Lee Soon-jae

Lee Soon-jae (Korean이순재; born November 16, 1934)[1][A] is a South Korean actor. He has had a prolific career on the small and big screen spanning over six decades,[2][3] and was given a second-class Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit for his work as an actor.

Lee Soon-jae
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Lee in 2019
Born (1934-11-16) November 16, 1934 (age 87)[A]
NationalitySouth Korean
Alma materSeoul National University – Bachelor of Philosophy
Years active1956–present
Choi Hee-jung
(m. 1966)
AwardsROK Order of Cultural Merit Eun-gwan (2nd Class) ribbon.PNG Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit (2018)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Sun-jae
McCune–ReischauerYi Sunjae
Birth name
Revised RomanizationI Sun-jae
McCune–ReischauerYi Sunjae

Early and personal lifeEdit

Lee was born in Hoeryong, North Hamgyong Province, now part of North Korea.[4] When he was four years old, his family moved to Seoul where Lee's grandparents were living. Lee's grandfather ran a small real estate business, while his father produced and sold soaps. Lee was raised in the neighborhood of Ahyeon-dong, and graduated from Seoul High School and the prestigious Seoul National University.[5][6] He also holds an insurance planning license as celebrities without the license cannot become endorsers or spokespeople of related products.[7]

Lee first met his wife Choi Jee-jung as a university student as she was the sister of his fellow student theater troupe member.[8] They married in 1966 and have two children.


Lee began his acting career as a university student, and in the 1950s and 1960s he was known, along with other veteran actors like Yeo Woon-kay, as the original stars of daehakgeuk or amateur student theatrical productions.[9] Lee has since built a prolific career on the small and big screen spanning nearly six decades. He was most active in film in the late 1960s through the 1970s, most notably in Yu Hyun-mok's Bun-Rye's Story. As he grew older, Lee shifted to a primarily TV career in the 1990s, receiving acclaim for his roles in the television dramas Live As I Please (written by Yoo Ho), Pungwoon (Crisis), What is Love (written by Kim Soo-hyun) and Hur Jun.[10][11][12]

From 1992 to 1996, Lee served as a member of the 14th National Assembly of South Korea.[13] He quit politics after one term after finding the political climate "too barren" for his taste.[14] Lee remains active in his various advocacies, such as the Korea Broadcasting Actors Union.[15][16][17]

He is also a professor of Film Arts at Sejong University, a professor emeritus of Performing Arts at Gachon University, and the director of the SG Academy. After starring in Hur Jun, he was given an honorary doctorate in Oriental Medicine by Kyung Hee University.

In 2018, Lee was awarded a second-class Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit by the Korean government, for his work as an actor.[18]

Recent worksEdit

High Kick!Edit

In 2007, Lee, by then a distinguished veteran actor, reached new heights of mainstream popularity when he starred in the sitcom Unstoppable High Kick!. One particular scene became a huge hit among young audiences: when his stern grandfather character discovers porn while browsing through a family member's computer files, then embarrassingly gets caught watching. It went viral, giving rise to numerous parodies in which "Yadong (Porn) Soon-jae" is involved in R-rated hijinks. Lee was surprised that even his granddaughter asked for his autograph for her friends, adding, "Even during my best years, my daughter never asked me for that." Despite having no superstars in the cast, the sitcom received high ratings, which Lee attributed to successfully building comic tension. He said, "For an actor to be funny, he's got to play things straight. [...] It's about finding the comedy in something serious."[4] But Lee also lamented the recent trend of casting inexperienced actors in leading roles on TV, saying, "It's important to know the basics, like the language. How can you act, when you don't even know how to pronounce? Acting is not a simple thing, and this I can say from experience." He later returned as the family patriarch in High Kick Through the Roof, which shares the same concept as the previous sitcom, but with a different cast and characters.[19][20]

