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Lee Jun Fan, popularly known to the world as Bruce Lee, on November 27, 1940, in San Francisco, California. His father, Lee Hoi Chuen was a Hong Kong opera singer. In 1939, Lee’s father shifted to the United States of America with his wife, Grace Ho, and three children. Lee is the fourth child was born while his father was on tour in San Francisco.

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Lee earned the name “Bruce” from a nurse at a hospital where he was born. Lee’s family never used to call him Bruce in his childhood. The rising star made his first appearance in a film when he was just 3 months old. In that movie, he served as the stand-in for an American baby in Golden Gate Girl (1941).

In the early 1940s, the family of Lee shifted back to Hong Kong. Being a born actor, Bruce showed up in about 20 films as a child actor, beginning in 1946. He also learned to dance professionally and eventually won Hong Kong’s cha-cha competition. He was known for his poetry as well.

As a youngster, he was harassed by British students for his Chinese background. Lee then engaged in a street gang. In 1953, he started to sharpen his skills in kung-fu under the guidance of Master Yip Man. By the end of the decade, Lee rolled back to the U.S. to live with family friends outside Seattle, Washington, initially working as a dance instructor. 

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Lee finished high school in Edison, Washington, and thereafter got admission into philosophy at the University of Washington. He worked as a job martial arts teacher. Lee taught martial arts to his fellow students and others. He especially taught the Wing Chun style of martial arts that he had learned in Hong Kong. In 1964 Lee got married to Linda Emery, whom he met during his teachings. Later, Lee began his own martial arts academy in Seattle.

Bruce Lee and Linda soon moved to California, where Lee started two additional schools of martial arts in Oakland and Los Angeles. He taught especially a style that he named Jeet Kune Do, which means “The Way of the Intercepting Fist.” Lee told that he loves being an instructor and treat his students like a clan. Eventually, he chooses to be an actor in the movie world as he didn’t want to commercialize teaching.

Lee with his wife has two children — Brandon being born in 1965, and Shannon in 1969.

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Lee attained massive audience attention with his role in the television series named The Green Hornet. The show was aired in 26 episodes from 1966 to ’67. In 1930s Lee showed his acrobatic and surprising fighting technique as the Hornet’s sidekick, Kato in a radio show. He used to be appeared as a guest in TV events such as Ironside and Longstreet. The significant tole came in 1969’s in the movie, Marlowe, showing James Garner as the outstanding investigator formulated by Raymond Chandler. The screenwriter for the movie, Stirling Silliphant, was one of Lee’s martial arts learners. Other names included in the list of Bruce Lee’s students were James Coburn, Steve McQueen and Garner himself.

Lee was committed to a combination of training and physical workouts. But then he underwent a prominent back injury. He slowly recovered from that injury. It took him considerable amount of time for self-care and complete recovery. He also came up with an idea that became the ground for the Buddhist monk TV series Kung Fu. Though, David Carradine was the first choice for the lead role as it was believed that an Asian actor wouldn’t grab in much audiences’ attention as the lead. Due to the absence of justifiable roles, Lee fled from Los Angeles to Hong Kong in the summer of 1971.

Lee then signed a two-film contract. Ultimately, he brought his family over to Hong Kong as well. In 1971, Bruce Lee was featured in The Big Boss, aka Fists of Fury in the U.S., that was released at that time.  Lee displayed his character as the factory worker who knows to fight and enters a mission against a murderous drug smuggling operation. Blending his smooth Jeet Kune Do athleticism with the high-energy theatrics of his performance in The Green Hornet, Lee became the center of the attraction of the film. He created new box office records with this movie in Hong Kong.

In 1972, Lee’s successive film, Fist of Fury, aka The Chinese Connection, broke all records on the box office.

By the end of 1972, Lee was a rising movie celebrity in Asia. However, he had not yet attained stardom in America. He then with his first major Hollywood project, Enter the Dragon marked his entry into Hollywood.

On July 20, 1973, almost one month before the premiere of entering the Dragon, Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong, China, at the age of 32. The official reason for his unexpected and untimely death was brain edema. It was found in the postmortem that he was taking a pain killer for his back injury that caused a strange reaction and eventually responsible for his sudden death. Controversy surrounded Lee’s death from the advent, as some said that he had been murdered. There was also the assumption that he might have been cursed, a judgment was driven by Lee’s obsession with his own early demise.

Lee’s legacy as a premier martial artist continues to be glorified as well. These Bruce Lee inspirational quotes will make you aware of the challenges of his life. Bruce Lee, being an exceptional man is a source of inspiration and motivation for both young and mature people of our society. His principles of life set an example before all of us that we should apply in our lives.

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