Kang Dong Won is a South Korean film and television actor. While studying Mechanical Engineering at Hanyang University, he was spotted on the streets by a modelling agent in 2000 and became a model. After this, he began his acting career with two dramas, and then filmed his first movie, “Too Beautiful to Lie”. However, his first real breakthrough was in “Temptation of the Wolves” in 2004, for which he won the Best New Actor Award at the 24th Critics Choice Awards. He has since become one of the top actors in South Korea.
He continues to surprise the audience in roles like “Voice of a Murderer” and “Maundy Thursday”. With his beautiful, androgynous looks, he is becoming popular in other Asian countries, especially Japan. Once again in 2007, he showcased his talent by portraying a grotesque character in Lee Myung Se’s “M”, marking their second collaboration (the other being his 2005 lead role alongside Ha Ji Won in “Duelist”). As a result, he earned wide recognition from critics for his stylish flair in choice of characters, which are mostly very peculiar roles. In 2010, he won the 30th Critics Choice Award for Best Actor for his performance in “The Secret Reunion”. Shortly thereafter, Kang served his compulsory military duty in a public office from November 18, 2010, until his discharge on November 12, 2012.
His father is the Vice President of SPP Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the world.