How tall is Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee's Height

5ft 7.5in (171.5 cm)

Hong Kong American martial artist and actor best known for starring in films such as Enter the Dragon, Way of the Dragon and Fist of Fury. He had pretty extensive measurements of his whole body and he wrote his height before becoming famous as 5ft 8. Also 5ft 7.5 has been mentioned in some of his books and he also said in a radio interview that height. His Brother Robert Lee said on the EarlyYears website "Bruce was an inch taller than I. I am 5/7 and Bruce was 5/8 with a shoe size of 7-71/2. I know it's a little confusing, because we have all heard for years in how small he was, but in fact 5/8 is really not that small."

Bruce Lee is how tall
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Average Guess (45 Votes)
5ft 7.02in (170.2cm)
Hero Lung said on 22/Oct/17
If his own brother says Bruce Lee was one inch taller than himself, I can accept that. Especially he notes BL's shoe size of 7.5. If he was fudging about BL's height he would have said a shoe size of 8.5 - 9. In photos with Chuck Norris and Bob Wall, on the set where BL is wearing his flat on-screen shoes, he's just a couple of inches shorter than the two. In BL's Way of the Dragon, he's wearing his flat shoes and you can compare his height with Jon Benn, the villain. I met him in Hong Kong and Benn is around 6-3 or 6-4. From this Lee would be at least 5-7. Re the comment below that BL was not a real fighter, just look at the accolades of boxing greats like Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao ... see combined video with Tyson and Mayweather on BL. See interviews on James DeMile; after Lee's death lots of guys were going around that BL was not the real thing, and DeMile basically challenged them, that "If you could have beaten Bruce, then you can easily beat me." Linda Lee has written that in the early days she saw BL spar with Chuck Norris and Mike Stone at the same time: "He made them look like amateurs." There are tons of interviews of people who were actually there to see Lee's streetfights,sparring eg.. Dan Inosanto, one of the gentlemen of martial arts: "There was a road rage incident, and Bruce just played with this huge guy." DeMile: "To this day I would put my money on Bruce against anyone in the world." And this from a guy who said that he had a personal falling-out with BL. Or with his future sister in law, in his early twenties: they were returning from a dance club and four punks accosted them. She was scared, and BL said, "Be right back." When she turned around, all four were on the ground, in seconds. What did you do, she asked. "Oh, I just kicked them."
JJ said on 11/Oct/17
Don't let your eye fool you
andre said on 5/Oct/17
this is very funny how in hell he is 5ft7.5 barefoot ?

maby 5ft7 with shoes
David said on 17/Sep/17
5ft 6 max.
Logan said on 5/Aug/17
He is 5,7
Rising - 174 cm said on 26/Jul/17
Bruce wasn't 5'8" since he claimed 5'7.5" himself, which could have been honest as he was certainly taller than 5'6" Bolo. Norris was indeed 5'8.5" and even today at 77 is closer to 5'8" than 5'7".
BLFan said on 25/Jul/17
PLB: "He also, to my more experienced eyes, now looks to have been something of a fraud. He doesn't seem to have been a particularly good fighter at all. When I first saw him he was startling but after having watched real boxers and MMA fighters for decades it is easy to see what's missing. "

Your eyes are deceiving you. What you see in film is not how he actually fought.
even said on 3/Jul/17
bruce lee was a 5 foot 7 man .
KH said on 29/Jun/17
Come on lol. Chuck Norris is not 5'7. Chuck Norris is a shade under 5'9 so of course Bruce was a bit shorter Look at how tall his son Brandon was. Im sure some of Brandon's height probably came from the mother's side but really a 5'5 guy is not going to have a 5'11.5 son. Bruce was right around 5'8 stop with the 5'5-5'6 stuff.
Morris said on 28/Jun/17
Van Williams (the green hornet) 183cm was at least 20 cm over Bruce Lee.
PLB said on 21/Jun/17
They have been showing some of the old Bruce Lee movies on cable. I have recently watched "The Big Boss", "Marlow" and "Fist of Fury". I saw these and all his other films in the theater when they were first released.

He was smaller than I had remembered. In both of these films as well as "Enter the Dragon" and "The Way of the Dragon" he is surrounded by other Chinese guys. He looked tiny next to James Garner in "Marlow" but he was also smaller than the average Chinese extras in those other films.

He was a tiny guy. He also, to my more experienced eyes, now looks to have been something of a fraud. He doesn't seem to have been a particularly good fighter at all. When I first saw him he was startling but after having watched real boxers and MMA fighters for decades it is easy to see what's missing.

I lived in San Francisco at that time. I was near Chinatown and went to the Chinese theaters to see Kung Fu movies before Bruce Lee became popular. One of the first ones that I remember was "Five Fingers of Death". The story was fantastic but very entertaining. Bruce Lee who exploded a few years later was much different. First of all he was handsome - like a real western movie star. The camera - as they say - loved his face. Also he had incorporated many style elements from western cinema and western fighting. He had lived in San Francisco and Oakland for several years. So his Kung Fu style was not like anything they had ever seen before. He was a sensation in China.

He was also a gifted actor. He could and did play comedy alongside his crazed vengeance killer characters. But the main thing he brought to the movies was a whole new modern approach to movie fighting. There are plenty of people on YouTube who testify that Lee was a real fighter in real life. I don't think so. One thing he always seemed to do in his fights was to cluck like a chicken. I've never heard anyone else do that. Real fighters in real bouts strike a blow and then revert to their normal stance to prepare for a returning blow. Muhamad Ali would hit a guy and then hit him again. Bruce Lee however introduced the freeze pose after he hit someone. Sometimes he would shake and grimace. It was not like anything I'd ever seen before. It worked well on the big screen and we have seen a lot more of this kind of movie fighting in the years since. Look at Donnie Yen in "Iron Monkey" he is always striking poses.

