Lee Min-ho (actor, born 1987)
June 22, 1987
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||B.A. Film & Arts|
|Alma mater||Konkuk University|
|Occupation||Actor, Singer, Model|
|Agent||Starhaus Entertainment (Korea)
IMX Inc. (Japan)
Huayi Brothers (China)
W Talent Management (Philippines)
|Notable work||Boys Over Flowers (2009)
Personal Taste (2010)
City Hunter (2011)
The Heirs (2013)
Gangnam Blues (2015)
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb)|
|Revised Romanization||I Minho|
Lee Min ho first gained widespread fame with Boys Over Flowers as Gu Jun-pyo in 2009. The role won him several awards, including the Best New Actor award in the category of television at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards. He cemented his status as the leading-man with the success of future television shows: City Hunter (2011) — in which he was nominated for Most Popular Actor in the category of television at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards as well as Outstanding Korean Actor at the 7th Seoul International Drama Awards — and The Heirs (2013), which garnered him another nomination for Most Popular Actor at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards. The box office hit Gangnam Blues featured Lee in his first leading role in a film.
Despite the release of two albums, My Everything (2013) and Song For You (2014), Lee has stated that his music are for his fans only and that he does not wish to pursue a singing career. During their respective releases, he embarked on a tour throughout Asia to meet his fans.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Discography
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 Brand/Product endorsements
- 7 Others
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Life and career
Early life and career
Lee Min Ho was born in Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul. As a child, Lee had hoped to become a professional football player. He was selected for the youth football class of South Korean manager and former player Cha Bum-Kun, but an injury in the 5th grade of elementary school put an end to his dream. Lee, however, still keeps up with football and has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo is his favourite player. In his second year of high school, Lee turned to modelling and acting. After going through training, Lee started auditioning and landed minor roles in several television dramas such as Nonstop 5 and Recipe of Love. His official debut role was in an EBS series, Secret Campus. Early in his career Lee went by the stage name Lee Min because his agency thought his birth name was too ordinary. However, as his stage name was pronounced and written (Hangul) in the same way as the Korean word imin, which means "immigration", it made it hard for him to show up on internet search results. He eventually went back to using his original name.
In 2006, his acting career was put on hold for a year following a serious car accident in which he was severely injured and spent several months bedridden. Upon recovery, Lee received his first leading role in the high-school drama Mackerel Run in 2007, but the series was reduced to only eight episodes due to low viewership ratings. In 2008 he appeared in various roles on television (dramas Get Up and I Am Sam) and two movies, Public Enemy Returns and Our School's E.T.. During the shooting of the latter he became good friends with Kim Su-ro, who later praised him on a variety show: "I recognize a star when I see one. When I was doing Our School's E.T., I knew that Lee Min-ho would become one of the top actors in the country".
His breakthrough came in 2009 with the lead role of Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers (KBS2) opposite Ku Hye Sun ,the Korean adaptation of the popular Japanese television drama Hana Yori Dango, which was based on the popular Shōjo manga, Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango). Competition for the leading role was very intense and Lee only got to know he was cast from the newspapers. The series made Lee a household name in South Korea, and was well-received throughout Asia.
In 2010 Lee followed up the success of Boys Over Flowers by starring in the MBC TV drama Personal Taste in which he played an ambitious perfectionist young architect who poses as a gay man to become roommates with a young woman leading to romantic complications. When asked about why he chose the role during an interview he responded "I think I would do a better job playing heavy and more defined roles when I am older. I think "Personal Taste" was perfect because it is bright, cheerful but you can also laugh and cry over it as well."
In 2011, he played the titular character in action drama City Hunter, which was loosely based on Tsukasa Hojo's popular manga. The drama's popularity throughout Asia has also contributed to Lee's growing popularity in Asia, most notably in Japan, Philippines and China and as well in parts of Europe. He participated in a popular Chinese variety show Happy Camp in December 2011, drawing a large number of fans to the recording. On April 6, 2012, Lee announced on his Facebook page that he would appear in a new drama called Faith (Hangul: 신의, Rom.: Shinui), which aired from August to October 2012.
Musical releases and continued success: 2013–present
Lee released his first album in May 2013 and went on a fan meeting tour in Asia in cities such as Yokohama, Osaka, Shanghai, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Taipei. In April 2013 his wax figure was unveiled at the Madame Tussauds in Shanghai.
