Song Il-gook

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Song.
Song Il Gook
Song Il Gook.jpg
Song Il Gook at a press conference in Tehran, Iran, 18 August 2009.
Born (1971-10-01) October 1, 1971 (age 44)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality  Republic of Korea
Alma mater Chung-Ang University
(MFA, 2007-)[1]
Cheongju University
(BFA, 2006)[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Agent C-JeS Entertainment
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Religion Roman Catholicism (baptismal name: Paul)
Relatives Kim Byeong-ho (great-great-great-grandfather)
Kim Hyeong-gyu (great-great-grandfather)
Kim Jwa-jin (great-grandfather)
Kim Du-han (grandfather)[1]
Kim Eul-dong (mother)
Song Jeong-woong (father)[1]
Song Song-il (sister)[1]
Jung Seung-yeon (spouse)[1]
Song Dae-han (son)[1]
Song Min-guk (son)[1]
Song Man-se (son)[1]
Korean name
Revised Romanization Song Il-guk
McCune–Reischauer Song Ilguk

Song Il Gook (alternately Song Il Guk or Song Il Kuk) (송일국) is a popular South Korean actor. He starred in several historical Korean dramas such as Jumong and Emperor of the Sea. He graduated from the Cheongju University and majored in Performing Arts. He is the grandson of Kim Du-han, great grandson of Kim Jwa-jin, the famous Anarchist and Korean independence movement general during the early 1900s. Song is the son of actress and congresswoman Kim Eul-dong.[2]

Song typically takes on physically challenging roles that require sword-fighting, martial arts and horsemanship. He is a vice-president of the Korean Triathlon Confederation[3][4] and participated in the 2008 Seoul International Triathlon Competition.[5] In April 2008, Song carried the Olympic torch through Seoul.[6][7]

Additionally, Song has talent as a sketch artist. His skill was captured during filming of Emperor of the Sea and The Kingdom of The Winds.[8]

In addition to acting, Song has modeled professionally, both on the runway and in print. In 2008, he and several of his colleagues, Joo Jin-mo, Go Soo, Jang Keun-suk, and Park Jae-jung, were the subjects of the Kolon Christmas Photo Shoot.[9]

In 2009, the state of Hawaii designated March 21 as Song Il-Gook day.[10]

In April 2010, Song was invited to the Blue House to dine with heads of state, including the president of Kazakhstan because the series Jumong garnered popularity in Kazakhstan.[11]

Song adheres to a pescetarian diet for health and ethical reasons.[12]

In October 2015, Song signed an exclusive contract with management agency C-JeS Entertainment.[13]

Personal life[edit]

On March 15, 2008, Song was wed to a Busan High Court Judge, initially identified only by her family name Jung, in a private traditional Korean wedding[14] away from the media spotlight at the Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul.[15] Later, Song's bride's full name was revealed to be Jeong Seung Yeon (정승연).[16] On the morning of March 16, 2012, Song Il Gook’s wife, Jung Seung Yeon gave birth to triplet sons at a hospital in Seoul.[17] The Song Triplets are named Dae Han, Min Guk and Man Se, which also means "Long Live the Republic of Korea" when said together. Song Il Gook with his three sons are currently starring in the variety show The Return of Superman.


TV series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1999 Did We Really Love? MBC
Goodbye My Love MBC
Into the Sunlight MBC
2000 All About Eve MBC
2002 Hard Love Na Young-jae KBS2
Jang Hui-bin Kim Chun-taek KBS2
Album of Life Shin Hyung-shik KBS1
2003 Bodyguard Han Sung-soo KBS2
Desert Spring Ki-hyun MBC
2004 People of the Water Flower Village Kang Sung-woo MBC
Terms of Endearment Na Jang-soo KBS1
Emperor of the Sea Yeom Moon/Yeom Jang KBS2
2006 Jumong Jumong, later King Dongmyeong MBC
2007 Lobbyist Harry/Kim Joo-ho SBS
2008 The Kingdom of The Winds Prince Muhyul, later King Daemusin KBS2
2010 A Man Called God Michael King/Choi Kang-ta MBC
2011 Crime Squad Park Sae-hyuk KBS2
Fermentation Family Ki Ho-tae jTBC
2016 Jang Yeong-sil Jang Yeong-sil KBS1


Year Title Role
2005 The Art of Seduction Seo Min-jun
Red Eye
2014 Entangled Hyun Ki-jeung
2015 Tattoo Han Ji-soon

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2014 The Return of Superman KBS2 Series regular


Year Award Category Nominated Work
2002 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor 《Album of Life》
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award (With Han Ga-in) 《Terms of Endearment》
2005 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Emperor of the Sea
Popularity Award, Actor
Best Couple Award (With Soo Ae)
2005 KBS Right Language Award [18]
2006 Grimae Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Jumong
2006 14th Jumong
2006 MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize/Daesang Jumong
Best TV Actor
2007 19th Korea Producer's Awards Best TV Actor (Jumong) Jumong
2007 41st Taxpayer's Day Commendation from the Prime Minister
2008 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor The Kingdom of the Winds
Best Couple Award (With Choi Jung-won)
2009 Asia Model Festival Awards Asia Star Awards
2011 2nd Republic of Korea Popular Culture and Arts Awards Commendation from the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism
2012 Goodwill Cooperation Service (GCS): Award for Service Towards World Peace, Celebrities Who Serve category
2013 2nd Historical Drama Festival Historical Drama Star Who's Brightened Korea [19]
2014 KBS Entertainment Awards Special PD Award The Return of Superman
2015 KBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award – Male Variety Category The Return of Superman


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 송일국 탤런트, 영화배우. Naver Profiles (in Korean). Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
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  6. ^ The San Francisco Chronicle  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  7. ^–-runners-for-2008-beijing-olympic-torch--13690.html
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  9. ^ Kolon Christmas Photo Shoot on YouTube
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  12. ^ Lee, Seo-hyun, '송일국-이하늬-윤진서-김효진-배종옥' 공통점은! [Song Il-gook, Lee Han-ui, Yun Jin-seo, Kim Hyo-jin and Bae Jong-ok have something in common] (2012-01-04) (in Korean), Shinmoongo, Retrieved 2012-05-11, Archive (2012-05-11), Archive2 (2012-05-11)
  13. ^ Jo, Yeon-ju (26 October 2015). "[단독] 송일국, 씨제스行 초읽기… 최민식과 한솥밥 먹나?". Korea Sports. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
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  15. ^ Actor Song Il-guk Marries Judge
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  17. ^ Hyeoun, Hwa Yeong (2012-03-17). "송일국 "세 쌍둥이 아빠 됐다"". 
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