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Bruce Lee



Born in San Francisco to Eurasian parents, Bruce Lee moved to Hong Kong when he was three. There, the young actor played tough juvenile roles in several films, using the professional name Li Siu-Lung (Little Dragon). As scrappy offscreen as on, Lee learned to channel his pugnaciousness into the rigidly disciplined field of martial arts while attending St. Francis Xavier College. Returning to the U.S., Lee majored in Philosophy at the University of Washington and supported himself as a kung fu instructor. While participating in a martial arts competition in Long Beach, CA, Lee was selected to play the role of faithful valet Kato on the 1966 TV series The Green Hornet. (After his death, several episodes of the series were cobbled together into a "feature film," with Lee afforded top billing over nominal Green Hornet star Van Williams.) He received his first American film role in Marlowe (1969) on the recommendation of screenwriter Stirling Silliphant, who attended Lee's kung fu classes.



Having lost the leading role in the TV series Kung Fu to David Carradine, Lee decided to prove his box-office value by starring in several low-budget martial arts efforts financed by Hong Kong producer Raymond Chow. On the strength of these efforts, Warner Bros. signed Lee to star in his signature film, Enter the Dragon (1973), which made money by the truckload. He made his directorial debut in what many consider his best film, 1973's Return of the Dragon. It would be the last film that the actor would complete. While in Hong Kong filming The Game of Death, Lee collapsed on the set, apparently suffering an epileptic seizure. After taking a pain killer, he fell asleep -- and never woke up. Rumors still persist that Lee was killed by a group of kung fu experts who resented the actor for exposing their "trade secrets" to the world. Whatever the circumstances of his death, Lee's legend did not die with him. For several years thereafter, "new" films appeared composed of outtakes and stock footage from previous Lee films; in addition, audiences were subjected to scores of imitators, most of them with soundalike names (Bruce Li, Bruce Le, et al.) In a grimly ironic twist, Bruce Lee's son, actor Brandon Lee, also died under mysterious circumstances while making a film in 1993.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
67% I Am Bruce Lee
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Wei lou chun xiao (In the Face of Demolition)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Bruce Lee's Fighting Method - Basic Training & Self Defense Techniques
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Legends Of Martial Arts
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Fist of Fear Touch of Death
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Life & Legend of Bob Wall
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Young Bruce Lee: The Little Dragon
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Death by Misadventure: The Mysterious Life of Bruce Lee
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Bruce Lee: The Legend Lives On
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Intercepting Fist
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do
  • Instructor
2001
No Score Yet Bruce Lee and Kung Fu Mania
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Intercepting Fist
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Bruce Lee - A Warrior's Journey
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet True Game of Death
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Century Hero
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Jue dou si wang da (TheTrue Game of Death)
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Kung-Fu Mania
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Bruce Lee Interviewed
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Bruce Lee: Path of the Dragon
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Story of the Dragon
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Secrets of the Warrior's Power
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Dragon and the Cobra
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Immortal Masters
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Top Fighter
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Cinema of Vengeance
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Death by Misadventure
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Bruce Lee: The Curse of the Dragon
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Way of the Little Dragon
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Bruce Lee: Martial Arts Master
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Ninja vs. Bruce Lee
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Bruce Lee, The Legend
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Super Gang
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Goodbye Bruce Lee
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Tower of Death
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Game of Death II
  • Lee Chen-chiang
1981
No Score Yet Game of Death 2
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Return of the Red Tiger
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet New Game of Death
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Zui she xiao zi (The Young Bruce Lee) (Bruce - King of Kung Fu)
  • Actor
1980
75% Game of Death
  • Billy Lo
1978
No Score Yet Li Hsiao Lung chuan chi (Bruce Lee: True Story)
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Super Dragon - The Bruce Lee Story
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Goodbye Bruce Lee: His Last Game of Death
  • Billy Lo
1975
100% Return of the Dragon (The Way of the Dragon)
  • Screenwriter
  • Tang Lung
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet The Green Hornet
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Laugh Track: The Chinese Connection
  • Actor
1973
95% Enter the Dragon
  • Lee
1973
No Score Yet Fists of the Double K (Hong Kong Face-Off) (Chu ba) (Fist to Fist)
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Real Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee: The Little Dragon) (The Young Bruce Lee)
  • Actor
1973
92% Fist of Fury (Jing wu men)
  • Chen Chen
1972
60% The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong)
  • Cheng Chao-an
1972
No Score Yet Fighting Fists of Bruce Lee
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Bruce Lee - The Dragon
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Bruce Lee Legacy Pack
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Bruce Lee: Fist of Unicorn
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Bruce Lee: The Lost Interview
  • Actor
1971
71% Marlowe
  • Winslow Wong
1969
No Score Yet The Kid
  • Kid Cheung
1950
No Score Yet Kid
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet Bruce Lee and the Green Hornet
  • Actor
No Score Yet The New Game of Death (Si wang ta)
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Kato

Quotes from Bruce Lee's Characters