Brandon Lee

Actor. Born on February 1, 1965, in Oakland, California. Son of martial arts expert and actor Bruce Lee, Brandon Lee had his promising career cut short by tragedy, much like his father. He spent some of his early years in Hong Kong. Sadly, Lee lost his father when he was only 8 years old. Bruce Lee died of cerebral edema, a build-up of fluid in the brain, in Hong Kong under mysterious circumstances. After his fathers death, he moved to Seattle with his mother and sister.
Lee struggled growing up, moving around a lot and coping with being the son of a martial arts legend. As a teenager, he got into trouble and dropped out high school several times. He later spent a year at Emerson College in Boston studying drama. While college wasnt for him, acting was definitely his passion. Initially staying away from martial arts films, Lee eventually embraced his heritage. He made his first feature film, Legacy of Rage (1986), in Hong Kong, which was in Cantonese, a language he knew since childhood.
Around that time, Lee appeared in Kung Fu: The Movie with David Carradine, which aired on television. He played a deadly assassin and his powerful fight scenes made quite an impression on viewers. Returning to the big screen, Lee made three action films: Laser Mission (1990), Showdown in Little Toyko (1991) with Dolph Lundgren, and Rapid Fire (1992) with Powers Boothe.
With his career on an upswing, Lee signed on to play Eric Draven in The Crow based on the comic books of James OBarr. In the film, his character is a murdered rock musician who comes back from the dead to take his revenge on the gang that killed him and his girlfriend. Unfortunately, there were a series of mishaps during the course of shooting, starting with the first day when a crew member was almost electrocuted. Toward the end of production, Lee was performing his death scene for the film when he was struck by a bullet that had been lodged in the prop gunit was only supposed to be a blank. The bullet pierced through his abdomen and ended up near his spine.
Lee was taken to the hospital where surgeons tried to stop the bleeding and repair the damage, but they were unsuccessful. He died on March 31, 1993, from his injuries. Before this tragic accident, Lee had planned to marry his fiance on April 17 in Mexico. Instead, he was buried next to his father in Seattle on April 3, 1993. For months stories swirled around about whether or not the shooting was intentional. There was an investigation, which determined that his death was an accidentthe result of the prop gun not being properly checked between uses.
The Crow was released the next year after additional scenes were shot to complete the film. Audiences turned out in droves to see Lees haunting final film.

Magazines, DVDs, Books and Movies

 | Featured on the Cover of Magazine  | Black Belt Magazine | 9/1994 |   | 

 | Featured on the Cover of Magazine  | Black Belt Magazine | 7/1993 |   | 

 | Featured on the Cover of Magazine  | Black Belt Magazine | 4/1986 |  Magazine Publication  | 

 | Featured on the Cover of Magazine  | Inside Kung Fu | 11/1997 |  Magazine Publication  | 

 | Movies - Actor  | Martial Arts Movie | 8/1992 |  Movie / Motion Picture  | 

Rapid Fire

 | Movies - Actor  | Martial Arts Movie | 8/1991 |  Movie / Motion Picture  | 

Showdown in Little Tokyo

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3/31/1993  Brandon Lee dies.
2/1/1965  Brandon Lee is born.