Advertisement

Actors Index
Adam Baldwin
Adrin Brody
Alain Delon
Alec Baldwin
Alan Cumming
Al Pacino
Antonio Banderas
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Ashton Kutcher
Benjamin Bratt
Ben Affleck
Benico Del Toro
Billy Crystel
Bill Cosby
Brad Pitt
Brandon Lee
Bruce Lee
Bruce Willis
Bryan Adams
Casey Affleck
Christian Bale
Charles Bronson
Chris Cooper
Daniel Craig
Dan Aykroyd
Daniel Baldwin
Danny Devito
Daniel Day Lewis
Dean Cain
Don Cheadle
Elijah Woods
Edward Burns
Eric Bana
Gabriel Byrne
Gerald Depardieu
George Clooney
Hank Azaria
Harrison Ford
Jackie Chan
Jack Black
James Dean
James Caviezel
James Cobrun
James Caan
Jason Biggs
Jet Li
Jim Carrey
Jeff Bridges
Jean Belmondo
Jesse Bradford
Jim Broadbent
John Cusack
Johny Depp
Jon Bon Jovi
Kenneth Branagh
Kevin Bacon
Kevin Costner
Kurt Russell
Leonardo Di Caprio
Marlon Brando
Macaulay Culkin
Matt Damon
Mathew Broderick
Mathew Perry
Matt LeBlanc
Michael Caine
Nicholos Cage
Orlando Bloom
Pierce Brosnan
Roberto Benigni
Robert De Niro
Rowan Atkinson
Robert Blake
Russell Crowe
Sean Astin
Sean Bean
Sean Connery
Scott Caan
Stephen Baldwin
Steve Buscemi
Sylvester Stallone
The Rock
Tim Allen
Tom Berenger
Tom Cruise
Tom Hanks
Van Damme
Warren Beatty
William Baldwin
Woody Allen
Wes Bentley
Willem Dafoe
hollywood celebrities
Homepage
Actors
Actresses
hollywood celebrities

Bruce Lee


Bruce Lee: The Dragon's Story

In 1959 a short, skinny, bespectacled 18-year-old kid from Hong Kong traveled to America and declared himself to be John Wayne, James Dean, Charles Atlas and the guy who kicked your butt in junior high.
In an America where the Chinese were still stereotyped as meek house servants and railroad workers, Bruce Lee was all steely sinew, threatening stare and cocky, pointed finger a Clark Kent who didn't need to change outfits. He was the redeemer, not only for the Chinese but for all the geeks and dorks and pimpled teenage masses that washed up at the theaters to see his action movies. He was David, with spin-kicks and flying leaps more captivating than any slingshot.

Bruce Lee: Childhood

He came from a family of entertainers - his father (Lee Hoi-chuen) was a Cantonese opera clown and along with his wife he was touring the North American Chinatowns when Bruce was born in San Francisco - thus making him a U.S. citizen. They soon returned to HK and Bruce became a child actor and made 18 films betwwen The Kid in 1950 (being considered one of his best) and The Orphan (1958). The Orphan made him a star and the film is still held in high regard to this day. In it he plays an angry juvenile delinquent in the mode of a sullen James Dean. Afterwards though, apparently the fame made him difficult to deal with and he was soon getting into constant fights.

Bruce Lee: in America and Stardom

So his parents sent him to the U.S. where he began to seriously study martial arts and soon formulated his own school of martial arts that he termed Jeet Kune Do. He was noticed by some Hollywood actors who had an interest in martial arts and he was cast as Kato in the TV series The Green Hornet. He also appeared in some other TV shows and made an incredible cameo in the film Marlowe which starred James Garner (lets forget how Garner defeats him!). He desperately wanted to star in another TV series that he helped put together - but the producers thought that a Chinese actor would not attract an audience and so chose a Caucasian (David Carradine) to play the character in Kung Fu. Can you imagine how incredible and valuable those shows would be today if Bruce had starred in them? Greatly disappointed and hurt, he returned to HK where he discovered that he was considered a major star for what he had done in America. A bidding war broke out between the Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest - with Golden Harvest winning. Over a period of only a few years he made four films - The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon. He died of a brain hemorrage while making his fifth film in 1973.

People in Bruce Lee's Life

Bruce Lee's Family

Linda Bruce Lee

Shannon Bruce Lee

Brandon Lee


Bruce Lee's Family

Phoebe Lee

Lee Family

baby-bruce-lee


Bruce Lee's Associates / Co-Stars

Raymond Chow

Betty Ting Pei

Taiwanese actress. It was in her apartment that Bruce Lee died. She later appeared in and produced the film called Bruce and I.

Sifu Yip Man