Titans on our screen
This page is for all the male veteran actors that we adore, the ones who play dads and grandpas and rulers and kingpins with such finesse and flourish we are simultaneously awed and humbled.
Go ahead and wax poetic. Or share how torn you were inside as you watched a performance such as Jung Bo Seok’s in the 2010 drama, Giant. The more he blew you away with the power of his acting, the more you hated his villainous character! Post pics, clips (I’ll embed these for you) and anything else that is related. This is a tribute page so rave away!
My first two kdramas were Winter Sonata and Beautiful Days and I didn’t like any of the older male characters. No recollection of who played what!
My third drama was Have We Really Loved and that was where I discovered Joo Hyun. I would go on to learn that he’s a Noh Hee-kyung staple; I have since watched him in four of her dramas: HWRL, Lie, Solitude and More Beautiful Than a Flower.
He’s 70 years old this year and has acted in about 34 dramas! Does anyone else like him?
I loved him in Seoul Ddookbaegi (umm, Seoul Earthen Bowl?). I sometimes still imitate the way he talked in that drama!
Loved Seoul Ddookbaegi as well. I’ve watched it as a child and I remember loving it. I remember a young Choi Soo Jong was in it and my brother-in-law used to do a perfect Ahn Shi Ajusshi imitation.
Love him. I haven’t seen him recently. It would be nice to. He can do crass as well as touching so well.
Even thought Cinderella’s sister is not the best drama out there, I loved so much the father Kim Gab Soo played! He was amazing there… loved him so much!!!
And Jung Bo Seok amazed me in can you hear my heart? I never saw him acting in other drama, but now I must not miss any of his dramas!
Treat for you, Iviih! My favoritest of K-veterans, both of them!!
The fabulous Jung Bo-seok in Can You Hear My Heart:
Thundie – these are so fun. I love that you included and titans and tigresses – kdramaland is so focused on young folk. And Jung Bo Seok is pretty awesome isn’t he? I still love him from most from Kyung Sook, Kyung Sook’s Father.
Hi dw4p! I created a draft post called Titans On Our Screen months ago and never got around to working on it. But this should be better since posts get buried after a while. 😀
Jung Bo Seok is beyond awesome in CYHMH…..totally get my vote.
Hells yeah. Love him the most in Giant though.
My God I love this gif..it’s bringing tears to my eyes just thinking about these two…here we have a titan alongside (or rather carrying) a tigress
He is definitely not in my fav actor list. I guess I am biased bcos of all I remember is his stupid expression in Dae Jo Young
I made this gif just for this thread. I just had to.
OMG!!!! *dies laughing*
You DIDN’T janna, you didn’t….
I love grandpa Im Hyunsik! I haven’t seen him in a lot of projects, but I’ll always remember him in Bad Family as the fake partriarch. He just puts a smile to my face.
Son Hyunjoo is my absolute favourite. His storyline in What’s Up Fox actually ended up being such a highlight of the drama, that I looked him up to see his other projects. But it was Sol Pharmacy that solidified my love. If I remember correctly, Sol Pharmacy was my first long drama, and I remember crying my eyes out at 4 in the morning in his playground scene. Gahhh, he’s awesome.
My current ahjussi crush is Cheon Hojin, thanks to City Hunter and now Hooray For Love. I wish he would play a villain again a la Goong S tho, sessy sessy ahjussi.
Wow, I just checked and Im Hyun-sik has acted in 50+ dramas and 10 movies! He’s 66 years old this year. He has such a warm smile.
And yes, Son Hyun-joo!! *squees*
Here’s your ajusshi crush, LOL.
I still apparently have Bad Family hidden in my folders! Huzzah!
Overwhelming happy tears of course, :’D
I think this is the same man who portrayed a homeless guy in Life Special Investigation Team with Uhm Ki-joon a really good drama I watched on Drama Fever.
I’m just gonna sit here and stare at that Kim Gab Soo picture for a while. Kthxbai.
