Kim Rae-won

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Kim Rae-won
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Born (1981-03-19) 19 March 1981 (age 38)
EducationChung-Ang University - Theater and Film
Years active1997–present
AgentHB Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Rae-won
McCune–ReischauerKim Raewŏn

Kim Rae-won (born 19 March 1981) is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame in 2003 romantic comedy series Cats on the Roof, and is also known for his leading roles in My Little Bride (2004), Love Story in Harvard (2004), Gourmet (2008), A Thousand Days' Promise (2011), Punch (2014–2015) and Doctors (2016).


Kim Rae-won initially wanted to become a professional basketball player, but when an injured ankle tendon ended that childhood dream, he turned to acting and studied Theater and Film at Chung-Ang University. He made his acting debut in the 1997 teen drama Me, in the role of a newbie at the broadcasting club of his high school.[1] This was followed by another teen drama, School 2 (1999) and coming-of-age film Plum Blossom (2000).[2][3]

In 2002, Kim rose to fame after starring in the romance comedy drama My Love Patzzi.[4] His popularity further increased in 2003, playing a law student slacker who cohabitates with a girl (Jeong Da-bin) in the popular romance series Cats on the Roof.[5][6] He then played a carefree photographer who enters the life of an introverted girl in melodrama and starred in the romantic comedy film My Little Bride,[7] in the role of a college graduate forced to marry a high school girl (Moon Geun-young).[8] My Little Bride became a sleeper hit and was the second top-grossing Korean film of 2004.[9]

Kim continued playing romantic heroes on television, in dramas such as Snowman (2003),[10] Love Story in Harvard (2004),[11] and Which Star Are You From (2006).[12][13] But on the big screen, he focused on darker, more masculine fare. He played a lowlife-turned-cop in Mr. Socrates (2005),[14] a former gangster attempting to turn over a new leaf in Sunflower (2006),[15] and an antihero art restorer in Insadong Scandal (2009).[16][17]

In 2008, Kim played an elementary school teacher who falls for a Korean-Japanese jewelry designer (Mirai Yamamoto) in the Japanese film Flower Shadow (花影, Hanakage).[18] Later that year, he starred as a genius aspiring chef in Gourmet, a hit series based on Huh Young-man's manhwa Sikgaek.[19][20]

Kim then explored the melodrama genre in A Thousand Days' Promise (2011), by renowned TV screenwriter Kim Soo-hyun.[21][22] Kim impressed the audience with his portrayal of a character torn between the longtime girlfriend whom his parents approve of, and the woman he truly loves (Soo Ae) who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.[23]

In the 2012 film My Little Hero (released internationally as A Wonderful Moment), Kim played a cynical music director who "discovers" a young boy in an audition contest.[24][25] He next starred in 2014 legal thriller Punch, where he wowed critics with his portrayal of a prosecutor who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and decides to use his remaining six months to bring down the corrupt officials within the legal system.[26][27]

This was followed by Gangnam Blues, a 2015 noir action film by director Yoo Ha about the seedy underbelly behind the rapid real estate development of Gangnam in the 1970s.[28][29] Kim shed 15 kilograms to make his role as a fist-fighting gangster more realistic.[30] He then made his small-screen comeback in the SBS's medical drama Doctors opposite Park Shin-hye.[31] The drama topped viewership ratings and popularity charts during its 10-week broadcast.[32] Following Doctors, Kim experienced a rise in popularity and commercial offers.[33][34]

In 2017, Kim starred in the crime action film The Prison alongside Han Suk-kyu, playing a former detective behind bars.[35] The film became a surprise hit at the box office and received critical acclaim; and Kim was praised for his realistic execution of action scenes.[36] Kim next starred in mystery thriller film RV: Resurrected Victims by Kwak Kyung-taek.[37] The same year, Kim made his television comeback in fantasy romance drama Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me.[38]

