Kim Ji-seok (actor)

Kim Ji-seok (born Kim Bo-seok on April 21, 1981) is a South Korean actor.

Kim Ji-seok
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Kim Bo-seok

(1981-04-21) April 21, 1981 (age 42)
Seoul, South Korea
Other namesKim Ji-suk
EducationHankuk University of Foreign Studies - German
Kyung Hee University Graduate School of Journalism and Communication - Cultural Contents Planning
Years active2001–present
AgentAlien Company [1]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Ji-seok
McCune–ReischauerKim Jisŏk
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Bo-seok
McCune–ReischauerKim Bosŏk

Early life and educationEdit

Kim is the grandson of Kim Seong-il, who worked as an independent activist in Manchuria during the Japanese colonial era. His grandfather was a student of Kim Gu, a Manchurian independence activist.[2]

Kim Bo-seok debuted in 2001 as a rapper in the five-member Eurodance boyband LEO (리오), formed to capitalize on the success of then-popular boyband g.o.d, however, LEO never hit it big, and the group disbanded after eight months.[3][4]

After failing the exam to get into the theater department, Kim majored in German at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Having attended middle school and high school in England, Kim is also fluent in English, and received his secondary teaching certificate in German and English in 2006.[4] He also has a master's degree in Cultural Contents Planning from Kyung Hee University's Graduate School of Journalism and Communication.

Kim was told by the head of his agency that his birth name could be confused with veteran actors Jung Bo-seok and Kim Bo-seong, he was given the stage name "Kim Ji-seok."[4]


Kim began his acting career by appearing in the 2004 music video of Kim Hyung-joong's "She's Laughing", followed by several minor roles.[5] Though his daily drama Likeable or Not recorded high ratings of over 40% in 2007–2008,[6][7] Kim still did not become a household name. Then a year later, Kim played a member of the Korean national ski jumping team in Take Off, which became the second-highest grossing Korean film in 2009.[8][9][10] His popularity increased even more when he played an immature, womanizing slave hunter ("chuno") in period drama The Slave Hunters,[4] the lover of a transgender man in comedy Lady Daddy,[11] and a competitive ex-boyfriend in Personal Taste.[12][13]

Kim's first post-army acting project was horror film Two Moons (also known as The Sleepless), released in July.[14][15] This was followed by television romantic comedies I Need Romance 2012 in June,[16] and Cheongdam-dong Alice in December.[17] Kim then starred in Wonderful Mama (2013),[18] Angel Eyes (2014),[19] Unkind Ladies (2015),[20][21] and Cheer Up.[22] He also appeared as one of the cast members of talk show Hot Brain: Problematic Men.[23][24]

Kim then starred in the hit romantic comedy drama, Another Oh Hae-young (2016), garnering praise from viewers for his comic acting.[25][26] This was followed by acclaimed historical drama The Rebel', which gained him recognition by critics for his outstanding portrayal of King Lee Yong.[27][28][29] Kim was then cast as the lead male role in the romantic comedy drama Children of the 20th Century (2017) alongside Han Ye-seul,[30] followed by another romantic comedy drama Top Star U-back as the titular character.[31]

In 2019, Kim starred in the romantic comedy thriller When the Camellia Blooms.[32]

In 2021, Kim will write a book, Writing your name on the breath of dawn, to be published on December 13, 2021.[33]

