Lee Sung-min (actor)

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Lee Sung-min
Born (1968-12-04) December 4, 1968 (age 50)
EducationTaegu Science College - Broadcasting and Entertainment
Years active1985-present
AgentHodoo Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Seong-min
McCune–ReischauerI Sŏng-min

Lee Sung-min (born December 4, 1968) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his supporting roles on television and film, notably his much-praised performances in Golden Time (2012), Broken (2014), and Misaeng: Incomplete Life (2014).[1][2][3][4] Lee has also received critical acclaim for his role in the 2018 espionage film The Spy Gone North.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Black & White Thief 1 Short film
2004 Father and Son: The Story of Mencius Loan shark 1
My Mother, the Mermaid Fruit store owner
Flying Boys Mr. Kim
2005 Marathon Jung-wook's friend
Boy Goes to Heaven Detective
2006 Silk Shoes Sung-cheol
Seducing Mr. Perfect Director Yang
2007 Secret Sunshine Chef
Wide Awake Sang-woo's father
2008 The Good, the Bad, the Weird Cook
Go Go 70s Seoul Weekly editor-in-chief
and pop columnist Lee Byung-wook
2009 The Pot Dong-shik
Triangle Company president Lee Byeong-joon
2010 A Little Pond Kkoo-ri's father
Bestseller Editor Ma Dae-yoon
Troubleshooter Atty. Yoon Dae-hee
The Unjust District Attorney
Cafe Noir Mi-yeon 1's husband
休(휴) Mr. Kim Short film
2011 Officer of the Year Detective Jo
The Cat Bi-dan's papa Cameo
Dreaming of Romance Seung-hwan Short film
2012 Howling Gu Young-cheol
Hoya (Eighteen, Nineteen) OB/Gyn doctor
All About My Wife Director Na Cameo
2013 My Little Hero Kang Hee-seok
The Attorney Lee Yoon-taek
2014 Venus Talk Lee Jae-ho
Broken Jang Eok-gwan [6]
Kundo: Age of the Rampant Dae-ho [7]
My Brilliant Life Family doctor Cameo
Big Match Choi Young-ho [8]
2015 The Piper Village chief [9]
Sori: Voice From The Heart Hae-gwan [10][11]
2016 A Violent Prosecutor Assistant Prosecutor General Jong-gil [12]
Familyhood Joo Min-ho
2017 The Sheriff in Town Dae-ho [13]
Real Choi Jin-gi [14]
2018 What a Man Wants Seok-geun [15]
The Spy Gone North Ri Myung-woon [16]
The Witness Sang-hoon [17]
The Drug King Seo Sang-hoon Special appearance[18]
2019 Hit-and-Run Squad Min-jae's adoptive father [19]
Mr. Zoo Tae-ju [20]
Beast Jeong Han-soo [21]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2004 Oh Feel Young 검품장 Park KBS2
MBC Best Theater "Brother Is Back" Il-do MBC
2005 MBC Best Theater "Loveholic Project" Manager Kim
2006 Hello God Detective
(guest, episodes 1-2)
Special Crime Investigation:
Murder in the Blue House
Ha Doo-gil
(guest, episodes 2-3)
2007 The Devil Hwang Dae-pil
Legend of Hyang Dan Byun Hak-do MBC
Drama City "수맥을 잡아라" Director KBS2
2008 King Sejong the Great Choi Man-ri
On Air PD Song Soo-chul SBS
Working Mom Kang Chul-min
Terroir Multi-level staff member
(guest, episodes 3,8)
2009 Can Anyone Love Heo Se-dol
Partner Han Joon-soo
(guest, episode 13)
Triple Director Jung MBC
Hometown Legends "Silent Village" Jinsa Yoon KBS2
Hot Blood Yang Man-cheol
2010 Pasta Seol Joon-seok MBC
Gloria Son Jong-bum
Drama Special "Last Flashman" Jo Won-shik KBS2
MBC Best Theater "We Teach Love" Park Yong-dae MBC
2011 My Princess Lee Young-chan,
president of Korea
Listen to My Heart Lee Myung-gyun
Drama Special "Identical Criminals" Kang Dae-woo KBS2
A Thousand Days' Promise Seo-yeon's boss
(cameo, episode 1)
Brain Go Jae-hak KBS2
2012 Drama Special Series
"Just an Ordinary Love Story"
Kim Joo-pyeong
The King 2 Hearts[22] King Lee Jae-kang MBC
Golden Time[23] Choi In-hyuk
Arang and the Magistrate Gatekeeper at library of
the Book of Life and Death
(cameo, episode 20)
Drama Special "Culprit Among Friends" Detective Park (cameo) KBS2
2013 When a Man Falls in Love Gangster boss Kim Dae-kwang
(guest, episodes 1-2,4)
Monstar Movie director Kwon Tae-hyun
(cameo, episode 1)
Miss Korea[24] Teacher Jung MBC
2014 Big Man High-ranking executive
Misaeng: Incomplete Life Oh Sang-shik tvN
2015 Hogu's Love Chief Oh
(cameo, episode 1)
Splendid Politics Yi Deok-hyeong MBC
2016 Memory[25] Park Tae-Suk tvN


