Lee Min-ho (actor born 1987)

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For an actor of the same name, see Lee Min-ho (actor born 1993).
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Lee Min-ho
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Born Lee Min-ho
(1987-06-22) June 22, 1987 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korea
Education B.A. Film & Arts
Alma mater Konkuk University
Occupation Actor, Singer, Model
Years active 2003-present
Agent Starhaus Entertainment (Korea)
IMX Inc. (Japan)
Huayi Brothers (China)
Notable work(s) Boys Over Flowers (2009), City Hunter (2011), Faith (2012), The Heirs (2013)
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Weight 71kg
Awards 31
Korean name
Hangul 이민호
Hanja
Revised Romanization I Minho
McCune–Reischauer Yi Min-ho
Website
www.leeminho.kr

Lee Min-ho (Hangul: 이민호; hanja: 李敏鎬, born June 22, 1987) is a South Korean actor, singer and model. He started his career acting in the South Korean comedy series Nonstop 5. He won his first lead-role in the 2007 series Mackerel Run, although it received poor ratings. His break-through success came in 2009 with Boys Over Flowers as Gu Jun-pyo. The role won him several awards, including the Best New Actor award in the category of television at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards. He cemented his status as the leading-man with the success of future television shows: City Hunter (2011) — in which he was nominated for Most Popular Actor in the category of television at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards as well as Outstanding Korean Actor at the 7th Seoul International Drama Awards — and The Heirs (2013), which garnered him another nomination for Most Popular Actor at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards. The upcoming Gangnam Blues will feature Lee in his first leading role in a film.

Despite the release of two albums, My Everything (2013) and Song For You (2014), Lee has stated that his music are for his fans only and that he does not wish to pursue a singing career. During their respective releases, he embarked on a tour throughout Asia to meet his fans.

Life & Career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Lee Min Ho was born in Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul. As a child, Lee had hoped to become a professional football player. He was selected for the youth football class of South Korean manager and former player Cha Bum-Kun, but an injury in the 5th grade of elementary school put an end to his dream.[2] Lee, however, still keeps up with football and has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo is his favourite player.[3] In his second year of high school, Lee turned to modelling and acting. After going through training, Lee started auditioning and landed minor roles in several television dramas such as Nonstop 5 and Recipe of Love. His official debut role was in an EBS series, Secret Campus.[4] Early in his career Lee went by the stage name Lee Min because his agency thought his birth name was too ordinary. However, as his stage name was pronounced and written (Hangul) in the same way as the Korean word imin, which means "immigration", it made it hard for him to show up on internet search results. He eventually went back to using his original name.[5]

In 2006, his acting career was put on hold for a year following a serious car accident in which he was severely injured and spent several months bedridden.[2] Upon recovery, Lee received his first leading role in the high-school drama Mackerel Run in 2007, but the series was reduced to only eight episodes due to low viewership ratings.[6] In 2008 he appeared in various roles on television (dramas Get Up and I Am Sam) and two movies, Public Enemy Returns and Our School's E.T.. During the shooting of the latter he became good friends with Kim Soo-ro, who later praised him on a variety show: "I recognize a star when I see one. When I was doing Our School's E.T., I knew that Lee Min-ho would become one of the top actors in the country".[7]

Breakthrough: 2009—2012[edit]

His breakthrough came in 2009 with the lead role of Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers (KBS2), the Korean adaptation of the popular Japanese television drama Hana Yori Dango, which was based on the popular Shōjo manga, Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango). Competition for the leading role was very intense and Lee only got to know he was cast from the newspapers.[8] The series made Lee a household name in South Korea,[9] and was well-received throughout Asia.[10]

In 2010 Lee followed up the success of Boys Over Flowers by starring in the MBC TV drama Personal Taste in which he played an ambitious perfectionist young architect who poses as a gay man to become roommates with a young woman leading to romantic complications. When asked about why he chose the role during an interview he responded "I think I would do a better job playing heavy and more defined roles when I am older. I think "Personal Taste" was perfect because it is bright, cheerful but you can also laugh and cry over it as well."[11]