On March 29, 2013, Lee revealed that he will be returning to the small screen with a new drama titled The Heirs (also known as The Inheritors). This show began airing in Korea on SBS on October 9, 2013. His new project gained a lot of attention because the scriptwriter was known for producing hit dramas such as Secret Garden and Lovers in Paris. On why he decided to take on the role of a chaebol heir in high school four years after playing one in Boys Over Flowers, his answer was, "Before I grew past my 20s, I wanted to play a more upbeat character, one that would allow me to return to that feeling of simple, uncomplicated innocence that I had when I was younger".
On Jan 30, 2014, Lee became the first Korean celebrity to perform on China's CCTV Lunar New Year gala. The annual show, which is televised on free-to-air channels across China and streamed online, is known to reach 800 million Chinese viewers across the world. He sang a song with Harlem Yu, the original singer of the theme song of Meteor Garden, the Taiwanese version of Boys Over Flowers. Lee's appearance on the show garnered great attention, since performing on the Lunar New Year gala is regarded as an honour among Chinese artistes. The appearance has since increased his popularity in China, where he has been nicknamed 'long-legged oppa' in both mainstream and social media. Lee was also invited to the third conference of the South Korean Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment as the representative for the entertainment industry, to share and contribute to the discussion of issues related to developing Korea’s cultural content.
Lee's next project is director Yoo Ha's noir action film Gangnam Blues, which is set in the 1970s when the real estate development boom swept across Gangnam. The movie, which co-stars Kim Rae-won, marks Lee's first leading role in a feature film. Lee chose the project as he wanted to portray a more manly character to prove his versatility as an actor. Shortly after filming wrapped in August 2014, Lee took to social media and posted a fan-made teaser poster of the movie. He subsequently recorded and released his second EP Song for You in October 2014 under Universal Music. As with his previous album, he stated that the tracks were recorded for his fans and that he had no ambition to pursue a singing career. The album release coincided with the start of his RE:MINHO fan meeting tour in Asian cities such as Beijing, Tokyo, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Bangkok, Shanghai and Seoul.
Lee's next project will be global project 'Bounty Hunters'. It starts filming in August 2015 and to be released in 2016. It will be an action comedy to be directed by Director Shin Terra. It will be one of the most expensive movie with tentative budget of US$16 million. More recent data put the budget at US$31 million. Lee will co-star Wallace Chung, Tiffany Tang (Tang Yan) and Karena Ng.
|2008||Public Enemy Returns||강철중: 공공의 적 1-1||Jung Ha-yeon||CJ Entertainment|
|Our School's E.T.||울학교 이티||Oh Sang-hoon||Finecut|
|2015||Gangnam Blues||강남 1970||Kim Jong-dae||Showbox|
|2016||Bounty Hunters||바운티 헌터스||Yi San|
|2004||Nonstop 5||논스톱 5||MC Mong||MBC|
|2005||Recipe of Love||사랑찬가||Waiter|
|2006||Secret Campus||비밀의 교정||Park Du-hyun||EBS|
|2007||Mackerel Run||달려라 고등어||Cha Gong-chan||SBS|
|I Am Sam (I Am Your Teacher)||아이엠샘||Heo Mo-se||KBS2|
|2008||Get Up||나도 잘 모르지만||Min Wook-gi||MBC|
|2009||Boys Over Flowers||꽃보다 남자||Gu Jun-pyo||KBS2|
|2010||Personal Taste||개인의 취향||Jeon Jin-ho||MBC|
|2011||City Hunter||시티헌터||Lee Yoon-sung||SBS|
|2012||Faith (The Great Doctor)||신의 (神医)||Choi Young|
|2013||The Heirs (The Inheritors)||왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들||Kim Tan|
|2010||Minoz Japan First Event||
|2011||Lee Min Ho 2009-2010 DVD||
|2012||Minoz Japan 2nd Event||
|2013||2012 MJ 3rd Event
-Lee Min Ho With Winter Symphony-
|2013||Lee Min Ho - 2013 Global Tour 'My Everything' in Seoul||
|2013||Lee Min Ho 2013 Global Tour in Japan - My Everything||
|2014||Lee Min Ho - All My Life||
|2014||Lee Min Ho - Encore Concert 2014 My Everything In Japan||
|2014||Song for You||
|Year||Title / Track||Album||Notes||Ref.|
|2009||"My Everything"||Boys Over Flowers OST (F4 Special Edition)|||
|2013||"Painful Love"||The Heirs OST||composed by Hwang Chan Hee, lyrics are written by Kang Yi Deun|
|2015||"Thank You"||Thank You||lyrics by Lee Min-ho, written by composer and producer Hwang Chan-hee|
|"The Day"||The Day|
|"I Love You"|
|2009||"Extreme"||with Jessica Gomes||Cass 2X Beer|
|2014||"You're so Beautiful"||Himself with Park Shin Hye, EXO, Super Junior Etc.||Lotte Duty Free|
Songs performed at fan meetings
- 2010: "Falling Slowly" - Original Singer: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.
