Ryu Seung-ryong

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Ryu Seung-ryong
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Ryu Seung-ryong in March 2018
Born (1970-11-29) November 29, 1970 (age 49)
Other namesRyoo Seung-yong
EducationSeoul Institute of the Arts - Theatre
Years active1985-present
AgentPrain TPC
Korean name
Revised RomanizationRyu Seung-nyong
McCune–ReischauerRyu Sŭng-nyong

Ryu Seung-ryong (born November 29, 1970) is a South Korean actor. Ryu began his acting career in theater, subsequently becoming one of the most versatile supporting actors in Korean film and television. In 2013, he headlined Miracle in Cell No. 7, which became (at the time) the third highest grossing Korean film of all time, and in 2019 he starred in the comedy film Extreme Job, which is currently the 2nd highest-grossing film of all time in South Korea.[1] Ryu is the first Korean to star in four movies that have drawn over 10 million viewers each.[2]


Ryu Seung-ryong made his acting debut at the age of 15 in a stage musical. After his screen debut in 2004's Someone Special, he has since become one of the most versatile and dependable character actors in Korea. A sampling of the various roles he has played over the years: a mentally handicapped father in Miracle in Cell No. 7,[3][4] the royal adviser Heo Gyun in Masquerade, an officer of the North Korean People's Army in The Front Line, a hard-nosed general of the Qing Dynasty in War of the Arrows, a ladies’ man in All About My Wife, a gambling husband who fears his wife in The Quiz Show Scandal, a refined gay man in Personal Taste, a vengeful gangster in Secret, a reporter on the trail of a story in The Recipe, and the titular figure in The Piper.[5][6]

In 2017, Ryu was cast in the main role of Cho Hak-ju on the Netflix period zombie thriller Kingdom[7] The series premiered on January 25, 2019.[8]

In 2019, Ryu starred in the comedy film Extreme Job which became the 2nd highest-grossing film of all time in South Korea.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Ryu graduated with a Theatre degree from Seoul Institute of the Arts.[11] He currently teaches at Seoul Art College's School of Acting Arts as an adjunct professor.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Someone Special Robber 1
1.3.6 Ploughman short film Has the Shower Ended?
2005 Murder, Take One Sung-joon [13]
Good Girl short film
2006 If You Were Me 2 Kim Joo-joong short film Someone Grateful
Righteous Ties Jung Soon-tan
Cruel Winter Blues Lee Min-jae
2007 Beyond the Years Yong-taek
Hwang Jin-yi Hee-yeol
Eleventh Mom Jae-soo's father [14]
My Love Jeong-seok [15]
2009 My Girlfriend Is an Agent Won-seok
Possessed Detective Tae-hwan [16]
Good Morning President North Korean emissary (cameo)
Secret "Jackal" [17]
2010 Bestseller Park Young-joon [18]
Loving You Today short film
Blades of Blood Nobleman Jung
The Quiz Show Scandal Kim Sang-do
The Recipe Choi Yoo-jin
2011 Battlefield Heroes Yeon Nam-geon
Children... Hwang Woo-hyuk [19]
Earth Rep Rolling Stars Big (voice) animated film
The Front Line Hyeon Jeong-yoon
War of the Arrows Jyuushinta [20]
2012 All About My Wife Jang Sung-ki
Masquerade Heo Gyun
Rise of the Guardians North (voice) animated film (Korean dubbed)[21]
2013 Miracle in Cell No. 7 Lee Yong-gu
2014 Space Pirate Captain Harlock Captain Harlock (voice) animated film (Korean dubbed)
Rio 2 Nigel (voice) animated film (Korean dubbed)
The Target Baek Yeo-hoon [22]
The Admiral: Roaring Currents Kurushima Michifusa [23]
2015 Five Senses of Love
The Piper Woo-ryong
The Sound of a Flower Shin Jae-hyo [24]
2016 Seoul Station Father (voice) animated film[25]
2018 Psychokinesis Suk-hun [26]
Seven Years of Night Hyun-soo [27]
2019 Extreme Job Squad Chief Go
TBA Fifth Column Hyun Joo-hee [28]
Not My Lips [29]
Life is Beautiful [30]
Bi-kwang [31]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1998 Shadows of an Old Love Sinawe SBS
2000 Foolish Love KBS2
2005 Diamond Tears SBS
2007 Chosun Police: Season 1 Kang Seung-jo MBC Dramanet
2008 Mystery X-Files MBC Dramanet
U-Turn Yong OCN
Painter of the Wind Kim Jo-nyeon SBS
2009 IRIS Leader of IRIS mercenaries KBS2
2010 Personal Taste Choi Do-bin MBC
2014 My Love from the Star Heo Gyun (cameo, episode 19) SBS
2019–present Kingdom Jo Hak-jo Netflix


Year Title Role
Jang Bogo Jang Bogo
Death of a Salesman Willy Loman
2007 Clumsy People Jang Deok-bae

