Oh Young-su is a South Korean actor and TV personality who has a net worth of $4 Million. He began his career in the 1960s and appeared in more than 200 plays, dramas, and movies. But it wasn’t until the Netflix series “Squid Game” that became a household name.
He’s already a popular face in South Korea often portraying a Monk in everything from movies to cell phone commercials. Young-su has been working as an actor since way back in 1963. His earliest work has mostly included playing supporting roles.
Oh first gained popularity after appearing in the 2003 feature film “A Little Monk”, about the life of a Buddhist monk. His appearance in the film allowed him to work on some major projects in the South Korean film industry.
What is Oh Young-su’s Net Worth?
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Oh Young-su was born on October 19th, 1944, in South Korea. Back at the time of his birth, South Korea wasn’t even a country. From 1910 to 1945 Korea was under the rule of Japan.
This ended with Japan’s surrender following the events of “World War II” which happened a year after Young-su’s birth. Later, he lost his father during the Korean War, while his brother was arrested by the Korean forces.
Apart from this, he developed an interest in acting from an early age and began his acting career at the age of 19 back in 1963. His grandfather was a landlord and local instructor.
Oh attended Dungeon University and was part of the theater and film department. After completing his degree he appeared in his first film in 1965. He was a member of the National Theater Company of Korea from 1987 where he remained for 23 years up until 2010.
There he worked with high-profile South Korean actor Jang Min-ho, whom he considers his mentor. Oh collected impressive numbers of awards over the years including Best Actor in 1980 and Best Theater Actor in 1994, as well as Best Actor at the International Theater Festival in 2000.
One of Oh’s biggest breaks in film and television was in 1981 when he appeared in the 12th episode of the TV show called “The First Republic”. He played the role of Military prosecutor and at that time he was 38 years old.
Throughout Oh’s career, he has done numerous Korean stage adaptations of English productions like “lee King Lear”, “A Streetcar Named Desire”, “The Merchant of Venice,” and a play titled “A Confession for a Black Prostit*te”.
According to the man himself, he had appeared in over 200 productions by the year 2013 alone. Later he began appearing in massive productions while also booking a ton of work on screen as a monk.
The biggest breakthrough moment of Oh’s career came when he was named to play the role of Oh Il-nam in the 2021 Netflix series “Squid Game”. That series became such a massive success and led the cast members to receive several awards as well as recognition all across the world.
His fellow actor Lee Jung-Jae grew up a fan of Oh Young-su. Jung grew up watching his work on stage and television. In 2021 Jung eventually got an opportunity to work with his idol, “Oh Young-su” in a series, Squid Game.
From 2019 to 2020 Oh made a cameo appearance as Mr. Kim in the television series “Chocolate”. His last film “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring” was released in 2003 and since then he worked in the television and theater industries.
- The First Republic (TV series, 1981)
- Squid Game (Netflix original series, 2021)
- 2006 Seoul Theater Festival, Best Actor _ Won
- 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series _ Nomination
- 2022 Golden Globe Awards, Best Supporting Actor _ Won
- 2022 APAN Star Awards, Excellence Award, Actor in an OTT Drama _ Nomination
Oh Young-su Net Worth
Oh Young-su is a senior actor in the South Korean entertainment industry. He has earned a good amount of wealth throughout his successful acting career. Not only that, but he also accumulated fame in the world after appearing in the super-hit series “Squid Game”.
Oh mainly earns from his roles in TV series, movies, and theater plays. His wealth and popularity are growing regularly, as he appears in more and more projects. As of 2023, Oh Young-su’s net worth is estimated to be $4 million.
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