Lee Soon-jae

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Lee Soon-jae
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Born (1934-11-16) November 16, 1934 (age 82)
Hoeryong, North Hamgyong Province, Korea
Nationality South Korean
Alma mater Seoul National University - Bachelor of Philosophy
Occupation Actor
Years active 1956–present
Spouse(s) Choi Hee-jung (m.1966)
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Sun-jae
McCune–Reischauer I Sunjae

Lee Soon-jae (born November 16, 1934[1]) is a South Korean actor. He has had a prolific career on the small and big screen spanning nearly six decades.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Lee was born in Hoeryong, North Hamgyong Province, now part of North Korea.[4] When he was 4 years old, his family moved to Seoul where Lee's grandparents were living. Lee's grandfather ran a small real estate business, while his father produced and sold soaps. Lee was raised in the neighborhood of Ahyeon-dong, and graduated from Seoul High School and the prestigious Seoul National University.[5][6]


Lee began his acting career as a university student, and in the 1950s and 1960s he was known, along with other veteran actors like Yeo Woon-kay, as the original stars of daehakgeuk or amateur student theatrical productions.[7] Lee has since built a prolific career on the small and big screen spanning nearly six decades. He was most active in film in the late 1960s through the 1970s, most notably in Yu Hyun-mok's Bun-Rye's Story. As he grew older, Lee shifted to a primarily TV career in the 1990s, receiving acclaim for his roles in the television dramas Live As I Please (written by Yoo Ho), Pungwoon (Crisis), What is Love (written by Kim Soo-hyun) and Hur Jun.[8][9][10]

From 1992 to 1996, Lee served as a member of the 14th National Assembly of South Korea.[11] He quit politics after one term after finding the political climate "too barren" for his taste.[12] Lee remains active in his various advocacies, such as the Korea Broadcasting Actors Union.[13][14][15]

He is also a professor of Film Arts at Sejong University, a professor emeritus of Performing Arts at Gachon University, and the director of the SG Academy. After starring in Hur Jun, he was given an honorary doctorate in Oriental Medicine by Kyung Hee University.

Recent works[edit]

High Kick![edit]

In 2007, Lee, by then a distinguished veteran actor, reached new heights of mainstream popularity when he starred in the sitcom Unstoppable High Kick!. One particular scene became a huge hit among young audiences: when his stern grandfather character discovers porn while browsing through a family member's computer files, then embarrassingly gets caught watching. It went viral, giving rise to numerous parodies in which "Yadong (Porn) Soon-jae" is involved in R-rated hijinks. Lee was surprised that even his granddaughter asked for his autograph for her friends, adding, "Even during my best years, my daughter never asked me for that." Despite having no superstars in the cast, the sitcom received high ratings, which Lee attributed to successfully building comic tension. He said, "For an actor to be funny, he's got to play things straight. [...] It's about finding the comedy in something serious."[4] But Lee also lamented the recent trend of casting inexperienced actors in leading roles on TV, saying, "It's important to know the basics, like the language. How can you act, when you don't even know how to pronounce? Acting is not a simple thing, and this I can say from experience." He later returned as the family patriarch in High Kick Through the Roof, which shares the same concept as the previous sitcom, but with a different cast and characters.[16][17]

Good Morning President[edit]

In 2009, Lee made his big screen comeback after 20 years in television, in Jang Jin's comedy Good Morning President. The movie tells the story of three fictional Korean presidents, and in the first segment, Lee played a well-respected elderly president nearing the end of his term who espouses frugality and charity, but then agonizes whether to take the money when he unexpectedly wins the lottery. Lee said, "I was impressed with how much times have changed; before it would have been impossible to parody the president. The film tries to show that heads of state are only human, just like you and me, which I think makes the movie distinctive, as well as fresh and fun for viewers."[18][19]

Late Blossom[edit]

In 2011, Lee, Yoon So-jung, Song Jae-ho and Kim Soo-mi starred in Late Blossom, a tearjerker romance about two elderly couples, based on the popular webtoon I Love You by Kang Full.[20] Lee said the movie was a rare chance for him and other senior actors to play leading roles on the big screen. He added that Korea's senior citizen population had surpassed 5 million, and "not understanding their feelings would be a failure of television dramas, movies and even elections. Young people might be under the illusion that life is over after turning 60, but the heart doesn't change despite getting old."[21] Initially difficult to finance due to ageism, Late Blossom had a small shooting and marketing budget compared to most Korean mainstream films. But it became a sleeper hit, recouping four times its cost in just a few weeks. Lee also won Best Actor under the international film category at the China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival, becoming its oldest recipient. Lee said, "I never thought I'd win. What a surprise. It feels great to know that Late Blossom has been received well overseas. I thought it would be hard for an actor from television dramas to be awarded a prize at film awards, not to mention the unexpected pleasure of winning at a foreign film festival. I have received the best entertainer award and achievement award before, but receiving this makes me happier and more thrilled." It was his first best actor award for a film in 34 years since the 1977 Baeksang Arts Awards.[22][23]


