Um Ki-joon

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Um Ki-joon
Born (1976-03-23) March 23, 1976 (age 42)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationSeoul Artspool Conservatory - Musical Acting
Years active1995-present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationEom Gi-jun
McCune–ReischauerŎm Ki-chun

Um Ki-joon (Hangul엄기준; born March 23, 1976) is a South Korean actor.


Um Ki-joon made his acting debut in 1995 in the stage play Richard III, though he later became best known as a musical theatre actor, starring in Singin' in the Rain,[1] The Sorrows of Young Werther,[2] Grease, The Three Musketeers,[3] Jack the Ripper,[4] The Count of Monte Cristo,[5][6] Catch Me If You Can,[7][8][9] and Rebecca. He also appeared in the Patrick Marber play Closer.[10][11]

Um's popularity increased after he began playing supporting roles in television dramas such as Life Special Investigation Team, Worlds Within, Hero,[12] Dream High,[13] Scent of a Woman and Phantom.[14][15] He was also the leading actor in Good Job, Good Job and The Virus.[16]

Um played the villain in his first film Man of Vendetta, opposite Kim Myung-min.[17] This was followed by a role as Lee Ki-cheol, a detective investigating serial murders in horror film Killer Toon, opposite Lee Si-young.[18]

Most recently, Um is known for playing the villain in the hit legal thriller Innocent Defendant.[19] He is set to reunite the director and writer of Innocent Defendant in upcoming medical drama Heart Surgeons.[20]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2006 Drama City "Who Loved Her?" Park Cheol-ho KBS2
2007 Drama City "Grim Reaper with Amnesia" Dong-wook
Kimchi Cheese Smile Um Ki-joon MBC
2008 Drama City "Secret, Only You Don't Know" Park Hyeong-joo KBS2
Life Special Investigation Team Park Chan-ho MBC
Worlds Within Song Gyu-ho KBS2
2009 Good Job, Good Job Choi Seung-hyun MBC
Hero Kang Hye-sung
2010 Dream High Kang Oh-hyuk KBS2
2011 Miss Ripley Prosecutor
(cameo, episode 14)
Scent of a Woman Chae Eun-suk SBS
Can't Lose Cha Seok-hoon
(guest, episodes 14-17)
2012 Phantom Jo Hyun-min SBS
2013 The Virus Lee Myung-hyun OCN
I Can Hear Your Voice Public defender Um Ki-joon
(cameo, episode 14)
2014 Golden Cross Michael Jang KBS2
2015 The Man in the Mask Kang Hyun-woong
2016 Nightmare Teacher Han Bong-gu Naver TV Cast
2017 Innocent Defendant Cha Sun-ho / Cha Min-ho SBS
I'm Not a Robot[21] Hong Baek-kyun MBC
2018 Heart Surgeons Choi Suk-han SBS


Year Title Role
2010 Man of Vendetta Choi Byeong-chul
Villain and Widow Representative Ha (cameo)
Finding Mr. Destiny Kim Jong-wook (cameo)
2013 Killer Toon Lee Ki-cheol

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Goodbye, 20 Years Old" Toy
"Three People" Lee Ki-chan
2015 "April Snow" Huh Gak


Year Title Role
1995 Richard III
1996 Oliver!
1998 Gwanggaeto the Great
1999 Tripitaka Koreana
Jang Bogo, the Sea God
2000 Oh! Happy Day
2001 Singin' in the Rain Don Lockwood
2002 The Sorrows of Young Werther Werther
Songshan Nights Kim Hyun
Carmen Escamillo
2003 Grease Danny Zuko
2003-2004 The Sorrows of Young Werther Werther
2004 Men's Impulses Yoo-jung
Singin' in the Rain Don Lockwood
Anakji Love Story
2005 Assassins John Wilkes Booth
Grease Danny Zuko
2005-2006 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
2005 Love Diary
2006-2007 Singin' in the Rain Dong-hyun
2006 The Sorrows of Young Werther Werther
Le Passe-Muraille Dusoleil
Finding Kim Jong-wook Man/Kim Jong-wook
Grease Danny Zuko
Passion of the Rain
2007 A Day Han Min-ho
Hedwig Concert Together with John Cameron Mitchell[22]
2007-2008 Mad Kiss Jang Jung
Separated Man and Woman Kang Yeon-oh
2009 The Lower Depths Satine
The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan
2009-2010 Jack the Ripper Daniel
2010 The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantès
Jack the Ripper Daniel
Closer Dan
2010-2011 The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan
2011 The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantès
Jack the Ripper Daniel
The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan
2012 Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale Jr.
Jack the Ripper Daniel
2012-2013 Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale Jr.
2013 The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan
The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantès
Jack the Ripper Daniel
Bonnie & Clyde Clyde Barrow
2013-2014 The Sorrows of Young Werther Werther
The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan
2014 Bonnie & Clyde Clyde Barrow
2014-2015 Rebecca Maxim de Winter
2015 Robin Hood[23] Robin Hood
Cinderella[24] Prince Christopher
2015-2016 Werther Werther
2016 Rebecca Maxim de Winter
Mata Hari Armand
Jack the Ripper Daniel
2016-2017 The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantès
2017 Mata Hari[25] Armand
Rebecca Maxim de Winter

