Lee Dong-gun

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This article is about an actor. For the curler, see Lee Dong-keun.
This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Dong-gun (Lee Dong-geon)
Born (1980-07-26) 26 July 1980 (age 34)
Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Other names Emmanuel Lee
Occupation Actor, model, singer
Years active 1995–present
Agent FNC Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization I Donggeon
McCune–Reischauer Ri Tonggǒn

Lee Dong-gun (Lee Dong-geon, born 26 July 1980 in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea), also known for his English baptismal name Emmanuel Lee, is a South Korean actor, model and singer.

Education[edit]

Lee was enrolled in the Department of Theatre and Cinema at Hanyang University but discontinued due to low attendance.[1]

Career[edit]

Lee took a break from acting for 2005 claiming he felt overwhelmed with his workload in both television and film. He resumed in his work in 2006.[2]

During a fan meeting event in Japan held on December 5, 2005, Lee announced the release of his first photobook which also included a making-of DVD, poster and postcard. The success of his drama Lovers in paris along with promotions for his new film My Boyfriend Is Type B helped to increase his popularity in Japan.[3]

Lee participated in the Hallyu Expo in Asia on Jeju island which commenced on November 28, 2006 and spanned a total of 100 days. This large scale event was intended to promote Korean culture across Asia and expected to bring in 150,000 tourists to stimulate the local economy.[4][5] He also attended the sequel to the Hallyu Expo which was held in Japan titled FACE in Japan Premium Event. This two-day event from August 14–15, 2007, featured Korean celebrities with large fanbases and was intended as a cultural exchange program between Korea and Japan.[6]

Lee released his full length 14-track album titled My Biography which included 6 Korean songs, 6 Japanese songs and 2 instrumentals. It was first released in Japan before becoming available in Korea.[7][8]

In December 2011, three months prior to the completion of his mandatory military service, Lee announced that he has signed an exclusive management contract with Mask Entertainment.[9][10] However in October 2012, Lee was reportedly in the process of cancelling his contract with them, though it was denied by the agency.[11][12] Then in November, It was announced that Lee signed on exclusively with FNC Entertainment, who will managed his future activities, and comeback project.[13][14]

In 2013, Lee was cast in the lead role for a time slip drama titled Marry Him If You Dare along with Yoon Eun Hye.[15]

Personal life[edit]

On 20 March 2008, Lee's 19 year old brother, a student at Sydney University, was fatally stabbed in an incident involving two groups of men beneath the World Tower in Sydney, Australia. Another 20 year old man was critically injured. Lee flew to Sydney to identify his brother's body.[16]

Lee enlisted for his mandatory military service on 15 June 2010 at the 102 Reserves in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do for four weeks of basic training followed by 21 months of active duty.[17] He served at the Defense Media Agency of the Ministry of National Defense and was appointed Honorary Ambassador of Military.[18] He was discharged on 28 March 2012, and on the same day, he was appointed promotional ambassador for the 2012 Korean Formula One Grand Prix held at the Korea International Circuit in October.[19]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Korean[edit]

  • 1998: Time to Fly
  • 1998: Hoping my wishes reach heaven (나의 바램이 저 하늘 닿기를)
  • 1998: Propose (프로포즈)
  • 1999: El Dorado
  • 2000: Whenever it is (그게 언제라도)
  • 2000: Much More
  • 2004: Ah Reum Da Oon Shi Jak (아름다운 시작)

Japanese[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Salad Song" - Yoon Eun Hye ft. Lee Dong Gun

Filmography[edit]

Musical[edit]

  • 1998: Wandering stars (방황하는 별들)

Drama[edit]

