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Also Known As: Bruce Lee Siu-Lung Died: July 20, 1973
Born: November 27, 1941 Cause of Death: cerebral edema induced by allergic reaction by painkiller
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor, dance teacher

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The dominant figure in martial arts related entertainment in modern culture, and one of the most enduring pop icons of the twentieth century, Bruce Lee was an actor, director, and instructor whose films and philosophy popularized martial arts in both Western and Eastern cultures in the late 1960s and into the early 1970s. Though as a mature performer, he made only a handful of films between 1971 and 1973, his graceful yet lethal screen presence was so magnetic - and such a source of pride for Asian audiences - that his influence continued to eclipse subsequent martial arts superstars like Jackie Chan and Jet Li decades after his sudden and mysterious death in 1973.

The dominant figure in martial arts related entertainment in modern culture, and one of the most enduring pop icons of the twentieth century, Bruce Lee was an actor, director, and instructor whose films and philosophy popularized martial arts in both Western and Eastern cultures in the late 1960s and into the early 1970s. Though as a mature performer, he made only a handful of films between 1971 and 1973, his graceful yet lethal screen presence was so magnetic - and such a source of pride for Asian audiences - that his influence continued to eclipse subsequent martial arts superstars like Jackie Chan and Jet Li decades after his sudden and mysterious death in 1973.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Return of the Dragon (1973) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Coming Out Under Fire (1994) Himself--Intelligence Clerk (U.S. Army Air Corps)
3.
 Game of Death, The (1979) Billy Lo
4.
 Return of the Dragon (1973) Tang Lung
5.
 Enter The Dragon (1973) Lee
6.
 Fists of Fury (1973) Cheng
7.
8.
 Chinese Connection, The (1972) Chen Chen
9.
 Marlowe (1969) Winslow Wong
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Moved to Hong Kong as a child; acted in a number of films there in the late 1940s and early 50s
1958:
Won a cha-cha dancing contest in Hong Kong at age 18 (date approximate)
:
Returned to the US; attended college and lectured at Washington (state) high schools on the subject of Oriental philosophies; later opened "gung fu" (a.k.a. Kung fu) studio; students included James Coburn and Lou Al Cinder (later Kareem Abdul-Jabaar)
1966:
Co-starred as Kato, manservant and crime-fighting sidekick on the ABC action series, "The Green Hornet"
1969:
Played a supporting role in the Hollywood feature, "Marlowe", starring James Garner
1970:
Returned to Hong Kong
1972:
Rise to fame in Hong Kong came with films including "The Chinese Connection"
1973:
Made directorial debut, "Return of the Dragon"; also starred
1973:
Made last film, the American-produced "Enter the Dragon", shot in Hong Kong
1973:
Buried in Seattle after funeral ceremonies were held in Hong Kong and Seattle; pallbearers included James Coburn and Steve McQueen
1993:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Education

University of Washington: Seattle , Washington -

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wife:
Linda Lee Caldwell. From Seattle, Washington, where she had Lee buried.

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father:
Hoi-Cheun Lee. Actor. Appeared with Chinese opera and in films; died in 1965.
mother:
Grace Lee. Of German and Chinese ancestry; suffered with Alzheimer's disease.
brother:
Peter Lee. Older.
sister:
Phoebe Lee. Older; born c. 1938.
sister:
Agnes Lee.
brother:
Robert Lee. Musician, businessman. Younger.
son:
Brandon Lee. Actor. Born on February 1, 1965; died on March 31, 1993; signed a three-picture deal with 20th Century Fox in 1991.
daughter:
Shannon Lee. Actor. Born on April 19, 1969.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Man Only I Knew: The Bruce Lee Story"
"Bruce Lee: The Tao of the Dragon Warrior"
"Bruce Lee: A Martial Arts Memoir" Crown

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