Won in a press conference of The Man from Nowhere in Seoul, on 28 July 2010
November 10, 1977
Jeongseon, Gangwon-do, South Korea
|Alma mater||Yong-In University,
Baekje Arts College
|Agent||Eden Nine Entertainment|
|Height||5' 10" (178 cm)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lb)|
|Revised Romanization||Won Bin|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Do-jin|
Won Bin (Hangul: 원빈; born Kim Do-jin; Hangul: 김도진 on November 10, 1977) is a South Korean actor. He first gained wide popularity in 2000 after starring in the television drama Autumn in My Heart and has since gained critical acclaim for his performances in the films Taegukgi, Mother and The Man from Nowhere.
Won was born and raised in a hamlet in the north of Jeongseon in Gangwon-do, South Korea. He is the fifth and youngest child, with one brother and three sisters. His father was formerly employed in a mine and his mother worked on a farm; both of his parents are now retired. As was common for other children living in mountainous regions, Won spent most of his time playing around with friends in the mountains and rivers, and later explained: "I came back home most nights at sunset with a black and dusty face." He was frequently shy, introspective, and quiet, character traits that would continue to follow him throughout adulthood. While not talkative or outgoing, he excelled at athletics. Won started taekwondo lessons and now holds a black belt. As a young boy, he initially planned to become a car mechanic due to his interest in car racing and motorcycling. Won graduated from a mechanical high school, where he studied car repair and mechanics.
In November 1995, a cable television station was looking to recruit and hire new actors; Won applied and was accepted in his last semester of high school. He started to take acting classes at the station's headquarters and appeared in several dramas. The following month, Won signed an acting contract with a talent agency.
Won made his screen debut with a supporting role in the 1997 drama film Propose. His role in Ready Go! (1998) helped hone his acting chops. After Ready Go!, he took a break and entered a college called Paekche Institute of the Arts in 1998 to take acting classes. In 1999, Won came back to the screen with a lead role in drama Kwangki from which he was recognized as a promising young actor and a teen heartthrob.
He made his big breakthrough in 2000 with drama Kkokji and Autumn Fairy Tale. His role as a rebellious youngest son in Kkokji proved his acting potential and his role in the widely successful drama Autumn Fairy Tale landed him on the A-list for Korean performers. Autumn Fairy Tale gained wide popularity in Asia and he became one of the most popular Korean actors in Korea and Asia as well. In 2002, Won was involved in the first South Korea and Japan joint production drama Friends.
Won also had roles in several popular movies, including Guns & Talks and My Brother, but it is his portrayal of the sensitive younger brother in the blockbuster war movie Taegukgi (aka Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War) (2004) that has truly cemented his fame in the international realm. With the success of the critically acclaimed Taegukgi, recognition of his acting skills has reached an ever-wider international audience. Taegukgi was the best selling movie in South Korea in 2004 with 11.75 million admissions.
His career was interrupted by his mandatory service to the South Korean Army. After graduating from the Graduate School of Arts in Yong-In University in 2005, Won started his military duty in November 2005 and stationed at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, a position for which he volunteered. On June 2, 2006, the military officially confirmed that Won Bin would be no longer active. The decision was made by the military when Won Bin sustained injury to his ACL. He had undergone surgery and was officially discharged on June 7, 2006. After the surgery, he had gone through rehabilitation program for more than one year to recover from the injury.
Won was appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador of the Korean Committee on September 6, 2007. He has participated in various programs and charity events in Korea for UNICEF from that time on, and has appeared in several promotional videos.
In April 2008, Won finally confirmed that his re-debut film would be Mother directed by Bong Joon-ho. Filming started in September 2008 and finished in February 2009. The film was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. He walked the red carpet at the film's world premiere on May 16, 2009 in the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. This was followed by The Man from Nowhere released in August 2010.
|2001||Guns & Talks||킬러들의 수다||Ha-yun|
|2004||Taegukgi||태극기 휘날리며||Lee Jin-seok|
|2010||The Man from Nowhere||아저씨||Cha Tae-sik|
|1998||Ready, Go!||Han Seung-joo||MBC|
|Tough Guy's Love (aka: Kkokji)||Song Myung-tae||KBS|
|Autumn in My Heart||Han Tae-suk||KBS|
|2002||Friends||Kim Ji-hoon||TBS & MBC|
- 2000: dream in HEAVEN photobook - 100 pages photo essays with photos taken in Bali, Indonesia and South Korea.
- 2002: WWW-Wonbin Wide pinup Web photobook - 40 pages photo essays.
- 2005: 28 Day 'n Year Won Bin Premium Box Set - DVD & photobook - 60-minute DVD and 144 pages of photos with sincere essays written by Won Bin revolving around his private life and his photo session trip to South Korea, Czech Republic, and Japan as well as collector's gifts.
- 2006: BINUS DVD - To show his gratitude to his fans for their years of support, Won Bin has recorded this candid, personal DVD (60 minutes) to be shared just between him and us, the fans - hence the title BINUS (BINUS is the name of his official fanclub), before fulfilling his mandatory military service. It includes revealing footage and private life, with Won Bin re-visiting many places in his hometown to share with his fans his background and childhood memories.
- 2006: Dear Wonbin photobook - Designed like a diary book, with drawings by Won Bin.
