Famous South Korean Film & Theater Personalities

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 1 Ken Jeong

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

From being a licensed physician, Korean-American actor Ken Jeong went on to do stand-up comedy and eventually ventured into acting. He got his breakthrough role with film Knocked Up but he garnered widespread fame with The Hangover film franchise and the acclaimed sitcom Community. His other notable films include Pineapple Express, Crazy Rich Asian and a recent Netflix stand-up special.

 2 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. 
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 3 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.

 4 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

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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 Park Shin-hye

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gwangju, South Korea

Park Shin-hye is a popular and acclaimed South Korean actress, model, and singer. Regarded as one of the most successful actresses of her generation, Park Shin-hye became the first Korean star to model for Visa and the first Korean celebrity to serve as a global ambassador for jewelry brand Swarovski. She is also known for her involvement in charitable causes.

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 7 IU

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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 8 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.

 9 Bae Suzy

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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: December 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buk District, Gwangju, South Korea

Bae Suzy was signed as part of the South Korean all-girl group Miss A after being eliminated from Mnet Superstar K. She has appeared in series such as Dream High and movies such as Architecture 101. Her frequent brand endorsements have earned her the nicknames "CF Queen" and "Human Dior."

 10 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

 11 Son Ye-jin

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Suseong District, Daegu, South Korea

Regarded as one of the most versatile actresses of South Korea, Son Ye-jin is also one of the highest-paid Korean actresses. She gained international recognition after playing prominent roles in films like The Truth Beneath and The Last Princess and in the popular TV series Crash Landing on You. She is also one of the most decorated South Korean actresses.

 12 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.

 13 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.

 14 Lee Joon-gi

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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: May 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
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.

 15 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.

 16 Jun Ji-hyun

Jun Ji-hyun.
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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: October 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
South Korean actor Jun Ji-hyun, or Gianna Jun, is best known for her Grand Bell Award-winning hit My Sassy Girl. Fans also loved her in the films The Thieves and The Berlin File and the SBS Drama Award-winning series My Love from the Star and Legend of the Blue Sea.

 17 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. 

 18 Kim So-hyun

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Australia
Kim So-hyun, named "Nation's Little Sister" in South Korea, gained fame as a child actor. She is best known for her roles in series such as Moon Embracing the Sun, Love Alarm, and Missing You. She has also hosted the MBC show Music Core and the reality show Under Nineteen.

 19 Park Min-young

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Park Min-young is one of the most popular South Korean actresses of the current generation. After starting her career by appearing in commercials, Park Min-young went on to play leading roles in TV series, such as A New Leaf and Healer. Park's popularity increased after appearing in Healer. She has also won several awards for her acting performances.

 20 Song Ji-hyo

Song Ji-hyo .
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: August 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pohang, North Gyeongsang, South Korea

South Korean actress and model, Song Ji-hyo, is a prominent figure in the South Korean entertainment industry and has appeared in many hit TV shows and films. Beginning her career as a model, she soon branched out into acting. One interesting fact about the actress is that she has a degree in tax accounting!

 21 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.

 22 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.

 23 Kim Tae-hee

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Famous As: South Korean actress
Birthdate: March 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ulsan, South Korea
South Korean actor Kim Tae-hee shot to fame with her performance as Han Yoo-ri in the K-drama Stairway to Heaven. She is one of “The Troika," along with Jun Ji-hyun and Song Hye-kyo and Jun Ji-hyun. She also appeared in prominent roles in My Princess and Love Story in Harvard

 24 Kim Go-eun

Kim Go-eun.
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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: July 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Kim Go-eun is a South Korean singer and actress. She is known for playing important roles in TV series, such as Cheese in the Trap, The King: Eternal Monarch, and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. Also known for her work as a philanthropist, Kim was praised for donating 100 million won to provide 40,000 masks amid the covid-19 pandemic.

 25 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. 

 26 Bong Joon-ho

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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: September 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Daegu

Bong Joon-ho is a South Korean filmmaker whose movies are characterized by the use of black humor, genre-mixing, and social themes. His 2019 film Parasite became the first non-English film to receive the Best Picture award at the Academy Awards, gaining Bong international recognition. In 2020, he was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World list.

 27 Lee Sung-kyung

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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: August 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Lee Sung-kyung shot to fame as a supermodel before appearing in Korean dramas such as Cheese in the Trap and The Doctors. She then delivered an award-winning performance in the series Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo, playing her first lead role. She has also collaborated with popular music artists.

 28 Park Bo-young

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: February 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jeungpyeong County, South Korea

South Korean actress, Park Bo-young, is best known for her roles in the movies A Werewolf Boy and On Your Wedding Day. Active in the entertainment scene since 2006, she made her debut with a TV series. A teenager at the time, she then proceeded to appear in several acclaimed movies and TV shows to become a much sought-after actress.

 29 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.

 30 Kim Yoo-jung

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: September 22, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: mho-dong, Sokcho, South Korea
As a child actor, Kim Yoo-jung was known as "Korea's Little Sister.” She delivered powerful performances in series such as Dong Yi and May Queen, and in historical dramas such as Love in the Moonlight. The “Sageuk Fairy” was the youngest to be featured on Forbes Korea’s Power Celebrity list.

 31 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. 

 32 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.

 33 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.

 34 Ha Ji-won

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: June 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Ha Ji-won is best known for her roles in South Korean historical dramas such as Damo and Empress Ki. She has also been featured in the series Something Happened in Bali, Secret Garden, and Hospital Ship. She owns an agency, has released an album, and has also written a book.

 35 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.

 36 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.

 37 Im Yoon-ah

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Daerim-dong, Seoul

Im Yoon-ah is a South Korean actress and singer best known for her association with Girls' Generation, one of the most popular South Korean girl groups. Also a popular actress with several awards under her belt, Yoon-ah has established herself as one of the top Hallyu stars. In 2016, she was named in Forbes magazine's Asia's 30 under 30 list.

 38 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.

 39 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.

 40 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.

 41 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.

 42 Ku Hye-sun

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Famous As: Acress
Birthdate: November 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bupyeong District, Incheon, South Korea

Ku Hye-sun is a South Korean actress, artist, singer-songwriter, and director. She is best known for her portrayal of Geum Jan-di in the popular television series Boys Over Flowers, for which she received several awards, including three KBS Drama Awards. A multi-talented personality, Ku Hye-sun was adjudged Best Female Artist in the Entertainment Industry in recognition of her versatility in 2012.

 43 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.

 44 Song Hye-kyo

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dalseo District, Daegu, South Korea

Song Hye-kyo is one of the most popular South Korean actresses of the current generation. She has gained international recognition for her performance in TV series, such as Descendants of the Sun. In 2018, she was ranked sixth in the Korea Power Celebrity list issued by Forbes magazine. Song Hye-kyo makes social donations and works with non-profit organizations like KARA.

 45 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!

 46 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.

 47 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.

 48 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.

 49 Yoo In-na

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea
South Korean entertainer Yoo In-na is best known for her roles in series such as Secret Garden, Queen and I, and High Kick! Through the Roof. She was a DJ on the popular radio program Let's Crank Up the Volume and has won honors such as the Baeksang Arts Award.

 50 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.