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Kim Nam Gil

Nam Gil Kim

Details

  • Name: Kim Nam Gil
  • Native name: 김남길
  • Given name: Lee Han
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: March 13, 1981
  • Age: 36
Nam Gil Kim

Nam Gil Kim

  • Name: Kim Nam Gil
  • Native name: 김남길
  • Given name: Lee Han
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: March 13, 1981
  • Age: 36
Kim Nam-Gil was born on March 13, 1981 in South Korea. His immediate family consists of his parents and one brother. Kim Nam-Gil graduated from Han Yeong High School. He then went to Myeong Ji college (a two year college) and majored in "Theatre and Movies". He eventually dropped out of college and did not complete his studies. Since working in the entertainment world professionally, Nam-Gil has worked under Star J Entertainment Management Company. Nam-Gil's various hobbies include playing the flute, tap dancing, water skiing, and Taekwondo.

Nam-Gil first debuted on television with a minor role in the 1998 KBS drama "School 1" (as the character Min-soo). Five years later, Nam-Gil would win the 31st audition for MBC Television. He then performed in various minor roles for MBC. Meanwhile, in 2005, Kim Nam-Gil changed his name to the seemingly more exotic name of "Lee Han." In 2006, Kim Nam-Gil made the bold decision to accept his first lead role in the controversial, but critically praised independent film, "No Regret". Kim Nam-Gil played the homosexual character Song Jae-min in "No Regret". Although the film "No Regret" received high praise from movie critics & film festivals, it failed to boost Kim Nam-Gil's popularity or lead to immediate stardom. Instead, Kim Nam-Gil took more supporting roles in television dramas and commercial films.

Prior to the release of the 2008 film "Public Enemy Returns," Kim Nam-Gil stopped using his stage name "Lee Han" and reverted back to his birth name. Nam-Gil made this decision after receiving advice from Kang Woo-Suk (the director of "Public Enemy Returns"). Later in 2008, Nam-Gil received his first leading role in a major commercial film - "Portrait of a Beauty." This was also the first time Nam-Gil acted in a historical film. His experience from "Portrait of a Beauty" would reap benefits later when he would act in the historical MBC drama "The Great Queen Seondeok." Although Kim Gyu-Ri garnered most of the attention for "Portrait of a Beauty," Nam-Gil's strong performance did not go unnoticed.

In 2009, Kim Nam-Gil was cast in the MBC drama "The Great Queen Seondeok" as Bi-dam. The production company felt the character of Bi-dam was somewhat the secret weapon in securing the success of the television series. The production company proceeded to promote his character to Korean media outlets and press agencies. The pressure from this move caused Kim Nam-Gil to stress over his upcoming performance. During this time, Nam-Gil researched his character by observing comic book characters like Han Bi Kwang from "Yeol Hyeol Kang Ho", Musashi Miyamoto from "Vegabond" and Kang Baek Ho from "Slam Dunk." His research did prove successful as the drama series "The Great Queen Seondeok" became the most watched drama series of 2009, regularly receiving ratings in excess of 40%. With the runaway success of "The Great Queen Seondeok," Kim Nam-Gil's popularity also skyrocketed. He was frequently voted the sexiest man by Korean women, received many commercial endorsement offers, and flooded with scenarios for various upcoming films and drama series.

Kim Nam-Gil has stated his role model for an actor is Jeong Jae-Yeong, whom Kim Nam-Gil worked with in "Public Enemy Returns" and also graduated from the same high school. His other favorite actor is actress Kim Hye-Su, whom Kim Nam-Gil worked with in "Modern Boy." Kim Hye-Su often gave advice on how to act and think as an actor, while filming "Modern Boy." Kim Nam-Gil has also stated that his ideal woman type is someone like Lee Yo-Won and how she she takes care of her baby.

Kim Nam-Gil started his mandatory 2 year military service on July 15th, 2010. Because of this, SBS drama "Bad Guy," which stars Kim Nam-Gil, was shortened from 20 episodes to 17 episodes.
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2017 Live Up to Your Name
Korean Drama, 2017, 16 eps
Dr. Heo Im (Main Role)
16
Dr. Heo Im
Main Role
8.6
2013 Shark
Korean Drama, 2013, 20 eps
Yoshimura Jun / Kim Joon / Han Yi Soo (Main Role)
20
Yoshimura Jun / Kim Joon / Han Yi Soo
Main Role
7.7
2010 Bad Guy
Korean Drama, 2010, 17 eps
Shim Gun Wook (Main Role)
17
Shim Gun Wook
Main Role
7.7
2009 Queen Seon Duk
Korean Drama, 2009, 62 eps
Bi Dam (Main Role)
62
Bi Dam
Main Role
8.7
2008 Terroir
Korean Drama, 2008, 20 eps
Jo Yi Yeong (Support Role)
20
Jo Yi Yeong
Support Role
6.6
2007 When Spring Comes
Korean Drama, 2007, 16 eps
Kim Jun Gi (Main Role)
16
Kim Jun Gi
Main Role
6.4
2006 Lovers
Korean Drama, 2006, 20 eps
Tae San (Support Role)
20
Tae San
Support Role
7.5
2006 Goodbye, Solo
Korean Drama, 2006, 16 eps
Yoo Ji An (Main Role)
16
Yoo Ji An
Main Role
6.9
2005 My Lovely Sam Soon
Korean Drama, 2005, 16 eps
Kim Byeong Tae (Support Role)
16
Kim Byeong Tae
Support Role
8.0
2005 Be Strong Geum Soon
Korean Drama, 2005, 163 eps
No Jeong Wan (Support Role)
163
No Jeong Wan
Support Role
7.3
2004 Sweet Buns
Korean Drama, 2004, 26 eps
Hong Hye Jan's fiancee (Guest Role)
26
Hong Hye Jan's fiancee
Guest Role
6.5
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2018 Strange Family
Korean Movie, 2018,
Min Girl (Main Role)
Min Girl
Main Role
0.0
2017 Memoir of a Murderer
Korean Movie, 2017,
Tae Joo (Main Role)
Tae Joo
Main Role
8.8
2017 One Day
Korean Movie, 2017,
Kang Soo (Main Role)
Kang Soo
Main Role
7.6
2016 Pandora
Korean Movie, 2016,
Jae Hyeok (Main Role)
Jae Hyeok
Main Role
8.2
2015 The Sound of a Flower
Korean Movie, 2015,
Heung Seon Dae Won Gun (Main Role)
Heung Seon Dae Won Gun
Main Role
7.4
2015 The Shameless
Korean Movie, 2015,
Jeong Jae Gon (Main Role)
Jeong Jae Gon
Main Role
6.6
2014 The Pirates
Korean Movie, 2014,
Jang Sa Jung (Bandit) (Main Role)
Jang Sa Jung (Bandit)
Main Role
8.0
2010 Lovers Vanished
Korean Movie, 2010,
Su In (Main Role)
Su In
Main Role
7.0
2008 Portrait of a Beauty
Korean Movie, 2008,
Kang Mu (Main Role)
Kang Mu
Main Role
7.4
2008 Modern Boy
Korean Movie, 2008,
Hidaka Shinsuke (Support Role)
Hidaka Shinsuke
Support Role
6.1
2008 Public Enemy Returns
Korean Movie, 2008,
Moon Soo (Support Role)
Moon Soo
Support Role
7.1
2006 No Regret
Korean Movie, 2006,
Song Jae Min (Main Role)
Song Jae Min
Main Role
7.4
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
2016 Abnormal Summit: Season 2
Korean TV Show, 2016, 169 eps
(Ep.128) (Guest)
169
(Ep.128)
Guest
9.2