Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee

Original Name Brandon Bruce Lee
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Death 31 Mar 1993 (aged 28)
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Plot Lot 276, Grave 2, SE
Memorial ID 611 · View Source
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Actor. Born to Bruce Lee, creator of the Jeet Kune Do style of martial arts, and the German born American, Linda Lee Emery, in Oakland, California. The Lee family moved to Hong Kong in 1971 where the senior Lee made several films, and Brandon became fluent in Cantonese. After his father's death in 1973, the family returned to the United States. Brandon attended the Chadwick School until he was expelled for insubordination. After attaining a GED, he enrolled in Emerson College in Boston before moving to New York to attend the Lee Strasburg Academy acting school, and joined the American New Theatre. He made his film debut on American television in "Kung Fu: The Movie" in 1986. His feature film debut was in the Hong Kong produced Cantonese language film "Long Zai Jiang Hu" in 1986. He returned to American television in 1987 for "Kung Fu: The Next Generation" and a short lived role in the television series, "Ohara." In 1990 he starred in his first English language feature film "Laser Mission," which he followed with his breakthrough role in "Showdown in Little Tokyo." His first starring role was the action adventure "Rapid Fire" in 1992. He was then cast as Eric Draven in "The Crow," which was based on the comic of the same name. The production of the film was plagued with numerous problems from the beginning of filming including injuries among the crew. A week before the scheduled end of production, they were running behind schedule, and it was decided that dummy rounds used in the firearms would be made from real cartridges. On the third take of the evening, the cameras began to roll and Lee entered the scene in progress, he was shot at as scripted. Lee fell backwards against a door and collapsed. It was then discovered that he was bleeding from the abdomen and slipping into shock. An ambulance was called. At the hospital, five hours of surgery was unable to save the actor's life. A fragment of a dummy bullet had apparently been lodged in the barrel of the gun, and the blank charge, when fired, propelled the fragment into Lee's abdomen where it lodged near his spine. He died shortly after his fiancée , Eliza Hutton, arrived at the hospital, just after 1:00 in the afternoon. Investigation found Lee's death to be accidental, and while it was attributed to negligence on the part of the film crew, no criminal charges were filed. His funeral was held in Seattle, Washington and attended by over 400 people. He was interred beside his father. With the support of Lee's mother and fiancée, "The Crow" was completed and released in May 1994. The the closing credits included the dedication "For Brandon and Eliza."

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"Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. 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 can't even 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."

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