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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee was an actor whose early death drew unfortunate comparisons to his father's sudden death nearly 20 years before. His father, Bruce Lee -- an actor and martial arts expert -- reached international stardom in kung fu films such as 1973's Enter the Dragon and Fists of Fury (1972). Bruce Lee died July 20, 1973, at the age of 32. Many believed Brandon was likewise on the threshold of major stardom when he was tragically killed in an accident on the set of his latest motion picture, The Crow.

His acting credits include, The Crow (1994), Rapid Fire (1992), Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), Laser Mission (1990), Legacy of Rage (1986), and the TV-movies, Kung Fu: The Next Generation (1987), and Kung Fu: The Movie (1986).

He strived to be more than "just" Bruce Lee's son, and seemed well on his way to achieving that goal. All the same, obituaries still screamed, "Bruce Lee's Son, Brandon, Killed in Movie Accident." The accidental shooting took place on Soundstage 4 of the Carolco Studios (later Screen Gems) in Wilmington, North Carolina. The action film, The Crow, was entering its final week of production. Ironically the very scene he was filming at the time of the shooting, involved the shooting death of his character. He portrayed a character who's killed by a drug gang and returns to avenge his own death. Investigations later determined that there had been a series of major lapses in safety on the set, that ultimately led to Brandon's death.

Brandon was engaged to Eliza Hutton, and was scheduled to marry his fiancee on April 17, 1993, shortly after the expected completion of filming on the movie.

Brandon Lee was buried April 3, 1993, next to his father, Bruce Lee, at the Lake View Cemetery, in Seattle, Washington.


Biographical fast facts

Full or original name at birth: Brandon Bruce Lee

Date and place of birth: February 1, 1965, East Oakland Hospital, Oakland, California, U.S.A.

Date, time, place and cause of death: March 31, 1993, at 1:03 p.m.*, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.A. (Accidental shooting - Gunshot wound to the abdomen)

Parents
Father: Bruce Lee (b. November 27, 1940, San Francisco, California - d. July 20, 1973, Hong Kong)
Mother: Linda (Emery) Lee

Burial site: Lake View Cemetery, 1554 15th Avenue East, (15th Ave. East and Garfield Street), Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.


Error correction or clarification

* Not to be nitpicky, but 1:03 p.m. is the official time of death reported by the North Carolina medical examiner's death certificate, not 1:04 p.m., as a few newspapers, and many Web sites report.


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