All About Kim Dong-wan: Profile, Family, Girlfriend, Scandal, Movies, and TV Shows

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Kim Dong-wan: the Korean Actor and Member of Legendary Boy Group Shinhwa

Originally appearing on television dramas as a child actor, Kim Dong-wan is more known as a member of the legendary idol group Shinhwa. Even so, he continues his acting career by starring in a lot of television series and films. His hard work has paid off, as he has received many awards for his acting, such as Best New Actor at the KBS Drama Awards in 2005 for his acting on A Farewell to Sorrow, Excellence Award in the category of Actor in a Daily Drama at the KBS Drama Awards in 2012 for his acting on Cheer Up, Mr. Kim!, and Most Popular Actor in the category of Film at the 49th Baeksang Arts Awards in 2013 for his acting on Deranged. Not only has he won awards in the field of acting, Kim Dong-wan also has been nominated for and received awards in the field of music, such as Mutizen Award on SBS’s Inkigayo and Best Ballad Performance on Mnet’s Asian Music Awards in 2007.  In this article, Channel-Korea will explain all about Kim Dong-wan which includes his full profile; the list of his television dramas, movies, and variety shows; his discography; his family; his girlfriend; plastic surgery; abs; military service; scandals; and donations to charity groups. So, keep reading!

Full Profile of Kim Dong-wan

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Real Name: Kim Dong-wan

Nickname: Saojong

Date of Birth: Seoul, South Korea, 21 November 1979

Age: 40 (Korean age) / 39 (International age)

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Chinese Astrology: Goat

Nationality: South Korean

Height: 171 cm

Weight: 68 kg

Blood Type: O

Religion: Christian

Siblings: 1 (a half-sibling, younger brother named Kim In-wan)

Education: Dogok Elementary School, Hwimoon High School, Woosoong Information College, Sangmyeong University

Hobbies: Photography, snowboarding, inline skating, watching movies

Talent: Playing musical instruments such as piano and guitar

Favorite food: Korean food, steak, sushi, and sashimi

Favorite colors: Green, blue

Favorite musicians: Kurt Corbain (the vocalist of band Nirvana), Yoo Young-jin (singer and SM Entertainment’s music composer)

Life Motto: As a man, if you cannot endure, DIE!!!

List of Kim Dong-wan’s Movies and TV Shows

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Before debuting as an idol group member with his teammates in Shinhwa, Kim Dong-wan had already made his name as a child actor, and starred in some television dramas during his teenage days. Even so, he decided to not pursue acting as a career and he became an S.M Entertainment’s trainee after being spotted by the agency’s talent scout on the street. During Shinhwa’s hiatus as a group, Kim Dong-wan notably appeared in dramas, films, and variety shows a list of which have been compiled by Channel-Korea below.

2000–2002 – Ten Ten Club (as DJ)

2001 – MBC Nonstop

2002 – KBS Children of Heaven (Main Role as Ki Ho-tae)

2002 – Emergency Act 19 (Guest Appearance with Shinhwa)

2003 – KBS Yoon Do-Hyun’s Love Letter: Lately

2003–2005 – SBS Inkigayo

2004 – KBS Yoon Do-Hyun’s Love Letter: Cigarette Shop Girl

2004 – Spin Kick / Taekwon Boys (Main Role as Yong-gaek)

2004 – KBS Yoon Do-Hyun’s Love Letter: Cigarette Shop Girl

2005 – Public Relations: Officer of JeonJu International Film Festival

2005 – SBS Love Letter (episode 1 until 14)

2005 – SBS X-Man

2005 – MBC MBC Best Theater: Magic Power Alcohol (Episode #610)

2005 – Beating Heart ­(Supporting Role as Kang Sung-jae on episode 1 and 2)

2005 – KBS A Farewell to Sorrow / A Farewell to Tears / Goodbye Sadness (Main Role as Han Jung-woo)

2006 – MBC Heroine 6

2006 – SBS New X-Man

2006 – SBS I Love My Teacher Day Concert (as Host)

2006 – MBC Infinite Challenge – Quiz Challenge with Shinhwa (Season 4 episode 11 and 12)

2007 – MBC The One I Love / The Person That I Love / I Will Not Love

2010 – SBS Running Man (Guest Appearance on episode 236)

2011 – The Peak / Life of Lee Yuksa, the Poet who Embraced Epoch (Main Role as Lee Yuk-sa)

2011 – MBC every1 Weekly Idol (Guest Appearance on episode 286 and 287)

2012 – KBS Cheer Up, Mr. Kim! (Main Role as Kim Tae-pyung)

2012 – Deranged (Supporting Role as Jae-pil, an investigator and younger brother of Jae-hyuk)

2012-2013 – JTBC Shinhwa Broadcast

2015 – MBC I Live Alone (episode 103 – appeared as the member)

2015 – MBC King of Mask Singer (Contestant with the stage name “Holding the End of the Night” on Episode 29-30)

2015 – Springtime Fantasy / Life Is but An Empty Dream (Main Role as Himself)

2015 – Glory Day

2015 – The Megalomaniac

2016 – KBS Moorim School: Saga of the Brave (Guest Role as Kang Tae-ho on episode 10 and 11)

2016 – One Way Trip (Supporting Role as Yong-bi’s older brother)

2017 – tvN Drama Stage: The Picnic Day (Main Role as Jae-ho)

2017 – KBS2 Happy Together – Shinhwa is Back” Special (Season 3, Episode 481)

2018 – Idol Room (Guest Appearance with Shinhwa on episode 2)

List of Kim Dong-wan’s Songs and Albums

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Even though he is only considered a supporting vocalist in Shinhwa, Kim Dong-wan has released albums and singles on his own, becoming the fourth member of Shinhwa who went solo after Lee Min-woo, Shin Hye-sung, and Jun Jin. His stance in singing has changed ever since the release of his debut album, as now he enjoys singing more than acting. Thus, in this section, Channel-Korea has compiled a list of songs and albums by Kim Dong-wan that you may want to listen to!

2007 – Kim dongwan Is (Full Album)

2008 – The Secret Between Us (Full Album)

2008 – Promise (Korean Single)

2010 – Japan Premium Best (Compilation Album)

2011 – My Symmer Girl (Japanese Single)

2014 – He_Sunshine (Korean Single)

2015 – He_Starlight (featuring Jeon So-min, Korean Single)

2015 – D (Mini Album)

2015 – W (Mini Album)

Get to Know Kim Dong-wan’s Family

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Although he has never really exposed the details of his family background, it has been known to the public that Kim Dong-wan is originally an only child. However, his parents, Kim Young-jin and Park Gwe-mi,  divorced when he was young, meaning that he grew up without his father, who remarried. In addition, the financial status of Kim Dong-wan’s family before his debut was not exactly fortunate either, so he had to put up with his schoolmates ridiculing him. Kim Dong-wan once said that he even had to stay in a rented basement room, and took the free rice that was meant for the needy.  Even so, he never complained, because he thought that as the only son of his family, he must achieve success for his mother, who went through the difficulties all by herself.

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During his appearance on SBS’s Power FM’s 2 O’Clock Escape Cultwo Show on 16 November 2017, Kim Dong-wan revealed the surprising fact that he has a younger half-sibling named Kim In-wan. When he was asked whether he has a problem of having a half-sibling during his younger days, he explained, “I was fine, but it was probably hard for my half-sibling. I love you.”