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)
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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