Lee returned to the stage in 2012 in Father, a Korean adaptation of Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman. This was his third time to play the character Willy Loman. Lee said, "When I first played this role in 1978, some parts were rather incomprehensible. But now, as our society developed, we can finally fully understand what those lines mean. That is the beauty of working on masterpieces like Arthur Miller's. I feel a satisfaction and regret at the same time, for I have reached a new comprehension, and for the perspective that I have yet to discover."[24][25] He reprised the role in 2013, under the direction of Kim Myung-gon.[26]

Grandpas Over Flowers[edit]

In 2013, cable channel tvN launched the travel-reality show Grandpas Over Flowers (the title parodies the manga Boys Over Flowers) directed by Na Young-seok (previously of 1 Night 2 Days).[27] Defying a youth-centered entertainment industry, the hit show stars four veteran actors in their 70s—Lee, Shin Goo, Park Geun-hyung and Baek Il-seob—as they go on a backpacking tour of France, Taiwan and Spain.[28][29][30]


Television series[edit]

Year English title Korean title Romanization Role Network
2016 Dear My Friends 디어 마이 프렌즈 Dieo Mai Peurenjeu (cameo) tvN
2015 Scholar Who Walks the Night 밤을 걷는 선비 Bameul Geotneun Seonbi King Hyeonjo MBC
2015 Make a Woman Cry 여자를 울려 Yeojareul Wulryeo Kang Tae-hwan MBC
2015 Unkind Ladies 착하지 않은 여자들 Chakhaji Anheun Yeojadeul Kim Chul-hee KBS2
2014 The King's Face 왕의 얼굴 Wangui Eolgul Baek Kyung KBS2
2014 Drama Festival "Turning Point" 드라마 페스티벌 - 터닝포인트 Deurama Peseutibal - Teoning Pointeu Lee Soon-jae MBC
2014 Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit 꽃할배 수사대 Kkothalbae Susadae Lee Joon-hyuk tvN
2013 Potato Star 2013QR3 감자별 2013QR3 Gamjabyeol 2013QR3 Noh Song tvN
2013 Ugly Alert 못난이 주의보 Motnani Joouibo Na Sang-jin SBS
2012 Childless Comfort 무자식 상팔자 Moojashik Sangpalja Ahn Ho-shik jTBC
2012 Horse Doctor 마의 Maeui Ko Joo-man MBC
2012 Late Blossom 그대를 사랑합니다 Geudaereul Saranghamnida Kim Man-seok SBS Plus
2012 The King 2 Hearts 더킹 투하츠 De King ttu hateu Eun Kyu-tae MBC
2012 Korean Peninsula 한반도 Hanbando Kang Dae-hyun TV Chosun
2011 A Thousand Kisses 천번의 입맞춤 Chunbuneui Ibmatchoom Jang Byung-doo MBC
2011 The Princess' Man 공주의 남자 Gongjooeui Namja Kim Jongseo KBS2
2011 My Princess 마이 프린세스 Mai Peurinseseu Park Dong-jae MBC
2010 Daemul 대물 Daemul Baek Sung-min SBS
2010 Flames of Desire 욕망의 불꽃 Yokmangeui Bulkkot Kim Tae-jin MBC
2010 Coffee House 커피하우스 Keopi Hawooseu Seo Eun-young's grandfather SBS
2010 The Miracle of Love 사랑의 기적 Sarangeui Gijeok cardiologist SBS
2010 Stars Falling from the Sky 별을 따다줘 Byeoleul Ddadajwo Jung-gook SBS
2010 Master of Prescriptions 처방의 고수 MBC
2009 Father, Your Place 아버지, 당신의 자리 Ahbeoji, Dangsineui Jari Lee Sung-bok SBS
2009 High Kick Through the Roof 지붕뚫고 하이킥! Jibungttulgo Haikik Lee Soon-jae MBC
2009 Children of Heaven 천국의 아이들 SBS
2009 Queen Seondeok 선덕여왕 Seondeok Yeowang King Jinheung MBC
2008 I Love You, Don't Cry 사랑해, 울지마 Saranghae Uljima Han Gyu-il MBC
2008 Beethoven Virus 베토벤 바이러스 Betoben Bayireoseu Kim Kap-yong MBC
2008 Mom's Dead Upset 엄마가 뿔났다 Eommaga Bbulnada Na Choong-bok KBS2
2007 Yi San 이산 Yi San King Yeongjo MBC
2007 Love Isn't Stop (segment: "Ex-lover") 사랑은 쉬지 않는다 Sarangeun Swiji Anneunda Sarangyeot KBS N
2007 When Spring Comes 꽃피는 봄이 오면 Kkotpineun Bomi Omyeon Lee Jae-shik KBS2
2006 Unstoppable High Kick! 거침없이 하이킥! Geochimeopsi Haikik Lee Soon-jae MBC
2006 The Vineyard Man 포도밭 그 사나이 Podobat Geusanai Lee Byung-dal KBS2
2005 A Love to Kill 이 죽일놈의 사랑 I jukilnomui sarang KBS2
2005 Bride from Hanoi 하노이 신부 Hanoi Sinbu Song Il-ran's father SBS
2005 Princess Lulu 루루공주 Ruru Gongju Chairman Go Deok-soo SBS
2005 The Post Horse Curse
