History Creator / BruceLee

20th Jul '17 1:18:31 PM Pogimax
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Lee died tragically young (32 years old) on the 20th of July 1973, reportedly from a cerebral oedema caused by an allergic reaction to an ingredient in an equagesic painkiller. His sudden death combined with his young age sparked urban legends about the "true" cause of his death -- these range from suicide to his being a target of the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. Much like Music/ElvisPresley, there are those who believe he [[ElvisLives faked his own death]]. His death devastated the Hong Kong film industry to the point where producers began casting numerous {{Bruce Lee Clone}}s in their movies; they hoped that audiences starved for more Bruce Lee would simply accept the poor imitations. [[EpicFail While, by and large, it didn't work]], there are a few renowned martial arts stars who managed to get their first break during this period (notably Creator/JetLi and Creator/JackieChan, the latter of which had a brief appearance in ''Enter the Dragon'').

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Lee died tragically young (32 years old) on the 20th of July 1973, reportedly from a cerebral oedema caused by an allergic reaction to an ingredient in an equagesic painkiller. His sudden death combined with his young age sparked urban legends about the "true" cause of his death -- these range from suicide to his being a target of the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. Much like Music/ElvisPresley, there are those who believe he [[ElvisLives faked his own death]]. His death devastated the Hong Kong film industry to the point where producers began casting numerous {{Bruce Lee Clone}}s in their movies; they hoped that audiences starved for more Bruce Lee would simply accept the poor imitations. [[EpicFail While, by and large, it didn't work]], there are a few renowned martial arts stars who managed to get their first break during this period (notably Creator/JetLi and Creator/JackieChan, the latter of which had worked as a brief appearance stuntman in ''The Fist of Fury'' and ''Enter the Dragon'').
10th Jul '17 2:55:20 PM ultimomant
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Born in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco on the 27th of November 1940 (in a Year of and at the hour of the Dragon, appropriately), he was raised in Kowloon, Hong Kong. He had a strong command of English that helped him break away from the "halted Asian accent" stereotype. His first real break came when he was cast as Kato in ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' TV series as a HypercompetentSidekick. Kato became a BreakoutCharacter; in Asia, the show was [[MarketBasedTitle renamed]] ''The Kato Show''. He proceeded to gain a strong fanbase for Asian MartialArtsMovie films until he was made an international star with the (internationally-produced) ''Film/EnterTheDragon''.

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Born in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco on the 27th of November 1940 (in a Year of and at the hour of the Dragon, appropriately), he was raised in Kowloon, Hong Kong. He had a strong command of English that helped him break away from the "halted Asian accent" stereotype. He was trained in martial arts first by his father, and then by Ip Man (yes, the man whom ''Film/IpMan'' is about). His first real break came when he was cast as Kato in ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' TV series as a HypercompetentSidekick. Kato became a BreakoutCharacter; in Asia, the show was [[MarketBasedTitle renamed]] ''The Kato Show''. He proceeded to gain a strong fanbase for Asian MartialArtsMovie films until he was made an international star with the (internationally-produced) ''Film/EnterTheDragon''.
10th Jul '17 2:51:15 AM rufusluciusivan
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* BoringInvincibleHero: At least, when it comes to fights. His opponents rarely truly endanger him and the best of them end up as CurbstompCushion.
6th Jul '17 3:18:24 AM Michael_McManus
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Chuck Norris, who was his training partner as well as close friend. Norris still speaks highly of Lee to this day.
5th Jul '17 6:11:56 AM Triglavjim
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Born in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco on the 27th of November 1940 (in a Year of and at the hour of the Dragon, appropriately), Lee's time growing up was split between Hong Kong and America (specifically Los Angeles and UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}). This gave him a strong command of English that helped him break away from the "halted Asian accent" stereotype. His first real break came when he was cast as Kato in ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' TV series as a HypercompetentSidekick. Kato became a BreakoutCharacter; in Asia, the show was [[MarketBasedTitle renamed]] ''The Kato Show''. He proceeded to gain a strong fanbase for Asian MartialArtsMovie films until he was made an international star with the (internationally-produced) ''Film/EnterTheDragon''.

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Born in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco on the 27th of November 1940 (in a Year of and at the hour of the Dragon, appropriately), Lee's time growing up he was split between raised in Kowloon, Hong Kong and America (specifically Los Angeles and UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}). This gave him Kong. He had a strong command of English that helped him break away from the "halted Asian accent" stereotype. His first real break came when he was cast as Kato in ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' TV series as a HypercompetentSidekick. Kato became a BreakoutCharacter; in Asia, the show was [[MarketBasedTitle renamed]] ''The Kato Show''. He proceeded to gain a strong fanbase for Asian MartialArtsMovie films until he was made an international star with the (internationally-produced) ''Film/EnterTheDragon''.
1st Jul '17 10:03:47 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/{{Marlowe}}'': Mr. Wong
25th Jun '17 11:05:18 AM Godzillawolf
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* WalkingShirtlessScene: In many of his movies, the only times his torso is fully covered is when he's in one of his disguises. This suggests that his chest is more distinctive identification than his face.

