Lee Donghae

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Lee Dong-hae
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Donghae in 2014
Native name 이동해
Born Lee Dong-hae
(1986-10-15) October 15, 1986 (age 31)
Mokpo, South Jeolla, South Korea
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actor
Musical career
Years active 2005–Present
Associated acts
Website Super Junior
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Dong-hae
McCune–Reischauer Yi Tonghae

Lee Dong-hae (hangul: 이동해; hanja: 李東海; born October 15, 1986)[1] is a South Korean singer, songwriter and actor. He is a member of the boy band Super Junior, its subgroup Super Junior-M, and Super Junior-D&E, as well as the dance-centered group SM The Performance. He is one of the first four Korean artists to appear on Chinese postage stamps.[2]


Early life[edit]

Donghae was born in Mokpo, South Jeolla Province, South Korea.[3] His grandmother helped his mother to deliver him. He has an elder brother named Lee Dong-hwa . When he was young he wanted to become a football player but his dad wanted him to be a singer since he gave up of his dream to become one himself. In 2001, Donghae signed with SM Entertainment after winning a prize at SM's Youth Best Contest.[4] Under SM Entertainment, Donghae was put in singing, dancing, and acting lessons, and was then recruited into a five-member boy band Smile, with future bandmate Leeteuk, but the idea was soon dropped. In 2004, Donghae, along with Leeteuk, was put into another boy band and formed Super Junior 05 with ten other trainees, which later changed into Super Junior.

2005–2011: Debut with Super Junior and other activities[edit]

Donghae officially debuted as part of 12-member project group Super Junior 05 on 6 November 2005.[5][6] He made his acting debut in Super Junior's horror documentary Mystery 6, broadcast in early 2006. The documentary surrounds Donghae and his peculiar ability to see and feel ghosts. In August 2006, Donghae played the role of a human turned cyborg in the Korean version of BoA's music video drama, "Key of Heart".

He played a role in Attack on the Pin-Up Boys.[7] In April 2008, Donghae was put into seven-member sub-group Super Junior-M. Donghae sang the theme song for the 2011 8th Asia Song Festival, "Dreams Come True", with Seohyun of Girls' Generation[8]

In 2011, Donghae co-starred again with fellow member Siwon, in the Taiwanese drama Skip Beat! with Ivy Chen.[9][10] He also sang the ending theme song, "This is Love," which also featured fellow Super Junior-M member Henry.

On December 16, 2011, Donghae & Eunhyuk began a collaboration and released Oppa, Oppa.[11] The single was also released in Japanese, in April 2012.[12]

2012–2013: Acting, comeback with Super Junior and subgroups[edit]

Lee Donghae at press conference of Super Junior M Breakdown in Bangkok

In May 2012, Donghae was cast in the title role of Mr. Hedgehog in the romantic comedy Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog.[13] Donghae also sang his character Go Seung-gi's theme song "Plz Don't", which was released online on 20 August.[14]

In June 2012, Donghae reunited with Super Junior for their sixth studio album, Sexy, Free & Single.[15] In the repackaged edition of the album, re-titled Spy, Donghae co-wrote the lyrics for "Only U" with Leeteuk; and co-composed "Haru" with Urban Zakapa's Kwon Soon-il.[16]

On January 7, 2013, Super Junior-M released their second album, Break Down.[17] In June 2013 Donghae & Eunhyuk released their second Japanese single, and their second Korean single "Still You" on December 18, 2013.

2014–2015: Movie acting, comeback with Super Junior and subgroups[edit]

Donghae & Eunhyuk first Japanese album, Ride Me was released on 26 February 2014. "Motorcycle" was the lead single of the album.[18] Super Junior D&E The 1st Japan Tour kicked off in Nagoya on March 4, 2014.

After one year and three months since their second album Break Down, Donghae returned with Super Junior-M to release their third EP album, Swing.[19]

Due to a scheduling conflict, Donghae turned down the casting offer for horror film 'Tunnel';[20] however, he was later cast as the star lead in the short film The Youth-The Rumor.[21] Donghae was to join the cast of God's Quiz Season 4 as Han Si Woo, a medical researcher. The show aired its first episode on May 18.[22]

On August 2014, it was announced that Donghae and Super Junior would be making their comeback with the group's seventh album, Mamacita which was released online on August 29 and in stores on September 1.[23] In the album, Donghae contributing music and lyrics to their second lead single, 'Shirt,' which received raises from Allkpop, "The track is one of the most energetic on the album beyond the title track."[24]

In February 2015, Donghae & Eunhyuk first Korean album, The Beat Goes On was released on March 9, 2015. The album had seven tracks, including the title song, Growing Pains. Donghae participated in the album production along with producers Team One Sound, The Underdogs, Hitchhiker, NoizeBank and more.[25][26] On April 1, Donghae & Eunhyuk released first Japanese mini-EP called Present, which contained a total of eight songs including the lead title "Saturday Night".[27] The duo kicked off its concert tour "Super Junior D&E The 2nd Japan Tour" and "Super Junior-D&E Asia Tour" during April to August.[28][29]

Super Junior special album, Devil was released on 16 July 2015 to celebrate the group's 10th anniversary. Donghae participated in writing lyrics and composing for two songs, "Don't Wake Me Up" and "Alright".[30][31]

2017-Present: Comeback with Super Junior and Subgroups, and Solo Activities[edit]

After discharge from enlistment, Donghae participated in writing and composing for the pre-release single of Super Junior's 8th Album "Play", which released on their 12th anniversary.

On November 2017, Donghae and Eunhyuk announced their comeback in Japan as the duo group Super Junior D&E.

On December 2017, SM Entertainment announced the collaboration between Donghae and Cadillac where Donghae co-written lyrics and composed "Perfect"[32] soundtrack for Cadillac.

Starting January 2018, Donghae becomes one of the casts of a variety program by Super Junior, "Super Junior's Super TV".

Personal life[edit]

On September 2, 2015, S.M. Entertainment announced that Lee Donghae would enlist as a conscripted policeman on October 15, 2015. Donghae entered through the Nonsan Army Training Center in Chungnam on his birthday.[33] He was discharged on July 14, 2017.


Soundtrack and singles contributions[edit]

Year Album Track Artist
2007 The 2nd Asia Tour Concert Album "O" Spokes Man Donghae, TVXQ
2009 Happy Bubble CF OST Happy Bubble Donghae, Kyuhyun, Han Ji Min
2010 It's Okay, Daddy's Girl OST Just Like Now Donghae, Ryeowook
Strong Heart Strong Heart Donghae, One Way's Chance
2011 Only U Only U Donghae, As One
Asian Song Festival 2011 with UNICEF Dreams Come True Donghae, Seohyun
Skip Beat! OST This is Love (這是愛) Donghae, Henry
2012 Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog OST Please Don't Donghae
Don't Go Donghae

Lyrics and Composition[edit]



Year Title Role
2014 The Youth aka The Rumor [34] Jung Woo

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role
2010-2011 It's Okay, Daddy's Girl Choi Wook Gi
2011-2012 Skip Beat! Shang Jie Yong / Bu Po Shang
2012 Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog Go Seung Ji
2014 God's Quiz - Season 4 Han Shi Woo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2013[35] Singapore e-Awards 2013 Most Popular Korean Actor Himself Won


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  34. ^ Super Junior’s Donghae to Attend the London Korean Film Festival CJ E&M enewsWorld. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2015
  35. ^ "Singapore e-Awards 2013" Singapore e-Awards

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