Bin Won

김도진 / Kim Do Jin

Won Bin( Hangul : 원빈; bornKim Do-jin; Hangul : 김도진on November 10, 1977) is a South Korean actor. He first gained wide popularity in 2000 after starring in the television dramaAutumn in My Heartand has since gained critical acclaim for his performances in the filmsTaegukgi,MotherandThe Man from Nowhere.

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 Bin Won's Early life

While not talkative or outgoing, he excelled at athletics. Won Bin started taekwondo lessons and now holds a black belt . As a young boy, he initially planned to become a car mechanic due to his interest in car racing and motorcycling. Won Bin graduated from a mechanical high school, where he studied car repair and mechanics.

In November 1995, a cable television station was looking to recruit and hire new actors; Won Bin applied and was accepted in his last semester of high school. He started to take acting classes at the station's headquarters and appeared in several dramas. The following month, Won Bin signed an acting contract with a talent agency.

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 Bin Won's Career

Won Bin made his screen debut with a supporting role in the 1997 drama filmPropose. His role inReady Go!(1998) helped hone his acting chops. AfterReady Go!, he took a break and entered a college called Paekche Institute of the Arts in 1998 to take acting classes. In 1999, Won Bin came back to the screen with a lead role in dramaKwangkifrom which he was recognized as a promising young actor and a teen heartthrob.

He made his big breakthrough in 2000 with dramaKkokjiandAutumn in My Heart. His role as a rebellious youngest son inKkokjiproved his acting potential and his role in the widely successful drama landed him on the A-list for Korean performers.Autumn in My Heartgained wide popularity in Asia and he became one of the most popular Korean actors in Korea and Asia as well. In 2002, Won Bin was involved in the first South Korea and Japan joint production dramaFriends.

Won Bin also had roles in several popular movies, includingGuns & TalksandMy Brother, but it is his portrayal of the sensitive younger brother in the blockbuster war movieTaegukgi(akaTaegukgi: The Brotherhood of War) (2004) that has truly cemented his fame in the international realm. With the success of the critically acclaimedTaegukgi, recognition of his acting skills has reached an ever-wider international audience.Taegukgiwas the best selling movie in South Korea in 2004 with 11.75 million admissions.

The decision was made by the military when Won Bin sustained injury to his ACL . He had undergone surgery and was officially discharged on June 7, 2006.After the surgery, he had gone through rehabilitation program for more than one year to recover from the injury.

on September 6, 2007. He has participated in various programs and charity events in Korea for UNICEF from that time on, and has appeared in several promotional videos.

released in August 2010.

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 Bin Won's Personal life

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 Bin Won's Filmography


YearTitleKorean TitleRole
2001 Guns & Talks 킬러들의 수다 Ha-yun
2004 Taegukgi 태극기 휘날리며 Lee Jin-seok
My Brother 우리형 Jong-hyun
2009 Mother 마더 Do-joon
2010 The Man from Nowhere 아저씨 Cha Tae-sik

Television drama[]

1997 Propose KBS
1998 Ready, Go! Han Seung-joo MBC
1999 Kwangki Kang Min KBS
2000 Small Station KBS
Tough Guy's Love (aka: Kkokji) Song Myung-tae KBS
Autumn in My Heart Han Tae-suk KBS
2002 Friends Kim Ji-hoon TBS&MBC

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 Bin Won's Books

  • 2000:dream in HEAVENphotobook - 100 pages photo essays with photos taken in Bali, Indonesia and South Korea.
  • 2002:WWW-Wonbin Wide pinup Webphotobook - 40 pages photo essays.
  • 2005:28 Day 'n Year Won BinPremium Box Set - DVD & photobook - 60-minute DVD and 144 pages of photos with sincere essays written by Won Bin revolving around his private life and his photo session trip to South Korea, Czech Republic, and Japan as well as collector's gifts.
  • 2006:BINUSDVD - To show his gratitude to his fans for their years of support, Won Bin has recorded this candid, personal DVD (60 minutes) to be shared just between him and us, the fans - hence the title BINUS (BINUS is the name of his official fanclub), before fulfilling his mandatory military service. It includes revealing footage and private life, with Won Bin re-visiting many places in his hometown to share with his fans his background and childhood memories.
  • 2006:Dear Wonbinphotobook - Designed like a diary book, with drawings by Won Bin.
  • 2010:I Love YouPrivate DVD & Photobook - 105-minute DVD and photobook, filmed in Ireland

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 Bin Won's Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef
1999KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Ad MadnessWon
2000 Excellence Award, Actor Tough Guy's Love,Autumn in My HeartWon
2001 37th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor in TV Autumn in My HeartWon
22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Guns & TalksNominated
2004 12th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New ActorTaegukgiWon
27th Golden Cinematography Awards Best New ActorWon
3rd Korean Film Awards Best Actor My BrotherNominated
46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best ActorMotherNominated
4th Asian Film Awards Best Supporting ActorNominated
47th Grand Bell Awards Best ActorThe Man from NowhereWon
Popularity AwardWon
8th Korean Film Awards Best ActorWon
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Popularity AwardWon
Best ActorNominated
6th University Film Festival of Korea Best ActorWon
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best ActorNominated
2nd Film Journalists Association Annual Film Awards (Korea) Best ActorWon
8th MaxMovie Awards (Korea) Best ActorWon
48th Grand Bell Awards Popularity AwardWon