Good Morning PresidentEdit

In 2009, Lee made his big screen comeback after 20 years in television, in Jang Jin's comedy Good Morning President. The movie tells the story of three fictional Korean presidents, and in the first segment, Lee played a well-respected elderly president nearing the end of his term who espouses frugality and charity, but then agonizes whether to take the money when he unexpectedly wins the lottery. Lee said, "I was impressed with how much times have changed; before it would have been impossible to parody the president. The film tries to show that heads of state are only human, just like you and me, which I think makes the movie distinctive, as well as fresh and fun for viewers."[21][22]

Late BlossomEdit

In 2011, Lee, Yoon So-jung, Song Jae-ho and Kim Soo-mi starred in Late Blossom, a tearjerker romance about two elderly couples, based on the popular webtoon I Love You by Kang Full.[23] Lee said the movie was a rare chance for him and other senior actors to play leading roles on the big screen. He added that Korea's senior citizen population had surpassed five million, and "not understanding their feelings would be a failure of television dramas, movies and even elections. Young people might be under the illusion that life is over after turning 60, but the heart doesn't change despite getting old."[24] Initially difficult to finance due to ageism, Late Blossom had a small shooting and marketing budget compared to most Korean mainstream films. But it became a sleeper hit, recouping four times its cost in just a few weeks. Lee also won Best Actor under the international film category at the China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival, becoming its oldest recipient. Lee said, "I never thought I'd win. What a surprise. It feels great to know that Late Blossom has been received well overseas. I thought it would be hard for an actor from television dramas to be awarded a prize at film awards, not to mention the unexpected pleasure of winning at a foreign film festival. I have received the best entertainer award and achievement award before, but receiving this makes me happier and more thrilled." It was his first best actor award for a film in 34 years since the 1977 Baeksang Arts Awards.[25][26]


Lee returned to the stage in 2012 in Father, a Korean adaptation of Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman. This was his third time to play the character Willy Loman. Lee said, "When I first played this role in 1978, some parts were rather incomprehensible. But now, as our society developed, we can finally fully understand what those lines mean. That is the beauty of working on masterpieces like Arthur Miller's. I feel a satisfaction and regret at the same time, for I have reached a new comprehension, and for the perspective that I have yet to discover."[27][28] He reprised the role in 2013, under the direction of Kim Myung-gon.[29]

Grandpas Over FlowersEdit

In 2013, cable channel tvN launched the travel-reality show Grandpas Over Flowers (the title parodies the manga Boys Over Flowers) directed by Na Young-seok (previously of 1 Night 2 Days).[30] Defying a youth-centered entertainment industry, the hit show stars four veteran actors in their 70s, Lee, Shin Goo, Park Geun-hyung and Baek Il-seob, as they go on a backpacking tour of France, Taiwan and Spain.[31][32][33]

Idol SchoolEdit

In 2017, he joined Idol School as principal and narrator. Idol School is a survival program, making a new permanent girl group in 11 weeks. They are trained in dance, vocal, and physical education while gathering votes from public and performing on stages.

As of 2019, he is the oldest active actor and the oldest actor. Song Hae-ga (Donggap, Im Kwon-taek) is the only senior artist among all celebrities. It was the first to be dedicated to the Korean Broadcasting Hall of Fame and earlier to the MBC Hall of Fame.[34]