(HDTV Literature)
역마 Yeokma KBS2
2005 My Sweetheart, My Darling 어여쁜 당신 Eo-yeo-ppeun Dang-sin Jang Yoon-jae KBS1
2004 Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin 불멸의 이순신 Bulmyeolui Yi Sun-sin Yi Hwang KBS1
2004 The Land 토지 Toji Teacher Kim SBS
2004 The Age of Heroes 영웅시대 Yeong-woong-si-dae Chun Tae-san's grandfather MBC
2004 Hot Tropical Nights in December 12월의 열대야 12 Wolui Yeoldaeya Dr. Min Tae-joon SBS
2004 Sweet 18 낭랑18세 Nangrang 18se Kwon Jin-sa KBS2
2003 Escape from Unemployment 백수탈출 Hwang Choon-beom SBS
2003 A Problem at My Younger Brother's House 흥부네 박터졌네 Hongbune Baktejeotne Park Man-bo SBS
2003 Pearl Necklace 진주 목걸이 Jinju Mokkyeoli Hwang Man-kap KBS2
2003 My Fair Lady 요조숙녀 Yo-jo-suk-nyeo President SBS
2002 너희가 나라를 아느냐 Choi Ik-hyun MBC
2002 Jang Hui-bin 장희빈 Jang Hui-bin Song Siyeol KBS2
2002 Hyun-jung, I Love You 현정아 사랑해 Hyunjungah Saranghae Kim Jae-hwa MBC
2002 The Rustic Period 야인시대 Yain Shidae Won Do-in SBS
2002 Who's My Love? 내사랑 누굴까 Nae Sarang Nogulkka? Kim Deok-bae KBS2
2002 Present 선물 Seonmul MBC
2001 Sangdo 상도 (商道) Sangdo Park Joo-myung MBC
2001 Way of Living: Couple 이 부부가 사는 법 Yi Bubuga Saneun Beop Ki In-jong SBS
2001 Guardian Angel 수호천사 Suho Cheonsa Chairman Kang Doo-shik SBS
2001 Orient Theater 동양극장 (東洋劇場) Dong-yang Geuk-jang Wakejima KBS2
2001 Still Love 그래도 사랑해 Geu rae do Sa rang hae Park Hoe-jang SBS
2000 The Aspen Tree 은사시나무 Eunsasi Namu SBS
2000 Ajumma 아줌마 Ajumma Jang Ki-baek MBC
2000 I Want to Keep Seeing You 자꾸만 보고 싶네 Kim Eui-kyung SBS
2000 Mr. Duke 신귀공자 Sin-gwi-gong-ja President Jang MBC
1999 Hur Jun 허준 Heo Jun Yoo Ui-tae MBC
1999 The Last War 마지막 전쟁 Heo Jun Han Ji-soo's father MBC
1999 Someone's House 사람의 집 Saramui Jip Shim (Joo-sa) KBS1
1998 The Solid Man 단단한 놈 National Treasure SBS
1998 사랑밖엔 난 몰라 MBC
1998 Panther of Kilimanjaro 킬리만자로의 표범 Professor Noh KBS2
1998 The Era of the Three Kims 삼김시대 Yun Bo-seon SBS
1998 See and See Again 보고 또 보고 Bo go Tto Bo go Principal Park MBC
1997 불 붙은 난간 Jung Joon KBS
1997 Only You 당신 뿐인데 Heo Jang-gap SBS
1997 욕망 Song Il-young MBC
1997 Palace of Dreams 꿈의 궁전 Ji Won-ho SBS
1997 Because I Love You 사랑하니까 Sarang Hanikka SBS
1996 Sometimes Like Strangers 때로는 타인처럼 Chairman Park SBS
1996 Wonji-dong Blues 원지동 블루스 Choi Ik-sam KBS
1995 Korea Gate 코리아게이트 Yun Bo-seon SBS
1995 Men of the Bath House 목욕탕집 남자들 Kim Bok-dong KBS2
1994 Ambition 야망 Ya Mang Woo Yeok-gwan MBC
1993 The 3rd Republic 제3공화국 Yun Bo-seon MBC
1993 How's Your Husband? 댁의 남편은 어떠십니까? Daekui Nampyeoneun Eotteosipnikka SBS
1991 Kyoto at 25 교토 25시 Chairman Ishida KBS
1991 What is Love 사랑이 뭐길래 Sarangi Mwogilrae Lee Byung-ho MBC
1991 The Wonders of Eastern Medicine 동의보감 Dongui Bogam Yoo Ui-tae MBC
1990 파천무 Pacheonmu Kim Jongseo KBS
1990 Betrayal of the Rose 배반의 장미 Kim Won-il MBC
1989 Mt. Jiri 지리산 Jirisan KBS1
1989 천명 KBS
1989 The 2nd Republic 제2공화국 Yun Bo-seon MBC
1987 사모곡 KBS
1986 그대의 초상 KBS
1985 Silver Rapids 은빛 여울 KBS
1985 열망 Samchonri Industrial founder KBS
1984 내 사랑 아직도 끝나지 않았네 KBS
1984 겨울에 심은 나무 expert on liberation theology KBS
1984 TV's Tale of Chunhyang TV 춘향전 TV Chunhyangjeon KBS
1983 엄마는 바빠요 KBS
1982 산하 KBS
1982 보통 사람들 KBS
1982 Crisis 풍운 Pungun Heungseon Daewongun KBS
1981 우리에게 축복의 기도를 KBS
1981 Campfire 모닥불 KBS
1981 The 1st Republic 제1공화국 Yun Bo-seon MBC
1981 Two Women 두 여인 KBS
1980 아롱이 다롱이 Arongi Darongi TBC
1978 그리워 retired principal TBC
1978 시집갈때까지는 TBC
1977 그건 그려 TBC
1976 천여화 TBC
1975 안개 TBC
1974 사나이들 TBC
1974 인목대비 King Gwanghae TBC
1973 University of Tokyo student Shin Sang-gu TBC
1973 재혼 TBC
1973 연화 Min dae-gam TBC
1972 관부연락선 Yoo Tae-rim TBC
1970 고독한 길 TBC
1970 동경유학생 TBC
1970 Daughter Ddal TBC
1970 아씨 TBC
1970 Ajumma 아줌마 Ajumma Jang-gu's uncle TBC
1966 Live As I Please 내 멋에 산다 TBC
1966 Mister Bear 미스터 곰 TBC
1964 눈은 나리는데 TBC
1962 나도 인간이 되련다 KBS


