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Lee Byung Hun - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
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Lee Byung Hun began his magnificent career journey after he joined a KBS talent audition in 1991 and directly debuted in Asphalt My Hometown.

His popularity began into stardom after he starred in Joint Security Area, the 2000s movie which rewarded him a lot of awards and compliments from movie critics.

In 2001, Byung Hun gained more popularity after starring Beautiful Days and also Bungee Jumping of Their Own.

Two years later, he appeared again in a poker drama entitled All In which made him get some prizes from SBS Drama Awards and Baeksang Arts Awards.

Starting from 2005, Byung Hun decided to focus his career on movies, which later was continued by his amazing appearance in A Bittersweet Life.

Later, this Cancer actor developed more global popularity after starring in The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008) and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) as Storm Shadow.

In late 2009, Byung Hun came back to television by starring in an action thriller drama, Iris, alongside Kim Tae Hee.

That drama was very successful which made the drama become the third highest in Korean drama history.

Later, he continued his career by starring in I Saw the Devil (2010), Masquerade (2012), and the sequel of G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Two years later, Byung Hun returned to the movies for Memories of the Sword (2015), Terminator Genisys (2015), which later was followed by Misconduct (2016).

He then returned to Korea to star in Master (2016), a crime thriller movie, which was followed by The Fortress (2017), and his successful drama Mr. Sunshine (2018).

Those achievements then were continued by his acting project in Ashfall (2019), The Man Standing Next (2020), and Our Blues (2022).

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Profile

  • Real Name: Lee Byung Hun (이병헌)
  • Stage Name: Lee Byung Hun (이병헌)
  • Nickname: Byung Hun
  • Birthday: July 12, 1970
  • Birthplace: Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Cancer
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Height: 178 cm
  • Weight: –
  • Blood Type: O
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Actor
  • Education: Hanyang University (Majored in French Literature), Chung-Ang University (Majored in Theater)
  • Hobbies: –
  • Parents: Lee Jong Kun (father), Park Jae Soon (mother)
  • Siblings: Lee Eun Hee (sister)
  • Wife: Lee Min Jung (Married 2013)
  • Children: Lee Joon Hoo
  • Facebook: –
  • Twitter: –
  • Instagram: @byunghun0712
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  • YouTube: –

Facts 

  • Byung Hun has a younger sister, Eun Hee, who successfully won the Miss Congeniality portion for Miss Korea 1996.
  • During his spare time, he loves to practice taekwondo.
  • In early 2000, many people linked him romantically with Song Hye Kyo.
  • Byung Hun married Lee Min Jung at the Grand Hyatt Seoul.
  • He once fell into a depression after his father died and left some debts.
  • That condition made him difficult to attend various award ceremonies.
  • During that depression, his wife helped him a lot to overcome his mental health struggles.
  • Byung Hun comes from a wealthy family.
  • His ex-girlfriend, Kwon Mi Yeon, once filed a lawsuit that she was tricked into having a sexual relationship with him, even though it was a hoax.
  • He also once was accused of bringing in gangsters during the production process of Iris.
  • Byung Hun was blackmailed by Dahee, a singer from girl group GLAM, and also model Lee Ji Yeon for 5 billion won.
  • His ideal type is his own wife, Lee Min Jung.

