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Bruce Lee

Bruce Jun Fan Lee (Lee Siu Loong) was born in 1940 in San Francisco, CA while his parents were on tour with the Chinese Opera. Ultimately raised in Hong Kong, Bruce Lee was a child actor appearing in more than 20 films. At the age of 13, Bruce took up the study of wing chun gung fu under renowned wing chun master, Yip Man. Bruce left Hong Kong at the age of 18, came to the United States and made his way to Seattle, Washington where he worked in the restaurant of a family friend. He soon enrolled in the University of Washington where he pursued a degree in philosophy. Bruce began to teach gung fu in Seattle and soon opened his first school, the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute. Two more schools followed in Oakland and Los Angeles. Concurrently Bruce married his wife, Linda and had his two children, Brandon and Shannon. In the mid sixties, Bruce was discovered while doing an exhibition at the Long Beach Internationals and a role as Kato in the tv series The Green Hornet soon followed. During this time, Bruce was also developing his own martial art, which he ultimately named Jeet Kune Do (translated: the way of the intercepting fist). Bruce's art was steeped in a philosophical foundation and did not follow long held martial traditions. Instead it had at its core the ideas of simplicity, directness and personal freedom. After The Green Hornet series was canceled, Bruce encountered resistance while working in Hollywood and so headed to Hong Kong to pursue a film career. In Hong Kong he made 3 films, which consecutively broke all box office records and showcased martial arts in an entirely new way. Hollywood took notice and soon Bruce was making the first Hollywood / Hong Kong coproduction with a film called Enter the Dragon. Unfortunately, Bruce Lee died in 1973 before this film was released. This film catapulted him to international fame. Today Bruce Lee’s legacy of self expression, equality, and pioneering innovation continues to inspire people all around the world.

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Nov 27, 1940 In San Francisco, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Brilliant Life of Bruce Lee
Latest Project:
Movie Jay Sebring....Cutting to the Truth 2020-03-06
Known For
Poster of Enter the Dragon
Poster of The Way of the Dragon
Poster of The Big Boss
Poster of Blondie
Movie The Brilliant Life of Bruce Lee Himself 2022
Movie Jay Sebring....Cutting to the Truth Archive Footage 2020-03-06
Movie Be Water himself (archival footage) 2020-01-23
Movie Game of Death Redux Hai Tien 2019-07-20
Movie Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks Himself (archive footage) 2019-08-02
Movie Bruce Lee: Tracking the Dragon Himself (archive footage) 2016-10-25
Movie I Am Bruce Lee Self / Various (archive footage) 2012-02-09
Series Too Young to Die Himself (archive footage) 2012-07-14
Movie Bruce Lee, trop jeune pour mourir Bruce Lee 2012-05-23
Movie Bruce Lee: In Pursuit of the Dragon Himself (Archive Footage) 2011-01-01
Movie How Bruce Lee Changed the World Himself (archive footage) 2009-05-17
Movie Dragonland - L'urlo di Chen terrorizza ancora l'occidente Himself (archive footage) 2008-01-01
Movie Le frelon vert Kato 2005-01-06
Movie Bruce Lee - Jeet Kune Do Unknown 2004-09-09
Movie Bruce Lee - La Destinée du Dragon 2004-09-07
Movie Bruce Lee the immortal dragon Bruce Lee 2004-09-08
Movie Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong Himself (archive footage) 2003-01-01
Movie The Real Bruce Lee 2 archival footage 2002-01-01
