Kim Ki-bum

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Kim Kibum
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Kim Ki-Bum (2012)
Native name 김기범
Born Kim Ki-bum
(1987-08-21) August 21, 1987 (age 31)
Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2004–present
Musical career
Genres K-pop, dance-pop
Years active 2005–2009
Labels S.M. Entertainment (2004–2015)
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Gibeom
McCune–Reischauer Kim Kibŏm

Kim Ki-bum (born August 21, 1987) is a South Korean actor and singer. He was a member, of the South Korean boy band Super Junior. After the release of Super Junior's third studio album Sorry, Sorry in 2009, Kim announced his leave from the group to pursue his acting career. In 2015, Kim announced he ended his contract with S.M. Entertainment and departure from the group. Kim made his television debut in the Korean television drama, April Kiss, in 2004.



Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. He has a younger sister, Kim Sae-hee, who lives with his mother. One of his cousin is an actor and model, Shin Dong-wook. At the age of ten, he moved to Los Angeles, California, United States where he attended Santa Monica High School. In 2002, he was discovered by a talent agent from South Korea and was recommended to audition for the Starlight Casting System by SM Entertainment. Kim signed a contract with SM Entertainment and became an official trainee, being trained in areas of singing, acting, dancing, and other performing talents such as hosting and modeling. Although he resided in Seoul at the time, he constantly returned to Los Angeles to visit his family and to attend short school sessions.

2004: Acting debut

Kim participated in runway modelling and appeared in advertisements for KTF, C&C phone, NF Sonata, OLIVE, My Chew, Ottogi Noddle and Elite Uniform with his SM senior BoA. He was also seen in other advertisements with Ahyoomee, Go Ara, and future Super Junior bandmate Heechul.

Kim debuted as an actor on 21 April 2004 in Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) drama, April Kiss as young Han Jung Woo. This was followed in March 2005, with Joo Yeo Myeong in another KBS drama, Sharp 2, co-starring labelmates Go Ara and Heechul. In November 2005 he played a small role in the MBC drama, Marrying a Millionaire, appearing in one episode where he plays the young Kim Younghoon.

2005-2007: Debut with Super Junior

Kim debut as part of 12-member rotational project group Super Junior 05 on 6 November 2005 on SBS's music programme Popular Songs, performing their first single, "TWINS (Knock Out)".[1][2] Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released a month later on 5 December 2005 and debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.[3]

In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. However, plans changed and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. Following the addition of thirteenth member Kyuhyun, the group dropped the suffix "05" and became officially credited as Super Junior.[4] The re-polished group's first CD single "U" was released on 7 June 2006, which was their most successful single until the release of "Sorry, Sorry" in March 2009.[5]

In 2006, he took on the lead role in the MBC daily sitcom, Rainbow Romance, sharing the lead with Kim Heechul for 243 episodes. This was followed by Kim's second drama with Go Ara, Snow Flower in November on SBS. He appeared in Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, a 2007 high school Korean film that starred all members of Super Junior except Kyuhyun. He plays the narrator of the story; a student who investigates the mysterious happenings at school.[6]

2008-2009: Acting and hiatus from Super Junior

In April 2008, Kim returned to acting after 16 months, starring in another daily MBC drama, Chunja's Happy Events alongside Wang Bitna.[7] He was picked as the co-presenter of Thailand's 12 Plus Powder along with the primary presenter, bandmate Choi Siwon, in early 2008. However, the co-presenter was switched to bandmate Donghae for another product of 12 Plus - "roll-on".

In 2009 when Super Junior released their third album, Sorry, Sorry, Kim was absent during promotions for the first single, "Sorry, Sorry", leading to speculation that he left Super Junior, which was denied by both SM Entertainment and band members. When Super Junior released their second single, "It's You", Kim had no singing solo and was again absent from all promotions. SM finally issued a statement stating that Kim was busy with solo projects, and re-confirmed he would be absent from promotional activities, but that he had not left Super Junior. Even though he is featured in promotional material for their concert tour Super Show 2 Tour, Kim did not take part due to an injury to his foot requiring six weeks of rest. After the release of "Sorry, Sorry - Answer", Kim who was absent from the music video, stated "Firstly, I am in the process of preparing for the play and releasing the drama. Whether I will participate in the fourth album, resume solo activities, or continue acting, need to be further discussed with my company".


In May 2010 it was confirmed that Kim would neither participate in the fourth album, Bonamana, nor any further Super Junior activities until further notice, as he would be focusing on his acting career.[8]

In 2010, Kim starred in his second film Jumunjin, released on the 21 January. It is a love story of a ghost man (Kim) and a girl that lives in the country side. From 26 January to 28 March, Kim starred in theatrical play A Nap, at Baekam Art Hall in Samseong-dong, Seoul. He played a young version of male lead Young-jin with Lee Joo-seung. The play is based on a short story of the same name by Park Min-gyu and directed by filmmaker Hur Jin-ho.[9]

In October 2011 Kim played Joseon scholar-official Pak Paengnyeon in historical drama Deep Rooted Tree.

In May 2012, Kim will star as the male lead Geum Eun-dong in I Love Lee Tae-ri, where he plays a 14-year-old middle school student who goes to a performance of his favorite singer and becomes a man in his 20’s, who is the secretary of a haughty heiress, Lee Tae-ri, played by Park Ye-jin.[10]

Kim will star as Duan Yu in the 2013 Chinese television drama, The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils and the title character in 2014 Chinese television drama, Lucky Tianbao.

On 18 August 2015, Kibum announced via his personal SNS that his contract with SM Entertainment had ended.




Year Title Role
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Kibum- Narrator
2010 Jumunjin Ghost

Television drama

Year Title Role Network
2004 April Kiss Young Han Jung-woo KBS
2005 Rainbow Romance Kim Ki-bum MBC
Marrying a Millionaire Young Kim Young-hoon SBS
Sharp 2 Joo Yuh-myoung KBS
2006 Snow Flower Ha Yeong-chan SBS
2008 Chunja's Happy Events Park Jung-woo MBC
2011 Deep Rooted Tree Pak Paeng-nyeon SBS
2012 I Love Lee Tae-ri Geum Eun-dong tvN
2013 The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils Duan Yu Hunan STV
2014 Lucky Tianbao Zhu Tianbao

Music video

Year Song Title Artist(s)
2006 "Passion (My Everything)" The Grace


Year Title Notes
2010 A Nap Baekam Art Hall


  1. "2005 Super Junior's official debut" Retrieved 2011-12-25 (Chinese)
  2. "SM Unveils 12-Membered Boy Group Named Super Junior" 27 October 2005. Retrieved 2011-12-25
  3. "Album Sales of December 2005". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). p. 1. Archived from the original on February 25, 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-16. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Super Junior adds new member, transformed into 13-person super group" 24 May 2006. Retrieved 2011-05-08 (Chinese)
  5. "SuperJunior releases third studio album" 14 March 2009. Retrieved 2011-12-25 (Chinese)
  6. Cathy Rose A. Garcia "Super Junior Hits Big Screen" Korea Times. 8 July 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-03
  7. "SuJu's Kim Kibum returns to acting after sixteen months" 19 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-19 (Korean)
  8. "Super Junior with only 10 - Kangin in the army and Kibum in acting". Newsen (in Korean). 4 May 2010. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-05-12. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Jang, Kyung-Jin (12 February 2010). "Filmmaker Hur Jin-ho tries his hand in directing a play". 10 Asia. Retrieved 27 April 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Ho, Stewart "Super Junior’s Kim Ki Bum and Park Ye Jin Cast in ′I ♥ Lee Terry′" CJ E&M enewsWorld. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-10

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