Bruce Lee was born on November 27th, 1940 in San Francisco’s China Town and died on July 20th, 1973 in Hong Kong. He was only 32 years old. The exact cause of his death is still under debate but the official story is that he experienced an allergic reaction to a pain medication which caused his brain to swell. Conspiracy theorists think he was killed by the Chinese gang, the Triads, due to a long-standing curse on his family.
His parents were from Hong Kong and they returned there when he was three months old. Lee stayed in Hong Kong until 18 years old, at which point he returned to the United States to claim his right to U.S. citizenship. He developed his own style of martial arts, called Jeet Kune Do, or The Way of the Intercepting Fist.
He is best known for his movie roles where he was able to showcase his superior fighting skill. Bruce Lee fans will be familiar with his roles in Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon. He also played Kato, the sidekick to the Green Hornet, during the 1966-1967 season of the television show. Lee was a guest on many TV sitcoms including Batman, Ironside and Here Comes the Brides.
Lee’s wife, Linda Lee Cadwell, and daughter, Shannon Lee, head the Bruce Lee Foundation. The charity was founded in 2002 to perpetuate and preserve the legacy and martial arts philosophy of legendary Kung Fu Master Bruce Lee.