Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee in 1967, from ”The Green Hornet” series, ABC Television, restore by BevinKacon

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 actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher. He founded Jeet Kune Do, a fighting art style. His roles included the films The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon, and The Game of Death, and Kato in The Green Hornet series.

Bruce’s father, Lee Hoi-chuen/Lee Moon-shuen, was Chinese, from Guangdong, 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 or English ancestry, and the adopted daughter of businessperson Ho Kom-tong, who was of Dutch Jewish and Chinese descent, and of Cheung King-sin, a woman who was either Chinese or Eurasian. 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.

Bruce was a second cousin, once removed, of Australian actor and producer Chris Pang. Bruce’s father was a cousin of Chris’ paternal grandmother.

Source: Genealogy of Bruce Lee –


Curious about ethnicity

26 Responses

  1. AutisticApe says:

    He’s definitely part white, though there seems to be some debate of whether or not it was German or English.

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