Lee only weighed 132 pounds and was often the shortest guy on a screen full of small Asians. He was an actor. There is no compelling evidence that he ever could really fight. The local guys around here who tell stories about all his street bouts will also tell yo that he was killed by offending a Kung Fu master who gave him the "Delayed Death Touch".
Morris said on 14/Jun/17
165 -168 cm without shoes
Shane.rod said on 12/Jun/17
Small guy. Like 5'5
RisingForce said on 12/May/17
Except Chuck Norris wasn't 5'7" and maybe still isn't. I'm not sure where that strange idea comes from. Chuck was definitely over 5'8" until at least age 72, probably 5'8.5", maybe even 5'9". That puts Bruce an easy 5'7"-5'7.5". 171 cm is probably a pretty good guess.
Ken said on 10/May/17
I dont think he was 5ft 7.5, if chuck norrris was 5ft 7, Lee must have been just under 5ft 7
ColeW22 said on 30/Mar/17
Bruce was likely close to Bolos 5'6 height. The average person over-estimates their height by 1.5 inches.
ColeW22 said on 30/Mar/17
Bruce was likely close to Bolos 5'6 height.
RisingForce said on 23/Mar/17
I think Bolo looked close enough to 5'6". Bruce clearly wasn't above 5'7.5" since he claimed that height and I can believe it, but he definitely didn't look taller either. I'm sure the 5'8" was a round up from 5'7.5". Very normal thing to do. Chuck Norris may have been 5'10" in his cowboy boots, but he definitely wasn't taller than 5'9" barefoot and very possibly under it. Norris has been known to wear lifts for years so he can LOOK about 5'10". I think Chuck only started claiming 5'10" when he got into films. I'm pretty sure he was only listed 5'9" during his martial arts career.
Frank R said on 12/Mar/17
Bruce Lee was probably no shorter than 5'7.5" and no taller than 5'8", based on the claims of numerous people who knew him well. Chuck Norris was a solid 5'10" at his peak, and he appears to have about 2 inches on Bruce Lee in 'Way of the Dragon'(1972) when both actors were in their early 30s.
Scott said on 9/Feb/17
I am 5' 10" and when was at peak of training was 165lbs and on a frame like mine or Bruce's you end up with pretty much nothing but protein and fat craving muscle and bone when our size and training intensely while achieving bench of 350lbs plus power clean of 275-285 max , squats of 300plus etc you quickly burn off calories and never have a chance to gain fat so very low BMI's are more common in guys our size than you think.
Ray said on 24/Jan/17
Hey rob people comparing bolo's height weight lee will ony make sense if bolo really was 168cm . I mean that bolo might be smaller than that abt 165 or i think 168cm might be the best guess for lee. What do you say?
Editor Rob: I doubt Bolo was only 5ft 3-4, I think giving him 5ft 6 is reasonable enough, maybe 5ft 5 isn't impossible.
Edward said on 29/Dec/16
Love Bruce, height estimate seems right but these claims of 165 weight are physically impossible. Single digit body fat % for a professional natural bodybuilder of 5'7-5'8 are 148lbs and 152lbs at 4-6% body fat. Google image search 165lbs at 6% body fat. That's arnold status
Sammosfan said on 16/Dec/16
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About my previous post. I might be wrong about that guy pic with Bruce. I don't think he is Carter Wong after looking at more pics lol. Sorry for the misinformation Rob.
Editor Rob: I'm sure there will be photos of them out there, I've not seen them together in any film to remember. I do think Wong in person wasn't really more than 5ft 7, whether he was a true 5ft 7.5 at least at 30-40 range? It is very possible, I think there was a photo of him 2.5 inches over jet li somewhere!
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About my previous post. I might be wrong about that guy pic with Bruce. I don't think he is Carter Wong after looking at more pics lol. Sorry for the misinformation Rob.
john#515 said on 23/Nov/16
Again based on evidence with him next to bolo yeung, and the Sammo at the begging of Enter the Dragon.
Ben said on 14/Nov/16
5ft 6.5, not 5ft 8
Legend29 said on 12/Nov/16
5'7.5" 140 pounds watch at 2:44 of this video Click Here
Ice said on 22/Oct/16
thought he was 5'3..
Cal RIP CAN said on 16/Oct/16
5'6 3/4.
Leonardo 1.73m said on 12/Oct/16
Leonardo 1.73m said on 5/Oct/16
Rob, What do you think of 5'7 flat (170cm)?
Editor Rob: it's a question of then Bruce lying about his height. He seemed meticulous about all his other measuremnents, so I'm not sure he is just 170cm...although I guess height is something many might just add a cm too.
Jings Chen said on 14/Jul/16
According to Chinese society at that time when Bruce just past away; he was no more than 168 cm on bed; anyway he was a great marshal art actor at the time but it was a pity, he was so young and too strong Chinese Catonese character while he had a lot of enemies with envy...
Andrew M said on 15/Jun/16
@Melvin - I don't know where you get your facts from, but in 30 years of following martial arts and Bruce Lee in particular, I've never heard anything like the sort of nonsense you're citing here.
Anonymous2 has cited some facts which were published in Joe Weider's "Muscle & Fitness". Prof. Wally Jay (who discovered Bruce and brought him to the American public eye) also saw his power in kicking a punch bag such that it slapped the ceiling.
Bruce did say he didn't THINK he could beat a man the size of Muhammed Ali, but then Chuck Norris said he reckoned Bruce could have beaten anyone around at the time.
As for the statement that a good boxer could beat a good martial artist? I don't believe that for a moment!
Let me say once and once only: if the martial art you practise has striking techniques (so not Judo, Aikido, or BJJ), and you train full contact, then all other things being equal the martial artist should always win. They have more weapons at their disposal, more defensive techniques, and so a greater range of strategies. Bruce would know this.
Also Bruce not only spent hours watching film of Muhammed Ali to study his footwork, but was himself a brilliant strategist and tactician. Most opponents couldn't even get close enough to lay a glove on him. And Joe Lewis went on record to rather angrily rebut many claims about him and Bruce, saying that only ONE of their close friends ever saw Joe spar with Bruce!
2020 oriental prince said on 5/Apr/16
I went to an exhibition in HK a few weeks ago where his personal belongings were displayed including a collection of his clothes
Judging by how small the clothes were Im surprised if he is ever above 170 barefoot
Ed said on 10/Mar/16
@The Master Bolo was 5'6" max. He's probably 5'4" or 5'5" today as he's near 60. He looks very short in pics next to Van Damme (5'9")
Robby D said on 10/Mar/16
On the site "How Tall are Celebrities they say he was 171cm out of bed and went down to 170cm and 169cm as the day wore on. I would go along with that because it is believable. All this talk of him being 5' 8" is ridiculous. On that site they also say Bolo was 168cm which seems accurate. Bolo always looked a similar height to Bruce when they stood next to each other. My guess is that Bruce may have been 5' 7 1/4" (171cm) out of bed and shrunk to 5' 6 1/2" (169cm) during the course of the day. Bolo was probably 5' 6" (168cm) during the day, hence the fact that there was only about 1/2" difference in their heights when they stood together. Bruce never looked an inch and a half taller than Bolo. My theory is that Bruce is listed by his height out of bed which he probably rounded up to 5' 7 1/2" whereas Bolo is listed by his daytime height. I don't think Bolo was as conscious about his height as Bruce was.
Mark Ingemi said on 2/Mar/16
Bruce Lee , had a terrific physique.
amaterasu said on 18/Dec/15
Interesting, I always thought he wasn't taller than 5'6" or 168cm
G dragon said on 15/Dec/15
Is 5'8.25 inch is possible for bruce right out of bed?
Editor Rob: yeah, it's not impossible
SportsHeight said on 14/Dec/15
Rob, if you had to choose a champion for a GoT-style trial by combat fight to the death that would decide your life, what height would your champion be? Would he be huge, would he be slight like Lee, or would he be somewhere in between?
Editor Rob: that's a tricky one as if weapons were involved then sometimes smaller and having more agility/speed could win. But a straight fight, being very big brings it's own advantages.

A no-holds barred fight, I'd want the guy who doesn't try to punch a face, but knows other easier areas of the body to target.
Anonasensei said on 11/Dec/15
When were these photos of Bruce taken (with the tied back hair bun)? He's definitely bulkier, 150lbs at least, maybe 155-160 ...

