Born in Chinatown, San Francisco in 1940, Bruce Lee is not just an ordinary actor for me. Expert in martial arts, Lee also majored in philosophy at the University of Washington. He funded his study by teaching martial arts. Bruce Lee was introduced into films at the age of 6 by his father who was a famous Cantonese opera star. Credited in more than 25 films in his short life, he also produced 3 films during his film career.
The 5’7″ man whom I considered the best and the most inspirational martial artist in the 20th century not only he got power and speed, but he also had the brain. He was known for being able to speak in four languages and Lee also wrote some poems too. One of my favourite quotes was…
❝ Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. ❞ – Bruce Lee
Fast forward to his later years, Lee was once banned by his doctor to continue practicing his martial-arts. But through his determination and willingness he still managed to perform in a couple of films before his death. On 20 July 1973, Lee complained of a headache and was given aspirin and muscle relaxation drug by his colleague, Taiwanese actress Betty Ting Pei. He took a nap afterwards and by dinner time he was still not awake. By the time he was found by his colleague, he was rushed to hospital but he died quickly afterwards. Lee was only 32 years of age.
Over the years, the image and the perception of Bruce Lee has been a winding one. From his popularity on the screen (notably the film “Enter The Dragon”) which was arguably the best martial-art film of all time, to being respected as an artist, innovator, teacher. His legacy would always play an important part in the history of Asian American culture. Lee’s work throughout his life will always be remembered by the world.
❝ Knowing is not enough, you must apply. Willing is not enough, you must do. ❞ – Bruce Lee