Seo Ji-seok

Seo Ji-seok (born Seo Jong-wook, 9 September 1981) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for playing in the long-running TV series, notably in the 167-episode KBS1 daily drama Pure in Heart (Pure 19), which brought him to win Best New Actor at the 2006 KBS Drama Awards.

Seo Ji-seok
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Seo Jong-wook

(1981-09-09) 9 September 1981 (age 38)
Seoul, South Korea
NationalitySouth Korea
Other namesSeo Ji-suk,
Suh Ji-suk
Alma materSeoul Institute of the Arts[1]
Years active2001 – present
AgentThe Great Company 크다컴퍼니
Universal D (Japan)
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSeo Jong-uk
McCune–ReischauerSŏ Chong'uk
Stage name
Revised RomanizationSeo Ji-seok
McCune–ReischauerSŏ Chi-sŏk
WebsiteSeo Ji-seok official homepage

Early life and educationEdit

Seo was an athlete specializing in 100 metres and 200 metres sprint in middle school. He won four gold medals in a variety of sports when he was 16 years old and was also chosen to be the member of the national team. However, in 1999, he was hit by a vehicle while he was crossing the street, and was hospitalized for 6 months. He was then scouted on the street, while working part-time, by a talent manager who liked his refined appearance, henceforth choosing acting as his career.[2] Seo graduated from Seoul Institute of the Arts, majoring in Bachelor of Film and Television.[1]


Seo has appeared in two films directed by renowned South Korean movie director Kim Ki-duk. In Kim's 2005 film The Bow, he played a college student involved in a mysterious and dangerous relationship between an old man and a 16-year-old girl.

Seo appeared for the second time in Kim's movie Time as a guest star, and participated in the film May I Cry? in 2006. That same year, Seo was cast as the smart and cold Park Yoon-hoo in the 167-episode daily drama Pure in Heart, leading the series alongside Ku Hye-sun. For his performance in the series, he won Best New Actor award at the 2006 KBS Drama Awards.

In 2007, Seo reported for his mandatory military service and was assigned to the 12th Infantry Division located in Inje, Gangwon-do.[3][4] He was discharged on May 3, 2009, and subsequently held a fan meeting on May 10, 2009.[5][clarification needed] Seo returned to acting by playing in an independent film The Inside Story of Him and Her and appearing as a cameo in High Kick Through The Roof.

In 2010, Seo was cast as a lead role in the series OB & GY,[6] followed by weekend drama Gloria opposite Bae Doo-na.[7] He next joined a variety show Sunday Night for six months as one of the MCs.[8]

In 2011, Seo starred in the 16-episode romantic-comedy drama Manny.[9] He also starred in High Kick Through The Roof's spin-off; a 123-episode sitcom High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged.[10] In addition to acting, Seo also appeared in figure skater Kim Yuna's variety show Kim Yuna's Kiss & Cry.

In 2012, Seo participated in the 3-episode of MBC Music cable TV variety program Music and Lyrics Season 2 with composer Kim Wi Yong, actress Lee Chung-ah, and singer Heo Young-saeng to collaborate on OST "Gazing (바라본다)" for MBC's weekend drama The Sons.[11] The following year, Seo played as a lead actor in the film Mango Tree, a cameo in the series Potato Star 2013QR3, and also starred in the 50-episode weekend drama Give Love Away from 2013 to 2014.[12]

From 2013 to 2015, Seo appeared in two long-running variety programs; Cool Kiz on the Block,[13] and Law of the Jungle which was shot in Costa Rica. He returned to daily dramas, playing in the 120-episode The Three Witches (Witch Castle) in 2015, followed by 100-episode Unknown Woman in 2017.[14]

In July 2019, Seo replaced Kang Ji-hwan in a period drama Joseon Survival Period, starting from episode 11 to 16.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Seo married a florist in 2013. Singer IU and R&B group 4Men sang celebratory songs in their wedding.[16]



Year English Title Original title Role Director(s) Notes Ref.
2005 The Bow The Student Kim Ki-duk
2006 May I Cry? 울어도 좋습니까?
Time Time Guy 1 Kim Ki-duk
2013 The Inside Story about Him & Her 그 여자 그 남자의 속사정 Jung-soo
Mango Tree 연애의 기술, 망고트리 Tae-hoon

