2018 marks 45 years since the death of The Dragon, Bruce Lee. The filmmaker, dancer, philosopher and martial arts pioneer died mysteriously on July 20, 1973. Lee’s death has long been the subject of conspiracy theories ranging from a poisoning by a jealous lover to a mob hit by the Chinese Tong, and the rest of the story of Lee’s rise to super-stardom is as rife with myths and legends as it packed with hard-hitting lessons about racism, struggle and, ultimately, excellence.
One of the reasons we’ve never had a clearer picture of the actual man is because in more than four decades since his passing Lee has never been the subject of an authoritative biography — until now! Bestselling author Matthew Polly joins our Art Fight Podcast this week to talk about his new book Bruce Lee: A Life. We discuss Lee’s mixed Eurasian heritage, his younger years as a child film star and dance champion in Hong Kong, and his rise to international film star and godfather of mixed martial arts.