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Famous Actors from South Korea

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Updated June 14, 2019 223k views 184 items

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

Birthplace: Seongbuk District, Donam-dong, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Ahn Jae-wook (Korean: 안재욱; born September 12, 1971) 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

Birthplace: South Korea, Daegu

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Lee Tae, Mr.Lee, Ja-woon, Kim Kyoung-ho, President, + more

Ahn Sung-ki (Korean: 안성기; born January 1, 1952) is a South Korean actor. One of the country's most respected actors, he has appeared in more than 130 films during his career of over 60 years.
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Bae Doona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 39

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Jeong Hyun-jae, Jeong Geum-sun, Sonmi~451, Cha Yeong-mi, Park Nam-Joo, + more

Doona Bae (Korean: 배두나; Korean pronunciation: [pɛduna]; born October 11, 1979) is a South Korean actress and photographer. She became known outside Korea for her roles as a political activist in ...more
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Bae Yong-joon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 46

Birthplace: Mapo District, Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Main character, Shin Dong-hyuk, Jun-sang Kang

Bae Yong-joon (born August 29, 1972) is a South Korean actor and businessman. He has starred in numerous television dramas, including, notably, Winter Sonata which became a major part of the ...more
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Bong Joon-ho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 49

Birthplace: Daegu, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Joon-ho, lee

Bong Joon-ho (Korean: 봉준호, Korean pronunciation: [poːŋ tɕuːnho → poːŋdʑunho]; born September 14, 1969) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter whose films include the crime drama ...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)

Birthplace: Incheon, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Dr. Klahn, Capt. Han

Han Bong-Soo (Hangul: 한봉수; August 25, 1933 – January 8, 2007), also known as Bong Soo Han, was a Korean martial artist, author, and the founder of the International Hapkido Federation. He was ...more
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Byung-ho Son is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 56

Birthplace: Andong, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Rest stop owner's husband, Seung-woo - the police chief, Tak Mun-Su, Seo Jae-sik

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

Birthplace: Anyang, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Dokko Jin, Choi Gyoo-dae, Hong Kyung-tak, Jang Tae-ju, Son Hyuk

Cha Seung-won (born 7 June 1970) is a South Korean actor, who began his career as an in-demand fashion model in the 1990s. Cha achieved stardom through the hit comedy films Kick the Moon (2001), ...more
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Cha Tae-hyun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 42

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Son Tae-Il, Jung Ha-suk, Pigeon Man, Sang-Man

Cha Tae-hyun (born March 25, 1976) is a South Korean actor, singer, television personality, radio DJ and director. He is best known for his lead roles in the box-office hit comedies My Sassy ...more
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Chae An is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 45

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

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Jo Hyun-jae is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 38

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Addie Kang, Sung Jae

Jo Hyun-jae (born May 9, 1980) is a South Korean actor. Jo made his entertainment debut as a singer in the four-member boy band Guardian, which disbanded after releasing their self-titled album ...more
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Choi Cheol-ho is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 48

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Dong-Cheon, Park Si-Wan

Choi Cheol-ho (Korean: 최철호; born 2 March 1970) is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame after appearing in the hit drama Queen of Housewives (also known as My Wife is a Superwoman, 2009). Other ...more
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Choi Eun-hee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 92

Birthplace: Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: In-Soon, Queen Noguk, Ok-Gyeong, King Yong, Eum-Jeon, + more

Choi Eun-hee (Hangul: 최은희; November 20, 1926 – April 16, 2018) was a South Korean actress, who was one of the country's most popular stars of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1978, Choi and her then ...more
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Choi Jeong-yun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 41

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Son Mi-Hyang, Woman in elevator

Choi Jung-yoon (born 9 May 1977) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for starring in television dramas, with leading roles in Romance Hunter (2007), Manny (2011), Ojakgyo Family (2011), ...more
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Choi Ji-Eun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 30

Birthplace: Daejeon, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Choi Ji-eun (born May 25, 1988) is a South Korean figure skating coach and former competitor. She is a five-time South Korean national medalist, having won two silver and three bronze medals. ...more
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Choi Ji-woo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 43

Birthplace: Paju, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Choi Ji Woo, Han Jeong-Seo, Yoo-jin Jung

Choi Ji-woo (born Choi Mi-hyang on June 11, 1975) is a South Korean actress. She is known for starring in the television melodramas Beautiful Days (2001), Winter Sonata (2002), Stairway to ...more
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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)

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Kang Min-Ju, Ji-hyun, Susanne, Telephone operator, In-Ju, + more

Choi Jin-Sil (December 24, 1968 – October 2, 2008) was a South Korean actress. She was considered one of the best actresses in South Korea, nicknamed "The Nation's Actress". She played ...more
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Choi Min-sik is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 56

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Mr. Baek, Gyeong-Cheol, Kyung-Chul, Wanderer, Gang Tae-shik, + more

Choi Min-sik (born May 30, 1962) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his critically acclaimed roles in Oldboy (2003), I Saw the Devil (2010), and The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014). ...more
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Siwon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 32

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Sung Min Woo, Lee Mong-ryong, Kang Hyun-min, Dun Helian, Shiyuan, + more

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

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: Canada, South Korea

Characters: Jeon Ji-hoo

Choi Yeo-jin (Korean: 최여진; born July 27, 1983) is a South Korean-Canadian model-turned-actress.
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Chu Sang-mi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 45

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Yun-hie, Han Ji-yeong

Chu Sang-mi (born 9 May 1972) is a South Korean actress. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, to the popular stage actor Chu Song-woong. Along with Lee Byung-hun and Choi Ji-woo, Chu co-starred ...more
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Chun Jung Myung is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 38

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Eun-Su, Ae-kku

Chun Jung-myung (Korean: 천정명, born November 29, 1980) is a South Korean actor. Chun made his break into the entertainment industry in the KBS teen drama School 2 (1999). He is best known for his ...more
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Daniel Henney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 39

Birthplace: Carson City, Michigan, USA

Nationality: South Korea, United States of America

Characters: Phillip, Kai, Henry Kim, Dr. David Lee

Daniel Phillip Henney (born November 28, 1979) is a Korean-American actor and model. He is known for starring in films such as Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006), My Father (2007), X-Men Origins: ...more
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Dragon Lee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 60

Birthplace: North Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Ma Chang

Dragon Lee (sometimes credited as "Bruce Lei") (born August 12, 1958) is the stage name of an actor and practitioner of Taekwondo and Hapkido. He made a name for himself as a martial ...more
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Eugene is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Actors from South Korea
Age: 37

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Characters: Min Chae-won

Kim Yoo-jin (born March 3, 1981), known professionally as Eugene, is a South Korean actress and singer. She is best known as a member of South Korean girl group S.E.S.. She has released two solo ...more