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The Legacy

A Life-Long List of Achievements

  • 1940 Born in San Francisco on November 27th
  • 1941 First film appearance in Golden Gate Girl
  • 1948 Appeared in Wealth Is Like A Dream
  • 1949 Appeared in Sai See in the Dream, The Story of Fan Lei-fa
  • 1950 Appeared in Blooms and Butterflies, The Kid a.k.a. My Son A-Chang
  • 1951 Appeared in Infancy
  • 1953 Appeared in A Son Is Born a.k.a. The Guiding Light, A Mother Remembers a.k.a. A Mother's Tears, Blame it on Father, A Myriad Homes , In the Face of Demolition
  • 1955 Appeared in Love (Part1), Love (Part 2), An Orphan's Tragedy, The Faithful Wife, Orphan's Song, The More the Merrier a.k.a. We Owe It to Our Children
  • 1956 Appeared in The Wise Guys Who Fool Around, Too Late for Divorce
  • 1957 Appeared in The Thunderstorm, Darling Girl
  • 1958 Recognized as the "Crown Colony Cha-Cha Champion" in Hong Kong
  • 1960 Appeared in The Orphan
  • 1963 Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self Defense by Bruce Lee first published
  • 1964 Presented with Karate Championship Award at the 1964 International Karate Championships for his "contribution to karate"
    Presented with Commemorative Exhibition Award from Wally Jay and the Island Judo Jujitsu Club of Alameda, California in appreciation for his gung fu exhibition
  • 1965 Son Brandon Bruce Lee born February 1st
  • 1966 Appeared in The Green Hornet as Kato
  • 1967 Appeared on the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon to help raise money for victims of the disease
    Presented with National Karate Championship Appreciation Award in appreciation of his participation
    Presented with Appreciation Award from Wally Jay and the Island Judo Jujitsu Club of Alameda, California
    Appeared on Ironside as a guest star.
  • 1968 Presented with National Karate Championship Award in appreciation of his participation as a guest judge
    Worked as technical director on The Wrecking Crew
    Filmed supporting role on Marlowe / Guest starred on Blondie
  • 1969 Presented with National Karate Championship Appreciation Award in appreciation of his participation as a special guest
    Daughter Shannon Emery Lee born April 19th
  • 1970 Presented with National Karate Championship Appreciation Award in appreciation of his participation as the guest of honor
  • 1971 Guest starred in Longstreet
    Filmed The Big Boss a.k.a. Fists of Fury
  • 1972 Inducted into Black Belt magazine's Black Belt Hall of Fame
    Received an award for being selected by the Hong Kong "Evening" Newspaper as one of the top ten movie stars
    Appeared with son, Brandon, on Hong Kong TVB Operation Relief telethon to help raise funds to aid victims of a recent typhoon in Hong Kong; made a personal donation of $10,000 Hong Kong dollars
    Filmed Fist of Fury a.k.a. The Chinese Connection, The Way of the Dragon a.k.a. Return of the Dragon, The Game of Death (unfinished)
    Awarded a "Golden Horse Award" for Best Mandarin Movie for the film Fist of Fury
  • 1973 Presented with St. Francis trophy given by the students of his Hong Kong alma mater for participation in St. Francis Xavier's College Sports Day
    Enter the Dragon released
    Died on July 20th
  • 1974 Inducted into Black Belt magazine's Black Belt Hall of Fame for the second time as the Man of the Year / Martial Artist of the Year
  • 1975 Tao of Jeet Kune Do first published • Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew by Linda Lee first published
  • 1977 Bruce Lee's Fighting Method first published
  • 1978 The Game of Death completed posthumously by Golden Harvest
  • 1989 The Bruce Lee Story by Linda Lee first published
  • 1993 Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Bruce with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 1994 Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
  • 1995 Hong Kong post office released a postage stamp in honor of Bruce Lee
  • 1997 Words of the Dragon: Interviews, 1958-1973 first published
    Bruce Lee The Tao of Gung Fu: A Study in the Way of Chinese Martial Art first published
    Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way first published
  • 1998 The Honorable Pedro Rossello, Governor of Puerto Rico, and the Government of Puerto Rico bestowed a recognition award to the memory of Bruce Lee
    Honored in Tokyo, Japan with the "Bruce Lee Exhibition: Memory of the Dragon"
    Honored by the Chinese Wushu Association with a "Supreme Movie Star Award"
    Carlos Mendez Martinez, Mayor of Aguadillo, Puerto Rico, bestowed a recognition award to the legacy of Bruce Lee and declared Aguadillo City the home of Bruce Lee in Puerto Rico
