|Height:||183 cm (6' 1'')|
|Birth Day:||February 1, 1965|
|Death Date:||Mar 31, 1993 (age 28)|
|Birth Place:||Oakland, United States|
|Height:||183 cm (6' 1'')|
|Weight:||in kg - N/A|
Son of Bruce Lee, he starred in The Crow in 1994 and appeared in Showdown in Little Tokyo in 1991.
As per our current Database, Brandon Lee died on Mar 31, 1993 (age 28).
He gained experience and training at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. He made his debut in the 1986 film Kung Fu: The Movie.
Brandon was born on February 1, 1965, in Oakland, California, the son of martial artist and actor Bruce Lee (1940 – 1973) and Linda Lee Cadwell (née Emery). The Lees moved to Los Angeles, California, when Brandon was three months old. From a young age, Lee learned martial arts from his father, who a was a well known practitioner and a martial arts movie star. Lee said the family lived between Hong Kong and the United States, following his father's. While visiting his sets Brandon became interested in acting. Lee's father passed suddenly in 1973, with a legacy making him an icon of martial arts and cinema.
Afterwards, Lee's family moved back to California. Lee started studying with Dan Inosanto, one of his father's students, when he was 9. Later in his youth, Lee also trained with Richard Bustillo and Jeff Imada. In his teens, Imada said that Lee was struggling with his identity, and having to train in dojos which included large photos of his father troubled him. According to Imada this led Lee to leave martial arts in favor of soccer. Both would reconnect later in their film career, with Imada working as stunt and fight coordinator in several of Lee's upcoming films. Meanwhile, Lee was a rebellious high school student. In 1983, four months prior his graduation Lee was asked to leave the Chadwick School for misbehavior. That year Lee received his GED from Miraleste high school. Following this, Lee moved to New York City, where he took acting lessons at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Afterwards, Lee went to Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, where he majored in theater. After his studies, Lee did local theater, joined the Eric Morris American New Theatre, and acted in John Lee Hancock's play Full fed beast. Lee said he appeared in several stage productions during this time.
Lee returned to Los Angeles in 1985 and worked as a script reader. During this period, he was approached by casting director Lynn Stalmaster and successfully auditioned for his first credited acting role in Kung Fu: The Movie. It was a feature-length television movie that was a follow-up to the 1970s television series Kung Fu, with David Carradine returning as the lead. On set Lee met his former instructor Jeff Imada who happened to work in the stunt department. Imada said that due to the martial arts nature of the film it had no appeal to Lee who wanted to be introduced as an actor and not Bruce Lee's son, however he was talked into doing it. In the film, the show's hero, Kwai Chang Caine (Carradine), is forced to fight his hitherto unknown son, Chung Wang (Lee).
Kung Fu: The Movie first aired on ABC on February 1, 1986, Lee's 21st birthday. Lee said that he felt there was some justice in being cast for this role in his first feature, since the TV show's pilot had been conceived for his father. By April, Lee was reported to be an expert of the martial art named Yee Chuan Tao. That year saw the release of Ronny Yu's Hong Kong action crime thriller Legacy of Rage. It's Lee's first leading film role, starring alongside Michael Wong, and Regina Kent. Yu said that Lee was very arrogant and no one liked him due to the fact he couldn't speak Cantonese and only did the film for the money so he wasn't immersed in the project. Furthermore, Yu said he stopped production to sort things out with Lee. In the film, Lee plays Brandon Ma, a young man working two jobs to support his life with his girlfriend May (Kent) and to save up to buy his dream motorcycle. His best friend, Michael Wan (Wong), is a drug dealer who eventually blames one of his crimes on him. Ma is sent to jail and vows vengeance on Wan. It was the only film Lee made in Hong Kong, made in Cantonese and directed by Ronny Yu. Lee was nominated for a Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer in this role. In July of the following year, it was reported that it was a critical success at the Cannes Film Festival, a commercial success in Japan, and released in the Philippines as Dragon Blood.
In 1986, Lee said that he was training in Yee Chuan Tao, a relaxation-based martial art, with a trainer named Mike Vendrell. Lee said that it consisted of exercises such as slow sparring, Chi sao practice; they also worked on a wooden dummy, as well as Vendrell swinging a staff at him while he would duck or jump over. He said later that the exercise helped him be less tense.
