Song Il Gook (송일국)

South Korean actor and model Song Il Gook is most known for his work in historical dramas (saguek) namely Jumong, Emperor of the Sea and Kingdom of the Wind.

He comes from a family rich in political history. Born to actress Kim Eul Dong and her husband Mr Song (his dad seems to be unnamed) on South Korea’s National Military day, he was named “Il Gook / Il Guk”, meaning “one nation”.

Song Il Gook’s maternal side of the family contributed greatly to the independence and freedom South Korea is experiencing today! His great-grandfather General Kim Jwa-Jin (Baekya) was responsible for the first emancipation of slaves in Korea. His grandfather, Kim Du Han was Korea’s most famous gangster, right wing politician and freedom fighter.

Song Il Gook was brought up in a Christian family and attended Apgu-Jong Elementary, Gu-Jong Junior High and Hyeon-dae High School. Il Gook then went on to attend Chong-Ju University of Film and Theatre and spent a short time in the USA training in stage performances.

After completing university, Il Gook served as his mother’s chauffeur for a short time and later enrolled for (the compulsory 2-year) military service in the Korean army.

Song Il Gook married Ms Jung, a Busan High Court Judge on 15 March, 2008.

Here’s more on the illustrious Song Il Guk:

Date of birth: 01 October 1971
Height: 185cm (6 feet)
Weight: 80kg
Blood Type: A
Talent agency: Barunson Entertainment
Family: Kim Eul Dong (mother), Song Song Yi (sister)
Hobbies: Athletics, cycling, running, skiing, all terrain vehicles, swimming, in-line skating, water skiing and golf. He is the VP of Triathalon Korea and has participated in Ironman races. He also likes photography and keeps up to date with the latest gadgets.



  • Kingdom of The Wind (2008)
  • The Lobbyist (2007)
  • Jumong / The Book of Three Han (2006)
  • Emperor of the Sea (2004)
  • Terms of Endearment (2004)
  • People of the Water Flower Village (2004)
  • Desert Spring (2003)
  • Bodyguard (2003)
  • Album of Life (2002)
  • Royal Story (2002)
  • Hard Love (2002)
  • All About Eve (2001, cameo)
  • Into the Sunlight (1999)
  • Did We Really Love (1999)



Family portrait: Song Il Gook and his family

Song Il Gook taking part in the Ironman race in May 2008

Compiled by Orchid
Sources: Wikipedia, Song Il Gook Translated
Pics credit: StarNews, Newsen, SIG Translated


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