Next up: Ahjussis. Would I watch a drama just for them? Yes, I definitely would! I'm going to use the word stellar a lot for what follows, because they do stellar things, these men.
No 2: Kim Sang-ho, for his role as curly Ahjussi in City Hunter, but also for a stellar performance in Ten as surly Detective or as Chief Prosecutor in Prosecutor Princess. He gets second place because he is in less dramas that I liked but he still is in many dramas that I liked. City Hunter wouldn't have been the same without him, he gave this potentially super-dark show a warm touch and a comfortable center, a home for our troubled hero to return to. Yes, he was the good soul of the show.
No 4: Kim Sang-joong, for his performance in City Hunter and from what I hear in The Chaser, which I haven't yet seen but plan to watch eventually, and if it's in my next life. I realize this is the second ahjussi Top 5 listing out of City Hunter. And Bam! Here's an opportunity to slip in Lee Min-hoo. He is such a pleasure to look at, but the main reason is that the City Hunter poster above is so finely done, with this huge, looming shadow of a father-figure. And Kim Sang-joong is simply awesome as a seemingly heartless, but always caring 'father', hellbent on revenge.
Who didn't (quite) make it
Park Joon-gyu doesn't make it on the list despite his current role in Arang and his past role in Warrior Baek Dong Soo, because the list is full. Sorry. The same goes for Sung Dong-il, who was one of the best things about Fugitive: Plan B and also not bad in Chuno. Heis going to be in the upcoming Jeon Woo-Chi, which is on my must-watch-list, so he might make an appearance on this blog again in the near future.
Cheon Ho-jin doesn't make it because I already have two City Hunter people on the list and I haven't seen some of the classics he's been in like The Snow Queen or Will It Snow For Christmas? and Snow, Snow, Snoweddy Snow (yeah, I made that up). Still, I recognize his face and really appreciate an actor who was in a movie called " Vampire Cop Ricky".
Lee Jae-yong doesn't make it because he truly scares me (good actor, though). One of the better things about Romance Town (the drama with the worst/least fitting title ever). Ahn Seok-hwan doesn't make it, because he more often annoys than entertains me. He might actually be a contender for the 'My 5 Worst ... Ahjussi Actors'. That's a set of lists I'll start when I've finished the infinite number of My Top 5 lists. He doesn't even get a picture here.
Park Yeong-gyu doesn't make it because he always hits his (drama) sons, which is not a nice thing to do. Otherwise, he is a good actor.
Jang Dong-gun doesn't make it because he probably doesn't go under Ahjussi actor quite yet, certainly not after his performance in A Gentleman's Dignity. Ahjussi and this kind of immaturity doesn't go well together. And can ahjussi actors actually still be leads?
Anyways, I realize at this moment that I probably should have defined what an ahjussi actor actually is ... but too late!, the post is written, and ... over.