Lee Jung Jae: Biography of Squid Game Actor, Age and Career

Lee Jung Jae
Lee Jung Jae

Lee Jung Jae is a South Korean actor and model who began his career as a fashion model, before entering the acting world, most known in the campus drama Feelings (1994) and the iconic drama Sandglass (1995).

The Netflix survival drama Squid Game starred Lee Jung Jae as its main character in September 2021.

His film career took off after his breakthrough performance in An Affair (1998).

Among his film roles are those in romantic films like Il Mare (2000) and Over the Rainbow (2002).

Take a look at Lee Jung Jae’s profile below.

Date of Birth

Lee Jung Jae was born on December 15, 1972


Currently, he is 48 years old


Lee received his master’s degree from Dongguk University’s Department of Theater & Film Art in the Graduate School of Cultural Arts in August 2008.



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In 2001, Lee Jung Jae was discovered by designer Ha Yong-soo at a café in Apgujeong while working as a model.

In 1993, Lee made his acting debut with the television drama Dinosaur Teacher, and he was almost always cast in leading roles after that.

Following that role, he had a major role in Bae Chang-ho’s The Young Man the following year, but it was the hit drama Feelings in 1994 that made him a household name.

In 1995, Lee, who had been cast in a supporting role as the heroine’s silent, devoted bodyguard, became a national sensation on Sandglass, which prompted the show’s producers to increase Lee’s screen time.

  • Popularity and breakout roles

Lee’s first major acting role came with the award-winning film An Affair by E J-yong at the end of 1998. He then went on to win Best Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Korean Association of Film Critics awards for City of the Rising Sun.

He appeared in the 2003 Korean film Oh! Brothers, a comedy centered on a pair of brothers with an unusual condition.

Upon its release, the film broke three million admission records at the local box office.

Following his absence for a couple of years, Kwak Kyung-taek, the director of Friend, finally brought him back to the limelight with Typhoon, a big-budget action blockbuster.

Lee starred in the 2019 occult film Svaha: The Sixth Finger.

In the same year, Lee was cast in his first drama in a decade, Chief of Staff, a JTBC political drama in which he plays a political advisor.

In September 2021, Lee appeared as the main character in Squid Game, a Netflix survival drama.

Private Life

Presently, he is dating Lim Se Ryung, the heiress of a chaebol.

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