Profile of Kwak Do-won and Facts (Wife, Movies, and Latest News)

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Kwak Do-won is a Korean musical actor who also played roles on the small and big screen. He played many notable roles in various production such as: “The Yellow Sea”, “Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time”, “The Attorney”, “The Wailing”, and many more. Since his appearance in “Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time”, Kwak Do-won got a lot more recognition from critics and the public. But his success also came with consequences when he was accused with sexual harassment and physical assault, although those charges were later proven wrong.

Kwak Do-won: Profile and Facts

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Birth name Kwak Byung-kyu
Stage name Kwak Do-won
Born May 17, 1974 (age 44)
South Korea
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Agent C-JeS Entertainment
Height 180cm
Weight 94kg

Kwak Do-won’s Facts:

  • He first worked under his birth name Kwak Byung-Kyu, and then switched to the stage name of Kwak Do-Won.
  • His acting career began in 1999 on the stage, playing a soldier in King David.
  • He has had a prolific career in movies, and had his first roll in a television drama on the KBS special “Discovery of the Speech: Good Years” in 2008.
  • In 2012, Kwak Do Won received both the SBS Drama Awards: Special Acting Award, Actor in a Drama Special and the Korea Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actor, for his portrayal of the hot-headed detective Kwan Hyuk Joo in Ghost.
  • He revealed that he is a big fan of SNSD’s Taeyon in many of his TV appearances.
  • He really wants to act with Taeyon, but since the latter doesn’t do acting, it makes Kwak Do-won sad. He sent Taeyon invitation to come to his movie premiere instead.
  • In an interview, he said that he had to end his adoration toward Taeyon since the latter didn’t seem to return his feelings. He said that he even asked Taeyon for her number several times, but got no answer.

Who is Kwak Do-won’s Wife?

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Kwak Do-won isn’t married yet. But he has had several relationships. The last one known to the public was his relationship with actress Jang So-yeon. In 2015, it was revealed that actors Kwak Do Won and Jang So Yeon were in a relationship. They met on the set of the movie “The Wailing”. Soon after, the two began dating.

The news outlet Sports Seoul even reported that the two actors were in a relationship and will soon be married. They reported that the couple were thinking of moving to Jeju Island after getting married, and were in the process of scouting for a home on the island.

Sadly, in 2017, the couple decided to end their relationship although it was already so close to marriage. Kwak Do Won’s agency, C-JeS Entertainment, confirmed that Kwak Do-won and Jang So-yeon broke up because of their busy schedules.

Kwak Do-won’s Sexual Harassment Issue

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Earlier this year, Kwak Do-won was accused of sexual harassment and physical assault towards his fellow actress on set. Since more people were participating in the “Me Too” movement, and came forward about sexual harassment in the Korean entertainment industry, Kwak Do-won become one of the targets.

On February 25 2018, an anonymous person uploaded a post detailing their experience with the accused on an online community about plays and musicals. Kwak Do Won was involved in a #MeToo investigation for theater director Lee Youn Taek. Kwak Do Won has been accused of harassing members of the now disbanded Yeonhee Street Theatre Troupe, where Lee Youn Taek directed performances.  Lee Yoon Taek, the artistic director of Yeonheedan, was also accused of sexual harassment and assault, as well as rape and forcing his victim to receive an abortion. The director recently admitted to all but the rape and forced abortion in a press conference.

According to OSEN, Kwak Do-won’s agency made a statement dismissing the accusations as groundless and untrue. A spokesperson for the agency remarked, “A post was uploaded online at around 2 a.m. this morning that made it seem as though Kwak Do Won habitually engaged in sexual harassment and physical assault. However, the post was deleted an hour later. The suspicions that Kwak Do Won engaged in sexual harassment and assault are actually unfounded.”

The spokesperson continued, “The post’s assertion that Kwak Do Won appeared in several plays after leaving the Yeonheedan theater company is different from the truth. He left Yeonheedan in 2007, after which he only appeared in one play, “King Lear”. The claims of the person who wrote the post do not match up with Kwak Do Won filmography.

The anonymous post in question has since been deleted.

Kwak Do-won’s Movies, Television Dramas, and Awards

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Kwak Do-won debuted as a musical actor in 2009. But for the time being, he is most known for his roles on the small and big screen. He’s been working since 2003, with a minor role in the movie “If You Were Me”. From then until now, Kwak Do-won has received many awards for his skills.

Here is the full list of Kwak Do-won’s movies, television dramas, and awards!

Movies

Year Title Role Notes
2003 If You Were Me Yeokdobu director
Ogu Byung-gu
2007 The Obese Family Son-in-law Kwok short film
Passionate People Broadcasting PD short film
2008 The Good, the Bad, the Weird Gangster at traditional market
2009 The Great Player Lee Dong-shik short film
Jin-Wie Jin-wie
Handphone Lead detective
Sisters on the Road Truck driver 1 / Radio DJ (voice)
Mother Charcoal fire man
Too Fragile to Be Loved President Kim short film
2010 The Man From Nowhere Detective Kim
Midnight FM Reporter Jang
Hero PE teacher
심장이 필요한 남자 Detective Park
The Yellow Sea Prof. Kim Seung-hyun
2011 Head Jung seonbae
Double Clutch short film
2012 Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time Jo Beom-seok
Love Fiction Director Hwang
The Fantastic Duo Deok-gyu short film
Ghost Sweepers Monk Shim-in
A Company Man Kwon Jong-tae
2013 The Berlin File Chung Wa-dae
An Ethics Lesson Soo-taek
The Great Player short film
The Attorney Cha Dong-young
2014 Man in Love Young-il
Mad Sad Bad segment “Ghost”
Tazza: The Hidden Card Jang Dong-sik
2015 The Shameless Moon Ki-beom
The Magician Gwi-mol
2016 The Wailing Jong-gu
Asura: The City of Madness Kim Cha-in
2017 The Mayor Shim Hyeok-soo
Steel Rain Kwak Chul-woo
2018 The Package

Television Dramas

Year Title Role Network
2008 Discovery of the Speech: Good Years KBS1
2009 Strange Stories and Legends:
The Third Story
Jung Yoon-seok E Channel
2010 Mister M Ha-na’s father EBS
2011 My Mom Audrey Ki-tae EBS
2012 Phantom Kwon Hyuk-joo SBS
2013 Good Doctor Kang Hyun-tae KBS2
The Suspicious Housekeeper Park Bok-nyeo’s late husband (cameo) SBS

Theater

Year Title Role
1999 King David Israel’s soldier
2001 Hamlet
Rural Scholar Jo Nam-myung
2003 Samyeong Daesa Tokugawa Ieyasu
Citizens of Seoul 1919
Deceived by Money, Despaired by Love Kwang-ho byeonsa
이랑 나비되어 Joo-ki
2004 The Wandering Troupe
울 밑에선 봉선이야
King Lear Edgar
2005 Cain Gwang-dae
2006 The Dummy Bride Police substation head
Beautiful Men Kim Kyung-son
2007 Edward Bond’s Lear Tom, the Duke of North

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 21st Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time Nominated
33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
5th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Phantom Won
20th SBS Drama Awards Special Acting Award, Actor in a Drama Special Won
2014 9th Max Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor The Attorney Won
50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actor (Film) Nominated
23rd Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
34th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
51st Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2016 25th Buil Film Awards Best Actor The Wailing Nominated
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
53rd Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
The Korea Film Actors Association Korea’s Top Star Won
BloodGuts UK Horror Awards Best Actor in an International Film Won
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Nominated
22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Nominated
37th Golden Cinema Festival Grand Prize (Daesang) Won
54th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor The Mayor Nominated