Daniel Henney
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Henney in 2008
Daniel Philip Henney

(1979-11-28) November 28, 1979 (age 40)
Other namesJeom Deok-su
OccupationActor, model
Years active2001–present
AgentEcho Global Group (Korea)
DNA Model Management (US)
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

Daniel Phillip Henney (born November 28, 1979) is a Korean-American actor and model. He is known for starring in films such as Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006), My Father (2007), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Shanghai Calling (2012), The Last Stand (2013), and Big Hero 6 (2014).

In television, he is known for starring in the Korean dramas Spring Waltz and My Lovely Sam Soon as well as US television series Hawaii Five-0 and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. He has joined the regular cast of Criminal Minds for its thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth seasons.

Early life

Henney was born in Carson City, Michigan, to Christine, a Korean American[1] and Philip Henney, an Irish American.[2] His mother was born in Busan, South Korea and was brought to the United States as a child after being adopted by a white American couple.[3] He was a star basketball player at Carson City-Crystal High School and led the Eagles to the MHSAA Central region (CSAA) 2nd place finish during his senior year.[4]


Henney in an LG Border Wireless LED TV advertisement, September 2009.

Henney started modeling in the U.S. in 2001 and worked in France, Italy, Hong Kong and Taiwan while attending college. After his debut in South Korea with an advertisement for the Amore Pacific's cosmetic "Odyssey Sunrise", he became a spokesperson for commercials with Jun Ji-hyun for Olympus cameras and Kim Tae-hee for Daewoo Electronics's Klasse air conditioners.[5][6]

Henney in an LG advertisement, June 2009.

Despite speaking no Korean,[7] Henney became a household name through the South Korean hit TV drama, My Lovely Sam Soon, aka My Name is Kim Sam Soon. He played the role of Dr. Henry Kim, a surgeon who is devotedly in love with Hee-jin (played by Jung Ryeo-won). Sam Soon was the most popular Korean drama in 2005; although Henney was starring as the supporting actor, his performance and good looks were widely noticed.

Henney then starred in another drama, "Spring Waltz" in 2006. He later learned the language and appeared on a few variety shows, such as Family Outing.[8] Henney was a part of an academic scandal in which many sources stated that he had an Economics degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, while in actuality he had no college degree.[9]

Henney starred in his first feature film in Korea, Seducing Mr. Perfect. His second film, My Father, won multiple awards in South Korea and Henney became the first foreigner to sweep all the major cinema awards in the Best New Actor category.

In 2009, he portrayed Agent Zero in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In the fall season of 2009, he played "Dr. David Lee" in the CBS television drama Three Rivers.

In 2010, Henney returned to South Korea television for KBS2's The Fugitive: Plan B, alongside Rain and actress Lee Na-young.[10]

Since 2012, Henney has appeared in several American TV series. In 2015, he starred as Special Agent Matt Simmons in the American television series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, a spin-off of Criminal Minds.

Henney is signed with DNA Models in New York under the celebrity-division.[11]

On June 21, 2017, it was announced that he has joined Criminal Minds as a series regular for season 13. He was part of the cast until its conclusion in season 15.[12]

In 2019, he was cast in the supporting role of Lan Mandragoran in Amazon Video's adaptation of Robert Jordan's fantasy epic The Wheel of Time.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Seducing Mr. Perfect Robin Heiden
2007 My Father James Parker
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Agent Zero[14]
2012 Papa Music producer Cameo
Shanghai Calling Sam Chao
2013 The Last Stand Agent Phil Hayes
One Night Surprise Bill
The Spy: Undercover Operation Ryan
2014 Big Hero 6 Tadashi Hamada Voice role
2017 Mowgli Gool Voice role
2019 Money Roy Lee Cameo


Year Title Role Notes
2005 My Lovely Sam Soon Dr. Henry Kim Main cast
Hello Franceska Elizabeth's first love Guest star; 2 episodes
2006 Spring Waltz Philip Main cast
2009 Three Rivers Dr. David Lee Main cast
2010 The Fugitive: Plan B Kai Main cast
2012-2013 Hawaii Five-0 Michael Noshimuri Guest star; 3 episodes[15]
2014 Revolution Peter Garner Guest star; 3 episodes
NCIS: Los Angeles NCIS Agent Paul Angelo Episode: "Three Hearts"
2015–2020 Criminal Minds Matthew "Matt" Simmons Special Guest (season 10 & 12)
Main Role (Season 13–15)
47 episodes
2016–2017 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Main cast; 26 episodes
2016 Dear My Friends N/A Cameo
2017–present Big Hero 6: The Series Tadashi Hamada Voice role
TBA The Wheel of Time Lan Mandragoran TV Series

Awards and nominations

Year Award(s)
  • Dong Ah TV's Fashion Award: Best Dressed [16]