    U.S. Senator Milton R. Young, President of U.S.T.A. and Jhoon Rhee, Vice President of U.S.T.A., honored Bruce for his international contribution to the martial arts
    Letters of the Dragon: Correspondence, 1958-1973 first published / Bruce Lee The Art of Expressing the Human Body first published
  • 1999 Profiled in Time magazine's Time 100: The Most Important People of the 20th Century under Heroes and Icons of the 20th Century
    Listed in The Movie Book as one of five hundred people who have made a landmark contribution to the medium of film
    Inducted into the "Martialinfo.com Martial Arts Hall of Fame"
    Bruce Lee Artist of Life first published
  • 2000 October 21st declared "Bruce Lee Day in San Francisco" by Mayor Willie L. Brown in honor and recognition of the "Little Dragon" in the year of the Golden Dragon
    Hong Kong Film Archive honored Bruce with an exhibition, "Bruce Lee Retrospective", and a festival of 20 Bruce Lee films "The Immortal Bruce Lee: From the Kid to Kung Fu Dragon"
    Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living first published
  • 2001 Honored in San Francisco with the exhibition, "Bruce Lee: A Retrospective" at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
    Named by Premiere Magazine as the 3rd most influential deceased show business talent (Walt Disney was named as #1 and Stanley Kubrick was named as #2)
  • 2003 Bruce Lee named by People Magazine / VH1 Special Collector's Edition Magazine as one of 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons
    Latin American Martial Arts Society Worldwide inducted Sijo Bruce Lee into the Hall of Fame as a Martial Arts Legend
  • 2004 Received the EMMA (Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy) Legacy Award in London for his humanitarian achievement through the spiritual philosophy of martial arts which challenged racism and added substance to our lives; other recipients include Ghandi and Martin Luther King
    Received Citation for Outstanding Achievement and Contribution for his contributions to the martial arts at the Arnold Martial Arts World Games at the Battle of Columbus in Ohio; Governor Schwarzenegger bestows the award
    Received a star on the Hong Kong Avenue of the Stars
  • 2005 Received the Star of the Century Award from the Hong Kong Film Awards
    Received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the International Forum on Chinese Martial Arts Cultural Industry in Datong, China bestowed by the National General Administration of Sports and the All China Youth Federation for his special contribution to Chinese Gung Fu movies and to the world
    Named as one of Variety Magazine's Icons of the Century
    UCLA Film and Television Archive screened Fist of Fury and Way of the Dragon as part of their "Heroic Grace: the Chinese Martial Arts Film Part II" at the James Bridge Theater at UCLA
    A life size statue of Bruce Lee is unveiled in Mostar, Bosnia as a symbol of the fight against ethnic divisions. Bruce Lee is chosen by organizers as he is admired for his own ethnic struggles and accomplishments
    A statue of Bruce Lee is unveiled on the Hong Kong Avenue of the Stars during a week long Bruce Lee Festival which featured film screenings and tours of his homes, schools and work places. The statue reads "Star of the Century"
    The UCLA Film and Television Archive Research and Study Center presented an individual viewing exhibit featuring a selection of television titles from the Archive's Study Collection featuring Bruce Lee. The selection included titles not available on home video and was open to the public
  • 2007 Spike TV aired Enter the Dragon with bonus interviews and declared it Bruce Lee Day on Spike TV
  • 2008 The Lee Family debuted and launched Bruce Lee Enterprises at the New York Licensing Expo
    The Bruce Lee Foundation unveiled its plans to build a Bruce Lee Museum in Seattle, Washington and fundraising activities began
    CCTV1 in China premiered a 50 episode biographical, live action series on the legacy of Bruce Lee entitled "The Legend of Bruce Lee"
    Discussions began with the Hong Kong Government to convert Bruce Lee's former home in Hong Kong into a museum run by the Bruce Lee Foundation / A 26,000 acre nature preserve was dedicated to Bruce Lee as a memorial park in the Lee family ancestral home of Shunde, China complete with a Bruce Lee Museum, Martial Arts School, and the tallest Bruce Lee statue in existence at 18 meters high
  • 2009 Waddell Media and LeeWay Media premiered the documentary How Bruce Lee Changed the World on History Channel US
  • Honored with postage stamps in Republic Batumi, Tanzania, Gambia, Antigua –Barbuda, Madagascar, Chuvashia, Khakassia, and Hong Kong