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) and Romantic Heaven (2011), his latest drama called Find Me In Your Memory (2020), but it was his acclaimed performance as an obsessed and tormented king in 2012 period drama The Concubine, and Along with the Gods 1 and 2 that brought Kim the best reviews of his career yet.
Kim in December 2018
|Education||Korea National University of Arts – School of Drama|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Dong-uk|
After officially debuting in A Crimson Mark, 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. He then broke into the mainstream as the bubbly waiter in MBC's 2007 hit romantic comedy series Coffee Prince.
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. In spite of the enormous physical challenge, Kim said it was a character he genuinely enjoyed playing.
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. 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. Kim said "the show must go on, no matter what" mentality was what he found appealing yet tough about doing musicals.
Kim then played lead roles in the omnibus film Five Senses of Eros, thriller Happy Killers, and melodrama Romantic Heaven. 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."
In 2014, Kim made his acting comeback in the period drama series More Than a Maid. He had his big screen comeback in action comedy Three Summer Nights (2015). 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.
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); which won him several Best Supporting Actor accolades.
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. Kim was discharged on May 29, 2014.
|My Wife is a Gangster 2||Na Nam-Ja|
|2004||A Crimson Mark|
|2005||My Lovely Week||Actor|
|The Fever in Deep Blue Sea||short film|
|The Apple||short film|||
|Burning Coals on His Head||short film|||
|My Night with Miss Marple||short film|||
|2007||A Nymph of a Lamp|||
|2008||Lost and Found||Han Ji-Hoon|||
|Living Together, Happy Together|||
|2009||Five Senses of Eros||Han Ji-Woon|
|Take Off||Choi Hong-cheol|
|Happy Killers||Choi Jung-min|
|Finding Mr. Destiny||Dr. Jung||cameo|
|2011||Romantic Heaven||Dong Ji-wook|
|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|||
|2019||Trade Your Love||Sung-seok|||
|2006||Break||Yeong-hun||Mnet||8 episodes of hip hop dramas|
|2007||Coffee Prince||Jin Ha-rim||MBC|
|Unstoppable Marriage||Wang Sam-baek||KBS2|||
|Hometown of Legends: Silent Village||Yoogil||KBS Drama|||
|2010||Dandelion Family||Lee Jae-ha||MBC|||
|2011||The Great Gift||Goo-Ram||SBS||(SBS Chuseok Special)|||
|I Trusted Him||Moon Hyun-soo||MBC|||
|2015||Riders: Catch Tomorrow||Cha Gi-jun||E-Channel , Dramacube|
|Cheo Yong 2||Lee Cheol-gyu||OCN||(Cameo, Ep 1-2)|||
|More Than a Maid||Kim Eun-gi||JTBC|
|2017||Radiant Office||Seo Hyun||MBC|||
|2018||The Guest||Yoon Hwa-pyung||OCN|
|2019||Special Labor Inspector||Jo Jin-gap||MBC|
|2020||Find Me in Your Memory||Lee Jung-hoon||MBC|
|2021||You Are My Spring||Joo Young-do||tvN|||
|2008||On Air: Season 2|
|2009||"You Are to Me"||(Soul Special OST)|
|2010||"Fly High" (duet with Shim Eun-kyung)||OST|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2007||1st Korea Drama Awards||Netizen Popularity Award||Coffee Prince||Won|||
|2009||17th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Ensemble Acting Award||Take Off||Won|||
|12th Director's Cut Awards||Best New Actor||Won|||
|2010||7th Max Movie Awards||Won|||
|2016||10th Korea Cable TV Awards||Best Character||Riders: Catch Tomorrow||Won|||
|2017||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Radiant Office||Nominated|
|2018||54th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds||Nominated|
|23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Won|||
|39th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|
|38th Golden Cinema Film Festival||Won|||
|7th Korea Best Star Awards||Won|||
|2019||14th Seoul International Drama Awards||Best Actor||Special Labor Inspector||Won|||
|12th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Won|||
|38th MBC Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Won|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Miniseries||Won|||
|2020||39th MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Miniseries||Find Me in Your Memory||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Moon Ga-young||Won|||
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