Song Kang-ho, 53, is a South Korean actor. The mainstay of Korean films and television gained worldwide recognition, courtesy of South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's projects Snowpiercer and Parasite.
These are seven facts about Song Kang-ho.
7. Gained International Following for Parasite
Parasite is director Bong Joon-ho's magnum opus. The 6-time Academy Award-nominated black comedy thriller is one of 2019's most acclaimed films.
6. Starred alongside Chris Evans in Snowpiercer
The Bong Joon-ho-Song Kang-ho connection has been very successful for both men. Their 2013 collaboration, Snowpiercer, was incredibly well-received by critics worldwide.
The sci-fi action movie starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, also stars Song Kang-ho in the lead.
5. His Son is a Footballer Despite His Father's Protests
Song Kang-ho has two children with his wife of over two decades, Hwang Jang-suk. His son, Song Jun-pyoung, became a professional footballer, despite his father's wishes.
Kang-ho also has a daughter, Ju-yeon.
4. A Mainstay of South Korean Movies
Kang-ho has been a fixture of South Korean cinema since the 1990s. His impressive body-of-work boasts such cult titles as Bad Movie, No. 3, Shiri, and The Foul King, among others.
He was also part of blockbuster movies as Memories of Murder, The President's Barber, Antarctic Journal, and The Host, among others.
3. Worked in Korean Theatre Plays
Before he established his name in the annals of cinema, Kang-ho was busy honing his craft in theatres after graduating from high school.
Starting his stage career in 1991 in the Korean play, Dongseung, he spent the better part of the next decade working in various stage plays.
2. He Has Won 44 Awards
His illustrious career in Korean movies and television has been embellished with 44 awards in various national and international award ceremonies.
His most notable awards include a Best Supporting Actor win in the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle Awards, multiple Best Actor Award from the Director's Cut Awards, and three Best Actor awards from the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards.
1. Net Worth of $20 Million
Song is one of South Korea's richest actors, with his net worth estimated to be around $20 million. The figure is not surprising, considering his status as a mainstay of Korean cinema. Recently, his international following has been bolstered by internationally acclaimed movies like Snowpiercer and Parasite.