Famous South Korean Actors

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 1 Lee Jong–suk

Lee Jong–suk.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Suwon, South Korea
Lee Jong-suk is known for his award-winning roles in the series Pinocchio, I Can Hear Your Voice, and While You Were Sleeping. He became the youngest model to be part of the Seoul Fashion Week. He has won the KBS, SBS, and MBC Drama awards. He owns a cafe, too. 

 2 Park Seo-joon

Park Seo-joon.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Popularly known as the master of romantic comedy in South Korea, Park Seo-joon is an award-winning actor. Having played important roles in popular television dramas, such as She Was Pretty and What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, Park is the man of many women's dreams. His popularity increased when he made an appearance in the Academy Award-winning film Parasite.

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 3 Song Joong-ki

Song Joong-ki.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Secheon-dong, Daejeon, South Korea

Song Joong-ki is one of the most popular South Korean actors of the current generation; he gained international recognition after his performance in the TV series Descendants of the Sun. A top Hallyu star, Song had become the face of more than 30 brands by 2016. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Song provides financial support to treat cancer-stricken children.

 4 Hyun Bin

Hyun Bin.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Hyun Bin is one of the most popular actors from South Korea. Over the years, Hyun has used his fame to campaign against animal cruelty. One of the most important members of a group of private donors called Honor Society, Hyun donated 200 million won to an organization called Community Chest of Korea to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

 5 Ji Chang-wook

Ji Chang-wook.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Anyang, South Korea

South Korean actor and singer, Ji Chang-wook, is best known for playing the lead role of Dong-hae in the daily drama series, Smile Again. Beginning his career in musical theater, he soon ventured into TV and films and made an impact with his role in the TV show Warrior Baek Dong-soo. He has also made a few music video appearances.

 6 Kim Soo-hyun

Kim Soo-hyun.
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Famous As: South Korean Actor
Birthdate: February 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

From being a shy kid who found it difficult to speak in front of strangers to becoming one of the brightest stars in South Korean films and television, Kim Soo-hyun has come a long way. The internationally recognised and multiple award winning actor has given numerous hit performances like Dream High, Moon Embracing the Sun, The Thieves and Secretly, Greatly.

 7 Cha Eun-woo

Cha Eun-woo.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gunpo-si, South Korea

Cha Eun-woo is a South Korean model, actor, and singer. He achieved popularity as part of the famous boy band Astro. His popularity increased after playing Do Kyung-seok in a television series titled Gangnam Beauty, after which he was named in GQ Korea magazine's Men of the Year list in 2018.

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 8 Nam Joo-hyuk

Nam Joo-hyuk.
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: February 22, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
Nam Joo-hyuk is best known for his award-winning role in the epic film The Great Battle. He began his career as a model and shot to fame with the role of Han Yi-an in the KBS2 series Who Are You: School 2015. He has endorsed Dior Men and Penshoppe

 9 Gong Yoo

Gong Yoo.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea

South Korean actor Gong Yoo is best known for his role in the television drama Coffee Prince. Interested in pursuing an acting career from a young age, he earned a B.A. degree in theater. He began his career as a video jockey and soon debuted as an actor. The talented actor is the winner of many awards.

 10 Steven Yeun

Steven Yeun.
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: December 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Steven Yeun is best known as Glenn Rhee from the series The Walking Dead and Ben from the film Burning. He has also appeared in the comedy-horror movie Mayhem and voiced Keith in Voltron: Legendary Defender. He has invested in a Los Angeles-based Korean-Mediterranean restaurant, co-owned by his younger brother.

 11 Lee Joon-gi

Lee Joon-gi.
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: April 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea

Lee Joon-gi is a South Korean actor and model. His popularity overseas has established him as one of the top Hallyu stars. Since he is a martial arts practitioner, Lee Joon-gi seldom uses a stunt double and is recognized as one of Korea's top action stars. His ability to pull off dangerous fight scenes often inspires young talents in Korea.