By February 1987, Lee visited Montreal, Canada and said it was to discuss a possible film project. Lee starred in another sequel of Kung Fu, the unsold television pilot Kung Fu: The Next Generation. On the 19th of June, it aired on CBS Summer Playhouse, a program that specialized in rejected pilots and allowed the audience to call in to vote for a show to be picked up as a series. It was another follow-up to the Kung Fu TV series, moved to the present day, and centered on the story of the grandson of Kwai Chang Caine who uses his fighting abilities to assist people in need, and the great-grandson (Lee) chooses the opposite. After being caught doing a robbery, Lee's character is taken into custody by his father who tries to rehabilitate him. The pilot was poorly received and not picked up as a series.
In 1988, Lee played a role in "What's In a Name", an episode of the American television series Ohara, starring Pat Morita, the show is about the crime solving adventures of a Japanese-American detective who is able to uses mental acuity over force and skilled in martial arts when it be needed. In the episode, Lee as the son of a Yakuza plays the main villain. Imada who worked as stunt coordinator, said that Lee was recommended not to do the role due to the nature of the character. However, seeing a chance to expand his acting range Lee took the role. On the 16th of October, Ernest Borgnine said one of his upcoming project was Laser Mission. Lee plays the lead in the shot in Namibia action film. In January 1989, Borgnine joined the shoot. The plot concerns a mercenary named Michael Gold (Lee) who is sent to convince Dr. Braun (Borgnine), a laser specialist, to defect to the United States before the KGB acquires him and uses his talents to create a nuclear weapon. In the United States the film was released in 1990. Distributed by Turner Home Entertainment, it was a commercial success on home video. The film is generally panned by critics with a few finding it to be an amusing action B movie.
In 1990, Lee met Eliza Hutton at director Renny Harlin's office, where she was working as his personal assistant. Lee and Hutton moved in together in early 1991 and became engaged in October 1992. They planned to get married in Ensenada, Mexico on April 17, 1993, a week after Lee was to complete filming on The Crow.
In April 1991, Lee was in Universal Pictures' list of contenders to play his father in the biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993). He turned the role down, finding it awkward to play his father, and too strange to approach the romance between his parents. The role went to Jason Scott Lee (no relation), who said at first he felt intimidated by his role portraying Bruce Lee but he overcame his fear after speaking to Brandon. According to Jason, Brandon told him the following to him play the role of Bruce: "He said I wouldn't survive in this part if I treated his father like a god. He said his father was, after all, a man who had a profound destiny, but he was not a god. He was a man who had a temper, a lot of anger, who found mediocrity offensive. Sometimes he was rather merciless." Director Rob Cohen said he spent hours talking to Brandon during preparations. On 23 August, Mark L. Lester's Showdown in Little Tokyo premiered, which Warner Brothers produced and distributed. Lee starred opposite Dolph Lundgren in the buddy cop action film. Lee secured his role on the 13th of October 1990, to make his American feature. It was meant to start shooting after his casting but was delayed until the following January. In the film, Lee plays Johnny Murata, a Japanese American police officer partnered with a sergeant named Kenner (Lundgren), on patrol in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Little Tokyo. They are sent to infiltrate a new Japanese drug gang, the Iron Claw. In the US the domestic gross was $2,275,557. The movie faced largely negative reviews; retrospectively some critics find it entertaining for its genre.
Also in the 1980s, Lee returned to Dan Inosanto's Academy. Lee said he did a few amateur fights but did not seek to compete in tournaments. He would bring a camera to Inosanto's studio, both would choreograph fights for Lee's films and would allow him to see how various moves played out on screen. In 1991, Lee was certified by the Thai Boxing Association. While his main goal was dramatic acting, credited the skill to have helped him to get roles that require it.
In August 1992, Bruce Lee biographer John Little asked Brandon Lee what his philosophy in life was, and he replied, "Eat—or die!" Brandon later spoke of the martial arts and self-knowledge:
On March 31, 1993, while filming The Crow, Lee was accidentally wounded on set by defective blank ammunition and later died in hospital during surgery.
