Bruce Lee

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Birth Name: Lee Jun-Fan/Bruce Lee

Date of Birth: November 27, 1940

Place of Birth: Chinatown, San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Death: July 20, 1973

Place of Death: Kowloon Tong, British Hong Kong (now Hong Kong)

Ethnicity: Chinese, as well as evidently one quarter or three eighths European

Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong and American martial artist, actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, director, and filmmaker. He founded Jeet Kune Do, a fighting art style.

Bruce’s father, Lee Hoi-chuen, was Chinese, and was a Hong Kong Cantonese opera singer and film actor.

Bruce’s mother, Grace Ho, is usually described as mixed-race, Chinese and European. She has often been stated as having been of part German ancestry, and the adopted daughter of businessperson Ho Kom-tong, who was of Dutch Jewish and Chinese descent, and Cheung King-sin, a Chinese woman. Kom-tong was the brother of famous businessperson Robert Hotung. It has also been stated that Ho Kom-tong was in fact Grace’s biological father.

Bruce was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in Hong Kong until he was eighteen years old. He spent his final year of high school, and his college years, in the States.

Bruce was married to teacher Linda Lee Cadwell (born Emery), until his death, with whom he had two children, actor and martial artist Brandon Lee, and actress, martial artist, and businessperson Shannon Lee.

Source: Genealogy of Bruce Lee –

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Bobby Martnen May 24, 2016 at 2:25 pm
follers May 24, 2016 at 3:44 pm

The issue of Bruce Lee’s mother’s full ancestry is a little confused. I don’t think that one sentence in that book really settles it.

xoxo October 21, 2015 at 5:04 am

No wonder his son (R.I.P.) and daughter looked white, he had some white in him… Same with Alexa Chung, apparently her dad is 1/4 white too and she looks 100% white.

Kimmel March 6, 2016 at 7:11 am

Both his children are mixed-race; their mother is white.

jstv2015 October 20, 2015 at 5:10 pm

I think he has some “white” in him

Malefactor September 21, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Looks fully Asian, regardless of the German heritage. Either way, be one with water my friend!

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 2:33 pm

he is a legend. even small children do know him, what surprises me

what a surprise he was of german descent ?!

fuzzybear44 June 15, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Big fan of his movies

pixels May 6, 2013 at 2:57 am

Yeah Bruce Lee’s mom was German/Chinese.

He’s 1/4th white.

nnnnn May 6, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Exactly, he’s “1/8 white”. BTW, how should 1/4 white look
like? With stripes or spots?

wingchun March 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

he had a great sifu (master) grandmaster ip man, thats who bruce got most of his skills from and inspiration too!!

wingchun March 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

his first kung fu school was wing chun, he learned for about 3 years than created his knew style jeet kune do, after watching other martial arts like tae kwon do & boxing!!!

! January 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

It’s common for Chinese from Hong Kong to have European ancestry because Hong Kong was a British colony until 1997. Seriously! I was shocked when I found that.

ana August 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Bruce was the best i love bruce.

white person October 8, 2010 at 2:14 am

Is he black

Haley January 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm

No he is not.

nnnnn May 6, 2013 at 10:13 pm

He’s “yellow”

lookatme May 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Was very sexy!!!

ethnic May 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm

One of the few male Asian celebs Asians can really look up to.

corwin March 7, 2010 at 1:08 am

I was a big bruce lee fan long ago. His biography says his mother was 1/4 german.

Liam O'Connel January 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

no, his mother was 1/2 german according to the biography..bruce is 1/4 german. I read his biography quite recently

Karmen February 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm

nuh uh

ethnic January 2, 2010 at 5:51 pm

i know, I was surprized too.

Lala January 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm

GERMAN?!? Where? when? How? Lol

Liam O'Connel January 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

his maternal grandfather was German

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