Kang Shin-il

Kang Shin-il (born November 26, 1960) is a South Korean actor. Kang graduated from Kyung Hee University with a degree in electronic engineering, but he soon put aside his studies and spent most of his time in Daehangno, Seoul's theater district, where he formed a troupe called Testimony that performed at smaller venues. In 1985, he made his acting debut in Chilsu and Mansu, and soon gained fame as a stage actor in plays such as Kimchigook Goes Crazy and Chronicles of Han.[1] He appeared onscreen for the first time in the 1988 film adaptation of Chilsu and Mansu and became a prolific supporting actor in Korean cinema and television (notably in Kang Woo-suk's Public Enemy franchise), while continuing to do theater. In 2007, Kang was diagnosed with liver cancer, but after recovering from surgery, he resumed his acting career.[2]

Kang Shin-il
Born (1960-11-26) November 26, 1960 (age 62)
South Korea
EducationKyung Hee University - Electronic Engineering
Years active1985–present
AgentStarvillage Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGang Sin-il
McCune–ReischauerKang Sinil



Year Title Role
1988 Chilsu and Mansu
1999 The Uprising Ma Chan-sam
2001 Friend Sang-taek's father
2002 Public Enemy Chief investigator Uhm
Jail Breakers Prison warden
2003 Sword in the Moon Joo-sang
The Legend of the Evil Lake Minister Mun-su
Silmido[3] Keun-jae
2004 Some Chief Oh
2005 Another Public Enemy Kim Shin-il
Mr. Socrates Beom-pyo
2006 Love Phobia Cha Jo-kang's father
Hanbando Kim Yu-shik
Maundy Thursday Manager Lee
2007 Black House[4] Park Choong-bae
2008 Public Enemy Returns[5] Squad chief Uhm
2009 My Girlfriend Is an Agent[6] Doctor Noh Hyung-kyu
Closer to Heaven Lee Hak-cheon (cameo)
Triangle Vice president Son
2010 A Little Pond[7] Mr. Kang
Moss District prosecutor
2011 Heartbeat Director Choi
G-Love Vice principal
Always Boxing gym manager Choi
2012 Deranged Doctor Hwang
2013 Fists of Legend Director Jo
Project Cheonan Ship[8] Documentary narrator
Blood and Ties Han Sang-soo (cameo)
2014 See, Beethoven Beethoven
2016 Pandora Mr. Kong
The Great Actor Dae-ho
2017 Duck Town
The Prison General manager No
Roman Holiday Chief Ahn
2019 Black Money Investigator Jang
2020 Beyond That Mountain Father Yoon
2022 I Want to Know Your Parents Principal
2023 My Heart Puppy Jin-guk's uncle[9]
TBA Hwapyeong Spot [10]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
2004 Sunlight Pours Down Detective Nam SBS
MBC Best Theater
"Jung Malg-eum, Action Movie Star"
Director Ma MBC
Oh Feel Young Managing director Min Ki-baek KBS2
2005 Green Rose Investigator Jo SBS
Resurrection Seo Jae-soo KBS2
2006 Hello, God Jang Pil-goo KBS2
Alone in Love Man on blind date
(cameo, episode 9)
Someday Choi Jae-deok's father OCN
2007 Mermaid Story Detective Kang tvN
Flowers for My Life Choi Pil-goo KBS2
Good Morning Shanghai (纯白之恋) Hao Yun's father Hunan TV
Golden Bride Kang Woo-nam SBS
2008 Detective Mr. Lee Section chief Kang MegaTV
2009 The Return of Iljimae Kang Se-wook MBC
Heading to the Ground Lee Choong-ryul MBC
2010 Personal Taste Park Chul-han MBC
My Country Calls Deputy Shin Ki-joon KBS2
Kim Su-ro, The Iron King[11] Seon-do MBC
The President Lee Chi-soo KBS2
2011 The Duo Sung Cho-shi MBC
Lie to Me Gong Joon-ho SBS
Kimchi Family Lee Ki-chan jTBC
2012 God of War Monk Soo-beop MBC
The Chaser Squad chief detective Hwang SBS
Glass Mask Kang In-chul tvN
2013 Flower of Revenge Mr. Jeon jTBC
When a Man Falls in Love Seo Kyung-wook MBC
Secret Love Ahn In-hwan KBS2
Passionate Love Han Sung-bok SBS
Stranger Detective SBS
Drama Special "The Unwelcome Guest"[12] Gook-seo KBS2
2014 Emergency Couple Oh Tae-seok tvN
God's Gift - 14 Days Kim Nam-joon SBS
Triangle Hwang Jung-man MBC
Bad Guys Nam Gu-hyeon OCN
Pinocchio Lee Young-tak SBS
2016 Descendants of the Sun Lieutenant General Yoon KBS2
My Lawyer, Mr. Jo Jang Shin-woo KBS2
2017 Whisper Shin Chang-ho SBS
Man to Man Im-Suk Hoon JTBC
2018 Sketch Moon Jae-hyun JTBC
Mr. Sunshine Lee Jung-moon tvN
Room No. 9[13] Eulji Sung
2019 Doctor Prisoner Kim Sang-chun KBS2
2020 When the Weather Is Fine Im Jong-pil JTBC
Nobody Knows Seo Sang-won SBS
Fatal Promise Kang Il-seop KBS2
2021 Police University Seo Sang-hak KBS2
2022 Bloody Heart Kim Chi-won KBS2

Variety showEdit

Year Title Network Notes
2007 Yellow River MBC Documentary narrator
2013 Tracking Report: Watching MBN Host

Music VideoEdit

Year Song Artist
2005 As I Live (살다가) SG Wannabe


Year Title Role Reprised
1985 Chilsu and Mansu
A Crying Bird on the Border
달라진 저승
April 9
A Story of Old Thieves
Thomas' Testimony
Kimchigook Goes Crazy
Na Woon-gyu
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
A Song Like This
Princess Deokhye
멍추같은 영감
얼굴 뒤의 얼굴
Bone and Flesh
떠벌이 우리 아버지 암에 걸리셨네
Mr. Peace
Made in Japan
Bride of May
Come and See Me
2001 Statement[14] 2006
2004 Chronicles of Han
2005 Dry and Worn Away
2006 Han Jeong-rim's Music Diary (cameo) 2012, 2013
2007 Byun[15]
2009 Namhansanseong Choi Myung-kil
2010 Bieonso
Sound of the Heavens, the Music of King Sejong 2012[16]
2011 Kang Shin-il and the Fox
Red[17] Mark Rothko 2013-2014[18][19]
2012 Samguk Yusa Project: A Dream
There Jang-woo
House of the Dead 2: The Rat Man /
Nobel Prize in Literature Awards Speech
2013 The Pitmen Painters
2014 Sad Play Jang Man-ho
Why Do I Resent Only Small Things?
Hoy! Style Magazine Show
2015 Sad Fate Baek Yoon-seok
2022–2023 Miners Painters [20]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1996 19th Seoul Theater Festival: Modern Play Awards Best Actor Won
Critics' Association: Best 5 in Theater Recipient Won
1998 22nd Seoul International Performing Arts Festival Best Actor Won
The National Theater Association of Korea: Best 5 of the Year Best Actor Won
1999 35th Dong-A Theatre Awards Best Actor Kimchigook Goes Crazy Won
2002 10th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actor Public Enemy Won
2005 42nd Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Another Public Enemy Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor Resurrection Nominated
2008 45th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Black House Nominated
7th Korean Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Public Enemy Returns Nominated


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