Kim Rae-won

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Rae-won
Born (1981-03-19) March 19, 1981 (age 36)
Gangneung, Gangwon Province, South Korea
Education Chung-Ang University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present
Agent HB Entertainment
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Rae-won
McCune–Reischauer Kim Raewŏn

Kim Rae-won (born March 19, 1981) is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame in 2003 romantic comedy series Rooftop Room Cat, 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. This was followed by another teen drama, School 2 (1999) and coming-of-age film Plum Blossom (2000).

In 2003, Kim became a household name after playing a law student slacker who cohabitates with a girl (Jeong Da-bin) in the popular series Rooftop Room Cat. He then played a carefree photographer who enters the life of an introverted girl in melodrama, followed by a return to the romantic comedy genre with My Little Bride, in the role of a college graduate forced to marry a high school girl (Moon Geun-young). My Little Bride became a sleeper hit and was the second top-grossing Korean film of 2004.[2]

Kim continued playing romantic heroes on television, in dramas such as Love Story in Harvard (2004) and Which Star Are You From (2006).[3] But on the big screen, he focused on darker, more masculine fare. He played a lowlife-turned-cop in Mr. Socrates (2005), a former gangster attempting to turn over a new leaf in Sunflower (2006), and an antihero art restorer in Insadong Scandal (2009).[4][5]

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?).[6] Later that year, he starred as a genius aspiring chef in Gourmet, a hit series based on Huh Young-man's manhwa Sikgaek.[7][8]

Kim then explored the melodrama genre in A Thousand Days' Promise (2011), by renowned TV screenwriter Kim Soo-hyun.[9][10] 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.[11]

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.[12][13] 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.[14][15]

This was followed by Gangnam Blues, a 2015 film by director Yoo Ha about the seedy underbelly behind the rapid real estate development of Gangnam in the 1970s.[16][17] Kim shed 15 kilograms to make his role as a fist-fighting gangster more realistic.[18] He then made his small-screen comeback in the drama Doctors opposite Park Shin-hye.[19] The drama topped viewership ratings and popularity charts during its 10-week broadcast.[20]

Personal life[edit]

On September 28, 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.[21] 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.[22]

Kim has long been rumored to come from a very affluent family, which he denied in a January 14, 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.[23]



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 Jang-su, Goguryeo Shinjo KBS2
2000 반쪽이네 Choi Jung-shik KBS2
The Thief's Daughter Deok-gyeong SBS
2001 Life Is Beautiful Lee Jae-min KBS2
Wuri's Family Lee Young-hoon MBC
2002 My Love Patzzi Kim Hyun-sung MBC
2003 Snowman Cha Sung-joon MBC
Rooftop Room Cat Lee Kyung-min MBC
2004 Say You Love Me Kim Byung-soo MBC
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 SBS
2014 Punch Park Jung-hwan SBS
2016 Doctors Hong Ji-hong SBS


Year Title Role
1998 Scent of a Man young Kwon Hyuk-soo
2000 Harpy Kang Hyun-woo
Plum Blossom Kim Ja-hyo
2002 2424 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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1999 KBS Drama Awards Best Young Actor School 2 Won
2000 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Plum Blossom Won
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
Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed N/A Won
MBC Drama Awards Popularity Award, Actor Rooftop Room Cat Won
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
SBS Drama Awards Netizen Popularity Award Love Story in Harvard Won
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
2006 43rd Savings Day Presidential Commendation N/A Won
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
1st Korea Movie Star Awards Excellence Award in Action Sunflower Won
2008 2nd Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Gourmet Won
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Won
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
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
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) Doctor Crush Nominated
Best Couple Award with Park Shin-hye Nominated
9th Korea Drama Awards Grand Excellence Award (Daesang) Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Genre Drama Won
Best Couple Award with Park Shin-hye Nominated
K-Wave Star Award Nominated


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  2. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (11 May 2010). "Kim Rae-won's Movie Picks". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Actor Kim Rae-won Plans More Activities in Japan". KBS Global. 13 January 2006. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  4. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (19 September 2008). "KIM Rae-won stirs up Insa-dong". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  5. ^ "Kim Rae Won's Interview (Cosmopolitan)". KPculture. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  6. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (15 February 2008). "Actor Kim Stars in Japanese Movie". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  7. ^ Han, Sang-hee (10 June 2008). "Sikgaek Brings Korean Cuisine Back to TV Screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  8. ^ Oh, Jean (8 April 2008). "Hallyu star carries torch for next generation". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  9. ^ Oh, Jean (11 October 2011). "Kim Rae-won returns in melodramatic sob fest". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  10. ^ Hong, Lucia (12 October 2011). "Kim Rae-won says melodramas are a new genre for him". TenAsia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  11. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (23 November 2011). "Interview: Kim Rae Won Opens Up About Being Criticized for His Acting". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  12. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (25 September 2012). "Kim Rae-won's New Movie Cranks Up in New York". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  13. ^ An, So-hyoun (20 January 2013). "Interview: Kim Rae Won Changed His Mind about Acting After My Little Hero". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  14. ^ "Kim Rae-won Likes to Push Himself to the Limit". The Chosun Ilbo. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  15. ^ Kim, Jin-seok (5 March 2015). "Weight loss for roles took a toll on actor". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  16. ^ Lee, Kyung-nam (18 March 2014). "Kim Rae Won to Make Screen Comeback through Gangnam Blues". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  17. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (21 March 2014). "Kim Rae-won cast in Gangnam Blues". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  18. ^ "Kim Rae-won sheds 15kg for Gangnam 1970". K-Pop Herald. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  19. ^ "Park Shin-hye, Kim Rae-won to star in new drama". Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  20. ^ "Yonhap News Agency". 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  21. ^ Kim, Myung-hyun (29 September 2011). "Kim Rae-won did not scuffle with bar employee, says rep". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  22. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (11 October 2011). "Kim Rae Won, 'I apologize for the unsavory incident.'". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  23. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (15 January 2013). "Kim Rae-won says he's not so rich despite rumors". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 

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