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Lee Jun-fan, more popularly known as Bruce Lee, was a Hong Kong-American, actor, director, philosopher, martial artist, and martial arts instructor. As an actor and filmmaker, his most popular movies were Fists of Fury and Enter The Dragon. As a martial artist, he was known to use the technique of Jeet Kune Do.
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Key Facts & Information
- Bruce Lee was born on November 27, 1940, in San Francisco, California.
- He was born in the year and in the hour of the Dragon.
- His father was a Hong Kong Opera Singer, named Lee Hoi Chuen, and his mother was Grace Ho.
- His family moved to the United States in 1939.
- The name “Bruce” was given to him by a nurse at his Birthing Hospital. However, it was never used by his family in his preschool years.
- Lee appeared in a film at the early age of three months: he served as a stand-in for an American Baby in Golden Gate Girl (1941).
- During his childhood, he was a child-actor in Hong Kong.
- His family returned to Hong Kong in the early 1940’s, when it was occupied by the Japanese.
- His career as a child actor began in 1946, and Lee appeared in roughly 20 films.
- While in Hong Kong, he also studied dancing.
- He even won in Hong Kong’s Cha-cha competition.
- Bruce Lee was also known for his poetry.
- Bruce Lee was taunted by British students as a teenager for having Chinese Blood.
- He ended up joining a street gang.
- He studied martial arts in 1953.
- Bruce Lee turned his passion for street fights into a discipline. That is why he studied martial arts.
- Lee began studying Kung Fu as a student of Master Yip Man.
- By the end of 1950s, Bruce Lee moved back to the United States. There, he lived with his family and friends. His first job was as a dance instructor.
- Bruce Lee finished high school in Edison, Washington.
- After high school, he enrolled as a philosophy major at the University of Washington.
- Lee was also able to teach the Wing Chun style of martial arts, the style that he learned from Hong Kong.
TEACHING AND MARRIED LIFE
- Lee opened his own martial-arts school in 1964 in Seattle.
- It was also the year when he married his former student, Linda Emery.
- Lee opened two more schools when he and Linda moved to California – one in Oakland and one in Los Angeles.
- Lee taught Jeet Kune Do, or “The Way of The Intercepting Fist.”
- Lee treated his students like a family – that is why he chose acting as a career instead of teaching, to prevent teaching from being commercialized.
- Lee and Linda had two children:
- Brandon, born in 1965.
- Shannon, born in 1969.
- Lee gained his celebrity-status when he starred in the TV series The Green Hornet from 1966 to 1967.
- He was the Hornet’s sidekick, Kato. In the show, Lee showcased his skills in acrobatic and theater.
- A notable acting role was given to him in 1969, when he starred in Marlowe, starring James Garner, a notable detective by Raymond Chandler.
- The film’s screenwriter, Stirling Silliphant, was one of Bruce Lee’s students.
- James Garner was also his student.
- Lee suffered a major back injury as he was practicing a variety of workouts and stunts. He slowly recovered from it by dedicating time for writing and self care.
- Lee thought of the idea of a Buddhist Monk TV series named Kung Fu.
- Unfortunately, Lee did not get the lead role due to the belief that an Asian actor won’t generate audiences.
- Because of such stereotypes, Lee left Los Angeles and returned to Hong Kong in 1971.
BOX OFFICE HIT
- Bruce Lee set new box office records in Hong Kong for his film The Big Boss, known as Fists of Fury in the U.S., when it was released in 1971. However, it received poor reviews in the U.S.
- In the film, Lee was a factory worker hero who has tired of fighting and violence yet enters combat to confront a murderous drug smuggling operation.
- His next film was undoubtedly more successful than The Big Boss. In 1972, he released Fist of Fury, aka The Chinese Connection.
- Lee became a major movie star in Asia and co-founded his own company, Concord Productions, with Raymond Chow.
- The first film he directed was Return of The Dragon, the second one was Enter The Dragon, that became popular in Hollywood.
- Bruce Lee died before the premiere of Enter The Dragon, on July 20, 1973.
- He died in Hong Kong at the age of 32.
- His death was said to be from a strange reaction to a prescription painkiller for his back injury.
- Some people believe that Lee was murdered.
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- Bruce Lee Facts
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- Learning Moves
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