Television seriesEdit

Year English title Korean title Role Network
2022 Again My Life 어게인 마이 라이프[35] Woo Yong-soo SBS
The Red Sleeve 옷소매 붉은 끝동 Special appearances[36] MBC
2020 Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol 도도솔솔라라솔 Kim Man-Dok KBS2
2019 Pegasus Market 쌉니다 천리마마트 Kim Dae-ma tvN
Legal High[37] 리갈 하이 Gu Se-jong JTBC
2018 Live 라이브 Lee Soon-Jae tvN
2017 Money Flower 돈꽃 Jang Kook-hwan MBC
2016 Dear My Friends 디어 마이 프렌즈 (cameo) tvN
2015 The Scholar Who Walks the Night 밤을 걷는 선비 King Hyeonjo MBC
Make a Woman Cry 여자를 울려 Kang Tae-hwan
Unkind Ladies 착하지 않은 여자들 Kim Chul-hee KBS2
2014 The King's Face 왕의 얼굴 Baek Kyung
Drama Festival "Turning Point" 드라마 페스티벌 - 터닝포인트 Lee Soon-jae MBC
Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit 꽃할배 수사대 Lee Joon-hyuk tvN
2013 Potato Star 2013QR3 감자별 2013QR3 Noh Song
Ugly Alert 못난이 주의보 Na Sang-jin SBS
2012 Childless Comfort 무자식 상팔자 Ahn Ho-shik jTBC
Horse Doctor 마의 Ko Joo-man MBC
Late Blossom 그대를 사랑합니다 Kim Man-seok SBS Plus
The King 2 Hearts 더킹 투하츠 Eun Kyu-tae MBC
Korean Peninsula 한반도 Kang Dae-hyun TV Chosun
2011 A Thousand Kisses 천번의 입맞춤 Jang Byung-doo MBC
The Princess' Man 공주의 남자 Kim Jongseo KBS2
My Princess 마이 프린세스 Park Dong-jae MBC
2010 Daemul 대물 Baek Sung-min SBS
Flames of Desire 욕망의 불꽃 Kim Tae-jin MBC
Coffee House 커피하우스 Seo Eun-young's grandfather SBS
The Miracle of Love 사랑의 기적 cardiologist
Stars Falling from the Sky 별을 따다줘 Jung-gook
Master of Prescriptions 처방의 고수 MBC
2009 Father, Your Place 아버지, 당신의 자리 Lee Sung-bok SBS
High Kick Through the Roof 지붕뚫고 하이킥! Lee Soon-jae MBC
Children of Heaven 천국의 아이들 SBS
Queen Seondeok 선덕여왕 King Jinheung MBC
2008 Don't Cry My Love 사랑해, 울지마 Han Gyu-il
Beethoven Virus 베토벤 바이러스 Kim Kap-yong
Mom's Dead Upset 엄마가 뿔났다 Na Choong-bok KBS2
2007 Yi San 이산 King Yeongjo MBC
Love Isn't Stop (segment: "Ex-lover") 사랑은 쉬지 않는다 Sarangyeot KBS N
When Spring Comes 꽃피는 봄이 오면 Lee Jae-shik KBS2
2006 Unstoppable High Kick! 거침없이 하이킥! Lee Soon-jae MBC
The Vineyard Man 포도밭 그 사나이 Lee Byung-dal KBS2
2005 A Love to Kill 이 죽일놈의 사랑
Bride from Hanoi 하노이 신부 Song Il-ran's father SBS
Princess Lulu 루루공주 Chairman Go Deok-soo
The Post Horse Curse
(HDTV Literature)
역마 KBS2
My Sweetheart, My Darling 어여쁜 당신 Jang Yoon-jae KBS1
2004 Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin 불멸의 이순신 Yi Hwang
The Land 토지 Teacher Kim SBS
The Age of Heroes 영웅시대 Chun Tae-san's grandfather MBC
Hot Tropical Nights in December 12월의 열대야 Dr. Min Tae-joon SBS