 12 Kim Woo-bin

Kim Woo-bin.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

South Korean model and actor, Kim Woo-bin, has appeared in many hit TV shows and films. Interested in modeling from the time he has in high school, he started working as a runway model when he was 20. He is a cancer survivor and a role model for young people struggling with the disease.

 13 Park Hyung-sik

Park Hyung-sik.
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: November 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yongin, South Korea
South Korean K-pop singer and actor Park Hyung-sik is best known for his stint with the boyband ZE:A. Fans loved him in series such as The Heirs and Dummy Mommy, and the variety show Real Men. He has won multiple KBS Drama awards and joined mandatory military training in 2019. 

 14 Lee Byung-hun

Lee Byung-hun.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seongnam, South Korea

South Korean actor and singer Lee Byung-hun is known for his work in a wide range of genres. His appearance in the critically acclaimed film Inside Men earned him many prestigious awards. He is also popular in USA and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 15 Park Bo-gum

Park Bo-gum
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

 16 Lee Dong-wook

Lee Dong-wook.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Lee Dong-wook is best known for his performances in South Korean TV dramas, or K-dramas, such as My Girl, Scent of a Woman, The Fugitive of Joseon, and Hotel King. He has hosted the shows Strong Heart, Produce X 101, and Wook Talk. He also briefly enlisted in the military.

 17 Lee Seung-gi

Lee Seung-gi.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Banghak-dong, Dobong District, South Korea

Lee Seung-gi is a South Korean actor, host, and singer. Dubbed the Triple Treat entertainer, Seung-gi was named in Forbes' Korea Power Celebrity list in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015. One of the top Hallyu stars, Lee Seung-gi is also one of the most popular celebrity endorsers and commercial models in South Korea. 

 18 Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Busan

 19 John Cho

John Cho
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

 20 Lee Min-ho

Lee Min-ho.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Lee Min-ho is a South Korean actor, model, and singer. He is best known for his portrayal of Gu Jun-pyo in the popular television series Boys Over Flowers, for which he received the prestigious Baeksang Arts Award. Widely regarded as a top Hallyu star, Lee Min-ho is one of South Korea's most-followed actors on social media.

 21 Ahn Jae-hyun

Ahn Jae-hyun.
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: July 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Ahn Jae-hyun is best known for his award-winning performance in the series Cinderella with Four Knights. He has also been part of the series Reunited Worlds and The Beauty Inside. He initially gained fame as a model and was featured at events such as the Korea Heritage Fashion Show.

 22 Rain

Rain
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea

 23 Kim Hyun-joong

Kim Hyun-joong.
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Famous As: South Korean Actor
Birthdate: June 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
South Korean actor and singer Kim Hyun-joong gained recognition as part of the boy band SS501. He also appeared in K-dramas such as Playful Kiss and Boys Over Flowers. He has also released Korean and Japanese solo albums. He also often donates generously for earthquake relief and education. 

 24 Kai

Kai.
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Famous As: Singer, Actors
Birthdate: January 14, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Suncheon, South Jeolla, South Korea

Kim Jong-in, better known as Kai, soared to stardom as part of the South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO. A trained dancer, he won the S.M. Youth Best Contest at 13. He later began performing as part of the K-pop supergroup SuperM. He also went solo with a mini-album later.

 25 Do Kyung-soo

Do Kyung-soo.
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Famous As: K-Pop Singer
Birthdate: January 12, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

South Korean singer and actor, Do Kyung-soo, is best known for his association with the South Korean-Chinese boy group, Exo. Interested in singing from primary school, he joined Exo in 2012. As an actor, he has appeared in many TV shows and films. In 2019, he enlisted as an active duty soldier for his mandatory military service.

 26 Lee Kwang-soo

Lee Kwang-soo.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Namyangju, South Korea

Lee Kwang-soo is a South Korean actor, model, and entertainer. He is best known for his work in the popular variety show Running Man, for which he has won several awards, such as SBS Entertainment Awards. He has also been honored with other prestigious awards like Korea Drama Award, APAN Star Award, and SBS Drama Award.

