Best South Korean Actorsby d_smojver | created - 08 Apr 2012 | updated - 18 Apr 2018 | Public
This is the list of best South Korean actors, in my opinion! First 30 of them were listed by quality of their acting (because they are really great), and the others were listed in alphabetical order.
I watched more than 200 South Korean movies, so I think I'm pretty relevant to make such a list like this. But, you are free to give me some suggestions if I missed someone important.
Enjoy the list!
My other lists:
Best South Korean Actresses
Most Handsome South Korean Actors
Most Prettiest South Korean Actresses
ck]Best South Korean Directors ck]
1. Kang-ho Song
Actor | Salinui chueok
Song Kang-ho never professionally trained as an actor, beginning his career in social theater groups after graduating from Kimhae High School. Later, he joined Kee Kuk-seo's influential theater company with its emphasis on instinctive acting and improvisation, which proved to be Song's training ...
2. Min-sik Choi
Actor | Oldeuboi
Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1992). In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han ...
4. Sung-Ki Ahn
Actor | Ra-dee-o-seu-ta
Made his film debut at the age of 5 in 1957 and has been one of the most popular actors in Korea ever since. Graduated from Korea University of Foreign Studies majoring in Vietnamese. Won the best actor award in Asia-Pacific film festival in 1993 for his role in the film 'White Badge' (based on the...
Actor | Dalkomhan insaeng
Byung-hun Lee was born in 1970 in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in a wealthy family, thanks to his father, who was a successful businessman. He never dreamed of pursuing acting until a friend of his mother's suggested it. He auditioned for the KBS television network in 1991 and was accepted. His ...
9. Jung-woo Ha
Actor | Ah-ga-ssi
Jung-woo Ha is a South Korean actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer. His breakthrough to stardom came with the role in Na Hong-jin's serial killer film The Chaser (2008).
Born as Kim Sung-hoon, Ha Jung-woo came from an acting family. His father Kim Yong-gun is a well-known veteran ...
13. Jung-jae Lee
Actor | Gwansang
Apart from being a top star in film and TV, Jung-Jae Lee also works as a highly successful fashion model. One year after his debut on television in 1993, Lee was cast in his first film, a feature by Bae Chang-ho. His breakthrough came in late 1998 in the award-winning film An Affair by E-J Yong. ...
14. Yoon-seok Kim
Actor | Chugyeogja
Yoon-seok Kim was born on January 21, 1968 in Danyang County, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea. He is an actor, known for The Chaser (2008), Another Child (2019) and 1987: When the Day Comes (2017). He has been married to Joo-ran Bang since 2002. They have two children.
15. Won Bin
Actor | Ajeossi
Won Bin, born November 10, 1977 in Jeongseon County, Gangwon Province, South Korea, is a popular actor. He is the youngest of five siblings (two older brothers and two older sisters). While growing up in Jeongseon County, Won Bin initially planned to become a car mechanic, but in 1996 entered an ...
16. Suk-kyu Han
Actor | Palwolui Keuriseumaseu
Han Suk Kyu is an award-winning veteran South Korean actor. Born on November 3, 1964, he made his acting debut in the 1990 television drama "Our Paradise" and then rose to fame in 1994 drama "The Moon of Seoul, enjoying tremendous popularity in both films and television dramas during the 1990s. ...
21. Woo-sung Jung
Actor | Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom
Born as the youngest of three in Seoul, South Korea. He made his debut with a TV commercial in 1994 and applied for an open audition for a leading role in The Fox with Nine Tails (1994) opposite 'So-Young Ko'. This role launched his career as one of the most promising actors in Korea. He dropped ...
23. Sang-Woo Kwon
Actor | Queen of Ambition
Sang-Woo Kwon was born on August 5, 1976 in Daejeon, South Korea as Sang-Woo Kwone. He is an actor, known for Queen of Ambition (2013), More Than Blue (2009) and Lady President (2010). He has been married to Tae-yeong Son since September 28, 2008. They have two children.
26. Seung-ryong Ryu
Actor | 7-beon-bang-ui seon-mul
Born in Seo-choen, a small village, in South Korea in 1970, Seung-Ryong Ryu discovered his love for acting when he saw a play at the age of 15. Then, he went on to study theater at Seoul Institute of the Arts. For over a decade after graduating from the college, he was just an obscure actor mostly ...
28. Dong-Gun Jang
Actor | Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo
South Korean actor Jang Dong-Gun starred in two record-breaking box office hits; one of which was 'Friend,' the highest grossing Korean film at the time. He gained widespread critical acclaim for his portrayal of a troubled high school student who chooses the life of organized crime, paving the way...
29. Oh-seong Yu
Actor | Chingoo
Throughout the mid-1990s, Yoo Oh-sung complemented a career in television with minor roles in film. With his success playing a young gangster in the hit movie Beat (1997), Yoo's face became familiar to a new generation of moviegoers. The year 1999 was somewhat of a breakthrough for Yoo, as he took ...