Year English title Korean title Romanization Role Director
2011 Romantic Heaven 로맨틱 헤븐 Romaentik Hebeun old man (God) Jang Jin
2011 Late Blossom 그대를 사랑합니다 Keudaereul Saranghamnida Kim Man-seok Choo Chang-min
2009 Good Morning President 굿 모닝 프레지던트 Gotmoning Peurejidenteu Kim Jeong-ho Jang Jin
2009 Up Carl Fredericksen (Korean dubbing) Pete Docter
2006 Family Matters 모두들, 괜찮아요? Modu-deul, goenchanhayo? Won-jo Nam Seon-ho
2006 Forbidden Quest 음란서생 Eumranseosaeng Kim Yoon-seo's father Kim Dae-woo
2005 My Girl and I 파랑주의보 Parang ju-eui-bo Kim Man-geum Jeon Yoon-soo
1989 Honeymoon 밀월 Milwol Byun Jang-ho
1987 Forget-me-nots 물망초 Mulmangcho (Nareul iss-ji maseyo) Lee Mi-rye
1987 0.917 (Subconscious) 영점구일칠 (0.917) Yeong jeom gu chil il (0.917) Lee Dong-hui
1986 Wet Grass and Wet Leaves 젖은 풀 젖은 잎 Jeoch-eun pul Jeoch-eun ip Im Joung-soo
1984 I Want to Go 가고파 Gagopa Kwak Jeong-hwan
1984 Road to Peace 화평의 길 Hwapyeong-ui gil Kang Dae-jin
1984 Holy Mission Choe In-hyeon
1983 The Foolish Woman 바보스러운 여자 Baboseureowun yeoja Ha Hwe-ryong
1983 Love and Farewell 사랑 그리고 이별 Sarang grigo i-byeol Byun Jang-ho
1982 The Blues of Jong-ro 종로 부루스 Jonglobuleuseu Kim Hyo-cheon
1981 Forgive Me Once Again Despite Hatred '80' 미워도 다시한번 80 제2부 Mi-wodo dasihanbeon '80 Byun Jang-ho
1981 Goodbye Daddy '81 아빠안녕 Appa-annyeong '81 Byun Jang-ho
1980 Son of Man 사람의 아들 Salam-ui adeul Yu Hyun-mok
1980 Mu Hyoup Gum Pung 무협검풍 Muhyeobgeompung Nam Gi-nam
1980 The Man to be Forgotten 잊어야 할 그사람 Ij-eo-ya hal geu salam Park Ho-tae
1980 Love Me Once Again Despite Hatred '80 미워도 다시한번 '80 Mi-wodo dasihanbeon '80 Byun Jang-ho
1980 Magnificent Experience 화려한 경험 Hwalyeohan gyeongheom Lee Sang-gu
1980 Unconditional Love 아낌없이 바쳤는데 Akkim-eobs-i bachyeossneunde Park Ho-tae
1979 Admiration of Nights 밤의 찬가 Bam-ui changa Kim Ho-sun
1979 Pyro-Sonata 광염소나타 Gwang-yeomsonata Go Yeong-nam
1979 Eul-hwa 을화 Eulhwa Byun Jang-ho
1979 Eternal Inheritance 영원한 유산 Yeong-wonhan yusan Choe In-hyeon
1979 The Terms of Love 사랑의 조건 Salang-ui jogeon Kim Soo-yong
1979 Miss Oh's Apartment (Sequel) O양의 아파트(속) O-yang-ui apateu Byun Jang-ho
1979 A Letter from Heaven 하늘나라에서 온 편지 Haneulnala-eseo on pyeonji Kim Jun-sik
1978 Miss Oh's Apartment O양의 아파트 O-yang-ui apateu Byun Jang-ho
1978 Red Gate of Tragedy 비련의 홍살문 Bilyeon-ui hongsalmun Byun Jang-ho
1978 Woman in the Fog 안개속의 여인 Angaesog-ui yeo-in Choe In-hyeon
1978 Grave Wood 비목 Bimog Go Yeong-nam
1978 Sadness Under the Sky 하늘아래 슬픔이 Ha-neul-alae seulpeum-i Lee Yeong-woo
1978 With My Older Brother and Sister 오빠하고 누나하고 Oppahago nunahago Lee Sang-eon
1978 King Sejong the Great 세종대왕 Sejongdae-wang Choe In-hyeon
1977 The Old Manor 고가 Goga Cho Moon-jin
1977 Towards the High Place 저 높은 곳을 향하여 Jeo nop-eun gos-eul hyangha-yeo Im Won-sik
1977 Little Namgung Dong-ja 남궁동자 Namgung Dongja Kim Su-hyeong
1977 Arirang-A 아리랑아 Alilang-a Jeong In-yeob
1977 Two Decades as a Woman Journalist 여기자 20년 Yeogija 20nyeon Kim Soo-yong
1976 I Really Have a Dream 정말 꿈이 있다구 Jeongmal kkum-i issdagu Mun Yeo-song
1976 Concentration of Attention 집념 Jibnyeom Heo Jun Choe In-hyeon
1976 Mother 어머니 Eomeoni Im Won-sik
1976 Season of Love 사랑의 계절 Salang-ui gyejeol Lee Seong-min
1976 Even I Don't Know My Mind 내마음 나도 몰라 Naema-eum nado molla Im Won-sik
1975 You Become a Star, Too 너 또한 별이 되어 Neo ttohan byeol-i doe-eo Lee Jang-ho
1975 Wasteland 황토 Hwangto Kim Soo-yong
1975 Yeong-ja's Heydays 영자의 전성시대 Yeongja-ui jeonseongsidae Kim Ho-sun
1975 Glory in Ten's 10대의 영광 10dae-ui yeonggwang Go Yeong-nam
1975 Outing in 10 Years 십년만의 외출 Sibnyeonman-ui oechul Seol Bong