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Arbab said on 24/Nov/15
I'm 5'7 and the reason Bruce was able to achieve that weight was because of weight training which he started in America. I used to weight train in high school along with playing basketball and swimming and at my peak I was 160. Now I don't weight train mostly focusing on tai chi now and my weight has dropped down to 145 which is around the weight Bruce was at before he began his intense regime of work outs. When my skills at tai chi has been better honed I'll probably jump back to more weight training work outs to get some mass back on.
Jordan said on 12/Nov/15
I am 5'7 (height measured, not a guess), 128 pounds, and have a size 7 (UK) shoe (7.5 wrestling shoe US). I am a big Bruce Lee fan - seen the films, read the books, have a collection of pictures - and find it hard to believe that he was ever as big as 165 pounds. That's a huge jump. According to his wife, Linda (who cooked for him), his diet wasn't anything special plus I haven't seen any pictures where he looks almost 40 pounds heavier than 128. I think people just like to throw that number around to make him sound a bit more "normal".
MissingBruce said on 7/Nov/15
Van Williams towered over him in The Green Hornet (Williams was 6'). I would say Bruce was around 5'7. If he was more or less, it doesn't matter... he was PERFECT! Loved him & still miss him. His death was such a tragedy, as was his son's death.
tumac66 said on 26/Oct/15
i Believe he could have been 5 7.5 but definitely no taller as many of his Chinese co stars are as tall or taller, The actors who played Tony and Thomas in Way of The Dragon were both taller than him. Oh and by the way, im 5 7.5 and wear a 7 and a half shoe size so it is possible to be that height with small feet
Jake said on 27/Aug/15
Rob, people in said he was 128 pounds at the time of his death. Do you think this is accurate? He was so muscular though can't even imagine.
[Editor Rob: he might have been 130 range]
Anonasensei said on 26/Aug/15
No, short supporter peeps, Bruce was not 5-6 or less. Many pics of him taken with Chuck Norris who is legit 5-8 to 5-9, even ones with Bruce in flip-flops and he always stood around only an inch or so shorter, 2.5 at most when Chuck had the cuban heels. As a leading man he was always a few inches taller than many secondary Hong Kong actors and actresses, many well known ones at the time. If he were only 5-6 it would imply many of them were only 5-2 or so which I find hard to believe. Also, at one point he put on 165 lbs bulky muscle (which he did not like since it slowed him, so he trimmed down) and at only 5-6 that'd make him actually a bit fat and we know he we was never anywhere near such proportions.
Alucard said on 10/Aug/15
Between 5'6 and 5'7... Actor, philosopher, martial arts enthusiast, who had some good ideas but nothing revolutionary... Still the first that popularized the MA-TMA's culture trough movies, truly a pioneer in that department... Absolutely not a fighter, didn't even spar, although he trained a lot...
120 said on 26/Jun/15
Doesn't look 5'8" next with 5'10½" John Saxon. Bolo could look around 5'6".

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The Master said on 17/Jun/15
@Duanne: Bolo is about 5'8". So was Bruce.
Duanne said on 16/Jun/15
Sammo Hung is 5'6 and so is Bolo young. Bruce was probably between 5'6 to 5'7
Vicky said on 10/Jun/15
I'm really fan of him. I love and miss him really. Such a great martial artist.
Key said on 23/May/15
5'7.5 (171 cm) for sure! Spot on
Ninja Guy said on 11/Apr/15
He's estimated to be about 5'8" according to stats
Nah said on 22/Mar/15
no. 5'8. Next to sammo hung (5'7) he appears a bit taller
Nah said on 22/Mar/15
5'7 but his physique is proportionate and his posture was great so he never really seemed awkwardly short
Ryan said on 25/Feb/15
I agree 171cm is his height. Rob do you think that his thin muscular body frame in some pictures makes him look taller.
DMC said on 20/Dec/14
by the way,Bruce lee's height was 5.7 inc.moreover I found a book called wing chun and a book of his invented techniques by Bruce careful don't try to find me ,when the times come u will find me.
ChinaBoy said on 11/Dec/14
Mr. bruce lee is 1,74cm here a photo on barefoot

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SteveL said on 8/Oct/14
5'6- 5'7 tops
Dude said on 14/Sep/14

5'8" on one of his legs since one was longer than the other
Saeed said on 26/Aug/14
Bruce lee doesn't look short at all in fact I think he has a decent height
Galaga said on 20/Aug/14
@Robby D and Ethan..I wear a size 12(US)shoe and I'm only 5'5"1/2; It's as if I went into a Jeff Goldblum Fly pod, had my molecules crap all over me and spit me out as a Hobbit (small body, big feet). My brother is almost 6ft and wears a size 10.5. I have no idea what happened to me; Thanks genetics!
Jatobá said on 19/Aug/14
everybody here is jealous about Bruce Lee...
why he couldn't have 5'7"1/2?????
rick said on 14/Aug/14
Same as me
fsd said on 28/Jul/14
5'7 ft
keith said on 27/Jul/14
5 foot 8
keith said on 27/Jul/14
yeah 5 foot 8 sometimes 5 foot 7.5 to 5 .7.75 depends on the posture could make you lose height temporary but he's 5 foot 8 maybe 5 foot8.5 at best
Robby D said on 19/Jul/14
IR. I cannot see Lee anywhere near 5'7.5" unless he was wearing shoes and I doubt Chuck Norris was much over 5'8" barefoot, if he were that.
IR said on 18/Jul/14
Bruce Lee 5' 7.5"
Chuck Norris 5' 8.75" peak , he could have been close to 5' 9" barefoot and with shoes that would make him up to 5' 10" so he could claim that.
Robby D said on 2/Jul/14
Ethan W. Bruce Lee may have been 5'8" in his wildest dreams but not in reality. Interesting how people who add inches to their heights do not increase their shoe sizes!
Ethan W said on 1/Jul/14
how come bruce is 5'8" and he wears a 7.5. im the exact same height and i wear a 10.5?
Robby D said on 29/Jun/14
Exorcist. You are absolutely right about his shoe size and a size 7.5 in the USA would be equivalent to a size 6.5 in the UK which I can tell you right now is tiny and more inclined to fit a person of around 5'4' or 5'5" in my opinion.
The Exorcist said on 26/Jun/14
His brother quoted Bruce's shoe size at 7.5?

A US 7.5 shoe size would be the equivilant of a UK 6.5 size, right? That's a small foot for someone in the 5'7.5" - 5'8" range. I'm 5'5" range and my shoe size is 9 US/ 8 UK.
Robby D said on 25/Jun/14
I still think Bruce Lee was 5'6", that was all he looked next to Bolo and several sources have said he was 5'6". Lots of short celebs and sportsman exaggerate their heights a few examples being Jason Priestley, David Cassidy and Michael Owen and Bruce Lee was no exception in my opinion. The fact remains that whereas Rob can be photographed with certain celebs, we can never confirm Lee's height because he has passed on, hence the fact that this site shows his height in accordance with his claim of 5'7.5", however, you only have to look at his stature to see that he was well short of his claim. Look at Lionel Messi who is a genuine 5'6.5" and makes no claims to be taller. Messi looks taller than Lee ever was to me.
Sajad007 said on 19/May/14
Frankie Edgar of UFC is 5'6".... if we compare bruce lee to him, then bruce seems 5'7" fair enough! I am also 5'7"... i c my frame equivalent to bruce lee...
The Big Dipper said on 26/Apr/14
By the way, that video claims that Lee was 5'6". Don't know where they're getting that number from, but he looks 5'6" to me.
The Big Dipper said on 26/Apr/14
Honestly, I feel that he looks smaller than 5'7" when he fought Kareem Abdul Jabar. I mean, I know Kareem was huge, but he looks almost two feet taller than him. Anyone else notice this? The battle starts at 2:17 in this video:
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RisingForce said on 18/Apr/14
Rob, it might be good to mention Bruce's 5'7.5", 140 pound claim at the top of the page from the radio interview posted below in case youtube takes it down in the future.
Inches said on 1/Apr/14
Bruce was a very well proportioned man. A strong 5-7 is my guess. He looks it!
77Stan said on 3/Nov/13
I read it on a magazine that Bruce was 176cm. Sammo hung is 172cm according to the cyclopaedia. Before I went to college, the physical examination told me that I was 176cm. Later, I went to college and did a physical examination again. My stature became 174cm. These years, all the physical examinations told me that I was 177.5cm. But a woman said I looked 170cm, much shorter than 1-179 guy. So, our stature changes.
Anthony Waller said on 2/Nov/13
Yes, bruec lee was about 5ft7, countless people who knew bruce lee confirm it so that outweighs any rare and occasion 5feet6 predictions.
He is clearly taller than Sammo in ETD by 1.5 inches at the very least. So Bruce doesnt need to be under scrutiny. Find out how tall Sammo was in 1973 and whatever he is, add and inch or so for bruce lee.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Oct/13
His son Brandon said he was 5ft7 when an ignorant interviewer asked "your father was what...5"4,5"5?"
Richard Pawlaski said on 20/Oct/13
Bruce is at least an inch taller than Sammo hung in the opening scene of ETD, but even 2 inches taller.

