Brandon Lee: A Life Cut Short

On the anniversary of his death March 31, 1993, we're remembering the tragically short life and career of Brandon Lee.

Born Feb. 1, 1965, Lee was trained in martial arts as soon as he could walk by his legendary father, Bruce Lee. He was just 8 years old when his father died.

Lee's early roles were in low-profile martial arts movies. 1993 was going to be a breakthrough year for the 28-year-old: he was starring in "The Crow," based on the comic book, and had signed on to do the sequels if the movie was successful. Then suddenly he died, killed in an accidental shooting during filming. Like his famous father before him, Brandon Lee had died without warning, in his prime.

With the help of stunt doubles and special effects, "The Crow" was finished and released in 1994. The film became a commercial and critical success, attaining a cult following fueled by fans of the comic book, martial arts fans, and fans mourning Lee's untimely death. In death, Brandon Lee was a star.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a movie out there steeped in as much mystery and controversy as The Crow. Read more

 

 

 

A very poignant video of Brandon Lee, filmed during the shooting of "The Crow" shortly before he died. "Because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well ... and yet everything happens only a certain number of times."

What really happened that fatal night and how did this event shape the cast and crew of this now cult film? Samantha Malagre reports on the facts behind Brandon Lee's death and the enduring legacy he left behind. Read more

 

 

 

On-set and onstage deaths have always happened despite the efforts to keep their people safe. Whether it is a stunt gone wrong, a sudden health problem, or poor planning, tragedies do occur. See Brandon Lee and others who lost their lives in the spotlight. Read more