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Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee (Lee Jun Fan) (November 27, 1940 - July 20, 1973) is widely considered to be the greatest martial arts actor of the 20th century. His films, especially the last one, Enter the Dragon, elevated the by-then traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level, and artists like Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris have been able to work from this platform. His son, Brandon Lee, was also a martial artist and an actor.

Born in San Francisco, USA, Lee was raised in Hong Kong. His parents were film actors, hence he got the opportunities to appear on several Chinese movies when he was a kid. He also studied the Wing Chun style of Kung Fu. He returned to the US as a young man and starred as the oriental sidekick Kato in the television series The Green Hornet. On his return to Hong Kong, he starred in the movies that would cement his fame.

After studying and becoming dissatisfied with existing schools of martial arts, Lee also created two of his own: Jun Fan, a Kung Fu style; and Jeet Kun Do, which also incorporated elements from martial arts outside of Kung Fu with the intent to create a more streamlined and practical martial art.

Bruce Lee died in 1973 and was interred in the Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. Although there have been a number rumours in circulation concerning the cause of death, the official cause of death was ruled to be an allergic reaction to an aspirin he took.

Although he made only a handful of films and television appearances in his adulthood, Bruce Lee has become an iconic figure in movies as a personification of a small man who became the epitome of physical perfection and invincibility in personal combat. His fame also sparked the first major surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Bruce Lee Facts

Birth NameLee Jun Fan
BirthdayNovember 27, 1940
BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA
Date of deathJuly 20, 1973 (age 32)
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Bruce Lee compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Hateful Eight
Robocop 3
Double Jeopardy
The Man Trap
Under Siege
Mark 8:36
Red 2
Thief of Budapest
King Kong
Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer
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