Get Closer to Kim Sung-min: Profile, Marriage, Wife, Funeral, Movie and Drama List


Kim Sung-min was a South Korean actor whose name was well known since his appearance in the TV drama Miss Mermaid in 2002. Miss Mermaid screenwriter Im Sung-han cast him again in her next drama, Lotus Flower Fairy (also known as Heaven’s Fate, 2004). But when Miss Mermaid was exported to Taiwan and the Philippines, foreign viewers had difficulty pronouncing his given name “Sung-taek,” so to further build his Korean Wave profile, Kim adopted the stage name Kim Sung-min in 2005. He then starred in leading roles in Single Again and Tears of Diamond. After his lead roles in those dramas, he made an appearance in the popular variety-reality show Qualifications of Men, and during its run was once selected as a guest by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds on their 2009 Far East Tour at Osan Air Base.

Unfortunately, his career had to halting stop in a devastating way. Kim had been found hanged in his bathroom on June 24, 2016. He was attempting to commit suicide when police found him after been called by his wife. His wife called the police to check on her husband, saying that he had threatened to kill himself following an argument. On June 26, the police stated Kim Sung Min, who had been in a coma since 24 June, was diagnosed as brain dead at 2AM KST. The diagnosis was confirmed at 10:15 AM KST therein Kim Sung Min’s family agreed to take him off support and donate his organs.

Kim Sung-Min’s Profile
  • Name: Kim Sung-Min
  • Hangul: 김성민
  • Birthdate: February 14, 1973
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Date of Death: June 26, 2016 (43 years old)
  • University: Seoul National University; Seoul College – Physical and Social Education in Golf
  • Agency: Lobe Entertainment
  • Spouse (s): Lee Han-na (m. 2013 – 2016)
  • Height: 180cm

Kim Sung-Min’s Filmography

Before he died, Kim was an actor. He played in several TV dramas and movies. He began his career from theater in 1995. He also won several awards for his roles in dramas.

Here is a list of Kim Sung-min’s dramas and movies that you should watch!


Year Title Role
2006 Time Plastic surgeon
2007 The Mafia, the Salesman Kim Sang-doo
2009 I’m Happy Hyung-chul
2011 Invasion of Alien Bikini Director (cameo)
2013 Closet (short film)
Eating, Talking, Faucking Bill
The Weight (cameo)


TV Shows

Year Title Role Network
1998 Hometown of Legends “Wailing Myo” KBS2
1999 Beautiful Choice MBC
2002 Miss Mermaid Lee Joo-wang MBC
2003 Women Next Door Jung-woo MBC
2004 Lotus Flower Fairy Kim Moo-bin MBC
2005 Single Again Lee Min-ho SBS
Tears of Diamond Choi Hyung-min SBS
2006 Couple or Trouble Billy Park MBC
2008 Before and After: Plastic Surgery Clinic Choi Yong-woo MBC
On Air Manager (cameo, episode 21) SBS
Family’s Honor Ha Tae-young SBS
2009 Queen of Housewives Heo Tae-joon’s friend
(cameo, episode 16)
What’s for Dinner? Jung Sun-woo MBC
2010 The Reputable Family Kim Won-il KBS1
Coffee House Airline passenger (cameo) SBS
2012 Can We Get Married? Do-hyun jTBC
2013 Can’t Take It Anymore Hwang Kang-ho jTBC
2014 Can We Fall in Love, Again? Kim Young-ho (cameo, episode 10) jTBC
The Three Musketeers Ingguldai tvN

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Miss Mermaid Won
Best Couple Award with Jang Seo-hee Won
2004 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Lotus Flower Fairy Won
2009 SBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Special Family’s Honor Nominated
KBS Entertainment Awards Top Entertainer Award Qualifications of Men Won
2010 5th Asia Model Festival Awards Model Star Award N/A Won