Ken Jeong, C.S. Lee, Tim Kang, and Sanrda Oh.
So who is Daniel Henney?
Model-turned-actor Daniel Henney is now a household name in South Korea after starring as Dr. Henry Kim in the popular miniseries “My Lovely Samsoon.” Henney was also recently seen in this summer’s blockbuster hit “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” in which he plays the character Agent Zero.
Henney starred in the television series “Spring Waltz,” by acclaimed director SukHo Yoon and then went on to star in his first feature film “Seducing Mr. Robin.” His second film, “My Father,” won multiple awards in South Korea and was actually the first time in that country’s history that a foreigner swept all the major cinema awards in the Best New Actor category.
Henney has also appeared in the Off-Broadway production of “Death of a Salesman.”
He was born in Carson City, Mich., to a Korean-American mother and a British-American father. He studied Business Communications at Albion College and Alma College and as an avid sports enthusiast, played college basketball throughout his college years. He is also musically active and has been the lead vocal and guitarist for an underground rock band, Avarice, for two years. Currently, he lives in Seoul, South Korea and Los Angeles and his birth date is Nov. 28.
What’s Three Rivers all about?
THREE RIVERS is a medical drama starring Alex O’Loughlin (“Moonlight,” upcoming CBS Films “The Back-Up Plan”) that goes inside the emotionally complex lives of organ donors, the recipients and the surgeons at the preeminent transplant hospital in the country, where every moment counts. However, dealing with donor families in their darkest hour and managing the fears and concerns of apprehensive recipients takes much more than just a sharp scalpel. Leading the elite team is Dr. Andy Yablonski, the highly-skilled workaholic lead organ transplant surgeon, whose good-natured personality and sarcastic wit makes him popular with his patients and colleagues. His co-workers include Dr. Miranda Foster, a surgical fellow with a rebellious streak and fiery temper who strives to live up to her deceased father’s excellent surgical reputation; Dr. David Lee, a womanizing surgical resident who’s broken as many hearts as he’s replaced; Ryan Abbott, the inexperienced new transplant coordinator who arranges the intricately choreographed process of quickly and carefully transporting organs from donor to patient; Dr. Sophia Jordon, the dedicated head of surgery who has no patience for anyone who hasn’t sacrificed as much as she has for the job; and Pam Acosta, Andy’s no-nonsense operating assistant and best friend. In this high stakes arena, in which every case is a race against the clock, these tenacious surgeons and medical professionals are the last hope for their patients.