Brandon Lee

  • American actor
  • Born February 1, 1965
  • Died March 31, 1993

Brandon Bruce Lee (February 1, 1965 – March 31, 1993) was an American actor and martial artist. He was the first child 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.Lee started his career with a supporting role in the 1986 ABC television film Kung Fu: The Movie. Shortly after he became a leading man in low-budget action films made outside of the US during the mid-to-late 1980s, such as Legacy of Rage (1986) and Laser Mission (1989).

I don't want to be remembered as 'the son of Bruce Lee'.

For me, the martial arts is a search for something inside. It's not just a physical discipline.

Because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. And yet everything happens only a certain number of times. And a very small number really.

Immortality is to live your life doing good things, and leaving your mark behind.

All I can tell you is that you cannot make choices in your own career, either career choices or choices when you're actually working as an actor, based on trying to downplay or live up to a comparison with somebody else. You just can't do that. You have to do your own work based on your own gut, your own instincts, and your own life.

I always had a pretty good knack for raising hell.

I just happen to like the action-adventure movies. No law that says you can't work in all types of dramatic stuff.

If you've ever found yourself pushed to the limits of your tolerance... you find yourself doing some things that, from the outside, can be seen as quite insane.

Action-adventure, that genre, only works for me if you can care about the characters. If the hero's not taking some kind of a journey, then there are no stakes - and no stakes, then you don't care if he lives or dies, wins or loses.

I'd like to be able to show 'Rapid Fire' to my dad. I'm that proud of what we've accomplished within the framework of the action-adventure formula.

God knows the times I have found myself in absurd situations.

You only have the burdens on you that you choose to put there.

I've wanted to follow my dad into acting for as long as I can remember. 'I've had a very serious round of dramatic training, and I like action films that take their characters seriously, so I figure I'm making it the best of both worlds if I try to bring some serious acting to a shoot-'em-up picture.

A large part of my life revolves around my dad. Sometimes, I even feel a strong sense of connection, something very tangible when I learn something new in the martial arts.

I've done my work and I'm happy with it... I respect my father very much, but I'm a very different person than he was.

A fight can express things people might not be able to say with words.