Lee Dong-gun

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Dong-gun (Lee Dong-geon)
Born (1980-07-26) 26 July 1980 (age 34)
Gangnam District, Seoul, South Korea
Other names Emmanuel Lee[1]
Education Hanyang University - Theater and Film (dropped out)
Kyung Hee Cyber University[2]
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1995–present
Agent FNC Entertainment
Religion Catholic[3]
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Donggeon
McCune–Reischauer I Tonggǒn

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


Lee Dong-gun took a break from acting for 2005 claiming he felt overwhelmed with his workload in both television and film. He resumed in his work in 2006.[4]

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 his drama Lovers in Paris along with promotions for his new film My Boyfriend Is Type B helped to increase his popularity in Japan.[5]

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.[6][7] 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.[8]

Lee released his full length 14-track album titled My Biography which included 6 Korean songs, 6 Japanese songs and 2 instrumentals. It was first released in Japan before becoming available in Korea.[9][10]

In December 2011, three months prior to the completion of his mandatory military service, Lee announced that he has signed an exclusive management contract with Mask Entertainment.[11][12] However in October 2012, Lee was reportedly in the process of cancelling his contract with them, though it was denied by the agency.[13][14] Then in November, It was announced that Lee signed on exclusively with FNC Entertainment, who will managed his future activities, and comeback project.[15][16]

In 2013, Lee was cast in the lead role for a time-travel romantic comedy titled Marry Him If You Dare opposite Yoon Eun-hye.[17] In 2015 this was followed by another television role in the tvN comedy series Super Daddy Yeol which is based on the webtoon of the same name.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

On 20 March 2008, Lee's 19-year-old brother, a student at Sydney University, was fatally stabbed in an incident involving two groups of men beneath the World Tower in Sydney, Australia. Another 20-year-old man was critically injured. Lee flew to Sydney to identify his brother's body.[20]

Lee enlisted for his mandatory military service on 15 June 2010 at the 102 Reserves in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do for four weeks of basic training followed by 21 months of active duty.[21] He served at the Defense Media Agency of the Ministry of National Defense and was appointed Honorary Ambassador of Military.[22] 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.[23]

He was in a four year relationship with actress Han Ji-hye[24], but the couple broke up in 2008[25].

After initially denying it, in March 2009 it was confirmed he and actress Cha Ye-ryun were dating, but they broke up later that year[26][27].

In July 2015, Lee and South Korean idol Jiyeon were confirmed to be dating for about a month since they filmed their drama 'Encounter'.[28]



Television drama[edit]

  • 1999: KBS Ad Madness (광끼)
  • 2000: MBC Three Friends (세친구)
  • 2001: KBS 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: KBS 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: KBS 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: KBS 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 (TV) Lovers in Paris Won
2008 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Night After Night Nominated
Seoul Hallyu Festival Plaque of Appreciation[30] N/A Won
25th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed Actor N/A Won
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 Mini Series Nominated


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  2. ^ "Lee Dong-geon dismissed from university and readmitted into Kyung-hee Cyber University". 28 February 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lee Dong-gun (이동건) Profile". Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Lee Dong-geon to Suspend His Acting for the Year". 26 January 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lee Dong-gun enraptures Japanese fans at hallyu star meeting". 6 December 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Waves of teenage screams sweep across Jeju island as hallyu celebrates". 8 February 2007. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "First Korean Wave Expo kicks off in Jeju". 29 November 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Korean Stars To Visit Japan in August". 25 July 2007. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "[ChanMi's star news] Lee Dong-geon's new album, "My Biography"". 15 August 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Lee Dong-geon Releases First Album in Korea in 10 Years". 20 August 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Hong, Lucia (5 December 2011). "Lee Dong-gun signs with new talenthouse". 10 Asia. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Lee, InKyung (5 December 2011). "Lee Dong Gun Announces He Has Entered a New Agency". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Oh, Esther (9 October 2012). "Lee Dong Gun to Terminate Contract with His Agency". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Oh, Esther (9 October 2012). "MASK Entertainment Denies Reports that Lee Dong Gun is Terminating His Contract". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Lee, Tae Ho (27 November 2012). "Actor Lee Dong-gun Inks Exclusive Contract with FTIsland, CNBLUE’s Agency". 10 Asia. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  16. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (28 November 2012). "Lee Dong Gun Becomes Family with CN Blue, FT Island, Juniel, and More". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Time-slip drama Mi-rae’s Choice confirms leads". 26 August 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  18. ^ http://www.hancinema.net/-super-daddy-yeol-script-reading-with-lee-dong-geon-lee-yoo-ri-lee-re-and-others-78678.html
  19. ^ http://www.hancinema.net/upcoming-korean-drama-super-daddy-yeol-78130.html
  20. ^ "City stab victim brother a film star". The Daily Telegraph. 2008-03-22. 
  21. ^ Ko, Jae-wan (15 June 2010). "Lee Dong-gun enters military Korean military". 10 Asia. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  22. ^ Oh, MiJung (11 April 2012). "Rain Appointed Honorary Ambassador of Military". enewsWorld (CJ E&M). Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  23. ^ "Lee Dong-gun Completes Military Service". Chosun Ilbo. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  24. ^ "The comic perils of dating a type-B". Korea JoongAng Daily. February 2, 2005.
  25. ^ "Announcers Gaffe Most Searched". The Korea Times. January 13, 2008. 
  26. ^ "Lee Dong Gun and Cha Ye Ryun Are Dating". Allkpop. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  27. ^ "Lee Dong Gun and Cha Ye Ryun call it quits". Allkpop. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  28. ^ Jackson, Julie (July 3, 2015). "T-ara's Jiyeon and actor Lee Dong Gun reveal they're dating! dating". allkpop. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Lee Dong-gun - Tsukiakari". Sony Music Shop. 
  30. ^ "[포토엔]이동건, 한류페스티벌 서울시 공로패 수상". Newsen. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 

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