Kim Nam Gil

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Kim Nam Gil - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Kim Nam Gil initially started his acting career a long ago before he gained his popularity as one of the most influential Korean actors.

Nam Gil kickstarted his career by appearing in a 1999 drama entitled School 1, a youth drama created by KBS.

In 2003, this “puppy actor” then joined an MBC Talent Audition and successfully passed it. Later, he made his appearance for a show called Be Strong, Geum-soon! (2005).

Nam Gil was involved in his first controversial project when he decided to cast in a homosexual movie, No Regret (2006).

Even though this movie gained a lot of praise, his name didn’t get much popularity as he should get.

Two years later, in 2008, he made an appearance for Public Enemy Returns alongside actor Jung Jae Young, his fellow high schoolmate.

In 2009, Nam Gil starred in The Great Queen Seondeok, which finally gave him more popularity than before.

Later, he was labeled as the sexy icon because of his role in Bad Guy (2010).

After coming back from military service, Nam Gil back to the acting industry by starring in Shark (2013) and the movie The Pirates (2014).

Those appearances then were followed by his performance in several movies, such as The Shameless (2015), The Sound of a Flower (2015), Pandora (2016), and One Day (2017).

He got back into the drama series after starring in Live Up to Your Name (2017).

In 2019, he became a big hit because of his role in The Fiery Priest. In that year, Nam Gil also appeared in a movie entitled The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale.

Nam Gil then continued his career by starring in A Man of Reason (2021), One the Woman (2021), Island Season 1 (2022), and Through The Darkness (2022).

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  • Real Name: Kim Nam Gil (김남길)
  • Stage Name: Kim Nam Gil (김남길)
  • Nickname: Puppy Gil
  • Birthday: March 13, 1980
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Pisces
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Height: 183 cm (6’0″)
  • Weight: 70 kg (154.3 lbs)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Religion: Atheist
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Producer, Director
  • Education: Seoul Institute of the Arts (drop out), Myongji University (Majored in Film), Cyber Hankuk University
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  • Siblings: 1 brother
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  • He is a part of GILSTORY ENT.
  • Nam Gil once changed his stage name to Lee Han just because he thought that name was more exotic.
  • He then changed his stage name back to his real name after 3 years based on Kang Woo Suk’s advice.
  • Nam Gil is a part of a clan of Gangenung Kim.
  • His desire to be an actor came after he saw King Lear on stage.
  • During college, he took the various part-time job because of his family’s financial struggle.
  • That part-time job made him couldn’t concentrate on his own study, so he got expelled from his previous college before Myeongji University, Seoul Institute of the Arts.
  • Nam Gil once became a victim of a hit-and-run in previous 2003, which made him get short-term amnesia, and had to get therapy for approximately half a year.
  • His fan meeting in 2010 was once attended by over 5000 fans of him.
  • During filming the Bad Guy drama (2010), he got a notification to go to military service, so he left the drama in half production.
  • He once became a parking attendant alongside Junjin from SHINHWA at Gangnam City Hall.
  • Nam Gil back from military service in 2012.
  • He built an NGO, Gilstory, in 2013 that was inspired by Indonesia’s earthquake victims.
  • People labeled him as a “dying specialization actor” because the majority of his acting role would end up dying.
  • During filming The Greet Queen Seondeok, The Fiery Priest, and Shark, he rarely used stuntmen to do action scenes, so he got injured.
  • Even though from the outside he looks sexy and like a bad boy, he is very cute and outgoing from the inside.
  • Nam Gil is good at aegyo.
  • His personality is very bright and like a puppy.
  • He owns a cat, Tam Tam, and also a Corgi named Maru.
  • Nam Gil is bad at drinking alcohol.
  • For his role in Pathfinders, Nam Gil tried to attain a license for the yacht.
  • For him, he is the best actor in the whole universe.
  • Nam Gil has a good friendship with Ju Ji Hoon, Lee Sunkyun, Park Sungwoong, Hyun Bin, Jeon Doyeon, Lee Jungjae, Jung Woosung, and also Ha Jungwoo.
  • He once got dating rumors alongside Son Yejin and Jang Nara.
  • His ideal type is a woman who is caring, strong, understanding, and independent.

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Experiencing several years in the acting and film industry, Kim Nam Gil never disappoints his fans. His performances are always on point. What a role model!


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