| ||World famous cultural icon who was a child actor (appearing in 20 films as a child), a U.S. television star (primarily Kato in the "Green Hornet" series), a Hong Kong martial arts film star, and a pioneering martial arts teacher who invented his own mixed martial-arts style.
Although born in San Francisco's Chinatown in a year of the Dragon (1940), Bruce grew up in Kowloon, Hong Kong. As a teen he trained in Wing Chun under grandmaster 葉問 (Yip Man), as well as grandmaster 張卓慶 (William Cheung) and martial artist 黃淳樑 (Wong Shun Leung). Yip Man disciple William Cheung was responsible for convincing Yip Man to take Bruce Lee as a student.
At 18 he moved to Seattle, WA, USA to attend the University of Washington and also started teaching martial arts.
Married Linda Emery in 1964. They had a son Brandon and a daughter Shannon.
His untimely death in 1973 was from a severe allergic reaction to the tranquilizer meprobamate - the main ingredient in the drug Equagesic - given to him by Lee's then-paramour Betty Ting Pei to give him relief from an apparent headache.
Bruce was well-known and highly regarded for his stance on racial discrimination and his acceptance of all peoples. He suffered from discriminatory treatment as a child in Hong Kong for being of mixed-blood (he is one quarter German through his mother), and discrimination in the United States for being Asian at a time when such treatment was common. This shaped his views and actions. Ultimately Bruce created an important cultural bridge between east and west, and he is a powerful worldwide symbol of inter-racial and inter-cultural friendship. In this way, Bruce Lee is a particular source of inspiration and motivation behind the continued existence of the HKMDB.
Bruce's father is actor and Cantonese opera singer Lee Hoi-chuen.
(B. Kasten 2020)