1975 End of an Affair 애종 Aejong Jung Jin-woo
1975 Story of the Youth 청춘극장 Cheongchungeugjang Byun Jang-ho
1975 Escape 탈출 Talchul Go Yeong-nam
1975 Chang-su's Heydays 창수의 전성시대 Changsu-ui jeonseongsidae Kim Sa-gyeom
1975 A Northwest Youth 서북청년 Seobugcheongnyeon Go Yeong-nam
1974 The Instinct 본능 Bonneung Kim Soo-yong
1974 A True Story of Kim Du-han 실록 김두한 Sillog Gim Duhan Kim Hyo-cheon
1974 Pupils of the Evil 악마의 제자들 Agma-ui jejadeul Lee Seong-gu
1974 The Land[31] 토지 Toji Kim Soo-yong
1974 You and I, and Another 너와 나 그리고 또 하나 Neo-wa na geuligo tto hana Go Yeong-nam
1974 Special Investigation Bureau: The Life of Miss Kim Su-im 특별수사본부 김수임의 일생 Teugbyeolsusabonbu Gim Suim-ui ilsaeng Lee Won-se
1974 A Blind Swordsman 죽장검 Jug-janggeom Shin Young-il
1974 Reminiscences 회상 Hoesang Go Yeong-nam
1974 A Horrible Breath 공포의 숨소리 Gongpo-ui sumsoli Park Tae-won
1974 Lee Jung-seob, a Painter 이중섭 I Jungseop Kwak Jeong-hwan
1974 An Inmate 동거인 Donggeo-in Lee Gyeong-tae
1974 Dangerous Relations 위험한 사이 Wiheomhan sa-i Lee Seong-gu
1974 Yeonhwa 2 연화(속) Yeonhwa Im Kwon-taek
1974 Yeonhwa 연화 Yeonhwa Im Kwon-taek
1973 Testimony 증언 Jeung-eon Im Kwon-taek
1973 Special Investigation Bureau: Bae Tae-ok Case 특별수사본부 배태옥 사건 Teugbyeolsusabonbu Bae Taeok sageon Lee Won-se
1972 A Judge's Wife 판사부인 Pansabu-in Kang Dae-sun
1972 A Woman in a Mud Flat 갯벌속의 여자 Gaesbeolsog-ui yeoja Go Yeong-nam
1972 Girls' High School Days 여고시절 Yeogosijeol Kang Dae-sun
1972 Two Sons Crying for Their Mother's Love 모정에 우는 두아들 Mojeong-e uneun du-adeul Lee Il-su
1971 My Older Brother (sequel) 형(속) Hyeong Lee Doo-yong
1971 Bun-Rye's Story 분례기 Bunlyegi Yu Hyun-mok
1971 I Want to Be in Your Arms Again 그대 가슴에 다시한번 Geudae gaseum-e dasihanbeon Kim Sa-gyeom
1971 The First Love 첫정 Cheosjeong Jang Yeong-guk
1971 A Family of Brother and Sister 남매는 단둘이다 Nammaeneun dandul-ida Moon Sang-hun
1971 Darling, I'm Sorry 아내여 미안하다 Anae-yeo mi-anhada Ahn Hyun-chul
1970 Eight Daughters-in-law 팔도며느리 Paldomyeoneuli Shim Wu-seob
1970 A Woman's Battleground 여인전장 Yeo-injeonjang Shim Wu-seob
1970 Underground Women's College 지하여자대학 Jiha-yeojadaehag Choi Moo-ryong
1970 When We Have Hatred 당신이 미워질때 Dangsin-i mi-wojilttae Kang Dae-jin
1970 Father-in-law 시아버지 Si-abeoji Ha Han-soo
1970 If There Were No Parting Again 이별없이 살았으면 Ibyeol-eobs-i sal-ass-eumyeon Nam Sang-jin
1970 My Life in Your Heart 내 목숨 당신 품에 Nae mogsum dangsin pum-e Jeong Seong-mun
1970 Turtle 거북이 Geobug-i Lee Seong-gu
1970 Please Turn Off the Light 방의 불을 꺼주오 Bang-e bul-eul kkeoju-o Lee Hyung-pyo
1970 Twisted Fate of a Man 한많은 남아일생 Hanmanh-eun nam-a-ilsaeng Kim Hyo-cheon
1970 Great King Sejo 세조대왕 Sejodae-wang Lee Kyu-woong
1970 House of a Stranger 타인의 집 Ta-in-ui jib Lee Sang-eon
1969 Evil Person 마인 Main Im Won-sik
1969 Regret Won Nam Tae-gwon
1969 Forget-me-not 물망초 Mulmangcho Choi Hoon
1969 Invisible Man 투명인간 Tumyeong Ingan Lee Kyu-woong
1969 Wound 상처 Sangcheo Choi Moo-ryong
1969 Wild Girl 야성녀 Yaseongnyeo Lee Kyu-woong
1969 Lost Love 어느 하늘아래서 Eoneu Haneul Araeseo Choi Moo-ryong
1969 Sahwa Mountain 사화산 Sahwasan Go Yeong-nam
1969 Temporary Government in Shanghai 상해 임시정부(와 김구선생) Sanghae Imsi Jeongbu Wa Kim Gu Seonsaeng Jo Keung-ha
1969 Flower Sandals 꽃버선 Kkot Beoseon Jo Keung-ha
1969 For Once in a Lifetime 내 생애에 단한번 Nae Saeng-ae Dan Hanbeon Choe In-hyeon
1969 A Returned Singer 돌아온 선창 Doraon Seonchang Chun Jo-myoung
1969 Cruel Revenge 피도 눈물도 없다 Pido Nunmuldo Eopda Kim Gang-yun
1969 Wind 바람 Baram Go Yeong-nam
1969 7 People in the Cellar 지하실의 7인 Jihasil-ui Chil-in Lee Seong-gu
