March 19, 1981 |
Gangneung, Gangwon Province, South Korea
|Education||Chung-Ang University - Theater and Film|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Rae-won|
Kim Rae-won (born March 19, 1981) is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame in 2003 romantic comedy series Rooftop Room Cat, and is also known for his leading roles in My Little Bride (2004), Love Story in Harvard (2004), and Gourmet (2008).
Kim Rae-won initially wanted to become a professional basketball player, but when an injured ankle tendon ended that childhood dream, he turned to acting and studied Theater and Film at Chung-Ang University. He made his acting debut in the 1997 teen drama Me, in the role of a newbie at the broadcasting club of his high school. This was followed by another teen drama, School 2 (1999) and coming-of-age film Plum Blossom (2000).
In 2003, Kim became a household name after playing a law student slacker who cohabitates with a girl (Jeong Da-bin) in the popular series Rooftop Room Cat. He then played a carefree photographer who enters the life of an introverted girl in ...ing, followed by a return to the romantic comedy genre with My Little Bride, in the role of a college graduate forced to marry a high school girl (Moon Geun-young). My Little Bride became a sleeper hit and was the second top-grossing Korean film of 2004.
Kim continued playing romantic heroes on television, in dramas such as Love Story in Harvard (2004) and Which Star Are You From (2006). But on the big screen, he focused on darker, more masculine fare. He played a lowlife-turned-cop in Mr. Socrates (2005), a former gangster attempting to turn over a new leaf in Sunflower (2006), and an antihero art restorer in Insadong Scandal (2009).
In 2008, Kim played an elementary school teacher who falls for a Korean-Japanese jewelry designer (Mirai Yamamoto) in the Japanese film Flower Shadow (花影 Hanakage?). Later that year, he was cast in the leading role as a genius aspiring chef in Gourmet, a hit series based on Huh Young-man's manhwa Sikgaek.
Kim then explored the melodrama genre in A Thousand Days' Promise (2011), by renowned TV screenwriter Kim Soo-hyun. His character is torn between the longtime girlfriend whom his parents approve of, and the woman he truly loves (Soo Ae) who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
In the 2012 film My Little Hero (released internationally as A Wonderful Moment), Kim played a cynical music director who "discovers" a young boy in an audition contest. He next starred in 2014 legal thriller Punch, in which he played a prosecutor who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and decides to use his remaining six months to bring down the corrupt officials within the legal system.
This was followed by Gangnam Blues, a 2015 film by director Yoo Ha about the seedy underbelly behind the rapid real estate development of Gangnam in the 1970s. Kim shed 15 kilograms to make his role as a fist-fighting gangster more realistic.
On September 28, 2011, Kim was reportedly involved in a physical altercation with a waitress at a bar in Gangnam, Seoul where he and employees of his then-agency Bless Entertainment were drinking. He issued a denial, claiming he had only interceded in a verbal argument between the woman and an agency rep, and later made a public apology regarding the incident.
Kim has long been rumored to come from a very affluent family, which he denied in a January 14, 2013 guest appearance on talk show Healing Camp, though he confirmed that he did inherit an apartment unit during middle school as well as a large sum of money from his grandmother.
|1998||Soonpoong Clinic||Kim Rae-won||SBS|
|MBC Best Theater "Her Flower Pot No. 1"||MBC|
|1999||School 2||Lee Han||KBS2|
|Hometown of Legends||Jang-su, Goguryeo Shinjo||KBS2|
|The Thief's Daughter||Deok-gyeong||SBS|
|2001||Life Is Beautiful||Lee Jae-min||KBS2|
|Wuri's Family||Lee Young-hoon||MBC|
|2002||My Love Patzzi||Kim Hyun-sung||MBC|
|Rooftop Room Cat||Lee Kyung-min||MBC|
|2004||Say You Love Me||Kim Byung-soo||MBC|
|Love Story in Harvard||Kim Hyun-woo||SBS|
|2006||Which Star Are You From||Choi Seung-hee||MBC|
|2011||A Thousand Days' Promise||Park Ji-hyung||SBS|
|1998||Scent of a Man||young Kwon Hyuk-soo|
|Plum Blossom||Kim Ja-hyo|
|2004||My Little Bride||Park Sang-min|
|2005||Mr. Socrates||Ku Dong-hyuk|
|2009||Insadong Scandal||Lee Kang-jun|
|2012||My Little Hero||Yoo Il-han|
|2015||Gangnam Blues||Baek Yong-ki|
Awards and nominations
|1999||KBS Drama Awards||Best Young Actor||School 2||Won|
|2000||21st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Plum Blossom||Won|
|2003||Andre Kim Best Star Awards||Best Star Award||N/A||Won|
|Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards||Best Dressed||N/A||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Popularity Award, Actor||Rooftop Room Cat||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Won|
|2004||41st Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actor||My Little Bride||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award, Actor||Love Story in Harvard||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2005||41st Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV)||Won|
|2006||43rd Savings Day||Presidential Commendation||N/A||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Which Star Are You From||Nominated|
|2008||2nd Korea Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Gourmet||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|2011||SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||A Thousand Days' Promise||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Production||Won|
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- Lee, Kyung-nam (18 March 2014). "Kim Rae Won to Make Screen Comeback through Gangnam Blues". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
- Kim, Hee-eun (21 March 2014). "Kim Rae-won cast in Gangnam Blues". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
- "Kim Rae-won sheds 15kg for Gangnam 1970". K-Pop Herald. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-16.
- Kim, Myung-hyun (29 September 2011). "Kim Rae-won did not scuffle with bar employee, says rep". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
- Choi, Eun-hwa (11 October 2011). "Kim Rae Won, 'I apologize for the unsavory incident.'". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
- Sunwoo, Carla (15 January 2013). "Kim Rae-won says he's not so rich despite rumors". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-18.