Song Kang-ho Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 05 Feb, 2020
Facts of Song Kang-ho
Date of Birth: 1967 , January-17
Age: 53 years old
Birth Nation: South Korea
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
Name Song Kang-ho
Birth Name Song Kang-ho
Father Song In-dae
Nationality South Korean
Birth Place/City Gim-hae, South Gyeongsang Povince
Profession Actor
Net Worth $20 Million
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Weight in KG 75
Married to Hwang Jang-sook
Children Song Jun-pyong and Song Ju-yeon
Education Busan Kyungsang college
Awards Asian Film Awards, Screen Actor Guild Awards, Locarno International Film Festival
Movies Parasite, A Taxi Driver, Snowpiercer, No. 3, Joint Security Area, Secret Sunshine, The Good, the Bad, the Weird,
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Screen Actors Guild Awards winner Song Kang-ho is widely known for his role in movies like A Taxi Driver, Snowpiercer, Secret Sunshine, No.3, and The Good, the Bad the Wired. His role in the movie Parasite won him Screen Actors Guild Awards, Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, and Grand Bell Awards, South Korea.

Graduated From Gimhae High School

Song Kang-ho was born on 17th January 1967, in Gim-hae, South Gyeongsang Povince, South Korea. He holds South Korean nationality.

Song was fascinated by acting while he was studying in eighth grade. While he was studying at Gimhae High School, he joined social theater and worked in several plays. He earned his bachelor's degree in broadcasting from Busan Kyungsang college.

His father, Song In-dae, passed away on 9th November 2018.

Career As An Actor

Song Kang-ho started his journey as an actor from the 1996 movie The Day a Pig Fell Into The Well. A year later, he appeared in a couple of movies that included Green Fish, Timeless Bottomless, Bad Movie, and No.3. For his role in No.3, he won the Blue Dragon Award.

Moreover, he gained a new height from his role in the 2007 movie The Show Must Go On, Secret Sunshine, and the 2008 movie The Good the Bad the Weird. This fame led Kang-ho to earn his first international movie role in 2013's Snowpierce. He worked along with Hollywood actors Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, and John Hurt in the movie.

Song Kang-ho at Locarno Excellence Award SOURCE: Getty Image

Later, Kang-ho's works in movies like The Thorne, The Age of Shadows, A Taxi Driver, and The Drug King drove him to become one of the best South Korean actors of his era. 

In 2019, he appeared in the movie The King's Letters and Parasite. The latter earned him nominations on Gold Derby Awards and won Screen Actors Guild Awards. He shared the screen with the likes of Jang Hye-jin, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi, and Jung Ji-so in the movie. He became the first Asian actor to be honored with Locarno Excellence Award in 2019.

Song's new movie Emergency Declaration will be released in 2020.

Kang-ho's Impressive Net Worth

Song Kang-ho, with many major roles in television and series, has earned an impressive sum of money from his career. The actor has an estimated net worth of $20 million, as of 2020. 

Song Kang-ho at Toronto International Film Festival SOURCE: Pinterest

His exact income and salary are not revealed as of yet. But working in a number of Box Office hit projects have earned him more than the average. Some of the successful movies he was part of are listed below with their box office collections.

Movie Released Year Star-Cast Budget Box-Office
The Host 2006 Byun Hee-bong and Park Hae-il $11 million $89.4 million
The Good, the Bad, the Weird 2008 Lee Byung-hun and Jung Woo-sung $10 million $44.3 million
Snowpiercer 2013 Tilda Swinton and Jamie Bell $40 million $86.8 million
The Throne 2015 Yoo Ah-in Moon and Geun-young $8.3 million $45.9 million
The Age of Shadows 2016 Gong Yoo and Han Ji-min $8.62 million $55.3 million
A Taxi Driver 2017 Thomas Kretschmann and Yoo Hae-jin $13.8 million $88.7 million (South Korea Only)
Parasite 2019 Lee Sun-kyun and Cho Yeo-jeong $11 million $163.3 million

Song Kang-ho is Married for Over Two Decades

Song Kang-ho got married to Hwang Jang-sook in November 1995. The husband-and-wife are blessed with two children. They gave birth to their first child, a son, Song Jun-pyong, on 29th July 1996. Jun-pyong is a soccer player who plays for Suwon Samsun Bluewing. His daughter, Song Ju-yeon is also an actress in South Korea.

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