Kim Sang-joong

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Kim Sang-joong
Kim Sang-jong in 2017.jpg
Kim Sang-joong in 2017.
Born (1965-08-06) August 6, 1965 (age 56)
EducationDongguk University - Theater and Film Studies
Years active1990-present
(m. 1991; div. 1999)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Sang-jung
McCune–ReischauerKim Sang-jung

Kim Sang-joong (born August 6, 1965) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for starring in the television dramas My Husband's Woman (2007), City Hunter (2011), and The Chaser (2012).[1] He won the Grand Prize at the MBC Drama Awards for his performance in the historical television series The Rebel (2017).[2]


Before becoming an actor, Kim Sang-joong was enlisted in the Marine Corps.[3] But after graduating from Dongguk University with a degree in Theater and Film, he embarked on an acting career at age 25. Kim made his acting debut in the stage play I Love Bread in 1990, and was one of the co-founders of the theater troupe Extreme Legend.[4] He soon transitioned to film and television, and became known for his distinctive voice and confident and charismatic acting, often as morally ambiguous characters. Among his notable roles in television dramas include a middle-aged man having an affair with his wife's best friend in My Husband's Woman (2007), the titular besieged monarch in Eight Days, Assassination Attempts against King Jeongjo (2007), a former agent who trains his foster son as a weapon in his plans for revenge in City Hunter (2011), and a presidential candidate willing to go to any lengths to win, including murder and cover-up, in The Chaser (2012).[5][6][7][8][9]

On the big screen, Kim was praised for his comic acting in the gangster comedy My Boss, My Teacher (2006), and has also starred in arthouse films directed by Hong Sang-soo, such as The Day He Arrives (2011) and Our Sunhi (2013).[10][11][12][13][14]

Since 2008, Kim has hosted Unanswered Questions, a long-running program with a similar format to Unsolved Mysteries.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Kim is the third child among six siblings, and has two brothers and three sisters. He married in 1991, but he and his wife divorced in 1999. They have one son, born in 1993.[citation needed]



Year Title Role
1991 Money, Money, Money Jung-ah
1992 The Love War Charlie Brown
1996 Grown-ups Grill the Herring Bae Hyun-soo (cameo)
1997 Maria and the Inn Ki-tae
2000 The Promenade Lee Young-hoon
Anarchists Han Myung-gon
Jakarta Hae-ryong
2001 My Boss, My Hero Doo-shik's boss (cameo)
2002 An Unlikely Farewell (short film)
2006 My Boss, My Teacher Oh Sang-jung
Hanbando Emperor Gojong
Holy Daddy Jang Seok-jo/Angel
Flushed Away Le Frog (voice, Korean dubbed)
2008 Like Father, Like Son Tae-soo
2009 City of Damnation Yang Kwang-seob
2011 The Day He Arrives Young-ho
2013 Our Sunhi Choi Dong-hyun
2019 The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos[16] Oh Gu-tak

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1992 Sons and Daughters Mi-yeon's uncle MBC
님이여 Yoon Bong-gil MBC
The Sun Shone Outside the Window Choi Chang-soo MBC
1993 3rd Republic Park Sang-hee MBC
Adolescence Teacher Kim MBC
Mountain Wind MBC
1994 Stranger in Paradise Myeong-gyu MBC
My Son's Woman Jang Han-soo MBC
1995 Kim Gu Kim Gu KBS1
Do You Remember Love? Joo-hyeong MBC
4th Republic Mun Se-gwang MBC
Men of the Bath House Kang Ho-joon MBC
1996 Widow Lee Jong-sang MBC
1997 The Mountain Uncle Woo-tae MBC
Woman Next Door Na Kang-woo SBS
When She Beckons Kim In-wook KBS2
1998 As We Live Our Lives KBS1
Lie Lee Dong-jin KBS2
Hong Gil-dong Lee Eop SBS
Crush Oh Chang-soo KBS2
Paper Crane Jo Moon-hyeong KBS2
1999 Tomato Cha Gi-joon SBS
Ghost Ji Seung-don SBS
Sweet Bride SBS
2000 Legends of Love Jeong-hwan SBS
SWAT Police Baek Seong-cheol SBS
2002 The Dawn of the Empire King Gwangjong KBS1
2004 2004 Human Market Yoo Ki-ha SBS
Choice Lee Hae-joon SBS
2006 Princess Hours Crown Prince Lee Soo MBC
2007 My Husband's Woman Hong Joon-pyo SBS
Eight Days, Assassination Attempts against King Jeongjo King Jeongjo CGV
2008 Mom's Dead Upset Na Sam-seok KBS2
2010 Life Is Beautiful Yang Byung-joon SBS
2011 City Hunter Lee Jin-pyo/Steve Lee SBS
2012 The Chaser Kang Dong-yoon SBS
2013 Master's Sun Mystery Z TV host
(cameo, episode 2)
Golden Rainbow Kim Han-joo MBC
2014 A New Leaf Cha Young-woo MBC
Doctor Stranger Park Cheol (Guest) SBS
Bad Guys Oh Gu-tak OCN
2015 The Jingbirok: A Memoir of Imjin War Yu Seong-ryong KBS1
2017 The Rebel[17] Hong-Ah Mo-gae MBC
2019 The Banker Noh Dae-ho MBC


