South Korean actor
For other uses, see Lee Byung-hun (disambiguation).
This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Byung-hun (Korean: 이병헌; born July 12, 1970) is a South Korean actor, singer and model. He has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of genres, most notably Joint Security Area (2000); A Bittersweet Life (2005); The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008); the television series Iris (2009); I Saw the Devil (2010); and Masquerade (2012). His critically acclaimed film Inside Men (2015) won him the Best Actor prize in three prestigious award ceremonies: 52nd Baeksang Art Awards, 37th Blue Dragon Awards and 53rd Grand Bell Awards — a feat that has yet to be repeated. Lee has five films—Joint Security Area, The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Masquerade, Inside Men and Master—on the list of highest-grossing films in South Korea.
In the United States, he is known for portraying Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and its sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), and starring alongside Bruce Willis in Red 2 (2013). He portrayed T-1000 in Terminator Genisys (2015) and Billy Rocks, a knife-wielding gunslinger, in The Magnificent Seven (2016). Lee was the first South Korean actor to present an Oscar at the annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Lee and Ahn Sung-ki were the first South Korean actors to imprint their hand and foot prints on the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Beginnings and breakthrough
Lee's career began in 1991 after a KBS talent audition and making his debut in the television drama Asphalt My Hometown.Lee drew attention with the action drama Asphalt Man and romantic film The Harmonium in My Memory, but it was only in 2000 that he made his big breakthrough with Park Chan-wook's Joint Security Area. The film broke the box office record and became the highest grossing Korean film at the time.Lee's role as a border-guard soldier won him the Best Actor award at the Busan Film Critics Awards.
In 2001, his popularity continued to climb when he starred in melodramas Beautiful Days and Bungee Jumping of Their Own. In 2003, he received the Grand Prize at the SBS Drama Awards and Best Actor at the Baeksang Arts Awards for his role in the poker drama All In. Due to his film and television roles, Lee experienced a rise in popularity across Asia, particularly Japan.
From 2005, he focused on film, earning critical acclaim for his performance in A Bittersweet Life directed by Kim Jee-woon, which was screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival.Lee was nominated for Best Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and Grand Bell Awards, and won at the Chunsa Film Art Awards, Baeksang Arts Awards and the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards.
He reunited with director Kim Jee-woon in the "kimchi western" The Good, the Bad, the Weird, taking on his first villain role. The film was screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival.Lee's eye-catching performance in the film led to increased global recognition for him. This led to Lee's debut in Hollywood, where he played Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, also starring Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller.
Back in Korea, he appeared in I Come with the Rain opposite American actor Josh Hartnett and Japanese actor Takuya Kimura.
Lee returned to television in late 2009 in the espionage action thriller Iris as a secret agent who finds himself at the center of an international conspiracy. He reportedly received over 100 million won per episode for his role, the third highest in the country's drama history.Iris was one of the most expensive shows ever produced, and was a smash hit across Asia.Lee's performance earned him the Grand Prize at the KBS Drama Awards and Best Actor at the Baeksang Arts Awards.
In 2010, Lee starred in I Saw the Devil with Choi Min-sik, his third collaboration with Kim Jee-woon, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His portrayal of the intelligence agent won him the Grand Prize at the Baeksang Arts Awards.
Acclaim and Hollywood roles
Lee received acclaim for his portrayal of dual roles in the lavish period drama Masquerade. The film was a box office hit, becoming the 7th film in Korean history to surpass 10 million admissions.Lee won Best Actor at the Grand Bell Awards for his performance. and the Best Performance by an Actor at the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. On June 23, 2012, Lee, along with Ahn Sung-ki, became the first Korean actors to leave their hand and foot prints on the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. He was recognized as an emerging star in Hollywood for his role of Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and its sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.At G.I. Joe Australia Premiere
In 2013, he reprised his role as Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.Lee then co-starred in the American film RED 2, the sequel to the 2010 action-comedy hit RED, alongside Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich.
