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Birth information

27 November 1940 San Francisco, California, USA

Death information

20 July 1973 Kowloon, Hong Kong

Given Name

Lee Jun Fan

How tall is Bruce Lee?

1.71 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Linda Lee Cadwell

Life Story of Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and European cinema and audiences the way it has over the past four decades.

The influence of East Asian martial arts cinema can be seen today in so many other film genres including comedies, action, drama, science fiction, horror and animation.....and they all have their roots in the phenomenon that was Bruce Lee.

Lee was born "Lee Jun Fan" November 27, 1940 in San Francisco, the son of Lee Hoi Chuen, a singer with the Cantonese Opera. Approximately one year later the family returned to Kowloon in Hong Kong and at the age of five, a young Bruce begins appearing in children's roles in minor films including The Birth of Mankind (1946) and Fu gui fu yun (1948). At the age of 12, Bruce commenced attending La Salle College. Bruce was later beaten up by a street gang, which inspired him to take up martial arts training under the tutelage of "Sifu Yip Man" who schooled Bruce...

Significant features of Bruce Lee

Often had a scene in his films where in a fight, he gets wounded. Standing stunned, he tastes his own blood and then he goes berserk wiping out any opponent in his path.
Made animal sounds when he fought to unnerve his foes and focus his strength. His...

How much money has Bruce Lee earned?

The Green Hornet (1966) $400 /episode
Longstreet (1971) $2,000 /episode
Tang shan da xiong (1971) $7,500
Jing wu men (1972) $7,500

Publications and Magazines about Bruce Lee

Jack Vaughn and Mike Lee The Legendary Bruce Lee. 1986
Linda Lee Cadwell writing as Linda Lee Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew. 1975
Linda Lee Cadwell writing as Linda Lee The Life and Tragic Death of Bruce Lee. 1975
Linda Lee Cadwell writing as Linda Lee, with Tom Bleecker The Bruce Lee Story. 1989
Edward Gross Bruce Lee: Fists of Fury. 1990
Bruce Lee: His Life in Pictures. 1988
Alex Ben Block The Legend of Bruce Lee. 1974
Dennis Felix and Dan Atyeo Bruce Lee: King of Kung Fu. 1974
Dan Inosanto and Alan Sutton Jeet Kune Do: The Art and Philosophy of Bruce Lee. 1976
Bruce Thomas Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit. 1994
Robert Clouse Bruce Lee: The Biography. 1988
Jon E. Lewis They Died Too Young: Bruce Lee. 1996
Lou Gaul The Fist That Shook the World: The Cinema of Bruce Lee. 1997
Paul H. Crompton (editor) Bruce Lee: The Untold Story. 1980
Tom Bleecker Unsettled Matters: the Life and Death of Bruce Lee. 1996
Bruce Lee Bruce Lee: Artist of Life. 1999
John Little Bruce Lee: Artist of Life. 1999
Matthew Polly Bruce Lee: A Life. 2019

Biographical movies about Bruce Lee

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story 1993
The Curse of the Dragon 1993
Bruce Lee: Die Legende 1984
Biography: "Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon" 1994
The Legend of Bruce Lee 2008

What movies did Bruce Lee play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Bruce Lee in G.O.D.: Shibôteki yûgi (2000) , Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000) , The Story (2000) , Bruce Lee - Mein letzter Kampf (1978) , Enter the Dragon (1973) , The Way of the Dragon (1972) ,
Directors Filmography
Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000) , The Story (2000) , Bruce Lee - Mein letzter Kampf (1978) , The Way of the Dragon (1972) ,
Actors Filmography
Enter the Dragon (1973) Lee, The Way of the Dragon (1972) Tang Lung, Fist of Fury (1972) Chen Zhen, Longstreet...

Birth information

27 November 1940 San Francisco, California, USA

Death information

20 July 1973 Kowloon, Hong Kong

Given Name

Lee Jun Fan

How tall is Bruce Lee?

1.71 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Linda Lee Cadwell

Life Story of Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and European cinema and audiences the way it has over the past four decades.

The influence of East Asian martial arts cinema can be seen today in so many other film genres including comedies, action, drama, science fiction, horror and animation.....and they all have their roots in the phenomenon that was Bruce Lee.

