Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul singer, songwriter, rapper, actor and model who is currently based in South Korea as a member of the South Korean boy band 2PM.
Nichkhun was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California He has said that he has extended family and distant ancestors from Guangzhou.
He comes from a wealthy background, which earned him the nickname “”Thai Prince”” in South Korea. Nichkhun has one older brother, Nichan Bert (born September 11, 1986), and two younger sisters, Nichthima Yanin (born July 22, 1990) and Nachjaree (Chereen) (born 20 October, 1994). At the age of five, he moved to Thailand from the United States with his family and studied at Dhepkanjana School and Tangpiroondham School. At the age of twelve, he studied at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand for a year and a half and moved back to the United States to finish his schooling at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He was scouted by a scout manager of JYP Entertainment at the Los Angeles Korean Music Festival.
After passing an audition hosted by JYP Entertainment, he signed a ten-year contract with the company but later re-signed an eight-year contract, not including training, and was brought to South Korea in 2006 as a trainee, being put into a class of 24 other students. Park Jin-young informed him that he was required to learn how to sing and to dance, learn Korean and Mandarin Chinese, and to bulk up. He is now fluent in Thai, English, Korean, Japanese and basic Chinese. He first appeared through MNET’s Hot Blood, a program that showed the intense physical training that 13 male trainees had to go through for the opportunity to debut in either a four-member ballad group (2AM) or a seven-member dance group (2PM) under JYP Entertainment.
As a male citizen of Thailand, he was subject to the military draft lottery in 2009 and subsequently received an exemption from military service.
On 4 September 2008, Nichkhun debuted as part of 2PM in their first single “”10 Points out of 10 Points”” (Korean: “”10점 만점에 10점””) from their single album “”Hottest Time of the Day””. They have released five studio albums in Korea and four studio albums in Japan.
Nichkhun was one of the hosts for the Korean Music Wave in Bangkok in 2010, 2011, and 2013. In 2010, along with Taecyeon and Yoon Eun-hye, Nichkhun played one of the main characters in a 12-minute music video drama for Cass Beer, which was released on February 8. He also hosted JYP’s talent competition Superstar Survival. On June 2010, he was cast in the second season of variety show We Got Married, pairing up with Victoria of f(x). The couple, known as Khuntoria, was featured on the show leaving in September 2011.
In 2011, Nichkhun appeared in the music video of the single “”Touch (觸動)”” by Taiwanese Mandopop artist Will Pan, which premiered on January 31. In May, he was selected as the new model for Everland’s Caribbean Bay Aqualoop CF. He also starred in the Japanese live-adaptation film of Ouran High School Host Club as Lawrence, the president of a Singaporean corporation, followed in 2012 by the Thai film Seven Something.
In 2013, he filmed the Chinese TV series One and a Half Summer, where he plays the lead character. The series aired between June and July 2014. In 2014, he had a cameo in the Thai movie Chalouis. He teamed up with CNBLUE’s Jung Yong-hwa, B1A4’s Baro, Infinite’s L, and Winner’s Mino for project group Lucky Boys (Super 5) for the 2014 SBS Gayo Daejun. Nichkhun and Baro also hosted the show.
In 2015, Nichkhun joined the cast of the Chinese movie Forever Young, Gardenia in Blossom (Forever Young, 栀子花开), starring Li Yi Feng and Zhang Hui We and a new Chinese music reality show Youth Trainee.
In 2017, Nichkhun announced his first ever solo Asia fanmeeting tour titled “”Khunvitation”” since making his debut in 2008. His fanmeetings were held in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan and in Seoul, South Korea.
In 2018, Nichkhun continued his fanmeeting tour in Thailand and China. Nichkhun has focused on his solo activities while some 2PM’s members are serving in the military. His Thai movie ‘Brother of the Year’ ranked #1 in Thai box offices and became the second highest-grossing Thai movie in 2018. Nichkhun released his first solo mini album in Japan on December 19, 2018. Titled “ME,” the album contains 8 tracks, including songs like “Lucky Charm,” “HOME,” “Umbrella,” and “Mars.” Nichkhun participated in composing and writing the lyrics for every song in the album. Prior to the release of his album, Nichkhun held his first solo concert “NICHKHUN (From 2PM) Premium Solo Concert 2018 HOME” in Osaka on November 23 and 24, and in Tokyo from December 20 to 22. Nichkhun’s Chinese web drama ‘勇往直前恋上你’ (Shall We Fall in Love) premiered on Tencent on December 27, 2018.