Ko Chang-seok

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Ko Chang-seok
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Born (1970-10-13) October 13, 1970 (age 46)
Busan, South Korea
Other names Go Chang-suk
Education Seoul Institute of the Arts - Theater
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Agent Blossom Entertainment
Spouse(s) Lee Jung-eun
Korean name
Revised Romanization Go Chang-seok
McCune–Reischauer Ko Ch‘angsŏk

Ko Chang-seok (born October 13, 1970) is a South Korean actor. Ko began his career on stage, performing in plays and musicals for many years before moving on to bit parts in films. He once earned his living by working on farms and in iron foundries,[1] then acquired fame through his scene-stealing roles in Jang Hoon's films, notably as the movie director in Rough Cut (2008),[2] and the Vietnamese gang boss in Secret Reunion (2010).[3] He has since become one of the busiest supporting actors in Korean cinema.[4][5]

Ko's real-life wife and daughter played his character's family in the period film The Showdown (2011).[6]



Year English Title Korean Title Role
2001 Superman in Early Summer
(short film)
이른 여름, 슈퍼맨 Superman
2004 The Last Wolf 마지막 늑대 Narrow Eyes
2005 Sympathy for Lady Vengeance 친절한 금자씨 Woo So-young's husband
2006 Running Wild 야수 Gang member
The Host 괴물 Orderly 1 in isolation ward
Ice Bar 아이스케키 Cop 1
No Mercy for the Rude 예의없는 것들 Piano
2007 Soo Yakuza 1
Going by the Book 바르게 살자 Woo Jong-dae
2008 Rough Cut 영화는 영화다 Director Bong
Outing 소풍 Go Pil-joong
Antique 서양골동양과자점 앤티크 Gay club master
2009 Insadong Scandal 인사동 스캔들 Hojinsa, forgery factory president
The Case of Itaewon Homicide 이태원 살인사건 Alex's father
City of Fathers 부산 - 父.山 Kim Kang-soo
2010 Secret Reunion 의형제 Vietnamese gang boss
A Barefoot Dream 맨발의 꿈 Park In-gi
Second Half 맛있는 인생 Sushi restaurant owner Mr. Ko - cameo
Hello Ghost 헬로우 고스트 Chain-smoking ghost
2011 The Showdown 혈투 Du-soo
My Black Mini Dress 마이 블랙 미니드레스 Director - cameo
The Front Line 고지전 Yang Hyo-sam
Quick Detective Seo
Mr. Idol Mr. 아이돌 Han Jong-tak
2012 Over My Dead Body 시체가 돌아왔다 Hwang Sung-koo
Miss Conspirator 미스 고 Detective So
The King of XXX-Kissing 아부의 왕 Sung-cheol
Dangerously Excited 나는 공무원이다 Music judge - cameo
The Grand Heist 바람과 함께 사라지다 Hong Seok-chang
Almost Che 강철대오: 구국의 철가방 Police officer Kim
2013 Secretly, Greatly 은밀하게 위대하게 Seo Sang-gu
The Spy: Undercover Operation 스파이 Department head Jin
The Face Reader 관상 His Excellency Choi - cameo
2014 The Huntresses 조선미녀 삼총사 Mu-myeong ("No Name")
Tabloid Truth 찌라시: 위험한 소문 Baek Moon
Slow Video 슬로우 비디오 Doctor Seok
The Con Artists 기술자들 Goo-in
2016 Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River 봉이 김선달 Bo-won

Television series[edit]

Year English Title Korean Title Role
2009 Dream (SBS) 드림 Straw
2013 Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek (KBS2) 광고천재 이태백 Ma Jin-ga
Monstar (Mnet) 몬스타 Judo master - cameo, episode 5
Good Doctor (KBS2) 굿 닥터 Jo Jung-mi
2014 The Night Watchman's Journal (MBC) 야경꾼일지 Minister Ddoong
2015 Kill Me, Heal Me (MBC) 킬미,힐미 Seok Ho-pil

Variety show[edit]

Year English Title Korean Title Notes
2011 2 Days & 1 Night (KBS2) 1박 2일 Guest, episodes 338-339
Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy (SBS) 힐링캠프 - 기쁘지 아니한가 Guest, episode 7
2012 Happy Together Season 3 (KBS2) 해피투게더 시즌3 Guest, episode 259
Running Man (SBS) 런닝맨 Guest, episodes 111-112
Infinite Challenge (MBC) 무한도전 Guest, episodes 304-306
2013 9 to 6 (MBC Every 1) Cameo, episode 8


Year English Title Korean Title Role Reprised
2003 Tale of Ungnyeo 웅녀 이야기
2006 Sachoom 사랑하면 춤을 춰라
2012 The Cherry Orchard 벚꽃동상
The Human Comedy 휴먼코미디
Woyzeck 보이첵 2013
Sachoom 사랑한다면 춤을 춰라
A Midsummer Night's Dream 여름밤의 꿈
Godspell 가스펠
Dulpul 들풀
Jang Bogo, the Sea God 해상왕 장보고
Le Passe-Muraille 벽을 뚫는 남자 Prosecutor 2013, 2015-2016
2014 Kinky Boots 킹키부츠 Don

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2008 KMDb초 이워스 Awards Best Supporting Actor Rough Cut Won
29th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
7th Korean Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2010 18th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actor A Barefoot Dream Won
47th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Secret Reunion Nominated
2011 20th Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor The Front Line Won
48th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor The Showdown Nominated
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor The Front Line Nominated
2013 7th The Musical Awards Best Supporting Actor Le Passe-Muraille Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor Good Doctor,
Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek


  1. ^ Jung, Hyun-mok (29 October 2012). "Korea film industry has come down with 1970 fever". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  2. ^ Paquet, Darcy. "Rough Cut". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  3. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (21 January 2010). "Brothers Offers Bittersweet Bromance". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  4. ^ Kwaak, Je-yup (31 July 2012). "History, comedy, icy chill meet in Heist". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Ko Chang-seok, Yu Hae-jin, Ko Hyun-jung and Lee Mun-sik pose at a press event for their new film". The Chosun Ilbo. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  6. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (24 February 2011). "Showdown stylish, yet flawed". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 

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