Lee was born "Lee Jun Fan" November 27, 1940 in San Francisco, the son of Lee Hoi Chuen, a singer with the Cantonese Opera. Approximately one year later the family returned to Kowloon in Hong Kong and at the age of five, a young Bruce begins appearing in children's roles in minor films including The Birth of Mankind (1946) and Fu gui fu yun (1948). At the age of 12, Bruce commenced attending La Salle College. Bruce was later beaten up by a street gang, which inspired him to take up martial arts training under the tutelage of "Sifu Yip Man" who schooled Bruce...

Significant features of Bruce Lee

Often had a scene in his films where in a fight, he gets wounded. Standing stunned, he tastes his own blood and then he goes berserk wiping out any opponent in his path.
Made animal sounds when he fought to unnerve his foes and focus his strength. His...

How much money has Bruce Lee earned?

The Green Hornet (1966) $400 /episode
Longstreet (1971) $2,000 /episode
Tang shan da xiong (1971) $7,500
Jing wu men (1972) $7,500

Publications and Magazines about Bruce Lee

Jack Vaughn and Mike Lee The Legendary Bruce Lee. 1986
Linda Lee Cadwell writing as Linda Lee Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew. 1975
Linda Lee Cadwell writing as Linda Lee The Life and Tragic Death of Bruce Lee. 1975
Linda Lee Cadwell writing as Linda Lee, with Tom Bleecker The Bruce Lee Story. 1989
Edward Gross Bruce Lee: Fists of Fury. 1990
Bruce Lee: His Life in Pictures. 1988
Alex Ben Block The Legend of Bruce Lee. 1974
Dennis Felix and Dan Atyeo Bruce Lee: King of Kung Fu. 1974
Dan Inosanto and Alan Sutton Jeet Kune Do: The Art and Philosophy of Bruce Lee. 1976
Bruce Thomas Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit. 1994
Robert Clouse Bruce Lee: The Biography. 1988
Jon E. Lewis They Died Too Young: Bruce Lee. 1996
Lou Gaul The Fist That Shook the World: The Cinema of Bruce Lee. 1997
Paul H. Crompton (editor) Bruce Lee: The Untold Story. 1980
Tom Bleecker Unsettled Matters: the Life and Death of Bruce Lee. 1996
Bruce Lee Bruce Lee: Artist of Life. 1999
John Little Bruce Lee: Artist of Life. 1999
Matthew Polly Bruce Lee: A Life. 2019

Biographical movies about Bruce Lee

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story 1993
The Curse of the Dragon 1993
Bruce Lee: Die Legende 1984
Biography: "Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon" 1994
The Legend of Bruce Lee 2008

What movies did Bruce Lee play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Bruce Lee in G.O.D.: Shibôteki yûgi (2000) , Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000) , The Story (2000) , Bruce Lee - Mein letzter Kampf (1978) , Enter the Dragon (1973) , The Way of the Dragon (1972) ,
Directors Filmography
Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000) , The Story (2000) , Bruce Lee - Mein letzter Kampf (1978) , The Way of the Dragon (1972) ,
Actors Filmography
Enter the Dragon (1973) Lee, The Way of the Dragon (1972) Tang Lung, Fist of Fury (1972) Chen Zhen, Longstreet...

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Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris in Die Todeskralle schlägt wieder zu (1972)

Ranked #100 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

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Father of Brandon Lee and Shannon Lee.

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Died of brain edema in Hong Kong at age 32.

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He is considered the greatest martial artist of the 20th century.

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Developed his martial art style called Jeet Kune Do (Way of the Intercepting Fist) which is more of an idea of being flexible and practical with learning martial arts

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Interred at Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, Washington, USA.

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While The Green Hornet (1966) TV series was in production, Bruce made several promotional appearances as Kato but made a point to never do the standard martial art stunts like breaking boards, which he felt had nothing to do with what martial arts are about.

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Bruce Lee Jun Fan Yuen Kam (Bruce Lee's full birth name) was born in the year of the dragon (1940), at the hour of the dragon (between 6:00AM- 8:00AM).

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Bruce Lee and Robert Wall in Der Mann mit der Todeskralle (1973)

Was an accomplished dancer and Hong Kong cha cha cha champion.

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A noted brawler in Hong Kong, Lee received formal training in wing chun under legendary sifu Yip Man. He later trained in a variety of arts but eventually found classical style limiting and, counter-productive. He developed Jeet Kune Do which, he stressed, is not a style but a way of approaching martial arts beyond style. It is the forerunner to mix martial arts.

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Weighed only 128 pounds at the time of his death.

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Suffered a serious back injury while attempting a good-morning (involves holding a barbell across the shoulders and bending forward, keeping legs and back straight). During his recuperation he wrote several books on the martial arts.

