Daniel Henney (1979-) is an American model turned actor of Korean and British descent. He is best known as Agent Zero in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Dr. David Lee on the TV series, Three Rivers.
Daniel is a Michigan native, growing up in the small town of Carson City, which he describes as “a very naïve place of 1,100 people where all the kids ever thought about was hunting and fishing.” Thanks to his height of 6 foot 2 inches (1.83 meters), he was a basketball star in high school and dreamed of playing professionally. Despite being of mixed heritage, with a Korean-American mother and white American father, he says he always just thought of himself as a white guy. But kids in his neighborhood thought differently — he was teased about his heritage and got into fights with other children often. But he says the tough times grew his strength and character.
Daniel’s success in basketball gained him several scholarships to attend college. He settled at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a student, he was scouted by an agent and changed career course to pursue modeling. He traveled the world as a model, and began acting classes in New York where he starred in a few plays, including an off-broadway production of the classic Death of a Salesman.
Daniel found his greatest success in Korea, starring in commercials and advertisements, then landing a role the short-lived South Korean drama, My Name is Kim Sam Soon. The part — as well as his looks– gained him popularity in Korea, and Daniel went on to star in other Korean television shows and movies.
Daniel gained a wider audience in the U.S. starring as Agent Zero in the fourth part of the X-Men Series, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He later starred on the former medical drama Three Rivers as Dr. David Lee, a heartthrob surgery resident who finds himself involved with many women.
Back in South Korea, Daniel works as part of the cast on the action-drama TV show, The Fugitive: Plan B. He plays Kai, a powerful businessman who uses his wealth and connections to save the woman he loves. Korean entertainer Bi-Rain also stars in the series.
Daniel makes his home in two places: Seoul, South Korea, his mother’s home country, and Los Angeles, California.