May 22, 1982 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Other names||Kim Moo-yul|
|Education||Sungkyunkwan University - Performing Arts|
|Spouse(s)||Yoon Seung-ah (m. 2015)|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Mu-yeol|
Kim Mu-yeol (born May 22, 1982) is a South Korean actor. Following a successful career in musical theatre, Kim was first cast in minor parts on film and television. But after getting good reviews in his supporting roles in The Scam (2009) and War of the Arrows (2011), Kim landed his first major role in Jung Ji-woo's critically acclaimed film A Muse (2012), followed by a leading role in the independent film All Bark No Bite.
Kim Mu-yeol debuted as a musical theatre actor, and among the roles he's played on stage are child murderers Richard/Nathan in Thrill Me and gambler Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. He won Best Actor at the 2009 Korea Musical Awards for his portrayal of Melchior in Spring Awakening, a rock musical which dealt with such taboo subjects as teenage pregnancy, sexual and physical abuse, and homosexuality.
While acting on stage, Kim was cast in minor roles on television and film, and in 2009 he gained notice with a supporting role as a bond broker who is the brains behind The Scam. Period action epic War of the Arrows became one of the biggest hits of 2011, and further raised his profile. In 2012, Kim rose to stardom after the release of the provocative and psychologically rich A Muse, in which he played a conflicted novelist.
In June 2012, Kim came under growing public criticism over allegations he dodged his compulsory military service. In a report released by the Korean Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI), Kim was deemed fit to serve in active duty as a level two recruit after a March 2001 physical examination. However, throughout 2007 to 2009, Kim was granted postponement on the grounds that he was taking civil service examinations or had been admitted to a work training facility, neither of which took place. During this time he reportedly earned approximately ₩300 million from films, musicals and television work. In December 2009, he received his final notice for enlistment, having used up the 730 days allowed for postponement. He submitted a request to change his military status in January 2010 because of a knee injury, which was rejected. Finally, a valid exemption was granted on the grounds that he was a "low-income individual" and the sole provider for his family. BAI's contention was that Kim's income is substantially higher than the standard for disqualification due to poverty; thus, the Military Manpower Administration was negligent in their duties by granting the exemption.
Kim’s agency Prain TPC defended him, stating that Kim had been supporting his family by working as a security guard, construction worker and at a mobile phone factory since his late teens. When his father collapsed from a cerebral hemorrhage and was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, the treatments incurred a lot of debt for the family. Their worsening financial condition caused them to become totally dependent on Kim, resulting in his said filing for an exemption in 2010.
In January 2013, Kim starred in military musical The Promise. It was co-produced by the Ministry of National Defense and Korea Musical Theatre Association, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice. It ran from January 9 to 20 at the National Theater of Korea, with a cast composed of actors Ji Hyun-woo and Jung Tae-woo, as well as singers Leeteuk of Super Junior, Yoon Hak of Supernova, and Lee Hyun of 8Eight. The musical centered around a group of soldiers who keep a promise made to each other during the 6.25 war. When the "entertainment soldiers" unit was disbanded in August 2013, Kim was reassigned to a frontline combat unit of the 12th Infantry Division headquartered in Inje County, Gangwon Province.
In February 2014, Kim underwent surgery to treat a cartilage injury in his left knee, and afterwards received rehabilitation treatment for nearly two months at a military hospital near Seoul. Criticism was raised regarding his lengthy sick leave, but the defense ministry refused to provide detailed information regarding Kim's health condition, arguing that it was an infringement on his privacy.
Kim was discharged on July 8, 2014.
After a romantic tweet that Kim meant to be a private message to Yoon Seung-ah was accidentally posted on the actress's Twitter page (then re-tweeted by netizens before Kim deleted the post), their agencies confirmed in February 2012 that the two were dating. Kim and Yoon married on April 4, 2015.
|2004||The Happy Family|
|2005||Today, It's My Turn!!|
|2009||The Scam||Jo Min-hyeong|
|After the Banquet||Kim Hyun-joon||telecinema|
|2010||Finding Mr. Destiny||Airline employee (cameo)|
|Vertical Limit||Man||short film|
|2011||Romantic Heaven||Dong Chi-sung (cameo)|
|War of the Arrows||Seo-goon|
|A Muse||Seo Ji-woo|
|All Bark No Bite||Sang-keun|
|정지우x김무열x조은지 Project||short film|
|2015||Northern Limit Line||Yoon Young-ha|
|2017||Night of Memory||Yoo-seok|
|Warriors of the Dawn||Gok-soo|
|2007||Drama City "신파를 위하여"||Hyun-wook||KBS2|
|Chosun Police: Season 1||Oh-deok||MBC Dramanet|
|2008||Chosun Police: Season 2||Oh-deok||MBC Dramanet|
Eun-chae's older brother
|2009||Wife Returns||Han Kang-soo||SBS|
|2010||John and Rugalda, Two Virgin Spouses||John/Yoo Jung-cheol||PBC|
|2015||My Beautiful Bride||Kim Do-hyung||OCN|
|Singin' in the Rain|
|Passion of the Rain|
|2007||Thrill Me||Richard, Nathan|
|Finding Kim Jong-wook||Kim Jong-wook|
|Singin' in the Rain||Don Lockwood|
|Mad Kiss||Jung Jung|
|The Happy Life||Sae-ki|
|Jack the Ripper||Daniel|
|The Three Musketeers||d'Artagnan|
|2011||Gwanghwamun Love Song||Hyun-woo|
|한놈 두놈 삑구타고||Ho-jun|
|Guys and Dolls||Sky Masterson|
|2012||Gwanghwamun Love Song||Hyun-woo|
|Thrill Me (Japan)|
|2014||Kinky Boots||Charlie Price|
|2009||"Mandy"||Track from Wife Returns OST|
Awards and nominations
|2000||Dongrang Youth Arts Festival||Excellence Award, Actor||Won|
|2007||1st Daegu International Musical Festival||Best New Actor||Won|
|1st The Musical Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Thrill Me||Nominated|
|2009||15th Korea Musical Awards||Best Actor||Spring Awakening||Won|
|30th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||The Scam||Nominated|
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama||Wife Returns||Nominated|
|2012||21st Buil Film Awards||Best Supporting Actor||A Muse||Nominated|
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- "Star-Studded Army Musical to Open in January". The Chosun Ilbo. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
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- Sung, So-young (6 January 2015). "Kim Moo-yeol, Yoon Seung-a to marry". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
- "Yoon Seung-ah Unveils Pre-Wedding Pictures". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
- "Yoon Seung Ah and Kim Moo Yeol look happy as can be in their lovely wedding pictorial with ELLE magazine". Allkpop. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
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