If you’re deciding on good Korean films to watch, try ones featuring the best Korean actors ever. Whether you’re searching for the highest paid celebs or hot Korean celebs, this rundown of famous Korean male actors includes older actors over 40 as well as new and young actors.
1. Gong Yoo
Gong Ji-cheol (born July 10, 1979), well known by his stage name Gong Yoo, is a South Korean actor. He is well known for his roles in the TV dramas Coffee Prince (2007), Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016–2017), The Silent Sea (2021), and Squid Game (2021), and the films Silenced (2011), Train to Busan (2016) and The Age of Shadows (2016).
2. Park Seo-joon
Park Seo-joon (born Park Yong-kyu; December 16, 1988) is a South Korean actor. He is well known for his featuring roles in the TV series Kill Me, Heal Me (2015), She Was Pretty (2015), Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016–2017), Fight for My Way (2017), What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018), and Itaewon Class (2020). He has also showed up in movies like The Chronicles of Evil (2015), Midnight Runners (2017), and The Divine Fury (2019).
3. Lee Dong-wook
Lee Dong-wook (born November 6, 1981) is a South Korean actor, host, model, and entertainer. He is popular for his leading roles in the TV dramas My Girl (2005), Scent of a Woman (2011), The Fugitive of Joseon, Hotel King (2014), Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016–2017), Life (2018), Touch Your Heart (2019), Hell Is Other People (2019) and Tale of the Nine Tailed (2020) in the titular role.
4. Kim Soo-hyun
Kim Soo-hyun (born February 16, 1988) is a South Korean actor. He is one of the highest-paid actors in South Korea, his accolades include four Baeksang Arts Awards, two Grand Bell Awards and one Blue Dragon Film Award. From 2012 to 2016 and in 2021, he has shown up in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity 40 list. He was chosen as Gallup Korea’s TV Actor of the Year in 2014 and was featured by Forbes in their 30 Under 30 Asia list of 2016.
5. Hyun Bin
Hyun Bin (born Kim Tae-pyung on September 25, 1982) is a South Korean actor. He is popular for his leading roles in the TV dramas My Name is Kim Sam-soon (2005), Worlds Within (2008), Secret Garden (2010–2011), Memories of the Alhambra (2018–2019); as well as the movie Confidential Assignment and The Swindlers (2017).