Kim Ji-seok (actor)

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Kim Ji-seok
Kim Ji-seok (2012, cropped).jpg
Kim Ji-seok at the I Need Romance 2012 press conference in April 2012
Born Kim Bo-seok
(1981-04-21) April 21, 1981 (age 37)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Kim Ji-suk
Education Hankuk University of Foreign Studies - German
Kyung Hee University Graduate School of Journalism and Communication - Cultural Contents Planning
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Ji-seok
McCune–Reischauer Kim Jisŏk
Birth name
Revised Romanization Gim Bo-seok
McCune–Reischauer Kim Bosŏk

Kim Ji-seok (born Kim Bo-seok on April 21, 1981) is a South Korean actor.


Kim Bo-seok debuted in 2001 as a rapper in the five-member Eurodance boyband LEO (리오), formed to capitalize on the success of then-popular boyband g.o.d, however, LEO never hit it big, and the group disbanded after eight months.[1][2]

After failing the exam to get into the theater department, Kim majored in German at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Having attended middle school and high school in England, Kim is also fluent in English and he received his secondary teaching certificate in German and English in 2006.[2] He also has a master's degree in Cultural Contents Planning from Kyung Hee University's Graduate School of Journalism and Communication.

Kim was told by the head of his agency that his birth name could be confused with veteran actors Jung Bo-seok and Kim Bo-seong, he was given the stage name "Kim Ji-seok."[2] Kim began his acting career by appearing in the 2004 music video of Kim Hyung-joong's "She's Laughing", followed by several minor roles. Though his daily drama Likeable or Not recorded high ratings of over 40% in 2007-2008,[3][4] Kim still did not become a household name. Then a year later, Kim played a member of the Korean national ski jumping team in Take Off, which became the second-highest grossing Korean film in 2009.[5][6][7] His popularity increased even more when he played an immature, womanizing slave hunter ("chuno") in period drama The Slave Hunters,[2] the lover of a transgender man in comedy Lady Daddy,[8] and a competitive ex-boyfriend in Personal Taste.[9][10]

He enlisted for his mandatory military service on May 24, 2010, at the Nonsan training center in South Chungcheong Province for five weeks of basic training.[11] After serving active duty with the Defense Media Agency of the Ministry of National Defense in Yongsan-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, he was discharged in March 2012.[12][13] Kim's first post-army acting project was horror film Two Moons (also known as The Sleepless), released in July.[14][15] This was followed by television romantic comedies I Need Romance 2012 in June,[16] and Cheongdam-dong Alice in December.[17]

Kim then starred in Wonderful Mama (2013),[18] Angel Eyes (2014),[19] Unkind Ladies (2015),[20][21] and Cheer Up.[22] He also appeared as one of the cast members of talk show Hot Brain: Problematic Men.[23][24]

In 2016, Kim starred in the hit romantic comedy drama, Another Oh Hae-young, garnering praise from viewers for his comic acting.[25][26]

In 2017, Kim starred in historical drama The Rebel and was recognized by critics for his outstanding portrayal of King Lee Yong.[27][28][29] The same year, he played his first leading role in the romantic comedy drama Children of the 20th Century alongside Han Ye-seul.[30]

In 2018, Kim was cast in the romantic comedy drama Top Star Yoo Baek as the titular character.[31]



Year Title Role
2005 Her Name Is... DHR7 Dong-guk
Seoul Raiders Gangster underling
Love in Magic Yoon Woo-suk
2006 200 Pounds Beauty Charcoal (cameo)
2008 What Happened Last Night? Elevator guy (cameo)
Eye for an Eye Song Yoo-gon
2009 Take Off Kang Chil-gu
2010 Lady Daddy Jun-seok
2012 The Sleepless Seok-ho
2013 My Paparotti Drunken man (cameo)

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2003 Sang Doo! Let's Go to School (extra) KBS2
2004 Among Agasshi and Ajumma Jo Mi-ryeong's younger brother MBC
Nonstop 5 Kim Ji-seok (guest)
2005 Drama City
"Summer, A Tale of Goodbye"
Seong-yeob's friend KBS2
2006 I Want to Love Ji Eun-woo SBS
The Vineyard Man Kim Kyung-min KBS2
Just Run! Bae Man-soo
2007 Couple Breaking Lee Jung-jae CGV
Likeable or Not Kang Baek-ho KBS1
2008 Chil-woo the Mighty Peasant petitioner (cameo, episode 1) KBS2
Star's Lover Actor (cameo, episode 1) SBS
2009 Hometown Legends
"Kiss of the Vampire"
Hyeon KBS2
2010 The Slave Hunters Wang-son
Personal Taste Han Chang-ryul MBC
2011 Marching, Season 1 Corporal Kang Dae-san KFN
2012 I Need Romance 2012 Shin Ji-hoon tvN
Cheongdam-dong Alice Tommy Hong SBS
2013 Wonderful Mama Go Young-soo
Drama Special
"Came to Me and Became a Star"
Kang-seok KBS2
2014 I Need Romance 3 Bar owner with dog (cameo, episode 3) tvN
Angel Eyes Kang Ji-woon SBS
2015 Unkind Ladies Lee Doo-jin KBS2
Cheer Up! Yang Tae-bum
2016 Another Oh Hae-young Lee Jin-sang tvN
Drinking Solo Lee Jin-sang (cameo, episode 13)
2017 The Rebel Lee Yong (Yeonsangun of Joseon) MBC
Irish Uppercut Woo Si Hyung Naver TV Cast
Children of the 20th Century Gong Ji-won MBC
2018 Top Star Yoo Baek Yoo Baek tvN

