Happy 27th Birthday, Kim Soo Hyun!

It’s been a great year for Kim Soo Hyun — from being Elle’s Top Man in the January issue to reportedly earning 500 million yuan (about $81 million USD) in China alone in 2014. Here’s a well-deserved happy birthday to one of our favorite leading men! After a number of TV roles, his breakout role in the hit series “Giant” earned him his first major award, the 2010 SBS New Star Award. Since then, he has been unstoppable! If you’re unfamiliar with his acting, here’s a quick look at some of his work.

Kim Soo Hyun followed ‘Giant’ with another hit series ‘Dream High’ as the musically-inclined country bumpkin Song Sam Dong.

Kim Soo Hyun as the noble Crown Prince Lee Hwon in the critcally acclaimed hit ‘The Moon Embracing the Sun

Kim Soo Hyun as everyone’s favorite alien professor Do Min Joon in ‘My Love From the Star

Despite his young age, what makes Kim Soo Hyun such an accomplished actor is his unparalleled ability to muster emotion on-screen. He can well up and cry with such a heart-breaking ease that watching one of his emotional scenes leaves a lasting impression. Watch his many faces of sorrow in the Viki montage, “Don’t Cry, Kim Soo Hyun” below!

Understandably, most of us can’t go visit Kim Soo Hyun and give him a birthday backhug, but you can always visit his new wax statue in Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and give your birthday wishes!

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