Kim Bum has a high drool factor that is not only recognized in his home country of South Korea but in a global sense as well. The South Korean has been on the scene since the mid-2000s and has brought with him some unforgettable experiences throughout his career. Besides his career as an actor, Kim is also a budding musician; something he has always wanted to do.
The actor is known for his movie and television roles in projects like Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, East of Eden and Boys Over Flowers among others. Kim Bum is a certified Korean great and a versatile actor; his portfolio includes everything from romantic flicks to action thrillers. Here is everything we know about the actor cum musician.
Kim Bum’s Bio and Age
The actor was born in South Korea’s capital city of Seoul on July 7, 1989 to his father who is known simply as Jerry and his South Korean mother Min-ho Bum. His parents also had two other children, a boy, and a girl, both of whom are younger than Kim. He spent lhis growing years in South Korea but at a point, he relocated to Australia where he lived with his father for a while.
Growing up, Kim Bum had an interest in athletics. This interest saw him play in his high school’s soccer team, eventually becoming the team captain. However, he had a dream of one day making it as an actor. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Cung-ang University from where he graduated with a degree in Film and Theatre. While at Cung-ang, he was fully involved in the University’s cultural programs to help give him much needed first hand acting exposure on stage.
As a University student, he also auditioned for a spot on the Survival Star. The audition ended with him in 6th position out of hundreds of participants but he was cut from joining the show as he was under the age of 20 at the time. But the exposure was all he needed to kickstart his acting career.
Kim Bum had his chance with his debut acting role when he appeared as a self-titled character on the television comedy series High Kick in 2006. He appeared in a total of 11 episodes for the series. In 2008, the actor gave a world-class performance as Dong Chul on MBC’s drama series. He won the Netizen Popularity Award for his troubles at the Korea Drama Awards.
His stock continued to soar when he joined the cast of the Korean hit drama series Boys Over Flowers in 2009. He played the role of So Yi Jung for 25 episodes. His guest appearance on Padam Padam two years later only increased his reputation further.
After being inspired by his musician cousin Jini years prior, the actor finally delved into music in 2012 with his debut studio album release Hometown. This didn’t stop him from creating time for his next movie project Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon.
In 2013, Kim Bum made his television historical drama debut Goddess of Fire as the character Kim Tae-do. He also made his foray into Chinese television with his role on V-Love, the Chinese adaptation of the American hit teen drama series Gossip Girls. His other works on Chinese television include The Beloved and Lovers & Movies, both in 2015. These helped to grow his audience across the whole of Asia.
Kim Bum started to increasingly show his acting maturity and versatility with a role in the action thriller series Hidden Identity (2015). He had a recurring role as Cha Gun-woo on the series for a total of 15 episodes. He followed this up with another thriller project – Mrs. Cop, the following year, appearing in 16 episodes.
In 2018, the actor joined the cast of Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead. This was the third movie in the Detective K comedy-mystery movie series.
The actor’s reputation is widespread and has earned him household name status in South Korea and entire Asia. As a result, the actor has had the opportunity to sign endorsement deals with some big brands like Samsung, LG, Maxim Coffee, and Hanbull Cosmetics.
In the course of his acting career, Kim Bum has received several recognitions and awards besides his 2008 Netizen Popularity Award for East of Eden. In 2009, the actor bagged a New Star Award. This was given at the SBS Drama Awards for his work on as Lee Jang Suk on the romantic comedy Dream. In the same year, he also received the Andre Kim Best Male Star Award. For Boys Over Flowers, he was joint-winner of the Best Couple Award with actress Kim So-eun.
Who is his Wife?
The actor has had his fair share of relationships and heart brakes on the road to success. In November 2013, the public got wind of the news that Kim Bum was in a relationship with his Goddes of Fire co-star Moon Geun-young. The news soon followed of their breakup on May 15, 2014. They had been together for only 7 months. The representative of both actors confirmed the news, stating that Kim and Moon were still good friends.
In March 2018, it was revealed that he was back in the dating circle, this time with South Korean actress Oh Yeon-seo. This too did not last and they split a few months after. Kim Bum is also rumored to have dated South Korean musician Eun-ji Jung, and his Boys Over Flowers co-star Kim So-eun, but these were never substantiated. The actor is currently focused on his career and is not in any relationship or marriage at the moment.
What is Kim Bum’s Height?
It seems as if the actor has everything going for him and cannot do a thing wrong. Besides his drool-worthy physical features, Bum also stands at an impressive height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.81 m). This is comfortably above what would be considered average height for men.
Facts About the South Korean Actor
- Kim’s favorite sports figure is multiple-time world best soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
- The actor is also something of an instrumentalist and plays the saxophone. He also memorably played the instrument on of his scenes on Boys Over Flowers.
- The Siam Centre Departmental Store is a retail chain owned by the Thai Royal family. He remains one of the only actors from South Korea to be invited for one of their store openings.
- Kim Bum was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis after he had to lose a lot of weight for his role on Padam Padam.