Saturday, January 29, 2011

Brandon Bruce Lee

Brandon Bruce Lee (February 1, 1965 – March 31, 1993) was an Chinese-American actor and martial artist.

He was the son of martial arts film star Bruce Lee.

After a promising start in action movies and the signing of a multi-film contract with 20th Century Fox, Lee was accidentally shot and killed in North Carolina at the age of 28 while filming The Crow.

Brandon Lee was born in Oakland, California, the son of martial artist and actor Bruce Lee and Linda Emery.

A week after his birth, his grandfather Lee Hoi-Chuen died.

The family moved to Los Angeles, California when he was three months old.

When offers for film roles became limited for his father, he and his family moved back to Hong Kong in 1965. His heritage on his mother's side is English and Swedish and his father is Chinese and German.

When Brandon was eight, his father died suddenly from cerebral edema.

After his father's death, his family (including his younger sister, Shannon Lee, b. 1969) moved back to the United States.

They lived briefly in his mother's hometown of Seattle, Washington, and then in Los Angeles, where Lee grew up in the affluent area of Rolling Hills.

He attended high school at Chadwick School, but was asked to leave for insubordination—more specifically, driving down the school's hill backwards, only three months before graduating.

It is not known when exactly, but he did briefly attend Bishop Montgomery High School, located in Torrance.

He received his GED in 1983 at the age of 18, and then went to Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in theater.

After one year, Lee moved to New York City where he took acting lessons at the famed Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and was part of the American New Theatre group founded by his friend John Lee Hancock.

The bulk of Lee's martial arts instruction came from his father's top students, Dan Inosanto and Richard Bustillo.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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