Following his sex-chat scandal, Lee returned with the martial arts film Memories of the Sword in 2015. The film was shot in late 2013 and scheduled for release in 2014, but was postponed due to Lee's scandal. He received praise for his scene-stealing role as a young and ambitious warrior with a lowly status, but the film failed to do well and was criticized for its messy plot. The same year, Lee played a T-1000 in Terminator Genisys opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. He then starred in Woo Min-ho's political crime thriller Inside Men, which became the top grossing R-rated movie of all-time at the Korean Box Office. Touted as the "star" of the film, Lee received critical acclaim and swept Best Actor awards at various film awards ceremonies.
In 2016, Lee featured in the American crime thriller Misconduct. On 28 February 2016, Lee attended the 88th Academy Awards and presented the "Best Foreign Language Film" award with actress Sofia Vergara. He was the first Korean actor to present an award at the Oscars. The same year, Lee co-starred as knife-wielding gunslinger Billy Rocks in The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke.
Returning to Korea, Lee starred in the crime thriller Master, followed by mystery drama Single Rider.
In March 2017, Lee signed on with major Hollywood agency United Talent Agency. He was cast in the Hollywood action film Radiance. The film is directed by Patrick Lussier, who worked with Lee in Terminator Genisys.
Lee then starred in historical epic The Fortress, and comedy-drama film Keys to the Heart. He is set make his television comeback in Mr. Sunshine (2018), written by Kim Eun-sook.
Lee formed a management company, BH Entertainment, which manages many actors including Han Hyo-joo, Go Soo, Jin Goo, and Han Ji-min. He owns a shop, BHNC, which sells hats, scarfs and wallets.
Lee Byung-hun is noted in the video game industry for providing his likeness for the main character, Wayne Holden, in the 2006 game Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, for the Xbox 360, PS3 & PC.
In 2010, Lee was named California's tourism promotion ambassador to Korea.
In 2013, Lee was selected as an honorary ambassador for this year’s annual meeting of the Association of Film Commissioners International, a group dedicated to helping facilitate international coproductions. The same year, he was appointed honorary ambassador to promote the 50th Daejong Film Awards.
Lee has a younger sister, Lee Eun-hee, who was Miss Korea in 1996. He graduated from Hanyang University with a major in French Literature and the Graduate School of Chung-Ang University with a major in Theater and Cinematography. In his spare time, Lee Byung-hun practices taekwondo.
Lee married actress Lee Min-jung on August 10, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Seoul. The couple had briefly dated in 2006, then resumed their relationship in 2012.Lee's wife gave birth to their first child, a son, Lee Joon-hoo, on March 31, 2015.
In September 2014, Lee was embroiled in a legal battle with two women, singer Dahee from K-pop girl group GLAM and model Lee Ji-yeon, who blackmailed him for large sums of money in exchange for not revealing a compromising video of the actor Lee making sexual jokes. The two women were sentenced to a year and two months in jail respectively, both suspended for two years.
Suspicious gambling charge
Lee Byung-hun was sued by his girlfriend who broke up in 2009. His girlfriend claimed Lee hurt her mental and physical damage because she only used him for entertainment, and sued him for compensation and chronic gambling charges worth 100 million won. Lee, on the other hand, claimed that her claims were all false, and that the men behind her claim demanded money from her to reveal the truth about her relationship with her girlfriend, and then responded with the threat.
In the process of the increasingly heated debate between the two, TV show host Kang Byung-kyu appeared at the shooting scene of the TV drama " Iris, " adding Kang to the violent incident. On the other hand, when suspicions arose that Kang was the one who threatened Lee, Lee also sued him.
Lee Byung-hun was cleared of charges in 2010, and her claim for damages was dropped because she also refused to participate. On the other hand, Kang was sentenced to one year in prison and three years of probation in 2013 on charges of assault and intimidation against Iris.