- 2010: I Love You Private DVD & Photobook - 105-minute DVD and photobook, filmed in Ireland
Awards and nominations
|1999||KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Ad Madness||Won|
|2000||Excellence Award, Actor||Tough Guy's Love, Autumn in My Heart||Won|
|2001||37th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor in TV||Autumn in My Heart||Won|
|22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Guns & Talks||Nominated|
|2004||12th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best New Actor||Taegukgi||Won|
|27th Golden Cinematography Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|3rd Korean Film Awards||Best Actor||My Brother||Nominated|
|46th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor||Mother||Nominated|
|4th Asian Film Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|47th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actor||The Man from Nowhere||Won|||
|8th Korean Film Awards||Best Actor||Won|||
|31st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Popularity Award||Won|
|6th University Film Festival of Korea||Best Actor||Won|
|2011||47th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2nd Film Journalists Association Annual Film Awards (Korea)||Best Actor||Won|
|8th MaxMovie Awards (Korea)||Best Actor||Won|
|48th Grand Bell Awards||Popularity Award||Won|||
- 2002: BVLGARI Brilliant Dreams Award (Japan)
- 2007: Appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
- 2011: Best Jewellery Wearer Award (Japan)
- 2000: Best Dresser of the year
- 2002: Voted as the "April 2002 Most Beautiful Man" by MostBeautifulMan.com. The first Asian celebrity to win in this monthly poll.
- 2005: Voted #1 "Favorite Asian Star" (2005) in the readers' survey by Japanese magazine "CanCam".
- 2005: Voted #1 "Favorite Asian Star" (2005) in the readers' survey by Japanese magazine "an.an".
- 2006: Voted #1 "Favorite Asian Star" (2006) in the readers' survey by Japanese magazine "an.an".
- 2007: Voted #1 "Favorite Asian Star" (2007) in the readers' survey by Japanese magazine "an.an".
As UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Won Bin has participated in various programs and charity events.
- 2007.09.06 - Appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
- 2007.10.03 - Attended the International Peace Marathon Festival in Seoul to raise fund for UNICEF.
- 2007.11.26 - Attended a charity fashion show to raise fund for UNICEF.
- 2008.02.28 - Attended the "Clean meals, Happy sharing" campaign sponsored by UNICEF and Hanwha Resort.
- 2008.06.24 - Promoting the Awoo Doll campaign.
- 2008.08.20 - Raised fund through photo project with Louis Vuitton and GQ Korea.
- 2008.11.27 - Promoting UNICEF Jumper to raise fund.
- 2008.12.22 - Visited an orphanage in Seoul and presented the children there with Christmas gifts.
- 2009.04.04-13 - Visited Gambia for UNICEF, visited relief center, hospital and schools.
- 2010.09.12-17 - Visited East Timor for UNICEF. watched over the vaccinations and educational work being done on site by UNICEF.
In popular culture
Won Bin was mentioned in the lyrics of Ladies' Code's single Kiss Kiss, composed by Super Changddai. The lyrics said, "난 오늘밤 꿈에서 난 원빈 오빠가 나타나 줄 텐데" (Tonight, in my dreams, Won Bin oppa will appear).
- (Korean) Won Bin's official website - Profile page
- (Korean) Naver - Person Profile "Won Bin"
- (Korean) Nate - Person Profile "Won Bin"
- (Korean) Cine21 - Person Profile "Won Bin"
- (Korean) Maxmovie - Person Profile "Won Bin"
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- Kang, Myoung-Seok (4 August 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Won Bin - Part 1". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- Kang, Myoung-Seok (4 August 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Won Bin - Part 2". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- Kang, Myoung-Seok (4 August 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Won Bin - Part 3". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
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- "Won Bin heads for frontline army post". Xinhua News Agency, Jan 10, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
- "Actor Won Bin Reports for DMZ Duty". Dong-a Ilbo, Feb 11, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
- "Star Discharged After Brief Stint With Frontline Unit". The Chosun Ilbo, Jun 2, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-06.[dead link]
- "Injured Star Discharged from Military Service". The Chosun Ilbo, Jun 7, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-06.[dead link]
- Sunwoo, Carla (31 August 2012). "Korean Unicef chooses Kim Hye-soo". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- Kim, Lyn (6 October 2009). "Won Bin hops onto summer action film". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- Kim, Lynn (8 July 2010). "Won Bin speaks with action in new film The Man From Nowhere". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- Aju News (17 October 2013). "Won Bin and Lee Na-young are on a trip 'going out well'". Ajunews. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- Soo-Mee, Park (2010-10-31). "'Poetry' Rings Korea's Grand Bell with Multiple Wins". Hollywood Reporter, Oct 31, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
- "The Man From Nowhere sweeps Korea Film Awards". 10Asia, Nov 19, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
- "48th Daejong Film Awards Highlight Year's Best". Chosun Ilbo. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- "April 2002 Most Beautiful Man - Won Bin". MostBeautifulMan.com, April 2002. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- "Won Bin voted favorite Asian star". Xinhua News Agency, Apr 18, 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- "Won Bin participated in UNICEF campaign (Chinese news)". Tom.com report, Feb 29, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
- "Won Bin Joins Vuitton, GQ in Charity Project". Hancinema, Aug 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
- "KISS KISS". MelOn. LOEN Entertainment. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
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