Bruce Lee

lee3November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973

Perhaps the most famous martial artist of all-time, Bruce Lee transcended the physical art that made him famous and became a pop-culture phenomenon. The son of a Cantonese opera singer, Lee was born in San Francisco, spent most of his childhood in Hong Kong, and moved back to America with his father as a young man. He studied martial arts from the age of 13 and began teaching it in Seattle at 18.  He quickly gained a lot of attention within the tournament circles and drew significant criticism for teaching Chinese martial arts to non-Chinese people. Lee’s rise as a competitor caught the eye of television producers and he was cast as Kato in a short-lived Green Hornet series. This opened doors for Lee to eventually take on more roles. Though, he was frustrated with his limited success in the States, so he returned to Hong Kong where he received a very unexpected hero’s welcome. Lee went on to star in a number of international motion pictures including the martial arts classic Enter the Dragon. On July 20, 1973, during the filming of Game of Death, Lee suffered a cerebral edema – his 2nd in 3 months – due to a reaction to medication he had taken for a headache. The official cause of death was listed as “death by misadventure.” Which, if you ask me, sounds much more awesome than it actually was. What made Lee’s death even more interesting were the countless number of conspiracies that spiraled out in the years to follow.  To this day, he remains one of the 20th Century’s most recognizable icons.


Lake View Cemetery – Seattle, WA

Specific Location

Lot 276, Grave 3; There is a circle road at the top of the hill near the center of the cemetery; Bruce and Brandon Lee’s distinctive graves are just below the curb to the East of this circle.


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