Ma Dong-seok

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Ma Dong-seok
(부산행) 칸 국제 영화제 초청 배우 감사인사 영상 마동석.jpg
Born Lee Dong-seok
(Don Lee)

(1971-03-01) March 1, 1971 (age 46)
Education Columbus State University - Health and Physical Education
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005-present
Korean name
Revised Romanization Ma Dong-seok
McCune–Reischauer Ma Tong-sŏk
Birth name
Revised Romanization I Dong-seok
McCune–Reischauer I Tong-sŏk

Ma Dong-seok (born Lee Dong-seok on March 1, 1971), also known as Don Lee, is an American actor based in South Korea. He is best known for his supporting roles in The Neighbor, Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time, The Unjust, and Train to Busan.[1][2][3][4][5][6] He also played leading roles in Norigae, Murderer and One on One.[7][8][9]

Under his Westernized real name Don Lee and before he turned to acting, he was once the personal trainer of mixed martial artists Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Heaven's Soldiers Hwang Sang-wook
2006 Ssunday Seoul Detective 1
2007 The Worst Guy Ever Ho-seob
2008 The Moonlight of Seoul Chang-woo
The Good, the Bad, the Weird Gom ("Bear")
Ten Ten Fund manager segment: "The Rabbit"
2009 Insadong Scandal Sang-bok
Take Off (cameo)
2010 Midnight FM Son Deok-tae
The Unjust Ma Dae-ho
Try to Remember Seung-hwan
2011 Quick Kim Joo-chul
Pained Bum-no
Perfect Game Park Man-soo
Showtime! short film
2012 Never Ending Story Tow car driver (cameo)
Dancing Queen Gay couple (cameo)
Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time Pimp Kim
Doomsday Book Zombie in school uniform
The Neighbor Ahn Hyuk-mo
Love 911 Fire station captain
2013 New World Section chief Jo (cameo)
Norigae Lee Jang-ho
Azooma Detective Ma
Rockin' on Heaven's Door Moo-sung
Mr. Go Baseball commentator (cameo)
The Flu Jeon Gook-hwan
Marriage Blue Geon-ho
Rough Play "Tenacious" gang boss
The Five Jang Dae-ho
2014 Murderer Joo-hyub
One on One Leader of Shadow
Kundo: Age of the Rampant Chun-bo
The Royal Tailor Pan-soo
2015 The Chronicles of Evil Detective Oh
Veteran Big guy with sportswear (cameo)
Deep Trap Park Sung-chul
2016 Familyhood Pyeong-gu
Train to Busan Sang-hwa
Derailed Hyung-Seok
2017 With God God of House
The Mayor Priest Cameo
Wonderful Life Jang-su

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2007 H.I.T Nam Seong-shik MBC
2008 Robber Jong-goo SBS
Formidable Rivals Pyo Chul-ho KBS2
Alibi Inc. Park Sang-bak Dramax
2009 Swallow the Sun Lee Kang-rae SBS
2010 Dr. Champ Oh Jung-dae SBS
2011 Me Too, Flower! Detective (cameo) MBC
2012 Shut Up Flower Boy Band Teacher Silva tvN
2014 Bad Guys Park Woong-cheol OCN
2015 Sense8 Club Bodyguard Netflix
2016 38 Revenue Collection Unit Baek Sung-il OCN

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2007 "A Man" Monday Kiz

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor[11]
The Neighbor
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Won
22nd Buil Film Awards Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards
38 Revenue Collection Unit
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Train to Busan
2017 8th KOFRA Film Awards
Train to Busan
11th Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actor
Train to Busan
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actor[12] Nominated
22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated


  1. ^ 인터뷰: '부당거래' 마동석 "트레이너 출신 배우, 딱지 떼고 싶었다". BNT News (in Korean). 3 November 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  2. ^ 터프가이 마동석, 용의 눈에 점찍다…'이웃사람'. Newsis (in Korean). 27 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  3. ^ 이웃사람: 서 살인범 패던 이 남자, "맞는게 더 편하다"?. OhmyNews (in Korean). 29 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  4. ^ 인터뷰: ‘이웃사람’ 마동석 “외모 보고 오해하지 마라”. Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). 2 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  5. ^ "Ma Dong-seok acts role of reporter in film". The Korea Times. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  6. ^ Hwang, Hee-yeon; Kim, Hyung-seok (17 October 2014). "10 Scene Stealers⑤ - MA Dong-seok: Wild but Tender". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  7. ^ "Star Focus: Ma Dong-seok". Arirang News. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  8. ^ Park, Si-soo (1 April 2014). "Watch out! They 'steal' scenes, your heart". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  9. ^ Pierce Conran (27 February 2014). "MA Dong-seok to Star in KIM Ki-duk's Latest". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  10. ^ "마동석, 30kg 감량 전후 비교해보니..'헉' 소리 날 정도". Osen (in Korean). 6 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  11. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (13 May 2013). "RYU Seung-ryong Wins Grand Prize at Baeksang Arts Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
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