Lee Hwi-jae

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Lee Hwi-jae (이휘재)
Born Lee Young-jae
(1972-12-29) December 29, 1972 (age 45)
Mungyeong County, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Alma mater Seoul Institute of the Arts
Years active 1992–present
Agent Cube Entertainment
Spouse(s) Moon Jeong-won (문정원) (m. 2010)[1][2]
Children Lee Seo-eon (이서언)
Lee Seo-jun (이서준)
  • Lee Gang-il (이강일) (father)
  • Kim Sin-ja (김신자) (mother)
Korean name
Hangul 이휘재
Hanja 李輝宰
Revised Romanization I Hwi-jae
McCune–Reischauer I Hwi-chae
Birth name
Hangul 이영재
Hanja 李永宰
Revised Romanization I Yeong-jae
McCune–Reischauer I Yŏng-chae

Lee Hwi-jae (born Lee Young-jae on December 29, 1972) is a South Korean TV presenter, comedian, actor, and singer.[3] Lee studied theater at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, then made his TV debut in 1992 as a comedian after working as a floor director for MBC's entertainment program Sunday, Sunday Night. He shot to stardom in the program Life Theater. Since then, he has expanded his career to hosting variety shows such as Sang Sang Plus, Sponge and Quiz to Change the World.[2] He was the third highest-paid entertainer at MBC in 2008, earning ₩574.5 million.[4]

Personal life

Hwi-jae married florist Moon Jeong-won at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul on December 5, 2010.[1][5][6][7] Their twin sons, Lee Seo-eon and Lee Seo-jun, were born on March 15, 2013.[8][9] He and his twins currently appear in the variety show The Return of Superman beginning November 3, 2013 – present. Hwi-jae has two older sisters. Lee Hwi-jae's bongwan belongs to the Jeonju Yi clan, which makes him part of the royal Yi family. He is also a 19th-generation descendant of Prince Hyoryeong, who was the second son to Taejong of Joseon.


Television series

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
1994 김가이가 MBC
1995 삼색우정 - 고참은 괴로워 SBS
To Make a Man KBS2
1996 Reporting for Duty
Lee Hwi-jae's 사나이 특공대 SBS
1998 Three Guys and Three Girls MBC
1999 My Love Han Ji-soon SBS
2000 Cool Guys KBS2 2000–2001
2003 Go Mom Go! 2003–2004
2004 Old Miss Diary
2005 Banjun Drama SBS
Lawyers MBC
Hello Franceska S3 cameo
Look Back With a Smile KBS2
2011 The Greatest Love MBC
2013 Royal Villa jTBC
2016 Listen to Love jTBC


Year Title Film Production Notes Ref.
1992 Bloody Fight for Revenge
1993 빛나리랑 영자랑 휘재랑
1995 멀고 먼 해후
1996 Albatross
1997 Hallelujah
2000 The Picture Diary
2003 Singles cameo
2006 Old Miss Diary - Movie
2011 초대받지 못한 손님

Variety Show

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
1993 Life Theater MBC 1993-1994, 1997
Baby Face Club
1994 오늘은 좋은 날 - 큰 집 사람들
1999 Nam Hee-seok and Lee Hwi-jae's Wonderful Encounter SBS 1999-2000
Nam Hee-seok and Lee Hwi-jae's 한국이 보인다 KBS2
2000 한국이 보인다 2000-2001
Bank]] 2000-2002
2001 Beautiful Sunday SBS
Lee and Yoo's Night KBS2 2001-2002
Super TV Sunday Fun
2003 Sponge 2003-2012
2004 Healthy Men and Women SBS
Star Olympiad
Medical Non-Fiction! Last Warning
M! Countdown Mnet 2004-2005
Sang Sang Plus KBS2 2004-2008
2008 We Got Married - Season 1 MBC 2008-2009
Quiz to Change the World [2][10]
1000 Songs Challenge SBS [11]
2009 Hunters MBC 2009-2010
I Have an Uncle KBS2
Determine Women's Ranks QTV 2009-2011
2010 Heroes SBS 2010-2011
Eco House MBC
2011 Secret KBS2
Birth of a Family 2011-2012
2012 Diamond Girl QTV [12]
We Are Detectives jTBC 2012-2013
2013 Extreme 7 MBC Every1
Super Match SBS
Diet Master StoryOn [13]
Vitamin KBS2 2013-2017 [14]
Super Dog
The Return of Superman 2013–present [15][16]
The Victory with Doctors jTBC
Happy Together Guest, with Tablo,
Seong-hoon & Hyun-sung
2014 Beauty Shop Channel A
2015 Match Made in Heaven Returns MBC Every1 MC, with Leeteuk [18]
2016 Battle Trip KBS MC, 2016–present [19]
Vocal War: God's Voice SBS Co-host with Sung Si-kyung [20]

