20 Amazing & Interesting Bruce Lee Facts
Lee Jun-fan - better known to the world as Bruce Lee - is the most influential martial artist of all time, and is one of the faces of the 20th century. Despite passing away at the young age of 32, he managed to shape martial artistry and film for decades to come.
For all his celebrity, the man behind the fists is somewhat of an enigma. Living in the days before the 24-hour news cycle and the internet, his private life was kept private - but as time has gone by, we have learned quite a bit about his youth and what made the man. Here are some amazing and interesting facts about Bruce Lee.
Lee was born into a life of privilege.
Bruce Lee was born into a life of privilege. His father, Lee Hoi-chuen, was a leading Cantonese opera and film actor in China, and his mother, Grace Ho, was the daughter of Ho Kom-Tong and the niece of Sir Robert Ho-Tung, two very successful Hong Kong businessman.
He developed his own form of martial arts.
Bruce Lee developed his own form of martial arts named Jeet Kune Do. He opened schools in Oakland and Los Angeles, where among his students were celebrities Steve McQueen and James Coburn.
At one point, Bruce Lee's brother was more famous than him.
In 1966, Bruce Lee's brother Robert was more famous than Bruce was. Robert was one of the founders of The Thunderbirds, a Hong Kong band that sang in English. The band quickly became one of the top acts in Hong Kong, while Bruce was just getting his start on The Green Hornet.
Bruce Lee & Chuck Norris were friends.
When asked who would prevail in a fight to the death, Chuck Norris replied, "Bruce [Lee] of course, nobody can beat him."
He got into trouble with the Triad in Hong Kong.
Lee was often involved in street brawls as a teenager. In 1959 one of his fights was with the son of a feared triad family, and police feared there may be a contract out on his life. His father urged him to move to the US for safety reasons.