Known best for his role as Han Ki Joo in the popular South Korean television drama Lovers in Paris, Shin-yang also famously appeared in the acclaimed television shows The Painter of the Wind and Money's Warfare.
Early in his career, he starred in the 1997 film The Letter.
His numerous acting honors include 1996 and 1998 Blue Dragon Film Awards, 2004 and 2007 SBS Drama Awards, and a 2008 Paeksang Award.
He was born and raised in South Korea, and he also spent time in Hawaii, U.S.A., where his daughter was born.
He and actress Moon Geun-young co-starred in the historical television series Painter of the Wind.