Korean actor Lee Jae-woo (S.H.I.E.L.D.) dies at 92
A Korean actor who played the villainous Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for decades has died at the age of 92.
Lee Jae-Woo, who died Monday, was one of the most popular Korean actors of his generation.
His most notable work was playing the villain Black Panther in the 1980s.
The character had been on hiatus since the end of the 1990s.
In 2016, the actor starred in the Korean remake of “Star Wars” that was based on the film by George Lucas.
Lee was born in 1946 in Seoul.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Maryland in 1960.
After graduating, he moved to California and worked as a copywriter and director, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In 1964, he was hired by the Walt Disney Co. to write the “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” TV series, which was later made into a television series.
Lee later joined the Walt Hollywood Studios and produced films such as “The Legend of Bong Joon-ho” and “The Secret of the Gold Monkey.”
He was a frequent collaborator on the animated series “The Mighty Ducks.”
In 1985, he starred as the titular Captain America on the NBC television series “Black Panther,” which ran for four seasons.
After a short stint as the villain in the Disney film “The Avengers,” Lee left the show in 1991 and began to make a name for himself as a screenwriter.
Lee’s best known role was in “The Warriors,” a 1986 film directed by Michael Bay.
In that film, he played a young soldier named “Logan” who finds himself in the middle of a guerrilla war in Vietnam, where the American military has been sent to defeat the communist government.
In the 1990 film “Frozen,” Lee played a soldier in the film who goes to prison in a snowstorm.
In 1995, he won the Golden Globe Award for best actor for his role as the character, “Captain Steve Rogers,” in the animated film “Aladdin.”
In 2000, Lee played Captain America as part of a cast in the live-action “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which starred Robert Redford as Red Skull.
Lee made a career for himself in films like “The Phantom of the Opera” and the “A Night at the Opera.”
He also played an unnamed soldier in an action-adventure movie called “The Soldier,” as well as a minor role in the “Iron Man” film.
Lee earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in “A Private Little War,” directed by James Cameron.