Kim Byeong-ok (born October 11, 1960) is a South Korean actor. A veteran supporting actor, he is best known for his role as Mr. Han in Oldboy.[1][2]

Kim Byeong-ok
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Born (1960-10-11) October 11, 1960 (age 59)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Byeong-ok
McCune–ReischauerKim Pyŏng-ok


Kim had 20 years of stage experience in the Daehakro theater area of Seoul before he made his screen debut in the romantic drama The Classic in 2003. With his unique take on oddball characters and fearless ability to play extreme roles, he remains in demand as supporting player on the screen. Probably best known for his role as Yoo Ji-tae's white-haired bodyguard in Park Chan-wook's Oldboy (2003), his other iconic roles include an eccentric priest in Park's Lady Vengeance (2005) and smaller roles in Im Sang-soo's The President's Last Bang (2005) and Ryoo Seung-wan's Crying Fist (2005).[1]

In 2015, he was featured in a controversial Maxim Korea cover, standing next to a car smoking a cigarette with a woman's legs bound in duct tape protruding from the car's trunk.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Classic senior
Oldboy Mr. Han
2005 The Beast and the Beauty Hae-joo's father
Crying Fist Detective Oh
The President's Last Bang Colonel Kim
Lady Vengeance The Preacher
2006 Forbidden Quest deputy prime minister
The City of Violence Youth president
No Mercy for the Rude "Ponytail"
A Cruel Attendance Joo Baek-dong
Sunflower Jo Pan-soo
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK Judge
2007 The Old Garden Byeong-ok
Beautiful Sunday Suk-jae
2008 Open City Hong Ki-taek/Hong Yong-taek
Nowhere to Turn Dean of University
Dachimawa Lee King Seo-bang
Our School's E.T. president of publishing company
Baby and I Joon-soo's father
2009 The Weird Missing Case of Mr. J Branch Office Manager (cameo)
Insadong Scandal Officer Kang
2010 Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp hardware store owner
The Quiz Show Scandal Kim Jeong-sang
2011 Romantic Heaven manhole man
Perfect Game chief secretary (cameo)
2012 Wonderful Radio Director Im
Love Clinique animation director
2013 New World Yanbian hitman 1
Kong's Family Jang Baek-ho
Cold Eyes mysterious broker
Fasten Your Seatbelt monk
Queen of the Night drunk at police station (cameo)
Red Family hardware store owner (cameo)
2014 Man in Love priest
Man on High Heels Dr. Jin
Kundo: Age of the Rampant Toposa
We Are Brothers Homeless Mr. Kim (cameo)
2015 Dog Eat Dog Min Tae-sik (voice) (cameo)
The Priests Professor Park
Inside Men Oh Myung-hwan
2016 A Violent Prosecutor President Park
Operation Chromite Choi Suk-joong
Master voice (cameo)
2017 The Sheriff in Town Chief Kang
2018 The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion Police Officer Do
The Spy Gone North Dr. Jang (cameo)

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes
2008 Night after Night Kim Hyuk-joong MBC
2012 Fashion King Director Kim SBS
2013 Incarnation of Money nursing home director (ep. 11) SBS (cameo)
Pots of Gold Hwang Jong-pal MBC (cameo)
Cruel City Jeoul ("Scale") JTBC
I Can Hear Your Voice Hwang Dal-joong SBS
2013-14 The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang Yeon Bool-tae MBC
2014 Triangle Go Bok-tae SBS
Modern Farmer Han In-ki SBS
Mr. Back Go-bong's doctor MBC
2014-15 Birth of a Beauty fortune-teller SBS (cameo)
2015 Shine or Go Crazy Ji-mong MBC
A Girl Who Sees Smells chief of police investigation team SBS
Mask Shim Bong-seo SBS
Mrs. Cop hired killer SBS
2016 Beautiful Gong Shim Yeom Tae-cheol SBS
Wanted Jung Jung-ki SBS
Uncontrollably Fond Hyeon-joon's older brother KBS2
2016-17 Blow Breeze plastic surgeon MBC (cameo)
The Sound of Your Heart Jo Chul-wang KBS2
2017 The Rebel Magistrate Uhm Ja-chi MBC
My Sassy Girl Park Sun-jae SBS
Man Who Dies to Live detective agency manager Han MBC
Confession Couple Choi Gi-il KBS2
Because This Is My First Life Yoon Jong-soo tvN
2018 Secret Mother Lee Byung-hak SBS [4]
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim Chairman Lee tvN [5]
My Secret Terrius Yoon Choon-sang MBC
2019 Legal High Bang Dae-han JTBC [6]


  1. ^ a b "KIM Byoung-ok". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  2. ^ Conran, Pierce (9 November 2015). "OPERATION CHROMITE Adds JUNG Joon-ho, KIM Byoung-ok, JIN Se-yun, CHOO Sung-hoon". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  3. ^ Park, So-jung (4 September 2015). "Maxim Korea apologizes over controversial cover". Yonhap. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  4. ^ "송윤아X김소연 '시크릿마더' 첫방 '워맨스스릴러' 도전 통할까". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). May 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kim Hye-ok and Kim Byung-ok in "Why Secretary Kim" as Married Couple". Hancinema. Star MK. April 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "[단독] 진구x김병옥, 오늘 '한끼줍쇼' 촬영…'리갈하이'팀 출격". News1 (in Korean). January 16, 2019.

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