Song Il-gook

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Song.
Song Il Gook
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Song Il Gook at a press conference in Tehran, Iran, 18 August 2009.
Born (1971-10-01) October 1, 1971 (age 42)
South Korea
Alma mater Chung-Ang University
(MFA, 2007-)[1]
Cheongju University
(BFA, 2006)[1]
Years active 1988–present
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Relatives Kim Du-han (grandfather)[1]
Kim Eul-dong (mother)
[1]Song Song-il (sister)[1]
Korean name
Revised Romanization Song Il-guk
McCune–Reischauer Song Ilguk

Song Il Gook (alternately Song Il Guk or Song Il Kuk) (송일국) is a popular South Korean actor. He starred in several historical Korean dramas such as Jumong and Emperor of the Sea. He graduated from the Cheongju University and majored in Performing Arts. He is the grandson of Kim Du-han, great grandson of Kim Jwa-jin, the famous Korean independence movement general during the early 1900s. Song is the son of actress and congresswoman Kim Eul-dong.[2]

Song typically takes on physically challenging roles that require sword-fighting, martial arts and horsemanship. He is a vice-president of the Korean Triathlon Confederation[3][4] and participated in the 2008 Seoul International Triathlon Competition.[5] In April 2008, Song carried the Olympic torch through Seoul.[6][7]

Additionally, Song has talent as a sketch artist. His skill was captured during filming of Emperor of the Sea and Kingdom of the Winds.[8]

In addition to acting, Song has modeled professionally, both on the runway and in print. In 2008, he and several of his colleagues, Joo Jin-mo, Go Soo, Jang Geun-suk, and Park Jae-jung, were the subjects of the Kolon Christmas Photo Shoot.[9]

On March 15, 2008, Song was wed to a Busan High Court Judge, initially identified only by her family name Jung, in a private traditional Korean wedding[10] away from the media spotlight at the Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul.[11] Later, Song's bride's full name was revealed to be Jeong Seung Yeon (정승연).[12]

In 2009, the state of Hawaii designated March 21 as Song Il-Gook day.[13]

In April 2010, Song was invited to the Blue House to dine with heads of state, including the president of Kazakhstan because the series Jumong garnered popularity in Kazakhstan.[14]

Song adheres to a vegetarian diet for health and ethical reasons.[15]


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  1. ^ a b c d e f "송일국 탤런트, 영화배우". Naver Profiles (in Korean). Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
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  6. ^ The San Francisco Chronicle |url= missing title (help). [dead link]
  7. ^–-runners-for-2008-beijing-olympic-torch--13690.html
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  9. ^ Kolon Christmas Photo Shoot on YouTube
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  11. ^ Actor Song Il-guk Marries Judge
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  15. ^ Lee, Seo-hyun, '송일국-이하늬-윤진서-김효진-배종옥' 공통점은! [Song Il-gook, Lee Han-ui, Yun Jin-seo, Kim Hyo-jin and Bae Jong-ok have something in common] (2012-01-04) (in Korean), Shinmoongo, Retrieved 2012-05-11, Archive (2012-05-11), Archive2 (2012-05-11)
  16. ^ '주몽' 모팔모 이계인, 비 CF 흉내, '비계인이라 불러줘~' Nocut News 2006.12.31
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