[ Back ]Bruce Lee (born Jun Fan, on November 27, 1940) and died on July 20, 1973. He is buried in Seattle, Washington, USA. His real name is alledged to mean "ever" or "always San Francisco". He originally trained from various instructors from both the Northern and Southern schools of Gung Fu. At the age of thirteen he studied under Master Yip Man, leader of the Wing Chung School of Gung Fu.
Bruce created his own art called Jeet Kune Do that means, literally, "the way of the intercepting fist." Its main feature is the abscence of classical passive blocking.
Bruce formed his own production company called, Concorde. The Way of the Dragon was its first production. Bruce wrote the script, directed, produced, and had the starring role in The Way of the Dragon. The English and Chinese voice in The Way of the Dragon was not Bruce's, but the vocal fighting sounds he made, were. He has said he only used those sounds for film, an affectation he made up as it was more theatrical, and did not use it in his off-film fights.
The Way of the Dragon was filmed in Europe (plus Hong Kong) and had a special music score composed (both of which are unique for Hong Kong films), thus Bruce sat in on a recording session and played one of the percussion instruments. Bruce's first movie, The Big Boss is known in America as Fists of Fury. Fists of Fury, his second movie, was released in the U.S. as The Chinese Connection. The Way of the Dragon is Bruce's third movie, but his first production.
After The Way of the Dragon, Concorde co-produced Enter the Dragon with Sequoia Productions and Warner Bros. At the time of his death, Bruce was filming, Game of Death.
Bruce directed, co-wrote and starred in Game of Death. Game of Death was co-produced by Concorde and Golden Harvest. Bruce Lee was also in many other movies. The first was when he was around the age of 5 months old. He was a baby "stand-in" for the film, Golden Gate Girl. Another was when he was 18. He starred in a Chinese Movie called , The Orphan.
Bruce operated three kwoons (schools) located in Oakland, Los Angeles, and Seattle.