Park Jeong-su (born July 1, 1983), better known by his stage name Leeteuk, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor. He is a member of the K-pop boy band Super Junior and its subgroups, Super Junior-T and Super Junior-H.
Leeteuk is the younger of two children. His father, Park Yong-in, and his mother divorced in 1988, when he was 5 years old. He has spoken of his parents' relationship publicly in several variety shows as well.
When Leeteuk and his older sister, Park Inyoung, traveled to Myeongdong for a holiday in early 2000, he was recommended by a talent scout to audition for SM Entertainment's Starlight Casting System. After several test recordings and performances, he signed with SM Entertainment and became a trainee. That same year, he appeared as an extra in the MBC Korean drama All About Eve, and briefly as a model for Pepsi in 2002. In 2003, he was put into five-member boyband Smile, with future bandmate Donghae and aimed to be a rival group of TVXQ. The project was dropped and they were then put into rotational group Super Junior along with ten other boys. Being older than the other trainees, Leeteuk became the leader of the group.
Leeteuk has explained that he uses a stage name due to his desire to have a name with the same effects as Kangta, and also to prevent confusion between veteran actress Park Jeong-su and himself. His stage name denotes being "special" as his agency wants him to be a special member in the group.
2005–2006: Debut with Super Junior
Leeteuk officially debuted as part of the 12-member project group, Super Junior'05 on 6 November 2005 on SBS's music programme Popular Songs, performing their first single, "Twins (Knock Out)". Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released a month later on 5 December 2005 and debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.
In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. However, this was met with fans' objections and strong opposition to the rotational style (much like popular rotational groups in Japan's pop music industry) that the group intended to be. Thus, plans changed and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. Following the addition of thirteenth member Kyuhyun, the group dropped the suffix "05" and became officially credited as Super Junior. The re-polished group's first CD single "U" was released on 7 June 2006, which was their most successful single until the release of "Sorry, Sorry" in March 2009.
2007–2008: Sub-groups and DJ
Leeteuk has partnered with Eunhyuk as host DJs for KBS Super Junior's Kiss The Radio (aka SUKIRA) since 2006. With the exception of four months from March to June 2011, where band mate Yesung temporarily replaced Eunhyuk, while he was away on promotional activities for Super Junior-M's third EP Perfection.
2009–2011: Variety shows and MC
From 2009 onwards, Leeteuk, along with Eunhyuk and Shindong, were regular guests on SBS's Strong Heart, where they hosted a special segment, Boom Academy, headed by entertainer Boom. In October 2009, when Boom enlisted for mandatory military service, Leeteuk took over and the segment's name was temporarily changed to Teukigayo, or Teuk Academy. He was a frequent guest on Star King, also on SBS, with fellow Super Junior members.
In 2010, Leeteuk became the new MC for MBC Enjoy Today, replacing Big Bang's Seungri who left to focus on Big Bang's new album. On the show, Leeteuk sang with f(x)'s Krystal for the song "Grumbing". Leeteuk was also the MC for MBC's Love Chaser alongside Yesung.
In 2011, following Kang Ho Dong's retirement from the entertainment industry, Leeteuk and Boom took over as co-MCs of Star King. From September to November, Leeteuk became a dad in Hello Baby season 4 with girl group Sistar. Leeteuk also became part of MBC reality show We Got Married's new on-screen couples, with actress Kang So-ra becoming his on-screen wife. As of the 10 April 2012 broadcast, following the change in MCs and the departure of Shindong from Strong Heart, the show was re-vamped with Leeteuk and Eunhyuk billed as two of the 'six-fixed guests'.
2012–present: Comeback with Super Junior and military service
In June 2012, Leeteuk reunited with his Super Junior band mates for their sixth studio album, Sexy, Free & Single released on 4 July. On 23 June Leeteuk's teaser photo was released showing him with platinum silver hair, gold necklace and heavy black eye makeup. On 25 June he also tweeted another version of his teaser photo with the same outfit but in a different pose leaning on his hand looking as though he was deep in contemplation. In the repackaged edition of the album, re-titled Spy, Leeteuk composed "Only U" and co-wrote the lyrics with Donghae.
During the Indonesia leg of the SMTown Live World Tour III concert in Jakarta on 22 September, Leeteuk was unable to perform with his label mates due to exhaustion and enteritis, for which he made an apology the following day via his Twitter account.
Leeteuk stated in September 2011 that he plans to enlist for his mandatory military service in 2012. On 30 October 2012 he reported to the 306 Reserve Battalion training camp in Uijeongbu in Gyeonggi Province, to undergo five weeks of basic training, followed by active duty for 21 months. He was initially ineligible for active duty following his car crash in 2007 and an aggravated herniated disk, but after receiving treatment he was able to enlist for active duty.
In January 2013, Leeteuk co-starred in military musical The Promise. It was co-produced by the Ministry of National Defense and Korea Musical Theatre Association, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice. It ran from 9 to 20 January at the National Theater of Korea, co-starring actors Ji Hyun-woo, Kim Mu-yeol, Jung Tae-woo; as well as singers Yoon Hak of Supernova, and Lee Hyun of 8Eight. The musical is centered around a group of soldiers who keeps a promise made to each other during the 6.25 war.
