Lee Deok-hwa

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Deok-hwa
Lee Duck-Hwa.2008.jpg
Born (1952-05-08) May 8, 1952 (age 64)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater Dongguk University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972-present
Spouse(s) Kim Bo-ok
Children Lee Ji-hyun
Lee Tae-hwa
Parent(s) Lee Ye-chun (father)
Korean name
Hangul 이덕화
Hanja 李德華
Revised Romanization I Deok-hwa
McCune–Reischauer I Dŏk-hwa

Lee Deok-hwa (born May 8, 1952) is a South Korean actor.


Lee Deok-hwa studied theater and film at Dongguk University, and made his acting debut in 1972.[1] He and his father, movie star Lee Ye-chun starred together in the 1975 horror film The Man with Two Faces.[2]

In 1976, Lee and actress Im Ye-jin starred in Never Forget Me and its sequel I Am Really Sorry, movies that dealt with teenagers' aspirations and romance.[3] They were box office hits, and hugely popular among high school students of that generation.[4][5] Lee acted opposite Im again in I Really Have a Dream (1976), Blue Classroom (1976), I've Never Felt Like This Before (1976), Angry Apple (1977), When We Grow Up... (1977), The First Snow (1977), The Hey Days of Youth 77 (1979), and Love's Scribble (1988).

Lee received acting recognition for his subsequent films, including three Best Actor awards from the Grand Bell Awards for Lost Love (also known as In the Name of Memory, 1989), Fly High Run Far (1991), and I Will Survive (1993). Lee also became the first Korean actor to win an award at an international film festival in 1993 when he was chosen as Best Actor at the Moscow International Film Festival for I Will Survive.[6][7][8]

On the small screen, Lee won the prestigious Daesang (or "Grand Prize") for the contemporary drama Love and Ambition (1987) and period epic Han Myung-hoe (1994). The latter is among the many real-life historical figures that Lee has played in his prolific career, including Joseon prime minister Han Myung-hoe in Han Myung-hoe (1994), Goryeo military dictator Yi Ui-min in Age of Warriors (2003), Tang Dynasty general Xue Rengui in Dae Jo Yeong (2006), Goryeo military commander Gang Gam-chan in Empress Cheonchu (2009), and King Dongmyeong of Goguryeo in The King of Legend (2010).

In 2005, Lee played Chun Doo-hwan in the television drama 5th Republic, in an ongoing series on MBC about modern Korean political history. The Fifth Republic stands for the period that Chun was in power as president, depicting how he assumed power through a military coup and was forced to resign after a series of democratic movements.[9] The drama was controversial and provoked mixed reactions. Some viewers complained that Lee's charismatic turn as Chun was an attempt to beautify or whitewash the image of the dictator, whereas former aides of Chun accused MBC of distorting history.[10][11][12]

Later that year, Lee was reported to be the second top earner among all actors and entertainers who appeared on the KBS network in 2004, with total earnings of ₩339 million.[13]

He reunited with Dae Jo Yeong writer Jang Young-chul in 2010 hit drama Giant, set during the economic boom of 1970-80s Korea.[14] He again joined Jang's follow-up in 2011, History of a Salaryman, a quirky comedy and satire of China's Chu–Han Contention against the backdrop of the pharmaceutical industry, industrial espionage, and office politics.[15]

In 2013, Lee received glowing reviews for his turn as King Injo in the period drama Cruel Palace - War of Flowers, shown on cable channel jTBC. At a press conference prior to airing, Lee said, "Injo is a king who acceded to the throne due to revolutionary force. He had no philosophy of his own and was just a puppet king. It is more interesting for me to portray a king that we are unfamiliar with."[16]

Lee also hosts variety shows, notably the Korean version of Dancing with the Stars for the past three seasons.

Other activities[edit]

Lee was president of the Korea Film Actors Association in 1995, and its chairman from 2009 to 2010.[17] He also served as festival director for the Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul (CHFFIS) from 2008 to 2009.[18][19][20][21][22]

Lee ran for Congress in 1996 under the conservative New Korea Party, predecessor of the Grand National Party, but was defeated.[23]

He actively campaigned for Lee Myung-bak during the 2007 primaries and presidential election, making speeches at sorties and taking an advisory post for the team's art and culture policy.[23][24]

In 2009, Lee, Cho Jae-hyun, Choi Soo-jong, Sol Kyung-gu, Kim Hye-soo, Ahn Sung-ki and Park Joong-hoon each taught a master class in acting at the Im Kwon-taek Film and Art College of Dongseo University. All of them then waived their lecturing fees and donated the entire amount to scholarships for young actors. Lee said he willingly accepted the request to teach because he wanted to contribute to training talented film experts for the future of the Korean film industry, and that he was happy to donate his fee to that cause.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Lee's father was actor Lee Ye-chun (1919-1977). His daughter Lee Ji-hyun is also an actress.



