The web's most comprehensive visual history of Bruce Lee's life

Bruce Lee born at Jackson Street Hospital, San Francisco CA
Appears in his first film “Golden Gate Girl” (a.k.a. Tears of San Francisco) at the age of 3 months
Travels back to Hong Kong with his parents
Appears in first real acting film role "The Birth of Mankind"
Premier of "Wealth is Like a Dream"
Premier of "Sai See in the Dream, The Story of Fan Lei-fa"

Premier of "Blooms and Butterflies" 
Premier of "The Kid" (a.k.a. My Son A-Chang)
Premier of "The Birth of Mankind (a.k.a The Beginning of a Boy", a.k.a. Infancy)
Bruce enters La Salle College in Hong Kong
Begins studying Wing Chun
Premier of "The Guiding Light" (a.k.a. A Son is Born)
Premier of "A Mother Remembers" (a.k.a. A Mother’s Tears)
Premier of "It’s Father’s Fault" (a.k.a. Blame It on Father)
Premier of "A Myriad Homes" (a.k.a Countless Families)
Premier of "In the Face of Demolition"
Premier of "Love Part I"
Premier of "Love Part II" (a.k.a. The Carnival)
Premier of "An Orphan’s Tragedy"
Premier of "The Faithful Wife"
Premier of "Orphan’s Song"
Premier of "We Owe It to Our Children" (a.k.a. The More the Merrier)
Premier of "Wise Guys Who Fool Around"
Premier of "Too Late for Divorce"
Premier of "Thunderstorm"
Premier of "Darling Girl"
Wins Crown Colony Cha-Cha Championship
Enters St. Francis Xavier High School
Defeats 3 yr champ Gary Elms in boxing competitions at the King George V school
Defeats Chinese boxer student of Lung Chi Chuen on Union Road in Kowloon City
Stars in "The Orphan"
Begins learning Gung Lik Qun and Jit Qun from Sifu Jiu Hong Shang
Travels back to San Francisco, CA via "The President Wilson" steamship
Arrives in San Francisco, CA

Flies to New York to visit his father who is performing for 3 weeks with the Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Troupe. Takes Southern Praying Mantis style martial art lessons from Sifu Gin Foon Mark

Enrolls in the Edison Technical School in Seattle, WA

Premier of "The Orphan" (a.k.a. Orphan Ah-Sam)

Bruce and students give a Judo & Gung Fu demonstration at Seattle's Yesler Terrace Gymnasium

Celebrates his 20th birthday with students at Tai Tung restaurant in Seattle's Chinatown

Graduates from Edison Technical School

Bruce and some of his students give a Gung Fu demonstration at Seattle's Yesler Terrace Gymnasium

Enrolls in the University of Washington

Accepts challenge from Karate Black Belt named Uechi. Defeats him at the YMCA in 11 seconds

Celebrates his 21st birthday at Bush Garden Restaurant with students in Seattle's Chinatown

Starts the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in Seattle’s Chinatown at 609 S. Weller St

Spends the Thanksgiving holiday period with James & Katherine Lee in Oakland, CA

Celebrates his 22nd birthday with friends at The Lantern restaurant in Oakland, CA

Bruce and James Lee pickup 1,500 copies of Bruce's book “Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense" from the publisher in Berkley CA www.bruceleechinesegungfubook.com
Takes his student Doug Palmer back to Hong Kong for homecoming visit
Returns to Seattle and opens second gung fu school at 418 1/2 8th Avenue S
Moves Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute to 4750 University Way in Seattle's Chinatown
First date with Linda Emery at the revolving Space Needle in Seattle WA

Attends Wally Jay's 1964 luau in Alameda, CA 

Bruce and Linda relocate from Seattle to Oakland. They move in with James Yimm Lee and family

Establishes gung fu school in Oakland, CA
Performs at Ed Parker’s Long Beach International Karate Tournament
Marries Linda Emery at the King County Courthouse

James Lee's wife passes away (Bruce and Linda were living with the Lee's at that time)

Gives a Wing Chun demonstration at Sun Sing Theater in San Francisco's Chinatown

Takes up challenge from Wong Jack Man. This fight convinces Bruce he needs more than Wing Chun
Brandon Lee born in Oakland, CA
Gives screen test at 20th Century Fox for TV series Charlie Chan’s Number One Son
Father Lee Hoi Chuen passes away in Hong Kong
Takes Brandon with him and Linda to Hong Kong to visit his family
Signs a contract with 20th Century Fox as an actor
The Lee family moves to Los Angeles CA
Signs a contract with 20th Century Fox for the Green Hornet TV Series

Gives Burt Ward (Robin from the Batman show) his one and only gung fu lesson

Begins filming the Green Hornet

Pens letter to William Dozier asking for increased lines for Kato in future Green Hornet scripts

The Green Hornet begins to air on ABC-TV until July 14, 1967

Bruce appears at the South Bay Annual Karate Championships at El Camino College, Torrance CA

First appearance of the name Jeet Kune Do in his day timer
Appears as Kato on the ABC-TV series Batman
Starts the Jun Fan Gung Fu institute at 628 College Street, Chinatown

The Green Hornet series ends

Performs at the 1967 National Karate Championship Washington, DC
Appears at the All America Open Karate Championships Madison Square Garden, New York