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2004 "She's Laughing" Kim Hyung-joong
2013 "The Day to Love" Lee Seung Chul

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2006 Love Letter SBS
2008 Interview Game MC
2010 - 2012 Work Plus Success KFN
2015–present Hot Brain: Problematic Men tvN Cast member


Album information Track listing
LEO: The First Album
  • Album
  • Artist: LEO
  • Released: May 9, 2001[32]
  • Label: Synnara Music
Track listing
  1. Intro
  2. 그대 천천히 (Slow Down, Baby)
  3. 그녀가 나를 버렸다 (I Was Abandoned By Her)
  4. Good Friend
  5. 나를 기억하는지 (If You Still Remember Me)
  6. 아버지의 꿈 (Father's Dream)
  7. First Time In Love
  8. Drive
  9. First Dream
  10. 우리가 함께 할께 One (We'Ll Be With You)
  11. Cherish
  12. C'Mon C'Mon (Come On Come On)
  13. 함께한 약속 (The Promise That We Made)
  14. Slow Down, Baby (Remix Version)
Track listing
10. 독.불.장.군

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor[33] Likeable or Not Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama Nominated
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated
2009 17th Chunsa Film Art Awards Ensemble Acting Award Take Off Won
32nd Golden Cinematography Awards Best New Actor Won
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Best Actor in a One-Act Drama/Special Kiss of the Vampire Nominated
2013 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Cheongdam-dong Alice Nominated
2014 SBS Drama Awards Special Award, Actor in a Drama Special Angel Eyes Nominated
2017 Korea Cable TV Awards[34] Most Popular Star Award Another Oh Hae-young Won
Scene Stealer Award Won
10th Korea Drama Awards[35] Top Excellence Award, Actor The Rebel Won
1st The Seoul Awards[36] Best Supporting Actor (Drama) Nominated
MBC Drama Awards[37] Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Children of the 20th Century Won


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  2. ^ a b c d Choi, Ji-eun (19 January 2010). "MY NAME IS: Kim Ji-suk". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ "Actors of Likeable or Not Say Being 'Lovey-Dovey' is Fun". KBS Global. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
  4. ^ "Likable or Not Reach Highest Drama Ratings since 2000". KBS Global. 25 April 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  5. ^ Park, Sun-young (3 July 2009). "Tale of Korea's ski jumpers flies onto the big screen". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. ^ Kim, Jessica (11 September 2009). "Behind-the-scenes photos of film Take Off revealed". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  7. ^ Han, Lisa (1 November 2009). "Korean cinema regains its confidence in 2009/Analysis of the Korean Film Industry 2009". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  8. ^ "[PREVIEW] Movie "Lady Daddy"". 10Asia. 12 January 2010.
  9. ^ Kim, Lynn (26 March 2010). "Son Ye-jin says relieved Lee Min-ho "not young-looking" (1)". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
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  11. ^ Park Sung-Ki; Jessica Kim (24 May 2010). "Kim Ji-seok salutes fans before entering military". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
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  13. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (2 May 2012). "Kim Ji-suk delights fans in Japan". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
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  16. ^ Hong, Lucia (25 April 2012). "Kim Ji-seok to make comeback in new tvN's TV series". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
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  18. ^ "[원더풀 마마] 김지석 "이청하 마음 훔치겠다" 이기우 반응은?". Newsway (in Korean). 27 May 2013.
  19. ^ "김지석, '엔젤 아이즈' 합류…이상윤 구혜선과 삼각관계". Naver (in Korean). Sports Seoul. 7 March 2014.
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  22. ^ "Kim Ji-suk, a handsome teacher in 'Cheeky Go Go'". Hancinema. TVJ. 17 September 2015.
  23. ^ Ghim, Sora (25 February 2015). "The Problematic Men Show Their Real Selves". BNTNews. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  24. ^ "New quiz show 'Wise Guy' launches". Korea JoongAng Daily. 3 March 2015.
  25. ^ "'Oh Hae-Young Again' Jeon Hye-bin, Ye Ji-won, Kim Ji-suk and Lee Jae-Yoon-I cast confirmed". Hancinema. Xports News. 10 March 2016.
  26. ^ "Actor Kim Ji-seok models for Grazia". Kpop Herald. 22 June 2016.
  27. ^ "Kim Ji-suk, Lee Honey and Chae Soo-bin in "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People"". Hancinema. Nate. 7 December 2016.
  28. ^ "The Character Given Only to the Best Actors : Ruthless King, Yeonsan-gun". Hancinema. 29 June 2017.
  29. ^ "김지석, 첫 로코 주연작 '20세기 소년소녀' 기대할 이유". Naver (in Korean). Herald Corporation. 7 October 2017.
  30. ^ ""Boy and Girl From the 20th Century" Han Ye-seul, Kim Ji-suk". Hancinema. Sports Donga. 26 July 2017.
  31. ^ "Kim Ji-suk to Star in "Top Star Yoo Baek"". Hancinema. 9 August 2018.
  32. ^ 리오 1집 [LEO 1st Album]. ManiaDB (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-06-14.
  33. ^ "2007 Year-end Korean drama awards round-up". Hancinema. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 2014-09-11.
  34. ^ "Korea Cable TV Awards 2017 Drama Winners". Hancinema. TV Report. 10 March 2017.
  35. ^ "Korea Drama Festival: Winners". Hancinema. 4 October 2017.
  36. ^ Jung, Da-hoon (28 September 2017). "'제1회 더 서울어워즈' 노미네이트 공개, 이보영 지성 김희선 조승우 등 화려한 라인업 공개". SE Daily (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  37. ^ "Winners of the 2017 MBC Drama Awards". Hancinema. 30 December 2017.

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