Sung Dong-il

Sung Dong-il (born April 27, 1967) is a South Korean actor. Sung made his acting debut in theater in 1987, then was recruited at the 1991 SBS open talent auditions. He rose to fame as the comic, Jeolla dialect-speaking character "Red Socks" in the television drama Eun-shil, though he later tried to fight typecasting by playing the son of a chaebol tycoon in Love in 3 Colors and a university professor in March. Following years of supporting roles in TV, Sung's film career was jumpstarted by hit romantic comedy 200 Pounds Beauty in 2006. Subsequently, he became one of Korean cinema's most reliable supporting actors, displaying his comic skills and easy charm in films such as Take Off, Foxy Festival, Children..., The Suicide Forecast, and The Client.[1][2][3][4] He also had major roles in The Suck Up Project: Mr. XXX-Kisser, 3D blockbuster Mr. Go, and mystery-comedy The Accidental Detective.[5][6][7][8] On the small screen, Sung garnered praise as a villain in The Slave Hunters, and a gruff but caring father in Reply 1997 and its spin-offs Reply 1994 and Reply 1988.[9]

Sung Dong-il
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Sung in 2015
Born (1967-04-27) April 27, 1967 (age 56)
Incheon, South Korea
EducationYuhan Technical College – Mechanical Design
Years active1987–present
AgentStar Entertainment
Park Kyung-hye
(m. 2003)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSeong Dong-il
McCune–ReischauerSŏng Dongil

Sung gained a new surge of popularity in 2013 when he and his son Joon starred in Dad! Where Are We Going?, a reality/variety show featuring five male celebrities and their children on camping missions; his daughter Bin also joined him for the show's second season.[10][11]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2001 Running 7 Dogs Pipe Kang
2006 200 Pounds Beauty Record company executive Choi
2007 Myodoyahwa
2008 Once Upon a Time Nightclub owner [12]
2009 Take Off Coach Bang
The Righteous Thief Song Jae-pil
2010 Hearty Paws 2 Hyeok-pil
Foxy Festival Gi-bong [13]
2011 Children... Park Kyung-sik [14]
The Suicide Forecast Manager Park Jin-seok
The Client Jang Ho-won
S.I.U. Detective Park In-moo [15]
2012 Miss Conspirator Boss Sung [16][17]
The Suck Up Project: Mr. XXX-Kisser Heo Go-soo
The Grand Heist Jang Soo-gyun [18]
Return of the Mafia Jang Seok-tae
2013 Pinocchio Gideon (Korean dubbed)
Mr. Go Seong Chung-su
Iris 2: The Movie Park Joon-han
2014 Miss Granny Ban Hyun-chul
Thread of Lies Kwak Man-ho
2015 Chronicle of a Blood Merchant Mr. Bang
Emperor's Holidays
The Accidental Detective Noh Tae-soo
Circle of Atonement Detective Lee Sang-won [19][20]
A Letter from Prison
Sacrifice Revival Report
2017 Because I Love You Detective Park [21]
The King Tae-soo's home room teacher
I'm Doing Fine in Middle School Police chief special appearance
Real Jo Won-geun [22]
Midnight Runners Professor Yang [23]
RV: Resurrected Victims Son Young-tae [24]
The Chase Park Pyung-dal [25]
2018 The Accidental Detective 2: In Action Noh Tae-soo [26]
Love+Sling Seong-soo [27]
The Great Battle Woo-dae [28]
Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days [29]
2019 Metamorphosis Gang-Goo
2020 Pawn Doo-seok [30]
2021 The Cursed: Dead Man's Prey Jin Jong-hyun
2022 The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure Merchant Special appearance
Project Wolf Hunting Dae-woong [31][32]
TBA 2 O'Clock Date Jung Soo [33]
Hijacking [34]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1992 Gwanchon Essay
1993 Faraway Songba River Private Yang Yong-cheon
1995 Korea Gate Ahn Jae-song / Kim Shin-jo
1996 The Bicycle-Riding Woman
1997 Snail
1998 Eun-shil Yang Jung-pal
1999 Love In 3 Colors Ahn Yoon-gi
2000 March Philosophy Professor
Wang Rung's Land
2001 Cool Jang Myung-ho
TV Novel "Plum Sonata"
2002 Glass Slippers Mr. Chan
Rustic Period Adult Gae-ko
Open Drama Man and Woman – My Love Soon-jung Man-soo
2003 Drama City – Why I Want to Get Married Manager
South of the Sun Choi Tae-sik
Open Drama Man and Woman – I'll Fall in Love This Fall Dal-woong
2004 Lovers in Paris Kang Pil-bo
2005 Best Mother
Green Rose Driver Jung Taek-soo
Fashion 70's
2006 Drama City – Scrubber No.3 Jong-gu
I Want to Love Baek Seung-tae
Please Come Back, Soon-ae Airline passenger
MBC Best Theater – A Walk Around the Neighborhood
2007 Witch Yoo Hee Team leader Lee
Blue Fish Jo Dong-man
Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung Jung Seung-gyu
New Heart Lee Seung-jae
2008 Don't Be Swayed Park Ki-chul
Lawyers of the Great Republic of Korea Oh Ryu-dong
2009 Green Coach Yoon Chun-geun
2010 The Slave Hunters Chun Ji-ho
My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho Ban Doo-hong
The Fugitive: Plan B Nakamura Hwang
2011 Can't Lose Jo Jung-goo
Color of Woman Park Chan-ho
2012 Reply 1997 Sung Dong-il
Haeundae Lovers Impostor Prosecutor Cameo (episode 15)
Jeon Woo-chi Bong-goo
2013 Iris II: New Generation Park Joon-han Cameo (episode 1–2)
Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Jang Hyun [35]
Reply 1994 Sung Dong-il
2014 Gap-dong Yang Cheol-gon [36]
It's Okay, That's Love Jo Dong-min [37]
2015 Reply 1988 Sung Dong-il
2016 Pied Piper Police Officer Cameo
Dear My Friends Park Gyo-soo Cameo [38]
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo General Park Soo-kyung [39]
The K2 Police Officer Cameo
The Legend of the Blue Sea Ma Dae-young [40]
Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Kim Wi-hwa [41]
2017 The Package Travel Agency President Special appearance
2017–2018 Prison Playbook Chief Jo Ji-ho [42]
2018 Live Ki Han-sol [43]
Ms. Hammurabi Han Sae-sang [44]
Your Honor Sa Ma-ryong [45]
2019 Trap Go Dong-kook [46]
Chief of Staff Season 2 Judge Cameo (episode 10)
2020 The Cursed Jin Jong-hyun
Hospital Playlist Ahn Jung-won's older brother Special appearance [47]
2021 Sisyphus: The Myth Park Hyeong-do [48]
Somehow Family Himself
Hospital Playlist 2 Ahn Dong-il Cameo (episode 5) [49]
Jirisan Jo Dae-jin
2022 Ghost Doctor Tess [50]
If You Wish Upon Me Kang Tae-shik [51]
Curtain Call Jeong Sang-cheol [52]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Ref.
2022 X of Crisis Heo Jun / Master of Pack Pok [53][54]
TBA Late Night Studio Choi Seon-saeng [55]