Sweet 18 낭랑18세 Kwon Jin-sa KBS2
2003 Escape from Unemployment 백수탈출 Hwang Choon-beom SBS
A Problem at My Younger Brother's House 흥부네 박터졌네 Park Man-bo
Pearl Necklace 진주 목걸이 Hwang Man-kap KBS2
My Fair Lady 요조숙녀 President SBS
2002 너희가 나라를 아느냐 Choi Ik-hyun MBC
Jang Hui-bin 장희빈 Song Siyeol KBS2
Hyun-jung, I Love You 현정아 사랑해 Kim Jae-hwa MBC
The Rustic Period 야인시대 Won Do-in SBS
Who's My Love? 내사랑 누굴까 Kim Deok-bae KBS2
Present 선물 MBC
2001 Sangdo 상도 (商道) Park Joo-myung
Way of Living: Couple 이 부부가 사는 법 Ki In-jong SBS
Guardian Angel 수호천사 Chairman Kang Doo-shik
Orient Theater 동양극장 (東洋劇場) Wakejima KBS2
Still Love 그래도 사랑해 Park Hoe-jang SBS
2000 The Aspen Tree 은사시나무
Ajumma 아줌마 Jang Ki-baek MBC
I Want to Keep Seeing You 자꾸만 보고 싶네 Kim Eui-kyung SBS
Mr. Duke 신귀공자 President Jang MBC
1999 Hur Jun 허준 Yoo Ui-tae
The Last War 마지막 전쟁 Han Ji-soo's father
Someone's House 사람의 집 Shim (Joo-sa) KBS1
1998 The Solid Man 단단한 놈 National Treasure SBS
사랑밖엔 난 몰라 MBC
Panther of Kilimanjaro 킬리만자로의 표범 Professor Noh KBS2
The Era of the Three Kims 삼김시대 Yun Bo-seon SBS
See and See Again 보고 또 보고 Principal Park MBC
1997 불 붙은 난간 Jung Joon KBS
Only You 당신 뿐인데 Heo Jang-gap SBS
욕망 Song Il-young MBC
Palace of Dreams 꿈의 궁전 Ji Won-ho SBS
Because I Love You 사랑하니까
1996 Sometimes Like Strangers 때로는 타인처럼 Chairman Park
Wonji-dong Blues 원지동 블루스 Choi Ik-sam KBS
1995 Korea Gate 코리아게이트 Yun Bo-seon SBS
Men of the Bath House 목욕탕집 남자들 Kim Bok-dong KBS2
1994 Ambition 야망 Woo Yeok-gwan MBC
1993 The 3rd Republic 제3공화국 Yun Bo-seon
How's Your Husband? 댁의 남편은 어떠십니까? SBS
1991 Kyoto at 25 교토 25시 Chairman Ishida KBS
What is Love 사랑이 뭐길래 Lee Byung-ho MBC
The Wonders of Eastern Medicine 동의보감 Yoo Ui-tae
1990 파천무 Kim Jongseo KBS
Betrayal of the Rose 배반의 장미 Kim Won-il MBC
1989 Mt. Jiri 지리산 KBS1
천명 KBS
The 2nd Republic 제2공화국 Yun Bo-seon MBC
1987 사모곡 KBS
1986 그대의 초상
1985 Silver Rapids 은빛 여울
열망 Samchonri Industrial founder
1984 내 사랑 아직도 끝나지 않았네
겨울에 심은 나무 expert on liberation theology
TV's Tale of Chunhyang TV 춘향전
1983 엄마는 바빠요
1982 산하
Ordinary People 보통 사람들
Crisis 풍운 Heungseon Daewongun
1981 우리에게 축복의 기도를
Campfire 모닥불
The 1st Republic 제1공화국 Yun Bo-seon MBC
Two Women 두 여인 KBS
1980 아롱이 다롱이 TBC
1978 그리워 retired principal
1977 그건 그려
1976 천여화
1975 안개
1974 사나이들
인목대비 King Gwanghae
1973 University of Tokyo student Shin Sang-gu
연화 Min dae-gam
1972 관부연락선 Yoo Tae-rim
1970 고독한 길
Ajumma 아줌마 Jang-gu's uncle
1966 Live As I Please 내 멋에 산다
Mister Bear 미스터 곰
1964 눈은 나리는데
1962 나도 인간이 되련다 KBS