Leeteuk completed his military service on 29 July 2014.
April 2007: Car accident
On 19 April 2007, almost two months after Super Junior-T's release of their first single "Rokuko", Leeteuk became seriously injured in a car accident, along with Shindong, Eunhyuk, Kyuhyun, and two managers, when returning home after a recording of the radio show Super Junior Kiss the Radio. While they were on the highway, the front left tire burst as the driver was switching lanes and the van ran into the guard rail/median on the driver's side and skidded for about 30 metres. At some point, the momentum caused the van to flip over on its right side.
While Shindong and Eunhyuk suffered minor injuries, Leeteuk and Kyuhyun sustained more serious injuries, which required both to be hospitalised. Leeteuk had glass shards embedded in his back and above his eyes, requiring over 170 stitches. Leeteuk was discharged from the hospital on 30 April 2007.
Due to this accident, Leeteuk did not take part in Super Junior's debut big-screen production, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys in 2007. However, it was revealed at the end of the film he had taken on the role of the panda mascot, which was later confirmed that it had been Ryeowook who had portrayed it in most of the film.
Death of father and grandparents
On January 6, 2014, Leeteuk's father, Park Yong In, and his grandparents were found deceased in their home. SM initially released a statement saying that the trio had died in a car accident, but it was later discovered that it instead had been a murder-suicide, with Yong In strangling his parents and then hanging himself. A note left near the bodies read "I will bring my parents with me. My children, I am sorry. Please forgive me." It was later revealed that Yong In had been dealing with depression for a long time, and a police report stated "We discovered that Leeteuk's father was trying to make ends meet in order to take care of his parents. Both his parents were suffering from dementia, and Park Yong In struggled with financial problems. Park Yong In must've felt too much burden on his shoulders, leaving him no choice but to end his parents' life as well as his."
On January 8, 2014, Leeteuk and his family held a funeral along with the rest of the Super Junior members.
On January 11, 2014, Leeteuk returned to finish his mandatory military service and was discharged on July 29, 2014.
Soundtrack and singles contributions
|2011||Grumbling||MBC Enjoy Today||Leeteuk, Krystal|
|Please||MBC Enjoy Today||Leeteuk, Shindong|
|Ice cream||Ice Cream (Single)||Leeteuk, JOO|
|2012||Bravo||History of a Salaryman OST||Leeteuk, Key|
|2016||My Hero||SM STATION||Leeteuk, Suho, Kassy|
Lyrics and composition
|2007||"I am"||Super Junior||Don't Don||lyrics|
|2010||"All My Heart"||Bonamana||music|
|2011||"Oops!"||Super Junior featuring f(x)||A-CHa||lyrics|
|2012||"Only U"||SPY||lyrics and music|
|2015||"You Got It"||Leeteuk, Heechul, Yesung, Eunhyuk, Donghae||Magic||lyrics|
|"Sarang♥"||Leeteuk and Heechul||music|
|2007||Attack on the Pin-Up Boys ||School panda mascot|
|2010||Super Show 3 3D ||Himself|
|2012||I AM. ||Himself|
|2013||Super Show 4 3D ||Himself|
|2015||SM Town The Stage ||Himself|
|2000||All About Eve||MBC|
|2006||Super Junior Mini-Drama||Mnet|
|2008||Super Junior Unbelievable Story||MBC|
|2011||The Women of Our Home||KBS|
|2012||Salamander Guru and The Shadows||SBS|
|2005–2006||Super Junior Show||Mnet|
|2007–2008||Explorers of the Human Body||KBS|
|2008||Unbelievable Outing (Season 3)||ComedyTV|
|2009–2010||Challenge Golden Ladder||KBS|
|2009||Challenge! Good Song||MBC|
|2010–2011||Super Junior's Foresight||KBS|
2015 – present
|2015||I Can See Your Voice||Mnet|
|2015||Match Made in Heaven||MBC|
|2015||The Mickey Mouse Club||Disney Channel|
|2016||Hidden Camera Shot Battle||MBC|
|Weekly Idol||MBC Every1|
|Law Of The Jungle||SBS|
|2006||Super Junior Full House||SBS|
|2006||Super Adonis Camp||Mnet|
|2007–2008||Leeteuk's Love Fighter||Mnet|
|2008||Bachelor While on a Date||Mnet|
|2008||Introducing Star's Friend||MBC|
|2009||Lord of the Rings||MBC|
|2011||Sistar & LeeTeuk's Hello Baby||KBS|
|2011–2012||We Got Married (Season 3) ||MBC|
|2006–2011; 2016–present||Super Junior Kiss the Radio|
Awards and nominations
|2009||SBS Entertainment Awards||Best Newcomer Award (Variety)||Star King and Strong Heart||Won|||
|2011||Excellence Award (Talk Show Division)||Strong Heart||Won|||
|2012||Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20′s Variety Star||himself||Nominated|||
|MBC Entertainment Awards||Popularity Award||Leeteuk||Won|||
|SBS Entertainment Awards||Best Entertainer Award (Talk Show Category)||Leeteuk||Won|||
|2013||7th Daegu International Musical Festival||Newcomer Award||Leeteuk||Won|