So people want him to be shorter than he is for some reason. To say he is 5ft 6 is just being mean, he was a giant of a man if not physically height wise.
He was 5ft7 at least.
Marcell T said on 10/Oct/13
A solid 5'6 to 5'7. I know he was mentioned at 5'7' 1/2, but who's measurement is that? Personal measurements are notorious for being inaccurate. When they stand side to side, he looks the same height as bolo young, who is 5'6, and sammo hung who is 5'6. By looking about the same height means, 5'6 1/2 to 5'7 1/2 MAX. I guess you could say 5'7, but a strong 5'6 is not out of the question.
Robby D said on 30/Sep/13
Powerhouse. Not necessarily odd. I am over 4 inches taller than my Dad and he was 7 inches shorter than his Father. My Brother-in-law was 6'4" and yet the first of his three sons only reached 5'8" his other two sons got to be 6'3" and 6'2" respectively. It goes that way sometimes.
Powerhouse said on 27/Sep/13
His son Brandon Lee said Bruce was 5'7 in a interview. Kind of odd that his son was over 4 inches taller than himself.
leonari said on 23/Sep/13
Those saying 5''8 need to go to some eye doctor. His frame screams 5'7" on a good day.
Robby D said on 18/Sep/13
Brad. His early 5'8" claim was ridiculous, his later 5'7.5" claim equally so, 5'7" would be unlikely, 5'6.5" possible, my guess for him would be 5'6" flat, he was the same height as Bolo.
Brad said on 16/Sep/13
5' 6.5". Gene was blown off by Bruce.Bruce trained himself and set up the fights himself. He got jacked by Fox and made up the 5' 4" listing.
IR said on 14/Sep/13
Bruce was 5' 7" flat, like me!
Scott five eleven said on 7/Sep/13
Whether he was 5'7 or 5'8 it's amazing how he was under 140 pounds in weight but still looked very well proportioned. Muscle does weigh up more than fat on the body and he was around 136 lbs in his prime and had a great rip to his muscle. I would rather weigh less and be ripped muscle wise than heavier and carry fat. I'd say he was 5'8, he did look it.
Oliver said on 17/Aug/13
5'6-ish , maybe 5'7
Dayo said on 9/Aug/13
I can see him being 5'8'' even though he has Chinese genetics and was born in 1940. Isn't he like 1/4 Caucasian?
Dr JJ said on 21/Jul/13
Highly unlikely he was as much as 5' 8". That would have been significantly taller than the average in Kowloon for those born in the late 1930s early 1940s. I can't see anything above 5' 6" although 5' 5" is my estimate.
liz said on 16/Jul/13
Gene LeBell said he was 5'4". Gene trained bruce so he would know. Why does it matter anyway? It doesn't. People are obsessed with height. It all stems from insecurity,ignorance or both. "If I'm taller then him I'm better" = human simple minded ignorance.
Chinna said on 9/Jul/13
Exlent hight and weight super finess body
hazaratajik said on 28/Jun/13
5'6 is more like it . 5'7 is his stage height
Always said on 2/Jun/13
I am 173cm, but people think I look like 175-177 or something. I don't get it, but it could be because I am a bit too skinny :P. I workout almost everyday now, and I've done so in a year now. I weigh 65 kilos, but the BMI says it's in the normal weight range, so I'm good :). How much did Bruce weigh with that height then? Btw, I'm almost in the same situation as Pothead. I told my friends, I am 173, and they were like "no, I don't believe it". I got a bit angry, because that IS my height. I am 173!! I measured it correctly like 6 times to be sure, and I got 173 to 173.2 every time. They are either joking or idk.

I think Bruce was very small. But what I have heard is that, when you make crunches, your spinal cords are being pressured against each other, and when that happens you get smaller!! No ****, because it happened to me, when I did like 80 crunches. Very difficult :(. And then my back hurt, but after I measured my height, I lost about 1cm maybe..
Pothead said on 29/Apr/13
Ok. I am 5'6.25" barefoot. 90% of people think I am either 5"7 or 5"8 when they guess my height.
Robby D said on 8/Apr/13
Marcus. I doubt he was as short as 5'5" however, I did see his height listed in a magazine as 1.67m which is about 5'5.75". I wondered at the time if the 1.67m was confused as 67" hence the 5'7" claims. Bolo is listed as 5'6" and when photographed with Lee, they look exactly the same height. Bolo is certainly not an inch and a half shorter which would be the case if Lee's 5'7.5" claim was true.
Marcus said on 24/Mar/13
Bruce Lee is towered over by his co-star Van Williams, in the "Green Hornet" television series. Williams was listed at 6'0" back in the 1960's, when the show aired. Based solely on their appearances together on this series, Lee appears to be approximately 5'5".
marc said on 16/Mar/13
in a documentaty about his life it said he stood at 5ft7 and a half
Robby D said on 1/Feb/13
Above there is a quote from Robert Lee saying that he (Robert) is 5'7" and that Bruce was an inch taller at 5'8". Then "Superbeauty" says on 22/Oct/12 as per Robert Lee, that "Bruce was between 5'6" and 5'7" or let's put it this way, he wasn't 5'7"! Bruce had a tendency to say he was taller than he was and 5'6" sounds better than 5'8". So that is two alleged statements from Robert Lee, one completely contradiciting the other. I would go along with the second statement which has also been endorsed by Bruce's wife Linda.
Sbu said on 11/Jan/13
There is a telephone interview of Lee on Youtube, from about 1973 I think, the interviewer asks Lee hs height, Lee says "five seven and a half". I guess it is quite common for people to round up half inches so he may have been listed as 5'8", also he injured his back in his 20's so could have lost a half inch but I think that as he himself said 5'7.5" he was. Lee seemed like a very intelligent man and not one to lie about his height. Also he looked about this height.
gaz said on 9/Jan/13
He was not 5'8 he claimed in an american radio imterview that he was 5'7.5 when he was asked his height and weight.
Peyman-6ft said on 9/Jan/13
bruce wasn't under 5ft7in
I bet
but somebody tell me which one is more worthwhile to be proud of?
6'4'' or one inch punch?!
RyanM said on 7/Jan/13
No way he was 5'8. You can see that he was very similar to another actor in ETD, Bolo Yung, who is confirmed 5'6. Realistically, Bruce was between 5'6 1/2 and 5'7 1/2.
Anonamous said on 17/Dec/12
When I was 11 or 12 years old I always thought he was 5'10" tall he ,wasnt much of a short guy
Daniel Craig said on 9/Nov/12
Bruce lee was a a short guy. 5FEET 7INCHES he looked to me. Do not know why some people continually say he is 5feet 6.5 every once in a while?
What problem have they got with him being 5feet 7.5 inches which is what he was, who some rounded down to 5ft7. He may have stood 5ft6ish at some point in his life but most of his life was taller, so why mention his shortest ever height?
No reason at all, just as i thought.
Rick Occonnell said on 31/Oct/12
Nah he wasnt 5ft6. People wouldnt exagerate his incredibly long reach, and if he was 5ft6ish with an incredibly long reach he would look like a monkey or orangutan.

