Lee Jung-Jae Biography: Wife, Age, Movies, Net Worth, Parents, Height, Squid Game

Lee Jung-Jae Biography: Wife, Age, Movies, Net Worth, Parents, Height, Squid Game

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Lee Jung-jae is a South Korean model, actor, producer, director, and businessman. He is well-known in South Korea for his roles in the films An Affair (1998), The Last Witness (2001), Typhoon (2005), The Thieves (2012), and The Face Reader (2013). He rose to prominence as ‘Seong Gi-Hun’ in Netflix’s survival drama ‘Squid Game’ (2021).


  • Body Measurements: 40-32-14 inches
  • Bodytype: Slim
  • Height: 5 feet 11 inches (1.8 m)
  • Weight: 70 kg (154 lbs)
  • Waist: 32 inches
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Black
  • Shoe Size: 9 US
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 50 years old
  • Date of Birth: December 15, 1972
  • Full Name: Lee Jung-jae
  • Profession: Actor
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Early Life & Education

Lee Jung-Jae, born on Friday, December 15, 1972, in Seoul, South Korea, is 49 years old. He is a Sagittarius. He attended Sungui Elementary School in Gwangju, Cheongdam Middle School in Seoul, and Hyundai Senior High School in Seoul.

In 1999, he began pursuing a Bachelor’s in Theater and film Art at Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea. He later completed his Master’s in Theater and Film Art at the same university in 2008. For his Master’s thesis, he wrote about the acting approach to the character Kang Se-jong in the movie “Typhoon.”

Here are details about the education of this actor:
Qualification: Graduated
School: Hyundai Senior High School
College: Dongguk University


Lee Jung-jae began his career in the entertainment industry as a model after meeting fashion designer Ha Yong-soo while working at an Apgujeong cafe. After years of modeling, he made his acting debut in the 1993 Dinosaur Teacher series, which aired on SBS TV as Lee Jung-Jae.

He rose to prominence following his appearance in ‘Dinosaur Teacher,’ after which he only appeared in lead or prominent roles in Kdramas. Following that, he appeared in the South Korean dramas Feelings (1993) and Love Is Blue (1994). In 1995, he was cast as ‘Baek Jae-hee,’ the lead’s silent and devoted bodyguard, in ‘Sandglass,’ which was supposed to be a minor supporting role. Still, as the drama gained popularity and higher ratings, he became a national heartthrob. As a result, his screen time was increased throughout the series.

He then took a break from acting in Kdramas after appearing in another flop, ‘Triple’ (2009). After nearly ten years, he returned to the television drama industry as ‘Jang Tae-joon‘ in ‘Chief of Staff’ (2019). The Kdrama follows Jang Tae-joon, a political aide, as he becomes the most powerful political man. JTBC aired the drama.

He made cameo appearances in SBS’s “Delayed Justice” (2021) and Viki’s “Dramaworld 2″ (2021). He then starred in the South Korean survival drama series “Squid Game,” streamed and distributed by Netflix. The series, written and directed by South Korean filmmaker Hwang Dong-hyuk, revolves around a competition where 456 players engage in children’s games to win a prize of ₩45.6 billion.

The losers face the death penalty. He played the lead role of ‘Seong Gi-hun,’ a divorced chauffeur and gambling addict who joins the game to clear his debts and prevent his daughter from leaving for the United States to live with her mother and stepfather. The film also features the leading roles portrayed by Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, and Anupam Tripathi.

Awards & Nominations

Baeksang Arts Awards

  • Best New Actor (TV) for ‘Sandglass’ in 1995
  • Best New Actor (Film) for ‘The Young Man’ in 1995
  • Most Popular Actor for ‘Firebird’ in 1997
  • Most Popular Actor (Film) for City of the Rising Sun in 1999
  • Best Supporting Actor (Film) for ‘The Face Reader’ in 2014
  • InStyle Fashionista Award in 2015

Blue Dragon Film Awards

  • Best New Actor for ‘The Young Man’ in 1995
  • Best Leading Actor for ‘City of the Rising Sun’ in 1999
  • Best Supporting Actor for ‘The Face Reader’ in 2013
  • Best Leading Actor for ‘Assassination’ in 2015

Grand Bell Awards

  • Best New Actor for the film ‘The Young Man’ in 1995
  • Best Actor for the film ‘Typhoon’ in 2006
  • Popularity Award for the film ‘The Face Reader’ in 2013
  • Korean Association of Film Critics Awards
  • Best New Actor for ‘The Young Man’ in 1995
  • Best Actor for ‘City of the Rising Sun’ in 1999
  • CJ CGV Star Award for ‘New World, The Face Reader’ in 2013

Style Icon Awards

  • Style Icon Actor in 2008
  • Bonsang in 2016

Other Awards, Honors & Achievements

  • SBS Drama Awards for Best New Actor for ‘Sandglass’ in 1995
  • 38th Savings Day – Prime Minister’s Commendation in 2001
  • Verona Love Screens Film Festival for Best Actor ‘Asako in Ruby Shoes’ in 2002
  • Golden Cinematography Awards for Best Actor for ‘Typhoon’ in 2006
  • Mnet 20’s Choice Awards for Most Influential Star in 2010
  • Fantasporto Director’s Week for Best Actor for ‘The Housemaid’ in 2011
  • KOFRA Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor for ‘The Face Reader’ in 2014
  • Buil Film Award for Best Actor for ‘Assassination’ in 2015
  • Marie Claire Asia Star Awards for Actor of the Year for ‘Assassination’ in 2015
  • Busan International Film Festival for Actor of the Year in 2015
  • Ranked 24 on Forbes’ Korea Power Celebrity list in 2016
  • Elle Style Awards for Super Icon (Male) in 2018
  • Asia Artist Awards — Grand Prize (Daesang) – Film for ‘Deliver Us from Evil’ in 2020

Social Media

Here are his popular social media accounts:

  • Instagram: @from_jjlee
  • Twitter: @LeeJungJae12

Personal Life

In 1999, Lee faced charges of driving under the influence when his BMW crashed into another car in a nearby lane. His blood alcohol level was found to be 0.222%. Consequently, his driver’s license was revoked. Lee faced another DUI charge in 2002, leading to his driver’s license cancellation.

In January 2015, Lee confirmed his relationship with Im Se-ryung, previously married to Samsung’s chairman, Lee Jae-yong. Before that, Lee had been in a relationship with Kim Min-hee.


Lee Jung-Jae earned around 300 million Won (about $257.098K) per episode for the drama ‘Squid Game,’ according to Today, a Singapore English-language digital news provider.


He owns La Terrace, a luxury residential complex in Samseong-dong that is sixteen floors above ground and three floors below ground. He is said to have designed the building’s interior himself. Jung Woo-sung is his next-door neighbor, and he lives on the fifteenth and sixteenth floors of the building. An apartment in the building costs between 1.6 billion and 5 billion won.

He has lived in Cheongdam-dong since 1999. The apartments in the building were priced between 1.1 billion and 1.2 billion won in 2015.

In 2011, he paid 4.75 billion won for a three-story building in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam, Seoul, which included 271.1 square meters of land. He sold the building for 8.2 billion won in 2020, making a profit of 3.45 billion won.

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