Legend Of Bruce Lee

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In The Beginning

Bruce Lee not only a legend but one of the most iconic people that ever lived of all time his action pact movies set precedence and opened doors for famous actors such as Chuck Norris who happened to be one of his pallbearers at his funeral on July 21, 1973. Born November 27th , 1940 to Lee Hoi Chenwho was Chinese and Grace Ho who was part Chinese and part german Lee and his parents made the pilgrimage back to Hong Kong when he was 3 months old. Bruce Lee's name it was said, had been given by Dr. Mary Glover however it is not clear if it were actually given by her or the nurse's when he was born. His Cantonese given name was Lee Jun Fan not only was this a name given to him , he also had 3 other Chinese names, Li Yuan-Xin which was the family name, Li Yuan-Jin which was the student name and Li Xiao Long which was his stage name. It has been said that Bruce Lee began his career from the day he was born when he was used as an uncredited prop baby in the 1940's movie entitled , " Golden Gate Girl" and then Bruce Lee played in the movie " Kid Cheung" where he had earned a title role with credits already to his name by the time he returned to the U.S. in 1959.

Coming To America

Returning between the ages of 18 and 19 Bruce Lee returned to the U.S. with a $100.00 in his pocket along with two titles under his belt Crown Colony Cha Cha Champion of Hong Kong1958-1959 looking to further his education. He resided in San Francisco for several months and decided to move to Seattle Washington to continue his education and earn his diploma from High School while working for Ruby Chow as a live-in waiter in her restaurant. The Chow's were family friends of the Lee's , Bruce continued with his education and graduated in December 1960 from Edison Technical School which has since then been re-name and is currently Seattle Central Community College. Bruce Lee continued on to the University of Washington where he majored in Drama not Philosophy has he claimed during that time he met his future wife Linda Emery who he married in 1964.

Impressed by his quickness William Dozer asked Lee to audition for 'The Green Hornet'he earned the role and played Kato in the TV series. Bruce continued on his journey and played in multiple television shows including Ironside, Here Comes The Bride and three crossover series of the original series 'Batman', deciding to go back to Hong Kong Lee did not realize he was a star he was then offered a contract by the famous producer Raymond Chow making him a recognized name around the world when he played in ' The Big Boss' , 'Fist Of Fury' and 'Way Of The Dragon'. In 1973 'Enter The Dragon'became a box office hit and catapulted Bruce to stardom, 6 months after its completion and several days after the release Bruce Lee mysteriously died 'Enter The Dragon' would become of of the highest grossing box office hits and place him as the best martial arts legend of all time.

Death Of A Legend

May 1973 Bruce Lee collasped at Golden Harvest Studios while working on the finalization of 'Enter The Dragon'. Suffering from seizures and headaches Lee had been rushed to Hong Kong Baptist Hospital where Bruce had been diagnosed with Cerebral Edema. they were able to reduce the swelling in his brain however on the day of his death the same occurence was repeated on July 20th, 1973 where Lee had complained of a headache he proceeded to take an analgesic Equagesic and laid down to take a nap, the famous martial arts legend did not ever wake up. Autopsy reports clearly stated that his brain had swollen considerably , cause of death was not from the analgesic but was caused by an acute cerebral edema due to a reaction to compounds present in the pain killer prescription 'Equagesic' until this day Bruce Lee's death is still quite controversial.

The Philisophical Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee believed that any knowledge led to self-knowledge he stated that his self- expressionism was through martial arts. He had been influenced through Taoism, Buddhism and Jiddu Krishnamurti when asked did he believe in God , he stated that he did not have any religious beliefs whatsoever and to be perfectly frank Bruce stated, " I really do not."

Bruce Lee left behind a wife and two small children Brandon and Shannon Lee what we can learn from Bruce are some of the philosophical quotes which reflected his fighting philosophy.

"A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough."

"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it."

"All kind of knowledge, eventually becomes self knowledge" "Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it."

All quotes were take from www.wikipedia.com many of his philosophical beliefs hold true to this day if we continue to learn we will gain knowledge, if it works use it and a quick temper all of us know can get us into a heap of trouble. Not only was Bruce Lee a legend he provided us with the basics of life. May his legend continue to carry on through generations and may his philosophical words be used daily.

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Itswritten 7 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

Just so happen Enter the Dragon is my favorite Bruse Lee Movie. When you bow keep your eyes up or youll miss all the heavenly glory. Nice Hub


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Itswritten: We watched it last night and I could not resist writing about him. Thank you for the compliment.:)


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quietnessandtrust 7 years ago from Carbon Canyon, California

The one handed 2 finger push~ups were pretty scary to see in 8mm black and white.

The ability to knock a man over from 1" away was a display of power caught on 8mm as well.

None of it was faked, you can tell.

