Baek Yoon-sik

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Baek.
Baek Yoon-sik
Born (1947-03-16) 16 March 1947 (age 67)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Baek Yun-shik
Education Chung-Ang University - Theatre and Film
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–present
Agent Namoo Actors
Children Baek Do-bin
Baek Seo-bin
Korean name
Revised Romanization Baek Yun-sik
McCune–Reischauer Paek Yun-sik

Baek Yoon-sik (born March 16, 1947) is a South Korean actor. He is known for his characteristic near-expressionless facial acting.[1]


Baek Yoon-sik made his debut in 1970 on KBS TV. In the coming years he would appear in four films, taking lead roles in his debut Excellent Guys and in romantic comedy Only With You with Seo Mi-kyung, a young star of the time. He also studied in the film and theater department at Chung-Ang University's graduate school.[2][3]

Nonetheless, his film career appeared to end in the 1970s and he became known thereafter as a TV actor. In the late 1990s and early 2000s he attained a certain degree of visibility in TV dramas such as Moon Over Seoul (1994, with Han Suk-kyu and Choi Min-sik) and Jang Hee-bin (2002, with Kim Hye-soo).[3][4]

In 2003, however, Baek's career was revived in spectacular fashion with a major role in Jang Joon-hwan's acclaimed debut feature Save the Green Planet!. Playing an arrogant company executive—believed by the film's hero to be an alien from Andromeda Galaxy—Baek's performance won him a Best Actor Award from the 2003 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, as well as numerous best supporting actor mentions from local awards ceremonies. He quickly became sort of a cult figure among younger cinephiles.[3][5]

Following on this success, Baek went on to appear in several more high-profile films, including a memorable role in Choi Dong-hoon's caper film The Big Swindle and a showstopping performance as intelligence chief Kim Jae-gyu in Im Sang-soo's controversial drama The President's Last Bang.[3][6]

The year 2006 turned out to be a particularly prolific year for Baek, as he took leading and supporting roles in four films. (It was a profitable year as well, with his fee rising to $400,000 per film—just a shade below that of the top stars.) Of these four, Choi Dong-hoon's Tazza: The High Rollers proved to be a runaway hit, selling close to 7 million tickets.[3][7]

Personal life[edit]

Baek divorced his wife in March 2004 after 27 years of marriage. His two sons Baek Do-bin and Baek Seo-bin are also actors.[8]


Year Title Role Medium
1970 Hometown of Legends Television (KBS)
1970 River Television (KBS)
1970 Arirang Na Woon-gyu Television (KBS)
1974 Land Television
1978 정부수립 Television
1974 Excellent Guys Film
1976 Only With You Film
1976 A Woman's Castle Film
1977 Chun-ha, My Love Film
1979 The Solitude of Eun Ji-hwa Lee Jung-seob Television (KBS)
1982 TV문학관 Television
1984 영상시극 Lee Sang-hwa Television (KBS)
1984 Independence Gate Television (KBS)
1988 풍객 Television
1989 숲은 잠들지 않는다 Television
1991 교토 25시 Television (KBS)
1991 저린 손 끝 Television (KBS2)
1994 Moon Over Seoul Television (MBC)
1994 Han Myeong Hoe Sung Sam-moon Television (KBS1)
1995 War and Love Television (MBC)
1995 Jang Nok Soo Television (KBS2)
1997 A Bluebird Has It Baek Kwan-jang Television (KBS2)
1998 Until the Azalea Blooms Television (KBS2)
2000 Duk Yi Jang Cheon-il Television (SBS)
2000 A Masterpiece in My Life Film
2001 Ladies of the Palace Jeong Yoon-gyeom Television (SBS)
2002 Jang Hee-bin Jo Sa-suk Television (KBS2)
2003 Apgujeong House Father Television (SBS)
2003 Save the Green Planet! Kang Man-shik Film
2004 The Big Swindle Mr. Kim Film
2005 The President's Last Bang Kim Jae-gyu Film
2006 The Art of Fighting Oh Man-su Film
2006 Like a Virgin Coach Film
2006 Tazza: The High Rollers Pyung Gyung-jang Film
2006 How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men Dong Chol-dong Film
2007 Bravo My Life Cho Min-hyuk Film
2007 The Bank Attack Film
2009 Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard Master Film
2009 Hero Jo Yong-deok Television (MBC)
2010 Harvest Villa Park Tae-chon Television (tvN)
2011 Meet the In-Laws Young-kwang Film
2011 Head Baek Jeong Film
2011 Champ President of
Horse Riding Association
2011 Tree With Deep Roots King Taejong Television (SBS)
2012 Immortal Classic Hwang Young-chul Television (Channel A)
2012 The Taste of Money Company president Yoon Film
2012 I Am a King Hwang Hee Film
2013 Guam Heo Jun Yoo Ui-tae Television (MBC)
2013 The Face Reader Kim Jongseo Film
2014 Cantabile Romance Franz von Stresemann Television (KBS2)
2015 The Insiders Film


Year Award Category Title
2003 7th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Best Actor Save the Green Planet!
2003 40th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Save the Green Planet!
2003 24th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Save the Green Planet!
2003 2nd Korean Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Save the Green Planet!
2004 5th Pusan Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor The Big Swindle


  1. ^ "KBS2 '추리극장 명탐정 Q' 패널들 사건 전개 알아맞히기". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). 20 February 2001. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ "백윤식". Nate (in Korean). Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Baek Yoon-shik". Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  4. ^ "BAEK Yoon-shik". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  5. ^ Frater, Patrick (20 July 2003). "Korea's Save The Green Planet wins PiFan festival". Screen International. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 그때 그사람들 (The President's Last Bang)". Twitch Film. 24 July 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ "엽기적인 캐릭터로 웃음 터트리게 만드는 백윤식". Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). December 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ "66-year-old actor in love with TV reporter 30 years younger". The Dong-a Ilbo. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 

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