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* WalkingShirtlessScene: In many of his movies, the only times his torso is fully covered is when he's in one of his disguises. This suggests that his chest is more distinctive identification than his face.face.
* WorldsStrongestMan: At least in the opinion of Creator/ChuckNorris, he was this for his day. He at least has this reputation if nothing else.
--> '''Chuck Norris''': Bruce Lee, pound for pound, might well have been the strongest man in the world, and was certainly one of the quickest.
10th May '17 8:11:20 PM ultimomant
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* Kato in ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet''
* ''Film/TheBigBoss''
* ''Film/FistOfFury''
* ''Film/WayOfTheDragon'' [[note]] Lee directed this film, and it's the only one he fully directed. He was also the original director of ''Game of Death'', but his AuthorExistenceFailure prompted Robert Clouse, the director of ''Enter the Dragon'', to finish it. [[/note]]
* ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' [[note]] His most iconic role and the last film Lee was able to complete. He died only six days before this film was released in theaters. This also means this is the only main Bruce Lee film to be distributed by one of the major Hollywood studios, Creator/WarnerBros, and the only one to not be distributed by Creator/MiramaxFilms stateside at some point. [[/note]]
* ''Film/GameOfDeath'' [[note]]this is the last film to have Bruce Lee directly involved at all; he died during this movie's production and they used stock footage of him for both this film and ''Game of Death II''. ''Game of Death I'' was delayed by 5 years because of Lee's death and two stand-ins had to be used. [[/note]]

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* Kato in ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet''
''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'': Kato
* ''Film/TheBigBoss''
''Series/{{Longstreet}}'': Li Tsung
* ''Film/FistOfFury''
''Film/TheBigBoss'': Cheng Chao-an
* ''Film/WayOfTheDragon'' ''Film/FistOfFury'': Chan Zhen
* ''Film/WayOfTheDragon'': Tang Lung
[[note]] Lee directed this film, and it's the only one he fully directed. He was also the original director of ''Game of Death'', but his AuthorExistenceFailure prompted Robert Clouse, the director of ''Enter the Dragon'', to finish it. [[/note]]
* ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' ''Film/EnterTheDragon'': Lee [[note]] His most iconic role and the last film Lee was able to complete. He died only six days before this film was released in theaters. This also means this is the only main Bruce Lee film to be distributed by one of the major Hollywood studios, Creator/WarnerBros, and the only one to not be distributed by Creator/MiramaxFilms stateside at some point. [[/note]]
* ''Film/GameOfDeath'' ''Film/GameOfDeath'': Hai Tien [[note]]this is the last film to have Bruce Lee directly involved at all; he died during this movie's production and they used stock footage of him for both this film and ''Game of Death II''. ''Game of Death I'' was delayed by 5 years because of Lee's death and two stand-ins had to be used. [[/note]]
27th Mar '17 3:31:53 PM ElectroKraken
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* FountainOfExpies: He has so many copies that [[BruceLeeClone they got their own trope]].



* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: His characters were all tough guys and he really was as badass as the characters he played. However, he was also extremely kind-hearted and could become a complete mess if he accidentally hurt someone.



* ShortLivedBigImpact: Lee didn't star in very many films, and died at the age of 32, but he is widely credited with introducing martial arts films to the United States and popularizing East Asian culture. His philosophies on both martial arts and life live on to this day, and his films inspired dozens upon dozens of Bruce Lee clones.



* TypeCasting: Lee all but became the Asian version of Creator/JohnWayne.
16th Mar '17 8:07:38 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Lee died tragically young (32 years old) on the 20th of July 1973, reportedly from a cerebral oedema caused by an allergic reaction to an ingredient in an equagesic painkiller. His sudden death combined with his young age sparked urban legends about the "true" cause of his death -- these range from suicide to his being a target of the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. Much like Elvis Presley, there are those who believe he [[ElvisLives faked his own death]]. His death devastated the Hong Kong film industry to the point where producers began casting numerous {{Bruce Lee Clone}}s in their movies; they hoped that audiences starved for more Bruce Lee would simply accept the poor imitations. [[EpicFail While, by and large, it didn't work]], there are a few renowned martial arts stars who managed to get their first break during this period (notably Creator/JetLi and Creator/JackieChan, the latter of which had a brief appearance in ''Enter the Dragon'').

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Lee died tragically young (32 years old) on the 20th of July 1973, reportedly from a cerebral oedema caused by an allergic reaction to an ingredient in an equagesic painkiller. His sudden death combined with his young age sparked urban legends about the "true" cause of his death -- these range from suicide to his being a target of the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. Much like Elvis Presley, Music/ElvisPresley, there are those who believe he [[ElvisLives faked his own death]]. His death devastated the Hong Kong film industry to the point where producers began casting numerous {{Bruce Lee Clone}}s in their movies; they hoped that audiences starved for more Bruce Lee would simply accept the poor imitations. [[EpicFail While, by and large, it didn't work]], there are a few renowned martial arts stars who managed to get their first break during this period (notably Creator/JetLi and Creator/JackieChan, the latter of which had a brief appearance in ''Enter the Dragon'').
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