It is sad to hear that veteran actor Kim Joo-hyuk’s passed away after a devastating car accident on 30 October. Local broadcaster JTBC reported that his car collided with another car followed by being overturned at the stairs of a nearby apartment and caught fire in Gangnam at 4.30pm KST. He was taken to the hospital for immediate medical assistance but died at 6.30pm KST.
The investigation team reported that Kim Joo-hyuk suffered chest pains and has severe heart condition that caused the accident.
The filming of Running Man in Busan is put on hold after Kim Joo-hyuk’s girlfriend, Lee Yoo-young, learns about his passing. Following the loss of Kim Joo-hyuk, yesterday’s V Live Broadcast for upcoming films Silent Witness and Brother were cancelled.
To commemorate his passing, here are some of the unforgettable on-screen appearances loved by fans.
His big break in Lovers in Prague
Kim Joo-hyuk is known for his first leading role in Lovers in Prague (2005), alongside actress Jeon Do-yeon and actor Kim Min-jun. In it he plays as detective Choi Sang-hyun who meets the president’s daughter Yoon Jae-hee (Jeon Do-yeon) while searching for his ex-girlfriend in Prague. Despite different social statuses, their romance blossoms and they overcome the troubles from keeping them apart.
We will never forget the sparkling chemistry between Kim Joo-hyuk and Jeon Do-yeon in the sweet romantic scenes in the show – them spending time together in the city of Prague, kiss scenes, and heated quarrels.
A regular cast in 2 Days 1 Night
Kim Joo-hyuk is a regular cast in the popular variety show 2 Days 1 Night from December 2013 to November 2015. Known as ‘Gutaengie Hyung’, he went through many challenges together with his fellow casts.
You may remember him together with Kim Jun-ho and Kim Jong-min as the infamous 3G (cramp in Korean) brothers. Let’s not forget the hyung-dongsaeng relationship between Kim Joo-hyuk and Korean celebrity Jung Joon-young.
He is the oldest member in the cast but he is funny, caring, and competitive throughout the show.
A #friendzoned buddy in romantic comedy Likes for Likes
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Kim Joo-hyuk played alongside actress Choi Ji-woo as her friend Jung Sung-Chan who helps Ham Joo-Ran (Choi Ji-woo) to get back her ex-boyfriend. How? By taking beautiful photos of her and post them on her social media page to get likes in hopes of getting back together.
We can’t resist his enthusiasm in helping his friends in need with social media while keeping his bright smile that make us giggle.
As Duk-sun’s husband in Reply 1988
You’ve probably see the lovely married couple Sung Duk-sun (Lee Hyeri) and her husband (which cannot be revealed till the end of the series) often in a few episodes. The actor who acted as the husband is none other than Kim Joo-hyuk.
At times they have small quarrels while they can be sweet with each other at other times. Watch the adorable couple reminiscence their youthful days and find out who is the husband.
Playing the bad guy in Confidential Assignment
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Kim Joo-hyuk acted together with actors Hyun Bin and Yoo Hae-jin in action feature Confidential Assignment. He plays as the crime boss Cha Ki-sung who leads his team to steel the plates to print counterfeit money.
He made himself tanned and built his muscles to show a strong body with scars that represents Cha Ki-sung’s strength. To him, it is a fun and challenging experience.
His hardworking efforts led him to win The Best Supporting Actor Award at the Seoul Awards 2017.
His last appearance in Argon
It is sad that the last time we see him on screen through the latest TV series Argon.
Kim Joo-hyuk played as Kim Baek-jin, an anchor and leader in the investigative reporting team ‘Argon’. He leads the team to fight for the truth in the world of fake news.
He received great feedback for his performance in conveying the reality of reporters through subtle emotions and impressive acting.
Kim Joo-hyuk is a wonderful gentleman – breaking the walls to improve his acting skills in diverse roles, showing his cheerful side in 2 Days 1 Night, and his bright and confident aura. He will be dearly missed.