In 2011, he played the titular character in action drama City Hunter, which was loosely based on Tsukasa Hojo's popular manga. The drama's popularity throughout Asia has also contributed to Lee's growing popularity in Asia, most notably in Japan, Philippines and China[12][13] and as well in parts of Europe.[14] He participated in a popular Chinese variety show Happy Camp in December 2011, drawing a large number of fans to the recording.[15] On April 6, 2012, Lee announced on his Facebook page that he would appear in a new drama called Faith (Hangul: 신의, Rom.: Shinui), which aired from August to October 2012.

Musical releases and continued success: 2013—present[edit]

Lee released his first album in May 2013 and went on a fan meeting tour in Asia in cities such as Yokohama, Osaka, Shanghai, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Taipei.[16][17] In April 2013 his wax figure was unveiled at the Madame Tussauds in Shanghai.[18]

On March 29, 2013, Lee revealed that he will be returning to the small screen with a new drama titled The Heirs (also known as The Inheritors).[19] This show began airing in Korea on SBS on October 9, 2013. His new project gained a lot of attention because the scriptwriter was known for producing hit dramas such as Secret Garden and Lovers in Paris.[20] On why he decided to take on the role of a chaebol heir in high school four years after playing one in Boys Over Flowers, his answer was, "Before I grew past my 20s, I wanted to play a more upbeat character, one that would allow me to return to that feeling of simple, uncomplicated innocence that I had when I was younger".[21]

On Jan 30, 2014, Lee became the first Korean celebrity to perform on China's CCTV Lunar New Year gala. The annual show, which is televised on free-to-air channels across China and streamed online, is known to reach 800 million Chinese viewers across the world.[22] He sang a song with Harlem Yu, the original singer of the theme song of Meteor Garden, the Taiwanese version of Boys Over Flowers.[23] Lee's appearance on the show garnered great attention, since performing on the Lunar New Year gala is regarded as an honour among Chinese artistes.[24][25] The appearance has since increased his popularity in China, where he has been nicknamed 'long-legged oppa' in both mainstream and social media.[26][27] Lee was also invited to the third conference of the South Korean Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment as the representative for the entertainment industry, to share and contribute to the discussion of issues related to developing Korea’s cultural content.[28][29]

Lee's next project is director Yoo Ha's noir action film Gangnam Blues, which is set in the 1970s when the real estate development boom swept across Gangnam. The movie, which co-stars Kim Rae-won, marks Lee's first leading role in a feature film.[30][31][32] Lee chose the project as he wanted to portray a more manly character to prove his versatility as an actor.[33] Shortly after filming wrapped in August 2014, Lee took to social media and posted a fan-made teaser poster of the movie.[34] He subsequently recorded and released his second EP Song for You in October 2014 under Universal Music. As with his previous album, he stated that the tracks were recorded for his fans and that he had no ambition to pursue a singing career.[35][36] The album release coincided with the start of his RE:MINHO fan meeting tour in Asian cities such as Beijing, Tokyo, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Bangkok, Shanghai and Seoul.[37][38][39]

Personal life[edit]

Lee has an older sister.[5][40] He is majoring in Film & Art at Konkuk University.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Original Title Role Distributor
2008 Public Enemy Returns 강철중: 공공의 적 1-1 Jung Ha-yeon CJ Entertainment
Our School's E.T. 울학교 이티 Oh Sang-hoon Finecut
2015 Gangnam Blues 강남 1970 Kim Jong-dae Showbox

