Bruce Lee

Chinese name 李小龍 (traditional)
Chinese name 李小龙 (simplified)
Pinyin Lǐ Xiǎolóng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lei Siu Long (Cantonese)
Birth name Lee Jun-fan
李振藩 (Traditional)
李振藩 (Simplified)
Lǐ Zhènfān (Mandarin)
Lei Jun Fan (Cantonese)
Ancestry Shunde, Guangdong, China
Origin Hong Kong
Born November 27, 1940
Chinatown, San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died July 20, 1973 (aged 32)
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Resting place Lakeview Cemetery
Occupation Martial artist, martial arts instructor, actor, film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1941–73
Spouse Linda Emery (1964–73)
Children Brandon Lee (1965–93)
Shannon Lee (born 1969)
Parents Lee Hoi-chuen (1901–65)
Grace Ho (1907–96)
Alma mater University of Washington, Seattle
Official website Bruce Lee Foundation
Bruce Lee official website
Awards
Hong Kong Film Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award
1994
Golden Horse Awards
Best Mandarin Film
1972 Fist of Fury
Special Jury Award
1972 Fist of Fury
Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍; born Lee Jun-fan, Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time, and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.

Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco on November 27, 1940 to parents from Hong Kong and was raised in Kowloon with his family until his late teens. He was introduced to the film industry by his father and appeared in several films as a child actor. Lee moved to the United States at the age of 18 to receive his higher education, at the University of Washington, at Seattle and it was during this time that he began teaching martial arts. 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. The direction and tone of his films changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts films in the United States, Hong Kong and the rest of the world.

He is noted for his roles in five feature-length films: Lo Wei’s The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972); Golden Harvest’s Way of the Dragon (1972), directed and written by Lee; Golden Harvest and Warner Brothers’ Enter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1978), both directed by Robert Clouse. Lee became an iconic figure known throughout the world, particularly among the Chinese, as he portrayed Chinese nationalism in his films. He trained in the art of Wing Chun and later combined his other influences from various sources, in the spirit of his personal martial arts philosophy, which he dubbed Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting Fist). Lee held dual nationality of Hong Kong and the United States. He died in Kowloon Tong on July 20, 1973 at the age of 32.

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