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Pig Hunt N/A assistant director
2002 Oxygen N/A stage manager
The Caucasian Chalk Circle N/A assistant director
2003 Laundromat Fairytale N/A assistant director
2005 Mareugo Daltorok
2006 The Weir Choon-bal
Shear Madness Chief Na Do-sik/Detective Ma
2007 Shining City
2010 Bieonso
Yang Deok-won Story Kwan-woo
2011-2012 A Story of Old Thieves
2012 Seoul Notes
The Weir Choon-bal
2014 Mareugo Daltorok

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1992 Daegu Theatre Festival Best New Actor Won
1998 Daegu Theatre Festival Best Actor Won
2001 Korea Theatre Festival Best Actor Won
2012 1st K-Drama Star Awards Acting Award, Actor[26] Golden Time Won
5th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
25th Grimae Awards Best Actor Won
MBC Drama Awards PD Award Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
8th Golden Ticket Awards[27] Best Actor in a Play The Weir Won
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Golden Time Nominated
2014 35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Kundo: Age of the Rampant Nominated
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards[28] Best Actor (TV) Misaeng: Incomplete Life Won
24th Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor The Piper Nominated
4th APAN Star Awards[29] Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Misaeng: Incomplete Life Won
2016 tvN10 Awards[30] Best Actor Won
2018 27th Buil Film Awards[31] Best Actor The Spy Gone North Won
55th Grand Bell Awards[32] Won
38th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[33] Won
2nd The Seoul Awards[34] Best Actor (Film) Nominated
39th Blue Dragon Film Awards[35] Best Actor Nominated
18th Director's Cut Awards[36] Actor of the Year Won
2019 10th KOFRA Film Awards[37] Best Actor Won
55th Baeksang Arts Awards[38] Won


