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‘Criminal Minds’ Actor Son Hyun Joo Is 2017 Moscow International Film Festival Best Actor

by Conan Altatis / Jul 03, 2017 07:43 AM EDT
Son Hyun Joo is a South Korean actor known for his roles in 'The Chaser," 'Hide and Seek' and "Ordinary Person.'

Son Hyun Joo recently received the top prize at the 2017 Moscow International Film Festival. This made him the third South Korean actor to win the award at the Russian film festival after "Come Come Come Upward" actor Kang Soo-yeon in 1989 and "I Will Survive" actor and Lee Deok Hwa in 1993. 

The 2017 Moscow International Film Festival awarding ceremony took place on July 29, Thursday. The Best Actor award was bestowed to Son for his role as a homicide detective named Kang Sung Jin in "Ordinary Person," which was directed by Kim Bong Han.

Son is currently filming the upcoming tvN drama series "Criminal Minds." He was not able to attend the Russian film festival's awarding ceremony so Kim accepted the award on his behalf.

In Kim's acceptance speech, he said he was very glad that Son received an international recognition through his film, which also won Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema Award. Son later released an acceptance speech through his agency Keyeast, which was obtained by Korea Herald.

In the statement, Son expressed how honored he was to receive the big award and was stunned to hear the news. He felt grateful to everyone who worked together for "Ordinary Person," he added.

On the small screen, Son appeared in three episodes of the tvN police drama series "Signal" in 2016. He played a character named Jang Young Chul.

After "Signal," Son will play one of the main characters in "Criminal Minds" along with Lee Joon Gi, Moon Chae Won, Lee Sun Bin and Kim Yeong Cheol.  The series, which will premiere on July 26 on tvN, is a South Korean adaptation of the American TV series of the same name.

One of the cast members of the original "Criminal Minds" TV series is South Korean-American actor Daniel Henney, who plays Special Agent Matt Simmons. Recently, it was confirmed that he will be a regular in the series, Deadline reported.

In 2016, Henney appeared in the tvN series "Dear My Friends." He played a photographer named Mark Smith.  

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