Bruce Lee: Timeline

Bruce Lee timeline

Bruce Lee was an American and Hong Kong martial artist who gained global fame for his less rigid martial arts technique. Regarded by many as the greatest martial artist of all time, the San Francisco-born actor appeared in several critically acclaimed Hollywood and Hong Kong movies. In front of the screens, the charismatic young sage was the lead in several box office hits such as ‘Fists of Fury’ (1972) and Enter the Dragon (1972). As a martial arts instructor, Bruce Lee invented a martial arts fighting technique known as Jeet Kune Do, which translates into the Way of the Intercepting Fist.

Bruce Lee Timeline

November 27, 1940: Born Lee Jun-fan to Cantonese opera performer Lee Hoi-chuen and Grace Ho; Bruce Lee was born in Chinatown in San Francisco, California

1941: Lee and his family relocate to Hong Kong

1941: Stars in his first acting role in the movie Golden Gate Girl

1950: Co-stars with his father in the film The Kid

1952: Enrolls at the Catholic La Salle College primary school; he later transfers to St. Francis Xavier’s College

1956-1957: Refines his fighting skills to gain more discipline and control; he is tutored in Wing Chun by the famous instructor Yip Man

1958: Wins a boxing competition organized by his school

1958: Displays his multifaceted talents and wins the Crown Colony Cha-Cha dancing competition in Hong Kong

1958: Arrives in the U.S. just in time before his 18th birthday in order to claim his American citizenship

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1959: Bruce Lee’s delinquent behavior and street fighting leave his parents with no choice than to send him permanently to the U.S.; he settles in Seattle and wraps up his high school education

1959: Begins giving lessons in martial arts to students in his neighborhood; that same year, he establishes a martial arts school called the Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute

December, 1960: Graduates with a diploma from Edison Technical School in Seattle

March, 1961: Gains admission to the University of Washington to study drama and philosophy

1964: While in school, he meets Linda Emery; the pair later get married August 1964

1964: Drops out of university to pursue his martial arts career fully; he partners with James Lee – a martial arts instructor – to set up a school called Jun Fan Martial Art Studio in June 1964 in Oakland

1964: Takes part in the Long Beach International Karate Championships, where he wows the audience with his two-finger push-ups; Lee also meets up with upcoming Hollywood actor Chuck Norris.

1964: Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man engage in a combat match; the result of the fight was inconclusive

1965: His first child – Brandon Lee – is born on February 1, 1965

1965: Film producer William Dozier invites Bruce Lee to audition for a role in a television series that never lifted off after the pilot.

19661967: His first major Hollywood movie sees him cast as Kato in the hit series titled The Green Hornet, which includes the likes of actor Van Williams and William Dozier as the series’ narrator and producer.


19671969: Makes guest appearances on the TV series – ‘Ironside’, ‘Blondie’, and ‘Here Comes the Brides’

1967: Establishes the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute to train people of all classes, age, and race in martial arts and the philosophy behind the art

1967: Introduces the world to his form of martial art technique known as Jeet Kune Do – a non-traditional martial arts style that relies heavily on speed, agility, and practicality.

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1969: He and his wife Linda Lee welcome their second child, Shannon, on April 19.

1969: Guest stars in the film titled ‘Marlowe’; he champions the a concept he describes as “the style of no style”

1970: Works on the choreography in the movie A Walk in the Spring Rain

1971: Makes an appearance on four episodes of Longstreet

1971: Bruce Lee moves to Hong Kong to make a supporting case for why he should be cast as a lead in Hollywood movies

1971: Shaw Brothers Studio and Golden Harvest sign him on as a lead in two films – ‘The Big Boss’ and ‘Fists of Fury’ (1972)

1972: Partners with Chow to start up a production company called Concord Production Inc

1972: Meteoric rise continues as he stars in, writes, directs, and choreographs the ‘Way of the Dragon’; the film, which had Chuck Norris in it, was the first Hong Kong film shot in Europe

October 1972: Begins production of A Game of Death, which includes NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

November 1972: Lee accepts to star in Warner Brothers’ Enter the Dragon

February-April, 1973: Filming of Enter the Dragon begins in Hong Kong

March, 1973: Agrees to lend a helping hand in choreographing Unicorn Chan’s film Fist of Unicorn

July 20, 1973: Bruce Lee’s life is cut short at age 32; autopsy results show that he died of an allergic reaction to pain killers; he is laid to rest in Lakeview Cemetery, Seattle.

I mean to them the idea is ‘running water never grow stale’. So you’ve got to just ‘keep on flowing’

Timeline of Bruce Lee Movies

Van Williams and Bruce Lee in the Green Hornet 1966

The following are examples of some successful movies that Bruce Lee starred in:

1972 – ‘Enter the Dragon’

1972 – ‘The Way of the Dragon’

1972 – ‘Fists of Fury’

1971 – ‘The Big Boss’

1966 – ‘The Green Hornet’

1960 – ‘The Orphan’

1955 – ‘An Orphan’s Tragedy’

1955 – ‘Er nuzhai’

1953 – ‘In the Face of Demolition’

1950 – ‘The Kid’

1946 – ‘The Birth of Mankind’

1957 – ‘Lei yu’

1941 – ‘Golden Gate Girl’

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1 Response

  1. Danny says:

    I’ve never seen the Blondie episode with Bruce. Is it available? I cant find it Anywhere.

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