Kwon Sang Woo

Kwon Sang-woo, the most visible example of the so-called "mom-zzang" (slang for "great body") movement, started his career as a fashion model in the late 1990s. His first acting experience was in the TV drama Delicious Proposal, and for the first few years of his entertainment career he received only minor roles on television, before debuting in Volcano High (2001). The following year he played his first lead role in the comedy Make It Big together with real-life best friend Song Seung-heon.
Kwon's breakthrough came in the phenomenally successful comedy My Tutor Friend, as a troublesome high school boy who is tutored by a college student of the same age (played by actress Kim Ha-neul). In this year he also starred in My Good Partner, the world's first movie made for mobile phones, and in the music video collection Project X.
His next film released in early 2004 was also a great hit. Once Upon a Time in High School portrays the authoritarian society of the 1970s through a notoriously violent high school. Simultaneously, his TV drama Stairway to Heaven was winning over high ratings on TV. The drama was eventually screened throughout Asia and helped to turn him into a regional star.

However Kwon's followup film Love, So Divine, about a priest in training who falls in love, earned poor reviews and did not get much attention from audiences.
For 2006, Kwon starred in the big-budget action noir Running Wild, about a detective, a prosecutor, and a criminal who are all equally vicious. Running Wild received satisfactory reviews but disappointing returns, and Kwon's next film Almost Love, a romantic comedy reteaming him with Kim Ha-neul, likewise failed to replicate the success of their previous film.
Thus began Kwon's career slump, as the films Fate and More Than Blue flopped in the box office, and his small screen projects Sad Love Story, Bad Love and Cinderella Man received low ratings.
Things took a turn for the better in 2010 with the box office success of Korean War film 71: Into the Fire which Kwon reportedly didn't hesitate to take on. His drama Daemul about Korea's first female president was also very popular during its run, staying atop TV charts for 11 weeks straight and ending with viewership ratings of around 26 percent.
Looking to expand his acting career to a wider audience in Asia, Kwon will next be starring in movies with Chinese superstars Cecilia Cheung and Jackie Chan. He also made his singing debut in a DVD released in Japan.
Kwon has said in an interview, "I hope I'm remembered as an actor whose work the audience looks forward to rather than an actor who acts well."
Personal life: Unlike many Korean male stars who had to fulfill their mandatory military service at the height of their careers, Kwon enlisted long before he became an actor.
Kwon's mother is a Roman Catholic, and he himself converted after filming Love, So Divine in which he played a Catholic priest. His confirmation name is Francisco.
Kwon married actress and former Miss Korea Son Tae Young on September 28, 2008. On February 6, 2009, Son Tae Young gave birth to their first child, a son named Kwon Ruk Hee. Their second child, a daughter named Kwon Ri Ho, was born on January 10, 2015.
His sister in-law is married to worldwide famous pianist and composer Yiruma.

Drama & Films

Drama

Year
Title
#
Role
Rating
2017
16
Ha Wan Seung Main Role
8.1
2014
20
Cha Seok Hoon Main Role
6.8
2013
20
Park Tae Shin Main Role
7.0
2013
24
Ha Ryu / Cha Jae Woong Main Role
7.7
2013
0
Main Role
8.0
2011
10
(ep.8) Guest Role
7.3
2010
24
Ha Do Ya Main Role
7.4
2009
16
Oh Dae San / Lee Joon Hee Main Role
6.7
2007
20
Kang Yong Ki Main Role
6.9
2005
20
Seo Joon Young / Choi Joon Kyu Main Role
7.9
2003
20
Cha Song Ju Main Role
7.9
2003
20
Kag Seok Min Main Role
6.6
2002
16
Yoon Ho Jae Main Role
6.5
2001
16
Supporting Role
N/A
2001
16
Choon Shik Supporting Role
7.0

Films

Year
Title
Role
Rating
2017
Ahn Jung-geun Main Role
N/A
2015
Kang Dae Man Main Role
8.2
2015
Zhou Yun Feng Main Role
7.4
2012
Simon Supporting Role
7.8
2012
Main Role
7.1
2011
Nam Soon Main Role
7.7
2010
Ku Kap Jo Main Role
8.8
2009
K (Chul-kyu Kang) Main Role
8.2
2008
Jo Cheoljeung Main Role
7.1
2006
Lee Ji Hwan Main Role
6.9
2006
Jang Do Yeong Main Role
7.0
2004
Kim 'Pedro' Gyu-shik Main Role
7.0
2004
Hyun Soo Main Role
7.3
2003
Ji-hoon Main Role
7.4
2003
Main Role
3.8
2002
Woo Seob Main Role
6.7
2001
Song Hak Rim Supporting Role
6.7

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    Nina May 25, 2017

    Such an amazing actor!!! Absolutely love his work.

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    Panda Apr 27, 2017

    Hot as hell

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    Martybii Apr 12, 2017

    40 years old and still so hot af!!!

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    Queen_Makjang Jan 4, 2017

    Miss you, Oppa!

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    Fatigue Aug 5, 2016

    AUGUST BIRTHDAY!! YASS!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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    katrina21 Aug 5, 2016

    happy birthday sexy!!!! :D

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    Kimtan1999 Jul 15, 2016

    Amazing

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    Marooya Jan 11, 2016

    Whoever hated him for a character is his/her LOSS period.

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    _Rosie Dec 25, 2015

    Best running after a bus almost as good as me XD

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    sayaraohara Oct 18, 2015 - edited

    No man made me cry as he did. he's such an amazing actor, his tragic characters are epic I just wish he was more selective about the roles he takes

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    katrina21 Aug 5, 2015

    happy birthday oppa!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

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    Emma Andreza Ueshima May 29, 2015

    the sexiest,cool and handsome so much like you,sply.your eyes.

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    catherine Feb 13, 2015 - edited

    my favorate kwon sang woo,when i saw you in Bad love or CRUEL LOVE the filipino version..til now I watch the cd over and over again..

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    Queen_Makjang Jan 15, 2015

    My favourite actor hands down. If he's in it, it's going to be amazing.

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    pattyrn4 Jan 9, 2015

    His best roles are in More Than Blue and Stairway to Heaven.

Details

  • Name:

    Kwon Sang Woo
  • Native name:

    권상우
  • Also Known as:

    Gwon Sang Wu
  • Nationality:

    South Korean
  • Gender:

    Male
  • Born:

    August 5, 1976
  • Age:

    40