Lee Jun Fan, more commonly known as Bruce Lee, was born November 27th, 1940, in San Francisco, California. During this time it was the hour and year of the Dragon, in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Bruce was the fourth child of Lee Hoi Chuen and Grace Ho. Lee Hoi Chuen, Bruce’s father, was a comedic actor in the Chinese opera. Chuen and his wife were on tour in America with the opera company when Bruce was born.
At three months old, Bruce and his family returned to Hong Kong. On the way back, Bruce became weak from the change in climates and the long ocean trip. From a young age, Bruce had already appeared in many films as a child actor, studied dance, and wrote poetry.
While in middle school, Bruce would be taunted by English boys in school. Bruce would retaliate by getting into fights with the boys. Bruce began to learn gung fu at the age of 13, by master Yip Man, a Wing Chun teacher of gung fu. For five years, Bruce trained diligently, becoming very good at it. In high school, Bruce was honing his body with hard training. Bruce won an interschool Boxing Championship. In 1958, Bruce also won a Hong Kong Cha Cha Championship.
In April, 1959, Bruce returned to America, with only $100 in his pocket. Bruce got a job as a dance instructor in San Francisco. Bruce later traveled to Seattle to stay with a family friend, Ruby Chow. Chow owned her own restaurant, and promised Bruce a job there. Not graduating from high school before he returned to America, Bruce enrolled to Edison Technical School, where he reached the requirements of equivalent high school graduation. After this he enrolled to the University of Washington, where he majored in philosophy.
Bruce studied at the university for three years, supporting himself by teaching gu...
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Bruce inspired many around him and left the world with his teachings of martial arts, philosophy and great movies. His legacy of martial arts schools still remain. Linda returned to Seattle and had Bruce buried at Lakeview Cemetary. Linda Lee, and Shannon Lee are still alive to this day, with Shannon acting as president in the Bruce Lee Foundation. Brandon Bruce Lee died on March 31st, 1993 while filming The Crow, and is now buried next to his father.
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