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 MBC Entertainment Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Sitcom/Comedy Kimchi Cheese Smile Won
2008 KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor Worlds Within Won
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated
2010 47th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Man of Vendetta Nominated
8th Korean Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
2011 8th Max Movie Awards Best New Actor Nominated
47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Nominated
15th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival It Star Award[26] N/A Won
4th Korea Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor Dream High, Scent of a Woman Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend Drama Scent of a Woman[27] Won
2012 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Phantom Nominated
2017 SBS Drama Awards Character of the Year Innocent Defendant Won


  1. ^ Lee, Eun-joo (30 July 2008). "Talk of the town: Poor ticket sales take wind out of festival's sails". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  2. ^ Sohn, Ji-ae (6 December 2013). "Werther's heartbreaking story revived on Korean stage". Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  3. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (19 December 2010). "The Three Musketeers defends justice, friendship". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ Park, Min-young (11 July 2011). "Musical fans get star-studded bonanza". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
  5. ^ Chung, Ah-young (10 February 2010). "Star-Studded Cast Shine in Monte Cristo". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. ^ Jang, Kyung-jin (22 April 2010). "PREVIEW: Musical Monte Cristo". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  7. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (2 February 2012). "Three join Catch Me if You Can". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
  8. ^ Kwaak, Je-yup (27 March 2012). "Hallyu star Kim leads in new musical". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  9. ^ Hong, Lucia (30 January 2012). "SM Entertainment artists cast in musical Catch Me If You Can". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  10. ^ Chung, Ah-young (13 July 2010). "Um, Moon to perform in Closer". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  11. ^ Jang, Kyung-jin (21 July 2010). "Moon Geun-young says "trying to be less friendly"". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  12. ^ Yoon, Hee-seong (28 October 2009). "PREVIEW: MBC TV series Hero". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  13. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (28 December 2010). "Yonsama-JYP soap to reignite hallyu". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  14. ^ Park, So-jung (1 June 2011). "Kim Suna, Lee Dong-wook and Um Ki-joon cast in new drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  15. ^ "Uhm Ki-joon in "Ghost - Drama"". Hancinema. 21 March 2012.
  16. ^ "Uhm Ki-joon stars in "The Virus"". Hancinema. 14 January 2013.
  17. ^ Jang, Kyung-jin (25 June 2010). "INTERVIEW: Um Ki-joon Man of Vendetta". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  18. ^ "Webtoon spooks movie audiences". The Korea Herald. 19 June 2013.
  19. ^ "'Defendant' shows there's more to K-dramas than time-slip fantasies". Yonhap News Agency. 22 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Uhm Ki-joon Joins "Cardiothoracic Surgery" as Complex Villain". Hancinema. 29 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Uhm Ki-joon turns into genius robotics professor for "I'm Not a Robot"". Hancinema. 15 September 2017.
  22. ^ "Hedwig". The Dong-a Ilbo. 24 May 2007. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  23. ^ Yim, Seung-hye (10 February 2015). "Robin Hood the musical strikes familiar chord". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  24. ^ "[Herald Review] 'Cinderella' musical enchanting, comical". The Korea Herald. 29 September 2015.
  25. ^ "[Herald Review] Music, lust, betrayal swirls around female spy in 'Mata Hari'". The Korea Herald. 29 June 2017.
  26. ^ Hong, Lucia (13 July 2011). "Park Hae-il, Soo-ae, Choi Daniel, Sin Se-gyeong to win awards at PiFan". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  27. ^ Kim, Jessica (2 January 2012). "Han Suk-kyu reclaims glory at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-01-31.

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