Today, the name Bruce Lee is synonymous with martial arts, self-actualization and worldwide stardom.
But this wasn’t always the case.
As an immigrant to the United States from Hong Kong in 1959, Bruce was relatively unknown in his new country. At the age of 28 with his largest notable TV role, The Green Hornet, flopping harder than a fish on dry land and a family of three to provide for, his chances of success were in limbo.
Frustrated and ready for a change of fortune, he penned the following letter in 1969:
“I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting in 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.”
The rest, as they say, is history.
From this point forward and before Bruce’s untimely death just 4 years later, his work output was staggering.
He redoubled his efforts, going the unconventional route and returning to Hong Kong where he used his increased level of fame there to his advantage, upgrading from minor television actor to leading man in the full-length films the world has come to know him for.
Not being one to settle he pushed forward, eventually earning the power to write, direct and choreograph the fight scenes in his movies. This lead him to collide head-on with his dreams of stardom when in 1972 one of the biggest film production companies in the United States, Warner Brothers, approached Lee to star in what would be the most successful film of his career, Enter The Dragon, grossing over $200 million dollars worldwide.
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