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Original Title Role Network
2003 Sharp 성장드라마 반올림 Student KBS2
2004 Nonstop 5 논스톱 5 MC Mong MBC
2005 Recipe of Love 사랑찬가 Waiter MBC
2006 Secret Campus 비밀의 교정 Park Du-hyun EBS
2007 Mackerel Run 달려라 고등어 Cha Gong-chan SBS
I Am Sam (I Am Your Teacher) 아이엠샘 Heo Mo-se KBS2
2008 Get Up 나도 잘 모르지만 Min Wook-gi MBC
2009 Boys Over Flowers 꽃보다 남자 Gu Jun-pyo KBS2
2010 Personal Taste 개인의 취향 Jeon Jin-ho MBC
2011 City Hunter 시티헌터 Lee Yoon-sung SBS
2012 Faith (The Great Doctor) 신의 (神医) Choi Young
2013 The Heirs (The Inheritors) 왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들 Kim Tan

DVD[edit]

Year Title Details Tracklisting
2010 Minoz Japan First Event[41][42][43]
  • Release Date: March 20, 2010 (Japan)
  • Format: 2DVD
  • Length: 142 min.
2011 Lee Min Ho 2009-2010 DVD[44][45][46]
  • Release Date: February 2, 2011 (Japan)
  • Format: 2DVD
  • Length: 200 min.
2012 Minoz Japan 2nd Event[47][48][49]
  • Release Date: March 14, 2012 (Japan)
  • Format: 1DVD
  • Length: 99 min.
2013 2012 MJ 3rd Event
-Lee Min Ho With Winter Symphony-
[50][51][52]
  • Release Date: May 15, 2013 (Japan)
  • Format: 2DVD
  • Length: 131 min.
2013 Lee Min Ho - 2013 Global Tour 'My Everything' in Seoul[53]
  • Release Date: Sep 9, 2013 (Korea)
  • Format: 2DVD
  • Length: 118 min.
2013 Lee Min Ho 2013 Global Tour in Japan - My Everything[54][55]
  • Release Date: Oct 16, 2013 (Japan)
  • Format: 2DVD
  • Length: 135 min.
2014 Lee Min Ho - All My Life[56][57]
  • Release Date: Apr 22, 2014 (Korea)
  • Format: 2DVD
  • Length: 183 min.
2014 Lee Min Ho - Encore Concert 2014 My Everything In Japan[58]
  • Release Date: Aug 8, 2014 (Korea)
  • Format: 2DVD
  • Length: 147 min.

Endorsement[edit]

Product Year(s) Country/Region Notes
12 Plus Shower Cream 2012 Thailand
A Twosome Place (Coffee Chain) 2014 South Korea
Bang Bang (Clothing) 2010 South Korea With Han Ji Hye
Bench (Clothing) 2012-2014 Philippines
Binggrae Banana Milk[59] 2010 South Korea
Cadillac CTS (Car) 2009 South Korea
Cantata Coffee 2010-2011 South Korea
Cartier Love Summer Exhibition 2010 South Korea Charity project
Cass 2X (Beer) 2009 - 2010 South Korea With Jessica Gomes, Sandara Park
CTF x Lee Min Ho (Jewellery) 2014 China One-off collection with Chow Tai Fook
Dunkin' Donuts [60] 2009 South Korea
Eider (Active-wear) 2011-2014 South Korea With Im Yoona
Etude House (Cosmetics) 2009-2010 South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan With Park Shin Hye in South Korea
FILA (Clothing) 2014 Greater China
Guess (Clothing)[61] 2014 South Korea
Hyundai Veloster (Car) 2011-2012 South Korea, China
Innisfree (Cosmetics) 2012-2014 Asia With Im Yoona
Isun Potato Snack 2014 China
Jangin Furniture 2010-2012 South Korea
Jeju Air [62] 2014 Asia
Kia K3S[63] 2014 China
KTF 2005 South Korea
Kumho Tires 2014 China With Liu Yifei
Kyochon Chicken 2014 Asia
Levi's Signature (Clothing) 2009 South Korea With Moon Chae Won
LG Optimus One[64] 2010 Asia
LG Teenring 2009 South Korea With Ku Hye Sun, Kim Bum
LG Electronics[65] 2014 Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong
LINE Messaging App 2014 Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau Love Line Mini Drama
Lotte 7% Glucose Drink 2012 China
Lotte Pie 2010 Vietnam
Lotte 2% Drink 2005 South Korea With Moon Geun Young
Lotte World 2007 South Korea
Lotte Duty Free 2014 Asia
Lotte Busan Hotel 2014 South Korea
Market O 2009 South Korea
NHN Me2day 2011 South Korea
OSIM uDiva (Massage Chair)[66] 2014 Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong
Ozing (Education Tablet) 2014 China
Pepsi (Beverage) 2014 China
Pepsi NEX (Beverage) 2009 South Korea
Pizza Hut 2006 South Korea With Park Min Young
Qute (Snack) 2014 China
Romanson (Watches)[67] 2014 South Korea
Samsonite Red[68] 2015 Global
Samsung Anycall Haptic Mission 2009 South Korea With Kim Joon, Kim Hyun Joong, Son Dam Bi
Samsung Anycall Magic Hole 2009 South Korea With Kim Hyun Joong, Uee
Semir (Clothing) 2011-2014 China
Taobao Mobile App 2014 China
Toyota Camry (Car)[69][70] 2011-2012 USA
Trugen (Clothing) 2009-2013 South Korea
Suphier (Ladies' Shoes) 2014 China
Tencent Weishi (Mobile App) 2014 China
Tenwow (Beverage) 2014 China
Yadea (Electric Bike)[71] 2014 China