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Movies

  • Emergency Declaration (2022), as Jae Hyeok
  • The Man Standing Next (2020), as Kim Kyu Pyeong
  • Ashfall (2019), as Lee Joon Pyeong
  • Keys To The Heart (2018), as Jo Ha
  • The Fortress (2017), as Choi Myung Kil
  • A Single Rider (2017), as Kang Jae Hoon
  • Master (2016), as President Jin
  • The Age of Shadows (2016), as Jung Chae San (cameo)
  • Terminator: Genisys (2015), as T-1000
  • Inside Men (2015), as An Sang Goo
  • Memories of the Sword (2015), as Yoo Baek / Deok Ki
  • Red 2 (2013), as Han Cho Bai
  • Masquerade (2012), as King Gwanghae / Clown Ha Sun
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2012), as Storm Shadow
  • I Saw the Devil (2010), as Soo Hyun
  • Iris: The Movie (2010), as Kim Hyun Joon
  • The Influence (2010), as W
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), as Storm Shadow
  • I Come with the Rain (2008), as Soo Dong Po
  • The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008), as Park Chang Yi (The Bad)
  • Hero (2007), as Kang Min Woo
  • Once in a Summer (2006), as Yun Suk Young
  • A Bittersweet Life (2005), as Sun Woo
  • Three… Extremes (2004), as Ryu Ji Ho (short movie)
  • Everybody Has Secrets (2004), as Choi Soo Hyun
  • Addicted (2002), as Dae Jin
  • My Beautiful Girl, Mari (2002), as Namoo
  • Bungee Jumping of Their Own (2001), as Seo In Woo
  • Joint Security Area (2000), as Sgt. Lee Soo Hyuk
  • The Harmonium in My Memory (1999), as Kang Soo Ha
  • Lament (1997), as Park Jong Man
  • Kill the Love (1996), as Love
  • Run Away (1995), as Lee Dong Ho
  • Sunset on the Neon Lights (1995)
  • Who Drives Me Mad? (1995), as Lee Jong Du

Drama Series

  • Our Blues (tvN | 2022), as Lee Dong Seok
  • Squid Game (Netflix | 2021), as Front Man
  • Mr. Sunshine (tvN | 2018), as Eugene Choi
  • Diplomat Kosaku Kuroda (Fuji TV / 2011), as John
  • IRIS (KBS2 | 2009), as Kim Hyeon Jun
  • All In (SBS | 2003), as Kim In Ha
  • Beautiful Days (SBS | 2001), as Lee Min Chul
  • Long Way (SBS | 2001)
  • 8 Love Stories (SBS | 1999-2000), as Tae Sung
  • KAIST (SBS | 1999-2000), as cameo
  • Happy Together (SBS | 1999), as Seo Tae Poong
  • White Nights 3.98 (SBS | 1998), as Min Gyeong Bin
  • Wedding Dress (KBS | 1997-1998)
  • Beautiful Lady (SBS | 1997), as Hwang Jun Ho
  • I Want (SBS | 1997)
  • Son of Wind (KBS2 | 1995), as Chang Hong Pyo
  • Dream Racers (SBS | 1995)
  • Scent of Love (SBS | 1994), as Kim Jun Ho
  • Police (KBS2 | 1994), as Oh Hae Sung
  • The Sorrow of the Survivor (KBS2 | 1993), as Yi Ja Myung
  • Tomorrow Love (KBS2 | 1992-1994), as Shin Bum Soo
  • Days of Sunshine (KBS2 | 1992), as Choi Hyung Man
  • Flower That Never Wilt (KBS | 1991)
  • Asphalt My Hometown (KBS2 | 1991), as Jinwoo

Singles

  • Itsuka (2008)

