Today is sad for the South Korean entertainment industry due to the passing of veteran actor Byun Hee-Bong. According to his family, the famous voice actor died at 81 after battling pancreatic cancer that had been previously cured.
Actor Byun Hee-Bong was born in 1942 in Jangseong in South Jeolla Province. He debuted in the entertainment industry in the year 1966 as a voice actor for TV network MBC. He previously worked as a stage actor, later turning into acting full-time. He appeared in various TV classics such as “The First Republic” (1981), “The Joseon Dynasty 500 Years: Seoljungmae” (1985), and “The Legendary Doctor – Hur Jun” (1999).
Many remember him for his strong impressions both local and abroad in his roles in four of highly-acclaimed director Bong Joon-ho’s hit films: “Barking Dogs Never Bite” (2000), “Memories of Murder” (2003), “The Host” (2006) and “Okja” (2017).
Byun received many notable awards, including the Most Popular Actor in the TV category at the 21st Baeksang Arts Awards for his role in the period drama series “The Joseon Dynasty 500 Years: Seoljungmae,” and Best Supporting Actor at the 27th Blue Dragon Awards for his role in “The Host.”
In 2020, the veteran actor received the Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit, the government’s second-highest class of South Korean cultural award, recognizing his contribution to the nation’s pop culture development.
Source: Yonhap News