Monday, May 17, 2010

Bruce Lee

  Bruce Lee 27 November 1940 – 20 July 1973  Bruce Lee Foundation
was one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century.Upon reaching the age of 18, Lee emigrated to the USA to claim his US Citizenship.It was during this time he began teaching martial arts, which soon led to film and television roles.Lee became an iconic figure known throughout the world. Bruce Lee had two children with Linda, Brandon Lee (1965–1993) and Shannon Lee (*1969).
Lee began teaching martial arts in the United States in 1959 , Lee with his lightning-fast moves earned the role of Kato alongside Van Williams in the The Green Hornet
Lee also played Kato in three episodes of Batman. In 1971 Bruce pitched a television series of his own tentatively titled The Warrior,which was confirmed by Warner Bros.
However Warner Bros retooled Lee's concept and gave Lee no credit,Instead the role of the Shaolin monk ,was awarded to then non-martial artist David Carradine
David Carradine (December 8, 1936 - June 3, 2009)
Warner Bros.was bias from the very beginning, holding unreasonable judgment against Lee,because of his  race, Warner Bros feared that a Chinese leading man would not be embraced by the public. Not happy with Warner Bros Lee returned to Hong Kong. Lee later formed his own company Concord Productions Inc, In 1964, at a demonstration in Long Beach, California, Lee  met karate champion Chuck Norris,Lee introduced Norris to moviegoers in his  production of " Way of the Dragon "as his opponent in the final death fight. Warner Brothers notice Lee's  popularity with television audiences, offered Lee the opportunity to star in" Enter the Dragon"  only a few months after the film's completion Lee mysteriously died. (20, July 1973)Enter the Dragon would go on to become one of the year's highest grossing films                               
Lee was well-read and had an extensive library many books on  philosophy Lee also was a  atheist,, when asked if he believed In God, he responded I really do not. According to autopsy reports, Lee's brain had swollen considerably, The only substance found during the autopsy was Equagesic Lee's death officially, was ruled a "death by misadventure, 20 years after Lee's death his son, Brandon Lee, also an actor, died in a bizarre accident while filming The Crow. Brandon Lee was 28, Brandon Lee was buried beside his father.                                                        

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