Song Kang-Ho Age, Wife, Family, Biography and More

Other NameKang-ho Song
Nickname(s)Award Fairy [1]Yonhap News Agency
Profession Actor
Famous Role(s)/Famous For• 'Namgoong Minsoo' in Snowpiercer (2013)
• 'Kim Ki-taek' in Parasite (2019)
Physical Stats & More
[2]Nate Height in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 11”
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack
AgencyHodu & U Entertainment
DebutTheatre: Chui Sonsaeng (South Korean; 1990)
Film: The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (South Korean; 1996) as 'Dong-suk'
Awards, Honors, Achievements • 2019: Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit (the fourth-highest class of national cultural medals) by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (South Korea)
• 2019: 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for the film "Parasite"
• 2019: 72nd Locarno International Film Festival - Excellence Award for the film "Parasite"
• 2016: Shin Young-kyun Arts and Culture Foundation Top Cultural Award
• 2015: Busan International Film Festival Asia Casting Market Curtain Call Award
• 2007: Fantasia Film Festival - Awarded for the film "The Show Must Go On"
• 2006: Golden Cinematography Awards (presented by Korean Film Producers Association) - won Daesang in Acting for the film "The Host"
• 2006: Asian Film Awards for the film "The Host"
• 2004: Taxpayers' Day Presidential Commendation
• 2000: Deauville Asian Film Festival - Awarded for the film "Joint Security Area"

Grand Bell Awards
• 1997: Best New Actor for the film "No.23"
• 2000: Best Actor for the film "Joint Security Area"
• 2003: Best Actor for the film "Memories of murder"
• 2003: Netizens Popularity Award for the film "Memories of murder"
• 2013: Best Actor for the film "The Face Reader"

Blue Dragon Film Award
• 2003: Best Supporting Actor for the film "No.23"
• 2007: Best Actor for the film "The Show Must Go On"
• 2013: Best Actor for the film "The Attorney"
• 2017: Best Actor for the film "A Taxi Driver"

Korean Association of Film Critics Award
• 1998: Best Actor for the film "The Quiet Family"
• 2003: Best Actor for the film "Memories of murder"
• 2007: Best Actor for the film "The Show Must Go On"
• 2013: Best Actor for the film "The Face Reader"

Buil Film Awards
• 2013: Best Actor for the film "The Attorney"
• 2017: Best Actor for the film "A Taxi Driver"
Personal Life
Date of Birth17 January 1967 (Tuesday)
Age (as of 2022)55 Years
BirthplaceGimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Zodiac signCapricorn
NationalitySouth Korean
HometownGimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
SchoolGimhae High School, Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
College/UniversityGyeongsang National University, Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Educational QualificationMajor in Broadcasting and Entertainment from Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Religion/Religious ViewsChristianity
Blood GroupA
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
HobbiesMountain Climbing, Watching Sports Matches, Watching Movies
Controversies• In 2005, Song was found by the police to be driving while he was drunk. The test came out with a blood alcohol content of 0.095%. His license was suspended for 100 days. [3]Entertainment Naver
Relationships & More
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date1995
Wife/SpouseHwang Jang-suk
ChildrenSon- Song Jun-pyoung (born in 1996; Football Player for Suwon Samsung Bluewings)
Daughter- Song Ju-yeon
ParentsFather- Song In-dae (Died in 2018)
Mother- Name not known
FilmLászló Nemes’s “Son of Saul” (2015), Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” (2019), Lee Chang-dong’s “Secret Sunshine” (2010), Park Chan-wook’s “Oldboy” (2003), Franklin J. Schaffner’s “Papillon” (1973) [4]Rotten Tomatoes
Money Factor
Net WorthRs. 537 crores (as in 2020) [5]Media Mass

Song Kang-Ho

Some Lesser Known Facts About Song Kang-Ho

  • In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing near his home, watching movies, or watching sports matches.
  • Song received a new nickname for “Awards Fairy” after her film “Parasite” won the Cannes Film Festival. [6]Yonhap News Agency
  • Song Kang-ho’s blood type is A.
  • In 2021, he was selected as one of nine judges for the competition section of the 74th Cannes Film Festival to be held July 6-17.
  • On March 6, 2022, Song donated 100 million won to the Hope Bridge Disaster Relief Association to help the damage from the huge wildfire that started in Uljin, Gyeongbuk and which spread to Samcheok, Gangwon.
  • He had wanted to be an actor since eighth grade. [7]Donga
  • He never took professional acting training and has been working in theater since graduating from Gimhae High School. In an interview, he confessed that he attended acting school for a short time.
  • In an interview, Kang-ho confessed that he used to do manual labor on construction sites when he was young. He worked on construction sites because his daily salary was very high.
  • He gained international acclaim for his performance in the film Parasite (2019). He played the role of ‘Kim Kitaek’ in the film. The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for best film in 2019.


    Song-Kang ho and Bong Joon ho with Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival

  • His film “Parasite” (2019) also became the first Korean film to receive a Golden Globe Award in 2020.


    Song-Kang ho, Lee Jeong and Bong Joon ho with the Golden Globe Award trophy

  • The director, Bong Joon-ho and Kang-ho are very good friends. When Bong Joon-ho was deemed an incompetent director, Kang-ho agreed to make a movie with him. They both first met when Kang-ho was a struggling actor in the industry, and he was giving auditions for a movie where Joon-ho was an assistant director. Kang-ho failed the auditions, but he got a message from Joon-ho, saying,

I would like to work on a film with you one day.

  • As a result, when Joon-ho offered him a movie, Kang-ho accepted his offer and they both worked in “Memories of Murder” for the first time. Since then, they have worked on many projects together.


    Song Kang ho with Bong Joon -ho

  • In 2020, he joined the top 30 brand reputation rankings for movie actors by the Korean Business Research Institute.
  • Asked about the good advice he follows as an actor, he said that there was a senior actor he worked with on stage,”Don’t become a technical actor. Do not act in a typical and predictable way.”
  • Apparently Kang-ho’s son Joon Pyung taught him how to dribble a ball for a scene in the movie A Taxi Driver (2017.)


    Kang-ho in Taxi Driver (2017)

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