Bruce Lee Facts
52 Weird Facts You Didn’t Know about Bruce Lee
Weird Fact #1: Bruce Lee voiced most of the English voices in his films! Yep, all the English speaking guys in Way of the Dragon (apart from the mighty Chuck Norris) and his other Hong Kong films released before Enter the Dragon were voiced by the main man himself. I’m not sure why, but a fact is a fact!
Weird Fact #2: Bruce was partly German. Bruce’s Grandfather was 100% German!. This “non-pure” Chinese status prevented his acceptance into many Kung Fu schools back in the 50’s and slimmed his choices. Lucky though, otherwise he may have never learned Wing Chun from Ip Man and William Cheung.
The deleted 'saw' shot from the big boss
Weird Fact #3: Bruce had a shot removed from the Big Boss where he cut into an opponents head with a handheld saw. This is pretty common knowledge, but if you didn’t know this, all you have to do is go back and watch The Big Boss fight in the ice factory, you’ll see him attack the camera with a saw and skip past the resulting blow. This was removed because it was seen as being a little too violent for Hong Kong audiences.
Weird Fact #4: Apparently, he was a terrible driver! Many of Bruce’s American friends have said in interviews in the past that Bruce Lee wasn’t a ‘gifted driver’ and would occasionally ask his buddy Steve Golden to drive for him! This may have been due to the next fact…
Bruce Lee glasses
Weird Fact #5: Bruce had bad eye-sight. Yep! Bruce was near sighted. His bad eye sight is one of the reasons he appreciated Wing Chun’s contact style of movement because he could rely more on touch than sight.
Weird Fact #6: Due to his bad eye sight, Bruce Lee was one of the first people to try contact lenses. They were very uncomfortable back in those days however, so Bruce stuck to his ‘coke bottle’ glasses instead. Which leads into another fact….
Weird Fact #7: Bruce Lee often wore his old, taped up ‘coke bottle’ glasses to remind himself of where he came from. Being the guy who likes to stay grounded and become the best version of himself, he held on to his old glasses and wore them regularly as a reminder to himself even after he found financial abundance – that he was once poor and struggling.
You’ll see him wearing those glasses in Fist of Fury (pictured above).
Baby Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee as a baby
Weird Fact #8: His family called him “Little Phoenix”, they didn’t call him Bruce. Bruce was an English sounding name given to him by a nurse when he was born in San Francisco. It wasn’t until he moved to America that it became used very regularly! You can notice this in the film The Young Bruce Lee.
Weird Fact #9: Bruce was secretly filmed and included in his best friend’s feature film. In a film called Fist of Unicorn, Bruce Lee promised his friend Unicorn (‘Unicorn’?, ‘Little Pheonix’? very mythical names) that he’d help with choreography. But the producers secretly filmed Bruce and included him in the film so they could promote his name and sell more tickets. Douchebags!
Weird Fact #10: Was a champion Cha Cha Dancer in Hong Kong! You probably knew that, but yes, he won a Cha Cha dancing competition when he was in high school.
A Legend that Never Dies!
1st Asian American Super
BRUCE LEE- The man, the myth and the legend? It is an incontestable fact that Bruce Lee was a great martial artist. His on and off screen persona oozed with charismatic flair making him one of the most popular action hero's of his time. In death, his popularity seemed only to grow as legends. Bruce trained hard and had objectives for himself. In a letter he wrote, he pledged in 1969 to become the highest paid Asian actor, to become well-known and financially independant by 1980 and to achieve inner harmony and peace. Bruce had goals and ambitions that drove him to levels of physical agility, strength and flexibility that none have been able to compare to as of yet.
Bruce Lee, click here for more info Bruce started his carreer as an actor on the defunk series 'The Green Hornet'. As many of you probably know or have guessed, the character of 'Kato', played by Bruce Lee, stole the show. When the show was later cancelled due to a lack of ratings, Bruce moved on to other things. In fact, Bruce helped formulate and develop the popular 'Kung Fu' series. A series that was, as some have said, made for Bruce; yet, David Caradine, a caucasian actor, played the role of the oriental Kung Fu master. Did Bruce let network and Hollywood prejudice get in the way of furthering his carreer?
Bruce was affected by Hollywood's and American television's lack of respect for Asian actors. He felt that if he remained in the U.S.A., directors and produces wouldn't look on him as a martial artist or an actor; they would rather see an Asian and be blinded by prejudice. Bruce took a sabbatical and went to Hong Kong where he received a hero's welcome. 'The Green Hornet' known as the 'Kato show' in Hong Kong was very popular because of Lee. His popularity got him the attention of prominent movie producers who begged Bruce to star in their features which he did. From then on the world was introduced to 'The Big Boss a.k.a Fists of Fury', 'The Chinese Connection', 'The Way of the Dragon', and 'Game of Death' which was never completed by Lee.
Bruce Lee Montage, click here for more info Finally receiving the attention he deserved, Bruce was invited to star in the Warner Brothers production entitled 'Enter the Dragon' which brought him the super stardom he never had the chance to experience. Bruce Lee's death in 1973 is shrouded in mystery...many theories have been put forward ranging from Ninja Assassins to the Chinese mafia. The official report claims that Bruce took a pain killer containing an ingredient he was allergic to. But actually no one really knows how he died. It's ironic that the country that had originally rejected him now mourned him. But that is sometimes the way of life. We never realize the treasures that some individuals offer us until it is too late.
The official cause of Lee's death was recorded in the autopsy report as cerebral edema, or brain swelling. This was supposedly due to his hypersensitivity to a painkiller called equigesic that he had taken that day. But further research suggests the kung fu idol may have died from an epileptic condition first recognized more than 20 years after his death.
Lee died of a condition called sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, which was only recognized in 1995. The condition involves a seizure which stops the heart or lungs. It kills around 500 people a year in Britain, is most common in men aged 20 to 40 and can be brought on by lack of sleep and stress. At the time of his death, Bruce was under a great deal of physical and mental distress
SPEED: Bruce Lee realized that big muscular builds slow you down. He trained for speed. His speed was definitely beyond
CREATED BY SANDRA PALMER 2012