Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco on November 27, 1940 in the year of the Dragon while his father was on tour with the Chinese Opera.
Lee was raised, however, in Hong Kong where he began his first formal training in martial arts with Wing Chung Master, Yip Man when he was 13. At the age of 18, Bruce Lee returned to the United States and attended the University of Washington in Seatte where, as a philosophy student, he began to train students in the art of the Chinese Gung Fu. Lee met his wife Linda during this time and opened his first school, the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute.
Lee later opened schools in Oakland and Los Angeles while he and Linda raised their son, Brandon, and daughter, Shannon. Lee quickly began to develop new ideas about martial arts and training based on many of his experiences, leading him to the creation of his own art called Jeet Kune Do. Bruce Lee went on to train many private celebrity students, such as Steve McQueen and James Coburn, and became a celebrity in his own right with his entree into American media via The Green Hornet and, of course, his later films, which catapuulted him to iconic status. Bruce Lee’s life, however, was cut short when he died on July 20, 1973 in Hong Kong from a cerebral edema caused by an allergic reaction to a pain medication. Lee was 32. His final resting place is Lakeview Cemetary in Seattle, Washington.