Even if you've never seen one of his movies, you probably know the name and the legend of Bruce Lee. Lee was arguably the most renowned martial artist of all time.
He shared his knowledge and skills around the world, becoming a master of the martial arts and an icon in pop culture. Lee was born in San Francisco. And according to the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon.
So tonight, the San Francisco Giants are paying tribute to Lee before their game against Arizona. Lee, of course, died in 1973. But tonight, his daughter Shannon will sing the U.S. national anthem and his wife Linda Lee Cadwell (who was married to Bruce until his passing) will throw out the first pitch.
As part of the event, fans will receive a Bruce Lee bobblehead. In fact, the Giants put together this amazing video to promote the game. Let's just say Bruce Lee is as deadly as ever.
Part of the proceeds from the game go to the Bruce Lee Foundation, which aims to educate and inspire young people using Lee's life example and philosophies.
Lee starred in a number of films, including Fist of Fury, Way of The Dragon and Enter The Dragon. And he is credited with helping to change how Asian people were presented in American films.
He also appeared on TV shows like The Green Hornet (as Kato), Batman and Ironside.
In 1971, Lee said he pitched a TV series to Warner Bros., called The Warrior.
It wasn't picked up because apparently, Warner Bros., didn't want a western style show. But eventually, the company debuted a similar series - Kung Fu starring David Carradine. It's said that Lee was passed over because of his ethnicity and accent.
Lee talked about dealing with racism in Hollywood and Asian stereotypes during an interview on The Pierre Berton Show in 1971.
The clip is about three minutes. Go forward to 19:32, although the entire interview is worth a look.
And here's a clip of Lee from his film Way of the Dragon. It's the final death fight at the Colosseum in Rome, and Lee's opponent is a young Chuck Norris.
It's considered one of Lee's most legendary fight scenes and one of the most memorable fight scenes in martial arts film history.
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