In September 2018, Kim was cast in the action film Long Live the King alongside Won Jin-ah, based on a webtoon of the same name. Kim will take the role of a mob boss who campaigns and becomes a politician.[39] In 2019, Kim was also cast in the romantic comedy film The Most Ordinary Romance alongside Snowman co-star Gong Hyo-jin.[40][41]

Personal life[edit]

On 28 September 2011, Kim was reportedly involved in a physical altercation with a waitress at a bar in Gangnam, Seoul where he and employees of his then-agency Bless Entertainment were drinking.[42] He issued a denial, claiming he had only interceded in a verbal argument between the woman and an agency rep, and later made a public apology regarding the incident.[43]

Kim has long been rumored to come from a very affluent family, which he denied in a 14 January 2013 guest appearance on talk show Healing Camp, though he confirmed that he did inherit an apartment unit during middle school as well as a large sum of money from his grandmother.[44]



Year Title Role
1998 Scent of a Man young Kwon Hyuk-soo
2000 Harpy[45] Kang Hyun-woo
Plum Blossom Kim Ja-hyo
2002 2424[46] Han Ik-su
2003 Young-jae
2004 My Little Bride Park Sang-min
2005 Mr. Socrates Ku Dong-hyuk
2006 Sunflower Oh Tae-sik
2008 Flower Shadow Seung-woo
2009 Insadong Scandal Lee Kang-jun
2013 My Little Hero Yoo Il-han
2015 Gangnam Blues Baek Yong-ki
2017 RV: Resurrected Victims Seo Jin-hong
The Prison Song Yoo-gun
2019 Long Live the King Jang Sae-chool
The Most Ordinary Romance

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1997 Me MBC
1998 Soonpoong Clinic Kim Rae-won SBS
MBC Best Theater "Her Flower Pot No. 1" MBC
1999 School 2 Lee Han KBS2
Hometown of Legends[47] Jang-su, Goguryeo Shinjo
2000 반쪽이네 Choi Jung-shik
The Thief's Daughter[48] Deok-gyeong SBS
2001 Life Is Beautiful[49] Lee Jae-min KBS2
Wuri's Family[50] Lee Young-hoon MBC
2002 My Love Patzzi Kim Hyun-sung
2003 Snowman Cha Sung-joon
Cats on the Roof Lee Kyung-min
2004 Say You Love Me[51] Kim Byung-soo
Love Story in Harvard Kim Hyun-woo SBS
2006 Which Star Are You From Choi Seung-hee MBC
2008 Gourmet Lee Sung-chan SBS
2011 A Thousand Days' Promise Park Ji-hyung
2014 Punch Park Jung-hwan
2016 Doctors Hong Ji-hong
2017 Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me Moon Soo-ho KBS2

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1999 KBS Drama Awards Best Young Actor School 2 Won
2000 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Plum Blossom Won [52]
2001 38th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Harpy Nominated
2002 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor My Love Patzzi Nominated
2003 Andre Kim Best Star Awards Best Star Award N/A Won [53]
Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed N/A Won [54]
MBC Drama Awards Popularity Award, Actor Cats on the Roof Won [55]
Top Excellence Award, Actor Won
2004 40th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Nominated
41st Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor My Little Bride Won [56]
SBS Drama Awards Netizen Popularity Award Love Story in Harvard Won [57]
Top 10 Stars Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Film) My Little Bride Won [58]
2006 43rd Savings Day Presidential Commendation N/A Won [59]
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Which Star Are You From Nominated
2007 Andre Kim Best Star Awards Best Star Award N/A Won [60]
1st Korea Movie Star Awards Excellence Award in Action Sunflower Won [61]
2008 2nd Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Gourmet Won [62]
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Won [63]
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
2011 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars A Thousand Days' Promise Won [64]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Won
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Punch Nominated
4th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Actor of the Year (PD Award) Won [65]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-Length Drama Nominated
Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best Actor in a miniseries (Top Excellence Award) The Doctors Nominated
9th Korea Drama Awards Grand Excellence Award (Daesang) Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Genre Drama Won [66]
2018 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Nominated


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