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List of awards and honors received by Bruce Lee

This is a list of the awards and honors of philosopher, martial artist, actor, and screenwriter Bruce Lee.

Awards and honorsEdit

  • In 1979 with the master of ceremonies Joe Green, the Mayor of Los Angeles, Tom Bradley, officially proclaimed June 8 as Bruce Lee Day.[1]

"Where as Bruce Lee gained international fame and motion picture superstar status as one of the world foremost martial arts practitioners and, Where as Columbia Pictures in association with Golden Harvest Films and Raymond Chow Productions is releasing Mr. Lee' last motion picture, Game of Death, on Friday June 8, 1979, and Where as Bruce Lee's teachings remain the ultimate criteria for martial arts, I do proclaim it Bruce Lee Day tomorrow in Los Angeles."[2]

  • Lee was named among TIME Magazine's 100 Most Important People of the Century as one of the greatest heroes & icons, as an example of personal improvement through, in part, physical fitness, and among the most influential martial artists of the twentieth century.[3]
  • With his ancestral roots coming from Gwan'on in Seundak, Guangdong province of China (廣東順德均安, Guangdong Shunde Jun'An), a street in the village is named after him where his ancestral home is situated. The home is open for public access.
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • In 1993, Lee received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[4]
  • In 1999, he was the first martial artist that was introduced to the "Martial Arts Hall of Fame".[5]
  • In 2001, LMF, a Cantonese hip-hop group in Hong Kong, released a popular song called "1127" as a tribute to Lee.
  • In 2004, UFC president Dana White credited Lee as the "father of mixed martial arts".[6]
  • On 31 March 2007 Lee was named as one of History's 100 Most Influential people, according to a Japanese national survey that was televised on NTV.[7]
  • On 26 November 2005 the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina honored Lee with a statue on the Spanish Square, as a symbol of solidarity. After many years of war and religious splits, Lee's figure was to commend his work: to successfully bridge culture gaps in the world. (One day before the unveiling of the statue in Hong Kong, below).[8]
  • In 2005, Lee was remembered in Hong Kong with a bronze statue to mark his sixty-fifth birthday. The bronze statue, unveiled on 27 November 2005, honored Lee as Chinese film's bright star of the century. There is also in discussion for more Bruce Lee statues for the future, more than Michael Jackson statues.[9]
  • A Bruce Lee theme park with memorial statue and hall has been scheduled to be built in Shunde, China. It is expected to be complete in 2009.[10]
  • On 10 April 2007 China's national broadcaster announced it has started filming a 50-part series on Lee. Xinhua News Agency said China Central Television started shooting "The Legend of Bruce Lee" over the weekend in Shunde in Guangdong province in southern China. Shunde is the ancestral home of Lee, who was born in San Francisco. It said the 50 million yuan (US$6.4 million; €4.8 million) production will also be filmed in Hong Kong and the United States, where Lee studied and launched his acting career. Danny Chan Kwok Kwan, who plays Lee, said he has mixed feelings about playing the role of the icon, Xinhua reported. "I'm nervous and also excited, but I will do my best," Chan was quoted as saying. Chan, best known for appearing in the action comedy "Kung Fu Hustle," says Lee has been his role model since he was a child and that he has practiced kung fu for many years. The TV series, which is due to be aired in 2008, the year Beijing hosts the 2008 Summer Olympics, appears to aimed at highlighting Chinese culture in the run up to the event.[11]
  • In 2008, Plans for a Hong Kong museum dedicated to Lee are also in discussion. Lee's two-story Hong Kong home was to be sold in July for as much as $13 million to benefit victims of the Sichuan earthquake, but its philanthropist owner, responding to pleas from Lee's fans, decided instead to donate the property to the city so hopefully it can be turned into a museum some day.[12]
  • Still to this day, he is considered by different documentaries, magazines (such as Black Belt Magazine), media (such as the UFC channel Spike (TV channel)) and websites about martial arts as the greatest martial artist of the 20th century, or of all time.[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]


  1. ^ pg 171 Black Belt: Bruce Lee Collector's Edition Summer 1999
  2. ^ pg 171Black Belt: Bruce Lee Collector's Edition Summer 1999
  3. ^ Stein, Joel (1999-06-14). "TIME 100: Bruce Lee". Time. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  4. ^ "Bruce Lee Finally Receives Star On Hollywood's Walk Of Fame". Chicago Tribune. 29 April 1993. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
    Tim Appelo (14 May 1993). "Tears of the Dragon". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
    "Bruce Lee gets Walk of Fame star". Sun Journal. Associated Press. 30 April 2013. p. 19. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
    "Bruce Lee". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  5. ^ [1] Archived March 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Wickert, Marc (2004). Dana White and the future of UFC.
  7. ^ "History's 100 Most Influential people: Hero Edition". 2007-04-01. Archived from the original on 2009-10-16. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  8. ^ "Bruce Lee statue for Bosnian city". BBC. 2004-09-02. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  9. ^ "Hong Kong's honour for Bruce Lee". BBC. 2005-07-24. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  10. ^ "Bruce Lee theme park to be built in China". Associated Press. 2006-11-26.
  11. ^ "Chinese state TV begins filming 40-part series on Bruce Lee". International Herald Tribune. 2007-04-10. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  12. ^ Feng, Rex (2008-08-04). "The Legend Lives On: A Generation Later, Bruce Lee’s Legacy is Still Kicking" Archived 2008-08-06 at the Wayback Machine. AsianWeek. Retrieved on 2008-08-04.
  13. ^ Chao, Arnold (2006-11-27). "The Greatest Martial Artist of All Time". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  14. ^ pg 4 Black Belt: January 1974
  15. ^ pg 6 Black Belt: January 1987
  16. ^ pg 6 Black Belt: October 1989
  17. ^ pg 18 Black Belt: August 1995
  18. ^ [2][dead link]
  19. ^ Spike TV: presentation of Bruce Lee Day. The homage: ten hours of programming and rare digital content, the greatest martial artist of all time - Bruce Lee News
  20. ^ Was Bruce Lee a fake master?
  21. ^ Human Weapon, Episode 10
  22. ^ MMA world pays tribute to Bruce Lee 40 years after his death