Kim Jung-tae

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Kim Jung-tae
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Born Kim Tae-wook
(1972-12-13) December 13, 1972 (age 45)
Busan, South Korea
Education Kyungsung University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Agent Taewon Art Media
Spouse(s) Jeon Yeo-jin (m. 2009)
Children Kim Ji-hoo
Kim Si-hyun
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Jeong-tae
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chŏngt'ae
Birth name
Revised Romanization Gim Tae-uk
McCune–Reischauer Kim Taeuk

Kim Jung-tae (born Kim Tae-wook on December 13, 1972) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his supporting roles on film and television.[1]


He made his acting debut in 1999 with the film The Uprising under his birth name Kim Tae-wook. In 2006 he started going by his current stage name Kim Jung-tae.[2] Best known as a supporting actor, Kim was often typecast in antagonistic roles, mostly as gangsters, loan sharks, and other such villains.[3]

Kim drew praise in 2010 when he played the leading role in the 25-minute short film Remember O Goddess, a film noir involving memory loss.[4][5][6] That same year, audiences first got a taste of Kim's comical side in He's on Duty.[7][8]

In 2014, he and his son Kim Ji-hoo appeared on The Return of Superman, a reality show that follows celebrity fathers who take over caring for their children for a few days while their wives are away. They were originally guest stars in his friend Jang Hyun-sung's segment on episodes 20 and 21, but netizens liked Ji-hoo for his bright and happy personality and asked to see more of him.[9] On episode 21, Kim said that he calls Ji-hoo by the nickname "Yakkung" because while playing peekaboo (kkakkung in Korean) with him as a baby, Ji-hoo would not answer to kkakkung, but to yakkung. They officially became cast members on episode 25.[10][11]

Kim was later heavily criticized for bringing Ji-hoo while publicly campaigning for Na Dong-yeon of the Saenuri Party, who ran for Yangsan city mayor in South Gyeongsang Province in the June 4, 2014 local elections. His wife, Jeon Yeo-jin responded that the family was just on a "picnic," and that she and her son had just stopped by to say hello to Na, who is an old friend of her husband. Yet due to mounting criticism that a child had seemingly been exploited for political means, Kim's agency announced a week after the incident that Kim and his son had chosen to leave the program The Return of Superman.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Kim married his girlfriend of 19 years, Jeon Yeo-jin; the two have known each other since they were teenagers.[13] Jeon has a doctorate in Engineering and teaches at Pukyong National University.[14] The couple currently reside in Busan with their two children, Kim Ji-hoo and Kim Si-hyun.

Kim suffers from cirrhosis and almost died from it on multiple occasions. He was cared for by his mother, who ultimately died of the same disease (which is not infectious, but may be hereditary).

If he had not become an actor, Kim has said that he would most likely have become a poet. He has penned over 200 poems since the age of 17 and plans to publish them in a book.[7]



Television series[edit]

Variety show[edit]


  • "잊어줘 (Forget)" (track from Girl K OST, 2011)[19]
  • "날개 (Wings)", "찬찬찬 (Chan Chan Chan)" (digital single, 2011)[20]



  1. ^ "KIM Jung-tae". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  2. ^ Lee, Woo-young (30 June 2011). "Actor Kim Jeong-tae's sense of humor propels him to stardom". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  3. ^ "Veteran Supporting Actors Behind Success of Domestic Films". The Chosun Ilbo. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Remember O Goddess (South Korea, Yoon Jung Lee: 2011)". New Korean Cinema. August 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  5. ^ McEnteggart, Simon (8 May 2012). "Remember O Goddess (나를 잊지 말아요)". Hanguk Yeonghwa. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  6. ^ "Yoon Jung Lee (Interview) – "The Good, The Korean-American, The Noir"". MiNi MiNi MOViE REViEW. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  7. ^ a b Lee, Kyung-nam (22 August 2011). "Kim Jung Tae profile". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  8. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (14 October 2010). "Duty falters in satirizing social issues". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  9. ^ "Superman Returns To Star Kim Jung Tae - Posts Pic Of Adorable Son Yakkung!". KpopStarz. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  10. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (2 April 2014). "Kim Jung Tae to Join Superman is Back as New Member". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  11. ^ "New Superman Returns Family as Actor Kim Jung Tae Joins Cast". Soompi. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  12. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (11 June 2014). "Kim drops out of Superman". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  13. ^ Lee, Kyung-nam (8 September 2011). "Kim Jung Tae says, "I'm Proud of My Wife"". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  14. ^ "Kim Jung-tae wife, Pukyong National University professor" Archived 2014-06-01 at the Wayback Machine.. Ajjeollyeo (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  15. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (3 September 2013). "Kim Jung-tae to Turn Gangster's Boss in Tough as Iron". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  16. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (4 January 2013). "Bountiful Characters and Humor - MAN ON THE EDGE". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  17. ^ Lee, In-kyung (29 January 2012). "Kahi and Kim Jung Tae Become Kirin Art School's Trouble Makers". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  18. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (23 August 2011). "Girl K's Kim Jung Tae Praises Han Groo". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  19. ^ "Forget About Me – Little Girl K OST Part 2 by Kim Jung Tae". Drama Haven. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  20. ^ 날개. Daum (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-05-28. 

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