- 2010: "사랑해" - Original Singer: Kim Woo Joo
- 2011: "사랑인걸" - Original Singer: Mose
- 2011: "Milk Tea" - Original Singer: Masaharu Fukuyama
- 2011: "Be My Last Love" - Original Singer: Lee Min Ho
- 2011: "Say Yes" - Original Singer: Lee Min Ho
- 2011: "Yesterday" - Original Singer: The Beatles
- 2011: "I Will" - Original Singer: The Beatles
- 2013: "빗속에서" - Original Singer: Lee Moon Sae
- 2014: "끝사랑" - Original Singer: Kim Bum Soo
Awards and nominations
|2009||45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (TV)||Boys Over Flowers||Won|
|Most Popular Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|MTN Broadcast Advertisement Festival||Most Popular Advertisement Model||Trugen Commercial||Won|
|14th Asian Television Award||Best Drama Actor||Boys Over Flowers||Nominated|
|3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Male Drama Star||Nominated|
|Hot CF Star||Dunkin' Donuts||Nominated|
|Hot New Star||N/A||Nominated|
|Hot Summer Heat Popularity Award||N/A||Nominated|
|Hot Character ("Gu Jun-pyo")||Boys Over Flowers||Nominated|
|4th Seoul International Drama Awards||People's Choice Actor||Nominated|
|2nd Style Icon Awards||Viewers' Best Popularity Icon||N/A||Nominated|
|Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards||Top Buzz Star: Male Category||N/A||Nominated|
|ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards||POP Kapamilya TV Character "(Gu Jun-pyo)"||Boys Over Flowers||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|Netizen Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Ku Hye-sun||Won|
|2010||4th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Actor||Personal Taste||Won|
|3rd Style Icon Awards||Popularity Award||N/A||Nominated|
|Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards||Top Buzz Star: Male Actor||N/A||Nominated|
|Top Buzz Star: Male Category||N/A||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Personal Taste||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Son Ye-jin||Nominated|
|2011||4th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||City Hunter||Won|
|Hallyu Star Award||Won|
|5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Male Drama Star||Nominated|
|Hot 20's Voice||N/A||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||City Hunter||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Park Min-young||Nominated|
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|7th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actor||Nominated|
|People's Choice Actor||Nominated|
|5th Style Icon Awards||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Faith||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2013||12th China Fashion Awards||Most Popular Asian Actor||N/A||Won|
|1st DramaFever Awards||Best Actor||Faith||Won|
|Best Couple with Kim Hee-sun||Won|
|49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|8th Seoul International Drama Awards||People's Choice Actor||Nominated|
|Sohu Media Awards||Most Popular International Actor||N/A||Won|
|Baidu Feidian Awards||Best Asian Actor||The Heirs||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Park Shin-hye||Won|
|2014||2nd DramaFever Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|Best Bromance with Kim Woo-bin||Won|
|50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|Singapore Entertainment Awards||Most Popular Korean TV Artiste||N/A||Won|
|OMY Hot Star||N/A||Nominated|
|9th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actor||The Heirs||Nominated|
|People's Choice Actor||Nominated|
|7th Korea Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Nominated|
|7th Style Icon Awards||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Nominated|
|3rd APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||The Heirs||Nominated|
|5th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Award||Prime Minister Award||N/A||Won|
|NATE Awards||People's Choice Hallyu Star||N/A||Nominated|
|2015||51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||Gangnam Blues||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor (Film)||Won|
|Most Popular Hallyu Star/IQiyi Star Award||N/A||Won|
|Korea SNS Industry Grand Award||President Award of National Information Society Agency||N/A||Won|
|19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Awards||Producer Choice Award||N/A||Won|