Television seriesEdit

Year English title Original title Role Network Notes Ref.
2004 Ireland 아일랜드 MBC
2006 Mr. Goodbye 미스터 굿바이 KBS2
2006-2007 Pure in Heart 열아홉 순정 Park Yoon-hoo KBS1
2009 High Kick Through the Roof 지붕 뚫고 하이킥 Seo Ji-seok MBC cameo in episode 18
2010 Gloria 글로리아 Lee Kang-suk MBC
Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors 산부인과 Wang Jae-suk SBS
2011 Manny 매니 Kim Min-han tvN
2011-2012 High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged 하이킥! 짧은 다리의 역습 Yoon Ji-seok MBC
2013 Potato Star 2013QR3 감자별 Basketball teammate tvN cameo in episode 38
2013-2014 Give Love Away 사랑해서 남주나 Eun Ha-rim MBC
2015-2016 The Three Witches 마녀의 성 Shin Kang-hyun SBS
2017 Unknown Woman 이름 없는 여자 Kim Moo-yeol KBS2
2019 Joseon Survival Period 조선생존기 Han Jung-rok KBS2 replaced Kang Ji-hwan from episode 11 to 16 [15]

Music video appearanceEdit

Year Song title Artist Note
2002 "Snow is Falling Down" (눈이 내리네) Taemu
2005 "I am without You" (그대없이 난) Lee Ji-hye directed by Kim Ki-duk
2010 "I Love You & Thank You" (고마워 그리고 사랑해) Yu Hoon-min directed by Park Ji-ho
2013 The Art of Seduction Heo Young-saeng
"My Student Teacher" (교생쌤) NC.A

Variety showsEdit

Year English title Original title Network Notes Ref.
2010 Sunday Night 일밤 MBC Episode Enjoy Today
Cooking Olympic Gochujang 쿠킹 올림픽 고추장 KBS2
2011 Kim Yuna's Kiss & Cry 김연아의 키스 & 크라이 SBS
2012 Music and Lyrics - Season 2 그여자 작사 그남자 작곡 시즌2 MBC He composed "Gazing" (바라본다) [17]
2013 Miracle Korea 미라클 코리아 JTBC
2013-2015 Cool Kiz on the Block 우리동네 예체능 KBS2 Basketball, Taekwondo, Soccer, Foot Volleyball, Cycling & Swimming Chapters
2014-2015 Law of the Jungle 정글의 법칙 in 코스타리카 SBS Episode Costarica
2018 Running Man 아일랜드 SBS Episode 401
2020 Handsome Tigers 진짜 농구 핸섬타이거즈 SBS Cast member (Episode 1-present) [18]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2006 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor in a Serial Drama Pure in Heart Won [19]
2012 The 46th Annual Taxpayer's Day President Award N/A Won [20]
2013 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Teamwork Cool Kiz on the Block Won [21]


  • Parkland-Insolito-Peri Jenson (2011)
  • Olympus Camera
  • Coca-Cola
  • OB Beer
  • Nokia
  • TGI Fridays
  • Mind Bridge
  • Asiana Airlines
  • GS Caltex Essential Oil


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  2. ^ "이준기 신성록 이태성..운동선수 출신 봇물" Money Today 9 November 2006. Retrieved 2012-04-11
  3. ^ "불량커플 하차한 서지석, 29일(오늘) 입대" MyDaily. 29 May 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-11 (in Korean)
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  13. ^ "‘예체능’ 서지석 레이업슛 포착 “NBA급 농구실력” 감탄" "NewsEN", 10 November 2013.Retrieved 2013-11-10 (in Korean)
  14. ^ "서지석-박윤재, 오지은의 연적(戀敵) (KBS 이름 없는 여자)" "NAVER", 27 March 2017.Retrieved 2017-3-27 (in Korean)
  15. ^ a b Schwartz, William (July 16, 2019). "[HanCinema's News] "Joseon Survival" Cut Down to Sixteen Episodes From Its Original Twenty". Hancinema. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  16. ^ Moon, Gwang-lip (20 May 2013). "Actor Seo Ji-seok weds his 'ideal type'". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  17. ^ "Heo Young Saeng (허영생) - 바라본다 (Gazing) [Music and Lyrics Season 2 OST]" Retrieved 2012-10-30
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  19. ^ "KBS Performance (drama) awards" KBS.
  20. ^ "서지석 수상내역".
  21. ^ "KBS Entertainment Awards" KBS.

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