Ryu Deok-hwan

Ryu Deok-hwan (Korean류덕환; born June 12, 1987) is a South Korean actor.

Ryu Deok-hwan
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Ryu Deok-hwan in April 2019
Born (1987-06-12) June 12, 1987 (age 33)
Other namesRyoo Duk-hwan
EducationChung-Ang University - Theater and Film
Years active1992–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationRyu Deok-hwan
McCune–ReischauerRyu Tŏk-hwan


Ryu Deok-hwan began his career as a child actor on stage at age 6. Among his early TV drama appearances was a role on the popular Lifetime in the Country which he played for 8 years.[1]

While he had played minor roles in several films, it was Ryu's breakout lead performance in Like a Virgin that earned him critical praise and industry recognition. He gained 28 kg in three months to play the role of a transgender teenager who joins the ssireum team.[2]

Other notable roles include a high schooler desperate for a pair of Nikes in No Comment, a North Korean soldier in Welcome to Dongmakgol, a boy meeting his estranged father in My Son, a serial killer in Our Town, a medical student in Private Eye, a top neurosurgeon and forensic examiner in Quiz of God,[3][4] and King Gongmin in Faith.[5][6][7] He has also acted in the stage plays Equus,[8] and Jang Jin's Clumsy People.[9][10]

In 2012 he directed the short film Waiting for Jang Joon-hwan for the Olleh Smartphone Film Festival.[11][12]

Personal lifeEdit

Ryu's mother is musical producer Jung Ok-young.[13]



As ActorEdit

Year Title Role
1999 Weathering the Storm pool boy
2000 Spooky School
2002 My Beautiful Girl, Mari (animated) Kim Nam-woo (voice)
No Comment "My Nike" Myung-jin
2004 My Little Bride Dong-goo
2005 Welcome to Dongmakgol Seo Taek-ki
2006 Like a Virgin Oh Dong-ku
2007 Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox (animated) Hwang Geum-ee (voice)
My Son Lee Joon-seok
Our Town Hyo-yi
2009 Private Eye Gwang-soo
2010 The Quiz Show Scandal Oh Cheol-joo
2011 Earth Rep Rolling Stars (animated) Lucky (voice)
The Last Blossom Jung Jung-soo
Head Shin Hong-jae
Link Lee Jae-hyun
2012 The Peach Tree Dong-hyun
2013 Nobody's Daughter Haewon Dong-joo
Behind the Camera editor
2015 You Call It Passion Cameraman Seo-jin
2016 The Last Ride Go Hwan
Hide and Never Seek BJ Yagwang
2018 Sovereign Default

As DirectorEdit

Year Title Cast Notes
2012 Waiting for Jang Joon-hwan Oh Jung-se
Park Shin-hye
Short film
2013 The Story of Man & Woman
Part 1: "Couple"
Part 2: "Friend"
Part 3: "Unrequited Love"
Part 4: "Sincerely"
Go Kyung-pyo
Kang Han-na
Short film


Year Title Role Network
1992 Ppo Ppo Ppo (Kiss Kiss Kiss) MBC
1996 Lifetime in the Country Soon-gil MBC
2000 Full of Sun KBS2
2001 Stepmother young Heo Sang-wook KBS1
2002 Five Brothers and Sisters young Han Jung-shik SBS
2003 MBC Best Theater "Do 야 love me?" Yoon Gyeong MBC
2004 People of the Water Flower Village Jae-kyung MBC
Sharp 1 KBS2
2008 U-Turn Hwan OCN
2010 Quiz of God Han Jin-woo OCN
2011 Quiz of God Season 2 Han Jin-woo OCN
2012 Quiz of God Season 3 Han Jin-woo OCN
Faith King Gongmin SBS
2013 Good Doctor adult Park Yi-on
(cameo, episode 10)
2014 Quiz of God Season 4 Han Jin-woo OCN
2015 I've Got My Eye On You Park Hee Tae SBS
2018 Ms. Hammurabi Jung Bo-wang JTBC
Quiz of God - Season 5: Reboot[14] Han Jin-woo OCN
2019 Special Labor Inspector[15] Woo Do-ha MBC
2020 Nobody Knows Lee Sun-woo SBS

Music videoEdit

Year Song Title Artist
2009 "Sign" Brown Eyed Girls
2011 "Index Finger" Raspberry Field


Year Title Role
1992 The Emperor's New Clothes
2009-2010 Equus Alan Strang
2012 Clumsy People Jang Deok-bae


Year Song Title Notes
2006 "Like a Virgin" (feat. Super Kidd) Track from Like a Virgin OST
2011 "That Is You" Track from Quiz of God Season 2 OST

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2005 4th Korean Film Awards Best New Actor
Welcome to Dongmakgol
2006 7th Busan Film Critics Awards Best New Actor
Like a Virgin
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Won
5th Korean Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
9th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actor Won
2007 4th Max Movie Awards Best New Actor Won
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Nominated
11th Fantasia International Film Festival Best Actor Won
44th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Won
최고의 영화상 기자가 뽑은 Best New Actor Won
1st Korea Movie Star Awards Best Young Star Won
1st Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Actor Nominated
2011 7th Korea Drama Awards Special Award for Cable TV Quiz of God - Season 2 Nominated
2012 SBS Drama Awards Special Acting Award, Actor in a Miniseries


  1. ^ "Nominees & Winners Archive: Ryu Deok-hwan For Like A Virgin (Cheon Ha Jang Sa Madonna)". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  2. ^ "Ryu: 'No answer to understanding how women think'". Korea JoongAng Daily. 21 August 2006. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  3. ^ Han, Sang-hee (6 October 2010). "Investigative drama to deal with rare diseases, humanity". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  4. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (14 June 2011). "CSI meets House in local medical thriller". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  5. ^ "Ryoo Deok-hwan as King Gong-min for the first time". Hancinema. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  6. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (18 August 2012). "Lee Min Ho, Kim Hee Sun, and Cast of 'Faith' Fight the Heat Wave". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-24.
  7. ^ Lee, In-kyung (22 August 2012). "Lee Min Ho, Choi Min Soo and Cast Help Viewers Overlook Bad CG in 'Faith'". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-24.
  8. ^ Chung, Ah-young (28 October 2009). "Best Play Series to Open With Equus". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  9. ^ "This Week's Cultural News VCR 1". Arirang News via Hancinema. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  10. ^ "This Week's Cultural News VCR 1". Arirang News. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  11. ^ "Park Shin Hye Stars in Fellow Actor Ryu Deok Hwan's Directorial Debut". Soompi. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  12. ^ ‘장준환을 기다리며’ 류덕환 감독 “모두의 영화가 가능하다”. Movieweek (in Korean). 5 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  13. ^ 故여운계 딸 등 주부 4인방 퀴즈쇼 우승. Yonhap (in Korean). 26 January 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  14. ^ "Serious investigators". Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Ryu Deok-hwan to join "Special Labor Inspector Jo" as Elite Lawyer". HanCinema. SE Daily. Retrieved January 26, 2019.

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