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 6th Korean Film Awards Best New Actor Hwang Jin-yi Nominated
2008 SBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Special Painter of the Wind Nominated
2010 7th Max Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor Secret Nominated
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 20th Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor War of the Arrows Nominated
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Film Won
2012 Seoul Art College SAC Art Award N/A Won
21st Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor All About My Wife Nominated
49th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Masquerade Won
All About My Wife Nominated
33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
2013 4th KOFRA Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
49th Baeksang Arts Awards[32][33][34][35][36] Best Supporting Actor (Film) Nominated
Best Actor (Film) Miracle in Cell No. 7 Nominated
Grand Prize (Film) Won
7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards[37] 20's Movie Star - Male Won
22nd Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Masquerade Won
50th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Miracle in Cell No. 7 Won
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Film) Won
2014 9th Max Movie Awards Best Actor Nominated
2015 10th Max Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor The Admiral: Roaring Currents Nominated
2019 55th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Extreme Job Nominated[38]


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  2. ^ "Ryu first Korean actor to star in four 10-million ticket sellers". The Korea Times. 7 February 2019.
  3. ^ Park, Eun-jee (28 December 2012). "Two heartwarming films for when you can't feel your toes". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  4. ^ An, So-hyoun (8 February 2013). "Interview: Ryu Seung Ryong Says He Gained Respect from His Wife with The Gift of Room 7". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
  5. ^ Jung, Hyun-mok (21 May 2012). "Ryu Seung-ryong moves beyond stereotypes". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. ^ Lee, Eun-sun (29 June 2015). "Ryu shows new, darker side in The Piper". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  7. ^ "RYU Seung-ryong Kicks Off 2019 with Lunar New Year Comedy and Netflix Original Series". Kobiz. January 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "Netflix's new Korean original 'Kingdom' brings zombie to Joseon Dynasty". Kpop Herald. 21 January 2019.
  9. ^ "RYU Seung-ryong, LEE Ha-neui and JIN Seon-kyu Confirmed to Star in EXTREME JOB". Korean Film Council. 29 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Ryu Seung-ryong finds his team: The actor shines in 'Extreme Job' with help of all-star cast". Korea JoongAng Daily. 19 January 2019.
  11. ^ Jung, Hyun-mok (29 October 2012). "Korea film industry has come down with 1970 fever". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 12 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  12. ^ Park, Si-soo (20 March 2014). "Entertainers take on teaching role". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  13. ^ "Who Killed Her? Investigation Broadcast Live for 48 Hours". The Korea Herald. 4 April 2005.
  14. ^ "Actors Keep '11th Mother Afloat". The Korea Times. 29 November 2007.
  15. ^ "'My Love' Is Loathsomely Sweet". The Korea Times. 20 December 2007.
  16. ^ "'Faith' ups the fear factor". Korea JoongAng Daily. 16 July 2009.
  17. ^ "Yoon's Secret Provides Fresh Thrills". The Korea Times. 26 November 2009.
  18. ^ "Uhm Jung-hwa says "want a husband like Ryu Seung-ryong"". 10Asia. 2 April 2010.
  19. ^ "Will film do justice to missing children case?". The Korea Times. 1 January 2011.
  20. ^ "'Arrow' aims for new horizons". The Korea Times. 4 August 2011.
  21. ^ Lee, Claire (24 October 2012). "Four local actors voice Hollywood-animated film". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
  22. ^ "Korean POINT BLANK Remake Goes Into Production". Korean Film Council. 7 November 2013.
  23. ^ "CHOI Min-shik Wraps Naval War Epic BATTLE OF MYEONGRYANG". Korean Film Council. 1 August 2013.
  24. ^ "RYU Seung-ryong and Suzy star in DORIHWAGA". Korean Film Council. 24 January 2014.
  25. ^ "RYU Seung-ryong Heads Voice Cast of YEON Sangho's Latest". Korean Film Council. 6 March 2014.
  26. ^ "RYU Seung-ryong and SHIM Eun-kyoung Pair Up for PSYCHOKINESIS". Korean Film Council. 5 September 2016.
  27. ^ "RYU Seung-ryong and MOON Jeong-hee to Spend NIGHT OF 7 YEARS". Korean Film Council. 18 September 2015.
  28. ^ "RYU Seung-ryong and JUNG Woo Join Cast of FIFTH COLUMN". Korean Film Council. 8 August 2016.
  29. ^ "Ryu Seung-ryong cast in comedy". Korea JoongAng Daily. 3 May 2019.
  30. ^ "RYU Seung-ryong and YUM Jung-ah Join LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL". Korean Film Biz Zone. 1 August 2019.
  31. ^ "RYU Seung-ryong Joins Hands with MISS BAEK Director LEE Ji-won". Korean Film Biz Zone. February 3, 2020.
  32. ^ Lee, Claire (10 May 2013). "Ryu Seung-ryong wins top prize at Paeksang". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
  33. ^ Yim, Seung-hye (10 May 2013). "Ryu Seung-ryong gets top Paeksang Award". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
  34. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (10 May 2013). "On the Scene: 2013 Paeksang Arts Awards: He Said, She Said". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
  35. ^ An, So-hyoun (10 May 2013). "Yoo Jae Suk and Ryu Seung Ryong Take Home Daesangs at the Paeksang Arts Awards". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
  36. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (13 May 2013). "RYU Seung-ryong Wins Grand Prize at Baeksang Arts Awards". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-05-14.
  37. ^ Lee, Eun-ah (19 July 2013). "Mnet's 20's Choice Sheds Light on Youth". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  38. ^ Cho, Yeon-gyeong (April 5, 2019). 55회 백상예술대상 영화부문 최종 후보 공개. Is Plus (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved April 5, 2019.

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