Brandon Bruce Lee (February 1, 1965 – March 31, 1993) was an American actor and martial artist. He was the first child of martial artist and actor Bruce Lee and teacher Linda Lee Cadwell. At the age of thirteen, five years after his father’s passing, Lee studied acting and pursued martial arts. By 1986, Lee made his acting debut opposite David Carradine who played the role of Caine and his father in ABC’s television film Kung Fu: The Movie, a spin-off of the 1970s television series Kung Fu where he received second billing and starred in his first leading role in Ronny Yu’s Hong Kong action film Legacy of Rage that same year.
Shortly after, he starred in the television pilot Kung Fu: The Next Generation (1987), guest starred in an episode of the television series Ohara (1988) and played the leading role in the low budget action film Laser Mission (1989). In the 1990s, he started working with major Hollywood studios and his first American film was the Warner Bros’ buddy cop action film Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), directed by Mark L. Lester and co-starring Dolph Lundgren. This was followed with the leading role in Dwight H. Little’s Rapid Fire (1992) produced by 20th Century Fox.
In 1992, he landed his breakthrough role as Eric Draven in Alex Proyas’ The Crow, based on the comic book of the same name, which would be his final film. On March 31, 1993, only a few days away from completing the film, Lee was accidentally killed after being shot on the set of The Crow by a prop gun that fired the tip of a dummy round that was accidentally lodged in the chamber. The film was completed by re-writing the script, CGI, and stunt doubles, and released one year after Lee’s death to critical and commercial success. It is now considered a cult classic.