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6 OG Leading Men We Loved from Classic K-Dramas That Started It All

Who's your all-time favorite K-drama actor?
6 OG Leading Men We Loved from Classic K-Dramas That Started It All
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ILLUSTRATOR Bacs Arcebal
Who's your all-time favorite K-drama actor?

New K-dramas have been popping up here and there, and with them come new leading men to crush on! However, we can't deny having a strong attachment to our beloved K-drama actors from the early 2000s—these guys had us glued to our cable TV channels back in the day! 

Below, take a look back at these actors who starred in your favorite Koreanovelas:

1. Lee Dong Wook 

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Where you've seen him: My Girl (2005) 

Lee Dong Wook has won the hearts of many OG K-drama fans way before he played the Grim Reaper in Goblin. Who could forget his lead role in charming rom-com hit My Girl?

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Showcasing his versatility, the Korean actor is currently starring in horror-thriller Strangers from Hell, where he plays a mysterious dentist. You can binge-watch the show on Netflix! 

2. Rain

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Where you've seen him: Full House (2004) 

Rain quickly rose to fame as a K-pop idol, but his career further skyrocketed when he starred in 2004 drama Full House, alongside Hallyu star Song Hye Kyo. He has been happily married to actress Kim Tae Hee since 2017!

3. Ju Ji Hoon

Where you've seen him: Princess Hours (2006)

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Remember Lee Shin from Princess Hours? The now-37-year-old actor who played Lee Shin is currently making waves with his latest K-drama, Kingdom. You can stream the zombie masterpiece on Netflix starring Ju Ji Hoon

4. Gong Yoo 

Where you've seen him: Coffee Prince (2007) 

Before you fell for Gong Yoo as Kim Shin in Goblin, you've probably first swooned over him as Choi Han Kyul on Coffee Prince. P.S. This leading man is reportedly set to make a small-screen comeback

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5. Kwon Sang Woo 

Where you've seen him: Stairway to Heaven (2003)

Who could forget the tear-jerking drama Stairway to Heaven? The lead character named Cha Song-ju was beautifully played by Kwon Sang Woo! His last starring role for a Korean drama was in 2016 for Queen of Mystery 2. In the two-part series, he plays a detective who teams up with a former housewife and a mystery-novel fan to solve mystery cases together. 

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6. Bae Yong-Jun

Where you've seen him: Winter Sonata (2002) 

Bae Yong-Jun is most notably known for Winter Sonata, which is considered as one of the most successful K-dramas! In 2007, the Korean actor retired from acting, but he has been making guest appearances in K-dramas. The now-47-year-old is happily married to actress Park Soo-jin

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*This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.comMinor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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