|10th Seoul International Drama Awards||10th Anniversary Hallyu Achievement Award||N/A||Won|
|Mango TV Popularity Award||N/A||Won|
|52nd Grand Bell Awards / Daejong Film Awards||Best New Actor||Gangnam Blues||Won|
|36th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|2015 Korean Tourism Awards||The STAR of Korean Tourism 2015||N/A||Won|
|Lotte Duty Free Awards||2015 Best Model Awards||N/A||Won|
|Year||Brand||Product||Country of Distribution||Note.|
|Lotte||2% Glucose Drink||Korea|
|2006||Pizza Hut||Pizza Hut Products||Korea||with Park Min Young|
|2007||Lotte World||Lotte Products||Korea|
|2009||Cadillac||CTS and All New SRX||Korea|
|2009||Cass||Cass Beer and Cass 2X||Korea||with 2NE1's Sandara Park dan Jessica Gomez|
|2009||Dunkin Donuts||Dunkins Donuts Products||Korea|
|2009||Etude House||Cosmetics, Beauty Products||Korea||with Park Shin-hye|
|2009||Levi's Strauss||Levi's Signature||Korea||with Moon Chae Won|
|2009||LG (Mobile)||LG Teenring Mobile Phone||Korea||with Kim Bum and Ku Hye-sun|
|2009||Market O||Potato Chips||Korea|
|2009||Samsung||Anycall Haptic Mobile Phone||Korea||with Kim Hyun Joong, Kim Joon and Son Dam Bi|
|2009||Samsung||Anycall Magic Hole Mobile Phone||Korea||with Kim Hyun Joong, and UEE|
|2009 - 2012||Trugen||Men's Fashions||Korea|
|2010||Bang Bang||Fashions||Korea||with Han Ji Hye|
|2010–2012||Jang In Furniture||Home Furniture||Korea|
|2010||LG (Mobile)||LG Optimus||Korea|
|2010||Lotte||Lotte Pie Cake||Vietnam|
|2011||12 Plus||Shower Cream||Thailand||with Aum Patcharapa|
|2011–2014||Line Naver||Line Messenger||Korea||with Bea Hayden|
|2011–(on going)||EIDER||Active Wear||Asia||with SNSD's Yoona|
|2012–(on going)||Bench||Fashions||Philippines, Global|
|2012–(on going)||Innisfree||Natural Beauty Care||Asia||with SNSD's Yoona|
|2012||Lotte||7% Glucose Drink||Korea|
|2012||Toyota||All New Camry||USA|
|2014||A Twosome Place||Cafee / Restaurant||Korea|
|2014||Chow Tai Fook||Jewelry||Hong Kong|
|2014||Jeju Air||Airline Service||Asia|
|2014–(on going)||Kumho Tires||Auto Tires||China|
|2014–(on going)||Kyochon Chicken||Chicken Restaurants||Asia|
|2014–(on going)||LG Electronics||Home Appliances||China, Hong Kong, Taiwan|
|2014–(on going)||LG (Mobile)||LG 3G and LG 4G||Asia|
|2014||Lotte Hotel||Lotte Busan Hotel||Korea|
|2014–(on going)||Lotte Duty Free||Lotte Products||Asia|
|2014||Orion Q||Layer Cake||China|
|2014||OSIM||uDiva||South East Asia|
|2014-(on going)||Suphier||Women's Fashion Shoes||China|
|2014–(on going)||Yadea||Electric Motor||China|
|2015-(on going)||11Street||Online Superstore||Malaysia|
|2015-(on going)||Fererro Rocher||Chocolate, Italian Flaire||Korea|
|2015-(on going)||Luwak White Koffie||White Coffee beverages||Indonesia, Asia|
|2015-(on going)||PEPSI||Sparkling Vitamin Drinks||China|
|2015-(on going)||Samsonite Red||Bags, Travel Case||Asia||with Kim Ji Soo|
|2015-(on going)||TNGT||Men's Fashions||Korea|
- Honorary Ambassador for UNICEF's Love Net campaign to fight malaria (2009-2010)
- PR Ambassador for Konkuk University (2010)
- Honorary Prosecutor or basically a PR ambassador for Korean Prosecutor (2012).
- PR ambassador for the Chilean campaign "Reforestemos Patagonia" organized by Minoz Chile (2013)
In 2014, Lee set up the PROMIZ website to raise awareness and encourage donation for social and humanitarian causes. Proceeds from the sale of PROMIZ merchandise are given to the selected partners to execute the charity projects. The site has since raised US$50,000 from him and his fans to help dig wells in Malawi through non-profit organisation Charity: Water.
- Public Ambassador for 'Korean Tourism Campaign', also called as 'The Face of Korean Tourism' (July 28, 2015)
- Honorary Ambassador for the '2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics' (September 25, 2015)
- PR Ambassador for Visit Korea Year 2016-2018 (November 7, 2015)
Lee Min-ho has a considerable number of followers on social networks such as Facebook, Weibo and Twitter. As such, he has noticeable internet presence on social media, fan forums and online polls. In 2014 and 2015 (for two consecutive years), Lee Min-ho won an online poll organised by a Chinese entertainment magazine to crown the 'Asian Male God'. The term 'Male God' subsequently stuck with him in Asia.
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