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Who Was Brandon Lee?

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Stupid question, huh? But the fact is lots of people don't know him beyond  his common definers — Bruce Lee's son, Eric Draven in  The Crow,  and "That guy  who was shot dead on a movie set."  He was so much more. He was a man of strong character. There was nothing wannabe about him. Early on, he knew what he wanted, went after it as only he could, and became a successful, long-range  thespian at the precipice of super-stardom at his death. He was a man for all seasons;  a man blessed with every gift but the gift of time.  But in those twenty-eight short years, he packed in more than most do by fifty. An  Outward Bound graduate, a martial artist, biker, rock climber, camper, hiker, guitarist, game player. Who loved  Howard and Maude  and coffee and Eliza Hutton. He was a fan of Jackie Chan and Jackson Browne. A friend to Lou Diamond Phillips, Miguel Ferrer, Jeff Imada, and Bill Allen. He was a son, brother, fiancĂ©, an arrogant, reckless, troubled young man, gri

Have You Seen Brandon Lately?

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A number of years ago I ran across a site about haunted Seattle. One of the haunts was Brandon and Bruce Lee’s graves at Lakeview Cemetery. It seems the father and son have been seen practicing Jeet Kune Do on their graves in broad daylight,. I know a gal who says she saw Brandon’s shadow captured on his headstone. “He smiled at me,” she said.  I remember seeing a picture someone had taken of this very thing, but I couldn’t see it myself. Then there’s the gal who was in a 7 Eleven when a handsome young man walked in, with blond hair, wearing Chinese pants and a white tee-shirt, looking for all the world like Brandon Lee. Later she saw him at a florist shop, and a Winn Dixie store, apparently stalking her wherever she went. Why? Because she sent him flowers for his grave. Well, I had someone lay flowers on his grave for me, but I have yet to see Golden Corral or Cracker Barrel. Maybe I should hunt up Winn Dixie in my area. Ah, hmmmmm…. Back in c2006, I was an administrator on t

Brandon & Eliza

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What can you say about a man who is 28 years old, but will never be 29?  A man who had every gift but the gift of time? That he was an actor. That he was the son of a famous martial artist/actor Bruce Lee. That he was once a rebel, who backed his car the wrong way down a one-way street. That he was known in his early acting years as an arrogant punk.  That he loved pulling pranks, known as  The Prince of  Fun.  That he loved coffee and motorcycles and rock climbing and Jackson Browne and Jackie Chan and  Harold and Maude  and Eliza Hutton. What can you say about a man who met the love of his life and was allotted just three short years with her?  That love changed him forever. That it was such a love that the two became one and enriched each other; the sum of all their parts better together than apart. How do you begin to tell the story of love older than the sea? What do you say? Where do you start? Once upon a time in LA... Brandon Lee never thought he'd settle down. In

That Guy - Interview by Cindy Wiggins Tapia

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Al Leong on his films, TV series, Lizards, Stuffed Animals, Cancer, & Brandon Lee "No Asian has ever and still has never created more controversy and exposure for the Asian population than Bruce Lee."--Al Leong, The Eight Lives of Al "Ka-Bong Leong" "If you open my fortune cookie, it would probably say 'Everyone dies, but not everyone lives.'" That Guy says at the end of his The Eight Lives of Al Ka-Bong Leong bio, "If you can live one-third of the life that I have, you are doing well." And what a life he has led. "I come from a very tough Chinese family." Born in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 30, 1952, in that legendary Year of the Dragon--the same Chinese Zodiac period (1940) as Bruce and Brandon (1966) Lee. It has been said that if the dragon blesses his children, he also exacts a terrible price. Myth, perhaps, but one wonders when studying the lives of these three men. When young, he and his older sibling

The Devil's Advocate

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Rumors fly, as always, when a celebrity's death is clouded in mystery.  After Brandon Lee was shot to death on the set of   The Crow , curses, murder, hoax, suicide by proxy, and cover-up flew like gun smoke on the wind; easily discharged, impossible to grasp or contain. ​ As  The Crow  taped, racking up one mishap after another, cast and crew whispered of a curse—the Curse of  The Crow ... And when Brandon Lee was killed, the media trotted out the Curse of the Dragon... And what of the  Joy Division  Curse? ​ By curse, by fickle fate,  or—as some believe—by murder,  Brandon Lee has joined the ranks of fate's children... Thelma Todd, Prince, Michael Jackson, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Bruce Lee... ​ What were the circumstances of Brandon Lee's death? ​Suicide by proxy, that is, did he hire someone to kill him because he wanted to be with his dad? ​ ​Hoax? Is he in fact alive baking on some sun-drenched beach, cold Corona to hand, gri

Child of Fate

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Bruce Lee was a 22-year-old sophomore at the University of Washington. Linda Emery was a 17-year-old senior at Garfield High School. He was dark. She was blond. He was a martial artist. She was a cheerleader. It was magic. She saw him for the first time when he came to her high school to lecture on Chinese philosophy. They met later when she went with a friend to Bruce's Jeet Kune Do martial arts studio,  Jun Fan Gung Institute. After class one day, they went to a Chinese restaurant, and that is where their love began to bloom. They began dating in secret because Linda feared her family wouldn't approve of their interracial relationship. It wasn't long before the young lovers decided to marry. When Bruce told his father that he was going to marry a white girl, Lee Hoi Chuen said that it would give him much pleasure if his son married his own kind, but, if he truly loved Linda, the union had his blessings—after all, Bruce's mother, Grace, was half German. They deci

Hoax

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Some people believe Brandon's death was a hoax, and he is still kicking somewhere. I got that off of   Morbidly Hollywood . The author didn't believe it any more than I do. Why would Brandon do such a thing? He wouldn't, would he? He didn't want to live in the shadow of his father; he wanted to erase that comma after his name, not embolden it. He wasn't into drugs; his  autopsy tox  was clean. He wasn't in any other desperate trouble that anyone has been able to dig up.  You'd be surprised at the folks who believe Brandon's death was not an accident, not murder, but suicide by proxy. That's right. It seems he missed his dad so much that, after some nineteen years, he just could no longer deal with it, so he either hired or talked someone into putting a live bullet in the .44 Magnum so when Massee pulled the trigger—BOOM—Brandon would be shot off to be with his dad, at last. Amen.  Can you say bullspit?  The man was happy with his life. He wasn&#