Bruce Lee's Daughter
“I shrug that stuff off. I don't believe in it and find it to be good fodder for folks looking to gossip or ruminate on creepy stories. If I really felt cursed, I would probably be afraid to live my life, and life is meant to be lived.” Shannon Lee
Shannon Lee is the daughter of the late legendary martial arts icon and actor Bruce Lee and the younger sister of actor Brandon Lee. Both her father and brother died of strange circumstances while working on a movie. This led to a strong suggestion that Shannon Lee should stop acting. Her film credits include “Cage II” (1994), “High Voltage” (1997), “Blade” (1998), “Enter the Eagles” (1998), “She Me and Her” (2002) and “Lessons for an Assassin” (2003). She was also the executive producer of the 2008 television series “The Legend of Bruce Lee” and the TV documentary “How Bruce Lee Changed the World” (2009).
Lee is currently the president of the Bruce Lee Foundation.
Childhood and Family:
Shannon Emery Lee was born on April 19, 1969, in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of actor and martial artist Bruce Lee (born 1940, died 1973) and Linda Lee Cadwell (born 1945). Shannon and her family lived in Hong Kong from 1971 until the death of her father in 1973. The family then moved back to the United States and lived in her mother's hometown, Seattle, Washington, and Los Angeles. She was raised in the wealthy area of Rolling Hills, California, and graduated from The Chadwick School. She went on to attend Tulane University in New Orleans, where she studied music. Shannon graduated in 1991 but did not return to Los Angeles to pursue acting until after the death of her older brother, Brandon Lee (born February 11, 1965), in 1993.
In August 1994, Shannon married a lawyer named Ian Keasler. She gave birth to her first child, daughter Wren, in 2003.
Enter the Eagles
Shannon Lee made her acting debut in her father's biopic “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” (1993), where she appeared as a singer. The film, which was directed by Rob Cohen and starred Jason Scott Lee as Bruce Lee, earned primarily positive reviews from critics and debuted at No. 1 at the America's box office.
Her first significant role arrived in 1994 when she was cast as Mi Lo in the movie “Cage II,” opposite Candra Adams, Lou Ferrigno and Richard Ardi. It was directed by Lang Elliott and written by Hugh Kelley. Lee resurfaced three years later when she portrayed Jane Logan in “High Voltage” (1997), a film directed by Isaac Florentine that was written by Mike Mains. Costars of the film included Antonio Sabato Jr., William Zabka, Lochlyn Munro, Amy Smart, George Cheung and James Lew.
In 1998, Lee had a small role in the box office hit “Blade,” a vampire action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff that was directed by Stephen Norrington and written by David S. Goyer. The film, which was loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade, grossed $70 million at the U.S. box office and over $131 million worldwide against a budget of $45 million. The same year, Lee also starred as Mandy in the Hong Kong film “Enter the Eagles” (“Gwan geun see dam,” 1998), alongside Michael Wong and Anita Yuen. The film was produced by her father's company, Golden Harvest, directed by Corey Yuen and scripted by Jeffrey Lau. Lee also guest starred as Vanessa Feng in an episode of CBS' “Martial Law” called “Take Out” (1998).
In 2001, Lee made her television film debut in the science fiction thriller television movie “Epoch,” opposite David Keith, Stephanie Niznik and Ryan O'Neal. She then played Paula Jamison in the film “She Me and Her” (2002), opposite Sandra Pires, Ben Cross and Elfi Eschke, and Fiona Leclaire in the James Glenn Dudelson directed film “Lessons for an Assassin” (2003), with Robert Vitelli and Michael Dorn.
In 2008, Lee served as executive producer on the television series “The Legend of Bruce Lee,” which was based on the life of her father. Starring Hong Kong actor Danny Chan as Bruce Lee and American actress Michelle Lang as Linda Lee Cadwell, the show premiered on CCTV-1 on October 12, 2008. She went on to executive produce the TV film documentary “How Bruce Lee Changed the World” (2009).
Lee is also a singer and sang a cover of “I'm in the Mood for Love” for the film “China Strike Force” (2000), which starred Leehom Wang and Aaron Kwok. She also sang on the band Medicine's album “The Mechanical Forces of Love” in 2003