 27 So Ji-sub

So Ji-sub.
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Famous As: South Korean Actor
Birthdate: November 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

South Korean actor So Ji-sub is known for his leading role in the TV series  What Happened in Bali. He began his career as a model in commercials and slowly worked his way up to acting. After playing a few supporting roles, he catapulted to fame with his performance in the TV series I'm Sorry, I Love You.

 28 Park Hae-Jin

Park Hae-Jin.
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Famous As: South Korean Actor
Birthdate: May 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
South Korean actor Park Hae-jin is best known for his roles in series such as Doctor Stranger, Bad Guys, and Man to Man. He has won several honors, such as the KBS, MBC, and APAN Star Awards. An avid philanthropist, he has also donated to causes such as child welfare.

 29 Ji Soo

Ji Soo.
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Famous As: South Korean Actor
Birthdate: March 30, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Ji Soo is a South Korean actor known for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as Angry Mom and Cheer Up. Also known for his work in films, Ji Soo received the Actor of the Year Award at the 2020 Busan International Film Festival for his portrayal of Chan Hee in the independent film, Our Joyful Summer Days.

 30 Yoo Seung-ho

Yoo Seung-ho.
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Famous As: South Korean Actor
Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gyeyang District, Incheon, South Korea

South Korean actor Yoo Seung-ho soared to stardom as a child actor, with the movie The Way Home. He then starred in series such as The Emperor: Owner of the Mask and movies such as Joseon Magician. He has won honors such as the KBS, MBC, and the SBS awards.

 31 Ji Sung

Ji Sung.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Ji Sung is best known for his performances in South Korean series such as Secret Love, Save the Last Dance for Me, and Kill Me, Heal Me, and in films such as My PS Partner. He has won scores of awards, such as the KBS, SBS, and MBC Drama Awards.

 32 Seo Kang-joon

Seo Kang-joon.
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Famous As: Singer & Actor
Birthdate: October 12, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gunpo
South Korean actor and singer Seo Kang-joon is best known as part of the actors’ group 5urprise. He soared to fame with series such as Cheese in the Trap, Entourage, and Are You Human Too? The KBS Drama Award-winning artist has also appeared on the Netflix show Busted!

 33 Sung Hoon

Sung Hoon.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Daegu, South Korea

Sung Hoon is a South Korean voice actor and actor best known for appearing in the popular television entertainment program I Live Alone, for which he has won many awards. Before becoming an actor, Sung Hoon was a swimming champion whose swimming career ended due to a spinal injury.

 34 Jung Il-woo

Jung Il-woo.
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Famous As: South Korean Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Jung Il-woo is best known for his roles in South Korean series such as Unstoppable High Kick; Cool Guys, Hot Ramen; Moon Embracing the Sun; and Cinderella with Four Knights. He became the first non-Chinese actor to win Asia's Actor of the Year at the Huading Awards.

 35 Kim Bum

Kim Bum.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 7, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Kim Bum is a South Korean actor, model, singer, and dancer. After finishing sixth in the reality TV competition series Survival Star Audition, Bum landed several roles in television series. He then gained attention for his performance in series like East of Eden, Boys Over Flowers, and Padam Padam. For his role in Padam Padam, Bum underwent severe weight-loss training.

 36 Song Seung-heon

Song Seung-heon.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Song Seung-heon began his career as a model and then starred in numerous Korean TV shows, such as East of Eden and Autumn in My Heart. He owns a management agency and an outlet of a famous Italian restaurant. He has also served as a PR ambassador for Korea Foundation.

 37 Kang Ha-neul

Kang Ha-neul.
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Famous As: South Korean Actor
Birthdate: February 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
South Korean actor Kang Ha-neul soared to fame with his roles in series such as The Heirs, Angel Eyes, and Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, and films such as Mourning Grave, Twenty, and Midnight Runners. He was named to the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2020.