Television showEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2006–2008 Good Day Co-host
2006–2007 Choi Hong-man and Strong Friends Cast member
2007 Delicious Asia
Grand Prix Show – Bad Dad Club
Brain Power Plant Q
2008 Dream of Goose
2013–2015 Dad! Where Are We Going? Cast member
2013 Saturday's Generation to Generation – Star Plus
2014–2015 Off to School Cast member episodes 1-25, 27-33
2020–2022 House on Wheels Season 1–4 [56]
2022 Take Care of Me This Week Host [57]


  • Public relations ambassador of the police with Park Hae-soo, Son Eun-seo (2019)[58]
  • Public relations ambassador of the national park with Lee Eung-bok (2021)[59]


Album information Track listing
Red Socks Trot Medley (Romance Blues for Young-sook)[60]
  • Album
  • Released: May 10, 1999
  • Label: Doremi
Track listing
  1. 순정블루스 (Romance Blues)
  2. 쌈바의 여인 (Lady Ssamba)
  3. 다함께 차차차 (Cha Cha Cha Together)
  4. 찬찬찬 (Chan Chan Chan)
  5. 사랑은 나비인가봐 (Love Is Like a Butterfly)
  6. 남행열차 (South-bound Train)
  7. 봉선화 연정 (Garden Balsam Love)
  8. 신라의 달밤 (Moonlight of Silla)
  9. 뜨거운 안녕 (Hot Greetings)
  10. 순정블루스 (Romance Blues)
  11. 고향역 (Hometown Station)
  12. 소양강 처녀 (A Girl in Soyang River)
  13. 부산 갈매기 (Busan Seagulls)
  14. 옥경이 (Ok-gyeong)
  15. 베사메무쵸 (Besame Mucho)
  16. 불효자는 웁니다 (Undutiful Son Is Crying)
  17. 차표 한 장 (A Ticket)
  18. 순정블루스 (Romance Blues)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
Blue Dragon Film Awards 2009 Best Supporting Actor Take Off Nominated
Chunsa Film Art Awards 2009 Best Supporting Actor Won
KBS Drama Awards 2010 Best Supporting Actor The Slave Hunters, The Fugitive: Plan B Won [61]
2022 Curtain Call, If You Wish Upon Me Won [62]
Korea Best Star Awards 2018 Best Popular Star Award The Accidental Detective 2: In Action Won [63]
Max Movie Awards 2010 Best Supporting Actor Take Off Won [64]
MBC Drama Awards 2005 Special Award, MC category 정보토크 팔방미인 Won
SBS Drama Awards 2013 Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Won [65]
2014 Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries It's Okay, That's Love Won
2016 Special Acting Award, Actor in a Fantasy Drama The Legend of the Blue Sea Won
tvN10 Awards 2016 Best Actor Reply 1997, Reply 1994, Reply 1988 Nominated


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