Controversy Was Bruce Lee's Death Murder Part 1
About the controversy surrounding the death of famous Chinese Kung Fu movie star Bruce Lee. Was he murdered?
WERE THEY MURDERED?
Victim: The Little Dragon was born in San Francisco on Nov. 27, 1940, but he was raised in Hong Kong, where he began making movies at the age of six. At 13 his interest in the martial arts began in earnest, and he worked on toughening himself up by pounding his fists on a stool near the table during dinners and conversations at home. In order to retain his American citizenship he returned to the U.S. when he was 18. He enrolled as a philosophy major at the University of Washington, but increasingly his time was taken up with giving lessons in his personal version of kung fu, "jeet kune do," an amalgam of classical kung fu techniques and American boxing. In August, 1964, he married Linda Emery, one of his students, and soon he quit school and set off to seek a film career in Hollywood. During the 1966-1967 television season, he was seen as Kato in The Green Hornet TV series. When he wasn't acting out his karate moves in front of the cameras, he was giving private lessons at $150 an hour to some of Hollywood's biggest names, Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen, James Garner, and James Coburn among them. However, Hollywood moneymen refused to grant him the stardom he thought he deserved--especially Warner Bros., which claimed he was too inexperienced for the leading role in its Kung Fu TV series. So Lee returned to Hong Kong, determined to become a worldwide superstar. There he teamed up with producer Raymond Chow, who had defected from Run Run Shaw's all-powerful Shaw Bros. production company. Liberal doses of Chinese jingoism injected into the action-packed plots of Lee's man-against-the-mob martial arts pictures helped Lee and Chow become the major force in the Hong Kong film trade. With the stunning success of Lee's films (Big Boss, 1972; The Chinese Connection, 1972; and The Way of the Dragon, 1973), Warner Bros. came calling and brought along major financing for Enter the Dragon, the breakthrough film Lee coveted. He died before its release in 1973.
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