5 February 1981
|Died||21 August 2008
Hannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||I Eon|
|Revised Romanization||Bak Sang-min|
Lee Eon (5 February 1981 – 21 August 2008) was a South Korean actor and model.
Early life and career
Lee Eon was born Park Sang-min on 5 February 1981. Lee began practicing ssireum while in elementary school, going on to win gold medals at Korean national ssireum competitions in 1997 and 1998. As a freshman at university, he was inspired by Cha Seung-won to become a model, and after losing 30 kg (66 lb) made his debut at a fashion show in Busan in 1999. His later fashion show appearances included the Seoul Fashion Artists Association Collection.
Lee branched out into acting, making his film debut in 2006; he played a ssireum wrestler in Like a Virgin, putting his skills to good use and helping lead actor Ryu Deok-hwan learn the moves. He later appeared in the 2007 hit drama series Coffee Prince, and made his final appearance in KBS period drama Strongest Chil Woo.
Lee died in a motorcycle accident on 21 August 2008. He had been riding home from a party celebrating the airing of the last episode of Strongest Chil Woo, when his motorcycle hit the guardrail of an overpass in Hannam-dong, Seoul, at around 2 a.m. He died at the scene from a broken neck and was taken to the nearby Soonchunhyang University Hospital. Many of his colleagues attended his funeral, including Gong Yoo, his co-star in Coffee Prince, who took leave from his military service to hold Lee's memorial tablet in the procession to the grave site.
|2006||Like a Virgin||Park Joon-woo|
|2007||When Spring Comes (TV)||Gi-dong|
|Coffee Prince (TV)||Hwang Min-yeop|
|2008||Who Are You (TV)||Kwon Yong-deok|
|Strongest Chil Woo (TV)||Ja-ja|
Awards and nominations
|2007||1st Korea Drama Awards||Most Popular Actor||
|MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
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- "BRIEFLY: Model-turned-actor Lee Eon dies". Hancinema, 22 August 2008; originally published by The Korea Herald. Retrieved on 19 November 2008.
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- "Stars show up at Lee Eon's funeral". Hancinema, 23 August 2008. Retrieved on 19 November 2008.
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