Year Title Network
1998 Depth! Accident of Human SBS
2008-present Unanswered Questions SBS
2014 Super Bike XTM
2021 The Soldiers[18] SBS

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1997 18th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Maria and the Inn Nominated
2000 37th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor The Promenade Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Legends of Love,
SWAT Police
Big Star Award Won
2002 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor The Dawn of the Empire Won
2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Nominated
2006 29th Golden Cinematography Awards Special Jury Prize My Boss, My Teacher Won
2007 1st Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor My Husband's Woman Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in Miniseries Won
2011 SBS Drama Awards Special Award, Actor in a Drama Special City Hunter Nominated
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor The Chaser Won
1st K-Drama Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
SBS Entertainment Awards Achievement Award Unanswered Questions Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries The Chaser Won
2013 MBC Drama Awards Golden Acting Award, Actor Golden Rainbow Won
2014 41st Korea Broadcasting Awards Best Performer, TV Host category Unanswered Questions Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries A New Leaf Won
2015 4th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama The Jingbirok: A Memoir of Imjin War Won
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated
2017 10th Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) The Rebel Won
8th Korean Popular Culture Awards Presidential Recommendation N/A Won
MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) The Rebel Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Nominated
Best Character Award, Fighting Spirit Acting Nominated
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards[19] Best Actor (TV) Nominated
2019 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Miniseries The Banker Nominated


  1. ^ Park, Ji-ho (September 2012). 계속 김상중을 관찰하다. Arena Korea (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  2. ^ "BREAKING! KIM SANG-JOONG Wins Grand Prize At '2017 MBC Drama Awards'". JoongAng Ilbo. 31 December 2017.
  3. ^ "KIM Sang-joong". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  4. ^ Lee, Yoo-ran (21 March 2000). 모차르트? 살리에리! <산책>의 김상중. Cine21 (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  5. ^ "My Man's Woman Empties Streets". The Chosun Ilbo. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  6. ^ Jung, Ji-seob (5 June 2012). 반듯한 이 남자… 악마가 되다. Senior Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  7. ^ Kang, Myeong-seok (6 July 2012). "10 Line: 김상중". TenAsia (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  8. ^ Lee, Ga-on (26 May 2011). "REVIEW: SBS TV series City Hunter - 1st Episode". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  9. ^ Lee, In-kyung (16 June 2012). "Top Two Male Dramas Take Over TV". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  10. ^ "투사부일체 (My Boss, My Student) Press Screening Report". Twitch Film. 18 January 2006. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  11. ^ Kim, Tae-jong (18 January 2006). "Comedy Sequel Touches on Serious Social Issues". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  12. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (22 August 2011). "Kim Sang Joong Wanted To Criticize Director Hong Sang Soo". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  13. ^ Cho, Jae-eun (26 August 2011). "With latest film, Hong Sang-soo makes a return to the familiar". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  14. ^ Conran, Pierce (21 August 2013). "TIFF Taps HONG Sangsoo and KIM Ki-duk". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  15. ^ "Kim Sang Joong Relieves His Stress Through Bad Guys". Soompi. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  16. ^ "KIM Sang-joong, Don LEE and KANG Ye-won Return for BAD GUYS: THE MOVIE". Korean Film Biz Zone. August 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "Actor takes best memories from 'Rebel'". The Korea Times. July 26, 2018.
  18. ^ Lee Da-gyeom (October 1, 2021). "[단독] '해병대 570기' 김상중, 밀리터리 예능 '더 솔져스' MC" [[Exclusive] Sangjoong Kim of ‘570 Marines’, MC of the military variety show ‘The Soldiers]. Maeil Economic Daily (in Korean). Retrieved October 1, 2021 – via Naver.
  19. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). April 6, 2018.

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