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Donghae profile: age, height, family, career, military

By Henry Wambua

Lee Dong-hae, popularly known as Donghae, is a South Korean singer, composer, actor, and songwriter. He is better known for being an active member of the Super Junior group since 2005. His prominence is due to Super Junior’s success in the Asian Music Industry.

Born in 1986, Lee Donghae is one of the first four Korean-born artists to appear on Chinese’s postage stamps. His Singapore e-Awards 2013 for the Most Popular Korean Actor proves that he is indeed an outstanding figure. Here is everything you need to know about Donghae birthday, family, career, wife and much more that you anticipate.

Donghae Profile summary

Name: Lee Dong-hae

Date of Birth: 15th October 1986

Donghae Age: 33 years as of February 2020

Place of Birth: Mokpo, South Jeolla in South Korea

Nationality: South Korean

Occupation: Singer, composer, songwriter, and actor

Donghae height: 175cm (5fee 9 inch)

Weight:  60kgs (132lbs)

Donghae meaning

The name is of a Korean origin and means East Sea or the Sea of Japan. When used in weeb slang, it means “After a long waiting period, you finally get together with someone.” It is often meant to be used as a sound effect or punctuation.

Donghae biography and family

Dong-hae was born in Makpom South Jeolla in South Korea. It is said that his grandmother helped his mum to deliver. The singer has a brother by the name Kee Dong-hwa.

During his youthful stage, he wanted to be a player. However, his father convinced him to be a musician. Hence, he gave up his dream career to become a songwriter singer and a composer.

Donghae music and acting career

After winning the SN’s Youth Best Contest, Donghae joined SM entertainment. Here he learnt singing, dancing as well as acting. Since then, his career can be broken down into the following:

Smile Donghae

After being recruited into SM Entertainment, Dong-hae joined the Smile boy band. Containing five members, among them Leeteuk, the idea was soon dropped before releasing any song.

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Donghae Super Junior 05

In 2004, he joined a twelve-member band dubbed Super Junior 05 along with Leeteuk. Dong-hae came to limelight during this period. His acting career officially debuted in the group’s documentary named “Mystery 6” released in 2006.

In August the same year, he played a significant role of a human cyborg in BoA’s Korean version music video drama dubbed “Key of Heart.” In 2007, he was featured in the “Attack on the Pin-Up Boys” film.

In 2008, A Chinese subgroup of Super Junior was formed. Dong-hae joined fellow members Siwon, Hangeng, Kyuhun, Ryeowook, Henry and Zhou Mi to release their first debut album named “Me.” Days after its release, it was already in the Korean’s MIAK Monthly chart and eventually number 1 in Chinese “Top in Music” chart.

In 2011, Donghae co-starred with fellow group members to release “Kip Beat”, a Taiwanese drama film. He sang the theme song of the film, “This is Love” featuring Henry. He also composed “Dreams Come True,” a thematic song of the eighth Asia Song Festival.

Donghae and Eunhyuk

Another Super Junior Group was formed with Dong-hae and Eunhyuk. The duo would soon release their debut song “Oppa, Oppa” which hit Japanese airwaves in 2012.

May 2012 marked the release of a top comedy film dubbed “Mr Hedgehog and Ms Panda.” Here Dong-hae starred as Hedgehog and also sang the theme song, “Plz Don’t.” The following years were great to his career as they were decorated with numerous film roles, songs and albums.

On Super Junior’s 12th anniversary, the group released its 8th album dubbed “Play.” Donghae had participated actively in the production of Play and had co-written various songs with Eunhyuk as well as JDUB.

2017 saw Dong-hae release several Japanese singles with Eunhyuk. By 2018, they compiled all these songs into an album. Some of the famous tracks the duo released include “You don’t go”, “If you,” “Circus,” “Lose it” and so forth.

Donghae discography

Lee has so far contributed in the following singles and soundtracks:

  • Spokes Man
  • Happy Bubble
  • Just Like Now
  • Strong Heart
  • Only U
  • Dreams Come True
  • This is Love (這是愛)
  • Please Don’t
  • Don’t Go

Lee Donghae filmography

The South Korean actor has starred in the following films:

  • 2007 – Attack on the Pin-Up Boys as Kibum best friend and an Ultra Junior associate
  • 2011 – Super Show 3
  • 2012 – I AM
  • 2013 – Super Show 4
  • 2014 – The Youth/The Rumor

He has also starred in television dramas. Some of them include the following:

  • 2010 – It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl as Choi Wook Gi
  • 2011 – Skip Beat! as Shang Jie Yong and Bu Po Shang
  • 2012 – Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog as Go Seung Ji
  • 2014 – Quiz of God Season 4 as Han Shi Woo

Lee Donghae TV shows include:

  • 2007 – Secret Reports’ Super Summer
  • 2011 – Chuseok Special Star Ae – eungchon
  • 2014 – Super Junior One Fine Day
  • 2019 – Analog Trip

Donghae Military

On his birthday, Dong-hae entered the Nosan Army Training Center. He received military training. Here he served for 21 months before being released on 14th July 2014.

Lee Donghae wife

Many people have fallen for his charisma, right? As a member of the biggest band in South Korea, he has obviously stolen the hearts of many people with his voice, dance moves, smile, and definitely his swag. Nonetheless, little to no details are known about the actor’s love life.  However, he has been previously associated with the following:

Donghae and Dara

Sometimes back, Dara (Also known as Sandara Park) tweeted a photo of the actor stating that they have been friends for close to 10 years. The two followed each other on Instagram and fans were amazed by how they could have kept their relationship silent for such a long period.

To further cement the Lee Donghae and Sandara Park dating rumours, Dara openly posted that she indeed likes him.

Donghae and Yoona

The Super Junior star has also been associated with Yoona. The two were seen together on a secret date at the H.O.T concert. Though they were not openly getting cosy, the event pictures clearly indicate they enjoyed each other’s company. This ignited speculations with many assuming that Yoona was Lee Donghae girlfriend.

Donghae ABS

Not only does the South Korean artist have a good voice but also a perfect ABS. The singer is handsome and has a good body, so it isn’t surprising that most of his fans admire his “killer abs.” His abs will definitely melt your heart. Below is a collection of his photos:

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Donghae Instagram

As a prominent figure in not only South Korea’s entertainment industry but also Asia at large, we all expect him to have a considerable following. True to the dictum, Lee has a whopping 6.1 million followers on Instagram. On Twitter, Facebook and other notable social media platforms, he definitely has lots of fans.

Lee Donghae is indeed an icon in the Asia’s entertainment industry. From Japan, China and other Asia countries, most of his songs and films are undoubtedly loved by many people.


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