China is not only known for its herbal and alternative medicines but also for the great people it has brought into the world like Chinese American martial artist Bruce Lee. He was born as Lee Jun-fan on November 27, 1940. He was also a known Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, and a filmmaker.
Bruce Lee's parents were from Hong Kong but he was born in Chinatown, San Francisco as his father was a famous Cantonese opera star who was part of the theatre. He was then raised in Kowloon until his teenage years. His father, Lee Hoi-chuen plays as an actor of the opera and has exposed him to this art. He was considered a child actor, appearing in his first role as a baby. He moved to the United States when he was 18 years old to receive further education and it was also during this time that he started teaching martial arts.
It was his produced films in Hong Kong and in Hollywood that led to filmmakers in the 70's to recognize martial arts as a wonderful component of action films. He has brought martial arts films into a higher level and popularity. Because of the talent in acting passed on to him by his father, Bruce Lee also appeared in many martial arts films.
His best performances were in his five feature length films from 1971 to 1973. In 1971 he appeared in Lo Wei's The Big Boss and in The Fist of Fury. In 1972 he wrote and directed Way of Dragon and played the lead role as well. Robert Clouse directed both his films in 1973 entitled Enter the Dragon which was under Warner Brothers and The Game of Death. With his contribution in martial arts and film, Bruce Lee became an iconic figure that inspired the Chinese people.
Bruce Lee died at the age of 32 on July 20, 1973. He married Linda Emery and they had two children named Brandon and Shannon. His body was buried in Lakeview Cemetery but his legend has reached worldwide that his life was even made into a movie.
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