Oakland, California, USA
Place of Death
Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Cause of Death
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Eric Draven from The Crow, son of Bruce Lee
Actor/Actress, Other Crew
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Brandon Bruce Lee (February 1, 1965 – March 31, 1993) was an American actor. He was the son of the late legendary martial arts film star Bruce Lee and Linda Lee Cadwell and the brother of actress Shannon Lee. He was also the nephew of Robert Lee, a musician and member of various Hong Kong beat bands. After a promising start in action movies and the signing of a multi-film contract with 20th Century Fox, Lee was accidentally shot and killed at the age of 28 while filming The Crow (1994). Leading film critic Roger Ebert wrote that "Lee clearly demonstrate[d] that he might have become an action star, had he lived." Brandon Lee was born in Oakland, California, son of the legendary martial artist actor Bruce Lee. Only a week after his birth, his grandfather Lee Hoi-Chuen died. The family moved to Los Angeles, California when he was three months old. When offers for film roles became limited for his father, he and his family moved back to Hong Kong in 1971.
When Lee was eight, his father died suddenly from cerebral edema. After her husband`s death, Linda Lee moved the family (including his younger sister, Shannon Lee b.1969) back to the United States. They lived briefly in his mother`s hometown of Seattle, Washington, and then in Los Angeles, where Lee grew up in the affluent area of Rolling Hills. He attended high school at Chadwick School, but was asked to leave for insubordination—more specifically, driving down the school`s hill backwards, only three months before graduating. It is not known when exactly, but he did briefly attend Bishop Montgomery High School, located in Torrance. He received his GED in 1983 at the age of 18, and then went to Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in theater. After one year, Lee moved to New York City where he took acting lessons at the famed Lee Strasberg Academy and was part of the American New Theatre group founded by his friend John Lee Hancock. The bulk of Lee`s martial arts instruction came from his father`s top student, Dan Inosanto.
On March 31, 1993, while making The Crow, the crew filmed a scene in which Lee`s character walked into his apartment and discovered his girlfriend being beaten and raped by thugs. Actor Michael Massee, who played one of the film`s villains, was supposed to fire a gun at Lee as he walked onto the scene. Because the movie`s second unit team was running behind schedule, they decided to make dummy cartridges (cartridges that outwardly appear to be functional but contain no gunpowder or primer) from real cartridges by pulling out the bullet, dumping out the gunpowder and reinserting the bullet. However, the team neglected to consider that the primer was still live and, if fired, could still produce enough force to push the bullet off the end of the cartridge. At some point prior to the fatal scene, the live primer on one of the constructed dummy rounds was discharged by persons unknown while in the pistol`s chamber. It caused a squib load, in which the primer provided just enough force to push the bullet out of the cartridge and into the barrel of the revolver. When the blank was fired, the bullet shot out and hit Lee in the abdomen and lodged in his spine. He fell down instantly, and director Alex Proyas shouted "Cut!". When Lee did not respond, the cast and crew rushed to him and found that he was wounded. He was immediately rushed to the hospital. Lee’s heart stopped once on the set and once in the ambulance. Following a six-hour operation to remove the bullet, and despite being given 60 pints (or 28 liters) of blood, Lee was pronounced dead at 1:03 pm on March 31, 1993. He was 28 years old. The shooting was ruled an accident. He was then flown to Seattle, Washington, where he was buried next to his father at Lake View cemetery.
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La Salle School in Hong Kong (same as his father), Chadwick School, Miraleste High School
Emerson College in Massachusetts, Lee Strasberg Academy
Full Name at Birth
Brandon Bruce Lee
Brandon Bruce Lee (February 1, 1965 – March 31, 1993) was an American actor and martial artist. He was the only son of martial artist and actor Bruce Lee and teacher Linda Lee Cadwell (née Emery), the grandson of Cantonese opera singer Lee Hoi-chuen, and brother of Shannon Lee.
Linda Lee Cadwell
Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
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