Hosting Events

Year Event Hosts Notes Ref.
2005 11th Korea Musical Awards
4th KBS Entertainment Awards
2006 5th KBS Entertainment Awards
2007 43rd Paeksang Arts Awards
Baseball Golden Glove Awards
SBS Gayo Daejeon
2008 SBS Entertainment Awards
2009 1st 대한민국 희극인의 날
MBC Drama Awards
2010 46th Paeksang Arts Awards with Kim Ah-joong
2011 2011 KBS Music Festival
2012 48th Paeksang Arts Awards with Kim Ah-joong [21]
MBC Gayo Daejejeon
2013 25th Korea PD Awards
2nd APAN Star Awards with Park So-yeon [22]
2013 KBS Music Festival with Bae Suzy and Yoon Shi-yoon [23]
2013 SBS Drama Awards with Lee Bo-young and Kim Woo-bin
2014 2014 SBS Drama Awards with Park Shin-hye and Park Seo-joon [24]
2014 KBS Music Festival with Ok Taec-yeon and Im Yoon-ah [25]
2016 2016 SBS Drama Awards with Bang Min-ah and Jang Geun-suk
2016 KBS Entertainment Awards with Lee Hye-ri and Yoo Hee-yeol



Year Album Details Certification Ref.
1995 An Experience N/A N/A
1997 Rebirth N/A N/A

Song Contribution

Year Track Album Artist Notes Ref.
2000 "Smile" Live in Concert Yurisangja
"축복해요" Imagine Song Eun-yi
2003 "2 Man Show" Smile Lena Park

Musical Theatre

  • March! Waikiki Brothers (2006)


  • 별난 사람들의 별나지 않은 그 집 이야기 (2010)


Year Award Category Notable Works Result Ref.
2009 MBC Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) N/A Nominated [26]
2010 Best MC Award (with Park Mi-sun & Kim Gura) Quiz to Change the World Won [27]
2013 KBS Entertainment Awards Producer's Special Award The Return of Superman Won [28]
2014 Popularity Award ( Hwi-jae's Twins with Sarang & Haru) Won [29]
Producer's Special Award (with Song Il-gook) Won
2015 Grand Prize (Daesang) The Return of Superman, Vitamin Won [30]
2016 Nominated [31]


  1. ^ a b "Lee Hwi-jae to Marry Florist Girlfriend". The Chosun Ilbo. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c Chung, Ah-young (18 August 2010). "Comedian Lee to marry florist on Dec. 5". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  3. ^ Lee, Sun-min (8 January 2014). "Lee Hwi-jae's 3-decade diet". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Yoo Jae-suk Paid Nearly W1 Billion by MBC in 2008". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  5. ^ Jin, Christy (18 August 2010). "Comedian Lee to tie the knot". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  6. ^ "Lee Hwi-jae Releases Wedding Photos". The Chosun Ilbo. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  7. ^ "Lee Hwi-jae's Wife Catches Eye of Cosmetics Brand Lancôme". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  8. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (20 October 2012). "Lee Hwi-jae to become a father". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  9. ^ Kim, Erika (16 March 2013). "Lee Hwi Jae's Wife Gives Birth to Healthy Twin Sons". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  10. ^ Lee Hwi Jae and Park Mi Sun bid farewell to 'Quiz to Change the World' after 6 years. Retrieved 2014-11-13.
  11. ^ MC Lee Hwi Jae, who had expressed his love for After School earlier... Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  12. ^ Park, Elli (29 June 2012). "Lee Hwi-jae confesses he got his eyebrows tattooed". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  13. ^ Lee, Sun-min (6 June 2013). "Diet Master to hit airwaves on Friday". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  14. ^ "출연진". KBS (in Korean). Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  15. ^ The air time of KBS2 TV new entertainment program, "Superman Is Back" has been confirmed. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  16. ^ The Return of Superman, raising Kids Makes Life a Joy Archived 2015-02-18 at the Wayback Machine.. KBS World. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  17. ^ Hwi-jae reveals Yoo Jae Suk's plans. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  18. ^ [1]. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
  19. ^ Upcoming KBS variety show 'Battle Trip' reveals MC lineup. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  20. ^ "MC 소개". SBS (in Korean). Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  21. ^ Lee Hwi-jae and Kim Ah-joong were invited as MCs, and they will be giving out total 14 awards under TV category, and 11 awards under movie category. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
  22. ^ T-ara's Soyeon and Lee Hwi Jae have been appointed as MCs for the '2013 APAN Star Awards'. Retrieved 2013-11-16.
  23. ^ The rep also revealed who would be the MCs in KBS Music Festival. Retrieved 2013-12-12.
  24. ^ Lee Hwi Jae to join Park Shin Hye as hosts for '2014 SBS Drama Awards'. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  25. ^ '2014 KBS Music Festival' unveiled its lineup of the participating hosts, artists, promising a night full of exciting performances to come!. Retrieved 2014-12-19.
  26. ^ Yoo Jae-suk Named Top Entertainer at Year-end event. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  27. ^ Winners Announced at 2013 MBC Entertainment Awards. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  28. ^ The '2013 KBS Entertainment Awards' kicked off the year-end award ceremonies with Shin Dong Yup, KARA's Hara, and Seo In Guk as your hosts at the KBS New Wing Open Hall in Yeouido, Seoul on the 21st! Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  29. ^ Winners of The 2014 KBS Entertainment Awards. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  30. ^ 2015 KBS Entertainment Awards: Who Are the Big Winners of the Night?. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  31. ^ Winners Of 2016 KBS Entertainment Awards. Retrieved 2017-05-31.

External links

  • Lee Hwi-jae Fan Cafe at Daum (in Korean)
  • Lee Hwi-jae at HanCinema
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