Kim Nam Gil

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

Kim Nam Gil is a South Korean actor, director, producer, and singer.

He’s best recognized for his acting in various Korean movies such as The Pirates (2014), Pandora (2016), and Memoir of a Murderer (2017).


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
  • 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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  • Instagram: @namgildaero
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Height, Weight, & Physical Appearance 

  • Height: 183 cm (6’0″)
  • Weight: 70 kg (154.3 lbs)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Black
  • Body Measurements: 42-31-14 (Bust -42, Waist -31, and Arms -14 inches)
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  • Father: –
  • Mother: –
  • Brother: 1
  • Sister: –

Girlfriend & Dating History

Son Ye Jin

In 2013, rumors spread that Kim Nam Gil is dating Son Ye Jin, his co-star in multiple movies such as Don’t Look Back (2006) and The Pirates (2014).

It was reported that they fell in love while working together. There was even a report that she might be the one behind Nam Gil’s casting in The Pirates.

However, Son Ye Jin’s representative agency denied the rumors firmly, saying that they indeed “became closer through their drama and movie filming” but were “nothing more than good friends” who never met outside works.

Jang Na Ra

In the summer of 2017, wild rumors that Kim Nam Gil is going to marry Jang Na Ra, a South Korean actress, in November spread.

The actor himself was bewildered by the rumors, even asking his filming staff “Am I getting married” in a joking manner. 

Net Worth 

He is estimated to have accumulated $1 million to $5 million of net worth. He earns most of his income from acting.

Plastic Surgery

There is no known information on whether he/she has undergone any cosmetic surgery.


  • 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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  • A Man of Reason (2023), as Woo Jin
  • Hunt (2022), as Tokyo branch agent 3 (cameo)
  • Emergency Declaration (2022), as Hyun Soo
  • The Closet (2020), as Kyung Hoon
  • OK! Madam (2020), as nervous man
  • The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale (2019), as Min Gul
  • Memoir of a Murderer (2017), as Min Tae Joo
  • One Day (2017), as Gang Soo
  • Pandora (2016), as Jae Hyeok
  • The Sound of a Flower (2015), as Heungseon Daewongun
  • The Shameless (2015), as Jung Jae Gon
  • The Pirates (2014), as Jang Sa-Jung (bandit)
  • Tears of the Amazon (2010), as narrator
  • Lovers Vanished (2010), as Soo In
  • Handphone (2009), as Jang Yun Ho
  • Portrait of a Beauty (2008), as Kang Mu
  • Public Enemy Returns (2008), as Moon Soo
  • Modern Boy (2008), as Hidaka Shinsuke
  • No Regret (2006), as Song Jae Min
  • Don’t Look Back (2006), as Suk Woo

Drama Series 

  • Trigger (Netflix | 2024), as Yi Do
  • Song of the Bandits (Netflix | 2023), as Lee Yoon
  • Island Part 2 (TVING | 2023), as Van
  • Island (TVING | 2022-2023), as Van
  • Through the Darkness (SBS | 2022), as Song Ha Young
  • One the Woman (SBS | 2021), as Michael (ep.1)
  • The Fiery Priest (SBS | 2019), as Kim Hae Il
  • Live Up To Your Name (tvN | 2017), as Heo Im
  • Don’t Look Back : The Legend of Orpheus (KBS2 | 2013), as Joon Yoshimura / Han Yi Soo
  • Bad Guy (SBS | 2010), as Geon Ok
  • The Great Queen Seondeok (MBC | 2009), as Bi Dam
  • When Spring Comes (KBS2 | 2007), as Kim Joon Ki
  • Lovers (SBS | 2006-2007), as Tae San
  • Goodbye, Solo (KBS2 | 2006), as Yu Ji Ahn
  • Sweet Buns (MBC | 2004-2005), as Hong Hye Jan’s lover
  • School 1 (KBS2 | 1999), as Min Soo (student)

TV Shows

  • Leave Anything (MBC ⏐ 2023), as himself (cast member)
  • Living for an Empty House in a Fishing Village (MBC ⏐ 2022), as himself (cast member)
  • K-Ocean Pathfinders (tvN ⏐ 2020), as himself (cast member)
  • Life of Samantha (SBS ⏐ 2019), as himself (narrator)
  • Trans-Siberian Pathfinders (tvN ⏐ 2019), as himself (cast member)

Music Video Appearances 

  • Just Ten Days (2007) – J
  • Don’t Forget, Don’t Forget (2005) – The Red
  • Start (2005) – M.Street
  • Attention (2005) – Lady
  • Gift (1999) – Kim Jang Hoon


“There are stories that can be understood in any era, and there are stories that are needed at a specific era. This even applies to movies we watch to kill time.”

“I make more money than I did when I was young, but as my social position changes, the amount of money I spend for other people gets bigger too. I’m sure I make more money now than before, but I still don’t have much money in my pocket.” 

“I hope that there is no one who gives up on trying what they want to do because of all the costs. One of my goals is to help such people. I would feel very proud if one day those who have accomplished something with my help speak of me, saying ‘I want to thank Mr. Kim,’ in some interviews because that would mean that they are supporting my goals.”

“As an actor, I don’t want to embarrass the people who I get to know in my works. I hope each project motivates each person to pursue their dreams.”


Who is Kim Nam Gil?

He is a South Korean actor, director, producer, and singer.

Who is Kim Nam Gil’s real name?

His real name is Kim Nam Gil (김남길).

What makes Kim Nam Gil famous?

He’s famous for his acting in various Korean movies such as The Pirates (2014), Pandora (2016), and Memoir of a Murderer (2017).

Where is Kim Nam Gil from?

He was born in Seoul, South Korea.

How old is Kim Nam Gil?

He was born in 1980, and he is 44 years old as of 2024.

When does Kim Nam Gil celebrate his birthday?

He celebrates on the 13th of every March.

How tall is Kim Nam Gil?

His height is 6’0″ or 183 cm.

Who are Kim Nam Gil’s parents?

He did not reveal the names of his father and mother

Is Kim Nam Gil married?

He is not married. Furthermore, there is no information on whether he is in a relationship or not.

Who is Kim Nam Gil’s ex-girlfriend?

His ex-girlfriend is not known. However, he used to be rumored to date Son Ye Jin and Jang Na Ra.

How rich is Kim Nam Gil?

His net worth is around $1 million to $5 million.

What is Kim Nam Gil’s nationality?

His nationality is South Korean.

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