Best South Korean Actors

This is the list of best South Korean actors, in my opinion! First 30 of them were listed by quality of their acting (because they are really great), and the others were listed in alphabetical order.

I watched more than 200 South Korean movies, so I think I'm pretty relevant to make such a list like this. But, you are free to give me some suggestions if I missed someone important.

Enjoy the list!

My other lists:

Best South Korean Actresses

Most Handsome South Korean Actors

Most Prettiest South Korean Actresses

Best South Korean Directors
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Kang-ho Song
Song Kang-ho never professionally trained as an actor, beginning his career in social theater groups after graduating from Kimhae High School. Later, he joined Kee Kuk-seo's influential theater company with its emphasis on instinctive acting and improvisation, which proved to be Song's training ground...
 
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Min-sik Choi
Actor, Oldeuboi
Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1992). In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han Seok-gyu...
 
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Ahn Sung-ki
Made his film debut at the age of 5 in 1957 and has been one of the most popular actors in Korea ever since. Graduated from Korea University of Foreign Studies majoring in Vietnamese. Won the best actor award in Asia-Pacific film festival in 1993 for his role in the film 'White Badge' (based on the novel of the same title about the Vietnamese war viewed from eyes of a Korean soldier)...
 
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Byung-hun Lee
Byung-hun Lee was born in 1970 in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in a wealthy family, thanks to his father, who was a successful businessman. He never dreamed of pursuing acting until a friend of his mother's suggested it. He auditioned for the KBS television network in 1991 and was accepted. His first project was a short lived TV series called "Asphalt My Hometown"...
 
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Jung-jae Lee
Actor, Sinsegye
Apart from being a top star in film and TV, Jung-Jae Lee also works as a highly successful fashion model. One year after his debut on television in 1993, Lee was cast in his first film, a feature by Bae Chang-ho. His breakthrough came in late 1998 in the award-winning film An Affair by E-J Yong. This was followed up by another success...
 
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Woo-sung Jung
Born as the youngest of three in Seoul, South Korea. He made his debut with a TV commercial in 1994 and applied for an open audition for a leading role in The Fox with Nine Tails opposite 'So-Young Ko'. This role launched his career as one of the most promising actors in Korea. He dropped out of high school and became a full-time actor...
 
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Seung-ryong Ryu
Born in Seo-choen, a small village, in South Korea in 1970, Seung-Ryong Ryu discovered his love for acting when he saw a play at the age of 15. Then, he went on to study theater at Seoul Institute of the Arts. For over a decade after graduating from the college, he was just an obscure actor mostly performing on the small stage...
 
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Dong-gun Jang
South Korean actor Jang Dong Gun starred in two record-breaking box office hits; one of which was 'Friend,' the highest grossing Korean film at the time. He gained widespread critical acclaim for his portrayal of a troubled high school student who chooses the life of organized crime, paving the way for him to star in the 2004 hit 'Taegukgi:The Brotherhood of War'...
 
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Oh-seong Yu
Actor, Chingoo
Throughout the mid-1990s, Yoo Oh-sung complemented a career in television with minor roles in film. With his success playing a young gangster in the hit movie Biteu, Yoo's face became familiar to a new generation of moviegoers. The year 1999 was somewhat of a breakthrough for Yoo, as he took...
 
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Nae-sang Ahn
Actor, Shi
 
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Yong-jun Bae
Actor, April Snow
After a few roles in Korean TV movies, Yong-jun Bae became a star thanks to the series "Winter Sonata". Following this triumph, Yong-jun Bae could have chosen the easy way out and tapped into the opportunity. Instead he chose to try something different by debuting in cinema. His first part on the big screen was that of a Valmont-like ruthless seducer in Yong Je's 2003 "Untold Scandal"...
 
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Hyuk Jang
Actor, Gamgi
 
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Jin-yeong Jeong
Jung Jin Young is a South Korean actor, born in the year 1964. He was born and raised in Seoul, and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Korean Language and Literature from Seoul National University, one of South Korea's most prestigious institutions. Building an interest in the arts, Jung Jin Young began acting through college theatre during his time at Seoul National University...
 
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Ku Jin
Actor, Mother
 
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In-seong Jo
Jo In-sung was born in July 28, 1981 in Seoul,South Korea. He made his debut as a model, however he started to have an acting career in 2000, however he received the public attention through the TV drama Piano alongside actor Go-Soo. Jo In-sung starred in 2003's romance movie The Classic. By 2004 he joined another TV-Series What Happened in Bali...
 
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Jin-mo Ju
Jin-mo Ju first became interested in acting when he watched Richard Gere in "Officer and a Gentleman" at the age of ten. After graduating from Koyang High School, Ju entered the Incheon National University as a physical education major. Ju then entered South Korea's mandatory military service. After leaving the military...
 
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Dong-won Gang
Actor, Woochi
Gang Dong-won was born January 18, 1981 in Busan, and grew up in Changwon of Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea. His father, Gang Cheol-woo, was an engineer who later became a vice president of SPP Heavy Industries. Gang's family suffered from economic hardship at times, and Gang had to work part-time in college to pay for his tuition...
 
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Da-wit Lee
Actor, Shi
 
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Joon-Gi Lee
Lee Joon gi was born in Busan, South Korea on April 17, 1982. He was raised by his mother and father and has one younger sister. Lee Joon gi is an actor/model/singer. He started his career as a model and had minor roles in Korean dramas until he landed his role as Gong-gil in The King and the Clown in 2005...
 
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Rain
Rain was born in Seoul, South Korea, on June 25, 1982 with the birth name Jung Jihoon. He was extremely shy in elementary school, stating in interviews that he barely spoke a word. He caught the desire to become a dancer when, at a school talent show in sixth grade, no one from his school stepped forward to dance so he gave it a try...
 
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Hyeon-jun Shin
Actor, Bichunmoo
Shin Hyun-june (b. March 24, 1968) was an athletics major at Yonsei University before starting a career in modeling and acting in 1989. His film debut came in veteran director Im Kwon-taek's stylish Son of a General series, set under the Japanese occupation in the 1920s. For the first half of the 1990s he continued working with Im Kwon-taek and also acted in Hwa-om-kyung...
 
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Joong-ki Song
Also while filming his dramas he also was part of the cast of and variety show called Running man which focuses on playing games against each other at a particular landmark. At the current moment he is enlisted in South Korea's mandatory army enlistment which he started on August 27, 2013 and is scheduled to be released May 26th 2015.
 
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Keun Suk Jang
Jang Geun Seok was born in Danyang County, Chungcheongbuk Province, South Korea. He is an only child. When he was six his career as a model began. His parents were selling their home and a potential buyer, also an agent, advised his parents that Geun-Seok should work as a model. Four years later he made his acting debut when he appeared on a TV sitcom called "Selling Happiness"...
 
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Ji-ru Sung
Actor, H
 
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