I’m going to have to say Lee Soon Jae… isn’t he another that’s in just about everything? He’s been acting since 1966! wow 🙂 He was born in 1935! 🙂 he’s one of my most beloved grandpa’s even when he’s being a meanie…
man…. why can’t I insert a pic… I’m pretty bad at this hahaha.. 😦
Done for you, Minnetter! My calculator tells me Lee Soon-jae is 76 this year. 😀
Ooh… Love Son Hyun Joo. He can literally pull off anything – heroic, skeevy, charming, goofy. And a drama special king. *Runs off to watch Special Crime Squad MSS*
OMG, I need to watch that crime squad drama special! Is it good?
He was also great in the Drama Special ‘Men Cry’!
OK. I’m officially addicted to this. AHN NAE SANG!!! Love live King Jeongjo!!
Ahn Nae-sang, HWAITING!!
After Protect the Boss, I need to go watch a likable ANS role. Two consecutive sleazy roles (Royal Family and PTB) ain’t healthy for moi! 😆
OMG I had such an ahjusshi crush on this man after SKKS I’d be wide awake every time someone mentioned his name
I like the grandmother in Family’s Honor, dont know her name but she is in almost every drama, amazing acting talents what with having to act as a old grandma and then when I saw her again in Assorted Gems, laughed my head off, she can be so funny!
Korea has a group of amazing veteran actors & actresses who are really talented. I hope they will share their experiences with the young ones,
Psst Nayong, Assorted Gems’ Kim Young-ok is on this page.
Thanks Thundie, I found it later in the day:) Hehehe couldn’t wait to read all of them first.
Anyways, thanks for all this, great update on KActors for me, Muah!
Jung Bo Seok!!!! I still cannot get over how amazing this actor is, from Giant to Can You Hear My Heart! o_0
Of course, I can only stare at Kim Gap Soo, cos he’s been claimed aiks.
I love Jung Bo Seok best in La Dolce Vita. Very twisted character, but still deliciously sexy. Yum!
Can we add the man who played Prosecutor Young-ju’s father in City Hunter, Jin-gook’s father in Dream High, and Choi Han-Gyul’s father in Coffee Prince? I don’t know his name mostly because I’m usually too head over heels for his sons but he’s pretty awesome!
Ah, his name is Choi Il-hwa. I liked him best in H.I.T., the drama where I discovered my Ha Jung-woo. 😀
And I just realized he’s in Birdie Buddy too!
I really need to start delving back into some of the older kdramas =)
I applaud them all, all those you’ve mentioned and I’d like to add Park Geun-hyeong, Shin Goo and lesser known but absolutely brilliant (!!) Min Jeong-gi. (aka. Grandpa Pear and Norgunri’s janggi champ.)
Oh yes, Shin Goo for sure!
He has been in EVERYTHING too!
I wish he was in everything, I think I have only seen him in two dramas, even then he appeared for mere seconds in one of those two. I want to watch Ruler of your own World, but it’s still nowhere to be found.
