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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 February 1965Oakland, California, USA
Date of Death 31 March 1993Wilmington, North Carolina, USA  (accidental gunshot wound from faulty prop revolver)
Birth NameBrandon Bruce Lee
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (2)

He was born on February 1, 1965 to Bruce Lee (Martial Arts idol) and Linda Lee Cadwell. Brother to Shannon Lee. In 1965, they moved to Hong Kong where Brandon became fluent in Cantonese by the age of 8. He attended Boston's Art-Oriented Emerson College in Massachusetts. He studied Martial Arts and drama, like his father. In 1983, he was expelled from school because of misbehavior, but received his diploma at Miraleste High School. He was in Rapid Fire (1992), Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) and a few more films, including The Crow (1994). He turned down offers to be in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993). Bruce died (while filming) at the age of 32, of what is to be believed, a brain hemorrhage. Brandon died at the age of 28 on the set of The Crow (1994). The film crew shot a scene in which it was decided to use a gun without consent from the weapons coordinator, who had been sent home early that night. They handed Michael Massee the gun loaded with full power blanks and shot the scene, unaware a bullet head from an inert round had accidentally been lodged in the barrel. Even though the gun was pointed away from Lee, the force from the blank curved the flight of the bullet head and it shattered his spinal cord. The crew only noticed when Lee was slow getting up. The doctors worked desperately for five hours, but it was no use. After his spinal cord was shattered, he had no chance of survival. He was pronounced dead at 1:04 P.M. the next day. He was supposed to marry Eliza Hutton on April 17, 1993. His body was flown to Seattle to be buried beside his father in Lake View Cemetery.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Caryn Liles <kml@io.org>

Born in Oakland, California, USA, Brandon Lee spent the first eight years of his life in Hong Kong. By the time he was able to walk, he was already involved in learning about martial arts from his father, martial arts expert and famed actor Bruce Lee. After Bruce Lee's untimely death, Brandon, his mother Linda Lee Cadwell (an American of Swedish heritage), and his sister Shannon Lee moved to Los Angeles. He attended high school in Los Angeles, where he realized that he had also inherited acting ability along with his martial arts skills. He continued his education and interest in acting at Emerson College in Massachusetts, where he majored in theatre. Having chosen an acting career, Lee took his work seriously. He studied at the Strasberg Academy, with Eric Morris in New York and in Los Angeles, and in Lynette Katselas' class in Los Angeles. His first professional job as an actor came at age twenty, when casting director Lynn Stalmaster asked him to read for a CBS television film, Kung Fu: The Movie (1986). Lee's first role in a feature film was Legacy of Rage (1986) (aka "Legacy of Rage" (1986)) for D.M. Films of Hong Kong, followed by a co-starring role in Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trade Mark (2)

Usually played a character on the wrong side of the law
Many remember his death occurred while acting, a real bullet hit his spinal cord.

Trivia (18)

Killed while filming the movie The Crow (1994) by a projectile shot from a gun firing blanks.
Lived in Hong Kong for a couple of years as a little boy.
Spoke Cantonese.
At the time of his death, was engaged to Eliza Hutton.
Older brother of Shannon Lee.
Interred at Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, Washington, USA.
His Chinese star sign is the Dragon. He was born on Chinese New Year's eve, last day of the dragon.
Was first asked to play the role of Bruce Lee in his father's biopic. The role was later given to Jason Scott Lee.
Was in talks with filmmakers about making Rapid Fire 2.
Was to be married to Eliza Hutton in Mexico on April 17, 1993.
Dedication at the end of Lee's last film, The Crow (1994), reads "For Brandon and Eliza (Hutton)".
Brandon's father was of Chinese, and some European (usually described as German), descent. Brandon's mother, who is caucasian, has English, Irish, and Swedish ancestry. Brandon was born with blond hair. As he aged, his hair color changed to brown.
The apple never falls far from the tree: Brandon played the character "Jake Lo" in Rapid Fire (1992); his father Bruce Lee played the character "Billy Lo" in The Game of Death (1978).
Nephew of Robert Lee
Grandson of actor Hoi-Chuen Lee.
Growing up in Bruce's shadow wasn't always easy for the younger Lee. As a child, Brandon was about to sign up with a local martial-arts studio...until he noticed a large poster of his dad on the wall; Brandon ran from the dojo in tears. Later, as a teenager, he dropped out of two different high-schools (once, after an "altercation" with the vice-principal).
He was a troubled youngster but an outstanding surrogate-parent. When his actress-sister Shannon Lee and a friend were arrested for underage- joyriding in their mom's car, Brandon sat her down and gave her a classic "It's Okay To Have Fun But Don't Ever Take It Too Far" lecture. Indeed, Shannon claims that if Brandon had lived to see her wedding day, he would have walked her down the aisle.

Personal Quotes (17)

I don't want to be remembered as 'the son of Bruce Lee'
I always had a pretty good knack for raising hell.
Because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. And yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cannot conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, or five times more? Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.
[About The Crow (1994)] "It's a story about justice for victims".
[About The Crow (1994)] "I've done other films with violence in them, but I must say I've never done anything where I felt the violence was as justified as it is in this...This is justice".
I've done my work and I'm happy with it...I respect my father very much, but I'm a very different person than he was.
"I don't know if I was destined to play this role, but I feel very fortunate to be doing so." (on his last film, "The Crow")
"The trip reinforced my suspicions that, despite my Pacific Rim heritage, I'm about as American as you get." (explaining that he feels no particular affinity for Asia and does not want to live there)
"It's either in the genes, or I watched too many of his movies as a kid" (on why his film roles echo those of his dad)
"It's such an intensely personal thing for me.. I'd probably have been a little too crazy" (On why he refused the role in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)).
A fight can express things people might not be able to say with words.
"It's funny, [...] for that sequence the director just said, say something insulting to him, it doesn't matter what. So I said something pretty insulting, and they didn't subtitle it, and they never asked me what it meant. [..] (Laughter)" (on the insult he says in Cantonese in the movie "Rapid Fire")
You only have the burdens on you that you choose to put there.
All I can tell you is that you cannot make choices in your own career, either career choices or choices when you're actually working as an actor, based on trying to downplay or live up to a comparison with somebody else. You just can't do that. You have to do your own work based on your own gut, your own instincts, and your own life.
[About "The Crow"] "It's a story about justice for victims."
[About Eric Draven] He has something he has to do and he is forced to put aside his own pain long enough to go do what he has to do."
[on why moving on after grief is important to realize your own dreams and purpose] Sometimes a personal tragedy provides the impetus we need to move on in life. It's easy to become stuck. We get lazy and we don't want to change. Change can be such a hassle. That's not to say that everyone requires a tragedy in their lives in order to get their ass moving, to take some kind of action or make some kind of decision: but if it happens, it can be definitely open your eyes. It can make you look at life differently, it can change your whole world, 'Why did this have to happen? What have I done? Why couldn't it have been somebody else?' Sometimes it can make you a better person, Or a different person.

Salary (4)

Long zai jiang hu (1986) $200,000
Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) $250,000
Rapid Fire (1992) $270,000
The Crow (1994) $750,000

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