I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times
The son of a Hong Kong born opera singer and his wife who had settled in California, Enter the Dragon star Bruce Lee – or Lee Jun Fan as he was first known – was born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon.
Working as a child actor in both Hong Kong and the US, Lee later said he had been very driven from a young age.
“Ever since I was a child,” he said, “I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential.”
As both an expert and teacher of martial arts, Bruce Lee was responsible for popularising martial arts worldwide through his films such as Fists of Fury and of course, Enter The Dragon.
The latter was a massive hit, grossing around 200 times its original budget.
Tragically, Lee, who by now had a young family of his own, died shortly before the film’s premiere. The star had suffered a swelling on the brain due to an adverse reaction to pain-killers, although conspiracy theories – from a gangland murder to a “death curse” – about the star’s untimely death abound.
In 1993, Lee’s son Brandon was accidentally shot dead on set during the production of the film, The Crow. Both father and son have become a part of cinema legend.