Movie Jackie Chan: Fast, Funny and Furious Himself 2002-12-10
Movie Modern Warriors Himself (archive footage) 2002-08-20
Movie The Art of Action: Martial Arts in the Movies Himself - Interviewee (archive footage) 2002-06-01
Movie The Unbeatable Bruce Lee Himself (archive footage) 2001-12-18
Movie Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey Himself (archive footage) 2000-10-22
Movie Fist to Fist (archive footage) 2000-01-01
Movie Bruce Lee in G.O.D. Hai Tien (archive footage) 2000-11-25
Movie Bruce Lee: The Legend Lives On Himself 1999-01-01
Movie The Lees: Action Speaks Louder Himself 1999-10-25
Movie Bruce Lee - The Intercepting Fist Himself (archive footage) 1998-01-01
Movie The Path of the Dragon Himself (archive footage) 1998-01-01
Movie Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes Himself (archive footage) 1998-08-18
Movie Jackie Chan: My Story Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1998-07-17
Movie Bruce Lee: In His Own Words Himself (archive footage) 1998-07-01
Movie Face to Face Himself 1997-01-01
Movie Jackie Chan - From Stuntman to Superstar Himself (archive footage) 1996-08-30
Movie Top Fighter Himself (Archive Footage) 1995-06-15
Movie Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do Himself (archive footage) 1995-01-01
Movie The Life of Bruce Lee Himself (archive footage) 1994-01-01
Movie Death by Misadventure: The Mysterious Life of Bruce Lee Himself (archive footage) 1993-12-31
Movie The Curse of the Dragon Self (archive footage) 1993-06-30
Movie Bruce Lee and Kung Fu Mania Himself (archive footage) 1992-01-01
Movie The Best of Martial Arts Films Himself (archive footage) 1990-01-01
Movie Amazing Masters of Martial Arts Himself (archive footage) 1985-03-14
Movie Bruce Lee: The Legend Himself (archive footage) 1984-01-01
Movie Game Of Death II Lee Chen-chiang (Billy Lo) 1981-03-21
Movie 死亡塔 1981-03-21
Movie Fist of Fear, Touch of Death The Martial Arts Master (archive footage) 1980-09-01
Movie Game of Death Billy Lo 1978-03-23
Movie The Real Bruce Lee Himself (archive footage) 1977-01-13
Movie The Warrior Within Himself 1976-01-01
Movie Fury of the Dragon Kato 1976-10-14
Movie La légende du petit dragon 1975-01-01
Movie Kung Fu Killers Himself 1974-01-01
Movie The Green Hornet Kato 1974-03-21
Movie Heiße Ware aus Hong Kong (archive footage) 1973-01-01
Movie Enter the Dragon Lee 1973-08-17
Movie Bruce Lee: The Man and the Legend Himself (archive footage) 1973-10-14
Movie Fist of Fury Chen Zhen 1972-03-22
Movie The Way of the Dragon Tang Lung (a.k.a. Dragon) 1972-06-01
Movie Bruce Lee: The Lost Interview Himself 1971-12-09
Series Longstreet Li Tsung 1971-09-16
Movie The Big Boss Cheng Chiu On 1971-10-02
Movie Marlowe Winslow Wong 1969-09-19
Series Blondie Karate Instructor 1968-09-26
Series Here Come the Brides Lin 1968-09-25
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Batman Kato 1966-01-12
Series The Green Hornet Kato 1966-09-09
Movie The Orphan Ah Sam 1960-03-02
Movie Thunderstorm Chow CHung 1957-03-14
Movie Darling Girl Unknown 1957-12-06
Movie Thunderstorm Chow Chung 1957-03-14
Movie The Wise Guys Who Fool Around Lee Siu Lung 1956-02-15
Movie Too Late for Divorce 1956-12-22
Movie An Orphan's Tragedy Young Frank Wong Fuk-wan 1955-01-01
Movie We Owe It to Our Children Le fils fainéant 1955-01-01
Movie In the Face of Demolition 1953-11-26
Movie A Myriad Homes Unknown 1953-10-08
Movie The Guiding Light San at 13 1953-01-01
Movie The Kid 1950-05-31
Movie The Kid Kid Cheung 1950-05-30
Movie The Birth of Mankind Unknown 1946-01-01
Movie Golden Gate Girl Baby(uncredited) 1941-05-27