Filmography Profile: Name: Bruce Lee Chinese name: Li Yuen Kam. Li Siu-Lung (Little Dragon). Born: November 27th 1940, San Francisco, California, U.S.A. Died: July 20th 1973 in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong, at the age of 32 years. Brothers/Sisters: Bruce was born the fourth of five children. His brothers and sisters were: Agnus, Phoebe, Peter and Robert. Wife: Linda Emery. Children: One son, Brandon Lee (died March 31st 1993) and one daughter, Shannon Lee. Height: 5 feet, 7.5 inches. Weight: 140 lbs. Education: Bruce went to several schools in Hong Kong, one of them being La-Salla College, and then moved to St. Frances Xaviers College. Following this Bruce went to the USA and attended Eddison Vocational High School and finally majored in Philosophy at Washington University in Seattle. Bruce studied there for three years but never completed the course. Residence: Cities in which Bruce lived in for any lengh of time included San Francisco, Hong Kong, Seattle, Oakland, Los Angeles and finally Kowloon Tong in Hong Kong. Facts: Pioneering Mixed Martial Artist Lee studied with different masters of classical martial arts forms, but became dissatisfied with them. He took the best of all of those arts, combined his own ideas and created his own style called Jun Fan Gung Fu, a modification of Wing Chun combined with western boxing and fencing. This would later lead to his own refined school of the martial arts: Jeet Kune Do. In his promotionals and demonstrations, Bruce never did the standard martial art stunts like breaking boards, which he felt had nothing to do with what the martial arts are really about. Bruce Lee Never Lost a Fight Well, actually he lost a fight only once in his life: when he was 13 years old. This loss actually prompted Bruce to learn martial arts from a Wing Chun master named Yip Man. After other students learned that Bruce wasn’t pure Chinese, they refused to let him train in their class. Yip Man had to train him privately. Bruce Lee was an Excellent Dancer and Boxer Actually, Bruce studied dancing as hard as he studied martial arts: he was an excellent dancer who, at 18 years of age, won the 1958 Hong Kong Cha Cha Championship! Bruce was also a great boxer: he won the 1958 Boxing Championship - by knockout, of course. Bruce Lee was a Philosophy Major Bruce wasn’t just all muscle and no brain. He attended the University of Washington, where he majored in philosophy with focus on the philosophical principles of martial art techniques. As you might imagine, Bruce supported himself in college by teaching martial arts. Later, Bruce dropped out of college to open his martial arts school. Want to challenge Bruce Lee? Just tap your foot on the ground! After he got famous, a lot of people thought they could beat Bruce - they would walk up to him, tap their foot on the ground (symbolizing a challenge) and then proceed to attack him! Well… maybe not that literal, but Bruce’s popularity certainly attracted a lot nutcase trying to prove they’re better than him. One day, while filming Enter the Dragon, an extra taunted Bruce Lee and challenged him to fight. The whole thing went on like this: "This kid was good. He was no punk. He was strong and fast, and he was really trying to punch Bruce’s brains in. But Bruce just methodically took him apart." "I mean Bruce kept moving so well, this kid couldn’t touch him…Then all of a sudden, Bruce got him and rammed his ass into the wall and swept him, he proceeded to drop his knee into his opponent’s chest, locked his arm out straight, and nailed him in the face repeatedly." Typical of Bruce Lee, after the fight he didn’t fire the extra - he actually gave his challenger lesson on how to improve! Bruce Lee was Strong In 1964, Bruce was invited to a karate championship in Long Beach, California. There he performed his famous "One Inch Punch," where he would deliver a devastating blow from only an inch away, sending his opponent flying back! [youtube]keS3OTNger8&e[/youtube] Bob Baker of Stockton, whom Bruce hit, said "I told Bruce not to do this type of demonstration again. When he punched me that last time, I had to stay home from work because the pain in my chest was unbearable." … and Fast! Most martial art films are sped up to make fighting scenes appear fast, but not Bruce Lee’s. His moves were too fast to be captured on the regular 24 frames per second film - so they had to film him at 32 fps, and run the film slower so you can see his moves. Resilient One of Bruce's legs was almost a whole inch longer than the other, causing pain from the misalignment of his spine, which he had to overcome through weight training and conditioning.