David Lee McInnis

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David Lee McInnis
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David Lee McInnis

(1973-12-12) December 12, 1973 (age 45)
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1999–present
AgentSaram Entertainment
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

David Lee McInnis (born December 12, 1973) is an American actor based in Munich and New York. He has worked in Korean television since 2007.

Early life[edit]

David Lee McInnis, the only child of an American father of mixed German and Irish descent and a Korean mother who is a native of Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province[1], Thomas and Diana McInnis (née Lee Suk-hyang; 이숙향). Thomas served in the US Army in Korea, and David was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and grew up in Antigo, Wisconsin and Honolulu, Hawaii. He is of German, Irish and Korean heritage.


McInnis debuted as an actor in the 1999 American indie crime thriller The Cut Runs Deep, which was an underground hit in South Korea, where McInnis moved to soon after quitting school and achieved noticeable success in the Asian film industry. He was the face of SK Telecom's UTO division from 2001 to 2003 while in Korea, and his early Asian film credits include a supporting cast role in A Moment to Remember.

After a period of introspection, McInnis returned to the limelight with a leading role in Typhoon, a big-budget South Korean action film released in 2005. McInnis went on to star in critically acclaimed American-Korean romance film Never Forever, then took on a supporting role in Epitaph, and guest starred in MBC's television series Air City.

He set up a spice business, McInnis MasterBlend, in 2006 with his father.

In April 21, 2016, McInnis appeared on SM STATION's Music video with Lee Joo Young entitled "Pain Poem". It was sung by Kim Bum Soo and produced by KENZIE.

In March 2018, McInnis signed with new management agency Saram Entertainment.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Cut Runs Deep J.D.
2004 A Moment to Remember Fashion Model Cameo
2005 Typhoon Somchai
2007 Never Forever Andrew Lee
Epitaph Onji Koshiro
2008 The Mikado Project Jace Kanzaki
2012 Escape from Tibet Tashi
2013 Who Killed Johnny Max 2
2013 The Last Stand
2015 Seoul Searching Sergeant Gallagher


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Air City Charlie 3 episodes
2009 Iris Iris Agent Ray 17 episodes
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Ken Nakoa 2 episodes
2013 Iris II: New Generation Iris Agent Ray
Gu Family Book Kageshima 13 episodes
2016 Descendants of the Sun Captain David Argus 8 episodes
2017 Lies and Love Upcoming[3]
Man to Man Agent P
2018 Mr. Sunshine Major Kyle Moore [4]
2019 Kill It Pavel [5]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Mortal Kombat: Legacy Lord Raiden 3 episodes

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title
2016 Running Man (Episode 297)
2016 Law of the Jungle (Episodes 225–228)


  1. ^ Ep. 6 of Everybody's Kitchen, same as Kang Ho-dong's hometown.
  2. ^ "[공식입장] 데이비드 맥기니스, 사람엔터行…이제훈·조진웅과 한솥밥". OSEN. 19 March 2018.
  3. ^ "เซอร์ไพรส์! พระเอกเกาหลี "จองอิลอู" เล่นละครไทย "กลรักเกมมายา" (What Lies Beneath)". sanook (in Thai). 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  4. ^ "[공식입장] 데이비드 맥기니스, 사람엔터行…이제훈·조진웅과 한솥밥". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). March 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "'킬잇' 데이비드 맥기니스 출연확정, 킬러로 돌아온다(공식)". 뉴스엔 - 손에 잡히는 뉴스 눈에 보이는 뉴스 (in Korean). 2019-02-21. Retrieved 2019-02-22.

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