Kim Dong-wook (born July 29, 1983) is a South Korean actor. After appearing in student short films and several minor parts, Kim became a star through his supporting role in the popular TV series Coffee Prince (2007), followed by box office hit Take Off (2009). He then starred in Happy Killers (2010), Romantic Heaven (2011), The Guest (2018) and The King of Pigs (TV series) (2022). His acclaimed performance as an obsessed and tormented king in the 2012 period drama The Concubine, along with his appearance in the fantasy action films Along with the Gods 1 and 2 has brought Kim the best reviews of his career yet.[3]

Kim Dong-wook
Kim in January 2019
Born (1983-07-29) July 29, 1983 (age 40)
NationalitySouth Korean
EducationKorea National University of Arts – School of Drama[1]
Years active2004–present
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Dong-uk
McCune–ReischauerKim Tong-uk

Career edit

After officially debuting in A Crimson Mark,[4] Kim Dong-wook's first notable role was the angry, impoverished teenager in director Byun Young-joo's 2004 coming-of-age film Flying Boys.[5] He then broke into the mainstream as the bubbly waiter in MBC's 2007 hit romantic comedy series Coffee Prince.[6][7]

In the popular 2009 sports flick Take Off, he starred as a former night club bouncer who ends up being a member of Korea's national ski jumping team.[8] In spite of the enormous physical challenge, Kim said it was a character he genuinely enjoyed playing.[9]

His musical theatre debut was in On Air: Season 2, which was produced by his fellow alumni from the Korea National University of Arts. A loose spin-off of the TV series On Air, it takes place at a radio station and centers around an idol singer-turned-DJ and an older female PD.[6] His follow-up the year after was the Korean production of Legally Blonde, the Broadway musical based on the 2011 Hollywood film of the same name. He played Luke Wilson's role Emmett.[10] Kim said "the show must go on, no matter what" mentality was what he found appealing yet tough about doing musicals.[11]

Kim then played lead roles in the omnibus film Five Senses of Eros,[12] thriller Happy Killers,[13] and melodrama Romantic Heaven.[14] But it was his performance in period thriller The Concubine that he gained significant attention on the big screen. According to critics one of the finest of achievements of the 2012 period thriller is Kim's engrossing performance as the tormented Prince Sung-won, who gradually loses his sense of judgment and emotional control in the face of obsessive love. Kim said of playing the intense role, "While feeling sorry for him, I also found the complexity of the character fascinating. That's what drew me in."[9][15][16]

In 2014, Kim made his acting comeback in the period drama series More Than a Maid.[17][18] He had his big screen comeback in action comedy Three Summer Nights (2015).[19] Kim then played the leading role in the cable slice-of-life drama Riders: Get Tomorrow (2015), which won him the Best Character Award at the Korea Cable TV Awards.[20]

Kim played a significant role in the fantasy blockbuster Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017) and its sequel, Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018);[21] which won him several Best Supporting Actor accolades.

Kim was then cast in OCN's supernatural thriller The Guest (2018). The series was a hit and received positive reviews.[22][23]

In 2019, Kim starred alongside Ko Sung-hee in the romantic comedy film Trade Your Love.[24] In April, Kim is set to star in the comedy drama Special Labor Inspector.[25]

In 2020, Kim was cast in the romance drama Find Me in Your Memory.[26]

In 2021, Kim played the role of a psychiatrist in the new drama You Are My Spring,[27] co-starring with Seo Hyun-jin.

In 2022, Kim as Hwang Kyung-min, who lives without forgetting the memories of school violence 20 years ago in the web series The King of Pigs.[28]

Personal life edit

Kim enlisted for his mandatory military service on August 30, 2012 at a training camp in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province. He underwent five weeks of basic training and served for two years as a riot policeman for the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.[29] Kim was discharged on May 29, 2014. He doesn't use social media.

Philanthropy edit

On March 8, 2022, Kim donated 50 million to the Hope Bridge Disaster Relief Association to help the victims of the massive wildfire that started in Uljin, Gyeongbuk and has spread to Samcheok, Gangwon.[30]