After Lee's death in 1993, his fiancée Eliza Hutton and his mother supported director Proyas' decision to complete The Crow. At the time of Lee's death, only eight days were left before completion of the movie. A majority of the film had already been completed with Lee, and he was only required to shoot scenes for three more days. To complete the film, stunt double Chad Stahelski and Jeff Cadiente served as a stand-in; special effects were used to give him Lee's face. Lee's on-set death paved the way for resurrecting actors to complete or have new performances, since pioneering CGI techniques were used to complete The Crow. A month after, it was reported that Lee's previous films Laser Mission, Showdown in Little Tokyo, and Rapid Fire saw a surge in video sales. On the 28th of April, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story premiered at the Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The film is dedicated to Brandon with the quote: “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” The event was considered a celebration of both Brandon and his father Bruce. Brandon's mother Linda and sister Shannon attended the premiere. Linda found the film to be excellent and a great tribute for her whole family.
On March 31, 1993, Lee was filming a scene in The Crow where his character is shot and killed by thugs. In the scene, Lee's character walks into his apartment and discovers his fiancée being beaten and raped. Actor Michael Massee's character fires a Smith & Wesson Model 629 .44 Magnum revolver at Lee as he walks into the room.
Lee was rushed to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. Attempts to save him were unsuccessful and after six hours of surgery, Lee was pronounced dead on March 31, 1993, at 1:03 pm. He was 28 years old. The shooting was ruled an accident due to negligence. Lee's death led to the re-emergence of conspiracy theories surrounding his father's similarly early death. Lee was buried next to his father at the Lake View Cemetery in Seattle, Washington. A private funeral attended by 50 took place in Seattle on April 3. The following day, 200 of Lee's family and business associates attended a memorial service at actress Polly Bergen's house in Los Angeles. Among the attendees were Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, David Hasselhoff, Steven Seagal, David Carradine, and Melissa Etheridge.
In 1994, The Crow opened at number one in the United States in 1,573 theaters grossing $11.7 million, averaging $7,485 per theater. The film ultimately grossed $50.7 million, above its $23 million budget, 24th among all films released in the U.S. that year and 10th among R-rated films released that year. It was the most successful film of Lee's career, and is considered a cult classic. The film is dedicated to him and his fiancée Eliza Hutton. The Crow has an approval rating of 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes based on 55 reviews; critical consensus there is: "Filled with style and dark, lurid energy, The Crow is an action-packed visual feast that also has a soul in the performance of the late Brandon Lee." The Crow has a score of 71 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 14 critics, indicating "Generally favorable reviews". Reviewers praised the action and visual style. Rolling Stone called it a "dazzling fever dream of a movie"; Caryn James, writing for The New York Times, called it "a genre film of a high order, stylish and smooth"; Roger Ebert called it "a stunning work of visual style". The Los Angeles Times also praised the film. Lee's death was alleged to have a melancholic effect on viewers; Desson Howe of The Washington Post wrote that Lee "haunts every frame" and James Berardinelli called the film "a case of 'art imitating death', and that specter will always hang over The Crow". Jessica Seigel of the Chicago Tribune found that Lee never quite left the shadow of his father and that The Crow did not live up to Lee's full unexploited potential. Amber McKee of The Park Record thinks the film is a very good film and successful but an eerie conclusion to Lee's career, since he wanted to escape the action genre and move on to dramatic roles. Berardinelli called it an appropriate epitaph to Lee, Howe called it an appropriate sendoff, and Ebert stated that not only was this Lee's best film, but it was better than any of his father's.The Crow retained a loyal following many years after its release. Due to the source material, and Lee's fate it is often described as a goth cult film.
In 1998, Legacy of Rage was released directly to video in the U.S. and started on playing on Australia television by the 21st of March the next year. The film has been described as stylistic and fast-paced, with a good performance by Lee. Some critics considered it to be his best film after The Crow.
While visiting Sweden, Lee was among the cameos in the locally made genre film Sex, Lögner och Videovåld (2002), filmed between 1990 and 1993. The film was completed in 2000.
|#4||Bruce Lee||Father||$10 Million||N/A||32||Actor|
|#5||Lee Hoi- chuen||Grandfather||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#8||Linda Lee Cadwell||Mother||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||75||Memoirist|
|#10||Eliza Hutton||Partner(s)||N/A||N/A||56||Celebrity Family Member|
|#11||Shannon Lee||Sister||$10 Million||N/A||51||Theater Personalities|
|#13||Robert Lee||Uncle||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||28||Sports|
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