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 47)
California, United States
Nationality United States of America
Citizenship United States of America
Education Columbia State University - Health and Physical Education
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present
Korean name
Revised Romanization Ma Dong-seok
McCune–Reischauer Ma Tongsŏk
Birth name
Revised Romanization I Dong-seok
McCune–Reischauer I Tongsŏk

Ma Dong-seok (born Lee Dong-seok on March 1, 1971), also known as Don Lee, is a Korean-American actor. With his break out performance in Train to Busan and subsequent leading roles, Ma has become one of the most popular and bankable actors in South Korea. Although he have been grown as American, he speaks korean as well as english due to the influence of Korean parents.


Ma rose to fame for his supporting roles in films The Neighbor, Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time and The Unjust.[1] He then played leading roles in Norigae, Murderer and One on One.[2][3]

Ma's role in the hit zombie film Train to Busan propelled him to international popularity.[4] His subsequent leading roles in films Derailed, The Bros and The Outlaws have been critical and commercial successes.[5][6][7]

Meanwhile on the small screen, Ma is known for his roles in the hit OCN dramas Bad Guys and Squad 38.[8][9]

Other activities[edit]

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]

Ma is currently involved in planning and writing screenplays together with a team. He has worked on the screenplay for the film Deep Trap in which he starred in.[11]



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 [12]
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 [13]
Love 911 Fire station captain [14]
2013 New World Section chief Jo Cameo
Norigae Lee Jang-ho [15]
Azooma Detective Ma
Rockin' on Heaven's Door Moo-sung [16]
Mr. Go Baseball commentator Cameo
The Flu Jeon Gook-hwan [17]
Marriage Blue Geon-ho
Rough Play "Tenacious" gang boss
The Five Jang Dae-ho [18]
2014 Murderer Joo-hyub [19]
One on One Leader of Shadow [20]
Kundo: Age of the Rampant Chun-bo
The Royal Tailor Pan-soo [21]
2015 The Chronicles of Evil Detective Oh [22]
Veteran Big guy with sportswear Cameo
Deep Trap Park Sung-chul [23]
2016 Familyhood Pyeong-gu [24][25]
Train to Busan Sang-hwa [26]
Derailed Hyung-Seok
2017 Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds God of House [27]
The Mayor Priest Cameo
The Outlaws Ma Seok-do [28]
The Bros Lee Seok-bong [29]
2018 Champion Mark [30][31]
Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days God of House [32]
The Soul-Mate Jang-su [33]
The Villagers Yeok Gi-cheol [34]
2019 Story of Villains Jang Dong-soo [35]
Raging Bull [36]
Bad Guys: The Movie Park Woong-cheol [37]
2020 The Outlaws 2 Ma Seok-do [38]

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
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 Squad 38 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 Ref.
2012 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor The Neighbor Nominated
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Won [39]
22nd Buil Film Awards Nominated
17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival It Award N/A Won
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best Supporting Actor Squad 38 Nominated
25th Buil Film Awards Familyhood Nominated
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Train to Busan Nominated
2017 8th KOFRA Film Awards Won [40]
11th Asian Film Awards Nominated
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Nominated
22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Nominated
2018 Golden Egg Awards Best Actor The Outlaws Won [41]
54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Nominated [42]
23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Nominated [43]