Year English title Korean title Role Director
2022 Good Morning 안녕하세요 In-su [38] Cha Bong-joo
2020 Mr. Zoo: The Missing VIP 미스터 주: 사라진 VIP Hamster (voice) Kim Tae-yoon
2019 Romang 로망 Jo Nam-bong Lee Chang-geun
2018 Stand By Me 덕구 Grandfather Bang Soo-in
2011 Romantic Heaven 로맨틱 헤븐 old man (God) Jang Jin
Late Blossom 그대를 사랑합니다 Kim Man-seok Choo Chang-min
2009 Good Morning President 굿 모닝 프레지던트 Kim Jeong-ho Jang Jin
Up Carl Fredericksen (Korean dubbing) Pete Docter
2006 Family Matters 모두들, 괜찮아요? Won-jo Nam Seon-ho
Forbidden Quest 음란서생 Kim Yoon-seo's father Kim Dae-woo
2005 My Girl and I 파랑주의보 Kim Man-geum Jeon Yoon-soo
1989 Honeymoon 밀월 Byun Jang-ho
1987 Forget-me-nots 물망초 Lee Mi-rye
0.917 (Subconscious) 영점구일칠 (0.917) Lee Dong-hui
1986 Wet Grass and Wet Leaves 젖은 풀 젖은 잎 Im Joung-soo
1984 I Want to Go 가고파 Kwak Jeong-hwan
Road to Peace 화평의 길 Kang Dae-jin
Holy Mission Choe In-hyeon
1983 The Foolish Woman 바보스러운 여자 Ha Hwe-ryong
Love and Farewell 사랑 그리고 이별 Byun Jang-ho
1982 The Blues of Jong-ro 종로 부루스 Kim Hyo-cheon
1981 Forgive Me Once Again Despite Hatred '80' 미워도 다시한번 80 제2부 Byun Jang-ho
Goodbye Daddy '81 아빠안녕 Byun Jang-ho
1980 Son of Man 사람의 아들 Yu Hyun-mok
Mu Hyoup Gum Pung 무협검풍 Nam Gi-nam
The Man to be Forgotten 잊어야 할 그사람 Park Ho-tae
Love Me Once Again Despite Hatred '80 미워도 다시한번 '80 Byun Jang-ho
Magnificent Experience 화려한 경험 Lee Sang-gu
Unconditional Love 아낌없이 바쳤는데 Park Ho-tae
1979 Admiration of Nights 밤의 찬가 Kim Ho-sun
Pyro-Sonata 광염소나타 Go Yeong-nam
Eul-hwa 을화 Byun Jang-ho
Eternal Inheritance 영원한 유산 Choe In-hyeon
The Terms of Love 사랑의 조건 Kim Soo-yong
Miss Oh's Apartment (Sequel) O양의 아파트(속) Byun Jang-ho
A Letter from Heaven 하늘나라에서 온 편지 Kim Jun-sik
1978 Miss Oh's Apartment O양의 아파트 Byun Jang-ho
Red Gate of Tragedy 비련의 홍살문 Byun Jang-ho
Woman in the Fog 안개속의 여인 Choe In-hyeon
Grave Wood 비목 Go Yeong-nam
Sadness Under the Sky 하늘아래 슬픔이 Lee Yeong-woo
With My Older Brother and Sister 오빠하고 누나하고 Lee Sang-eon
King Sejong the Great 세종대왕 Choe In-hyeon
1977 The Old Manor 고가 Cho Moon-jin
Towards the High Place 저 높은 곳을 향하여 Im Won-sik
Little Namgung Dong-ja 남궁동자 Kim Su-hyeong
Arirang-A 아리랑아 Jeong In-yeob
Two Decades as a Woman Journalist 여기자 20년 Kim Soo-yong
1976 I Really Have a Dream 정말 꿈이 있다구 Mun Yeo-song
Concentration of Attention 집념 Heo Jun Choe In-hyeon
Mother 어머니 Im Won-sik
Season of Love 사랑의 계절 Lee Seong-min
Even I Don't Know My Mind 내마음 나도 몰라 Im Won-sik
