Remembering Bruce Lee
20 Jul 2023
Today we celebrate the extraordinary life of Bruce Lee and reflect on his lasting legacy on the fiftieth anniversary of his passing.
On July 20, 1973, Lee's death shocked the world, leaving a void in the film industry and martial arts community. Despite only being 32 years old, Lee's impact on popular culture and the martial arts genre was immeasurable, with his popularity continuing to grow over the last half-century. Lee's groundbreaking philosophy, physical prowess, and charismatic on-screen presence revolutionized martial arts cinema, inspiring countless actors and martial artists worldwide. His legacy continues to resonate, as his films, teachings, and philosophies remain influential, reminding us of his enduring spirit and the mark he left on the world.
An icon in the truest sense, we have compiled thoughts about Lee from his family, friends, colleagues and those influenced by his philosophy that have kindly contributed to his signed limited edition, In My Own Process
by Bruce Lee.
'Bruce Lee was a groundbreaking actor, director and martial artist whose legacy continues to inspire and captivate audiences. His philosophy of self-actualisation and his dedication to his craft have left an indelible mark on the world.' - George Takei
'Bruce Lee is a consistent cultural force so it's hard to believe that he passed away 50 years ago. I only saw his films for the first time in 1974, the year after he died. In the 1970s, I had the chance to travel to many countries around the world and whether it was in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia or the United States I would hear people mention Bruce Lee's name. He was adored universally.' - Jet Li
'He had one foot in Eastern philosophy and culture and the other in Western rationality and logic, and he brought the two together in a bilateral exchange that enriched both traditions. That duality made him interesting, and his search for belonging led him in the direction of movies, to the creation of fantasy and imagination.' - Ang Lee
'I last saw Bruce 50 years ago, but his teachings helped shape the man I became and am always in the process of becoming. Miraculously, through his books and movies, he was able to have a similar impact on millions of others.' - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
'The legend of all legends. The hero. A hero for me since I was a little kid until now. For all the Asians and Asian Americans out there, you paved the way for us to reach out to our dreams and do the unthinkable and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart and thank you to the family for keeping the legend out there and letting people know about Bruce Lee - the man, the myth, the legend.' - Steve Aoki
'50 years after his death, we're still talking about him. I would venture a guess that 95 percent of people know the name Bruce Lee. They might not know much about him, but they know his name, and it is the 'why' of that which excites me about continuing his legacy.' - Shannon Lee
Published in the fiftieth year of his passing, In My Own Process
celebrates Lee's legacy as a martial artist, actor and philosopher, offering readers the definitive book of his spectacular career. You can find out more and pre-order your copy today at TheBruceLeeBook.com