Bruce Lee, Little Dragon
Bruce Lee was born on November 27, 1940.
Bruce Lee passed away at the age of 32 on July 20, 1973, at Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong due to cerebral edema.
Chinatown, San Francisco, California, United States
Bruce Lee went to the Tak Sun School in Hong Kong. At the age of 12, he got enrolled at the secondary school, La Salle College. However, due to his poor academic record, he had to move to St. Francis Xavier’s College.
After moving to the United States, he got enrolled at the Edison Technical School (later got known as Seattle Central Community College). In December 1960, he graduated from high school.
In March 1961, he got admission at the University of Washington. He graduated from University with a major in drama. He also studied Western and Asian philosophy at the University.
He started taking training in Wing Chun martial arts at the age of 16 from the legendary martial artist, Yip Man.
Martial artist, philosopher, actor, director, screenwriter and producer
- Father – Lee Hoi-chuen (Opera and Film Actor)
- Mother – Grace Ho
- Siblings – Phoebe Lee (Older Sister), Agnes Lee (Older Sister), Peter Lee (Older Brother), Robert Lee (Younger Brother) (Musician)
5 ft 7½ in or 171 cm
64 kg or 141 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Bruce Lee has dated –
- Linda Lee Cadwell (1964-1973) – Bruce Lee first met his wife Linda Lee Cadwell at the University of Washington, where she was studying to become a teacher. She started taking Lee’s martial arts classes and soon after they had started dating. In August 1964, they got married in a small and intimate wedding ceremony. In 1965, she gave birth to a son, Brandon Lee. Their daughter Shannon Lee was born in 1969. After his death, she worked tirelessly to promote his martial arts style and to make his legacy popular.
Race / Ethnicity
On his father’s side, he had Cantonese ancestry, while on his mother’s side, he was of Cantonese and German descent.
- Toned physique
- Quick reflexes
His body measurements could have been –
- Chest – 41 in or 104 cm
- Arms / Biceps – 14.5 in or 37 cm
- Waist – 32 in or 81 cm
In 2008, Nokia used Bruce Lee’s old footage to headline their internet-based campaign.
The automobile giant, Mazda did the same thing in 2013 for their TV commercial.
However, when the whiskey brand, Johnnie Walker released their new TV adverts, in which they used reincarnated Lee (resurrected from old footages), it caused quite a controversy.
He was an atheist.
Best Known For
- Being one of the most popular and influential martial artists.
- Having starred in a number of commercially successful movies such as The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1971) and Enter the Dragon (1973).
- Being one of the most enduring pop icons of the 20th century.
- Creating the notorious one-inch punch with which he could hit a brutal blow while his fist only traveled one inch.
In 1969, Bruce made his first film appearance in a starring role in neo-noir movie, Marlowe.
First TV Show
From 1966 to 1977, Lee appeared in 26 episodes as superhero Kato on ABC action series, The Green Hornet.
Bruce Lee’s fanaticism towards his fitness and conditioning is well known. He focused on all facets of fitness to evolve into a well-rounded and complete athlete. Like every leading athlete of his days, he laid special emphasis on running. He used to run about four miles in 20 to 25 minutes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Just like modern interval training, he used to vary tempo and speed of running to get a better cardio workout.
He was a big fan of rope jumping, which apart from enhancing his stamina also helped him stay light on his feet. He used to jump rope on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for about 30 minutes.
The rope jumping was followed by cycling, which helped work his leg muscles even more. He used to cycle for around a quarter of an hour at high speed.
In terms of incorporating weight lifting into his regime, Bruce Lee was well ahead of the curve. He relied heavily on reverse grip curls to develop his forearms. However, he didn’t like to concentrate on a single body part and instead used to train his whole body in alternating day workouts.
As per diet, he used to eat 4 to 5 times a day. Also, he didn’t shun carbs for protein and believed that carbs were very important for a guy as physically active as him. He had also created his own version of protein shakes to supplement his weight training regime.
Bruce Lee Facts
- Lee was an accomplished cha-cha dancer and had even won Hong Kong championship in 1958. While on a boat to America, he used to teach cha-cha to fellow passengers to earn some extra cash.
- His martial arts training center in Los Angeles was very popular. Apparently, he used to charge steep $250 per hour. He has trained some leading actors such as James Bond actor George Lazenby and had given tips to Chuck Norris as well.
- In his teenage years, he was notorious for getting involved in street fights. He had to leave Hong Kong because he had served brutal beating to a son of feared Triad mobster.
- The Mortal Kombat game creators had developed Liu Kang character as a tribute to Lee. Also, there was a character inspired by him in Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers video game.
- He was capable of performing pushups while having a 250 pounds man on his back. He also could do pushups with only one finger.
- In 2014, the Houston Boxing Hall Of Fame declared him the Greatest Movie Fighter Ever after a voting process involving former and current fighters affiliated with them.
- It is often believed that his fight with Wong Jack Man, who had objections with Lee teaching non-Chinese students, had influenced the creation of Jeet Kune Do. He wanted to develop more flexible and practical martial arts form.
- His untimely and shocking death gave birth to many wild rumors which included being murdered by the Chinese mafia and being cursed by the evil spirits. The former gained more following after his son Brandon’s untimely death.
- In January 2009, it was announced that his childhood home in Hong Kong would be preserved and opened as a tourist spot. The preservation and restoration project was funded by philanthropist Yu Pang-lin.
- He was not a fan of performing traditional martial art stunts such as breaking wooden boards because he felt that there was no relation between martial arts and such stunts.
- While he was training under the guidance of Yip Man, he regularly faced discrimination from Yip’s other students due to his mixed ancestry. Some of them even refused to train with him.
- In October 1997, Empire UK Magazine placed him on the 100th spot in the list of “Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time”.
- He didn’t create his legendary nunchaku-wielding routine. He had adapted it from another famous karate master, Hidehiko “Hidy” Ochiai. He had met him during martial arts competition at YMCA in Los Angeles.
- In November 2005, to honor Lee on his 65th birthday anniversary, a bronze statue was unveiled in Hong Kong. Also, his statue was installed in Bosnia in September 2004.
- In 1963, he published his first book, Chinese Gung-Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self Defense.