While famous to most of the world for his seminal roles in Hollywood's earliest martial arts movies, Bruce Lee was known to many a celebrity as a brilliant teacher. Celebrities who trained with Bruce Lee spoke highly of his skill and temperament; even to this day, most Bruce Lee apprentices still commend the legendary actor and his teachings. Each of them tells different stories of Lee's prowess and the profound effect he had on their acting careers and their own lives. Despite being a relative newcomer to the Hollywood scene, Lee trained among the biggest stars of the era. Celebs who were taught by Bruce Lee ranged from the late Sharon Tate to the towering Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Included below are some of Lee's most recognizable students, a few of which owe much of their career longevity to his training. In fact, three of his top students (Steve McQueen, James Coburn, and George Lazenby) served as pallbearers at Bruce's funeral when he died at the early age of 32. All of them understood a world prematurely robbed of Lee's teachings was a world robbed of a great talent far too soon.
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