Lee Seo-jin

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Lee Seo-jin
Lee Seo-Jin.jpg
At KCON Los Angeles 2014 red carpet.
Born (1971-01-30) January 30, 1971 (age 46)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Lee Suh-jin
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Actor, television host
Years active 1999–present
Agent Hook Entertainment
Website www.seojinlee.com
Korean name
Hangul 이서진
Hanja
Revised Romanization I Seo-jin
McCune–Reischauer I Sŏ-chin

Lee Seo-jin (born January 30, 1971) is a South Korean actor and television host. He is best known for the reality shows Three Meals a Day and Grandpa Over Flowers. As an actor he came to prominence with his leading roles in the historical dramas Damo (2003), Yi San (2007), Gyebaek (2014), and the contemporary drama Marriage Contract.

Career[edit]

Lee Seo-jin made his acting debut in 1999 in the television series House Above the Waves. After several supporting roles on TV, he rose to fame in the 2003 hit period drama Damo, followed by the also popular contemporary drama Phoenix in 2004.[1][2] Lee then landed his first big screen leading role in the 2005 action blockbuster Shadowless Sword.[3]

Lee played a vampire in the cable series Freeze (2006), a gangster in Lovers (2006),[2] and a criminal profiler in Soul (2009).[4][5] But he would become best known for his portrayals of Korean historical characters King Jeongjo of Joseon in Yi San (2007),[6] and General Gyebaek of Baekje in Gyebaek (2011).[7][8]

Other activities[edit]

Lee comes from a family with strong ties in the financial sector, and believed to be involved in the banking, transportation and tourism industries, among others. He has a Business Management degree from the New York University Stern School of Business. In 2011, Lee joined the company Ask Veritas Assets Management, which specializes in intellectual property and real estate investment. He was appointed as managing director for the firm's second global contents division.[9][10][11]

A regular volunteer of Habitat for Humanity since 2006, he was appointed its Goodwill Ambassador for Korea in 2008.[12][13] Together with the Nippon Foundation and South Korean food franchise Genesis, Lee established the "Let's Tree Fund" in 2010 to conduct reforestation activities.[14] In 2011, Lee joined relief efforts for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.[15] Like many celebrities, Lee also publicly protested against the forced repatriation of North Korean defectors.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1999 House Above the Waves SBS
Wang Cho (The Boss) MBC
2001 Her House MBC
New Nonstop "찍고 또 찍고" guest
Sunday Best "A Good Man, Lee Young-woo" KBS
2002 Since We Met MBC
Shoot for the Stars SBS
2003 Damo Commander Hwangbo Yoon MBC
2004 Phoenix Jang Sae-hoon MBC
2006 Freeze Baek Joong-won CGV
Lovers Ha Kang-jae SBS
2007 Yi San Yi San (King Jeongjo) MBC
2008 On Air cameo, ep 9 SBS
2009 Soul Shin Ryu MBC
2011 Gyebaek Gyebaek MBC
2014 Wonderful Days Kang Dong-seok KBS2
2016 Marriage Contract Han Ji-hoon MBC

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2000 Ghost Taxi
2001 I Love You
2005 Shadowless Sword Dae Jeong-hyun, the last prince of Balhae
2015 Love Forecast Lee Dong-jin

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2013-2015 Grandpas Over Flowers Cast member tvN
2014-2015 Three Meals a Day Cast member (with Ok Taecyeon and Kim Kwang-kyu) tvN
2015 Running Man Guest, Episode 229 (with Lee Seung-gi and Moon Chae-won) SBS
2016 Talents for Sale Cast member KBS
2016 Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village 3 Cast member (with Eric Mun and Yoon Kyun-sang) tvN
2017 Youn's Kitchen Cast member tvN

Music video[edit]

  • Forever (SKY, 1999)
  • Goodbye (Jung Jae-wook, 2001)
  • Where Are You? (Yim Jae-beom for Ditto 3 compilation album, 2004)

Theater[edit]

  • Shakespearean Love Method (2000)

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Actor Lee Seo-jin to Hold First Fan Meeting in Japan". KBS Global. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b Cho, Chung-un (11 December 2006). "HERALD INTERVIEW: Actor Lee Seo-jin seeks versatility". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  3. ^ "무영검 (Shadowless Sword) Production Meeting Report". Twitch Film. 27 September 2005. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  4. ^ Lee Hyo-won, Han Sang-hee (4 August 2009). "Let Horror Take Control of Summer Heat". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  5. ^ Oh, Jean (5 August 2009). "New horror special to chill summer nights". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  6. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (18 September 2007). "TV Falls in Love with Epic Dramas". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  7. ^ Kim, Heidi (2 May 2011). "Actor Lee Seo-jin cast in new historical drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  8. ^ Ko, Min-seok (13 October 2011). "Actors raise money for preservation". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  9. ^ Kim, Da-ye (31 January 2011). "Actor tries lot as financier". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  10. ^ "Actor Lee Seo-jin Turns Hand to Finance". The Chosun Ilbo. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  11. ^ "Actor Lee to direct asset management firm". The Korea Herald. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  12. ^ "South Korean actor Lee Seo-Jin helps build homes and awareness with Habitat for Humanity during the annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project". Habitat.org. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  13. ^ Kang, Seung-hun (14 October 2009). "Actor Lee to build houses with Jimmy Carter". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  14. ^ "Lets Tree Fund will Plant Trees, Educate Kids". Nippon Foundation. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  15. ^ Hong, Lucia (18 May 2011). "Actor Lee Seo-jin makes donation for Japan earthquake relief". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 

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