• Daniel Henney was born in 1979 in Michigan, USA.
• He is the only child of Christine and Phillip Henney.
• He began modeling in college and moved to New York City in 200•
• He has starred in television series such as “Criminal Minds” and “The Wheel of Time”.
• His net worth is estimated to be over $5 million.

Who is Daniel Henney?

Fans of the mystery crime-drama series “Criminal Minds” were introduced to the show’s new main character, Matt Simmons, in the 13th season, and this Supervisory Special Agent captured the audience’s attention thanks to his skills and personality. The actor who played this role is Daniel Henney, who also has a thriving modeling career.

If you want to know more interesting facts about him, keep on reading.

Early life, family, and education

Born Daniel Phillip Henney under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius on 28 November 1979, in Carson City, Michigan USA, he holds American nationality. He’s the only child of Christine and Phillip Henney – Daniel’s mother was born in South Korea and was adopted as a child by an American couple, while his father is of British and Irish descent, but was born in the US.

Daniel was into sports from an early age, and was a star basketball player during his high school days. Upon matriculating from Carson City-Crystal High School in 1997, he earned a scholarship and enrolled at Albion College, Michigan. He later transferred to Alma College also in Michigan, and then to Elgin Community College, but he didn’t graduate.

Some reports were saying that Daniel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois, however, this was proven to be false.

Modeling career

Daniel began modeling during his college days, and in 2001 he moved to New York City, where his modeling career blossomed almost overnight. He was represented by DNA Model Management (now under the celebrity division) and has worked in France, Italy and all around the world, including Hong Kong, China, and South Korea.

His appearance in the commercial for the South Korean Amore Pacific cosmetics brought him numerous contracts, thus he became a spokesperson for brands such as Daewoo Electronics and Olympus.

While he was modeling in South Korea, a talent manager offered him a supporting role in a drama series, which Daniel accepted, although he didn’t speak any Korean. After this role, he decided to pursue an acting career.

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Roles in series

Daniel made his acting debut as Henry Kim in the 2005 series “Nae Ireumeun Kim Sam-soon”,  playing an American physician who struggled with the South Korean language. He followed with his role as Phillip Rosenthal in another South Korean series “Bomui Walcheu” (“Spring Waltz” in English) in 2006.

Three years later, Daniel was cast to play Doctor David Lee in Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)’s show “Three Rivers”, also starring Kate Moennig and Alex O’Loughlin. Although this drama had no nominations, the audience loved to follow the lives of the doctors, organ donors and recipients of the organs at the pre-eminent transplant hospital, Three Rivers. The series was rated 6.8/10.

In 2012, Daniel had the recurring role of Michael Noshimuri in three episodes of the series “Hawaii Five-O”, then in 2014, he guest-starred in an episode of the series “Revolution”, and “NCIS: Los Angeles”. The following year was lucky, as Daniel was cast to play his most notable role to date, as Matt Simmons in “Criminal Minds”, and was seen in 49 episodes through 2020.

Concurrently, he reprised his role as Matt Simmons in the spin-off entitled “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (2016-2017), and was heard as Tadashi in “Big Hero 6: The Series” (2017-2019).

In 2021, Daniel was Lan Mandragoran in nine episodes of the series “The Wheel of Time”, whose second season is announced by Amazon Prime. This action adventure that follows the story of a fantasy world where magic exists, but it isn’t open for everyone, is based on the book series written by Robert Jordan. Other stars of the series are Rosamund Pike and Madeleine Madeen, and it was nominated for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA-Saturn Award for Best Streaming Fantasy Series.

Roles in movies

Daniel made his big-screen debut as Robin Heiden in the 2006 movie “Seducing Mr. Perfect”, written and directed by Sang-woo Kim, followed by his role as James in the 2007 drama “Ma-I Pa-deo” (“My Father” in English), the story about a US soldier who comes to Korea to find his biological father in jail. Daniel’s performance in this movie brought him the Korean Association of Film Critics Award, and Grand Bell Awards, South Korea for Best New Actor, the Cine21 Movie Award for Best New Actor of the Year, and the Blue Dragon Award for Best New Actor.

Daniel made his debut in an American production movie in 2009, playing Agent Zero in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, starring Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds and Live Schreiber. The movie had 21 award nominations, and won three, with Daniel sharing the People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite On-Screen Team, with the rest of the cast.

In the following years, Daniel was seen in “Tattoo” (2011), then “Papa” (2012), and later that year as Sam in the romantic comedy-drama “Shanghai Calling”, starring opposite Sean Gallagher and Le Geng – Daniel won Shanghai International Film Festival Award for Best Male Newcomer and Newport Beach Film Festival Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting.

Daniel followed with his role as Agent Phil Hayes in the 2013 action thriller “The Last Stand”, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville. In the same year, Daniel co-starred in “One Night Surprise” and “The Spy: Undercover Operation”.

In the following years, Daniel focused on television series roles, but in September 2022, he was back on the big screen. He played Jack in the 2022 action comedy “Confidential Assignment 2: International” which brought him the Blue Dragon Award for Popular Star in 2022.

Love life and spouse

Daniel was the subject of numerous rumors concerning his love life, but it’s known that in 2005 he dated Margaret Denise Quigley, an actress and model, better known by her professional name Maggie Q.

It isn’t clear when the two separated, and for a long time Daniel kept his love life under wraps. Sometime in 2018, rumors began about him dating Ru Kumagai, also an actress, who is perhaps known best for her role in the series “9-1-1”.

Most recently, Daniel was romantically linked to Korean singer-songwriter, Jessica Soo-Youn Jung, however, Daniel hasn’t commented on this gossip.

His Instagram account doesn’t reveal much about his personal life, either. According to his posts, the only companions in his life are his dogs, Golden Retrievers named Rosco and Julie.

As of December 2022, Daniel seems to be single, hasn’t married, and doesn’t have children.

Net worth

Concurrently with his acting career, Daniel continued working as a model. and was seen on covers of numerous popular magazines, and still working for DNA Model Agency.

Starring in movies and series, and working as a model, Daniel has earned a decent wealth thanks to his talent and good looks. According to sources, as of late 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $5 million.


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