Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Timeline of Bruce Lee, a legendary martial artist, actor, and cultural icon known for his unparalleled skills in martial arts and his groundbreaking contributions to the film industry. Through his dynamic performances and philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, he inspired generations and left an enduring legacy in both martial arts and popular culture.


November 27, 1940


July 20, 1973


San Francisco, California, United States


Martial artist and actor


La Salle College in Hong Kong
27 November 1940

Birth of Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was born on November 27, 1940, in the Chinatown area of San Francisco, California during the year of the Dragon according to the Chinese zodiac. He moved to Hong Kong with his family when he was four months old. Therefore, he spent his early childhood and formative years in Hong Kong, where he later pursued his education and began his training in martial arts.

29 April 1959

Bruce Lee departs for the United States

On April 29, 1959, at the age of 18, Bruce Lee departed Hong Kong and headed to San Francisco, then moved to Seattle to continue his high school education, where he would later attend the University of Washington.

30 October 1971

Return to Hong Kong and Rise to Fame

After leaving Hollywood in 1971, Bruce Lee returned to Hong Kong where his martial arts films, starting with 'The Big Boss', released on October 30, 1971, achieved huge success and made him an iconic figure.


22 March 1972

Release and Success of the Film 'Fist of Fury'

Bruce Lee's film 'Fist of Fury' (also known as 'The Chinese Connection'), released on October 1, 1972, was a major hit and cemented his status as a martial arts superstar.

30 December 1972

Release of the film 'Way of the Dragon'

'Way of the Dragon,' released on December 26, 1972, is another testament to Bruce Lee's growing popularity. Notably, it demonstrated his skills not just as a martial artist but also as a filmmaker, since he wrote, produced, and directed the movie.

10 May 1973

Bruce Lee Passed Away in Hong Kong

Bruce Lee passed away on July 20, 1973, in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong at the age of 32 from cerebral edema. His passing was a shock to the world and left a lasting legacy in martial arts and film.

20 July 1973

Release of the film 'Enter the Dragon'

Lee began work on his next film 'Enter the Dragon,' the first to be produced by a Hollywood studio, on May 10, 1973. Unfortunately, Lee died before the film's release, which became one of the most famous martial arts films of all time.

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