While filming The Green Hornet, he was told he moved to fast for the camera to focus and was asked to slow down. LOL =D

Nice hub.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

quietnessandtrust: He was fantastic! My hubby remembers him when he was a child and I remember watching him on TV he certainly is and was a legend. :)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I can't even express to you how much I like Bruce Lee. Growing up, he was the Icon of my day. He bordered on super-human abilities, among other things, and he will be forever embedded in the hearts and minds for generations to come. Thanks for writing this hub, AEvans. I really enjoyed it.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

dohn121: He is certainly a legend and his abilities were above and beyond so many what talent! I am glad that you enjoyed I enjoyed writing about him. :)


"Quill" 7 years ago

A hero of many a young man and I see ladies alike, an inspiration to many young aspiring people.

Thanks for the memories...

Blessings


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Quill: He certainly was and is inspiration I am glad that this hub brought back some good memories. :)


papajack 7 years ago

Bruce also wrote the screenplay for "Circle of Iron" which a young David Carradine starred in.


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

Hello, AEvans, thank you for doing such a great job. It is very hard to write about a legend because there are so many statements about which makes it hard to find the real person.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

papajack: I didn't know that I have now learned something new, thank you! :)

Hello, hello: You are so welcome writing about a legend is complicated so I am glad that you enjoyed it, I tried my best based on who he was.:)


HealthTip 7 years ago

I used to love watching his movies, Enter The Dragon was deff the best, great hub about a true Legend !


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Healthtip: We watched that one the other night hubby loves him so writing about him was fun! The glass mirrors were something! :)


HealthTip 7 years ago

Damn right they were, I actually had that leg streched poster of him up on my wall along with Mick Jagger and James Dean, oh those happy days ; )


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

HealthTip: Oh how funny!!! lololo my husband has his posters still and they are wrapped and stored in our house, lololo I wonder if they are worth anything? just kidding. He was an incredible martial artist, just incredible!


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ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

Well, you enlightened me on his babyhood. like others, Enter the Dragon is my favoite. i remember seeing it at Graumans Chinese in Hollywood when it came out. Even to this day, I get goosebumps watching it again. Jackie Chan actually had a small bit/appearance role in that movie too.


townart 7 years ago

Hey AEvans, yours is the first bio of Bruce Lee I've come across that mentions the influence of J. Krishnamurti on Bruce Lee's philosophy of martial arts and of life. Nicely done!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

townart: Thank you! :)


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Dame Scribe 7 years ago from Canada

My sons watched FoF, Chinese Connection and EtD movies and absolutely amazed. They can see how and why martial art films are popular. Great tribute! :)


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

DameScribe: I am glad that you enjoyed Bruce Lee is still popular amongst the younger generation it is amazing that so many young and old know who he is. :)


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quicksand 7 years ago

"Boards don't hit back" - Remember that?

When O'Hara, (Chuck Norris) places a board in mid air between his face and Lee's, and smashes it to smithereens as he lets it go, Bruce Lee is not impressed at all!

I am sure you remember that scene from the movie "Enter The Dragon". I saw the movie many times and in my opinion that was the best of his films.

I was a great fan of Bruce Lee during that time. He was brilliant indeed! Thanks for reviving memories. Cheers!


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Bbudoyono 7 years ago

When I was at high school I really liked him but now I prefer non violence movies.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

quicksand: I certainly do! We had just seen it on Satellite the other night and I do agree it was one of the best films I had ever scene. :)

Bbudoyono: I can understand that at least you had wonderful memories of his movies. :)


urimidden 6 years ago

Lee is one of my favorite personalities of all time. Great choice for a hub. He had a great deal of human compassion and respective philosophy. He is sorely missed by an entire world, to be sure...

Furthermore, while he may have been a kung fu master, he abhorred naked aggression. He was merely a "fighter" by necessity in many respects.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

urimidden: He certainly was a fighter by necessity:)


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

This is a great collection of history for Bruce Lee. I can't believe he was on the original Batman series! I have fond memories of staying up late on the weekends and watching some of his martial arts movies!

Great article!

Ben


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Ben Zoltak: See you learned something new and now you have bragging rights. :) Thank you again. :)


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manlypoetryman 6 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

Bruce Lee: Very intelligent man that was taken away to soon! Teacher of Jeet Kune Do...Quoted as saying: "Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it." and another Trivia point: Once considered for the role in the "Kung Fu" TV series. I'm a big fan of Bruce Lee...and really enjoyed your Hub on "The Legend of Bruce Lee", AE. Really great idea to write on him for a Hub Article...and I learned many new things about him....while reading this.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

manlypoetryman: I am so glad that you did after my research I did too! :)


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Dkyde 6 years ago

Good stuff. I became your follower I invite you to do the same. I'm a huge isometrics fan.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Dkyde: That is so wonderful! I will be happy as well to become a fan. Merry Christmas! :)


Citrus000 6 years ago

I find this to be a wonderful article. I did not know that much about Bruce Lee, but your hub has sparked my curiosity, and as a result I will be continuing my research on him. Thank you AEvans.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Citrus000: Researching him is very interesting and I am certainly glad that you enjoed this article. :)


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mel22 6 years ago from ,

"... be youurself ,express yourself, have faith in yourself - do not go out and look for a successful personilty and duplicate it."... wise words indeed !


