Byun Hee-bong

Byun Hee-bong (born Byun In-chul on June 8, 1942) is a South Korean actor.

Byun Hee-bong
Byun In-chul

(1942-06-08) June 8, 1942 (age 77)
Years active1970-present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationByeon Hui-bong
McCune–ReischauerPyŏn Hŭibong
Birth name
Revised RomanizationByeon In-cheol
McCune–ReischauerPyŏn In-chŏl


Byun In-chul was born in Jangseong County, South Jeolla Province, and attended Salesian High School in Gwangju. He took up law at Chosun University before dropping out to pursue acting. Byun entered the MBC actor's auditions in 1965, and made his acting debut in 1970. A year later in 1971, he became a regular on the landmark police procedural Chief Inspector. He began using the stage name Byun Hee-bong in 1977. Throughout the 1970s, he became known on TV as a character actor who played eccentric men who didn't quite fit in with mainstream Korean society. He transitioned to the big screen in the 1980s, and earlier in his film career, starred in the classic Lee Doo-yong film Eunuch (1986) and A Surrogate Father (1993).

In 2000, Byun appeared in a memorable supporting role in Bong Joon-ho's directorial debut Barking Dogs Never Bite, playing a bizarre apartment maintenance man with a love for dog meat. It rejuvenated his career, and Bong would later cast him in the short film Sink & Rise (2004), and his seminal works crime drama Memories of Murder (2003) and monster movie The Host (2006).[1][2][3] The Host became the top-grossing Korean film of all time, and Byun won much acclaim for his performance as the strong-willed patriarch of a "loser" family, including Best Supporting Actor awards at the Asia Pacific Film Festival and Blue Dragon Film Awards.[4][5]

Among Byun's other notable roles are in martial arts fantasy Volcano High (2001), rural dramedy My Teacher, Mr. Kim (2003), horror comedy To Catch a Virgin Ghost (2004), body swap thriller The Devil's Game (2008),[6][7] and espionage film The Spies (2012).[8] Byun also continues to be active in television, with his portrayals of endearing, humorous fathers/grandfathers, or stern, cunning professionals.[9]



Year Title Role
1980 Dull Servant Pal Bul-chul
1983 Hotel at 00:00
1985 A Man With Color
1986 Eunuch
No Woman Is Afraid of the Night
1988 We Are Going to Geneva Now
The World of Women
1993 A Surrogate Father
2000 Barking Dogs Never Bite apartment maintenance man
2001 Volcano High Vice principal Jang Hak-sa
2003 Scent of Love
My Teacher, Mr. Kim Old Choi
Memories of Murder Sergent Koo Hee-bong
Spring Breeze Writer Noh
2004 Au Revoir, UFO real estate agent
To Catch a Virgin Ghost
Lovely Rivals Principal Byun In-chul
Sink & Rise (short film)
2005 Another Public Enemy Byun Hee-bong
Crying Fist Sang-hwan's coach
Detective Mr. Gong Gong Pil-doo's father
2006 The Host Park Hee-bong
Mission Sex Control Mr. Kang
2007 Small Town Rivals CEO Baek
2008 The Devil's Game Kang No-shik
2009 Lifting King Kong school superintendent
Searching for the Elephant zoo official (cameo)
2010 Haunters Jung-shik
2011 In Love and War Village leader
2012 I Am the King Shin Ik-yeok
The Spies Adviser Yoon
2013 Mr. Go Weiwei's grandfather (cameo)
2017 Okja Hee-bong