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Title Details Tracklisting
2013 My Everything
Korea[72][73]
  • Released: May 22, 2013 (Online Release) : May 24, 2013 (CD Release)
  • Label/Distributor: LOEN Entertainment
  • Format: CD+DVD+photobook(+poster)
  • Language: Korean
Japan
  • Limited Editions[74][75][76]
    • Released: May 27, 2013
    • Label/Distributor: IMX Inc.
    • Format: CD+DVD (Jacket A), CD+photobook (Jacket B)
    • Language: Japanese
  • Regular Edition[77][78][79]
2014 Song for You
Korea [80][81]
  • Released: Oct 10, 2014 (Online Release) : Oct 11, 2014 (CD Release)
  • Label/Distributor: Universal Music (South Korea)
  • Format: CD+DVD+Photo cards
  • Language: Korean
Japan
  • Limited Edition[82]
    • Released: Oct 10, 2014
    • Label/Distributor: Universal Music Japan
    • Format: CD+Photo Cards+Polaroid+Draw to Meet Artiste (Type I), CD+DVD+Photo Cards (Type II)
    • Language: Japanese
  • Regular Edition [83]

Soundtrack contributions[edit]

Promotional songs[edit]

  • 2009: "Extreme" (with Jessica Gomes) --- Cass 2X Beer
  • Sandara Park - "Kiss" (2009)
  • 2014: "You're so beautiful" --- "Lotte Duty Free"

Songs performed at fan meetings[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • September 30, 2009: 旅 Travel with MINHO[85][86] --- photobook

