Best Korean Actors

by khanhhoang | created - 01 Jul 2015 | updated - 15 May 2017 | Public

Here are the best 30 Korean Actors in my own opinion. I have watched a lot of Korean movies as well as dramas, and here is my own list. The ranking on the list is based on the actors' acting skill(in my own opinion).

These 30 actors, for me, are very talented actors. Feel free to share your opinion on the list. Enjoy the list!

1. Kang-ho Song

Actor | Salinui chueok

Song Kang-ho never professionally trained as an actor, beginning his career in social theater groups after graduating from Kimhae High School. Later, he joined Kee Kuk-seo's influential theater company with its emphasis on instinctive acting and improvisation, which proved to be Song's training ...

2. Min-sik Choi

Actor | Oldeuboi

Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1992). In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han ...

3. Byung-Hun Lee

Actor | Dalkomhan insaeng

Byung-hun Lee was born in 1970 in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in a wealthy family, thanks to his father, who was a successful businessman. He never dreamed of pursuing acting until a friend of his mother's suggested it. He auditioned for the KBS television network in 1991 and was accepted. His ...

4. Jung-min Hwang

Actor | Gok-seong

Jung-min Hwang was born on September 1, 1970 in Masan, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. He is an actor, known for The Wailing (2016), A Bittersweet Life (2005) and New World (2013).

5. Kyung-gu Sol

Actor | Oasiseu

Kyung-gu Sol was born on May 1, 1968 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for Oasis (2002), Memoir of a Murderer (2017) and No Mercy (2010).

6. Jung-woo Ha

Actor | Shi gan

Jung-woo Ha is a South Korean actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer. His breakthrough to stardom came with the role in Na Hong-jin's serial killer film The Chaser (2008).

Born as Kim Sung-hoon, Ha Jung-woo came from an acting family. His father Kim Yong-gun is a well-known veteran ...

7. Yoon-Seok Kim

Actor | Chugyeogja

Yoon-Seok Kim was born on January 21, 1968 in Danyang County, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea. He is an actor and director, known for The Chaser (2008), 1987: When the Day Comes (2017) and Punch (2011). He has been married to Joo-Ran Bang since 2002. They have two children.

8. Sung-Ki Ahn

Actor | Ra-dee-o-seu-ta

Made his film debut at the age of 5 in 1957 and has been one of the most popular actors in Korea ever since. Graduated from Korea University of Foreign Studies majoring in Vietnamese. Won the best actor award in Asia-Pacific film festival in 1993 for his role in the film 'White Badge' (based on the...

9. Suk-kyu Han

Actor | Tree with Deep Roots

Suk-kyu Han was born on November 3, 1964 in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor, known for Tree with Deep Roots (2011), Green Fish (1997) and Christmas in August (1998). He has been married to Myung Joo Im since 1998. They have four children.

10. Jae-yeong Jeong

Actor | Kimssi pyoryugi

Jae-yeong Jeong was born on November 21, 1971 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for Castaway on the Moon (2009), Right Now, Wrong Then (2015) and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002).

11. Ah-in Yoo

Actor | Yungnyong-i Nareusya

Yoo Ah-In is a South Korean actor and creative director. He has built a unique filmography that distinguishes him from other actors of the same age, playing a series of impressive characters in films and TV series. Not only is he known as an icon of youth in Korea, but also he has made remarkable ...

12. Hae-il Park

Actor | Gwoemul

Hae-il Park was born on January 26, 1977 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for The Host (2006), Memories of Murder (2003) and War of the Arrows (2011).

13. Jung-jae Lee

Actor | Gwansang

Apart from being a top star in film and TV, Jung-Jae Lee also works as a highly successful fashion model. One year after his debut on television in 1993, Lee was cast in his first film, a feature by Bae Chang-ho. His breakthrough came in late 1998 in the award-winning film An Affair by E-J Yong. ...

14. Seung-woo Cho

Actor | Tajja

Seung-woo Cho was born on February 12, 1980 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for Tazza: The High Rollers (2006), Chunhyang (2000) and Marathon (2005).