  1. ^ Lee, Ga-on (9 October 2012). 이성민: "최인혁? 멋있어 보이려고 한 건 절대 아니다". TenAsia (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  2. ^ "'Misaeng' syndrome grips the nation". The Korea Herald. 12 November 2014.
  3. ^ Hwang, Hee-yeon; Kim, Hyung-seok (17 October 2014). "10 Scene Stealers③ - LEE Sung-min: The Ordinary Man with Cautious Eyes". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  4. ^ "Affable actor steps into spotlight". Korea JoongAng Daily. 26 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Lee Sung-min is doing double duty : With two films out, the actor hopes they both find audiences". Korea JoongAng Daily. 10 October 2018.
  6. ^ Song, Soon-jin (17 March 2014). "Press Conference for BROKEN, Based on HIGASHINO Keigo Novel". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  7. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (13 June 2014). "Chemistry for Ha, Kang in Kundo". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  8. ^ "[Photo] BoA, Lee Jung Jae, Shin Ha Kyun and More Gear Up for ′Big Match′". Mwave. 20 November 2014.
  9. ^ "RYU Seung-ryong Selects GUEST as Next Project". Korean Film Biz Zone. 22 April 2014.
  10. ^ "'SORI: Voice from the Heart' gains momentum". Kpop Herald. 1 February 2016.
  11. ^ "[Interview] "SORI: Voice from the Heart" actor Lee Sung-min, "I nearly cried in one of the scenes"". Hancinema. 18 January 2016.
  12. ^ "GANG Dong-won and HWANG Jung-min Confirmed for A VIOLENT PROSECUTOR". Korean Film Biz Zone. 12 May 2015.
  13. ^ "SHERIFF Rounds Up LEE Sung-min, CHO Jin-woong and KIM Sung-kyun". Korean Film Biz Zone. 6 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Things Get REAL for LEE Sung-min, HAN Ji-eun". Korean Film Biz Zone. 23 December 2015.
  15. ^ "LEE Sung-min and SHIN Ha-kyun Blow into WIND WIND WIND". Korean Film Biz Zone. 14 March 2017.
  16. ^ "HWANG Jung-min Infiltrates YOON Jong-bin's DUKE". Korean Film Biz Zone. 6 January 2017.
  17. ^ "LEE Sung-min Takes a Look at WITNESS". Korean Film Biz Zone. 2 May 2017.
  18. ^ "JO Jung-suk, YOON Je-moon and LEE Sung-min Surround DRUG KING". Korean Film Biz Zone. 14 March 2017.
  19. ^ Shin Mi-rae (January 18, 2019). "'뺑반' 공효진X류준열X조정석 등, 캐릭터 포스터 8종 공개 '개성 폭발'" (in Korean). MBN.
  20. ^ "LEE Sung-min Suits Up as Animal Whisperer MR. ZOO". Korean Film Biz Zone. 27 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Lee Sung-min and Yoo Jae-myung to Star in "Beast"". Hancinema. 2 October 2018.
  22. ^ Ho, Stewart (9 April 2012). "Royal Family Pictures From The King 2Hearts Revealed". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  23. ^ "New medical drama 'cheery' and 'goofy'?". The Korea Herald. 2 January 2012.
  24. ^ "Lee Sung-min from "Miss Korea"". Hancinema. 21 November 2013.
  25. ^ "Lee Sung-min to star in 'Memory'". Kpop Herald. 18 February 2016.
  26. ^ Equivalent to Best Supporting Actor.
  27. ^ "<2012 골든티켓어워즈> 수상자 인터뷰_김준수, 옥주현, 이성민, 강부자, 이루마". PlayDB.co.kr (in Korean). 21 January 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
  28. ^ Lee, Hoo-nam; Kim, Hyung-eun (28 May 2015). "Baeksang honors new, veteran stars". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  29. ^ "[V Report Plus] Kim Soo-hyun wins grand prize at APAN Star Awards". Kpop Herald. 29 November 2015.
  30. ^ Lee, Sang-won (10 October 2016). "tvN10 Awards' full list of winners". The Korea Herald.
  31. ^ "[BIFF N현장] '공작' 이성민, 부일영화상 남우주연상". News1 (in Korean). 5 October 2018.
  32. ^ "'Burning' wins best picture at Daejong Film Awards". Yonhap News. 22 October 2018.
  33. ^ "Film critics announce honorees". Korea JoongAng Daily. 23 October 2018.
  34. ^ "'제2회 더 서울어워즈' 10월27일 개최, 드라마-영화 각 부문별 후보공개". iMBC (in Korean). 28 September 2018.
  35. ^ "청룡영화상 후보 발표, '1987' 최다·'공작'도 9개부문 후보". Newsen (in Korean). 1 November 2018.
  36. ^ "KIM Tae-ri and LEE Sung-min Crowned Best Actress and Actor at Director's Cut". Korean Film Biz Zone. 24 December 2018.
  37. ^ "'올해의 영화상' 이성민X한지민, 남녀주연상..작품상 '공작'[종합]". Osen (in Korean). 30 January 2019.
  38. ^ "Veteran actress Kim Hye-ja wins grand prize at Baeksang Awards". The Korea Herald. May 2, 2019.

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