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

mel22: Those words certainly are wise and I thank you for reading and commenting. :)


LEWJ 6 years ago

Thanks for a fine article on a legend. And thanks for your support.


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wingedcentaur 6 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

Good Day AEvans

I voted this hub up for useful. You know, just looking around your Hub space, I see you have lots of cool stuff about. You cover perhaps the widest range of topics well, of any other hubber. Your Elite title is well deserved for this. You're like the Jim Thorpe of hubbers.

And your choice to write about Bruce Lee! Well, what can we say about that? What movie fan with a pulse isn't a fan of Mr. Enter The Dragon?!

I was pleased to see you get at some of the philosophy of Mr. Lee. Not only was he a great athlete, martial artist, and I think underrated actor (if he had lived, his career might have unfolded in a similar way as Clint Eastwood's, becoming a presence behing the camera as well as in front -- Lee was a very smart guy), he was a deep-thinking, philosophical person.

I remember buying a VHS tape of Enter the Dragon years ago. Before the movie started we saw him giving an interview. He was talking about what he believed was the true purpose of martial arts.

I've gone on a bit long here, but I'll just say that if you could have seen the interview, you might have been struck, as I was, with the exceptional profundity of his insight. You would come to understand that, for him, the kicks, punches, and throws were actually secondary. Amazing!

Anyhoo.... well done.

Ta-Ta!


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

LEWJ: You are welcome! I apologize for not responding sooner, I didn't realize there was a comment here.

wingedcentaur: He was a legend in his time and one could only imagine where he would have been today should he have lived. He was a truly amazing human being.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest

Bruce Lee has been my role model since I was a little kid. I have all of his books and his movies, even the ones when he was a child actor. Thanks for the hub!


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AEvans 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

daskittlez69: Most of the men loved Bruce Lee and still do. He was a person that was a role model to many and stil is today. Thanks for reading. :)


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bruceleevn 5 years ago from viet nam

hello Aevans, maybe you see my nickname like bruce lee,

he was my idol .When i was a child,my father was often to tell some story about him,...and i liked him as a my hero:like superman,rocky...

Thanks for the hub


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Dear AEvans:

Thank you for such a pleasurable jog down memory lane!

I think I watched every Bruce Lee movie (10 times over)!

In fact, my friends called me the "Red Dragon" in honor of Bruce.

I remember when I was about 6 years old I was watching Saturday morning cartoons. Suddenly, my cartoon was interrupted and the announcer said that the man known as the "Red Dragon" had died. They played a clip of his movie, starring Chuck Norris. I did not know who he was at the time, but years later I would become an ardent admirer.

I find it ironic that a little drug could do the one thing that no man could - defeat Bruce Lee.

Nobody seemed to mention this in the posts above, but Bruce was devastated that he did not get the part of "Cain" in "Kung Fu", starring David Caradine.

He thought he was far more gifted than David and he was a Chinese-American to boot. This is the one thing that drove him to succeed more than any other...he wanted to prove them all wrong and get even.

Bruce was also upset that the "Green Hornet" was cancelled after six episodes. He also felt Hollywood was holding him back because when the Green Honet and Kato fought against Batman and Robin, they made him slow down and become something less than what he was.

All these things made him believe that he could not rely on anyone else and If he wanted to succeed, he had better not rely upon anyone else but himself.

This belief drove him to prove that he could make it without Hollywood and he would become the very best he could be, instead of begging for the scraps off their table.

An excellent Hub from a most beautiful lady! Thank you.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

CJ Sledgehammer: I did not know any of that about Bruce Lee, how interesting. He was a Legend and American Icon of his time. Thank you so much for sharing more with us. :)


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Dear AEvans:

I almost forgot to mention that Bruce Lee used to be an excellent dancer before he ever practiced martial arts.

According to Bruce, one day he met a man who was a Kung-Fu master and they began talking. Turns out this Kung-Fu master wanted to learn how to dance and Bruce wanted to learn Kung-Fu, so they decided to teach each other their respective crafts.

Bruce also developed his own martial art style called "Jeet kun-do", which means "The way". He said this particular martial art style was a conglomeration of all the best points from each form of martial art that he had studied.

The problem with the differing martial art styles, according to Bruce, was that each of them had their weaknesses and flaws. Bruce, therefore, took it upon himself to weed-out the weaknesses and create a style where only strengths remained.

You can see this story-line unfold in most of his movies, where differing martial art styles collide in competition, but they all inevitably fall to his unique style.

Better run for now and best wishes to you and yours.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Bruce Lee was an amazing person, sadly his son is gone to. You are a knowledge of information when it comes to this icon. I did not know he had learned to dance, before martial arts. What a trade, one wished to learn to dance and the other wished to learn martial arts. Now that is interesting.:)

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