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Bruce Lee

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Bruce Lee

Actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, and filmmaker add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1940.

Countries: United States (41%), China (28%), (16%)

Main connections: Stage combat, Jackie Chan, Fist of Fury

Linked to: University of Washington, One inch punch, Seattle Central Community College, St. Francis Xavier's College

 

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Actors from the 1950s and 1960s, such as John Wayne, Steve McQueen and Lee Marvin, passed the torch in the 1970s to actors such as Bruce Lee, Tom Laughlin, Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, Clint Eastwood and Sonny Chiba add something


1954

Lee began training in Wing Chun at the age of 13 under the Wing Chun teacher Yip Man in 1954, after losing a fight with rival gang members add something


1955

However, Lee showed a keen interest in Wing Chun, and continued to train privately with Yip Man and Wong Shun Leung in 1955 add something


1959

After living in San Francisco for several months, he moved to Seattle in 1959, to continue his high school education, where he worked for Ruby Chow as a live-in waiter at her restaurant add something

 

In the spring of 1959, Lee got into yet another street fight and the police were called add something

 

Lee began teaching martial arts in the United States in 1959 add something

 

While in the United States from 1959 to 1964, Lee abandoned thoughts of a film career in favour of pursuing martial arts add something


1960

In December 1960, Lee completed his high school education and received his diploma from Edison Technical School add something

 

Mixed martial arts - In the late 1960s to early 1970s, the concept of combining the elements of multiple martial arts was popularized in the west by Bruce Lee via his system philosophy of Jeet Kune Do

 

Martial arts - The later 1960s and 1970s witnessed an increased media interest in Chinese martial arts, influenced by martial artist Bruce Lee


1961

In March 1961, Lee enrolled at the University of Washington, majoring in drama according to the university's alumni association information, not in philosophy as claimed by Lee himself and many others add something


1964

However, a martial arts exhibition on Long Beach in 1964 eventually led to the invitation by William Dozier for an audition for a part in the pilot for "Number One Son" add something

 

In Oakland, California in 1964 at Chinatown, Lee had a controversial private match with Wong Jack Man, a direct student of Ma Kin Fung known for his mastery of Xingyiquan, Northern Shaolin, and T'ai chi ch'uan add something

 

In 1964, at a demonstration in Long Beach, California, Lee had met Karate champion Chuck Norris add something

 

It was at the 1964 championships where Lee first met Taekwondo master Jhoon Goo Rhee add something

 

It was at the University of Washington that he met his future wife Linda Emery, a fellow student studying to become a teacher, whom he married in August 1964 add something


1965

After his match with Wong Jack Man in 1965, Lee changed his approach toward martial arts training add something


1966

The show lasted just one season, from 1966 to 1967 add something

 

Van Williams - He teamed for one season with the late Bruce Lee as his partner Kato, in the television series "The Green Hornet", broadcast on ABC during the 1966–67 season


1967

Lee appeared at the 1967 Long Beach International Karate Championships and performed various demonstrations, including the famous "unstoppable punch" against USKA world Karate champion Vic Moore add something

 

Joe Lewis (martial artist) - From 1967 to 1968, he studied privately with the influential martial artist and Jeet Kune Do founder Bruce Lee

 

Larry Hartsell - In 1967 he started training with Bruce Lee. He served as a military police officer in the army, including combat time in Vietnam

 

Joe Lewis (martial artist) - Starting in 1967, Lewis began training privately with Bruce Lee


1969

In 1969 the three worked on a script for a film called "The Silent Flute", and went together on a location hunt to India add something

 

In 1969, Lee made a brief appearance in the Silliphant-penned film "Marlowe" where he played a henchman hired to intimidate private detective Philip Marlowe, , by smashing up his office with leaping kicks and flashing punches, only to later accidentally jump off a tall building while trying to kick Marlowe off add something

 

Nancy Kwan - Kwan met Bruce Lee when he choreographed the martial arts moves in the 1969 film "The Wrecking Crew"


1970

His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, sparking a surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West in the 1970s add something

 

In 1970, he was responsible for fight choreography for "A Walk in the Spring Rain" starring Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn, again written by Silliphant add something

 

One is that his early 1970s interview on the TVB show "Enjoy Yourself Tonight" cleared the busy streets of Hong Kong as everyone was watching the interview at home add something

 

Jimmy Wang (actor) - But beginning in the 1970s, Wang's star began to be eclipsed with the entry of new actors, many with superior martial arts training such as Ti Lung, David Chiang, and especially Bruce Lee, whose role in "The Big Boss" revolutionised the martial arts film genre

 

Stage combat - During the 1970s and 1980s, Bruce Lee, Sonny Chiba, Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung became famous for both choreographing and acting in martial arts action films, and were influential in the development of stage combat on film

