Kim Mu-saeng

Kim Mu-saeng (16 March 1943 – 16 April 2005) was a South Korean actor.

Kim Mu-saeng
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Born(1943-03-16)March 16, 1943
DiedApril 16, 2005(2005-04-16) (aged 62)
Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
Other namesKim Moo-saeng
Alma materDongguk University
Years active1963–2004
Spouse(s)Kim Ui-sook
ChildrenKim Joo-hyuk (son)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationKim Mu-saeng
McCune–ReischauerKim Mu-saeng

Early life and educationEdit

Kim was born in the town of Daesan, Seosan in March 1943. He studied at Dongguk University in Seoul, beginning his career as a voice actor for Tongyang Broadcasting Company (now KBS) in 1963.


Kim made his on-screen acting debut in 1969, and went on to make over 100 appearances in film and television, his final role being in the television drama series Save the Last Dance for Me, which ended on 2 January 2005. In 2004, Kim appeared in a television commercial with his youngest son Kim Joo-hyuk, who was also an actor.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

In July 2004, Kim travelled to Kumgangsan resort in North Korea for the tenth round of inter-Korean family reunions, where he met his maternal uncle Jang Gyeong-su.[2]


Kim died at the Samsung Medical Center in Ilwon from pneumonia on 16 April 2005, having suffered from lung disease for the previous two years and spending a month in a coma. He is survived by his wife and his eldest son; the younger[1] was killed in a traffic accident in October 2017.


In December 2005, Kim received a posthumous "Special Contribution Award" at the SBS Performance Awards ceremony.[3]

Partial filmographyEdit

Year Title Role
1969 Temporary Government in Shanghai
1973 Special Force
1976 Great Cause
1977 Only You
1979 The Trappings of Youth
1981 The First Republic (TV)
1985 A Deep, Deep Place
For Women, It's All or Nothing
The Imjin War (TV) Yi Sun-sin
1986 Son of God
You Cannot Outdo Others
Susana's Experience
1988 Fishing for Love
1989 The Second Republic (TV)
1993 The Third Republic (TV)
1995 Jang Hee-bin (TV)
1996 Tears of the Dragon (TV) Lee Sung-gye
1997 Wedding Dress (TV) Grandfather
1998 Heart of Lies (TV) Lee Pil-ho
Barefoot of Youth (TV) Jang Myung-suk
1999 Trap of Youth (TV) Chairman Noh Hoe-jang
2000 SWAT Police (TV) Kim Hoe-jang
Il Mare
2001 Mina (TV)
Life is Beautiful (TV) Chairman Yu
2002 The Dawn of the Empire (TV) Wang-kyu
Man of the Sun, Lee Je-ma (TV) Choong Won-kong
2003 Cats on the Roof (TV) Lee Pil-deuk
2004 Who's Got the Tape? Tae-shik's father
Into the Storm (TV)
Sweet Sixties Jo Jin-bong
Save the Last Dance for Me (TV) Chairman Kang


  1. ^ a b "TV Actor Kim Moo-saeng Dies at 62". HanCinema, 17 April 2005; originally published by The Korea Times. Retrieved on 23 February 2008.
  2. ^ Lee Young-jong & Choi Jie-ho. "Tension yields to family ties at reunions of divided kin". JoongAng Daily, 11 July 2004. Retrieved on 23 February 2008.
  3. ^ "전도연, 2005 SBS 연기대상 '대상' 수상". Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 2006-01-01. Retrieved 2008-02-23. SBS가 올해 공로상으로 故 김무생씨를 추모했고 아들 김주혁은 상을 대리 수상하며 눈물을 흘렸다.

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