We all know about Tears of the Dragon, the Jeong Dojeon series' predecessor regarding the dramatization of the Goryeo Dynasty's commapse and the rise of Joseon. But did you know that KBS covered this topic before Tears of the Dragon in 1983? Someone on deiner from waaaay back mentioned in a list, but its called 개국, or FOundation of a Nation. Unfortunately, I could not find any footage whatsover, just photos. You probably will recognize some veterans on the image below.
From upper left to bottom right: Shin Gu (who played Wang Geon's father in the 2000 series) as Choi Yeong, Song Jae-ho (I don't recognize him from anything) as Jeong Mongju, Chun Moo-sung as Yi Saek (I don't recognize the actor), Im Hyuk as King Gongmin, Im Dongjin as Yi Seonggye, Baek Ilseop as Ddeokdae (no idea who those are), Seonwoo Enuseok as Princess Noguk, and Geum Bora as Banya (the actress' name sounds familiar).
It was mentioned before that Im Dongjin wanted to come out of retirement in order to play as Cho'e Yeong in JDJ, but was unable to. If he did manage to get the role however, with this knowledge, we'd be looking at two actors who played Yi Seonggye talking to each other-that would have made an interesting conversation.
Song Jae-ho - Looks like his most recent historical was MBC Shindon where he played Lee Jaehyeon.
Jeon Musong(or Chun Moo-sung, however you choose to romanize) played Choi Seung Woo in KBS Emperor Wang Guhn and Lee Jibaek in KBS Iron Empress.
Baek Il-Seop has not been in any other historicals ever since. He usually plays in modern dramas. Tteok-dae, as you can probably guess from the meaning of the name "buff dude", is a fictional character.
Geum Bora is famous for playing evil mother-in-law characters in modern dramas lol. Have you ever heard of Temptation of Wife?
ACK! Now I remember who Geum Bora was! She was also Gyeon Hwon's first wife in Taejo Wang Geon, and plays JAng Geum's foster mother in DJG. I also recall seeing face in shows that my mother and/or grandmother were watching.
ajk I saw Im Hyuk in a kdrama that didn't require beards (it took place during the 60s-80s of Korea) and he plays a moneylender, and even then, he's characterized as a nice guy (just be sure to keep the promise to pay back his dough)