Relationship edit

On August 30, 2023, KeyEast confirmed that Kim is getting married with his non-celebrity girlfriend in this winter. The wedding ceremony will be held privately somewhere in Seoul.[31]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2001 Monitor Short film
2002 Seoul
2003 Tube
Super Short film
My Wife is a Gangster 2 Na Nam-Ja
2004 A Crimson Mark
Flying Boys
2005 My Lovely Week
The Fever in Deep Blue Sea Short film
The Apple Short film [32]
2006 No Regret Ga-ram [33]
Burning Coals on His Head Short film [32]
My Night with Miss Marple Short film [32]
APT Shin Jung-soo
2007 A Nymph of a Lamp [34]
2008 Lost and Found Han Ji-Hoon [35]
Living Together, Happy Together [36]
2009 Five Senses of Eros Han Ji-Woon
Take Off Choi Hong-cheol
2010 Cafe Seoul [37]
Happy Killers Choi Jung-min
Finding Mr. Destiny Dr. Jung Cameo
2011 Romantic Heaven Dong Ji-wook
The Cat Jun-seok [38]
Countdown Nalpari [39]
2012 The Concubine Prince Sung-won
2015 Three Summer Nights Myung-seok
2017 Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds Kim Soo-hong
2018 The Accidental Detective 2: In Action Kwon Chul-in
Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days Kim Soo-hong [40]
2019 Trade Your Love Sung-seok [24]

Television series edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2006 Break Yeong-hun 8 episodes
2007 Coffee Prince Jin Ha-rim
Unstoppable Marriage Wang Sam-baek [41]
2009 Partner Eul-su [42]
Soul Special Yoon-joon [43]
Hometown of Legends: Silent Village Yoogil [44]
2010 Dandelion Family Lee Jae-ha [45]
2011 The Great Gift Goo-Ram SBS Chuseok Special [46]
I Trusted Him Moon Hyun-soo [47]
2015 Riders: Catch Tomorrow Cha Gi-jun
Cheo Yong 2 Lee Cheol-gyu Cameo (Episode 1–2) [48]
More Than a Maid Kim Eun-gi
2017 Radiant Office Seo Hyun [49]
2018 The Guest Yoon Hwa-pyung
2019 Special Labor Inspector Jo Jin-gap
2020 Find Me in Your Memory Lee Jung-hoon
2021 You Are My Spring Joo Young-do [50]
2022 Sh**ting Stars Lee Jung-hoon Cameo (Episode 8) [51]
2023 My Perfect Stranger Yoon Hae-jun [52]
Delightfully Deceitful Han Moo-yeong [53]
2024 Kang Mae Gang Dongbang Yu-bin [54]

Web series edit

Year Title Role Ref.
2022 The King of Pigs Hwang Kyung-min [55]

Television shows edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Saturday Night Live Korea Host Season 1 Episode 5
2021 Season 10 Episode 8 [56]

Musical theatre edit

Year Title Role Ref.
2008 On Air: Season 2
2009 Brave Brothers
2010 Legally Blonde [57]
2015 Brave Brothers [58]

Discography edit

Singles edit

Title Year Album
"You Are to Me" 2009 Soul Special OST
"Fly High"
(with Shim Eun-kyung)
2010 Happy Killers OST
"Please Wait" 2015 Riders: Catch Tomorrow OST

Music Video Appearances edit

Title Year Artist Notes
"Forget About Love and Sing" 2007 8Eight
"Please Take Care of My Boyfriend" 2013 Younha
"Snowfall" 2018 g.o.d featured with Shin Hye-sun[59]

Awards and nominations edit

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
Baeksang Arts Awards 2018 Best Supporting Actor – Film Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds Nominated [60]
Blue Dragon Film Awards 2018 Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Chunsa Film Art Awards 2009 Ensemble Acting Award Take Off Won [61]
2018 Best Supporting Actor Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds Won [62]
Director's Cut Awards 2009 Best New Actor Take Off Won [63]
Golden Cinema Film Festival 2018 Best Supporting Actor Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds Won [64]
Korea Best Star Awards Won [65]
Korea Cable TV Awards 2016 Best Character Riders: Catch Tomorrow Won [66]
Korea Drama Awards 2007 Netizen Popularity Award Coffee Prince Won [67]
2019 Top Excellence Award, Actor Special Labor Inspector Won [68]
Max Movie Awards 2010 Best New Actor Take Off Won [69]
MBC Drama Awards 2017 Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Radiant Office Nominated [70]
2019 Grand Prize (Daesang) Special Labor Inspector Won [71]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Miniseries Won [72]
2020 Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Miniseries Find Me in Your Memory Nominated
Best Couple Award Kim Dong-wook (with Moon Ga-young)
Find Me in Your Memory
Won [73]
Seoul International Drama Awards 2019 Best Actor Special Labor Inspector Won [74]

Listicles edit

Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
The Screen 2019 2009–2019 Top Box Office Powerhouse Actors in Korean Movies 41st [75]

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