November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973
The Bruce Lee grave site is located in Seattle, Washington at Lake View Cemetery. Bruce is buried next to his son, Brandon Lee, whom also died tragically young.
Bruce Lee is widely considered to be the most influential martial artist of the 20th century, as well as a pop culture icon. He was a Hong Kong and American martial artist, actor, director, philosopher and martial arts instructor. Bruce Lee founded the martial art Jeet Kune Do, a Wushu Kung Fu style.
Bruce Lee was born Lee Jun-Fan in Chinatown, San Francisco, California on November 27, 1940. His father was a traveling Chinese opera star at the time and was on tour with his wife in the United States when Lee was born. The family moved back to Kowloon, Hong Kong in 1941, where Lee grew up a child actor appearing in around 20 films. During his early years, Bruce also studied dancing and trained in the martial arts Wing Chun style of gung fu (AKA “Kung Fu”). Lee returned to America in 1959 and eventually attended the University of Washington, as well as opened his own martial arts school in Seattle.
In 1966, Bruce Lee landed the role of Kato in the television series The Green Hornet. The show was not hugely popular in the United States, but gained a massive following in Hong Kong. Lee returned to Hong Kong in 1970 and capitalized on his popularity by starring in a series of martial arts films, including popular movies Fists of Fury and The Chinese Connection.
The Chinese films became popular across the globe, and Lee grew a devoted and fanatical fanbase. Following on the success of his earlier films, Bruce Lee then starred in two higher-budget films Enter the Dragon and Return of the Dragon.
On July 20, 1973, Bruce Lee passed away in Los Angeles at the tinder age of 32. The official cause of death is listed as a cerebral edema caused by an unfortunate combination of medications Lee had been taking for a back injury. However, there are speculations that he may have actually been murdered by rival martial artists.
Approximately one month after Lee’s death, Enter the Dragon debuted in the United States. The film was a huge success and went on to gross more than $200 million in the U.S. alone, posthumously propelling Bruce Lee to legendary status in film and martial arts.
The Bruce Lee grave site is located at:
Lake View Cemetery
1554 15th Ave E
Seattle, Washington 98112, USA
Bruce Lee is buried next to his son, Brandon Lee, in Lot 276, Grave 3, SE.