1969 Devoting the Youth 청춘을 다바쳐 Cheongchun-eul Dabachyeo Kim Ki-duk
1969 Lady Hong 미녀홍낭자 Minyeo Hong Nangja Kim Ki-young
1969 Brother Hyeong Lee Sang-eon
1969 Chunwon Lee Gwang-su 춘원 이광수 Chunwon Lee Gwangsu Yi Kwang-su Choe In-hyeon
1969 First Night 첫날밤 갑자기 Cheonnalbam Gabjagi Kim Hyo-cheon
1969 Yun Sim-deok 윤심덕 Yun Sim-deok Ahn Hyun-chul
1969 Jang Nok-su 요화 장록수 Yohwa Jang Nok-su Lee Kyu-woong
1969 The Saint and the Witch 성녀와 마녀 Seongnyeo-wa Manyeo Na Han-bong
1969 Escaping Shanghai 상해탈출 Sanghae Talchul Im Kwon-taek
1969 Starting Point 시발점 Sibaljeom Kim Soo-yong
1969 Snowy Night 눈나리는 밤 Nun Narineun Bam Ha Han-soo
1969 Sky and Star 하늘을 보고 별을 따고 Haneul-eul Bogo Byeol-eul Ttago Jo Keung-ha
1968 Quick Ladder of Success 출세가도 Chulsegado Park Jong-ho
1968 Autumn Love 추정 Chujeong Yu Yeol
1968 Labyrinth 미로 Miro Jung Jin-woo
1968 Daughter Ttal Kim Su-dong
1968 Lady in Dream 몽녀 Mongnyeo Im Kwon-taek
1968 Snow Lady 설녀 Seolnyeo Kim Ki
1968 Secret Order 밀명 Milmyeong Im Won-sik
1968 Trees Stand on a Slope 나무들 비탈에 서다 Namudeul Bitare Seoda Choi Ha-won
1968 Cloud 구름 Gureum Jung Jin-woo
1968 Ghost Story 괴담 Goedam Chun Jo-myoung
1968 Salt Pond 수전지대 Sujeonjidae Kim Soo-yong
1968 I Won't Hate You 미워하지 않겠다 Miweohaji Angetda Lee Hyung-pyo
1968 The Sister's Diary 언니의 일기 Eunni-eui Ilgi Choe In-hyeon
1968 Love 사랑 Sarang Kang Dae-jin
1968 Remarriage 재혼 Jaehon Go Yeong-nam
1968 A Police Note 형사수첩 Hyeongsa Sucheop Park Jong-ho
1968 A Solar Eclipse 일식 Ilsik Lee Seong-gu
1968 The Eternal Motherhood Jo Keung-ha
1968 Pure Love 순정산하 Sunjeongsanha Cho Woong-dae
1968 Sun-deok 순덕이 Sundeogi Choe In-hyeon
1968 Madame Anemone 아네모네 마담 Anemone Madam Kim Ki-duk
1968 Trumpet in Night Sky 밤하늘의 트럼펫 Bamhaneurui Treompet Yang Myeong-sik
1968 Romance Mama 로맨스마마 Romaenseu Mama Choe In-hyeon
1968 A Great Hero, Kim Seon-dal 천하호걸 김선달 Cheonha Hogeol Kim Seon-dal Im Won-jik
1968 Where is He Now 지금 그 사람은 Jigeum Geu Sarameun Choi Hoon
1967 Guests Who Arrived on the Last Train 막차로 온 손님들 Makcharo On Sonnimdeul Yu Hyun-mok
1967 A King's Command 어명 Eomyeong Gang Jo-won
1967 The Freezing Point 빙점 Bingjeom Kim Soo-yong
1967 Madam of Myeong-wol Kwan 명월관 아씨 Myeong-wolgwan Assi Park Jong-ho
1967 Nostalgia 망향천리 Manghyang Cheolli Im Kwon-taek
1967 Dongsimcho 동심초 Dongsimcho Lee Sang-eon
1967 I Hate Men 남자는 싫어 Namjaneun Sireo An Myoun-hee
1967 A Traveling King 나그네 임금 Nageune Imgeum Choe In-hyeon
1967 Whistle 기적 Gijeok Lee Man-hee
1967 Is Wild Apricot an Apricot? 개살구도 살구냐 Gaesalgudo Salgunya Kim Cheol
1967 The Hateful King 상감마마 미워요 Sanggammama Miwoyo Choe In-hyeon
1967 Bobbed Hair 단발머리 Danbalmeori Kim Su-dong
1967 Yonggary 대괴수 용가리 Daegoesu Yonggari Kim Ki-duk
1967 When Bucketwheat Flowers Blossom 메밀꽃 필 무렵 Memilkkot Pil Muryeop Lee Seong-gu
1967 A Regret Han Yu Hyun-mok
1967 The White Crow 하얀 까마귀 Hayan Kkamagwi Jung Jin-woo
1967 A Deviation 탈선 Talseon Go Yeong-nam
1967 Others 타인들 Taindeul Kim Ki-duk
1967 A Virtuous Woman 칠부열녀 Chilbuyeollyeo Choe In-hyeon
1967 Lingering Attachment 미련 Miryeon Go Yeong-man
1967 The Queen Moonjeong 문정왕후 Munjeong-wanghu Rha Bong-han
1967 A Child Who Was Born in the Year of Liberation 해방동이 Haebangdong-i Park Sang-ho
1967 Traces 이조잔영 Ijojanyeong Shin Sang-ok
1967 A Misty Grassland 안개낀 초원 Angaekkin Chowon Go Yeong-nam
1966 Gunsmoke 초연 Choyeon Jung Jin-woo
1966 The Dead and the Alive 죽은 자와 산 자 Jugeun Jawa San Ja Lee Kang-cheon
1966 I Will Be a King for the Day 오늘은 왕 Oneul-eun Wang Kim Ki-duk
1966 The Life of Na Woon-gyu 나운규 일생 Naungyu Ilsaeng Choi Moo-ryong
1966 Terminal 종점 Jongjeom Kim Ki-duk

