Lee Hoi-chuen

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Lee Hoi-chuen
Background information
Chinese name 李海泉 (traditional)
Chinese name 李海泉 (simplified)
Pinyin Lǐ Hǎiquán (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lei5 Hoi2 Cyun4 (Cantonese)
Born Lee Moon-shuen 李滿船
(1901-02-04)4 February 1901
Jun'an, Guangdong, China
Died 7 February 1965(1965-02-07) (aged 64)
St. Teresa's Hospital, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Resting place Hong Kong[1]
Spouse(s) Grace Ho (1907–1965; his death)
Children Phoebe Lee
Agnes Lee
Peter Lee
Bruce Lee
Robert Lee
Ancestry Jun'an, Guangdong, China

Lee Moon-shuen (4 February 1901 – 7 February 1965) known professionally as Lee Hoi-chuen, was a Hong Kong Cantonese opera singer and film actor. He was the father of Bruce Lee, the father-in-law of Linda Lee Caldwell, and also the paternal grandfather of Brandon Lee and Shannon Lee.[2]


Lee Hoi-chuen with his wife and baby Bruce Lee

Lee Hoi-chuen was born in Jun'an, Guangdong on 4 February 1901, he moved to Hong Kong and became a Cantonese Opera actor.

Lee and his wife Grace Ho, were in San Francisco in 1940 when their second son Bruce Lee was born. The couple were traveling for a one-year US tour with the Cantonese Opera Company. They returned to Hong Kong when Bruce Lee was three months old. Their youngest son Robert Lee, was famous in Hong Kong during the 1960s as the lead singer and founder of a popular beat band, The Thunderbirds.[3][4]

Lee died in Hong Kong on the 7th of February, 1965, three days after his 64th birthday and six days after the birth of his grandson Brandon Lee.

In popular culture[edit]

Lee Hoi-chuen was portrayed by Ric Young in the 1993 film Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and by Tony Leung Ka-fai in the 2010 film Bruce Lee, My Brother.[5]


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