Bruce lees peers mostly mention him as 5ft7 and thats nothing to do with what bruce lee says. When bruce lee is standing next to tall people like coburn, wall, lewis he dont look like 5ft6.
Superbeauty said on 22/Oct/12
Per Robert Lee; "Bruce was between 5'6 and 5'7 or let's put it this way, he wasnt 5'7!" Bruce had a tendency saying he was taller than he was. 5'8 sounds better than 5'6!
Brad said on 10/Oct/12
Jim Kelly told me 5' 7". I'd go with a 5' 6.5".
Brad said on 5/Oct/12
I should ask his photographer from Enter The Dragon sunday, maybe his wife if she appears, Wall-Saxon-Kelly are.
gaz said on 25/Sep/12
He definitely was not over 5'7.5. In an interview that is on youtube with Bruce he was asked his height and weight and claimed 5'7.5 135 lb. So around 5'7 - 5'7.5
GG said on 23/Sep/12
Bruce had legs that are different in lengths which explains why he can vary in height.
Alan said on 11/Sep/12
nothinbutninja, Bruce lee was nothing like YOU but a human not -god- as you wrote..., But he has done what he knew.,.,!
kevin said on 8/Sep/12
Bruce was definitely 172cm at his peak. Here is Bruce with Chuck Norris who is wearing what appears to be dress shoes with 1 inch heels, and Bruce wearing .5inch flats, and looking just an inch shorter. I'd say Chuck was close to 5'8.5" and with those shoes he would be 5'9.5", which would make Bruce close to 5'8"

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Edward Todd said on 28/Aug/12
Ive no doubt to some think he looked 5ft6ish. But the guy was rather long in the limbs. Look at his neck, his arms etc. If Sammo hung can pass himself off as 5ft7, and bruce looks 2 inches taller dont be harsh on bruce lee.

If Bruce lee stood up straight trying to make himself as long as he can be, which is how you measure your height he is a 5ft7ish guy in anyones book.
dante said on 27/Aug/12
probably a smidgeon under 5'7. I'd say 5'6 3/4
Edward Todd said on 20/Aug/12
Bruce Lee was 5ft 7 give or take really. Some have said he is 5ft6ish, maybe because they thought that is what he looked like and its hard to approxiamte anyones height from just meeting someone. YOu can make a rough estimate that is all.

For instance i can meet a genuine 6footer, but he may look 5ft 11 to me. Thats just the way it is. So you will hear stories of people thinking he is 5ft6 or so, genuine mistakes i would say.
Peyman said on 17/Aug/12
Mike Tyson is really great but he is nobody in comparison with Bruce Lee.
now back to his height : I think 5ft 7.5in is totally a true listing ,but yeah sometimes he could apear shorter but whats the difference he was Bruce Lee.
indeed a true legend !!!
jimjo said on 29/Jul/12
I am 5'7'', very fit, and weigh 132 lbs. I can see him being 128.
Mr. Kaplan said on 21/Jan/12
He weight was recorded at 128 at the time of his death.

5'7" at 128 pounds? Are you kidding? Have you seen his muscle mass?
ernie said on 17/Jan/12
Look on the polish website you see article about television mailbox and his height ist 167 :D maybe its true.
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Robby D. said on 16/Jan/12
ernie. You raise a valid point. I would not say Bolo is taller than Bruce but in the photos I have seen of them together there is little if any difference in their heights.
ernie said on 14/Jan/12
Bruce ist 5'6" max +- 167 cm
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Yip Man is 5'4"
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Or look on the movie Enter The Dragon, Bolo is 168 5'6" and he is taller than bruce.
ernie said on 14/Jan/12
Bruce ist 5'6" max +- 167 cm
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Yip Man is 5'4"
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Or look on the movie Enter The Dragon, Bolo is 168 5'6" and he is taller than bruce.
burby said on 4/Jan/12
The Kung Fu is strong with Kung Fu. I'd go weak 5'7" MAX.
yannis_baby said on 28/Dec/11
Mike Tyson has beaten many opponents bigger than it IS more than just muscle and weight. Another case in point is watch Cassius Clay/Ali, 206 lbs, fight against Sonny Liston, 218 lbs in 1964 and then Ali, 216 lbs, against George Foreman, 220 lbs, you will see that a much faster skilled fighter can actually run rings around a bigger stronger opponent. Maybe the question asked should be, who would win in a fight between a Bruce Lee weighing 200 lbs against a Bruce Lee weighing 150 lbs? I think endurance is a big factor, it takes more energy to move more weight consistently, ask any boxer who goes up in weight, or any fighter who does...even any athlete. Remember BL had a punching bag that weighed 400 lbs, and he could consistently kick it to the ceiling with his devastaing side kick, that has been witnessed, not in the movies.
frank james BS said on 26/Dec/11
you do realise that bruce lee was not just a "movie fighter" he is considered the greatest martial artist of all time. he had many street fights and won them all sometimes with several opponents. true, that mike tyson is superior in muscle and size but lee can out smart him he technique is flawless. you really think a boxer could stand with a ufc fighter think again my friend boxers use hands. bruce could use and limb he wantes. just to add legs are longer than arms so tyson wouldnt even get close enough to him. do you rteally think mike tyson can defent against a kick to the knee when he cant even reach him. SERIOUSLY REASEARCH A LITTLE INTO MARTIAL ARTS AND LEARN SOMETHING DONT JUST BET ON A GUY BECAUSE HE IS BIGGER.
Frank James said on 24/Dec/11
Rubbish, Bruce Lee was so slight he would have had trouble standing in a strong breeze.
Mike Tyson in his prime was fast, and very strong, with plenty of muscle, a blow on a bloke that from a slight fellow like Lee, would have had all the impact of a feather duster.
Just one blow on Lee would have busted him real bad, and Tyson could fire a barrage, even at his fastest, Lee could not have avoided all of them.
Speeds fine, but weights final, as boxers say.
Lee was just a movie fighter, fight like that in real life, jumping around like a moron will just get you killed, try it.
Robby D. said on 19/Dec/11
I think "Kung Fu" has it right for Bruce Lee, 5'6.5" to 5'7" maximum. Probably 5'7" straight out of bed.
Lee said on 30/Nov/11
5'7.5 to 5'8 doesnt make a difference because half an inch isnt noticable because its a small fraction if you were 5'10.5 and stood next to a 5'11 person you would look exact
Kung fu said on 23/Nov/11
Bruce is 5'6.5'' to 5'7'' maximum and chuck Norris is 5'8'' to 5'8.5'' maximum.
mk said on 4/Oct/11
Bruce was 5f.7 and chuck is 5f.10.
anon said on 3/Oct/11
awe geez, another "how good was bruce" thread. haven't been in one of these in a while, but i've seen and heard it all, believe me lol. first, let me say bruce is one of my idols, what he did was way ahead of his time and did the asian man proud. no camera tricks or fancy wire, the man is still entertaining to watch today and inhumanly quick even compared with today's fancy film ramping and wire tricks.

