Kang Dong-won (강동원)

Ah, some people have it all. Not only does Kang Dong-won posses model good looks, he’s also smart and comes from a well-to-do family (Daddy’s the vice president of a huge corporation).

A modelling agent spotted Dong-won back in 2000, when the young man was still studying Mechanical Engineering at Hanyang University (one of the best private universities in South Korea). With his androgynous good looks, Dong-won became a professional model before he started acting. He debuted in the drama The Funny Wild Girl (2003) before making his movie debut in Too Beautiful to Lie (2004).

People started taking notice of the model-turned-actor after he appeared in Temptation of the Wolves (2004). The flick made him one of the most promising young actors in South Korea. In fact, he is considered one of the leading stars of the second generation Hallyu (the 27-year-old is particularly popular in Japan.)

In 2006, the actor starred in the critically-acclaimed Our Happy Time. He then proved to all and sundry that he is more than just a pretty face by toplining hit movie Voice of a Murderer the same year. Only his voice is heard in the flick.

In 2007, the actor tackled the role of the Prozac-popping novelist Min-woo in director Lee Myung-se’s M. The flick was their second collaboration together after 2005’s Duelist. At the time of writing, Kang Dong-won is said to be starring in director Choi Dong-hun’s Tale for Jeon Woo-chi, which is scheduled for release in early 2009.

Here’s the lowdown on Kang Dong-won:

Name: Kang Dong-won (강동원)
Date of birth: Jan 18, 1981
Place of birth: Busan, South Korea
Height: 186cm
Weight: 68kg
Blood type: B
Education: Graduated from Hanyang University with honours (major in Mechanical Engineering) & currently in Sangmyung University’s Graduate School (major in film)


  • Tale of Jeon Woo-chi (2009)
  • M (2007)
  • Voice of a Murderer/ His Voice (2007)
  • Our Happy Time/ Maundy Thursday (2006)
  • Duelist (2005)
  • Temptation of Wolves/ Romance of Their Own (2004)
  • Too Beautiful To Lie/ Don’t Believe Her (2004)

TV dramas:

  • Magic (2004)
  • 1% of Anything/ Something About 1% (2003)
  • Funny Wild Girl/ Majestic Lady/ Lady of Dignity (2003)

Source: Wikipedia, bestuff & HanCinema
Pic credit: Newsen