|Profession||Actor, Model, Producer, Director & Entrepreneur
|Famous Role(s)||His role in Squid Game (2021) as Seong Gi-hun
|Physical Stats & More
| Height||in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 11”
|Agencies||• C-JeS Entertainment (2013-2016)
• Artist Company (since 2016)
TV (South Korean): Dinosaur Teacher (1993) as 'Lee Jung-jae'
Feature Film (South Korean): The Young Man (1994) as 'Lee Han'
Short Film (South Korean): MOB 2025 (2001) as 'Dust'
Feature Film (Chinese): Tik Tok (2016) as 'Jiang Cheng-jun'
Feature Film (as a producer): Namsan (South Korean)
Feature Film (as a director): Hunt (2021; South Korean) (he also produced the film)
|Awards, Honors, Achievements ||Blue Dragon Film Awards
• Best Leading Actor for 'Assassination' in 2015
• Best Supporting Actor for 'The Face Reader' in 2013
• Best Leading Actor for 'City of the Rising Sun' in 1999
• Best New Actor for 'The Young Man' in 1995
Baeksang Arts Awards
• InStyle Fashionista Award in 2015
• Best Supporting Actor (Film) for 'The Face Reader' in 2014
• Most Popular Actor (Film) for 'City of the Rising Sun' in 1999
• Most Popular Actor for the film 'Firebird' in 1997
• Best New Actor (TV) for 'Sandglass' in 1995
Grand Bell Awards
• Popularity Award for the film 'The Face Reader' in 2013
• Best Actor for the film 'Typhoon' in 2006
• Best New Actor for the film 'The Young Man' in 1995
Style Icon Awards
• Bonsang in 2016
• Style Icon Actor in 2008
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards
• CJ CGV Star Award for 'New World' and 'The Face Reader' in 2013
• Best Actor for 'City of the Rising Sun' in 1999
• Best New Actor for 'The Young Man' in 1995
Other Awards, Honors & Achievements
• Asia Artist Award — Grand Prize (Daesang) - Film for 'Deliver Us from Evil' in 2020
• Elle Style Award for Super Icon (Male) in 2018
• Ranked 24 on Forbes' Korea Power Celebrity list in 2016
• Busan International Film Festival - Actor of the Year in 2015
• Buil Film Award for Best Actor for 'Assassination' in 2015
• Marie Claire Asia Star Award for Actor of the Year for 'Assassination' in 2015
• KOFRA Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for 'The Face Reader' in 2014
• Fantasporto Director's Week - Award for the Best Actor for 'The Housemaid' in 2011
• Mnet 20's Choice Award for Most Influential Star in 2010
• Golden Cinematography Award for Best Actor for 'Typhoon' in 2006
• Verona Love Screens Film Festival - Award for the Best Actor 'Asako in Ruby Shoes' in 2002
• 38th Savings Day - Prime Minister's Commendation in 2001
• SBS Drama Award for Best New Actor for 'Sandglass' in 1995
|Date of Birth||December 15, 1972 (Friday)
|Age (as of 2022)||50 Years
|Birthplace||Seoul, South Korea
|Nationality|| South Korean
|Hometown||Seoul, South Korea
|School||• Sungui Elementary School, Gwangju
• Cheongdam Middle School, Seoul
• Hyundai Senior High School, Seoul
|College/University||Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea
|Educational Qualification||• Bachelor's degree in Theater and Film Art
• Master's degree in Theater and Film Art
|Religion/Religious Views||Protestant Christian
|Controversies||• In 1999, he was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) after crashing his BMW into a car in the adjacent lane. In 2002, his driver's license was suspended after he was caught in the act of driving under the influence (DUI) by Seoul Gangnam police. Police caught him driving drunk past Cheongdam Elementary School in Seoul.
• In 2013, in an interview with Vogue Korea, he talked about a friend he called "Y". In interview he said:
Some time ago, Y left for heaven. [Before he died,] I said to Y, 'You should stop being gay. Haven't you been enough like that?' But it wasn't easy.
In the interview, Vogue implied that "Y" was Woo Jong-wan, while Lee stated that Y was a creative director active in fashion and showbiz and committed suicide; Woo Jong-wan committed suicide in his Seoul home on September 15, 2012. Prior to his death, Jong-wan's sexual orientation was never made public, although it was rumored that he was gay. After the interview, he was criticized by some bloggers for speaking out against his deceased friend. After the backlash, Vogue, via a Twitter post, said they had removed the concerning snippets from the article online, considering it a misunderstanding.
• In 2015, he and Tongyang Group Vice President Lee Hye-Kyung were investigated for allegedly causing losses to investors after victims of the Tongyang Group's fraudulent bond issuance filed a complaint against the two with the prosecution. Investors and members of civic group Spec Watch Korea, in their complaint, claimed that Lee Hye-Kyung provided 16 billion won to Jung-Jae Seorim's company C&D in 2009 to develop a luxury apartment project (called La Terrace) in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul, and Tongyang Inc. (a subsidiary of the Tongyang Group) was a contractor for the project. They argued that the fund they provided to Seorim was partly the reason for Tongyang's crisis, as Tongyang Inc suffered huge losses after failing to sell the La Terrace apartments. Lee Jung-Jae's agency has denied all allegations against the actor.
|Relationships & More
|Sexual Orientation || Straight
Note: In a past interview, he confessed that because of various dating rumours, he didn't wish to get married. He said,
"I don’t want to get married because of things like that, though. Many actors my age aren’t married yet. That’s what the people around me are like, and so I don’t think much [of marriage] either. I’m also used to living freely."
|Affairs/Girlfriends||• Kim Min-hee (South Korean actress) (2003-2006)
• Lim Se-ryeong (South Korean Entrepreneur)
|Wife/Spouse||He does not have a wife as of 2022
|Parents||Father- Lee Chul-seong
Mother- Name not known
|Siblings||Brother- 1 elder brother
|Artists||On Kawara (Conceptual), Jenny Holzer (Neo-Conceptual), Park Jina, Lee Wan, Chosil Kil
|Car Collection||He owns a BMW
|Assets/Properties||• La Terrace: He owns an eighteen-floor (sixteen floors above the ground and three floors below the ground) luxury residential complex in Samseong-dong called La Terrace. He designed the interior of the villa. The price of an apartment in the building ranges between 1.6 billion and 5 billion won. Jung-jae, with his neighbour as Jung Woo-sung (South Korean actor and his best friend), lives on the combined fifteenth and sixteenth floors in the building.
• An Apartment in Cheongdam-dong: Since 1999, he owns an apartment in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, which was priced between 1.1 billion won and 1.2 billion won (as of 2015).
• A building in Sinsa-Dong: In 2011, he purchased a three-floored building in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam, Seoul, which included the 271.1 square meters, at 4.75 billion won. In 2020, Jung-jae sold the building, priced at 8.2 billion, earning a profit of 3.45 billion won.
|Salary (approx.)||300 million Won (about $257.098K) per episode in The Kdrama 'Squid Game' (2021), amounting to $23.02 million for the show