Dude, looked at his dramawiki page and it is loooong, not to mention his movie roles:
You’ve Fallen for Me (MBC, 2011)
New Tales of Gisaeng (SBS, 2011)
Telecinema: Heaven’s Postman (SBS, 2009)
Queen Seon Duk (MBC, 2009)
Amnok River Flows (SBS, 2008)
Family’s Honor (SBS, 2008)
The King and I (SBS, 2007)
Kimchi Cheese Smile (MBC, 2007)
Money’s Warfare (SBS, 2007)
Thank You (MBC, 2007)
Someday (OCN, 2006)
Pure 19 (KBS1, 2006)
18 vs. 29 (KBS2, 2005)
Our Attitude to Prepare Parting (MBC, 2005)
Land (SBS, 2004)
Sorry I Love You (KBS2, 2004)
Drama City episode deja-vu (KBS2, 2004)
Beijing My Love (KBS2, 2004)
Miss Kim Makes 1 Million (SBS, 2004)
Long Live Love (SBS, 2003)
Sang Doo, Let’s Go To School (KBS2, 2003)
Wife (KBS2, 2003)
Sunrise House (SBS, 2002)
Ruler of Your Own World (MBC, 2002)
The Woman (SBS, 2002)
Juliet’s Man (SBS, 2000)
Emperor Wang Gun (KBS1, 2000)
Couple Clinic: Love and War (KBS2, 1999)
Queen (SBS, 1999)
School (KBS2, 1999)
Advocate (MBC, 1998)
King and Queen (KBS1, 1998)
West Palace (KBS2, 1995)
Do You Remember Love (MBC, 1995)
The Royal Way (KBS1, 1991)
Modern Boy (2008)
Marriage Clinic: Love and War (2008)
Cherry Tomato (2007)
Righteous Ties (2006, cameo)
The Big Scene (2005)
Super Family (2005)
Natural City (2003)
No Blood No Tears (2002)
2009 Lost Memories (2001)
The Foul King (2000)
A Great Chinese Restaurant (1999)
Christmas in August (1998)
Our Twisted Hero (1992)
Blood and Fire (1991)
The Whereabouts of Eve (1983)
Jongro Blues (1982)
An Unfortunate Woman (1976)
Love in the Rain (1975)
Oh and for those interested ROYOW is on sale at yesasia for under $30 with free international shipping! I think I might have to buy one of those myself.
Its region all too. 😉
Erm. I just spent ages putting together an order on YA. Turns out after all that, I can’t order ROYOW ‘cos it’s US ONLY! Bah!
Wow, I completely forgot he was also in Miss Kim’s Millions, MiSa, Amnok River… It’s been ages since I’ve seen those. And shame on me for forgetting about his role in QSD, too. (Though I snoozed through that apart from the opening eps with Nam Ji-hyun and everything all Bidam scenes.) I was only conscientiously aware of his Thank You and Gisaeng Tales roles.
Try this site:
But it’s not on sale there, alas.
Thank you so much for the linkie, thundie.
Kinda dying to watch it, naowww…
Damn, I thought they shipped worldwide! Bastards.
I told you he was in EVERYTHING. And wait, I’m not the only one in the world who has watched Miss Kim’s Million Dollar Quest? It was super stupid but Kim Hyun Joo and Ji Jin Hee had some really cute/funny moments together.
Anyone here a fan of Byun Hee-bong?
I’ve watched him in 10 dramas and movies and adore him to bits. He can play anything, from kindly grandpa (1% of Anything) to not-so-kindly grandpa (My Girlfriend is a Gumiho) and off-kilter dog murderer (Barking Dogs Never Bite). He was a monster force in The Host.
Oh yes! I forgot about him. He is one of my faves!!! I’ve seen him in 13 movies and dramas apparently too just looking at his hancinema page.
OMG! Did I forget to mention Choi Min-soo?! How could anyone forget him? ‘Nother true titan of our screens!
His most iconic, epic role to date, Gangster Park Tae-soo (Sandglass).
Single father living in destitute poverty Kang Man-ho (Father’s House) — such a wonderful, memorable role, so brilliantly acted, I wept buckets.
Of course, Cheon! (Warrior Baek Dong-soo).
One of my first dramas watched was Ballad of Han River which also starred CMS and I liked his character lots, but I don’t think it was one of his better projects.
DUDE! How come I find him like really attractive as the Jack Sparrow of kdramas with smokey eye makeup? Is that normal???
Perfectly normal. Absofreaking normal….you can even like him as he’s threatening people and stabbing them.
Oh yes, there is the stabbing and killing too but that isn’t as big of a crime as his hair and eye makeup…
Crime? There’s no crime! Only admiration.
I love him in Insallah (with lee young ae) as aa north korean diplomat.unforgettable movie ever!!!
