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Famous Actors from South Korea

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Check out this list of film actors and actresses from South Korea, listed alphabetically with photos when available. South Korea has produced very talented actors and actresses in the last century, many of whom have starred in comedies, dramas, horror movies, and more. These South Korean actors specialize in film, television, or even theater, so they're not all necessarily movie stars. Nonetheless, these are some of the best South Korean actors the country has ever seen, so if you're a native of South Korea and an aspiring actor or actress, then these are people you definitely look up to.

The list below includes the likes of Sung Yu Ri, Yoon Chan, and more top Korean actors and actresses. This list answers the questions, "Who are the best South Korean actors?" and "Which movie stars are from South Korea?"

Click on the names of these movie stars of South Korea in order to see more information about each. If you're a film buff, don't hesitate use this list of talented South Korean film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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Ahn Jae-wook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 47
Ahn Jae-wook is a South Korean actor and singer.
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Ahn Sung-ki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 67
Ahn Sung-ki is a South Korean actor.
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Bae Doona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 39
Bae Doona is a South Korean actress and photographer. Bae first became known outside Korea for her roles as the protagonist's political activist girlfriend Cha Young-mi in Park Chan-wook's ...more
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Bae Yong-joon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 46
Bae Yong-joon, is a South Korean actor best known for his roles in numerous television dramas and one of the first kkonminam icons. He is known as Yon-sama to his Japanese fans.
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Bong Joon-ho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 49
Bong Joon-ho is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. His films include South Korean hits Memories of Murder, based on a true-life serial murder case, monster movie The Host, and his ...more
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Han Bong-soo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Dec. at 74 (1933-2007)
Han Bong-Soo, also known as Bong Soo Han, was a martial arts instructor, author, the founder of the International Hapkido Federation, and one of the foremost practitioners of hapkido through his ...more
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Byung-ho Son is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 56
Byung-ho Son is an actor.
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Cha Seung-won is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 48
Cha Seung-won is a South Korean actor. He began his career as an in-demand fashion model in the 1990s, before embarking on an acting career. Cha achieved stardom through the hit comedy films ...more
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Cha Tae-hyun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 42
Cha Tae-hyun is a South Korean actor and singer. Internationally he is best known for his lead roles in the box-office hit comedies My Sassy Girl and Scandal Makers.
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Chae An is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 45
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Jo Hyun-jae is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 38
Jo Hyun-jae is a South Korean actor. Jo made his entertainment debut as a singer in the four-member K-pop boy band Guardian, which disbanded after releasing their self-titled album in 1998. In ...more
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Choi Cheol-ho is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 48
Choi Cheol-ho is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame after appearing in the hit drama Queen of Housewives. Other notable roles include King Seonjo in The Immortal Lee Soon-shin, Geolsa Biu in ...more
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Choi Eun-hee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 92
Choi Eun-hee is a South Korean actress. She began her film career in 1947 in the film A New Oath. For the next 20 years, she was one of the biggest stars in Korean film and led the Shin Film ...more
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Choi Jeong-yun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 41
Choi Jung-yoon is a South Korean actress. She is best known for starring in television dramas, with leading roles in Romance Hunter, Manny, Ojakgyo Family, An Angel's Choice, and Cheer Up, Mr. ...more
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Choi Ji-Eun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 30
Choi Ji-eun is a South Korean figure skater who currently works as a coach. She is the 2004-2006 South Korean silver medalist. She won the bronze medal at the 2006 Junior Grand Prix event in ...more
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Choi Ji-woo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 43
Choi Ji-woo is a South Korean actress. She is most famous for starring in the television melodramas Winter Sonata, Beautiful Days and Stairway to Heaven.
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Choi Jin-sil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Dec. at 40 (1968-2008)
Choi Jin-Sil was a popular South Korean actress. She was considered one of the best actresses in South Korea, nicknamed "The Nation's Actress". She played leading roles in 18 movies ...more
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Choi Min-sik is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 56
Choi Min-sik is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his critically acclaimed roles in Oldboy and The Admiral: Roaring Currents. He also starred alongside Scarlett Johansson in the 2014 ...more
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Siwon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 32
Choi Si-won (born 10 February, 1987) is a South Korean singer, songwriter, model, and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior and its Mandopop subgroup, Super Junior-M. ...more
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Choi Yeo-jin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 35
Choi Yeo-jin is a South Korean-Canadian actress.
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Chu Sang-mi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 45
Chu Sang-mi is a South Korean actress. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, to the popular late stage actor Chu Song-woong. Along with Lee Byung-hun and Choi Ji-woo, Chu co-starred in the film ...more
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Chun Jung Myung is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 38
Chun Jung-myung is a South Korean actor. Chun made his break into the entertainment industry in the KBS teen drama School 2. He has had leading roles in TV dramas such as Fashion 70's, Goodbye ...more
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Daniel Henney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 39
Daniel Phillip Henney is an American actor and model of Korean and Irish descent, known for starring in films such as Seducing Mr. Perfect, My Father, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Shanghai Calling, ...more
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Dragon Lee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 60
Dragon Lee is an actor and practitioner of Taekwondo and Hapkido. He made a name for himself as a martial arts film star in the 1970s and 80s. His birth name is Moon Kyoung-seok, but he has also ...more
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Eugene is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
age 37
Kim Yoo-jin, professionally known in English as Eugene, is a singer, actress, emcee from South Korea. She was a former member of a Korean female idol group called S.E.S., popular in the late ...more