Bruce Lee (born Lee Jun-Fan; 27.11.1940 - 20.7.1973)
Bruce Lee was a Chinese American martial artist known for his Kung-Fu movies and the creation of Jeet Kune Do.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Networth, Bruce Lee had a Networth of 10 million USD at the time of his death in 1973.
Childhood: Bruce Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco, to Lee Hoi-chuen - a Cantonese Opera singer - and Grace Ho. Both of Lee's parents were from Hong Kong and despite his birth in the US, they soon moved back to Kowloon, where he stayed until he was 18. Soon after moving back to Hong Kong, China was invaded and the Lee family spent almost four years under Japanese Occupation. The area he grew up in was full of gangs and gang violence, so Lee's father introduced him to martial arts at a young age as a form of protection. It was also his father that first brought Lee into the spotlight by arranging for him to have various roles as a child actor. After moving back to the United States in 1959, Lee started working for Ruby Chow, the wife of a friend of Lee's father. Lee received a diploma from Edison Technical School the following year before enrolling at the University of Washington in Drama.
Career: Due to his father's prestigious career as a well-known Cantonese opera singer, by the time he turned 18, Bruce Lee had starred in 20 films. Lee's first role in the US was that of Kato in The Green Hornet, a role that also crossed over into several episodes of Batman. Following a few more appearances in various television series, Lee appeared in The Big Boss in 1971. This was the first of his major onscreen performances and he went on to star in Fist of Fury and Way of the Dragon in 1972, and Enter the Dragon and The Game of Death in 1973.
Personal life: On the 17th August, 1964, Bruce Lee married Linda Emery, his high school sweetheart, and the couple had two children. Brandon was born of the 1st February, 1965, and Shannon was born on the 19th April, 1969. On the 20th July, 1973, Lee suffered from a series of headaches during discussions about the development of The Game of Death. He was given a painkiller and went to lie down for a nap. The painkiller in question contained a muscle relaxant which caused an allergic reaction from Lee. He died on the way to Queen Elizabeth Hospital due to massive swelling in his brain at the age of just 32.
The actor, who died in 1973, has already been the subject of a 1993 biopic as well as numerous documentaries.
A new biopic about the life of martial arts legend Bruce Lee is currently in the works, the late actor’s daughter Shannon Lee has officially announced. The film will be the first to be made about the icon's life with the full involvement of the Lee family.
The late Bruce Lee
“There have been projects out there involving my father, but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry,” Shannon Lee said in a statement.
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Marilyn rubbing suncream on to Tupac's chest and Lennon jamming with Cobain: Radler's surreal new advert.
A new European beer commercial from the Radler brand has caused controversy across the world in countries where the advert's dark sense of humour doesn't sit well. The television commercial shows a bunch of dead celebrities, including Bruce Lee, John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe, chilling out, drinking beers on a desert island and hiding whenever a ship passes.
Marilyn Monroe Is One Of The Dead Celebrities Featured In The New Radler Advert.
The clip begins with a white-haired Elvis being given a beer by a beach babe waitress, who he eyes up as she struts away past an aging Marilyn Monroe rubbing suncream into Tupac Shakur's torso. The waitress reaches the bar where Kurt Cobain is strumming on his guitar whilst hanging out with John Lennon, who says "Hey Jude," whilst paying the peace sign - perhaps because the actor didn't really look like Lennon at all.
...Or maybe Chuck Norris will just decide who'll buy his $1.2 million, 7,362 acre, memorabilia-stuffed property.
'Chuck Norris doesn't live in a house, the house lives around him'...or something like that - you know the drill. The actor and martial artist Chuck Norris is apparently "downsizing" the number of properties he possesses which means that the house he co-owns with his brother, Aaron Norris, which served as the on-screen residence for his Texas ranger character, Cordell Walker, in CBS' Walker, Texas Ranger has got to go.
Dare You Buy This Man's House?
Thinking of putting in an offer? The Mediterranean ranch-style home can offer you four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a home gym decked out with "motivational" memorabilia to remind you you'll never be as hard as the iconic, bearded 73 year-old.
Continue reading: Chuck Norris Selling His $1.2M 'Walker, Texas Ranger' Ranch Mansion
Jim Kelly, the first Black Martial Arts actor, passed away on Saturday (29th June) following his battle with cancer. He was famous for appearing in Bruce Lee's 'Enter The Dragon'.
Martial Arts actor Jim Kelly died aged 67 on Saturday (29th June 2013). He was best known for his role in Enter The Dragon alongside Bruce Lee and John Saxon. The film, made in 1977, combines martial arts, spying and crime. He appeared in other Martial Arts films including Black Samurai, Hot Potato and Three The Hard Way.
Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon, 1977.
Kelly was the first Black Martial Arts actor. He was discovered whilst teaching Martial Arts in L.A. His career continued throughout the 70's.
Continue reading: Actor Jim Kelly Loses His Battle With Cancer Aged 67
Cause of death is as of yet unknown to the media
Jim Kelly, who starred alongside Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon, has sadly passed away aged 67. Kelly started studying martial arts in 1964 in Kentucky and later moved to California. In the 1980s, he re-trained as a professional tennis coach.
Lee and Kelly starred together in Enter The Dragon
Famous for bringing martial arts to the black community – in films at least – Kelly paved the way for Afro Caribbean and African Americans to both watch and get involved in Martial Arts. This was exemplified best by looking at the Afro Samurai video game series, and the subsequent animated adaption, which almost certainly wouldn’t have existed without Kelly’s intervention in the fighting genre.
Continue reading: Jim Kelly – Actor and Marital Arts Expert – Dies Ages 67
It's also relentlessly positive, interviewing only family, friends and people he inspired.
Born in San Francisco, Lee made more than 20 films as a child in Hong Kong and became a champion dancer. Facing racial and gang problems (he was a quarter German), he returned to America at 18, where taught martial arts and Chinese philosophy and fell in love with a student (Lee Cadwell). As a natural showman, TV producers cast him in The Green Hornet, but he hated being told what to do.
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Date of birth
27th November, 1940
Date of death
20th July, 1973