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Brandon Lee

Biography

Boy of Bruce Lee, he starred in The Crow in 1994 and appeared in Showdown in Small Tokyo in 1991. He obtained experience and teaching at the renowned Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. He produced his debut in the 1986 film Kung Fu: The Film. His father, got he lived, could have performed his on-screen dad in the Kung Fu films and Television series. His dad was late acting professional and martial designer Bruce Lee. He dated Eliza Hutton from 1990 until his loss of life in 1993. He tragically passed away onset while filming the film The Crow, which also starred Ernie Hudson.

Quick Facts


Full Name Brandon Lee
Date Of Birth February 1, 1965
Died March 31, 1993, Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Place Of Birth Oakland, CA
Height 1.83 m
Weight 167lbs
Profession Movie Actor
Education Bishop Montgomery High School, Emerson College, Chadwick School, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
Nationality American, Chinese
Parents Bruce Lee, Linda Lee Cadwell
Siblings Shannon Lee
Nominations MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance, Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer
Movies Martial Arts Master: The Life of Bruce Lee, The Crow, Rapid Fire, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Laser Mission, Kung Fu: The Next Generation, Legacy of Rage, Kung Fu: The Movie
TV Shows Ohara
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1Brandon Lee was killed by a wad from a blank pistol. In a scene from Bruce Lee's 1978 film, "Game of Death," a prop man handling out blanks to some actors says,"These are blanks....There's a wad of paper that comes out and can injure someone.".
2The manner of his death is as follows: Michael Massee, the actor portraying Funboy, was required to fire a .44 magnum revolver loaded with blanks at Lee. The revolver had been inspected days earlier for a previously filmed scene in which it was not fired but needed to be seen loaded. Dummy rounds are used for this, which have a bullet, a spent primer, but no powder. One of the dummy rounds had a bullet, a live primer, and no powder. When test-fired, the primer propelled the bullet into the barrel, where it stopped. The gun was then rechecked, but no anomalies were found because the primer was now spent and the barrel was not inspected. Then, when filming the fateful scene days later, the same gun was used with blanks. Blanks are fully charged rounds with no bullets, but there was a bullet in the barrel. The blank round propelled it into Lee's abdomen just as if he had been shot with a live .44 magnum round. Michael Massee spent a year, devastated by what happened, deciding whether or not to return to acting.
3Was trained in Wing Chun, Shaolin Kung-Fu, Muay Thai & Jeet Kune Do.
4He was offered the chance to play his dad in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993). Understandably, he turned it down so he could star in The Crow (1994). The film was later dedicated to his memory.
5He was originally cast as Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat (1995), but died before production began.
6He was a troubled youngster but an outstanding surrogate-parent. When his actress-sister Shannon Lee and a friend were arrested for underage- joyriding in their mom's car, Brandon sat her down and gave her a classic "It's Okay To Have Fun But Don't Ever Take It Too Far" lecture. Indeed, Shannon claims that if Brandon had lived to see her wedding day, he would have walked her down the aisle.
7Growing up in Bruce's shadow wasn't always easy for the younger Lee. As a child, Brandon was about to sign up with a local martial-arts studio...until he noticed a large poster of his dad on the wall; Brandon ran from the dojo in tears. Later, as a teenager, he dropped out of two different high-schools (once, after an "altercation" with the vice-principal).
8Grandson of actor Hoi-Chuen Lee.
9Nephew of Robert Lee
10The apple never falls far from the tree: Brandon played the character "Jake Lo" in Rapid Fire (1992); his father Bruce Lee played the character "Billy Lo" in Game of Death (1978).
11Brandon's father was of Chinese, and some European (usually described as German), descent. Brandon's mother, who is caucasian, has English, Irish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Dutch ancestry. Brandon was born with blond hair. As he aged, his hair color changed to brown.
12Dedication at the end of Lee's last film, The Crow (1994), reads "For Brandon and Eliza (Hutton)".
13Was to be married to Eliza Hutton in Mexico on April 17, 1993.
14Was in talks with filmmakers about making Rapid Fire 2.
15Was first asked to play the role of Bruce Lee in his father's biopic. The role was later given to Jason Scott Lee.
16His Chinese star sign is the Dragon. He was born on Chinese New Year's eve, last day of the dragon.
17Interred at Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, Washington, USA.
18Older brother of Shannon Lee.
19At the time of his death, was engaged to Eliza Hutton.
20Spoke Cantonese.
21Lived in Hong Kong for a couple of years as a little boy.
22Killed while filming the movie The Crow (1994) by a projectile shot from a gun firing blanks.
23Son of Bruce Lee and Linda Lee Cadwell.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sex, lögner & videovåld2000VideoMan in line to night club
The Crow1994Eric
Rapid Fire1992Jake Lo
Showdown in Little Tokyo1991Johnny Murata
Laser Mission1989Michael Gold
Ohara1988TV SeriesKenji
CBS Summer Playhouse1987TV SeriesJohnny Caine
Legacy of Rage1986Brandon Ma
Kung Fu: The Movie1986TV MovieChung Wang
Crime Killer1985Gangster - opening scene (uncredited)

