Bruce Lee

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 –


Curious about ethnicity

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  1. xoxo says:

    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.

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