Most of you seem to have gotten all of my favorite veterans….I’d also like to add Ahn Suk Hwan to the list…He was in my first ever kdrama, Sassy Girl Choon Hyang playing a stern yet adorable dad to Jae Hee after which I saw him in My Girl where he and Choi Ran played a hilarious couple….in the first two years of my drama watching he was in nearly every other drama and and this helped built my soft spot for the guy….nowadays I dont see him as much…last I saw him was in the much dabhorred, Personal taste
Sorry for the late post…
My favorite Ajusshi crush –> Kim Sang Joong. I believe I have seen him in everything… well almost…. since ‘My Boss, My Hero’….
and I have recently discovered him –> Kim Young Chul!! Loved him in ‘Life is Beautiful’ and got scared in ‘The Princess Man’ .. he is taking home this years awards isn’t he??!!
An actor of prodigious work output who hasn’t been mentioned:
Park Geun Hyung (박근형)
A list of his works:
Tasty Life (SBS, 2012)
Color of Woman (Channel A, 2011)
You’re So Pretty (MBC, 2011)
It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl (SBS, 2010)
Dae Mul (SBS, 2010)
Definitely Neighbors (SBS, 2010)
Assorted Gems (MBC, 2009)
The Return of Iljimae (MBC, 2009)
The Road Home (KBS1, 2009)
City of Glass (SBS, 2008)
My Life’s Golden Age (MBC, 2008)
East of Eden (MBC, 2008)
You Are Very Good (KBS2, 2008)
Woman of Matchless Beauty, Park Jung Kum (MBC, 2008)
Bad Love (KBS2, 2007)
Surgeon Bong Dal Hee (SBS, 2007)
The Person I Love (SBS, 2007)
My Lovely Miss Dal Ja (SBS, 2006)
Special Crime Investigation: Murder in the Blue House (KBS2, 2006)
My Sister (MBC, 2006)
Exhibition of Fireworks (MBC, 2006)
Marrying a Millionaire (SBS, 2005)
Love Hymn (MBC, 2005)
Hong Kong Express (SBS, 2005)
Love and Sympathy (SBS, 2005)
Traveling Women (SBS, 2005)
Beautiful Temptation (KBS2, 2004)
Phoenix (MBC, 2004)
South of the Sun (SBS, 2003)
Fairy and Swindler (SBS, 2003)
Ice Flower (SBS, 2002)
Affection (SBS, 2002)
Loving You (KBS2, 2002)
Miss Mermaid (MBC, 2002)
My Name is Princess (MBC, 2002)
Splendid Days (SBS, 2001)
Pure Heart (KBS2, 2001)
Stock Flower (KBS2, 2001)
Her House (MBC, 2001)
Morning Without Parting (SBS, 2001)
Delicious Proposal (MBC, 2001)
Daddy Fish (MBC, 2000)
Foolish Princes (MBC, 2000)
Secret (MBC, 2000)
SWAT Police (SBS, 2000)
Tough Guy’s Love (KBS2, 2000)
Fireworks (SBS, 2000)
Into the Sunlight (MBC, 1999)
Days of Delight (MBC, 1999)
Should My Tears Show (MBC, 1999)
Love and Success (MBC, 1998)
Advocate (MBC, 1998)
Red Azalea (KBS2, 1998)
Barefoot Days (KBS2, 1998)
Yesterday (MBC, 1997)
Until We Can Love (KBS2, 1996)
A Sunny Place of the Young (KBS2, 1995)
Sandglass (SBS, 1995)
Last Lovers (MBC, 1994)
3rd Republic (MBC, 1993)
Jung Ho Bin (Jeong Ho Bin) in Jumong, Queen Seonduk and Chuno is a titan actor in my book. Please consider him for a top spot in listing
Kim Sang Joong rocks. Really. Despite a rotten character in City Hunter (shhh, no spoilers, haven’t finish it yet!), he is a real titan. How a man who looks kind and common do so he is smokin’ at every single appearance? Old, but terribly charismatic.
(I’m french, my bad for the mistakes.)
It’s too great of a fluid, exciting animation epic to be forgotten or lambasted.
Hi, seems that this blog is not active since 2015? But I want to give my thumbs to Jeong Bo Seok for his works. I hope that Korean drama give more appreciations to the veterans like Hollywood did. The veterans still hold major roles in the films. Who dare to compare themselves to Hopkins, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, etc? And for Korea, it’s Jeong Bo Seok. He has the talents.