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Bruce Lee, born Lee Jun-fan, was born on November 27, 1940, in Chinatown, San Francisco, California, and passed away on July 20, 1973, in Hong Kong. He was a Chinese-American actor and martial arts expert who laid the foundation for the Jeet Kune Do movement (philosophy of life). He is perhaps best known for his roles in five feature films: The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1971), Way of the Dragon (1972), Enter the Dragon (1973) and Game of Death (1978). Perhaps you have seen some of his films and love his acting where his martial arts skills are showcased? Then you should read these ten facts about him!

Several famous actors at Bruce Lee’s funeral…

Actors Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Chuck Norris were among the pallbearers at Bruce Lee’s funeral in 1973. [source]

Known for his extreme speed…

In 1962, Bruce Lee managed to deliver 15 punches, a kick, and knock out his opponent in a fight that lasted only 11 seconds. [source]

In 1962, Bruce Lee managed to deliver 15 punches, a kick, and knock out his opponent in a fight that lasted only 11 seconds.

Had to film in slow motion…

His kicks were so fast that when they filmed a scene in “Enter the Dragon” (1973), they had to reshoot it in slow motion (34 frames per second) to avoid it looking fake. [source]

Master of cha-cha dancing…

Bruce Lee was known to be a great cha-cha dancer (also known as cha-cha-cha). He even won the cha-cha championship in Hong Kong in 1958. [source]

Bruce Lee was known to be a great cha-cha dancer (also known as cha-cha-cha). He even won the cha-cha championship in Hong Kong in 1958.

Became a statue in Bosnia…

A statue of Bruce Lee was placed in Mostar, Bosnia. It was not because of any direct connection to Bosnia but rather because he was someone all ethnicities liked and could agree on. However, the statue was later vandalized and destroyed. [source]

Was almost obsessed with Muhammad Ali…

Bruce was a big fan of boxing legend Muhammad Ali and used to watch his boxing matches and films almost compulsively. [source]

How the actor died…

At the age of 32, on July 20, 1973, the actor and martial arts expert Bruce Lee died. Unfortunately, he died from an allergic reaction to a painkiller tablet he took for his persistent headache. [source]

At the age of 32, on July 20, 1973, the actor and martial arts expert Bruce Lee died. Unfortunately, he died from an allergic reaction to a painkiller tablet he took for his persistent headache.

His teacher was addicted to opium…

Yip Man – who taught Bruce Lee martial arts – eventually opened his own martial arts school. The reason for this was solely to afford his opium addiction. [source]

His funeral was featured in his last film…

His final film, “Game of Death” (1978), includes scenes from his actual funeral, including close-ups of Lee lying in his open casket. [source]

His final film, "Game of Death" (1978), includes scenes from his actual funeral, including close-ups of Lee lying in his open casket.

Could catch a grain of rice with chopsticks…

Have you ever seen a person catch a fly with chopsticks in a movie? Mr. Lee could actually do this for real. He was so skilled at it that he could even catch a grain of rice with chopsticks. [source]


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