Kim Joo-hyuk

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Kim Joo-hyuk
Born (1972-10-03)3 October 1972[1]
Gangnam District, Seoul, South Korea
Died 30 October 2017(2017-10-30) (aged 45)[2]
Seoul, South Korea
Cause of death Traffic collision
Other names Gutaeng Bro (구탱이형), Korea’s Hugh Grant
Alma mater Youngdong High School
Dongguk University (Department of Theatre and Film)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–2017
Agent Namoo Actors
Parent(s) Kim Mu-saeng (father)
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Ju-hyeok
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chuhyŏk

Kim Joo-hyuk (3 October 1972 – 30 October 2017) was a South Korean actor.[1] He was known for his leading roles in the films My Wife Got Married (2008), The Servant (2010), and Yourself and Yours (2016), his supporting role in Confidential Assignment (2017), as well as the television series Lovers in Prague (2005), God of War (2012), Hur Jun, The Original Story (2013) and Argon (2017). He was also an original regular cast member on the third season of the KBS2's reality-variety show 2 Days & 1 Night.[3]

Personal life[edit]


Kim was the son of the late actor Kim Mu-saeng. He and his father both played real-life court physician Heo Jun.[4][5][6]


Kim began dating actress Kim Ji-soo in 2003; they portrayed a married couple in the 2002 TV series Like a Flowing River. Their six-year relationship ended in 2009.[7][8][9] Kim also dated God of War co-star Kim Gyu-ri from 2012 to 2013.[10][11][12] In December 2016, Kim was confirmed to be in a relationship with Yourself and Yours (2016) co-star Lee Yoo-young.[13]


On 30 October 2017, Kim was involved in a fatal car accident that reportedly took place around 4:30 p.m. KST in Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.[2] His car overturned and he was taken to Konkuk University Hospital where he pronounced dead two hours after arrival.[14][15][16] According to the police and Konkuk University Medical Center, "It seems the accident occurred after he showed symptoms of a myocardial infarction. However, it was later stated by the police that the autopsy showed no signs of having a heart attack and that the cause of death was cranial fracture.[17] Moreover, no traces of alcohol or toxins were detected in the body and the police investigation revealed no evidence of vehicle defects that could have caused the accident.[18][19]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Say Yes Jung-hyun
2002 YMCA Baseball Team Oh Dae-hyeon
2003 Singles Park Su-hyeon
2004 Mr. Handy Hong Du-shik
2005 When Romance Meets Destiny Yu Gwang-shik
Blue Swallow Han Ji-hyeok
2006 Love Me Not Julian
2008 My Wife Got Married Noh Deok-hoon
2010 The Servant Bang-ja
2011 In Love and War Kim Jung-woong
Pitch High Yoon Do-hoon
Couples Yoo-seok
2015 Intimate Enemies Chairman Cameo
The Beauty Inside Woo-jin
2016 Like for Likes Sung-chan
The Truth Beneath Kim Jong-chan
Yourself and Yours Yeong-soo
2017 Confidential Assignment Cha Ki-seong
The Tooth and the Nail Nam Do-jin
2018 Heung-boo: The Revolutionist Jo Hyuk
Believer Ha-rim

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1998 Letters Written on a Cloudy Day SBS
1999 KAIST Jung Myung-hwan
2000 Tango in Seoul
Can Anyone Love? Young-jae MBC
2002 Rival Min Tae-hoon SBS
Like a Flowing River Kim Seok-joo
2005 Lovers in Prague Choi Sang-hyun
2008 Terroir Kang Tae-min
2012 God of War Kim Jun MBC
2013 Hur Jun, The Original Story Heo Jun
2015 Reply 1988 Duk-sun's Future Husband tvN
2017 Argon Kim Baek-jin

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2011 Saturday Night Live Korea tvN Host (season 1, episode 1)[20]
2013-2015, 2017[21] 2 Days & 1 Night - Season 3 KBS2 Cast member[22][23]

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2002 "I Can't Tell" Cha Eun-ju
2003 "Only..." The Jun

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama
Like a Flowing River
2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated
2005 22nd Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed, Film Actor category N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor
Lovers in Prague
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Nominated
Top 10 Stars Won
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Won
2008 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor
My Wife Got Married
Best Couple Award with Son Ye-jin Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film)
My Wife Got Married
2012 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama
God of War
2013 MBC Drama Awards
Hur Jun, the Original Story
2014 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer in a Variety Show
2 Days & 1 Night
2015 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer Award — Entertainment Category Won
2017 4th Wildflower Film Awards Best Actor
Yourself and Yours
1st The Seoul Awards Best Supporting Actor (Film)
Confidential Assignment


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  2. ^ a b "Kim Joo-hyuk, 46, dies in car accident". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2017-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Kim Joo-hyuk's Unforgettable On-Screen Appearances | Viu". Viu. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2017-11-14. 
  4. ^ Kang, Hyo-jin (6 March 2013). "Kim Joo Hyuk seeks to bring his new interpretation of Heo Jun in Gu Am Heo Jun". Korea Star Daily via Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 2013-08-01. 
  5. ^ Kim, Yeon-ji (22 October 2013). "Hur Jun role was actor's "destiny"". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Hur Jun, the Original hihu Story Casts Interview". MBC Global Media. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  7. ^ "Star Couple Part Ways". The Korea Times. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  8. ^ "Actors End 6-Year Love". The Korea Times. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  9. ^ Lim, Hye-seon (8 October 2009). "Kim Ju-hyeok, Kim Ji-su break up". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  10. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (5 September 2012). "Kim Ju-hyeok and Kim Gyu-ri dating". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  11. ^ Hong, Lucia (4 September 2012). "MBC's Moosin Kim Ju-hyeok admits dating Kim Gyu-ri". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  12. ^ Oh, Mi-jung (15 July 2013). "Kim Ju Hyuk and Kim Gyuri Break Up a Year After Going Public". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  13. ^ "Kim Joo Hyuk and Lee Yoo Young have been dating for two months". Naver. 
  14. ^ "[단독] 배우 김주혁 교통사고로 사망" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-10-30. 
  15. ^ "South Korean actor Kim Joo Hyuk killed in traffic accident in Gangnam". The Straits Times. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  16. ^ Kil, Sonia (2017-10-30). "South Korean Actor Kim Joo-hyuk Dies in Car Crash". Variety. Retrieved 2017-10-31. 
  17. ^ Park, Hyun-taek (November 14, 2017). "[공식입장] 경찰 "김주혁, 차량결함도 없다면 '사고원인 불명' 가능성" (종합)". Sports Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved April 23, 2018. 
  18. ^ Jang, Jin-ri (November 14, 2018). "[공식입장] 경찰 "故김주혁 블랙박스 발견, 영상 확인·음성 감정 중"". Osen (in Korean). Retrieved April 23, 2018. 
  19. ^ ""김주혁 사고차 결함 발견 못해"…국과수 감정결과". Yonhap News (in Korean). January 30, 2018. Retrieved April 23, 2018. 
  20. ^ Noh, Hyun-gi (27 November 2011). "Live from Seoul, It's Saturday Night!". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  21. ^ "'1박 2일' 팀이 기억하는 故김주혁 "영원한 멤버, 우리 구탱이 형"". (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-11-07. 
  22. ^ Lee, Sun-min (23 November 2013). "New hosts on 1 Night". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  23. ^ Sung, So-young (24 November 2015). "Kim Joo-hyuk to leave Two Days, One Night". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 

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