 

Stage combat - During the 1970s and 1980s, Bruce Lee, Sonny Chiba, Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung became famous for both choreographing and acting in martial arts action films, and were influential in the development of stage combat on film

 

Action film - This began in the early 1970s with the martial arts movies of Bruce Lee, which led to a wave of Bruceploitation movies that eventually gave way to the comedy kung fu films of Jackie Chan by the end of the decade


1971

In 1971, Lee appeared in four episodes of the television series "Longstreet", written by Silliphant add something

 

Orange Sky Golden Harvest - But what really put the company on the map was a 1971 deal with soon-to-be martial arts superstar Bruce Lee, after he had turned down the low-paying, standard contract offered him by the Shaws

 

Kung Fu (TV series) - In 1971, Bruce Lee wasn't the cult film hero he later became for his roles in "The Big Boss" , "Fist of Fury" , "Way of the Dragon" and "Enter the Dragon"

 

Pierre Berton - It was on this show that in 1971 Berton interviewed Bruce Lee in what was to be the famous martial artist's only surviving television interview


1972

In 1972, after the success of "The Big Boss" and "Fist of Fury", a third film was planned by Raymond Chow at Golden Harvest to be directed by Lo Wei, titled "Yellow-Faced Tiger" add something

 

In 1972, he was asked if he believed in God, and responded, "To be perfectly frank, I really do not" add something

 

In late 1972, Lee began work on his fourth Golden Harvest Film, "Game of Death" add something

 

James Yimm Lee, a close friend of Lee, certified a few students including Gary Dill who studied Jeet Kune Do under James and received permission via a personal letter from him in 1972 to pass on his learning of Jun Fan Gung Fu to others add something

 

When asked in 1972 about his religious affiliation, he replied, "none whatsoever" add something

 

Ni Kuang - As the screenwriter for the 1972 film "Fist of Fury", he received credit for creating the protagonist, Chen Zhen, who was played by Bruce Lee

 

Fist of Fury - "'Fist of Fury"', known as "'The Chinese Connection"' and "'The Iron Hand"' in the United States, is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Lo Wei, starring Bruce Lee in his second major role after "The Big Boss"

 

Game of Death - "'Game of Death"' is an incomplete 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed, written, produced by and starring Bruce Lee, in his final film attempt


1973

Filming commenced in Hong Kong in February 1973 add something

 

On 10 May 1973, Lee collapsed in Golden Harvest studios in Hong Kong while doing dubbing work for the movie "Enter the Dragon" add something

 

He died in Kowloon Tong on 20 July 1973 at the age of 32 add something

 

On 20 July 1973, Lee was in Hong Kong, to have dinner with James Bond star George Lazenby, with whom he intended to make a film add something

 

Berkeley: Frog Ltd. However, only a few months after the completion of "Enter the Dragon", and six days before its 26 July 1973 release, Lee died add something

 

Pallbearers at his funeral on 31 July 1973 included Taky Kimura, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Chuck Norris, George Lazenby, Dan Inosanto, Peter Chin, and Lee's brother Robert add something

 

Van Williams - Bruce Lee died of a cerebral edema in 1973

 

Kung Fu (TV series) - But, Bruce Lee died in 1973 and his son Brandon tragically died in 1993

 

John Saxon (actor) - He did appear in Bruce Lee's 1973 Hollywood debut "Enter the Dragon"

 

John Saxon (actor) - He is known for his role as Roper in the 1973 film "Enter the Dragon", in which he starred with Bruce Lee and Jim Kelly

 

George Lazenby - In 1973, Lazenby was set to work in Hong Kong with Bruce Lee

 

Wong Shun Leung - In 1973, shortly after Bruce Lee's death, Wong acted in "Life and Legend of Bruce Lee"

 

David Carradine - When Bruce Lee died in 1973, he left an unreleased movie script that he had developed with James Coburn and Stirling Silliphant called "The Silent Flute"

 

Linda Lee Cadwell - Bruce Lee died suddenly on July 20, 1973 of cerebral edema

 

Betty Ting - On 20 July 1973, Ting unwittingly hit the headlines when Bruce Lee died in her apartment at 67 Beacon Hill Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong


1978

The project was not realised at the time; but the 1978 film "Circle of Iron", starring David Carradine, was based on the same plot add something

 

Joseph Bodner - As an illustrator, in 1978 he collaborated with Bruce Lee on the first volume of his "Fighting Method" martial arts books

 

Robert Wall - He later appeared in "Game of Death", Bruce Lee's incomplete film re-cut in 1978

 

Game of Death - This was because the real Bruce Lee wore the latter when he was filming, and the double wore the former in the 1978 version to resemble his shoes


