Choi Min-hwan (Hangul: 최민환; Japanese:チェ•ミンファン; born 11 November 1992) is a South Korean musician and actor. He is a member of rock band F.T. Island, in which he serves as the drummer, sub vocalist, and songwriter. He is the youngest member of the group. In 2017, Choi became a certified chimellier, a connoisseur and sommelier of chicken.
In January 2009, members Choi Jong-hoon, Choi Min-hwan, and Lee Jae-jin were put into the sub group “A3”. This group debuted at the 2009 New Year concert My First Dream held at the JCB Hall in Tokyo, Japan on 2 January 2009. Minhwan performed as the drummer and a sub-vocalist. The group’s name was “A3” due to each of the three members having type A blood. This group was formed to help take up some singing time during their concerts, so that lead singer, Lee Hong-gi, would not over-strain his voice.
In late 2009, the triple-member group was renamed F.T. Triple, with Choi Min-hwan as drummer and sub vocalist. They released the single Love Letter and began performing on music shows. During this time, F.T. Island’s main vocalist Lee Hongki was busy filming a TV series and guitarist Song Seung-hyun was involved in several variety shows.
On 29 April 2018, Min-hwan released his first single titled “First Story” with 3 tracks.
Choi made his acting debut in 2009 in the TV drama The Road Home. On 23 March 2009, he collapsed while waiting to film. Choi was rushed to the hospital for treatment; he had been suffering from a cold and overwork, and was discharged the next day.
He also appeared in cameos in the film Unstoppable Marriage (2007), and the television series On Air (2008), and Style (2009).
Choi then starred in the musical Gwanghwamun Sonata. His character Ji-yong is a music director and singer with a bright personality. The musical ran from 10 November 2012 in Osaka, Japan, until January 2013 in Tokyo.
In June 2013, Choi joined the cast of Goong: Musical in Japan. He played the leading role of crown prince Lee Shin.
In January 2014 he played the main character in the musical Joseph Amazing.
In September 2017, Choi’s agency confirmed that he was dating former Laboum member Kim Yul-hee. On January 4, 2018, Choi personally delivered the news of his engagement to Kim via his Instagram and revealed his plans to marry later that year. He subsequently announced on May 9 that Kim was pregnant and that they planned to marry on October 19, 2018. Their son, Jae-yul, was born on May 18, 2018.