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Crow1994fight choreographer
Rapid Fire1992fight choreographer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Big Stan2007the producers wish to thank
Sex, lögner & videovåld2000Video this film is dedicated to
Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do1995Documentary dedicated to the memory of
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV Special in memoriam
Teresa's Tattoo1994in memory of
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story1993dedicated to the memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
L'urlo di Chen terrorizza ancora l'occidente - Dragonland2008DocumentaryHimself - Interview by Lorenzo De Luca in 1992
Bruce Lee: The Legend Lives On1999TV MovieHimself
Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do1995DocumentaryHimself / Narrator / Jake Lo (scenes from Rapid Fire)
The Life of Bruce Lee1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Curse of the Dragon1993DocumentaryHimself
Death by Misadventure: The Mysterious Life of Bruce Lee1993DocumentaryHimself
The Big Breakfast1992TV SeriesHimself
Good Day New York1992TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992TV SeriesHimself
How to Become a Hollywood Stuntman1991Video documentaryHimself - Fighting Film Director BJ Davis in 'Lazer Mission'
Hollywood Stuntmakers1991TV SeriesHimself
Bruce Lee: The Man and the Legend1973DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Enjoy Yourself Tonight1970TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Henchman: The Al Leong Story2017Documentary post-productionHimself
No Sleep TV32015TV SeriesEric Draven
Ninja the Mission Force2012TV SeriesTimmy
I Am Bruce Lee2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - as a little boy
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sendung ohne Namen2002TV Series documentaryEric Draven
The Unbeatable Bruce Lee2001Video documentaryHimself
Famous Families1999TV Series documentaryHimself / Various
The Path of the Dragon1998Video documentary shortHimself
Bruce Lee: In His Own Words1998Video documentary shortHimself - Little boy
E! True Hollywood Story1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Charlie Sheen's Stunts Spectacular1994TV MovieHimself - Leading man fights BJ Davis on camera
Biography1994TV Series documentaryHimself
The Little Picture Show1993TV SeriesHimself
Bruce Lee, the Legend1984DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ActorThe Crow (1994)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Male PerformanceThe Crow (1994)
1987Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest New PerformerLong zai jiang hu (1986)

TitleSalary
The Crow (1994)$750,000
Rapid Fire (1992)$270,000
Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)$250,000
Long zai jiang hu (1986)$200,000

#Quote
1[on why moving on after grief is important to realize your own dreams and purpose] Sometimes a personal tragedy provides the impetus we need to move on in life. It's easy to become stuck. We get lazy and we don't want to change. Change can be such a hassle. That's not to say that everyone requires a tragedy in their lives in order to get their ass moving, to take some kind of action or make some kind of decision: but if it happens, it can be definitely open your eyes. It can make you look at life differently, it can change your whole world, 'Why did this have to happen? What have I done? Why couldn't it have been somebody else?' Sometimes it can make you a better person, Or a different person.
2[About Eric Draven] He has something he has to do and he is forced to put aside his own pain long enough to go do what he has to do."
3All I can tell you is that you cannot make choices in your own career, either career choices or choices when you're actually working as an actor, based on trying to downplay or live up to a comparison with somebody else. You just can't do that. You have to do your own work based on your own gut, your own instincts, and your own life.
4You only have the burdens on you that you choose to put there.
5"It's funny, [...] for that sequence the director just said, say something insulting to him, it doesn't matter what. So I said something pretty insulting, and they didn't subtitle it, and they never asked me what it meant. [..] (Laughter)" (on the insult he says in Cantonese in Rapid Fire (1992))
6A fight can express things people might not be able to say with words.
7"It's such an intensely personal thing for me.. I'd probably have been a little too crazy" (On why he refused the role in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)).
8"It's either in the genes, or I watched too many of his movies as a kid" (on why his film roles echo those of his dad)
9"The trip reinforced my suspicions that, despite my Pacific Rim heritage, I'm about as American as you get." (explaining that he feels no particular affinity for Asia and does not want to live there)
10"I don't know if I was destined to play this role, but I feel very fortunate to be doing so." (on his last film, The Crow (1994)).
11I've done my work and I'm happy with it...I respect my father very much, but I'm a very different person than he was.
12[About The Crow (1994)] "I've done other films with violence in them, but I must say I've never done anything where I felt the violence was as justified as it is in this...This is justice".
13[About The Crow (1994)] "It's a story about justice for victims".
14Because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. And yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cannot conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, or five times more? Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.
15I always had a pretty good knack for raising hell.
16I don't want to be remembered as the son of Bruce Lee.

#Trademark
1Many remember his death occurred while acting, a real bullet hit his spinal cord.
2Usually played a character on the wrong side of the law

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