  • Eating Talking Faucking (2013)
  • Sunny (2011) (cameo)
  • Radio Star (2006)
  • Lesson (2002)
  • Cue (1996)
  • Mugoonghwa: Korean National Flower (1995)
  • Life and Death of the Hollywood Kid (1994)
  • I Wish for What Is Forbidden to Me (1994)
  • I Will Survive (1993)
  • Fly High Run Far (1991)
  • The Woman Who Walks on Water (1990)
  • I Stand Everyday (1990)
  • Country of Fire (1989)
  • Happiness Does Not Come In Grades (1989)
  • Lost Love (1989)
  • Love's Scribble (1988)
  • You My Rose Mellow (1988)
  • A Street Musician (1987)
  • The Companion (1984)
  • Wild Scoundrels of College (1983)
  • Two Sons (1981)[26]
  • The Rain at Night (1979)
  • Tomorrow After Tomorrow (1979)
  • We Took the Night Train (1979)
  • The Hey Days of Youth 77 (1979)
  • The First Snow (1977)
  • When We Grow Up... (1977)
  • You Are the Moon, I Am the Sun (1977)
  • Angry Apple (1977)
  • Green Fallen Leaves (1976)
  • I've Never Felt Like This Before (1976)
  • I Am Really Sorry (1976)
  • Blue Classroom (1976)
  • Seong Chun-hyang (1976)
  • Seven Tomboys (1976)
  • Let's Talk About Youth (1976)
  • Never Forget Me (1976)
  • The Man with Two Faces (1975)
  • Red Shoes (1975)

Television series[edit]

Variety shows[edit]

Radio programs[edit]

  • Women Salon (KBS Radio 4, 1982-1984)
  • Lee Deok-hwa and Im Ye-jin's Reckless Radio (TBC Radio, 1978-1979)


  • 사람을 좋아하는 사람 이덕화 (1996)



  1. ^ Han, Sang-hee (13 September 2009). "Seoul Int'l Drama Awards End With Promise". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  2. ^ Han, Sang-hee (28 September 2009). "Stars' Families Stealing Spotlight". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  3. ^ Noh, Jae-hyun (12 January 2013). "Adult diapers are closer than you think". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  4. ^ "2008.6.5 Event Calendar". Korea JoongAng Daily. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  5. ^ Choi, Min-woo (20 December 2008). "High notes and discord in the musical world". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  6. ^ "18th Moscow International Film Festival (1993)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  7. ^ "Korean Film Newsletter #18: Awards at international film festivals". Koreanfilm.org. 31 October 2003. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  8. ^ Ahn, Hyo-lim (28 May 2007). "Korean actresses cleaning up at filmfests". the Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  9. ^ "TV Drama Takes on Korea's Fifth Republic". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 April 2005. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  10. ^ Kim, Tae-jong (15 April 2005). "Drama Deals With Politically Sensitive Era". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  11. ^ Park, Chung-a (24 May 2005). "Political Drama Sparks Controversy". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  12. ^ Hong, Joo-hee; Lee, Jeong-min (4 March 2010). "Political TV: a story of censorship and taboo". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  13. ^ "Actress Ko Top Money Earner at KBS". The Korea Times via Hancinema. 3 October 2005. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  14. ^ Lee, Ga-on (7 May 2010). "PREVIEW: SBS TV series Giant". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  15. ^ Noh, Hyun-gi (25 December 2011). "History of Salaryman, comic tribute to breadwinners". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  16. ^ Yang, Sung-hee (22 March 2013). "In drama, concubines compete for royal love". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  17. ^ Min, Ines (5 October 2010). "Actor Shin Young-kyun donates 50 billion won". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  18. ^ "Chungmuro Film Festival Invites Top Stars". KBS World. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  19. ^ Kim, Kyu-heong (29 July 2008). "Chungmuro aims to link past and present". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  20. ^ "Lee Deok-hwa to Head Chungmuro Film Fest". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  21. ^ Park, Sun-young (17 July 2009). "Festival brings film back to Chungmuro". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  22. ^ Lee, Eun-joo (20 August 2008). "Timeless tales of love and loss in classic Korean cinema". Korea Joongang Daily. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  23. ^ a b Kim, Rahn (21 August 2007). "Entertainers Supporting Lee". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  24. ^ Lee, Eun-joo (24 April 2008). "Serious politicians or image-builders?". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  25. ^ "Actors Donate Lecture Fees to Scholarships for Young Actors". KBS Global. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  26. ^ Park, Soo-mee (1 February 2002). "A 3-hankie, sentimental journey". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  27. ^ Lee, Hyo-won; Han, Sang-hee (14 September 2010). "Chuseok: prime time for couch potatoes". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 

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