It has been belatedly revealed that actor Jo Sang Geon, well-known for his raccoon character in the movie “Tazza,” passed away at the age of 77 back in April.
According to media outlets, actor Jo Sang Geon passed away at his home on April 21. His nephew stated that the sudden death led to a private funeral among family members and mentioned that although the deceased had received treatment for his heart and kidneys, there were no major health issues and he even considered appearing in his next project.
Born in 1946 in Jeongju, North Pyongan Province, the deceased fled during the Korean War and grew up in Seoul. He majored in theater at Seoul Arts College, formerly known as Seoul Theater School, and made his debut as an actor in 1966. As a founding member of the theater company Mokhwa Repertory Company, he won the Best Actor Award at the 10th Korea Theater Festival in 1986.
After making his screen debut in director Park Chang-ho’s film in 1983, he appeared in various works across the years.
In particular, in director Im Sang-soo’s “The People of That Time,” he played the role of a table attendant, and in director Choi Dong Hoon’s “Tazza,” he portrayed the raccoon character that uncovers the truth behind the death of Pyeong-kyung-jang on behalf of Madam Jeong.