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Introduction Bruce Lee was born in the Chinese year of the dragon in the hour of the dragon on November 27 1940 From the beginning it was obvious he was a remarkable and unique child with tremendous energy His mother named him Lee Jun Fan which meant return again She felt he would return to the United States where he was born while his parents were on tour with the Cantonese opera A nurse suggested he be called Bruce as an American name for him Childhood Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco at the Jackson Street Hospital in Chinatown When he and his family returned to Hong Kong in 1941 he was called Sai Fon which meant small phoenix a feminine name Bruce had an older brother who died as a baby The Chinese blamed this on evil spirits or demons who take the lives of male babies to destroy the familys name So they dressed Bruce in little girls clothing and called him Sai Fon When they returned to Hong Kong the Lee household consisted of Mr Lee his wife Grace Lee Bruces two sisters Agnes and Phoebe his older brother Peter and later to be joined his little brother Robert Bruce grew up in a very crowded house He lived in a two bedroom flat Upon the death of Mr Lees brother he as in Chinese custom had to taken in his whole brothers Family and had to be the provider This meant nearly 20 people lived in the flat It was through his fathers connection that Bruce ultimately became a child film star His own acting ability was clear from the beginning Bruce posed as a great natural actor and possessed a great natural ability for acting His father used to take him backstage As a young boy Bruce always hung around
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