Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee
Warner Brothers


Bruce Lee
Film: North side of the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actor | Director | Martial Artist
Born Nov. 27, 1940 in San Francisco, CA
Died July 20, 1973 of cerebral edema in Hong Kong, China

Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco while his Chinese opera star-father was touring the United States. But he grew up in Hong Kong where he was regularly expelled from schools till, when he was 18, his exasperated father sent him back to the States, "where all the kids are impossible."

He played a few small parts in television dramas and was finally discovered by Raymond Chow [a legendary Hong Kong producer] on a quick trip back to Hong Kong. The rest is history, if evanescent history. His first film, "Fists of Fury," broke all attendance records to be surpassed by his second, "The Big Boss."

— Robert S. Elegant in the Los Angeles Times (Jan. 14, 1973)

[Seven months after Elegant's article, Lee was dead at the age of 32. A coroner's inquiry in Hong Kong, where he collapsed, ruled his death a "misadventure," equivalent to an accidental death in the U.S. The coroner's jury determined that marijuana found in Lee's system did not cause the brain edema that killed him.]

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