 38 Xiumin

Xiumin.
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Famous As: Actors
Birthdate: March 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guri, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

Xiumin is a South Korean actor and singer, best known for his association with the popular South Korean-Chinese boy band, Exo. He is also part of Exo-M, the band's sub-group, and Exo-CBX, its sub-unit. Over the years, his band has won several prestigious awards, such as Asia Artist Awards, Gaon Chart Music Awards, and Golden Disc Awards.

 39 Seo In-guk

Seo In-guk.
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Famous As: South Korean Singer
Birthdate: October 23, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yaeum-Jangsaengpo-dong, Ulsan, South Korea

Seo In-guk became a singing sensation after winning the Korean reality show Superstar K. As an actor, he has impressed audiences with series such as Reply 1997. A bone and cartilage disorder stopped his mandatory military service short. He is also trained in martial arts and has struggled with bulimia.

 40 Jang Hyuk

Jang Hyuk.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Busan
South Korean actor and rapper Jang Hyuk is best known for his roles in movies such as Volcano High and Windstruck, and series such as Thank You, The Slave Hunters, and You Are My Destiny. He has also authored a book of essays, titled Jang Hyuk, Hot-Blooded Man.

 41 Yoo Yeon-seok

Yoo Yeon-seok
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

 42 Jo In-sung

Jo In-sung.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cheonho-dong, Gangdong District, South Korea
South Korean actor Jo In-sung is best known for his roles in series such as What Happened in Bali and in films such as A Frozen Flower and The Great Battle. He has also appeared in music videos such as Kim C’s Love and won KBS, MBC, and SBS awards.

 43 Yeo Jin-goo

Yeo Jin-goo.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 13, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
South Korean actor Yeo Jin-goo started as a child actor. He gained the nickname "Nation's Little Brother" and later went on to star in series such as Moon Embracing the Sun and movies such as Hwayi: A Monster Boy, and won a Blue Dragon Film Award for the latter.

 44 Jang Keun-suk

Jang Keun-suk.
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Famous As: South Korean Actor
Birthdate: August 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Danyang County, South Korea
Known as Asia’s Prince, South Korean singer/actor Jang Keun-suk soared to fame with the K-drama You're Beautiful, which also popularized his signature guy-liner. He attributes his dramatic weight loss after his mandatory military training to his strict soju diet. His bipolar disorder exempted him from active military duty.

 45 Lee Tae-min

Lee Tae-min.
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: July 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seoul
South Korean singer/actor Lee Tae-min gained fame as part of the group Shinee. He came to be known as the “Idol’s Idol” and soon launched his solo career, delivering hits such as Danger. He also starred in the comedy Tae-Hee, Hye-Kyo, Ji-Hyun and later joined the K-pop supergroup SuperM

 46 Yoo Ah-in

Yoo Ah-in.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Daegu, South Korea
Yoo Ah-in is best known for playing Lee Jong-su in Burning, the first Korean movie to be on the final shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Yoo has also appeared in the series Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love, and the film Punch

 47 Choi Tae-joon

Choi Tae-joon.
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Famous As: South Korean Actor
Birthdate: July 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

South Korean actor Choi Tae-joon soared to fame with his role of Do Kang-soo in the series Exit. He had begun his career as a child actor with the series Piano. He has also appeared on the shows We Got Married and Hello Counselor, and won two MBC Drama Awards.

 48 Ma Dong-seok

Ma Dong-seok
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: South Korea

 49 Ki Hong Lee

Ki Hong Lee.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seoul
Known for his role in The Maze Runner films, Seoul-born Ki Hong Lee spent his early childhood in New Zealand before moving to Los Angeles. Though he initially wished to be a psychologist, he let his creative side take over and plunged into acting, while working part-time at a restaurant. 

 50 Yook Sung-jae

Yook Sung-jae.
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Famous As: South Korean Singer
Birthdate: May 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yongin, South Korea

South Korean singer/actor Yook Sung-jae soared to fame as part of the boy band BtoB. Hr has also appeared in series such as The Village: Achiara's Secret and Master in the House. He also released solo tracks later and has been part of campaigns to support underprivileged children.