1975 You Become a Star, Too 너 또한 별이 되어 Lee Jang-ho
Wasteland 황토 Kim Soo-yong
Yeong-ja's Heydays 영자의 전성시대 Kim Ho-sun
Glory in Ten's 10대의 영광 Go Yeong-nam
Outing in 10 Years 십년만의 외출 Seol Bong
End of an Affair 애종 Jung Jin-woo
Story of the Youth 청춘극장 Byun Jang-ho
Escape 탈출 Go Yeong-nam
Chang-su's Heydays 창수의 전성시대 Kim Sa-gyeom
A Northwest Youth 서북청년 Go Yeong-nam
1974 The Instinct 본능 Kim Soo-yong
A True Story of Kim Du-han 실록 김두한 Kim Hyo-cheon
Pupils of the Evil 악마의 제자들 Lee Seong-gu
The Land[39] 토지 Kim Soo-yong
You and I, and Another 너와 나 그리고 또 하나 Go Yeong-nam
Special Investigation Bureau: The Life of Miss Kim Su-im 특별수사본부 김수임의 일생 Lee Won-se
A Blind Swordsman 죽장검 Shin Young-il
Reminiscences 회상 Go Yeong-nam
A Horrible Breath 공포의 숨소리 Park Tae-won
Lee Jung-seob, a Painter 이중섭 Kwak Jeong-hwan
An Inmate 동거인 Lee Gyeong-tae
Dangerous Relations 위험한 사이 Lee Seong-gu
Yeonhwa 2 연화(속) Im Kwon-taek
Yeonhwa 연화 Im Kwon-taek
1973 Testimony 증언 Im Kwon-taek
Special Investigation Bureau: Bae Tae-ok Case 특별수사본부 배태옥 사건 Lee Won-se
1972 A Judge's Wife 판사부인 Kang Dae-sun
A Woman in a Mud Flat 갯벌속의 여자 Go Yeong-nam
Girls' High School Days 여고시절 Kang Dae-sun
Two Sons Crying for Their Mother's Love 모정에 우는 두아들 Lee Il-su
1971 My Older Brother (sequel) 형(속) Lee Doo-yong
Bun-Rye's Story 분례기 Yu Hyun-mok
I Want to Be in Your Arms Again 그대 가슴에 다시한번 Kim Sa-gyeom
The First Love 첫정 Jang Yeong-guk
A Family of Brother and Sister 남매는 단둘이다 Moon Sang-hun
Darling, I'm Sorry 아내여 미안하다 Ahn Hyun-chul
1970 Eight Daughters-in-law 팔도며느리 Shim Wu-seob
A Woman's Battleground 여인전장 Shim Wu-seob
Underground Women's College 지하여자대학 Choi Moo-ryong
When We Have Hatred 당신이 미워질때 Kang Dae-jin
Father-in-law 시아버지 Ha Han-soo
If There Were No Parting Again 이별없이 살았으면 Nam Sang-jin
My Life in Your Heart 내 목숨 당신 품에 Jeong Seong-mun
Turtle 거북이 Lee Seong-gu
Please Turn Off the Light 방의 불을 꺼주오 Lee Hyung-pyo
Twisted Fate of a Man 한많은 남아일생 Kim Hyo-cheon
Great King Sejo 세조대왕 Lee Kyu-woong
House of a Stranger 타인의 집 Lee Sang-eon
1969 Evil Person 마인 Im Won-sik
Regret Nam Tae-gwon
Forget-me-not 물망초 Choi Hoon
Invisible Man 투명인간 Lee Kyu-woong
Wound 상처 Choi Moo-ryong
Wild Girl 야성녀 Lee Kyu-woong
Lost Love 어느 하늘아래서 Choi Moo-ryong
Sahwa Mountain 사화산 Go Yeong-nam
Temporary Government in Shanghai 상해 임시정부(와 김구선생) Jo Keung-ha
Flower Sandals 꽃버선 Jo Keung-ha
For Once in a Lifetime 내 생애에 단한번 Choe In-hyeon
A Returned Singer 돌아온 선창 Chun Jo-myoung
