Lee Eon (5 February 1981 – 21 August 2008) was a South Korean actor and model best known for his performance in the Korean television series Coffee Prince.
5 February 1981
|Died||21 August 2008 (aged 27)|
|Revised Romanization||I Eon|
|Revised Romanization||Bak Sang-min|
Early life and career edit
Lee Eon was born Park Sang-min on 5 February 1981. Lee began practicing ssireum while in elementary school, going on to win gold medals at Korean national ssireum competitions in 1997 and 1998. As a freshman at university, he was inspired by Cha Seung-won to become a model, and after losing 30 kg (66 lb) made his debut at a fashion show in Busan in 1999. His later fashion show appearances included the Seoul Fashion Artists Association Collection.
Lee branched out into acting, making his film debut in 2006; he played a ssireum wrestler in Like a Virgin, putting his skills to good use and helping lead actor Ryu Deok-hwan learn the moves. He later appeared in the 2007 hit drama series Coffee Prince, and made his final appearance in KBS period drama Strongest Chil Woo.
Death and commemorations edit
Lee died in a motorcycle accident on 21 August 2008. He had been riding home from a party celebrating the airing of the last episode of Strongest Chil Woo, when his motorcycle hit the guardrail of an overpass in Hannam-dong, Seoul, at around 2 a.m. He died at the scene from a broken neck and was taken to the nearby Soonchunhyang University Hospital. Many of his colleagues attended his funeral, including Gong Yoo, his co-star in Coffee Prince, who took leave from his military service to hold Lee's memorial tablet in the procession to the grave site.
|2006||Like a Virgin||Park Joon-woo|
|2007||When Spring Comes (TV)||Gi-dong|
|Coffee Prince (TV)||Hwang Min-yeop|
|2008||Who Are You? (TV)||Kwon Yong-deok|
|Strongest Chil Woo (TV)||Ja-ja|
Awards and nominations edit
|2007||1st Korea Drama Awards||Most Popular Actor||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
- Garcia, Cathy Rose A. "Actor Dies in Motorbike Accident". The Korea Times, 21 August 2008. Retrieved on 19 November 2008.
- "BRIEFLY: Model-turned-actor Lee Eon dies". Hancinema, 22 August 2008; originally published by The Korea Herald. Retrieved on 19 November 2008.
- "Ryu: 'No answer to understanding how women think'". Korea JoongAng Daily, 21 August 2006. Retrieved on 19 November 2008.
- "Stars show up at Lee Eon's funeral". Hancinema, 23 August 2008. Retrieved on 19 November 2008.