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009
45th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actor (TV) Boys Over Flowers Won
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
MTN Broadcast Advertisement Festival
Most Popular Advertisement Model Trugen Commercial Won
14th Asian Television Award
Best Drama Actor Boys Over Flowers Nominated
3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards
Hot Male Drama Star[87] Nominated
Hot CF Star Dunkin' Donuts Nominated
Hot New Star N/A Nominated
Hot Summer Heat Popularity Award N/A Nominated
Hot Character ("Gu Jun-pyo") Boys Over Flowers Nominated
4th Seoul International Drama Awards
People's Choice Actor Nominated
2nd Style Icon Awards
Viewers' Best Popularity Icon N/A Nominated
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards
Top Buzz Star: Male Category N/A Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards
POP Kapamilya TV Character "(Gu Jun-pyo)" Boys Over Flowers Won
KBS Drama Awards
Best New Actor Won
Netizen Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award with Ku Hye-sun Won
2010
4th Mnet 20's Choice Awards
Hot Actor Personal Taste Won
3rd Style Icon Awards
Popularity Award N/A Nominated
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards
Top Buzz Star: Male Actor N/A Nominated
Top Buzz Star: Male Category N/A Nominated
Korean Updates Awards
Best Actor Personal Taste Nominated
MBC Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actor[88] Won
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award with Son Ye-jin Nominated
2011
4th Korea Drama Awards[89]
Top Excellence Award, Actor City Hunter Won
Hallyu Star Award Won
5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards
Hot Male Drama Star Nominated
Hot 20's Voice N/A Nominated
Korean Updates Awards
Actor of the Year City Hunter Won
Best Couple Award with Park Min-young Nominated
SBS Drama Awards[90]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Won
Popularity Award, Actor Won
Top 10 Stars Won
Best Couple Award with Park Min-young[91] Nominated
2012
48th Baeksang Arts Awards
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
7th Seoul International Drama Awards
Outstanding Korean Actor Nominated
People's Choice Actor Nominated
5th Style Icon Awards
Top 10 Style Icons[92] N/A Nominated
Korean Updates Awards
Best Actor Faith Won
SBS Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries[93] Won
Popularity Award, Actor[93] Nominated
Top 10 Stars[93] Won
2013
12th China Fashion Awards
Most Popular Asian Actor N/A Won
1st DramaFever Awards
Best Actor Faith Won
Best Couple with Kim Hee-sun Won
49th Baeksang Arts Awards
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
8th Seoul International Drama Awards
People's Choice Actor Nominated
Sohu Media Awards
Most Popular International Actor N/A Won
Baidu Feidian Awards[94]
Best Asian Actor The Heirs Won
Korean Updates Awards
Best Actor Won
Most Favourite Couple with Park Shin-hye Won
Grand Awards / Daesang for Drama Won
SBS Drama Awards[95]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Won
Popularity Award, Actor Won
Top 10 Stars Won
Best Couple Award with Park Shin-hye Won
Best Dressed Won
2014
2nd DramaFever Awards
Best Actor Won
Best Bromance with Kim Woo-bin Won
50th Baeksang Arts Awards
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
Singapore Entertainment Awards
Most Popular Korean TV Artiste N/A Won
OMY Hot Star N/A Nominated
9th Seoul International Drama Awards
Outstanding Korean Actor The Heirs Nominated
People's Choice Actor Nominated
7th Korea Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
7th Style Icon Awards
Top 10 Style Icons N/A Nominated
3rd APAN Star Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries The Heirs Nominated
5th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Award
Prime Minister Award N/A Won
NATE Awards
People's Choice Hallyu Star N/A Pending

Others[edit]

Social contributions[edit]

  • Honorary Ambassador for UNICEF's Love Net campaign to fight malaria (2009-2010)
  • PR Ambassador for Konkuk University (2010)
  • Honorary Prosecutor or basically a PR ambassador for Korean Prosecutor (2012).
  • PR ambassador for the Chilean campaign "Reforestemos Patagonia" organized by Minoz Chile (2013) [96]

In 2014, Lee set up the PROMIZ website to raise awareness and encourage donation for social and humanitarian causes.[97][98] Proceeds from the sale of PROMIZ merchandise are given to the selected partners to execute the charity projects. The site has since raised US$50,000 from him and his fans to help dig wells in Malawi through non-profit organisation Charity: Water.[99][100]

Social media[edit]

Lee Min-ho has a considerable number of followers on social networks such as Facebook, Weibo and Twitter.[101][102][103][104] As such, he has noticeable internet presence on social media, fan forums and online polls.[105] In 2014, Lee Min-ho won an online poll organised by a Chinese entertainment magazine to crown the 'Asian Male God'.[106][107]The term 'Male God' subsequently stuck with him in Asia.[108]

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