Actor Kim Kwang Kyu came into the limelight for his role as a teacher in the “Friend ” movie and appeared in numerous movies and dramas. He is an actor whose trademark is his thinning hair, which is not often seen in Korea.
We have compiled his profile and history, thinning hair, relationship with Lee Seo Jin, and Instagram below.
Kim Kwang Kyu’s Profile
- Name: Kwang-Kyu Kim
- Date of Birth: Born on December 8, 1967
- Place of Birth: Born in Busan
- Height: 172 cm
- Weight: 67 kg
- Blood Type: Type A
- Education: Department of Drama, Busan National University of Arts; Korean Language and Literature Department, Korea Open University of Communications
Due to his family’s financial difficulties, Kim Kwang Kyu went to high school at a commercial high school with scholarship support.
After graduation, Kim Kwang Kyu served for five years as an Army adjutant in the professional military, earning the Battalion Commander, Regimental Commander, and Division Commander awards twice each.
After that, he earned his living by working in the market, as a waiter in a nightclub, as a sales representative, as a cab driver, and in many other jobs. Despite Kwang-Kyu’s various jobs, he kept his dream of becoming an actor alive.
At the age of 30 (Korean age), Kim Kwang decided to enter the acting department of a university. At that time, his hair thinning had already begun, and when he entered the classroom for the first time, his fellow freshmen greeted him, thinking he was a professor.
One of his professors at the university was film director Kwak Kyung-taek, and because of their teacher-student relationship, Kwak Kyung-taek began appearing in minor roles in his films and started his acting career.
Thus, in 1999 (at the age of 32), Kim Kwang Kyu made his debut in the movie “Dr. K”.
In 2001, he played the role of a violent teacher in the movie “Friend.” Despite the small role, it had a strong impact, and he played only teacher roles in movies and TV dramas for a while after that.
It seemed as if Kim Kwang Kyu was going to become an actor specializing in teacher roles, and at some point, he refused to play teacher roles after that.
He has become a well-known actor in Korean dramas, appearing in many dramas such as “Marriage Contract,” “Hwarang,” and “Lawless Lawyer.” In “Diary of a Prosecutor,” Kwang Kyu wore a wig to play a role younger than his actual age.
He has also worked as an advertising model for various major companies including SK Telecom, Samsung Life Insurance, and Lotte Hi-Mart.
Kim Kwang Kyu has also appeared in many reality shows. His cheerful character and aging face episodes are very likable, making him a national actor who is extremely accessible to the public.
Kim Kwang Kyu and His Hair Thinning Issue
He could have worn a wig or had hair implants, but in Kim Kwang Kyu’s case, it is known as his trademark. He once auditioned for a role wearing a wig, but for some reason, it didn’t go well.
This thinning hair made him look much older than he was when he was younger.
Despite being one year younger than Yoo Seong, who co-starred in the movie “Friend,” he played the role of Yoo Seong’s teacher.
Depending on the role, he sometimes wears a wig, and once also shot an advertisement for a wig manufacturer.
As a child, Kim Kwang-Kyu was very poor, and his eldest brother had priority in the family finances, so his eldest brother had to pay for school and other expenses. He has cried in frustration countless times, and he says that he will never get over this resentment.
Kim Kwang Kyu once cried while recounting an episode. At that time, perhaps in an attempt to lighten the darkened atmosphere, he said, “I was the only one bald because of that,” and the studio burst into laughter.
Kim Kwang Kyu’s Relationship with Actor Lee Seo Jin
Lee Seo Jin, who is three years younger than him, first co-starred in the 2000 movie “Ghost Taxi” with Kim Kwang Kyu.
Kim Kwang Kyu also made a guest appearance at Lee Seo Jin fan meeting in Japan.
They also showed great chemistry in the self-sufficient variety show “Three Meals a Day“, and their variety show “I Live Alone” shows that they are best friends.
Kim Kwang Kyu is an incredible actor and a human!
He is very active in variety shows, dramas, and movies! I thought he must be earning a lot of money, but he lives a surprisingly simple life, and I think this also contributes to his high likability.