The Immortal Bruce Lee

- Anthony Mason | CBS Sunday Morning

(CBS SUNDAY MORNING) – Millions around the world have seen the late martial arts star Bruce Lee in action on the screen. But his remarkable career was much more brief than some people may realize. Here’s Anthony Mason:

In his films, like “Way of the Dragon,” where he has epic fight in the Roman Colisseum with Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee let his moves do most of the talking:

“To me a motion picture is motion. You got to keep the dialogue down to a minimum,” he told interviewer Pierre Burton on Canadian television in 1971.

In a no-holds-barred fight, he said, you better use every part of your body: “And when you do punch, you gotta put the whole hip into it and snap it and get all your energy into it.”

One of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century, San Francisco-born Lee became the first international Asian film hero, a phenomenon who — four decades after his sudden death at age 32 — remains an icon.


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