Famous for his starring roles in such early 21st-century South Korean movies as Beautiful, Humming, and The Aggressives, he is also notable for his regular appearances on a television variety program called Family Outing.
Before beginning his acting career, he studied theatre at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. He appeared in his first film, A Good Lawyer's Wife, in 2003.
He played a major role in the 2013 television series Dating Agency: Cyrano.
He and his wife Jeon Hye-jin both appeared in the television series Smile, You. The couple welcomed a daughter in the summer of 2011.
He and Kang Dong-won were both in the cast of the 2004 movie Temptation of Wolves.