anyways, this is what it boils down to for me - he was undoubtedly good. he was undoubtedly knowledgable, wise, skilled and very innovative in martial-arts. BUT... he didn't practice fighting enough. he certainly trained hard and sparred, but if you count even all his street fights as a young inexperienced tough and later tussles with film set extras and whatnot, you can hardly count any of them as world-class fighters. and to be good at ANYTHING, whether it be art, music, fighting or any other sports, requires much actual practice of your craft, including losing - losing is what teaches and makes winners.

bruce had an iconic image to protect, and i don't blame him for not fighting much, i woulda done the same if i were him. did that make him an invincible fighter? certainly not. did that make him a poor fighter? certainly not either. i just hate it when people exaggerate it either way - that he was so good, or so crappy.

as for his height, was probably closer to 5-8 when younger, but he became overly stressed, malnourished and dehydrated closer to his death, trained with diuretics and whatnot, so i say could have been closer to 5-7 upon his death.
Phillip Box said on 23/Sep/11
Bruce Lee is a real.dragon warrior. He is very good at kung fu and he trained well when he was 18 years old.
Rico said on 23/Sep/11
I see some of you guys bashing on Vinn..
But the things you guys are bashing him about was actually just Vinn quoting GBot, which read, "GBot says on 19/Jul/11
Mike Tyson in his prime wouldda kicked the **** out of Bruce Lee without a problem. Forget all the mystical kung fu powers and one inch punches and all that crap. That stuff takes meditation and time, if it works at all. Put them in the ring and let 'em have at it as they will. I'd be surprised if Bruce Lee even made it out alive. Dude was just a movie star."

His actual comment was after wards, which read, "Dream on, tyson is strong but bruce lee is alot faster than mike tyson and im damn sure bruce lee would beat mike tyson... 100%" (Slight grammar fix)

I think some of you guys owe him an apology..
As for the topic, it makes me sick to my stomach whenever someone discredit Mr. Lee's achievements based on the perceived stereo types of Chinese Martial arts (or Asian MA in general). What Mr. Lee brought forth was anything but useless, in fact, he advocated to remove any unnecessary elements in traditional martial arts and only keep what is useful. How much more practical do you want to be? He was simply a man ahead of his time, a visionary, if you would. Please be reminded that before an actor Mr. Lee is a martial artist, it just so happens that in reality a martial artist isn't exactly the best paying job. He fought with no rules, unlike the more conventional sports like boxing or MMA.

Hopefully people can do some research before speaking. Wishful thinking, I know.
Vinn said on 18/Sep/11
man you people have no idea what you people talking about you people think only that strength is everything mike tyson has only strength but he is stupid he is so big boned but still he got beat up by a man that was out of boxing we all know george foreman... so stop the crap mate... and bruce lee has speed and im damn sure he can hit him on some places and even chuck norris told that bruce lee could fight better than him so what is mike tyson than? chuck norris is 7 times champion of every sport and if u dont belive me than search it
Gerald. said on 16/Sep/11
Everyone of Lees time say Lee was the toughest man in the world. When they say toughest they dont mean he had the hardest chin and could take the most punishment, they mean he was the TOUGHEST man in the man to beat. Because of his superior skills and ability, not to mention being a fighting genius.

Back to his height. 5feet 7 inches at least in his prime, but most likely a little taller.
Shaun said on 6/Sep/11
Vin. Most of the hardest guys and most successful fighters and athletes in the world say that Lee was second to nobody. Whether its Gene Lebell or Sugar Ray Leonard they all they that Lee was the most superior fighter, mentally and physically in history and could destroy anybody or any size of any discipline. Tyson is little more than a super thug. Lee was way quicker and mentally far superior.
Shaun said on 6/Sep/11
Very interesting watch Jackie Chan's interview Click Here

6:36 and right at the end. Bruce Lee wore bell bottom jeans and high heels. Maybe he was more height conscious than we think. Chan says Lee wore high heels and appears to describe them as you would those of a woman.
leonari said on 6/Sep/11
Vinn: Man you have no clue about martial arts or boxing. Your post is crap. There I said it. Bruce Lee was not only a "moviestar". Stallone is only a moviestar. Vin Diesel. Bruce lee was genius and probably one of the fastest guys ever. He invented A whole new martial arts philosophy and technique .Tyson would not be able to keep up with this kind of speed. He wouldn't catch Bruce. Stop posting nonsense here. Aight!?
GUY said on 5/Sep/11
I think Rob has it right here. Bruce did round up sometimes to 5'8" but was probably really 5'7.5". Bruce never looked especially short on screen even in the American feature Enter the Dragon. Bob Wall is a good 6'1" min and Bruce held his own against him. Bruce also looked about the same height as Chuck Norris in Return of the Dragon. Norris was 1 inch taller max. Not much difference.
Guacho said on 19/Aug/11
5'6 is probably closer to reality. He listed himself at 5'7 1/2 , so 5'8 is out of the queston.
Vinn said on 12/Aug/11
GBot says on 19/Jul/11
Mike Tyson in his prime wouldda kicked the **** out of Bruce Lee without a problem. Forget all the mystical kung fu powers and one inch punches and all that crap. That stuff takes meditation and time, if it works at all. Put them in the ring and let 'em have at it as they will. I'd be surprised if Bruce Lee even made it out alive. Dude was just a movie star.