Cruel Revenge 피도 눈물도 없다 Kim Gang-yun
Wind 바람 Go Yeong-nam
7 People in the Cellar 지하실의 7인 Lee Seong-gu
Devoting the Youth 청춘을 다바쳐 Kim Ki-duk
Lady Hong 미녀홍낭자 Kim Ki-young
Brother Lee Sang-eon
Chunwon Lee Gwang-su 춘원 이광수 Yi Kwang-su Choe In-hyeon
First Night 첫날밤 갑자기 Kim Hyo-cheon
Yun Sim-deok 윤심덕 Ahn Hyun-chul
Jang Nok-su 요화 장록수 Lee Kyu-woong
The Saint and the Witch 성녀와 마녀 Na Han-bong
Escaping Shanghai 상해탈출 Im Kwon-taek
Starting Point 시발점 Kim Soo-yong
Snowy Night 눈나리는 밤 Ha Han-soo
Sky and Star 하늘을 보고 별을 따고 Jo Keung-ha
1968 Quick Ladder of Success 출세가도 Park Jong-ho
Autumn Love 추정 Yu Yeol
Labyrinth 미로 Jung Jin-woo
Daughter Kim Su-dong
Lady in Dream 몽녀 Im Kwon-taek
Snow Lady 설녀 Kim Ki
Secret Order 밀명 Im Won-sik
Trees Stand on a Slope 나무들 비탈에 서다 Choi Ha-won
Cloud 구름 Jung Jin-woo
Ghost Story 괴담 Chun Jo-myoung
Salt Pond 수전지대 Kim Soo-yong
I Won't Hate You 미워하지 않겠다 Lee Hyung-pyo
The Sister's Diary 언니의 일기 Choe In-hyeon
Love 사랑 Kang Dae-jin
Remarriage 재혼 Go Yeong-nam
A Police Note 형사수첩 Park Jong-ho
A Solar Eclipse 일식 Lee Seong-gu
The Eternal Motherhood Jo Keung-ha
Pure Love 순정산하 Cho Woong-dae
Sun-deok 순덕이 Choe In-hyeon
Madame Anemone 아네모네 마담 Kim Ki-duk
Trumpet in Night Sky 밤하늘의 트럼펫 Yang Myeong-sik
Romance Mama 로맨스마마 Choe In-hyeon
A Great Hero, Kim Seon-dal 천하호걸 김선달 Im Won-jik
Where is He Now 지금 그 사람은 Choi Hoon
1967 Guests Who Arrived on the Last Train 막차로 온 손님들 Yu Hyun-mok
A King's Command 어명 Gang Jo-won
The Freezing Point 빙점 Kim Soo-yong
Madam of Myeong-wol Kwan 명월관 아씨 Park Jong-ho
Nostalgia 망향천리 Im Kwon-taek
Dongsimcho 동심초 Lee Sang-eon
I Hate Men 남자는 싫어 An Myoun-hee
A Traveling King 나그네 임금 Choe In-hyeon
Whistle 기적 Lee Man-hee
Is Wild Apricot an Apricot? 개살구도 살구냐 Kim Cheol
The Hateful King 상감마마 미워요 Choe In-hyeon
Bobbed Hair 단발머리 Kim Su-dong
Yongary, Monster From The Deep 대괴수 용가리 Kim Ki-duk
When Bucketwheat Flowers Blossom 메밀꽃 필 무렵 Lee Seong-gu
A Regret Yu Hyun-mok
The White Crow 하얀 까마귀 Jung Jin-woo
A Deviation 탈선 Go Yeong-nam
Others 타인들 Kim Ki-duk
A Virtuous Woman 칠부열녀 Choe In-hyeon
Lingering Attachment 미련 Go Yeong-man
The Queen Moonjeong 문정왕후 Rha Bong-han
A Child Who Was Born in the Year of Liberation 해방동이 Park Sang-ho
Traces 이조잔영 Shin Sang-ok
A Misty Grassland 안개낀 초원 Go Yeong-nam
1966 Gunsmoke 초연 Jung Jin-woo
The Dead and the Alive 죽은 자와 산 자 Lee Kang-cheon
I Will Be a King for the Day 오늘은 왕 Kim Ki-duk
The Life of Na Woon-gyu 나운규 일생 Choi Moo-ryong
Terminal 종점 Kim Ki-duk