Year Title Role Network
1970 홍콩 101번지 bit part MBC
1971 Chief Inspector MBC
1973 113 Investigation Division MBC
1979 Anguk-dong Madam MBC
1981 New Madam MBC
The 1st Republic MBC
1982 Market People MBC
1983 무역왕 최봉준 MBC
Sunflower in Winter MBC
500 Years of Joseon:
The King of Chudong Palace
Nam Eun MBC
1984 500 Years of Joseon:
The Ume Tree in the Midst of the Snow
Yu Jagwang MBC
1985 The Season of Men Kim Joong-han MBC
1986 500 Years of Joseon:
Namhan Mountain Castle
Choe Myeong-gil MBC
1987 아름다운 밀회 President Jang MBC
Three Women MBC
1988 500 Years of Joseon:
The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyeong
Park Mun-su MBC
Our Town Nam Dae-chun MBC
1989 The 2nd Republic MBC
The Fifth Row Jo Geum-san MBC
유산 Lawyer Hwang MBC
1990 머슴아와 가이내 MBC
1991 Eyes of Dawn Park Choon-geum MBC
Three Day Promise KBS2
We're Middle Class Patriarch Park KBS2
1993 시인을 위하여 KBS2
The 3rd Republic Hyun Seok-ho MBC
MBC Best Theater
"Soon-dal and Byung-gu and Ok-joo"
Byung-gu's father MBC
달빛 고향 KBS1
1994 한쪽 눈을 감아요 KBS2
1995 인연이란 KBS2
서울 야상곡 SBS
Asphalt Man SBS
Glorious Dawn Heungseon Daewongun KBS1
1996 간이역 MBC
Tears of the Dragon KBS1
1997 Desire Yoon-seok KBS2
질주 KBS2
1998 Love and Success MBC
The King's Path MBC
Legend of Ambition KBS2
1999 Hur Jun Sung In-chul MBC
2000 Mokminsimseo 서용보 KBS2
Secret Chan-shik MBC
Foolish Princes Yeo Jae-man MBC
2002 The Dawn of the Empire Kim Geun-ryul KBS1
Lovers Gong Hee-bong (cameo) MBC
2003 Something About 1% Lee Kyu-chul MBC
Drama City
"The Truth About Wormwood and Garlic"[10]
principal KBS2
Damo MBC
2004 굿모닝 공자 Go Dok-han MBC
New Human Market Oh Jong-doo SBS
Choice SBS
A Second Proposal KBS2
2005 Green Rose Prosecutor Jung SBS
My Girl Seol Woong SBS
Drama City "계룡산 부용이"[11] Sabu KBS2
2006 Great Inheritance Jung Il-do KBS2
Wolf Senator Yoon Gab-soo MBC
2007 Behind the White Tower Oh Kyung-hwan MBC
Witch Yoo Hee Ma Yoon-hoon SBS
2009 My Too Perfect Sons Song Shi-yeol KBS2
2010 Master of Study Cha Ki-bong KBS2
My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox Cha Poong SBS
The President Go Sang-ryul KBS2
2011 Glory Jane Old man Hwang (cameo) KBS2
2012 Ohlala Couple Wolha, matchmaker of fate KBS2
2013 Princess Aurora Oh Dae-san MBC
Goddess of Fire Moon Sa-seung MBC
2014 Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit Han Won-bin tvN
Drama Festival "Lump in My Life" Pan-shik MBC
Pinocchio Choi Gong-pil SBS
2015 Save the Family Jung Soo-bong KBS1
2016 Madame Antoine: The Love Therapist President Kim JTBC
2016 Blow Breeze Kim Deok-cheon MBC
2019 My Lawyer, Mr. Jo 2: Crime and Punishment [12] Kook Hyun-il SBS


Year Title Role
2013 Snow of March[13] Jang-oh

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1982 MBC Drama Awards Won
1985 Hankook Ilbo Popularity Award Won
21st Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) The Ume Tree in the Midst of the Snow Won
1986 JoongAng Ilbo Our Star Award Won
2003 2nd Korean Film Awards Best Supporting Actor My Teacher, Mr. Kim Nominated
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best Actor in a One-Act Drama/Special Won
2006 51st Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Supporting Actor The Host Won
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor The Host Won
9th Director's Cut Awards Performer of the Year (ensemble cast) The Host Won
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) The Host Nominated
44th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor The Host Nominated
4th Max Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor The Host Won
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) The Devil's Game Nominated
2009 KMDb Choiwos Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
2010 KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor Master of Study Nominated
2014 MBC Drama Awards Best Actor in a One-Act/Short Drama Lump in My Life Won


  1. ^ "Monster Flick Ups Hype With Five-Poster Campaign". The Chosun Ilbo. 14 June 2006. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  2. ^ Yang, Seung-cheol (16 July 2006). "That river creature is his baby: Meet the maker of Host". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  3. ^ 변희봉 "'괴물'은 단연코 내 대표작". (in Korean). 3 July 2006. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  4. ^ "PRESS SCREENING: 괴물 (The Host)". Twitch Film. 7 July 2006. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  5. ^ "The Host Set for All-Time Box-Office Record". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 September 2006. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  6. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (13 December 2007). "Off beat SHIN Ha-kyun Plays The Game". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  7. ^ Vijn, Ard (15 May 2008). "THE DEVIL'S GAME Korean LE DVD Review". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  8. ^ Park, Eun-jee (21 September 2012). "The Spy, Covertness offer different takes on espionage". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  9. ^ Han, Sang-jin (23 May 2011). 영화배우 변희봉. Shin Dong-A (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-09-05.
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  12. ^ ""Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2" Gets a Massive Cast Update". Hancinema. 2018-11-26.
  13. ^ "Living Over the meaning of existence, the Play Snow of March". K-PopCulture. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-05.

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