  1. ^ Hwang, Hee-yeon; Kim, Hyung-seok (October 17, 2014). "10 Scene Stealers⑤ - MA Dong-seok: Wild but Tender". Korean Cinema Today.
  2. ^ Park, Si-soo (April 1, 2014). "Watch out! They 'steal' scenes, your heart". The Korea Times.
  3. ^ "An interview with Ma Dong-seok: "One On One"". Hancinema. MBN Star. June 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "'Train to Busan' takes Don Lee to Hollywood". The Korea Times. September 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "Tough guy film star finds success being sweet : Known for aggressive roles, Ma Dong-seok is not afraid to be cute". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 18, 2016.
  6. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Ma Dong-seok to rise as new hero in crime action genre". The Korea Times. October 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "The many personalities of Ma Dong-seok: Actor's ability to play a wide range of characters has led to his success". Korea JoongAng Daily. 10 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Park Hae-jin, Ma Dong-suk go 'manly adorable'". The Korea Herald. October 5, 2014.
  9. ^ "Sooyoung, others to star in new OCN drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "마동석, 30kg 감량 전후 비교해보니..'헉' 소리 날 정도". Osen (in Korean). November 6, 2012.
  11. ^ "(News Focus) 4 movie stars whose talents go beyond acting". Yonhap News Agency. August 18, 2016.
  12. ^ "Without the thrill of the chase, stalker film flops". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 15, 2010.
  13. ^ "'Neighbor' weighs price of indifference". The Korea Times. August 22, 2012.
  14. ^ "Ma Dong-seok and Kim Sung-oh in "Love 911"". Hancinema. Nate. March 19, 2012.
  15. ^ "Ma Dong-seok acts role of reporter in film". The Korea Times. October 26, 2012.
  16. ^ "Life and Love". Korean Film Biz Zone. April 16, 2013.
  17. ^ "'Flu' spreads horror throughout Seoul suburb". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 9, 2013.
  18. ^ "Ma Dong-seok to star in web-toon movie "The Five"". Hancinema. Osen. January 13, 2013.
  19. ^ "Ma Dong-seok feels murder this time". Hancinema. Hankook Ilbo. December 12, 2013.
  20. ^ Pierce Conran (February 27, 2014). "MA Dong-seok to Star in KIM Ki-duk's Latest". Korean Film Biz Zone.
  21. ^ "HAN Suk-kyu and KO Soo Headline New Period Film". Korean Film Biz Zone. December 26, 2013.
  22. ^ ""Chronicles of Evil" Ma Dong-seok, a detective exclusive actor?". Hancinema. Nate. May 7, 2015.
  23. ^ "Ma Dong-seok's thriller". Hancinema. Nate. August 26, 2015.
  24. ^ "KIM Hye-soo, Don LEE Embark on FAMILY PLAN". Korean Film Biz Zone. September 30, 2015.
  25. ^ "'Pretty' Ma talks new family film". Korea JoongAng Daily. June 28, 2016.
  26. ^ "Main Cast Confirmed for BUSAN BOUND". Korean Film Biz Zone. April 8, 2015.
  27. ^ "HA Jung-woo, CHA Tae-hyun Team Up WITH GOD". Korean Film Biz Zone. December 30, 2015.
  28. ^ "Don LEE and YOON Kye-sang Head to Crime City". Korean Film Biz Zone. March 14, 2017.
  29. ^ "Macho Ma shows soft side in 'Bros'". The Korea Times. October 23, 2017.
  30. ^ "CHAMPION Casts Don LEE, HAN Ye-ri and GWON Yool". Korean Film Biz Zone. October 23, 2017.
  31. ^ "Korea's Ma Dong-seok Flexes Muscles in 'Champion'". Variety. April 16, 2018.
  32. ^ "Along WIth Gods 2, Aong With Marvely Ma Dong-seok". Star News. July 6, 2018.
  33. ^ "Don LEE to Play in WONDERFUL LIFE". Korean Film Biz Zone. August 8, 2016.
  34. ^ "KIM Sae-ron and Don LEE Back on Screen for Heartwarming Drama GOMTAENGI". Korean Film Biz Zone. July 31, 2017.
  35. ^ "Don LEE, GIM Mu-yeol and KIM Sung-kyu Read Up on STORY OF VILLAINS". Korean Film Biz Zone. August 14, 2018.
  36. ^ "Don LEE Confirmed for Action Film RAGING BULL". Korean Film Biz Zone. January 22, 2018.
  37. ^ "KIM Sang-joong, Don LEE and KANG Ye-won Return for BAD GUYS: THE MOVIE". Korean Film Biz Zone. August 7, 2018.
  38. ^ "Ma Dong-seok set to star in 'The Outlaws 2'". Korea JoongAng Daily. July 3, 2018.
  39. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (May 13, 2013). "RYU Seung-ryong Wins Grand Prize at Baeksang Arts Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone.
  40. ^ "THE WAILING Triumphs at Korean Film Reporters Association Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. January 24, 2017.
  41. ^ "Don LEE Takes Best Actor Performance at Golden Egg Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. February 9, 2018.
  42. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). April 6, 2018.
  43. ^ "제23회 춘사영화제 5월18일 개최..홍상수·김민희 참석하나". Newsen (in Korean). May 3, 2018.

External links[edit]

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