32. Yong-jun Bae
Actor | Taewang sasingi
After a few roles in Korean TV movies, Yong-jun Bae became a star thanks to the series "Winter Sonata". Following this triumph, Yong-jun Bae could have chosen the easy way out and tapped into the opportunity. Instead he chose to try something different by debuting in cinema. His first part on the ...
40. Dong-won Gang
Actor | 1987
Gang Dong-Won was born on January 18, 1981 in Busan & grew up in Changwon. His father, Gang Chul-Woo, was an engineer who later became the vice president of SPP Heavy Industries. Gang's family suffered from economic hardship at times, and he had to work part-time in college to pay for his tuition. ...
47. Hyuk Jang
Hyuk Jang was born on December 20, 1976 in Pusan, South Korea as Yong-Joon Jung. He is an actor, known for Windstruck (2004), Shine or Go Crazy (2015) and Chuno (2010). He has been married to Yeo-Jin Kim since June 2, 2008. They have three children.
48. Jin-young Jung
Actor | Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom
Jung Jin Young is a South Korean actor, born in the year 1964. He was born and raised in Seoul, and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Korean Language and Literature from Seoul National University, one of South Korea's most prestigious institutions.
Building an interest in the arts, Jung Jin Young began ...
55. In-Sung Jo
Actor | That Winter, the Wind Blows
Jo In-Sung was born in July 28, 1981 in Seoul. He made his debut as a model. However, he started to have an acting career in 2000, however he received the public attention through the TV drama Piano alongside actor Go-Soo. He then starred in the 2003 romance movie The Classic. By 2004, he joined ...
56. Jin-mo Ju
Actor | Ssang-hwa-jeom
Jin-mo Ju first became interested in acting when he watched Richard Gere in "Officer and a Gentleman" at the age of ten. After graduating from Koyang High School, Ju entered the Incheon National University as a physical education major. Ju then entered South Korea's mandatory military service. ...
67. Nam-gil Kim
Actor | Yeolhyeolsaje
Kim Nam-gil is a South Korean actor, producer, singer and philanthropist. He is best known from leading roles in disaster blockbuster Pandora (2016); crime thriller The Shameless (2015); adventure film Pirates (2014); period drama Portrait of a Beauty (2008) and the crime-comedy television drama ...
70. Seung-woo Kim
Actor | Shimyashikdang
Seung-woo Kim was born on February 24, 1969 in Seoul, Korea. He is an actor, known for Shimyashikdang (2015), Yesterday (2002) and Iris (2009). He has been married to Nam-ju Kim since May 25, 2005. They have two children. He was previously married to Mi-yeon Lee.
78. Joon-Gi Lee
Actor | Wang-ui namja
Lee Joon-Gi was born in Busan, South Korea on April 17, 1982. He was raised by his parents and has one younger sister. He is an actor/model/singer. He started his career as a model and had minor roles in Korean dramas until he landed the role of Gong-Gil in The King and the Clown in 2005. After ...
83. Dong-seok Ma
Actor | The Eternals
Ma Dong-seok (born Lee Dong-seok on March 1, 1971), also known as Don Lee is a South Korean-American actor best known for his supporting roles in The Neighbor, Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time, and The Unjust. He also played leading roles in Norigae, Murderer and One on One. Under his ...
91. Hyeon-jun Shin
Actor | Killerdeului suda
Shin Hyun-june (b. March 24, 1968) was an athletics major at Yonsei University before starting a career in modeling and acting in 1989. His film debut came in veteran director Im Kwon-taek's stylish Son of a General series, set under the Japanese occupation in the 1920s. For the first half of the ...
94. Joong-Ki Song
Actor | Tae-yang-eui hoo-ye
Song Joong-Ki is a South Korean actor and MC. He is best known for his roles in television dramas Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Deep Rooted Tree and host of music show Music Bank.
He was educated at Daejeon St. Mary Elementary School, Hanbat Middle School, Antarctic Former High School, and graduate from ...
96. Keun-Suk Jang
Actor | Jeul-geo-woon in-saeng
Jang Keun Suk was born in Danyang County, Chungcheongbuk Province, South Korea. He was born on the 4th day of the 8th month of the Lunar Calendar in 1987 (the year of the rabbit), making his Gregorian calendar birth date 26 September 1987. He is an only child.
At the age of five, he was discovered ...
99. Seung-ho Yoo
Actor | Jibeuro
Yoo was born in Incheon and raised there by his family and the younger of two siblings. He made his entertainment debut in a cellphone commercial in 1999 after his mother sent in a photo of her son to an ad agency.
In 2000, Yoo began his career as a child actor, first appearing in television dramas....