Personal lifeEdit

Kim enlisted for his mandatory military service on May 24, 2010, at the Nonsan training center in South Chungcheong Province for five weeks of basic training.[34] After serving active duty with the Defense Media Agency of the Ministry of National Defense in Yongsan-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, he was discharged in March 2012.[35][36]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2005 Her Name Is... DHR7 Dong-guk
Seoul Raiders Gangster underling [37]
Love in Magic Yoon Woo-suk [5]
2006 200 Pounds Beauty Charcoal cameo
2008 What Happened Last Night? Elevator guy cameo [38]
Eye for an Eye Song Yoo-gon [39]
2009 Take Off Kang Chil-gu
2010 Lady Daddy Jun-seok
2012 The Sleepless Seok-ho
2013 My Paparotti Drunken man cameo [40]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2003 Sang Doo! Let's Go to School (extra)
2004 Among Agasshi and Ajumma Jo Mi-ryeong's younger brother
Nonstop 5 Kim Ji-seok guest [41]
2005 Drama City
"Summer, A Tale of Goodbye"
Seong-yeob's friend
2006 I Want to Love Ji Eun-woo [42]
The Vineyard Man Kim Kyung-min [43]
Just Run! Bae Man-soo [44]
2007 Couple Breaking Lee Jung-jae [45]
Likeable or Not Kang Baek-ho
2008 Strongest Chil Woo Peasant petitioner Cameo (episode 1) [46]
Star's Lover Actor Cameo (episode 1)
2009 Hometown Legends
"Kiss of the Vampire"
Hyeon [47]
2010 The Slave Hunters Wang-son
Personal Taste Han Chang-ryul
2011 Marching, Season 1 Corporal Kang Dae-san
2012 I Need Romance 2012 Shin Ji-hoon
Cheongdam-dong Alice Tommy Hong
2013 Wonderful Mama Go Young-soo
Drama Special
"Came to Me and Became a Star"
Kang-seok [48]
2014 I Need Romance 3 Bar owner with dog Cameo (episode 3) [49]
Angel Eyes Kang Ji-woon
2015 Unkind Ladies Lee Doo-jin
Cheer Up! Yang Tae-bum
2016 Another Oh Hae-young Lee Jin-sang
Drinking Solo Lee Jin-sang Cameo (episode 13) [50]
2017 Introverted Boss Yoo-hee's husband Cameo [51]
The Rebel Lee Yong (Yeonsangun of Joseon)
Children of the 20th Century Gong Ji-won
Irish Uppercut Woo Si-hyung [52]
2018 Top Star U-back Yoo Baek
2019 When the Camellia Blooms Kang Jong-ryul [53]
2020 My Unfamiliar Family Park Chan-hyuk [54]
2021 Doom at Your Service Jo Dae-han Cameo (episode 2) [55]
Monthly Magazine Home Yoo Ja-sung [56]
2023 New Recruit Oh Seung-yoon Season 2 [57]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2021 Work Later, Drink Now Kim Hak-soo Cameo [58]
2022 Kiss Sixth Sense Lee Pil-yo [59]

Web showsEdit

Year Title Platform Role Notes Ref.
2021–2022 Double Trouble Watcha Host [60]
2022 Saturday Night Live Korea Coupang Play Episode 9 – Season 2 [61]

Music videoEdit

Year Song title Artist
2004 "She's Laughing" Kim Hyung-joong
2007 "사랑했었는데" Sung-ah
2013 "The Day to Love" Lee Seung-chul

Television showsEdit

Year Title Network Notes Ref
2008 Interview Game SBS MC [62]
2010–2012 Work Plus Success KFN
2015–2020 Hot Brain: Problematic Men tvN Cast member
2021 Save me! Rooms MBC Host [63]
2022 Map to Go Again Channel S Host with Kim Shin-young [64]
Suspicious Neighbor tvN Host [65]
Golf King TV Chosun Cast Member; Season 3 [66]

Radio showsEdit

Year Title Network Role Note Ref.
2021 Kim Young-chul's Power FM SBS Power FM Special DJ June 30 – July 2 [67]


Album information Track listing
LEO: The First Album
  • Album
  • Artist: LEO
  • Released: May 9, 2001[68]
  • Label: Synnara Music
Track listing
  1. Intro
  2. 그대 천천히 (Slow Down, Baby)
  3. 그녀가 나를 버렸다 (I Was Abandoned By Her)
  4. Good Friend
  5. 나를 기억하는지 (If You Still Remember Me)
  6. 아버지의 꿈 (Father's Dream)
  7. First Time In Love
  8. Drive
  9. First Dream
  10. 우리가 함께 할께 One (We'Ll Be With You)
  11. Cherish
  12. C'Mon C'Mon (Come On Come On)
  13. 함께한 약속 (The Promise That We Made)
  14. Slow Down, Baby (Remix Version)
Track listing
10. 독.불.장.군

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama Likeable or Not Nominated [69]
Best New Actor Won
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated
2009 17th Chunsa Film Art Awards Ensemble Acting Award Take Off Won [70]
32nd Golden Cinematography Awards Best New Actor Won [71]
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Best Actor in a One-Act Drama/Special Kiss of the Vampire Nominated
2013 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Cheongdam-dong Alice Nominated
2014 SBS Drama Awards Special Award, Actor in a Drama Special Angel Eyes Nominated
2015 KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor Unkind Ladies, Cheer Up! Nominated
2016 tvN10 Awards Two Star Award Another Oh Hae-young Nominated
Scene-Stealer Award, Actor Nominated
2017 Korea Cable TV Awards Most Popular Star Award Won [72]
Scene Stealer Award Won
Best Couple Award with Ye Ji-won Won
10th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor The Rebel Won [73]
1st The Seoul Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [74]
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Children of the 20th Century Won [75]
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
2019 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama When the Camellia Blooms Won [76]
Netizen Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award with Kim Kang-hoon Nominated


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