Dream on tyson is strong but bruce lee is alot faster than mike tyson and im damn sure bruce lee would beat mike tyson... 100%
xxxx said on 8/Aug/11
nija is obviously challenged if at all can even dream lee would have beaten Tyson. Keep dreaming forrest
ajuba said on 4/Aug/11
brucelee can beet any 6 footer with his physique.This shows height doesnot matter.For a man it is his stature that leaves a mark.
nothinbutninja said on 2/Aug/11
nothing about height, GBot, you happen to be as dumb as the other 90% of this world, mike tyson was an ear biting boxer, not also did bruce lee also box, but his feet were faster than anyone in the world, and you also said "in his prime" lets not forget that if bruce was still alive we would have been in his prime practically his whole life, so maybe if mike tyson was even close to beating him during his less than 20 year prime, bruce could have came back at anytime. you also say he was just a movie star after all.... the only reason he was a movie star is after years of learning the discipline of martial arts and being asked by ed parker to do a demonstration at his karate championship in long beach did he find his way to fighting in front of a camera. bruce lee just happens to be god, no doubt.
Robby D. said on 28/Jul/11
TruebloodFan - I did not think Bruce Lee did look particularly tall for a Chinese guy and don't forget the average heights were alot less then than they are now so I am sure if he had been 5'8" as his brother claimed, which was about the average height for a European male back then, he would have towered over the others. I thought Jackie Chan looked taller than the average chinese guy but I felt even he had his height exaggerated. I would have gone along with 5'9" for Chan but I think he claimed 5'10.5".
TruebloodFan said on 27/Jul/11
how tall is the average Chinese man? Lee looked tallish for a Chinese guy. However I'm sure Jackie Chan was tall at peak, like 5ft9...
Phil said on 24/Jul/11
Rob, I know Bruce Lee is 5 foot 7, but how tall is Tony Jaa?
Robby D. said on 20/Jul/11
Come on, GBot, this is a height site, not a "who can beat up who" site. My only issue against Bruce Lee is that I think he lied about his height, I doubt if he was an iota over 5'7" on a good day, however, let us take nothing away from his ability. He was probably the greatest Martial Arts fighter of all time and I would never bet against him if he were fighting, Mike Tyson or Muhammad Ali. Just my opinon though.
GBot said on 19/Jul/11
Mike Tyson in his prime wouldda kicked the **** out of Bruce Lee without a problem. Forget all the mystical kung fu powers and one inch punches and all that crap. That stuff takes meditation and time, if it works at all. Put them in the ring and let 'em have at it as they will. I'd be surprised if Bruce Lee even made it out alive. Dude was just a movie star.
Kwon138 said on 17/Jul/11
The comment made from Bruce lee brother Robert is correct 5ft8".
Robby D. said on 17/Jul/11
I have just read on the internet that Bruce Lee had one leg an inch shorter than the other. Now if this is correct then that may have settled the arguement on his height. Let's say he was 5'7.5" putting his weight on his longer leg with his shorter leg raised an inch off the ground and 5'6.5" putting his weight on his shorter leg. Problem solved.
Robby D. said on 30/Jun/11
MigMig. Are you serious? One foot 2cm smaller than the other?
MigMig said on 29/Jun/11
I heard that one of his feet was 2cm smaller than the other one. I can't find the source however.
JKD FAN said on 28/Jun/11
Lee was 5'7-5'8 hands down the greatest and strongest man who ever lived not to be messed with at all
Rikashiku said on 28/Jun/11
"License is not an official measurement. Anyone can put down anything as long as it's not totally skewing the fact."

-You're right. I noticed that after a while when i saw other peoples licenses. But his wasn't a Drivers license and they do measure you for a Martial Artist license. I've got one, 184cm :D.
josh said on 21/Jun/11
People please! Let's end it Bruce was 5'7 1/2 and 140. He stated this in his wons words in the Alex Ben Block intereview, check youtube enough said final verdict. End conversation.
Robby D. said on 17/Jun/11
If Chuck Norris is only 5'8.5" as listed on here, then I don't see how Bruce Lee could have been 5'7.5" as Norris definately had more than an inch height advantage over him. On the other hand Bolo is listed as 5'6" yet there was nowhere near 1.5" difference between him and Bruce. Based on that, I would say Bruce was 5'7" maximum, perhaps slightly less.
Lesterstorm said on 1/Jun/11
He looks around 5'6to me. I can believe 5'7 too, but not 5'8.
Rebound said on 28/May/11
I think a comparison of Chuck and Bruce, at the link below make it pretty clear Bruce was nowhere near 5'8. He was probably between 5'6 and 5'7.
cheng said on 24/May/11
i thinks,he's 5ft8 when i saw him in hongkong.
mike said on 24/May/11

License is not an official measurement. Anyone can put down anything as long as it's not totally skewing the fact.
Chadillac said on 29/Apr/11
Chuck is most likely 5'9, Bruce was most likely 5'7.5. People who say Bruce was 5'6 are just off. Look at Jose Aldo in the cage, Bruce was no shorter than him.
Observant said on 26/Mar/11
Using the same "deductive tenable logic" as most of the posters here, I 100% know that bruce lee was 5ft 2" when he was in the horse stance preparing to kick chuck norris in way of the dragon. This is complete and utter fact... :-/
Rikashiku said on 18/Mar/11
At a Martial Arts supply shop, i saw a copy of Lee's License. 171cm tall and 145lbs.
jordan said on 16/Mar/11
Id say 5'6 1/2 to 5'7 1/2. No less than 5'6 1/2, and taller than 5'7 1/2. 5'8 is unlikely given his own estimate of 5'7 1/2
keith said on 1/Mar/11
5 foot 8.5 to 5 foot 9
keith said on 1/Mar/11
5 foot 8.5
P Savage said on 28/Feb/11
I saw a youtube vid with Bruce next to Bolo and bruce lee was taller by an inch and a bit it looked like.
I dont think bruce has ever looked as short as Inosanto. Bruce was very thin and if he was 5ft6 as well his body weight would be like 120lbs or so.
Safe to say bruce was 5ft7ish.
Solid said on 24/Feb/11
That fat dude is bolo, and he is recorded at 5'6. In behind the scene photo's of enter the dragon he looks the about same height as bolo. There are also a few photos of inosanto with him and they are the same height. In the ones you are referring too im guessing he wasn't standing at full attention like bruce. Though I do believe bruce to be 5'7, there is plenty of evidence that he could be 5'6.
hammerfilmfan said on 20/Feb/11
Bruce Lee is no 5ft6ish guy, dont play that game with me. Whenever he is next to so called 5ft6 guys like Dan Inosanto he looks visibly taller. And when i say visibly taller im not saying one inch, two inches or so taller. Just unmistakably taller, so that is evidence you can just rule that out.
And watching the opening scene of ETD, bruce lee is even taller than the fat guy who supposed to be 5ft7.
So whatever way you look at it, bruce lee is 5ft7 at least.
me said on 12/Feb/11

Totally agree. Chuck is 5.7. That makes Bruce pretty short.
Solid said on 7/Feb/11
If chuck is 5'10 I'd say bruce is 5'8. However I don't think that is the case. Therefore his height is probably closer to 5'7. He has photo's with inosanto that make him only seem about a half inch taller at the most, and he is 5'6. I have no problem with bruce being 5'8, but then chuck would have to be 5'10 which he is not.
Cliff richard said on 7/Feb/11
solid, and bruce looks at least 5ft7. So why you trying to make out he is 5ft6. It is important that bruce lee is seen as small to you. Tell us your problems and the reasons behind your behaviour and actions towards Bruce lee.

You said Bruce in that picture must be 5ft6? Why? Why cant Norris be 5ft10 and bruce 5ft7.5 in that pic? Because even in that pic Bruce dont look 3 inches shorter than Norris. Look at the eye line. 2 inches maybe.
Solid said on 5/Feb/11
Lewis says he was five foot seven.
Salvo said on 5/Feb/11
Bruce was taller than Pac Mr Solid. He dont look like a dwarf next to Joe Lewis. He looks 4 inches shorter maybe when handing him his trophy.
Solid said on 2/Feb/11
It looks pretty apparent that chuck is a solid 2 inches taller then bruce. I'd say he was 5'6 1/2 same as manny with a different frame. I'd give him 5'7 1/2 in shoes. Also if you notice how they are standing. They all are slouching besides bruce.
Cliff richard said on 2/Feb/11
That picture that Solid linked does look weird. Ive never seen Norris look so tall. He is nearly the same height as Bob Wall. So all that proves is Norris is taller than 5ft9 in that pic more than anything.
Bruce lee dont look much smaller than Bob Wall who has shoes on. Norris has never been 3 inches taller than Bruce lee. If you are 3 inches taller than someone it looks so apparent.
Mark Ibbotson said on 1/Feb/11
Bruce lee is only a couple of inches shorter than Chuck Norris at most. In WOTD the directors said they look too similar in size so they asked Norris to put weight on.