Music Video Appearances

  • I Luv It (2017) – Psy

Awards

  • Director’s Cut Awards 2022 – Best Actor in Film – The Man Standing Next
  • Korean Association of Film Critics Awards 2020 – Best Actor – The Man Standing Next
  • Asian Film Awards 2020 – Best Actor – The Man Standing Next
  • Buil Film Awards 2020 – Best Actor – The Man Standing Next
  • Baeksang Arts Awards 2020 – Best Actor (Film) – The Man Standing Next
  • Chunsa Film Arts Awards 2020 – Best Actor – The Man Standing Next
  • Grand Bell Awards 2020 – Best Actor – Ashfall
  • Baeksang Arts Awards 2019 – Best Actor (TV) – Mr. Sunshine
  • Golden Cinema Film Festival 2018 – Acting Grand Prize – Keys to the Heart
  • Asia Artist Awards 2018 – Grand Prize (Daesang) – Mr. Sunshine
  • The Seoul Awards 2018 – Best Actor (Drama) – Mr. Sunshine
  • APAN Star Awards 2018 – Grand Prize (Daesang) – Mr. Sunshine
  • Grand Bell Awards 2016 – Best Actor – Inside Men
  • Blue Dragon Film Awards 2016 – Best Actor – Inside Men
  • Korean Association of Film Critics Awards 2016 – Best Actor – Inside Men
  • Buil Film Awards 2016 – Best Actor – Inside Men
  • Director’s Cut Awards 2016 – Best Actor – Inside Men
  • New York Asian Film Festival 2016 – Star Asia Award – Inside Men
  • Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 – Best Actor in Film – Inside Men
  • Grand Bell Awards 2016 – Best Actor – Inside Men
  • Asian Film Awards 2016 – Best Actor – Inside Men
  • Blue Dragon Film Awards 2013 – Popular Star Award – G.I. Joe: Retaliation, RED 2
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013 – Best Actor – Masquerade
  • Grand Bell Awards 2012 – Best Actor – Masquerade
  • Seoul International Drama Awards 2010 – Outstanding Korean Actor – Iris
  • Baeksang Arts Awards 2010 – Best Actor (TV) – Iris
  • KBS Drama Awards 2009 – Netizen Award, Actor – Iris
  • Blue Dragon Film Awards 2009 – Popular Star Award – G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Baeksang Arts Awards 2006 – Best Actor (Film) – A Bittersweet Life
  • Chunsa Film Art Awards 2006 – Best Actor – A Bittersweet Life
  • SBS Drama Awards 2003 – Grand Prize (Daesang) – All In
  • Grand Bell Awards 2001 – Netizen’s Popularity Award – Joint Security Area , Bungee Jumping of Their Own
  • Busan Film Critics Awards 2000 – Best Actor – Joint Security Area
  • Grand Bell Awards 1996 – Best New Actor – Runaway
  • Baeksang Arts Awards 1996 – Best Actor (TV) – Son Of Wind
  • Chunsa Film Art Awards 1995 – Best New Actor – Who Drives Me Crazy
  • KBS Drama Awards 1993 – Excellence Award, Actor – Tomorrow Love
  • KBS Drama Awards 1992 – Best New Actor – Day of Sunshine

Nominations

  • Blue Dragon Film Awards 2021 – Best Leading Actor – The Man Standing Next
  • The Seoul Awards 2018 – Best Actor (Film) – The FortressKeys to the Heart
  • APAN Star Awards 2018 – K-Star Award – Mr. Sunshine
  • Korea Drama Awards 2018 – Grand Prize (Daesang) – Mr. Sunshine
  • Grand Bell Awards 2018 – Best Actor – The Fortress
  • Chunsa Film Art Awards 2018 – Best Actor – The Fortress
  • Blue Dragon Film Awards 2017 – Best Actor – The Fortress
  • Baeksang Arts Awards 2017 – Best Actor (Film) – Master
  • Buil Film Awards 2013 – Best Actor – Masquerade
  • Baeksang Arts Awards 2011 – Best Actor (Film) – I Saw the Devil
  • Korea Drama Awards 2010 – Best Actor – Iris
  • KBS Drama Awards 2009 – Top Excellence Award, Actor – Iris
  • Blue Dragon Film Awards 2008 – Best Actor – The Good, the Bad, the Weird
  • Chunsa Film Art Awards 2007 – Best Actor – Once in a Summer
  • Grand Bell Awards 2005 – Best Actor – A Bittersweet Life
  • SBS Drama Awards 2003 – Top Excellence Award, Actor – All In
  • Blue Dragon Film Awards 2002 – Best Actor – Addicted
  • SBS Drama Awards 2001 – Top Excellence Award, Actor – Beautiful Days
  • Blue Dragon Film Awards 2000 – Best Actor – Joint Security Area
  • KBS Drama Awards 1995 – Top Excellence Award, Actor – Son Of Wind

Lee Byung Hun has a lot more stories to tell. He is incredibly handsome, talented, and very charming. What a legend!

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