Bruce Lee

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Bruce Lee
李小龍
Born Lee Jun-Fan (李振藩)
27 November 1940(1940-11-27)
San Francisco, California, United States
Died 20 July 1973(1973-07-20) (aged 32)
Hong Kong
Occupation Actor, movie director, movie producer, screenwriter, martial arts instructor (Jeet Kune Do), philosopher
Years active 1941 - 1973
Spouse Linda Lee Cadwell (born 1945) (1964-1973)
Website
Bruce Lee Foundation
Bruce Lee official website

Bruce Lee (November 27, 1940 - July 20, 1973) was a Chinese-American, Hong Kong actor, martial artist, martial arts instructor, philosopher, movie director, movie producer, screenwriter, and founder of the Jeet Kune Do martial arts movement. He is most famous for making martial arts popular in the United States in the 1970s, when he played in a series of movies, including the first ever martial arts movie in the United States - called Enter the Dragon, which were all very successful all over the world. 'Enter The Dragon' was the most successful and famous, which was released after Bruce's death. He died in 1973 during the production of a movie called, 'Game of Death', during the height of his popularity, but was unable to finish it (almost 20 years later his son, Brandon Lee would die while filming a movie). Lee also taught other people martial arts, like actors Huggo Chairres, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, and Basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he also inspired many other actors who are famous for using martial arts in their movies including Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Chuck Norris. Jackie Chan had a bit-part in 'Enter The Dragon' and Chuck Norris co-starred in Way of The Dragon.

Bruce starred in 5 movies, including The Big Boss, Fist of Fury (also known as The Chinese Connection and The Iron Hand), The Way of the Dragon (also known as Return of the Dragon), Enter the Dragon and Game of Death. He was never able to finish Game of Death due to his death, but completed parts of it were released. Enter the Dragon was his final full completed movie and was also his first Hollywood mainstream American movie.

He is noted for his major contributions to both the Hong Kong and American movie industry during the 1970's, his martial arts movement and innovative ideas (including Jeet Kune Do), his philosophy, and his physical fitness ability. He is considered to be a cultural icon and is considered to be one of the most influential martial artists ever by social critics and other martial artists alike.

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