15. Dong-won Gang

Actor | 1987

Gang Dong-Won was born on January 18, 1981 in Busan & grew up in Changwon. His father, Gang Chul-Woo, was an engineer who later became the vice president of SPP Heavy Industries. Gang's family suffered from economic hardship at times, and he had to work part-time in college to pay for his tuition. ...

16. Seung-bum Ryoo

Actor | Sasaeng gyeoldan

Seung-bum Ryoo was born on August 9, 1980 in Asan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. He is an actor, known for Bloody Tie (2006), The Unjust (2010) and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002).

17. Seung-ryong Ryu

Actor | 7-beon-bang-ui seon-mul

Born in Seo-choen, a small village, in South Korea in 1970, Seung-Ryong Ryu discovered his love for acting when he saw a play at the age of 15. Then, he went on to study theater at Seoul Institute of the Arts. For over a decade after graduating from the college, he was just an obscure actor mostly ...

18. Won Bin

Actor | Ajeossi

Won Bin was born on November 10, 1977 in Jeongseon, Korea as Do-Jin Kim. He is an actor, known for The Man from Nowhere (2010), Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004) and Mother (2009). He has been married to Na-Young Lee since May 30, 2015.

19. Min-su Choi

Actor | Nambugun

Min-su Choi was born on March 26, 1962 in Paju, Gyeonggi, South Korea. He is an actor, known for Nambugun (1990), The Myth (2005) and Jackpot (2016).

20. Myung-Min Kim

Actor | Yungnyong-i Nareusya

Myung-Min Kim was born on October 8, 1972 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for Six Flying Dragons (2015), Closer to Heaven (2009) and Sorum (2001).

21. Dong-Gun Jang

Actor | Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo

South Korean actor Jang Dong-Gun starred in two record-breaking box office hits; one of which was 'Friend,' the highest grossing Korean film at the time. He gained widespread critical acclaim for his portrayal of a troubled high school student who chooses the life of organized crime, paving the way...

22. Woo-sung Jung

Actor | Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom

Born as the youngest of three in Seoul, South Korea. He made his debut with a TV commercial in 1994 and applied for an open audition for a leading role in The Fox with Nine Tails (1994) opposite 'So-Young Ko'. This role launched his career as one of the most promising actors in Korea. He dropped ...

23. Jin-Woong Cho

Actor | Ah-ga-ssi

Jin-Woong Cho was born on March 3, 1976 in Busan, South Korea. He is an actor, known for The Handmaiden (2016), A Hard Day (2014) and Assassination (2015).

24. In-sung Jo

Actor | Deoking

Jo In-Sung was born in July 28, 1981 in Seoul. He made his debut as a model. However, he started to have an acting career in 2000, however he received the public attention through the TV drama Piano alongside actor Go-Soo. He then starred in the 2003 romance movie The Classic. By 2004, he joined ...

25. Ha-kyun Shin

Actor | Jigureul jikyeora!

Ha-kyun Shin was born on May 30, 1974 in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor, known for Save the Green Planet! (2003), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Thirst (2009).

26. Kyeong-yeong Lee

Actor | Nae-bu-ja-deul

Kyeong-yeong Lee was born on December 12, 1960 in Chungju, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea. He is an actor and director, known for Inside Men (2015), Pirates (2014) and Minority Opinion (2015).

27. Seung-won Cha

Actor | Adeul

Seung-won Cha was born on June 7, 1970 in Anyang, Korea. He is an actor, known for My Son (2007), Jail Breakers (2002) and My Teacher, Mr. Kim (2003).

28. Jae-Hyun Cho

Actor | Jeong Do-jeon

Jae-Hyun Cho was born on June 30, 1965 in Seoul, Korea. He is an actor and director, known for Jeong Do-jeon (2014), Address Unknown (2001) and Punch (2014).

29. Hyeon-ju Son

Actor | The Chaser

Hyeon-ju Son is an actor, known for The Chaser (2012), Ordinary Person (2017) and Chronicles of Evil (2015).

30. Yoo Gong

Actor | Busanhaeng

Gong Ji-Chul (better known as Gong Yoo) was born in Busan, Korea on July 10, 1979. The actor is known for the movies Train to Busan (2016), Silenced (2011) and The Age of Shadows (2016).

Gong Yoo graduated with a Bachelor's degree in theater at Kyung Hee University and worked as a model before ...



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