Other awards/honors[edit]

  • 2002: BVLGARI Brilliant Dreams Award (Japan)
  • 2007: Appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
  • 2011: Best Jewellery Wearer Award (Japan)

Magazine/Media recognition[edit]

  • 2000: Best Dresser of the year
  • 2005: Voted #1 "Favorite Asian Star" (2005) in the readers' survey by Japanese magazine "CanCam".
  • 2006: Voted #1 "Favorite Asian Star" (2006) in the readers' survey by Japanese magazine "".
  • 2007: Voted #1 "Favorite Asian Star" (2007) in the readers' survey by Japanese magazine "".

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 Bin Won's Charity works

As UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador , Won Bin has participated in various programs and charity events.

  • 2007.09.06 - Appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador .
  • 2007.10.03 - Attended the International Peace Marathon Festival in Seoul to raise fund for UNICEF .
  • 2007.11.26 - Attended a charity fashion show to raise fund for UNICEF .
  • 2008.06.24 - Promoting the Awoo Doll campaign.
  • 2008.11.27 - Promoting UNICEF Jumper to raise fund.
  • 2008.12.22 - Visited an orphanage in Seoul and presented the children there with Christmas gifts.
  • 2009.04.04-13 - Visited Gambia for UNICEF , visited relief center, hospital and schools.
  • 2010.09.12-17 - Visited East Timor for UNICEF . watched over the vaccinations and educational work being done on site by UNICEF.

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 Bin Won's In popular culture

Kiss Kiss, composed by Super Changddai. The lyrics said, "난 오늘밤 꿈에서 난 원빈 오빠가 나타나 줄 텐데" (Tonight, in my dreams, Won Binoppawill appear).His character inThe Man from Nowherewas referenced by Krystal Jung in the 2013 drama,The Heirs. In the 2015 Korean dramaKill Me, Heal Me, the character of Oh Ri On told Secretary Ahn that the elusive Writer Omega's looks were rumored to be "on the Won Bin level."

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 Bin Won's References

  1. (Korean) Won Bin's official website - Profile page
  2. (Korean) Naver - Person Profile "Won Bin"
  3. (Korean) Nate - Person Profile "Won Bin"
  4. (Korean) Cine21 - Person Profile "Won Bin"
  5. (Korean) Maxmovie - Person Profile "Won Bin"
  6. Kang, Myoung-Seok (30 September 2009). "10LINE: Won Bin". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  7. Kang, Myoung-Seok (4 August 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Won Bin - Part 1". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  8. Kang, Myoung-Seok (4 August 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Won Bin - Part 2". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  9. Kang, Myoung-Seok (4 August 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Won Bin - Part 3". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  10. "Won Bin - A story behind the success". Sports Seoul, Sep, 2000. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  11. "Won Bin heads for frontline army post". Xinhua News Agency, Jan 10, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  12. "Actor Won Bin Reports for DMZ Duty". Dong-a Ilbo, Feb 11, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  13. "Star Discharged After Brief Stint With Frontline Unit". The Chosun Ilbo, Jun 2, 2006. Archived from the original on April 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  14. "Injured Star Discharged from Military Service". The Chosun Ilbo, Jun 7, 2006. Archived from the original on October 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  15. Sunwoo, Carla (31 August 2012). "Korean Unicef chooses Kim Hye-soo". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  16. Kim, Lyn (6 October 2009). "Won Bin hops onto summer action film". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  17. Kim, Lynn (8 July 2010). "Won Bin speaks with action in new film The Man From Nowhere". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  18. "Won Bin, Lee Na-young Tie Knot in Wheat Fields". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  19. "Won Bin's Quiet Countryside Wedding Strikes Chord". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  20. "Top stars Won Bin and Lee Na-young tie knot". The Korea Times. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  21. "Actor Won Bin ties knot with actress Lee Na-young". The Korea Herald. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  22. "Star couple Won Bin and Lee Na-young to become parents". The Korea Times. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  23. "Lee Na-young Pregnant 2 Months After Wedding". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  24. Soo-Mee, Park (2010-10-31). "'Poetry' Rings Korea's Grand Bell with Multiple Wins". Hollywood Reporter, Oct 31, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  25. "The Man From Nowhere sweeps Korea Film Awards". 10Asia, Nov 19, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  26. "48th Daejong Film Awards Highlight Year's Best". Chosun Ilbo. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  27. "April 2002 Most Beautiful Man - Won Bin"., April 2002. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  28. "Won Bin voted favorite Asian star". Xinhua News Agency, Apr 18, 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  29. "Won Bin participated in UNICEF campaign (Chinese news)". report, Feb 29, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  30. "Won Bin Joins Vuitton, GQ in Charity Project". Hancinema, Aug 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  31. "KISS KISS". MelOn. LOEN Entertainment. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 

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