May 8, 1952 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||Dongguk University - Theater and Film|
|Parent(s)||Lee Ye-chun (father)|
|Revised Romanization||I Deok-hwa|
Lee Deok-hwa studied theater and film at Dongguk University, and made his acting debut in 1972. He and his father, movie star Lee Ye-chun starred together in the 1975 horror film The Man with Two Faces.
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. They were box office hits, and hugely popular among high school students of that generation. 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.
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. 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.
He reunited with Dae Jo Yeong writer Jang Young-chul in 2010 hit drama Giant, set during the economic boom of 1970-80s Korea. 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.
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."
Lee also hosts variety shows, notably the Korean version of Dancing with the Stars for the past three seasons.
Lee was president of the Korea Film Actors Association in 1995, and its chairman from 2009 to 2010. He also served as festival director for the Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul (CHFFIS) from 2008 to 2009.
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.
- 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)
- 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)
- Defendant (SBS, 2017)
- 38 Revenue Collection Unit (OCN, 2016)
- Monster (MBC, 2016)
- The Merchant: Gaekju 2015 (KBS2, 2015)
- Unkind Ladies (KBS2, 2015) (cameo, ep 21-22)
- Hyde, Jekyll, Me (SBS, 2015)
- Shine or Go Crazy (MBC, 2015)
- My Heart Twinkle Twinkle (SBS, 2015)
- Hotel King (MBC, 2014)
- Wonderful Day in October (SBS, 2014)
- The Prime Minister and I (KBS2, 2013) (cameo, ep 6)
- Secret Love (KBS2, 2013)
- Cruel Palace - War of Flowers (jTBC, 2013)
- Queen of Ambition (SBS, 2013)
- May Queen (MBC, 2012)
- 21st Century Family (tvN, 2012)
- History of a Salaryman (SBS, 2012)
- Spy Myung-wol (KBS2, 2011)
- Midas (SBS, 2011)
- The King of Legend (KBS1, 2010)
- Legend of the Patriots (KBS2, 2010)
- Giant (SBS, 2010)
- Empress Cheonchu (KBS2, 2009)
- Hometown Legends "Gisaeng House Ghost Story" (KBS2, 2008)
- Aeja's Older Sister, Minja (SBS, 2008)
- Formidable Rivals (KBS2, 2008)
- Dae Jo Yeong (KBS1, 2006)
- Look Back With a Smile (KBS2, 2006)
- Golden Apple (KBS2, 2005)
- 5th Republic (MBC, 2005)
- First Love of a Royal Prince (MBC, 2004)
- My Lovely Family (KBS1, 2004)
- Into the Storm (SBS, 2004)
- Age of Warriors (KBS1, 2003)
- All In (SBS, 2003)
- Five Brothers and Sisters (SBS, 2002)
- Ladies of the Palace (SBS, 2001)
- Cheers for the Women (SBS, 2000)
- Promise (KBS1, 2000)
- The Aspen Tree (SBS, 2000)
- SWAT Police (SBS, 2000)
- LA Arirang (SBS, 1999)
- Magic Castle (KBS2, 1999)
- Wave (SBS, 1999)
- I Love You! I Love You! (SBS, 1998)
- Hong Gil-dong (SBS, 1998)
- Promise (SBS, 1997)
- Woman Next Door (SBS, 1997)
- Han Myung-hoe (KBS2, 1994)
- Theme Series "사랑이라 부르는 것" (SBS, 1993)
- Ambitions on Sand (SBS, 1992)
- Angel Na Woon-gyu (MBC, 1991)
- Do You Know Eun Ha-su (SBS, 1991)
- The End of Love (MBC, 1990)
- Migratory Bird (MBC, 1989)
- Happy Woman (MBC, 1989)
- 500 Years of Joseon - Queen Inhyeon (MBC, 1988)
- Love and Ambition (MBC, 1987)
- The Season of Men (MBC, 1985)
- Love and Truth (MBC, 1984)
- Father and Son (MBC, 1983)
- Portrait of You (MBC, 1983)
- Women's History - Seogung Mama (MBC, 1982)
- Can't Forget (MBC, 1982)
- Regret (MBC, 1982)
- 사랑합시다 (MBC, 1981)
- Embrace (MBC, 1981)
- Ahrong-yi Darong-yi (TBC, 1980)
- Roommate (SBS, 2014) - guest, episode 10
- Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education (KBS2, 2014) - guest, episode 52
- Running Man (SBS, 2012) - guest, episode 90
- Dancing with the Stars (MBC, 2011-2013)
- Special Feature: 7080 Idol Stars, King of Pop Singers (2011)
- Chuseok Special: Story Show 부탁해요 (SBS, 2010)
- Show Seoul Seoul (SBS, 1991-1992)
- Saturday Saturday is Fun (MBC, 1985-1991)
- MBC Campus Song Festival (MBC, 1983-1985)
- Show 2000 (1981-1984)
- 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)
- 2014 SBS Drama Awards: Special Award, Actor in a Drama Short (Wonderful Day in October)
- 2012 SBS Drama Awards: Special Award, Actor in a Miniseries (History of a Salaryman)
- 2012 MBC Drama Awards: Golden Acting Award, Actor (May Queen)
- 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Best Supporting Actor in a Special Planning Drama (Giant)
- 2007 KBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award, Actor (Dae Jo Yeong)
- 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Special Award (5th Republic)
- 1994 KBS Drama Awards: Grand Prize/Daesang (Han Myung-hoe)
- 1994 KBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award, Actor (Han Myung-hoe)
- 1994 KBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Han Myung-hoe)
- 1993 18th Moscow International Film Festival: Best Actor (I Will Survive)
- 1993 4th Chunsa Film Art Awards: Best Actor (I Will Survive)
- 1993 31st Grand Bell Awards: Best Actor (I Will Survive)
- 1992 30th Grand Bell Awards: Best Actor (Fly High Run Far)
- 1992 28th Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award, Film category (Fly High Run Far)
- 1991 2nd Chunsa Film Art Awards: Best Actor (Fly High Run Far)
- 1989 27th Grand Bell Awards: Best Actor (Lost Love)
- 1988 24th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Actor, Film category (You My Rose Mellow)
- 1987 MBC Drama Awards: Grand Prize/Daesang (Love and Ambition)
- 1987 23rd Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award, TV category (Love and Ambition)
- 1985 21st Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award, TV category (Love and Truth)
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