Lee Seo-jin (born January 30, 1971) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for the reality shows Three Meals a Day and Grandpa Over Flowers. As an actor, he came to prominence with his leading roles in television series Damo (2003), Phoenix (2004), Lovers (2006), Yi San (2007) and Marriage Contract (2016).
|Other names||Lee Suh-jin|
|Alma mater||New York University|
|Revised Romanization||I Seo-jin|
Lee Seo-jin made his acting debut in 1999 in the television series House Above the Waves. After several supporting roles on TV, he rose to fame in the 2003 hit period drama Damo, followed by the also popular contemporary drama Phoenix in 2004. Lee then landed his first big screen leading role in the 2005 action blockbuster Shadowless Sword.
Lee played a vampire in the cable series Freeze (2006), a gangster in Lovers (2006), and a criminal profiler in Soul (2009). But he would become best known for his portrayals of Korean historical characters King Jeongjo of Joseon in Yi San (2007), and General Gyebaek of Baekje in Gyebaek (2011).
Lee comes from a family with strong ties in the financial sector, and believed to be involved in the banking, transportation and tourism industries, among others. He has a Business Management degree from the New York University Stern School of Business. In 2011, Lee joined the company Ask Veritas Assets Management, which specializes in intellectual property and real estate investment. He was appointed as managing director for the firm's second global contents division.
A regular volunteer of Habitat for Humanity since 2006, he was appointed its Goodwill Ambassador for Korea in 2008. Together with the Nippon Foundation and South Korean food franchise Genesis, Lee established the "Let's Tree Fund" in 2010 to conduct reforestation activities. In 2011, Lee joined relief efforts for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Like many celebrities, Lee also publicly protested the forced repatriation of North Korean defectors.
|1999||House Above the Waves||SBS|
|Wang Cho (The Boss)||MBC|
|2001||Her House||Lee Joon-hee|
|Sunday Best "A Good Man, Lee Young-woo"||KBS|
|2002||Since We Met||Kang Min-suk||MBC|
|2002–2003||Shoot for the Stars||Do-hyun||SBS|
|2003||Damo||Commander Hwangbo Yoon||MBC|
|2007–2008||Yi San||Yi San (King Jeongjo)||MBC|||
|2008||On Air||Himself||SBS||cameo, ep 9|
|2014||Wonderful Days||Kang Dong-seok||KBS2|||
|The Best Future||Choi Kang-ja||Naver TV Cast|
|2016||Marriage Contract||Han Ji-hoon||MBC|||
|2001||I Love You||Jin-sung|
|2005||Shadowless Sword||Dae Jeong-hyun, the last prince of Balhae|
|2015||Love Forecast||Lee Dong-jin|
|2019||Trap: Director's Cut||Kang Woo-hyun|
|2013-2015||Grandpas Over Flowers||Cast member||tvN|
|2014-2015||Three Meals a Day|
|2016||Talents for Sale||KBS|
|2016||Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village 3||tvN|
|2017||Three Meals a Day: Sea Ranch|
|2018||Grandpas Over Flowers Returns|
|2020||Friday Joy Package||tvN|
- Shakespearean Love Method (2000)
|2001||MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Her House||Won|
|2003||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Damo||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Ha Ji-won||Won|
|2004||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Phoenix||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Lee Eun-ju||Won|
|2006||SBS Drama Awards||Netizen Popularity Award, Actor||Lovers||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2007||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Yi San||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Han Ji-min||Nominated|
|2008||44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|2013||10th Style Icon Awards||Style Icon||N/A||Won|
|2014||3rd APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Wonderful Days||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Nominated|
|Netizen Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Kim Hee-sun||Nominated|
|2016||tvN10 Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang), Variety Performer||Three Meals a Day: Jeongseon Village,
Grandpas Over Flowers
|Variety Icon||Three Meals a Day: Jeongseon Village||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Marriage Contract||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Uee||Nominated|
|2019||National Tax Service||Presidential Commendation||N/A||Won|
|Forbes||2015||Korea Power Celebrity||25th|||
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- Cho, Chung-un (December 11, 2006). "HERALD INTERVIEW: Actor Lee Seo-jin seeks versatility". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "무영검 (Shadowless Sword) Production Meeting Report". Twitch Film. September 27, 2005. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- Lee Hyo-won, Han Sang-hee (August 4, 2009). "Let Horror Take Control of Summer Heat". The Korea Times. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- Oh, Jean (August 5, 2009). "New horror special to chill summer nights". The Korea Herald. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- Lee, Hyo-won (September 18, 2007). "TV Falls in Love with Epic Dramas". The Korea Times. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- Kim, Heidi (May 2, 2011). "Actor Lee Seo-jin cast in new historical drama". 10Asia. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- Ko, Min-seok (October 13, 2011). "Actors raise money for preservation". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- Kim, Da-ye (January 31, 2011). "Actor tries lot as financier". The Korea Times. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- "Actor Lee Seo-jin Turns Hand to Finance". The Chosun Ilbo. January 31, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- "Actor Lee to direct asset management firm". The Korea Herald. February 6, 2011. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
- "South Korean actor Lee Seo-Jin helps build homes and awareness with Habitat for Humanity during the annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project". Habitat.org. November 16, 2009. Archived from the original on November 17, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
- Kang, Seung-hun (October 14, 2009). "Actor Lee to build houses with Jimmy Carter". 10Asia. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- "Lets Tree Fund will Plant Trees, Educate Kids". Nippon Foundation. January 15, 2010. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
- Hong, Lucia (May 18, 2011). "Actor Lee Seo-jin makes donation for Japan earthquake relief". 10Asia. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- Lee Hyo-won (September 18, 2007). "TV Falls in Love with Epic Dramas". The Korea Times. Retrieved June 26, 2021.
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- Bahk Eun-ji (December 28, 2015). "Lee Seo-jin returns to small screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved June 26, 2021.
- Park Hyun-taek (May 11, 2016). "Triumphant return to the drama scene". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved June 26, 2021.
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- Lee Gyu-lee (February 17, 2021). "Lee Seo-jin returns with another OCN mystery series 'Times'". The Korea Times. Retrieved June 26, 2021.
- "Lee Seo-jin, the reluctant heartthrob: Playing a womanizer in 'Intimate Strangers' was no easy task for the actor". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 27, 2018.
- "Singer IU, Actor Lee Seo-jin Honored as Faithful Taxpayers". Chosun. March 4, 2020.
- Choi, Eun-kyung; Lim, Chae-yeon (February 23, 2015). 2015 KOREA POWER CELEBRITY 40 - 엑소, 한국 최고의 파워 셀러브리티 [2015 KOREA POWER CELEBRITY 40 - EXO, Korea's best power celebrity]. JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). Archived from the original on March 5, 2015. Retrieved May 22, 2021 – via Joins.
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