– Max Changmin (심창민)

Shim Changmin (born February 18, 1988) is a Korean singer, songwriter and occasional actor best known as a member of South Korean boyband and now duo TVXQ. He is managed under music labels SM Entertainment in South Korea and Avex Trax in Japan.

Early life

Max was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He is the first-born son of parents, who are teachers. He has two younger sisters, Shim Soo-yeon and Shim Ji-yeon. He joined SM Entertainment by winning the best singer and best artist award in SM Entertainment’s 6th Annual Youth Competition, a talent search conducted annually by the talent agency.[2] He debuted with TVXQ in 2003 performing the group’s debut song “Hug” on SBS network’sBoA and Britney Spears showcase special.

Acting career

In 2006, Max starred with TVXQ in the miniseries Vacation which had a special premiere and screening at the main auditorium of Yonsei University. He appeared in the episode beside Xiah.They also participated in a number of episodes of Banjun Drama, a popular minidrama series aired on SBS network. He was also the first choice in the drama Snow Flower, but was replaced byKim Ki Bum due to the hectic schedule of the TVXQ members. In 2010, Changmin made cameo appearances in Athena: Goddess of War four times –starting from episode 16 to till the drama finished, at episode 20. In 2011, Max was cast in the drama series “Paradise Ranch”.[15] He also dubbed his own voice in Japanese for “Paradise Ranch” while it aired in the country.

In 2012, Changmin, along with bandmate Yunho, starred in the SM documentary I AM. The film chronicles TVXQ’s and other SM artists milestone to be the first Asian artists to perform at Madison Square Garden and Yunho and Changmin’s journey to that point, including archival footage, reflection interviews, and rehearsals.

SM Entertainment revealed on February 2, 2012 that Shim was cast in one of the leading roles in his first Japanese and film role in the Japanese film “Fly With the Gold” based on the novel by Takamura Kaoru. He plays Momo, a North Korean spy disguised as an engineering student. He has been praised for his Osaka dialect, which though easily understood is extremely difficult to speak, in the film, especially by director Izutsu Kazuyuki. Shim was nominated for the “Newcomer Award” at the prestigious 37th annual Hochi Film Awards in Japan, for his role in the film “Fly with the Gold”. Shim is the first Korean to be nominated.

Personal life


Max graduated from Gaepo High School in 2006. Accordingly, he was accepted into Seoul’s Kyung Hee University. In 2009, he was enrolled as a student of Kyung Hee University majoring inpostmodern music. However, as of 2011 he is now attending KonKuk University for his second degree.

Volunteer work

In January 2008, Max volunteered with his father in the cleanup of the beaches in Taean, South Korea following the nation’s worst oil spill in history. His trip to Taean was intended to be done in secrecy during a short break from his activities with TVXQ during the new year and was only made known to the media and public when another volunteer posted his sighting on a fan site. The incident was later confirmed by TVXQ’s agent.


TV Series

Year Title Role
2006 Banjun Theater Himself
Vacation Himself
2010 Athena: Goddess of War Choi Tae-hyeon
4 episodes
2011 Paradise Ranch Han Dong-Joo
Heroes Himself
Running Man Guest
Ep. 27/Ep. 115
Welcome to the Show Himself (cameo)


Year Title Role Notes
2012 I AM. Himself Documentary
Fly With The Gold Momo Japanese film debut


  • 6th Annual Best Competition SM Entertainment Awards: Best Singer
  • 6th Annual Best Competition SM Entertainment Awards: Best Artist
  • 37th annual Hochi Film Awards: Newcomer Award – Nominated


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