Variety showEdit

Year English title Korean title Role Network
2021 God father 갓파더 Main Cast[40] KBS2
2021 Granpar 그랜파 Cast Member MBN [41]
2017 Idol School 아이돌학교 Narrator/Principal Mnet
2013- Grandpas Over Flowers 꽃보다 할배 cast tvN
2010 연대기 - 100인의 전설 MC KBS2


Year English title Korean title Role Notes
2021 King Lear 리어왕 King Lear [42]
2015 The Hague 1907 헤이그 1907 N/A Director
Drifting People 유민가 Un-je
2014; 2015 On Golden Pond 황금연못 Norman Thayer
2014 Love Tune[43] 사랑별곡 Mr. Park
2013 The Crucible 시련 N/A Producer
Sooni's Uncle 순이 삼촌 N/A Director
2012 White Neutral Nation 하얀 중립국
2012; 2013 Father 아버지 Willy Loman
2012 하얀 중립국 Priest
2010-2011; 2012 Don Quixote 돈키호테 Don Quixote
2008 A Life in the Theatre 라이프 인 더 씨어터 Robert
2006-2007 The Odd Couple 늙은 부부 이야기 Park Dong-man
Cyrano 시라노 Cyrano de Bergerac
Beckett 베케트
The Taming of the Shrew 말괄량이 길들이기
Look Homeward, Angel 천사여 고향을 돌아보라


Year Award Category Nominated work
2018 2018 Korea Best Star Awards Best Actor Stand By Me[44]
24th Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit (2nd Class) N/A[45]
2015 10th Golden Tickets Awards Best Theater Actor
2012 1st K-Drama Star Awards Achievement Award High Kick Through the Roof,
Good Morning President
2011 Korean CEO Grand Prix Special Award, Cultural CEO category
20th China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival Best Actor, International Film category Late Blossom
2010 1st Seoul Art & Culture Awards Grand Prize/Daesang, Cultural Artist category
2009 MBC Entertainment Awards Achievement Award[46] High Kick Through the Roof
5th Korea Green Foundation People Who Brightened Our World
45th Baeksang Arts Awards Achievement Award, TV category
2008 MBC Drama Awards PD Award Beethoven Virus
6th 인물대상 대중예술대상
2007 MBC Drama Awards Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Historical Drama Yi San
MBC Entertainment Awards Grand Prize/Daesang Unstoppable High Kick!
8th Korea Visual Arts Awards Photogenic Award
1st Korea Drama Awards Achievement Award
Mnet 20's Choice Awards Best Casting
41st Tax Payer's Day Citation given by the Dongdaemun District Tax Office N/A
2004 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama The Land
2002 MBC Hall of Fame
Bo-gwan Order of Cultural Merit N/A N/A
2000 SBS Drama Awards Achievement Award I Want to Keep Seeing You,
The Aspen Tree
1984 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award 겨울에 심은 나무
1982 9th Korea Broadcasting Awards Excellence Award in TV Crisis
1979 TBC Drama Awards Distinguished Service Award
1977 13th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Film Actor Concentration of Attention
1974 TBC Drama Awards Grand Prize/Daesang 연화, 사나이들
1972 15th Buil Film Awards Best Actor Bun-Rye's Story
1966 2nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Theater Actor Look Homeward, Angel


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Forbes 2010 Korea Power Celebrity 32nd [47]


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