Baek Yoon-sik

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Baek Yoon-sik
180813 영화 '명당'제작발표회 백윤식.jpg
Baek in August 2018
Born (1947-03-16) 16 March 1947 (age 72)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationChung-Ang University - Theater and Film
Years active1970–present
AgentNamoo Actors
ChildrenBaek Do-bin
Baek Seo-bin
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBaek Yun-sik
McCune–ReischauerPaek Yun-sik

Baek Yoon-sik (born 16 March 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 acting debut Excellent Guys and in romantic comedy Only with You with Seo Mi-kyung, a young star of the time. He also obtained his bachelor's degree and master's degree in Theater and Film at Chung-Ang University.[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 The Moon of Seoul (1994, with Han Suk-kyu and Choi Min-sik) and Jang Hui-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
1974 Excellent Guys
1976 Only with You
A Woman's Castle
1977 Chu-ha, My Love
2000 A Masterpiece in My Life Boss Yang
2003 Save the Green Planet! Kang Man-shik
2004 The Big Swindle Mr. Kim
2005 The President's Last Bang Kim Jae-gyu
2006 The Art of Fighting Oh Pan-su
Like a Virgin Ssireum coach
Tazza: The High Rollers Mr. Pyeong
How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men Dong Chol-dong
2007 Surf's Up Big Z (voice, Korean dubbed)
Bravo My Life Cho Min-hyuk
The Bank Attack Detective squad captain Gu
2009 Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard Master (cameo)
2011 Meet the In-Laws Young-kwang
Head Baek Jeong
Champ President of
horse riding association
2012 The Taste of Money Chairman Yoon
I Am the King Hwang Hui
2013 The Face Reader Kim Jongseo
2015 Inside Men Lee Kang-hee
2016 The Last Princess Emperor Gojong
2017 The Chase Shim Deok-su
2018 Feng Shui Kim Jwa-gun


Year Title Role Network
1970 Hometown of Legends KBS
Arirang Na Woon-gyu
1974 Land
1978 정부수립
1979 The Solitude of Eun Ji-hwa Lee Jung-seob KBS
물무늬 KBS2
1980 소망 KBS1
1981 Great Vocation Crown Prince Sohyeon
1983 꾸러기 합창 KBS2
1984 Independence Gate Yun Chi-ho KBS1
TV Tale of Chunhyang Byeon Hak-do KBS2
영상시극 Lee Sang-hwa KBS
1986 Southern Cross South Korean student KBS1
1988 Punggaek KBS2
1989 숲은 잠들지 않는다
1990 안개를 찾아서
1991 저린 손 끝 Principal Moon Joong-hoon
School of Love
Kyoto 25 City
1993 어떤 날의 시작 KBS1
3rd Republic Kim Dae-jung MBC
1994 Han Myung-hoi Seong Sam-mun KBS2
The Moon of Seoul Art teacher Kim In-cheol MBC
1995 Jang Nok-su Grand Prince Je-ahn KBS2
War and Love Hang-so MBC
1996 The Brothers' River Dr. Choi SBS
Hometown of Legends "덕대골" Terminally ill husband KBS2
1997 Hometown of Legend "Sashin's Smile"
A Bluebird Has It Director Baek
1998 Until the Azalea Blooms Baek Woon-soo
2000 She's the One
Virtue Jang Cheon-il SBS
2001 Ladies of the Palace Jeong Yun-gyeom
2002 Jang Hui-bin Jo Sa-seok KBS2
2003 Apgujeong House Father SBS
2009 Hero Jo Yong-deok MBC
2010 Golden House Park Tae-chon tvN
2011 Deep Rooted Tree King Taejong SBS
2012 Immortal Classic Hwang Young-chul Channel A
2013 Hur Jun, the Original Story Yoo Ui-tae MBC
2014 Naeil's Cantabile Franz von Stresemann KBS2
2019 Vagabond[9] SBS

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 7th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Best Actor Save the Green Planet! Won
40th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
24th Blue Dragon Film Awards Won
2nd Korean Film Awards Won
2004 5th Busan Film Critics Awards The Big Swindle Won
25th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
3rd Korean Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Sitcom Apgujeong House Won
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) The President's Last Bang Nominated
2013 50th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor The Face Reader Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Golden Acting Award, Actor Hur Jun, the Original Story Nominated


  1. ^ "KBS2 '추리극장 명탐정 Q' 패널들 사건 전개 알아맞히기". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). 20 February 2001. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  2. ^ 백윤식. Nate (in Korean). Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Baek Yoon-shik". Archived from the original on 24 February 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  4. ^ "BAEK Yoon-shik". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  5. ^ Frater, Patrick (20 July 2003). "Korea's Save The Green Planet wins PiFan festival". Screen International.
  6. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 그때 그사람들 (The President's Last Bang)". Twitch Film. 6 December 2014.
  7. ^ 엽기적인 캐릭터로 웃음 터트리게 만드는 백윤식. Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). 6 December 2014.
  8. ^ "66-year-old actor in love with TV reporter 30 years younger". The Dong-a Ilbo. 6 December 2014.
  9. ^ [단독]김민종·백윤식·이경영·문성근, 250억원 '배가본드' 출연. Ilgan Sports (in Korean). May 11, 2018.

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