Yang Dong-geun

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Yang Dong-geun
Yang Dong-geun in March 2012
Yang Dong-geun in March 2012
Background information
Also known asYDG
Dong-kun Yang
Born (1979-06-01) June 1, 1979 (age 42)
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Actor, rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, breakdancer
Years active1987–present
LabelsPolaris Entertainment (acting)
Brand New Music (musician)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYang Donggeun
McCune–ReischauerYang Tonggŭn

Yang Dong-geun (Korean양동근; born June 1, 1979) or YDG is a South Korean actor, rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and breakdancer. Yang majored in Theatrical Performance at Yong-In University.[1]


Yang enlisted for mandatory military service in May 2008 for 21 months of active duty. During which time he starred in military musical, Mine with Kangta. It is about the true life story of Lieutenant Lee Jong-myung, who lost his legs in a land mine explosion near the demilitarized zone, in June 2000, when he saved fellow soldier, Sul Dong-seob from the minefield.[2]

Yang and his wife Park Ga-ram have two sons and a daughter.[3][4] Their daughter Joy has appeared on The Return of Superman along with the daughters of actors In Gyo-jin and Oh Ji-ho.


His comeback project after being discharged from the military was in film Grand Prix with Kim Tae-hee. He was cast as male lead Lee Woo-suk after Lee Joon-gi had to pull out when the Military Manpower Administration declined his application to postpone enlistment for military service.[5][6] He joined as a member of KBS variety show The Return of Superman with his daughter Yang Joy in 2016.


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
Three Families Under One Roof MBC
1987 탑리 KBS
1989 Carousel KBS1
MBC Best Theater "초승달과밤배" MBC
1990 Seoul Earthen Bowl Jang Soo-gon KBS
1991 Hyung (My Older Brother) young Dong-hoon KBS2
1992 Gwanchon Essay SBS
1995 New Generation Report: Adults Don't Know KBS1
1996 Three Guys and Three Girls MBC
1999 School Jo Suk-ho KBS2
Ad Madness Hwang Dae-joo KBS2
2000 Drama City "그가 간이역에 내렸다" KBS2
New Nonstop Yang Dong-geun MBC
8.15 Drama "Seongam Island" MBC
2001 The Full Sun Choi Dong-pal KBS2
2002 Ruler of Your Own World Ko Bok-su MBC
2006 Dr. Kkang Kang Dal-go MBC
2007 I Am Sam Jang Yi-san KBS2
2012 Hero [ko] Kim Heuk-chul OCN
2014 The Three Musketeers Heo Seung-po tvN
2016 My Fair Lady cameo KBS2
2017 Missing Nine Yoon Tae-young MBC
The Bride of Habaek Joo Dong tvN
Borg Mom Choi Go-Bong MBC
2018 The Third Charm[7] Lee Dong-jae JTBC
My Secret Terrius Cha Jung-il MBC
2020 365: Repeat the Year Bae Jung-tae MBC
2021 Lost Woo-nam[8] JTBC


Year Title Role
1991 Super Hong Gil-dong 5 – 부채 도사와 홍길동 Dol-yi
1992 해룡이와 달자의 추억의 책가방
1998 Zzang (The Best) Yang Jong-gu
1999 White Valentine Han-seok
Dance Dance Soon-do
2000 Bloody Beach Jae-seung
2001 Address Unknown Chang-guk
2002 Bet on My Disco Wang Seok-gi
2003 Wild Card Bang Je-su
2004 The Last Wolf Choi Cheol-kwon
Fighter in the Wind Choi Bae-dal
2006 Monopoly Na Kyung-ho
2010 Grand Prix Lee Woo-seok
2011 The Perfect Game Sun Dong-yeol
2012 Love 911 Detective Bang Je-su (cameo)
2013 Days of Wrath Chang-shik
Rough Play Kang Bin (cameo)
Black Gospel (documentary) himself
2020 Night of the Undead Dr. Jang[9]
TBA Yacha Chief Hong [10]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2014 Show Me the Money 3 Mnet Producer of "Team YDG"
2016 The Return of Superman KBS2 Himself, with his children
2016 Unpretty Rapstar 3 Mnet Host
2017 Law of the Jungle in Komodo SBS Cast member (Episodes 274–278)[11]
King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as "Columbus" (Episode 125)[12]
2020 Contestant as "Sergeant" (Episodes 261–262)[13][14]


Year Title Role
2005 Offending the Audience[15][16][17]
2008 Mine Kang Bong-tae
2015–2017 In the Heights Usnavi

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1991 27th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Young Actor Hyung Won
KBS Drama Awards Best Young Actor Won
2001 21st Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actor Address Unknown Won
MBC Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award in a Sitcom New Nonstop Won
2002 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Ruler of Your Own World Won
TV Actor of the Year (chosen by journalists) Won
TV Actor of the Year (chosen by netizens) Won
2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Won
1st Korea Fashion World Awards Best Dressed, Film category N/A Won
2004 27th Golden Cinematography Awards Most Popular Actor Wild Card Won
41st Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
2006 1st Anniversary of the Police Film Festival Plaque of Appreciation N/A Won
2009 Award from the Army Chief of Staff Recipient N/A Won
2017 MBC Entertainment Awards Special Award in Sitcom Borg Mom Won


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  2. ^ Lee, Eun-joo (October 2, 2008). "Military musical mines true story of loyalty and sacrifice". Joongang Daily. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "Yang Dong Geun And Wife Reveal Photos Of Newborn Third Child". Soompi. May 1, 2017.
  4. ^ 중앙일보의 양동근 셋째 아기에 대한 스토리 이미지양동근, 셋째 득남 사진 공개…'깜찍한
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  10. ^ Jung Yu-jin (August 13, 2021). "설경구·박해수 '야차', 넷플릭스 공개 확정" [Seol Kyung-gu and Park Hae-soo's 'Yacha' to be released on Netflix]. News1 (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  11. ^ Im Joo-hyun (March 21, 2017). "이수근부터양동근·유이까지..'정법' 코모도라인업완성(공식)". Star News (in Korean). Retrieved March 21, 2017.
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