Profile of Korean Actor Kim Il-woo (1953-2004)

Kim Il-woo

Kim Il-woo (김일우) is a South Korea veteran actor who was born in Seoul on May 24, 1953. He began his career in the entertainment industry in 1976. He played small roles before he starred in a movie called Lee Jang-ho’s Alien Baseball Team 2 in 1988. After that movie, his popularity went up, and he could play in more than 2 movies every year.

Kim passed away on June 13, 2004 because of gastric cancer. He died at age 49.


Kim Il-woo’s Profile

Kim Il-woo

Name : Kim Il-woo (김일우)

Birth date : May 24, 1953

Died : June 13, 2004

Birth place : Seoul, South Korea

Occupation : Actor

Years active : 1976-2004

Education : Seoul Arts University – Theater Department

Star Sign : Gemini

Family : Actress Lee Yong-yi (wife)


List of Kim Il-woo’s Dramas

Kim Il-woo starred in 5 dramas. He first appeared in a drama in 1995. His first drama was the KBS2 drama Even if the Wind Blows. Five years later, he played a role on the KBS2 drama Tough Guy’s Love. In 2001, he played Yoon Jung-seo in the KBS1 drama This Is Love. A year later, he appeared in the KBS2 drama Bodyguard. In 2004, he acted in the SBS drama Sunlight Pours Down.

Year Title Role Network
1995 Even if the Wind Blows KBS2
2000 Tough Guy’s Love KBS2
2001 This Is Love Yoon Jung-seo KBS1
2003 Bodyguard KBS2
2004 Sunlight Pours Down SBS


List of Kim Il-woo’s Movies

Kim Il-woo has starred in 39 movies. He began to play on the big screen in 1988. His first movie was Lee Jang-ho’s Alien Baseball Team 2 in 1998. Five years later in 1993, he appeared in two movies, Two Cops and To the Starry Island. After that, Kim always appeared in at least one movie a year. Even in 1997, he managed to appear in 9 movies, Lament, Holiday in Seoul, Barricade, Push! Push!, Baby Sale, Hallelujah, Blackjack, Sky Doctor, and Destiny.

In 2001, he appeared in the popular movie My Sassy Girl. It was a South Korean romantic comedy film directed by Kwak Jae-yong, starring Jun Ji-hyun and Cha Tae-hyun. The plot is about a male college student, Gyeon-woo (Cha Tae-Hyun), and the Girl (Jun Ji-hyun) who is never named in the movie. Gyeon-woo just cannot seem to catch a romantic break. His prospects are so pathetic that even his mother tries to help, telling him to visit his aunt for two reasons. Firstly, because Gyeon-woo reminds his aunt of her son who drowned recently; secondly, because there is a girl his aunt wants to introduce him to. Gyeon-woo repeatedly puts off going to see his aunt. Kim played as a quintuplets in the movie.

His latest movie was The Crescent Moon in 2005. Kim has finished the filming for the movie before he passed away in 2004.

Year Title Role
1988 Lee Jang-ho’s Alien Baseball Team 2
1993 Two Cops
To the Starry Island
1994 The Eternal Empire
1995 Who Drives Me Crazy
1996 Seven Reasons Why Beer Is Better Than a Lover
Farewell My Darling
Two Cops 2
The Adventure of Mrs. Park
Erotic X
1997 Lament
Holiday in Seoul
Push! Push!
Baby Sale
Sky Doctor
1998 Two Cops 3
Paradise Lost
First Kiss
1999 The Harmonium in My Memory
A Growing Business
Inner Circle
2000 If
2001 Club Butterfly
Prison World Cup
My Sassy Girl
Volcano High
2002 Make It Big
2003 Mr. Butterfly
2004 Mokpo, Gangster’s Paradise
Love, So Divine
2005 The Crescent Moon


Kim Il-woo’s Theater Appearances

Kim Il-woo has participated in theater. He graduated from the theater department in Seoul Arts University. Kim appeared in the MBC Apple Flower Fragrance’s theater in 1996. A year later, he played in Shinchon Pigeon’s theater. In 1998, he played Mokpo’s Tear’s theater.

Year Title
1996 MBC Apple Flower Fragrance
1997 Shinchon Pigeon
1998 Mokpo’s Tear



Kim Il-woo’s Nominations and Awards

Kim Il-woo

In his 28 year career as an actor, Kim had been nominated in some categories. He won an award from the 34th Grand Bell Awards because of his outstanding acting skills in a movie called Farewell My Darling.

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1996 34th Grand Bell Awards Farewell My Darling Won


Kim Il-woo Had Been Selected as a Prominent Filmmaker

Kim Il-woo, a movie star who died in June, has been selected as a prominent filmmaker.

At the ceremony of the 42nd Movie Day, which was held at 6:30 pm at the Hyatt Hotel Grand Ballroom in Seoul on March 27, 2010, the film was screened with KIM Min-ho (director), Lee Jung- , Long-term (lighting), and Hong Sung-wook (filming) received the honorary commemorative film.

The award-winning filmmakers were Kim Ki-duk (director), Kang Dae-sung (recording), Kim Gyeongseong (planning), Choi Ji-hee (actor), Jin Jin Mo (scenario), Bang Ki Nam (music), Park Chang Ho (lighting) and Jung Il Man.