20 Amazing & Interesting Bruce Lee Facts
Lee was already a formidable fighter in high-school.
In high school Bruce's quick and graceful fighting style became recognized when he won an inter-school boxing championship against an English student, during which the Marquis of Queensbury rules were followed, which state, among other rules, that no kicking was allowed.
Lee developed Jeet Kune Do as a result of a fighting challenge.
Bruce Lee accepted a fighting challenge by a martial artist in San Francisco, who objected to him teaching non-Chinese students. If Bruce were defeated, he would have to stop teaching non-Chinese. The fight lasted 3 minutes, with Lee quickly pinning his opponent to the ground - despite this, Lee was disappointed, discouraged by the fact that he was slightly winded. The evolution of Jeet Kune Do, Lee's style of martial arts, thus began.
He was an American citizen.
Bruce Lee (born Lee Jun-fan) was an American citizen born in San Francisco. His father, a renowned Cantonese opera and film actor, was touring in America when his mother went into labor. Lee was born on November 27th, 1940 at the Chinese Hospital in the Chinatown section of San Francisco.
Lee started his acting career as a baby.
Bruce Lee was introduced to acting at a very early age by his father, and in fact his first acting role was as a baby being carried onto the stage in the film "Golden Gate Girl". By the age of 18 he had appeared in 20 films.
He was a great dancer, and won dance championships.
Bruce Lee's graceful style and movement in martial arts served him on the dance floor as well. He was known as a fantastic dancer, and in 1958 he won the Cha-Cha championships in Hong Kong.