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Ma Dong-seok
File:Don Lee by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Ma at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Lee Dong-seok

(1971-03-01) March 1, 1971 (age 51)
South Korea
Other names Don Lee
Education Columbus State University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present
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Ma Dong-seok (born Lee Dong-seok on March 1, 1971), also known as Don Lee, is a Korean–American actor. With his break out performance in Train to Busan and subsequent leading roles, Ma has become one of the most popular and bankable actors in South Korea.

Early life[]

Ma was born in 1971.[1] He has American citizenship.[2]


Ma rose to fame for his supporting roles in the films The Neighbor, Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time, and The Unjust.[3] He then played leading roles in Norigae, Murderer, and One on One.[4][5]

Ma's role in the zombie film Train to Busan propelled him to international popularity.[6] His subsequent leading roles in films Derailed, The Bros, and The Outlaws have been critical and commercial successes.[7][8][9] However later, Ma received criticism for always playing the same roles.[10] In 2019, he joined the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe film The Eternals.[11]

Meanwhile on the small screen, Ma is known for his roles in the hit OCN TV series Bad Guys and Squad 38.[12][13]

Other activities[]

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Dong-seok in 2016

Under his Westernized real name Don Lee and before he turned to acting, he was once the personal trainer of mixed martial artists Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman.[14]

Ma - through his own contents planning and creation company "Team Gorilla"[15] - is currently involved in planning and writing screenplays together with a team. He has worked on the screenplay for the film Deep Trap, in which he starred.[16] He is also the co-creator of the upcoming OCN Dramatic Cinema series Team Bulldog: Off-Duty Investigation.[17]

Personal life[]

In 2016, Ma was reportedly dating sports reporter and media personality Ye Jung-hwa, who is 17 years his junior.[1]


Main article: Ma Dong-seok filmography

Awards and nominations[]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor The Neighbor Template:Nom
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Template:Won [18]
22nd Buil Film Awards Template:Nom
17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival It Award N/A Template:Won
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best Supporting Actor Squad 38 Template:Nom
25th Buil Film Awards Familyhood Template:Nom
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Train to Busan Template:Nom
2017 8th KOFRA Film Awards Template:Won [19]
11th Asian Film Awards Template:Nom
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Template:Nom
22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Template:Nom
2018 Golden Egg Awards Best Actor The Outlaws Template:Won [20]
54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Template:Nom [21]
23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Template:Nom [22]
2nd Korea China International Film Festival Best Actor Template:Won [23]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "마동석-예정화, 3개월째 교제중이다". Huffington Post. 18 November 2016. https://www.huffingtonpost.kr/2016/11/18/story_n_13069352.html. 
  2. "Actor Ma Dong-seok Cast in New Marvel Film". Chosun Ilbo. http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2019/07/22/2019072200782.html. Retrieved 2019-07-23. 
  3. Hwang, Hee-yeon; Kim, Hyung-seok (October 17, 2014). "10 Scene Stealers⑤ - MA Dong-seok: Wild but Tender". http://koreanfilm.or.kr/webzine/sub/people.jsp?mode=A_VIEW&wbSeq=58. 
  4. Park, Si-soo (April 1, 2014). "Watch out! They 'steal' scenes, your heart". The Korea Times. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2014/04/386_154488.html. 
  5. "An interview with Ma Dong-seok: "One On One"". MBN Star. June 2, 2014. https://www.hancinema.net/an-interview-with-ma-dong-seok-one-on-one-69849.html. 
  6. "'Train to Busan' takes Don Lee to Hollywood". September 28, 2016. http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/09/398_214970.html. 
  7. "Tough guy film star finds success being sweet : Known for aggressive roles, Ma Dong-seok is not afraid to be cute". November 18, 2016. http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3026339. 
  8. "[INTERVIEW Ma Dong-seok to rise as new hero in crime action genre"]. October 1, 2017. http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2017/10/398_237271.html. 
  9. "The many personalities of Ma Dong-seok: Actor’s ability to play a wide range of characters has led to his success". 10 November 2017. http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3040582. 
  10. "Ma Dong-seok’s heroism grows stale: Some are calling out the star’s most recent films for their depiction of women". December 1, 2018. http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=3056365. 
  11. Gonzalez, Umberto (April 17, 2019). "Marvel Studios Taps Ma Dong-seok for ‘The Eternals’ (Exclusive)", TheWrap. Retrieved on April 18, 2019. Archived from the original on April 18, 2019. 
  12. "Park Hae-jin, Ma Dong-suk go ‘manly adorable’". October 5, 2014. http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141005000221. 
  13. "Sooyoung, others to star in new OCN drama". March 4, 2016. http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015758. 
  14. "마동석, 30kg 감량 전후 비교해보니..'헉' 소리 날 정도" (in Korean). Osen. November 6, 2012. http://osen.mt.co.kr/article/G1109494860. 
  15. "Template:Citation error". November 18, 2017. http://www.donga.com/news/article/all/20171117/87316377/2. 
  16. "(News Focus) 4 movie stars whose talents go beyond acting". August 18, 2016. http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/search1/2603000000.html?cid=AEN20160818005600315. 
  17. https://www.instagram.com/p/B5pzVrXpdc4/
  18. Ji, Yong-jin (May 13, 2013). "RYU Seung-ryong Wins Grand Prize at Baeksang Arts Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/news/news.jsp?mode=VIEW&seq=2477. 
  19. "THE WAILING Triumphs at Korean Film Reporters Association Awards". January 24, 2017. http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/news/news.jsp?pageIndex=2&blbdComCd=601006&seq=4145&mode=VIEW&returnUrl=&searchKeyword=. 
  20. "Don LEE Takes Best Actor Performance at Golden Egg Awards". February 9, 2018. http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/news/news.jsp?pageIndex=1&blbdComCd=601006&seq=4691&mode=VIEW&returnUrl=&searchKeyword=. 
  21. "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개" (in ko). April 6, 2018. http://news.jtbc.joins.com/html/136/NB11615136.html. 
  22. "제23회 춘사영화제 5월18일 개최..홍상수·김민희 참석하나" (in ko). May 3, 2018. http://newsen.com/news_view.php?uid=201805031234186710. 
  23. "Kim Hee-ae, Ma Dong-seok honored". 14 November 2018. http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=3055583. 

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