Uses the term "Jeet Kune Do" in writing for the first time

Shoots an episode of the TV Series "Ironside"
Attends the 1967 Ed Parker International Karate Tournament in Long Beach, CA

Bruce is interviewed by college journalist Jack Jobe at an event to raise money for cerebral palsy

Attends National Chinese Gung Fu Exhibition at Civic Auditorium in San Francisco CA

Attends National Karate Championships in Washington, DC
Works as martial arts director on "The Wrecking Crew" starring Dean Martin
Acts as a villain in the movie "Marlowe" starring James Garner
Moves to Bel Air, CA
Goes to Carrolton, Mississippi with Steve McQeen. Serves as McQueen's personal trainer for the film "The Reivers". The film is release on December 25, 1969
Films an episode of the TV series "Blondie"
Films an episode of the TV series "Here Comes the Brides"
Writes inspirational note “My Definite Chief Aim”
Works as martial arts director on Stirling Silliphant's film "A Walk in the Spring Rain"
Shannon Lee born in Santa Monica, CA

Travels to the Dominican Republic with Jhoon Rhee to help promote the Jhoon Rhee Institute

Teaches martial arts to director Roman Polanski in Switzerland
Brings Brandon back to Hong Kong
Interviews with Michael Hui in TVB
Sits for interview in ATV
Severely injures his back lifting weights without properly warming up
Goes to India with James Coburn and Stirling Silliphant to scout locations for Silent Flute
Golden Harvest sends Lau Leung Wah to USA to convince Bruce to star in two films
Plays supporting role in first episode of TV series Longstreet titled "Way of the Intercepting Fist"
Joins Golden Harvest to shoot two movies
Departs for Thailand to film "The Big Boss"
Returns to Hong Kong after "The Big Boss" completes
Sits for interview by Tam Peng Man in TVB
Sits for interview by Gou Leung and David Lo in ATV
Back to USA to film three additional episodes of Longstreet
Departs for Hong Kong
Sits for interview by Lau Ka Kit in TVB
"The Big Boss" premiers and makes $3.2M in 23 days
Appears in a special program on TVB
Receives telegram from Warner Bros that Kung Fu TV series has been rejected
Sits for interview with Pierre Burton. Episode airs in TVB in January 21, 1972
Forms own production company Concord Productions
"Fist of Fury" premiers at midnight
"Fist of Fury" breaks all records set by "The Big Boss"
Departs for Rome for the shooting of "Way of the Dragon"
Participates in telethon for June 18 Flood. Demonstrates with Brandon Lee
Moves into No. 41 Cumberland Road, Kowloon Tong district
Begins filming fight sequences for "Game of Death"
Black Belt Magazine grants Lee the 1972 Martial Artist of the year Award
Signs contract with Warner Bros for "Enter the Dragon"
Selected as one of the Top 10 Movie Stars by Overseas Chinese Daily
"Way of the Dragon" premiers at midnight and breaks previous box office records
Begins production of "Enter the Dragon"
Bruce is guest of honor for Sports Day ceremony at St. Xaviers School
Collapses at Golden Harvest Studios during dubbing session for "Enter the Dragon"
Flies to California to conduct complete physical exam. During this time he meets with Dan Inosanto for the last time
Clashes with director Lo Wei at Golden harvest studios
Sits for interview by Ho Sau Shun in TVB for the show "Enjoy Yourself Tonight"
Loses consciousness at Betty Ting Pei’s apartment. He is rushed to Queen Elizabeth hospital where he is pronounced dead at 11:30 pm
Over 25,000 people attend Lees Kowloon funeral service
A second funeral is held at Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle where Lee is laid to rest. Pall bearers include Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Dan Inosanto and brother Robert Lee
"Enter the Dragon" premieres at Graumann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA
The cause of Lee’s death is cited as Death by Misadventure by the coroner

Tao of Jeet Kune Do is published by Ohara Publications

"Game of Death" is released. Producers combine unused real footage of Bruce with body doubles, tricky camera shots and cardboard cutouts. Bruce Lee spins in his grave!

Bruce Lee receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

"Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" starring Jason Scott Lee (no relation) is released

Bruce Lee receives lifetime achievement award at 13th annual Hong Kong film awards

Hong Kong post office releases Bruce Lee postage stamp

Bruce Lee Day declared in Puerto Rico

Bruce Lee Day declared in San Francisco, CA

Bruce Lee receives Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy Legacy Award in London, England

Bruce Lee named Star of the Century at the Hong Kong Film Awards

Bruce Lee statue revealed in Mosar, Bosnia

Bruce Lee statue revealed in Hong Kong

Congressional resolution to recognize Bruce Lee's impact on American culture

Bruce Lee statue unveiled in Los Angeles, CA

"Bruce Lee: Kung Fu - Art - Life" exhibition opens in Hong Kong

Bruce Lee Day declared in Seattle, WA

"Do You Know Bruce" Year 1 exhibition opens at the Wing Luke Museum in Chinatown, Seattle WA and runs from October 4, 2014 through September 6, 2015

"Do You Know Bruce" Year 2 exhibition opens and will run from October 3, 2015 through September 4, 2016 at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle WA

"Do You Know Bruce Lee" Year 3 exhibition opens at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle WA

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