Revered martial arts master, filmmaker, and actor, Bruce Lee is an iconic Asian-American figure. Lee attended University, met his wife, and started his first martial arts school in the Seattle region, and remains a notable local to this day. Lee and his son are buried in the Lakeview Cemetery, a global attraction and city landmark that draws thousands of visitors year round. Lee’s grave site is said to be one of the most important and well visited grave sites in the country.
On November 27th, 1940 Bruce Lee, then known as Lee Jun-fan, was born in San Francisco, California. He was raised in his family’s native Kowloon, Hong Kong. As a child, he began formal arial arts training at the age of 13. As a teenager, Lee returned to the States to attend classes at the University of Washington. A philosophy student, Lee also worked as a trainer, teaching students the art of the Chinese Gung Fu, eventually opening a school of the practice in Seattle. Lee married an American woman, named Linda Emery, and the two raised two children, Brandon and Shannon.
It was around the time of the birth of Lee’s oldest child that he began attracting attention as a television start. Over the next decade, Lee would begin starring in television programs, and Hollywood films.
One month for the release of his anticipated film, Enter the Dragon, Lee passed away while in Hong Kong. It is said he suffered a brain edema as the result of an adverse reaction to a medication he was taking for pain. However, speculation and conspiracy theories have debated on the technicalities and cause for his death.
Following his death, Enter the Dragon was released posthumously. The film was a box office hit, capturing more then $200 million, and securing Lee’s reputation as an American film icon.
Today Lee’s life has been recognized with several films, memoirs, books, and documentaries. In Seattle, Lee is memorialized at his gravesite, which acts as both a Seattle landmark and global attraction. the site attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the world. Stories of visitor’s pilgrimages, life long ambitions of visiting the site, and emotional responses to the area are well noted, and the grave is often covered in photos, flowers, and offerings.