  • 1999: KBS Ad Maniac (Kwangki 광끼)
  • 2000: MBC Three friends (세친구)
  • 2001: KBS Can’t help being born well! (잘난걸 어떡해)
  • 2002: MBC Friends 프렌즈
  • 2002: MBC The thought of wearing rubber shoes on the wrong way (고무신 거꾸로 신은 이유에 대한 상상)
  • 2002: MBC Ruler of Your Own World (네멋대로 해라)
  • 2003: MBC Ling Ling (링링)
  • 2003: MBC I’ll love you til I die 죽도록 사랑해
  • 2003: KBS Sangdoo! Let’s go to school (상두야 학교가자!)
  • 2003: SBS The Heungboo’s get lucky (흥부네 박터졌네) - daily drama
  • 2003: MBC No Chun Hyang VS Ahn Mong Ryong (노춘향 vs 안몽룡)
  • 2004: KBS Sweet 18 낭랑18세
  • 2004: SBS Lovers in Paris (파리의 연인)
  • 2004: SBS Stained Glass (유리화)
  • 2006: SBS Smile Again (스마일 어게인)
  • 2006: Mnet If In Love... Like Them
  • 2008: MBC When It's At Night (밤이면 밤마다)
  • 2013 : KBS Marry Him If You Dare, also known as Mirae's Choice (미래의 선택)

Film[edit]

  • 2002: Family (패밀리)
  • 2005: My Boyfriend is Type B (B형남자친구, B hyung namja chin goo)
  • 2007: Changing Partners (지금 사랑하는 사람과 살고 있습니까?)

Music videos[edit]

  • Eun Hyul - "Tardy Love"
  • Position - "A Day"
  • Big Bang - "Last Farewell"
  • Lee Hyori - "Don't Love Her"
  • Yoon Eun-hye ft. Lee Dong Gun - "Salad Song"
  • 4Tomorrow - "Tomorrow"

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 2nd Andre Kim Best Star Awards Best Star Award in Actor Category Won
SBS Drama Awards Top Ten Stars Lovers in Paris Won
Stained Glass Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Won
Dong-a TV Fashion Beauty Awards Best Dresser Won
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Television) Lovers in Paris Won
2008 25th Korea Best Dresser Awards Swan Award - Actor Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor When It's At Night Won
Seoul Hallyu Festival Contribution Plaque[21] Won
45th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Television) When It's At Night Nominated
2013 KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Yoon Eun-hye Marry Him If You Dare Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lee Dong-geon dismissed from university and readmitted into Kyung-hee Cyber University". 28 February 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lee Dong-geon to Suspend His Acting for the Year". 26 January 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lee Dong-gun enraptures Japanese fans at hallyu star meeting". 6 December 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Waves of teenage screams sweep across Jeju island as hallyu celebrates". 8 February 2007. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "First Korean Wave Expo kicks off in Jeju". 29 November 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Korean Stars To Visit Japan in August". 25 July 2007. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "[ChanMi's star news] Lee Dong-geon's new album, "My Biography"". 15 August 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lee Dong-geon Releases First Album in Korea in 10 Years". 20 August 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Hong, Lucia (5 December 2011). "Lee Dong-gun signs with new talenthouse". 10 Asia. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Lee, InKyung (5 December 2011). "Lee Dong Gun Announces He Has Entered a New Agency". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Oh, Esther (9 October 2012). "Lee Dong Gun to Terminate Contract with His Agency". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Oh, Esther (9 October 2012). "MASK Entertainment Denies Reports that Lee Dong Gun is Terminating His Contract". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Lee, Tae Ho (27 November 2012). "Actor Lee Dong-gun Inks Exclusive Contract with FTIsland, CNBLUE’s Agency". 10 Asia. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (28 November 2012). "Lee Dong Gun Becomes Family with CN Blue, FT Island, Juniel, and More". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Time-slip drama Mi-rae’s Choice confirms leads". 26 August 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "City stab victim brother a film star". The Daily Telegraph. 2008-03-22. 
  17. ^ Ko, Jae-wan (15 June 2010). "Lee Dong-gun enters military Korean military". 10 Asia. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  18. ^ Oh, MiJung (11 April 2012). "Rain Appointed Honorary Ambassador of Military". enewsWorld (CJ E&M). Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  19. ^ "Lee Dong-gun Completes Military Service". Chosun Ilbo. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  20. ^ "Lee Dong-gun - Tsukiakari". Sony Music Shop. 
  21. ^ "[포토엔]이동건, 한류페스티벌 서울시 공로패 수상". Newsen. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 

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