FilmYear Korean title English title Role Notes 1995 누가 나를 미치게 하는가 Who Drives Me Crazy Lee Jong-du 런 어웨이 Runaway Lee Dong-ho 1996 그들만의 세상 Kill the Love Love 1997 지상만가 Elegy of the Earth Park Jong-man 1999 내마음의 풍금 The Harmonium in My Memory Kang Soo-ha 2000 공동경비구역 JSA Joint Security Area Lee Soo-hyeok 2001 번지점프를 하다 Bungee Jumping of Their Own Seo In-woo 2002 마리이야기 My Beautiful Girl, Mari Adult Nam-woo voice 중독 Addicted Dae-jun 2004 누구나 비밀은 있다 Everybody Has Secrets Choi Su-hyeon 쓰리, 몬스터 Three Extremes - segment "Cut" Ryu Ji-ho short film 2005 달콤한 인생 A Bittersweet Life Kim Sun-woo 2006 그해 여름 Once in a Summer Yun Suk-young 2007 히어로 Hero Kang Min-woo cameo 2008 좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈 The Good, the Bad, the Weird Park Chang-yi, the Bad 2009 나는 비와 함께 간다 I Come with the Rain Su Dongpo 지.아이.조 : 전쟁의 서막 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Thomas "Tommy" Arashikage / Storm Shadow 2010 인플루언스 The Influence W Internet film 아이리스 : 더 무비 Iris: The Movie Kim Hyun-jun 악마를 보았다 I Saw the Devil Kim Soo-hyeon 2012 광해, 왕이 된 남자 Masquerade King Gwanghae / Beggar Ha-sun 2013 지.아이.조 2 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Thomas "Tommy" Arashikage / Storm Shadow 레드: 더 레전드 RED 2 Han Cho-bai 2015 터미네이터: 제네시스 Terminator Genisys Cop / T-1000 협녀, 칼의 기억 Memories of the Sword Deok-gi / Song Yoo-baek 내부자들 Inside Men Ahn Sang-goo 2016 미스컨덕트 Misconduct The Accountant 밀정 The Age of Shadows Jeong Chae-san cameo 매그니피센트 7 The Magnificent Seven Billy Rocks 마스터 Master President Jin 2017 싱글라이더 Single Rider Kang Jae-hoon 남한산성 The Fortress Choi Myung-kil 2018 그것만이 내 세상 Keys to the Heart Jo-ha
Television seriesYear Korean title English title Role 1991 아스팔트 내 고향 Asphalt My Hometown Jinwoo 가족 Family 바람꽃은 시들지 않는다 Flower That Never Wilt 1992 해뜰날 Days of Sunshine Choi Hyung-man 이별 없는 아침 Dawn 내일은 사랑 Tomorrow Love Shin Bum-soo 1993 살아남은 자의 슬픔 The Sorrow of the Survivor Yi Ja-myung 폴리스 Police Oh Hae-sung 1994 사랑의 향기 The Fragrance of Love Kim Jun-ho 1995 아스팔트 사나이 Asphalt Man Kang Dong-joon 바람의 아들 Son of Wind Chang Hong-pyo 1997 아름다운 그녀 Beautiful My Lady Hwang Jun-ho 나는 원한다 I Do 1998 백야 3.98 White Nights 3.98 Min Gyeong-bin 1999 해피투게더 Happy Together Suh Tae-poong 해바라기 Love Story - Story 1: Sunflower Tae-sung 세리가 돌아왔다 Sally is Back 2001 먼길 Road Woo-sik 아름다운 날들 Beautiful Days Lee Min-chul 2003 올인 All In Kim In-ha 2009 아이리스 Iris Kim Hyun-jun 2011 외교관 쿠로다 코사쿠 Diplomat Kosaku Kuroda John (cameo) 2018 미스터 션샤인 Mr. Sunshine Choi Yoo-jin
AlbumsYear Album Name 1999 Lee Byung Hun - To Me
SinglesYear Single Name 2008 "Itsuka (Someday)"
SoundtrackYear Track Album 2010 "Stay" Iris OST "Endless Road"
Awards and nominations
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- ^ "'Misconduct' opening next month". Korea JoongAng Daily. 27 February 2016.
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- ^ "Top actors to light up action film "Master"". The Korea Times. 17 December 2015.
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- ^ "Actor Lee Byung-hun shows affection for his everyman character in 'A Single Rider'". Yonhap News Agency. 16 January 2017.
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- ^ "Lee Byung-hun cast in 'Radiance'". Korea JoongAng Daily. 31 May 2017.
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