1979

Cheng Chao-an - Most of the these presumably-lost scenes were present in a print shown in London in 1979 as part of a Bruce Lee film festival, with the exception of the "saw-in-the-head" shot

 

Chiao Mei - Most of the these presumably-lost scenes were present in a print shown in London in 1979 as part of a Bruce Lee film festival, with the exception of the "saw-in-the-head" shot


1982

Albert Goldman - In 1982, Goldman wrote a very unflattering article on actor Bruce Lee which was divided into two parts for Penthouse Magazine


1985

"Black Belt" magazine in 1985 carried the speculation that the death of Bruce Lee in 1973 may have been caused by "a delayed reaction to a Dim Mak strike he received several weeks prior to his collapse" add something


1993

"Black Belt: Bruce Lee Collector's Edition" Summer 1993 There was no set pattern to the classes add something

 

Kung Fu (TV series) - Ed Spielman told me specifically: 'In 1993, I was preparing a major law suit against Universal, DeLaurentis Productions and all of those who were responsible for the false allegations in 'The Bruce Lee Story' to deprive me of the authorship of my work and defame me

 

Beastie Boys - The Beastie Boys published "Grand Royal Magazine", with the first edition in 1993 featuring a cover story on Bruce Lee, artwork by George Clinton, and interviews with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and A Tribe Called Quest MC Q-Tip (Q-Tip_(rapper))


1996

Linda Lee Cadwell - In 1996, Bleecker published a book on his version of how Bruce Lee died


2001

Linda Lee Cadwell - Cadwell has continued to promote Bruce Lee's martial art Jeet Kune Do. She retired in 2001, and her daughter Shannon , together with son-in-law Ian Keasler, run the Bruce Lee Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching Bruce Lee's philosophy on martial arts and his writing on philosophy


2002

Bruce Lee: the immortal Dragon, 29 January 2002, A&E Television Networks add something

 

"Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon", 29 January 2002, A&E Television Networks Wong denied this, stating that he requested to fight Lee after Lee issued an open challenge during one of Lee's demonstrations at a Chinatown theatre, and that Wong himself did not discriminate against Caucasians or other non-Chinese add something


2004

Mixed martial arts - In 2004, UFC President Dana White would call Lee the "father of mixed martial arts" stating: "If you look at the way Bruce Lee trained, the way he fought, and many of the things he wrote, he said the perfect style was no style


2005

On 15 October 2005, Chow stated in an interview that Lee died from an allergic reaction to the muscle relaxant in Equagesic, which he described as a common ingredient in painkillers add something


2006

Shigeru Miyamoto - On November 28, 2006, Miyamoto was featured in "TIME Asia"'s "60 Years of Asian Heroes," alongside Hayao Miyazaki, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Bruce Lee and the Dalai Lama


2008

Cheng Chao-an - Besides these two examples, a third Bruce Lee biopic, "The Legend of Bruce Lee", this time with Danny Chan Kwok Kwan as Lee and filmed in mini-series form, was shown in Hong Kong in 2008 as part of China's hosting of the summer Olympics

 

Chiao Mei - Besides these two examples, a third Bruce Lee biopic, "The Legend of Bruce Lee", this time with Danny Chan Kwok Kwan as Lee and filmed in mini-series form, was shown in Hong Kong in 2008 as part of China's hosting of the summer Olympics

 

Ron Balicki - He and his wife choreographed martial arts for the stage production, "Be Like Water", produced at East West Players in 2008, which features the ghost of Bruce Lee visiting a troubled teenage Asian American tomboy, offering her lessons and guidance


2009

On 6 January 2009, it was announced that Bruce's Hong Kong home will be preserved and transformed into a tourist site by philanthropist Yu Pang-lin add something


2010

In 2010, producer Paul Maslansky was reported to plan and receive fundings for a film based on the original script for "The Silent Flute" add something

 

Lee Hoi-chuen - He was portrayed by Tony Leung Ka-fai in the 2010 film " Bruce Lee, My Brother"


 

In April 2013, he was posthumously awarded the prestigious Founders award at The Asian awards add something

 

A Bruce Lee statue was unveiled in Los Angeles' Chinatown on June 15, 2013 add something


2014

In April 2014, it was announced that Lee would be a featured character in the video game EA Sports UFC, and will be playable in multiple weight classes add something


2018

However, in his 2018 biography, "Bruce Lee; A Life", Matthew Polly identifies Bruce's Lee's mother's grandfather as Moses Hartog Bosman, born to a Jewish family in Rotterdam, became a successful businessman in Hong Kong, where he had a Chinese concubine named Sze Tai, with whom he had six children, including Lee's grandfather Ho Kom Tong add something