Lee Dong-gun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Dong-gun
Born (1980-07-26) 26 July 1980 (age 35)
Gangnam District, Seoul, South Korea
Education Kyung Hee Cyber University[1]
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1997–present
Agent FNC Entertainment
Religion Catholic[2]
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Donggeon
McCune–Reischauer I Tonggǒn

Lee Dong-gun (Hangul이동건 Korean pronunciation: [i.doŋgʌn]; born 26 July 1980) is a South Korean actor and singer.


Lee Dong-gun made his entertainment debut in 1997 as a singer, but he would later gain fame as an actor, starring in television dramas such as Sweet 18, Lovers in Paris, and Stained Glass.[3][4]

Lee took a break from acting in 2005, claiming he felt overwhelmed with his workload in both television and film. He resumed his work in 2006, with Smile Again.[5]

During a fan meeting event in Japan held on December 5, 2005, Lee announced the release of his first photobook which also included a making-of DVD, poster and postcard. The success of Lovers in Paris along with promotions for his new film My Boyfriend Is Type B helped to increase his popularity in Japan.[6]

Lee participated in the Hallyu Expo in Asia on Jeju island which commenced on November 28, 2006 and spanned a total of 100 days. This large scale event was intended to promote Korean culture across Asia and expected to bring in 150,000 tourists to stimulate the local economy.[7][8] He also attended the sequel to the Hallyu Expo which was held in Japan titled FACE in Japan Premium Event. This two-day event from August 14–15, 2007, featured Korean celebrities with large fanbases and was intended as a cultural exchange program between Korea and Japan.[9]

Lee released a 14-track album titled My Biography in 2008, his first full-length album in a decade.[10] It included 6 Korean songs, 6 Japanese songs and 2 instrumentals. It was first released in Japan before becoming available in Korea.[11]

In December 2011, three months prior to the completion of his mandatory military service, Lee signed with talent agency Mask Entertainment.[12][13] After the termination of his contract with Mask Entertainment,[14][15] Lee signed with FNC Entertainment in November 2012.[16][17]

In 2013, Lee was cast in the lead role for the time-travel romance Marry Him If You Dare.[18] This was followed in 2015 by the titular role in cable series Super Daddy Yeol, which was based on the webtoon of the same name.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

On 20 March 2008, Lee's 19-year-old brother Lee Joon-yub, a student at the University of Sydney, was fatally stabbed during a brawl with two Chinese teenage gang members at Hungry Jack's in World Square, Sydney, Australia.[21] The victim's friend, 22-year-old Song Jung-ho, was critically injured but survived.[22] Lee flew to Sydney to identify his brother's body and attend a requiem mass at the Chapel of St. John's College; after a cremation, his family brought back Lee Joon-yub's ashes to Seoul.[23]

Lee enlisted for his mandatory military service on 15 June 2010 at the 102 Reserves in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province for four weeks of basic training followed by 21 months of active duty.[24] He served at the Defense Media Agency of the Ministry of National Defense and was appointed Honorary Ambassador of Military.[25] He was discharged on 28 March 2012, and on the same day, he was appointed promotional ambassador for the 2012 Korean Formula One Grand Prix held at the Korea International Circuit in October.[26]

In July 2015, their agencies confirmed that Lee and singer-actress Park Ji-yeon (of girl group T-ara) are currently dating; the couple starred together in the film Encounter, a Korean-Chinese co-production.[27][28][29]



Television drama[edit]

  • 1999: KBS2 Ad Madness (광끼)
  • 2000: MBC Three Friends (세친구)
  • 2001: KBS2 Can't Help Being Born Well! (잘난걸 어떡해)
  • 2002: MBC Friends (프렌즈)
  • 2002: MBC The Thought of Wearing Rubber Shoes on the Wrong Way (고무신 거꾸로 신은 이유에 대한 상상)
  • 2002: MBC Ruler of Your Own World (네멋대로 해라)
  • 2003: MBC Ling Ling (링링)
  • 2003: MBC Forever Love (죽도록 사랑해)
  • 2003: KBS2 Sang Doo! Let's Go to School (상두야 학교가자!)
  • 2003: SBS A Problem at My Younger Brother's House (흥부네 박터졌네)
  • 2003: MBC Noh Chun-hyang vs. Ahn Mong-ryong (노춘향 vs 안몽룡)
  • 2004: KBS2 Sweet 18 (낭랑18세)
  • 2004: SBS Lovers in Paris (파리의 연인)
  • 2004: SBS Stained Glass (유리화)
  • 2006: SBS Smile Again (스마일 어게인)
  • 2006: Mnet If In Love... Like Them (사랑한다면 이들처럼)
  • 2008: MBC Night After Night (밤이면 밤마다)
  • 2013: KBS2 Marry Him If You Dare (미래의 선택)
  • 2015: tvN Super Daddy Yeol (슈퍼대디 열)


  • 2002: Family (패밀리)
  • 2005: My Boyfriend Is Type B (B형남자친구)
  • 2007: Love Now (지금 사랑하는 사람과 살고 있습니까?)

Music video[edit]

  • Eun Hyul - "Tardy Love"
  • Position - "A Day"
  • Big Bang - "Last Farewell"
  • Lee Hyori - "Don't Love Her"
  • Yoon Eun-hye feat. Lee Dong-gun - "Salad Song"
  • 4Tomorrow - "Tomorrow"

Musical theatre[edit]

  • 1998: Wandering Stars (방황하는 별들)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 2nd Andre Kim Best Star Awards Best Star Award N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Lovers in Paris Won
Stained Glass Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Won
Dong-a TV Fashion Beauty Awards Best Dressed N/A Won
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Film) My Boyfriend Is Type B Won
42nd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Nominated
2008 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Night After Night Nominated
Seoul Hallyu Festival Plaque of Appreciation N/A Won
25th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed Actor N/A Won
45th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Love Now Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Night After Night Won
2013 KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Yoon Eun-hye Marry Him If You Dare Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in Miniseries Nominated


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  6. ^ "Lee Dong-gun enraptures Japanese fans at hallyu star meeting". KBS Global. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Lee, Min-a (8 February 2007). "Waves of teenage screams sweep across Jeju island as hallyu celebrates". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Cho, Chung-un (29 November 2006). "First Korean Wave Expo kicks off in Jeju". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
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  19. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (11 March 2015). "Forget the villain: Lee returns as doting mom in new rom-com". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  20. ^ Kim, Ji-min (13 March 2015). "Super Daddy draws on heartbreaking storyline". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "City stab victim brother a film star". The Daily Telegraph. 22 March 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
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  23. ^ Chung, Ah-young (30 March 2008). "Stars Join in Mourning for Death of Actors Brother". The Korea Times. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
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  28. ^ Jin, Min-ji (6 July 2015). "Lee, Ji-yeon admit to dating". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
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