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His students in Jeet Kune Do martial arts included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Steve McQueen, and James Coburn.

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His father, Lee Hoi-chuen, was Chinese. His mother, Grace Ho, is described as being of mixed Chinese and European (usually stated as German) descent.

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His development of Jeet Kune Do came partially out of an incident with his school. A rival martial artist challenged him to a duel over his decision to teach non-Chinese students. Lee accepted the challenge and won the duel but later thought that the fight took too long because his martial art technique was too rigid and formalistic. Thus he decided to develop a better system with an emphasis on practicality and flexibility.

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Bruce Lee and John Saxon in Der Mann mit der Todeskralle (1973)

Was constantly challenged by movie extras and other men seeking to gain fame by beating him in a fight.

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Bruce Lee in Bruce Lee - Mein letzter Kampf (1978)

Left for Seattle in 1958 with $100. Gave cha cha cha lessons to first-class passengers to earn extra money during ship ride to US.

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Bruce Lee and Van Williams in Batman (1966)

Was sought after for instruction by established martial artists such as Joe Lewis and Chuck Norris.

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Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris in Die Todeskralle schlägt wieder zu (1972)

Faced discrimination from other Chinese kung fu masters when trying to learn other martial arts styles. Would usually go to the number 3 or 4 man in a certain system to learn it in exchange for teaching what he knew.

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Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris in Die Todeskralle schlägt wieder zu (1972)

Demand for his private lessons grew so high that his hourly rate soared to $275 per hour.

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His last movie, Bruce Lee - Mein letzter Kampf (1978), was his first film to be shot with sound, unlike most of his earlier films which were filmed without sound and later dubbed in by the actors. Some of the lost footage was later shown in Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000). You can hear his own voice speaking English and Cantonese. Had he not died, his character's name in this movie would have been Hai Tien.

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Spoke English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese.

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Was able to name every single karate term and performed them with dead accuracy.

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Bruce Lee and Nora Miao in Die Todeskralle schlägt wieder zu (1972)

Developed a trick for showing off his speed: a person held a coin and closed his hand and, as he closed it, Lee would take it and could even swap the coin for another.

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Bruce Lee and James Garner in Der Dritte im Hinterhalt (1969)

His death was considered to be under 'extraordinarily bizarre' circumstances by many experts. Many people claimed that it was the work of 'Oni' (Japanese for Demons or evil spirits), while others claimed he was cursed. The theory of the 'Curse of Bruce Lee' carried over to the extremely bizarre death of his son, Brandon Lee, who was shot and killed during the filming of The Crow (1994) in 1993.

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Bruce Lee, James Franciscus, Marlyn Mason, and Peter Mark Richman in Longstreet (1971)

Before hitting it big as a movie star he often trained with the martial arts world's biggest stars, many of whom would latter become celebrities in their own right, such as world karate champion Chuck Norris. Despite rumors and reports to the contrary, Lee was never Norris's instructor. They trained together, often trading techniques and ideas, but never had a student-teacher relationship.

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One of his martial arts students was James Bond star George Lazenby.

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Bruce Lee and Linda Dangcil in Here Come the Brides (1968)

Mortal Kombat character "Liu Kang" was inspired by him, complete with the characteristic animal noises.

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Bruce Lee, Lee Jun, and Hong Kong

(2004 September) Has a statue placed in the country Bosnia. After many years of war and religious splits, Lee's figure is to commend his work, to successfully bridge culture gaps in the world.

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Bruce Lee, Raymond Chow, and John Saxon in Der Mann mit der Todeskralle (1973)

Lee was trained by Yip Man from 1954-1957 & Wong Shun-Leung from 1957-1958.

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Lee knocked out Wong Jack-Man in Oakland, CA, in a 1965 no-holds-barred challenge match. It was Lee's last official fight. It lasted three minutes.

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Lee knocked-out Chung, a Choy Li Fut fighter, in Hong Kong in a 1958 Full-Contact match. The match was refereed by Sheun-Leung Wong.

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Lee knocked out Uechi in 10 seconds in a 1962 Full-Contact match in Seattle. It was refereed by Jesse Glover.

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Son of Hoi-Chuen Lee

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To mark the occasion of what would have been Lee's 65th birthday (27 November 2005), a bronze statue of a topless Bruce adopting a martial arts stance was unveiled in Hong Kong, effectively kicking off a week-long Bruce Lee festival.

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