Lee Jung-jae

Lee in 2021 Lee Jung-jae (; born December 15, 1972) is a South Korean actor and filmmaker. Considered one of the most successful actors in South Korea, he has received numerous accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Critics' Choice Television Award, six Baeksang Arts Awards, in addition to nominations for a Golden Globe Award and a Gotham Award. Aside from his acting career, Lee is also a businessman, having launched a chain of restaurants in Seoul, as well as founding several businesses including the development company Seorim C&D. He owns several of his businesses with fellow actor and close friend Jung Woo-sung.

Born in Seoul, Lee debuted as a fashion model, then began his acting career on television, notably in the campus series ''Feelings'' (1994) and the drama ''Sandglass'' (1995). After his acting breakthrough in ''An Affair'' (1998), Lee's film career took off. He has starred in a variety of film genres, among them romantic films such as ''Il Mare'' (2000) and ''Over the Rainbow'' (2002), the Dogme 95 film ''Interview'' (2000), the melodrama ''Last Present'' (2001), well-known comedies such as ''Oh! Brothers'' (2003), action films ''The Last Witness'' (2001) and ''Typhoon'' (2005), heist film ''The Thieves'' (2012), crime thriller ''New World'' (2013), and period film ''The Face Reader'' (2013). He won Best Actor awards at the Blue Dragon Film Awards for ''City of the Rising Sun'' (1999), at the Fantasporto Director's Week for ''The Housemaid'' (2010), and at the Buil Film Awards for ''Assassination'' (2015).

In 2021, Lee gained widespread international stardom and fame for his role as Seong Gi-hun, the main protagonist of Netflix's survival drama ''Squid Game''. For his performance in the show's first season, he was nominated for numerous accolades, including the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama, the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, making him the first male actor from Asia and Korea to receive individual nominations in those categories across all four awards shows with his win for the latter two also making history. In December 2021, he was selected as Gallup Korea's Film Actor of the Year. Lee is set to reprise his role as Gi-hun in the show's second season, which began filming in July 2023. Provided by Wikipedia
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