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Legend Of Bruce Lee
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.