Variety show[edit]

Year English title Korean title Romanization Role Network
2013-2015 Grandpas Over Flowers 꽃보다 할배 Ggotboda Halbae cast tvN
2012 Saturday Night Live Korea 새터데이 나이트 라이브 코리아 Saeteode-i Na-iteu Ra-ibeu Gori-a guest (season 2, episode 4) tvN
2010 연대기 - 100인의 전설 MC KBS2


Year English title Korean title Romanization Role Notes
2015 The Hague 1907 헤이그 1907 N/A Director
2015 Drifting People 유민가 Un-je
2014; 2015 On Golden Pond 황금연못 Norman Thayer
2014 Love Tune[32] 사랑별곡 Mr. Park
2013 The Crucible 시련 N/A Producer
2013 Sooni's Uncle 순이 삼촌 N/A Director
2012 White Neutral Nation 하얀 중립국
2012; 2013 Father 아버지 Abeoji Willy Loman
2012 하얀 중립국 Priest
2010-2011; 2012 Don Quixote 돈키호테 Don Quixote
2008 A Life in the Theatre 라이프 인 더 씨어터 Robert
2006-2007 The Odd Couple 늙은 부부 이야기 Park Dong-man
Cyrano 시라노 Sirano Cyrano de Bergerac
Beckett 베케트
The Taming of the Shrew 말괄량이 길들이기
Look Homeward, Angel 천사여 고향을 돌아보라


Year Award Category Nominated work
2015 10th Golden Tickets Awards Best Theater Actor
2012 1st K-Drama Star Awards Achievement Award High Kick Through the Roof,
Good Morning President
2011 Korean CEO Grand Prix Special Award, Cultural CEO category
2011 20th China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival Best Actor, International Film category Late Blossom
2010 1st Seoul Art & Culture Awards Grand Prize/Daesang, Cultural Artist category
2009 MBC Entertainment Awards Achievement Award[33] High Kick Through the Roof
2009 5th Korea Green Foundation People Who Brightened Our World
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Achievement Award, TV category
2008 MBC Drama Awards PD Award Beethoven Virus
2008 6th 인물대상 대중예술대상
2007 MBC Drama Awards Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Historical Drama Yi San
2007 MBC Entertainment Awards Grand Prize/Daesang Unstoppable High Kick!
2007 8th Korea Visual Arts Awards Photogenic Award Unstoppable High Kick!
2007 1st Korea Drama Awards Achievement Award Unstoppable High Kick!
2007 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Best Casting Unstoppable High Kick!
2007 41st Tax Payer's Day Citation given by the Dongdaemun District Tax Office N/A
2004 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama The Land
2002 MBC Hall of Fame
2002 Bo-gwan Order of Cultural Merit N/A N/A
2000 SBS Drama Awards Achievement Award I Want to Keep Seeing You,
The Aspen Tree
1984 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award 겨울에 심은 나무
1982 9th Korea Broadcasting Awards Excellence Award in TV Crisis
1979 TBC Drama Awards Distinguished Service Award
1977 13th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Film Actor Concentration of Attention
1974 TBC Drama Awards Grand Prize/Daesang 연화, 사나이들
1972 15th Buil Film Awards Best Actor Bun-Rye's Story
1966 2nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Theater Actor Look Homeward, Angel


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