Do you know how tall Bob Wall is, and Bruce lee dont look that much smaller than BoB Wall in that picture.
Bruce Lee is about the same height as Roberto Duran at about 5ft7.5. Taller than Manny Pacquioa.
Solid said on 30/Jan/11
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Giving chuck a lucky 5'9 id say bruce is closer 5'6
me said on 29/Jan/11

Probably not Mexico. In south america, like peru, avg height per male is 5.3. Mexicans are taller at around 5.6 because of the mixed spanish blood. Brazil is taller too.
daniel p, said on 23/Jan/11
not true for me

he is/was a SOLID 5-7
EdgarHernandez said on 23/Jan/11
To me, is no quite true, lets say this: nearly all the people in the north of Mexico, i mean, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, nuevo leon, Sinaloa, etc... is well over that mark, i am 5ft 11 and i dont feel so special at all regarding my height, i am happy with my height. But the suth Mexicans are 5ft 6 or a little less, there are exeptions in the suth, but belive me, the height in Mexico is not, as low as 5ft 3, and second, even phisicaly the north and suth Mexicans are very diferent, the suth thend to be more mesomorphing looking while the north are very ectomorphing looking(the classic build here in chihuahua is tall skinny and long leged).
me said on 7/Jan/11
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me said on 7/Jan/11
The avg height of a mexican male is 5.3.
MD said on 5/Jan/11
@ me

It hasn't. That's not an opinion, it's a fact.
Duhon said on 4/Jan/11
If indeed the average height of americans has decreased its due to substantial increase in mexican immigration. The average white and black male in the US has a height of 5'10", the average mexican male in the us is 5'7"
me said on 4/Jan/11

Actually the avg height of Americans are shorter today from what I've read.
MD said on 2/Jan/11
You obviously aren't understanding me. You made the silly comment that he would have been short at the time, when the fact is that he'd be even shorter today, as Americans are taller than they ever been. If you don't get what I'm saying, I don't know what else to say.
me said on 1/Jan/11

In the 70's, Americans were among the tallest. I think the Dutch as the tallest population right now. I think it has something to do with having more processed food in the diet. Kid nowadays eat chips and soda for lunch. The dutch has a more healthy diet.
MD said on 31/Dec/10
What are you talking about? American's have shrank, they just haven't grown. We're as tall as we've ever been. If anything, Lee would have been slightly closer to average than now.
me said on 31/Dec/10
He was probably short at the time. Remember in the 70's the people in America were among the tallest in the world. 5.7 is short when everyone else is 5.11 and over.
Brad said on 18/Nov/10
Probably lost a 1/2" in 6 years by Enter The Dragon, his back was wrecked in '71.
Prithivi said on 13/Nov/10
Bruce looked realy small in 'enter the dragon'. I think his actual height is 5.6"
Robert R. said on 14/Oct/07
Also Randy, I don't doubt your intelligence for one moment. In fact I think you are probably a very intelligent person and the fact that you have got Bruce Lee's height wrong doesn't alter the respect I have for you. I do agree Bruce was about one inch taller than Robert Lee and you are right, I haven't met Robert Lee, I would like to meet him however, so I could measure him and I would bet good odds he is nearer 5'5" than 5'7" which plus inch would put Bruce back in the 5'6" range.
Robert R. said on 14/Oct/07
This page is addictive. I have tried cold turkey and it doesn't work.

Anon I have just looked at that picture you posted. Are you seriously saying that you can see a clear 1.5" difference between Bruce Lee and Bolo Yeung?
Anon said on 14/Oct/07
Trudat Randy, our obsessed friend Robert R. shall surely be back, lol. He claims he's bored with discussing Bruce's height when he writes essay after essay downgrading Bruce's height with not a spec of evidence to back his claims, and gets all emotional when anyone intelligent like you challenges his lofty arguments.

Here is a picture of Bruce clearly standing 1.5" taller than 5'6" Bolo Yeung in this nice full-body shot of both of them on the set of ETD:
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Case closed!

(but ur right Randy, RobR-boy shall surely be back to re-open the case and refute this one, and continue on perpetuating his obsessive denial! I'll love him for it too!) ;)
Randy said on 13/Oct/07
Oh, forgot to mention, when a person sleeps their spine relaxes, therefore, when they wake up, they're slightly bit taller! It goes down as the day progresses due to compression and fatigueness of back muscles. So Bruce Lee could've pushed that (5 ft 7.5 in) height to 5"8 when he was sleeping! Anyways, I think he was 5"8 regardless of beauty rest:)
Randy said on 13/Oct/07
Way to use exaggerate my statement; a Straw Man. What I meant is 5"8 mark. Sorry to tell you this but, posture sometimes has nothing do with contraction of the spine after an injury. A person can have a good posture and still be in pain; they don't have to bending like a sickly geriatric with a cane to show it. And your remarks about my intelligence only serves to weaken your argument, but hey, way to impugn your contention.

Also, how do you rationalize Robert Lee having a Napolean complex? Do you know him? Let me answer: no. You're contradicting your own line of reasoning: "he was 1" shorter than Bruce which I don't DOUBT" then go on to say, "he not only makes Bruce taller but he makes himself taller than what he is". Ergo: YOU ACTUALLY DOUBT ROBERT!!

Wow. Logic rules!! You'll respond back. I know it. And I'll love you for it, Robert R.
Robert R. said on 13/Oct/07
Yes I knew Bruce Lee had a back injury, so does everyone else who knows anything about him but it clearly never effected his posture. Now I thought I was being generous saying 5'7" when in reality he was probably under but now it gets better, he nowe could have EXCEEDED the 5'8" range, why not round it off to 5'10" in fact why stop there? Lets make him 6ft shall we? Bruce Lee was a brilliant martial artiste, there was nothing he could not do in that field, unfortunately for him he could not make himself taller. As for Robert Lee, well it is clear he is a short guy and says he was 1" shorter than Bruce which I don't doubt, however, by saying Bruce was 5'8" he not only makes Bruce taller but he makes himself taller than what he is. Anyone with half a brain would have worked that out. People on here are letting their admiration of Bruce Lee cloud their judgement of his height, if it were anyone else but him I doubt if we would be even contemplating these ridiculous height claims. Anyway, the whole subject is boring me now. Have him at what height you like, have him at 7ft for all I care. I am done with it.
Randy said on 13/Oct/07
Unreal. I'll believe Robert Lee than anyone here; he grew up, lived, talked with his brother, Bruce Lee. Some of you are using pictures to distinguish a few inches. *sarcastic grin*: That's really scientific. And some of you might not know, Bruce Lee had a back injury, which has been documented to reduce a person's height. A very healthy, robust Bruce Lee could've reached or exceeded the 5"8 range.
Robert R said on 7/Oct/07
Whilst I agree that 1501bs-1551bs would make the average male of 5'6.5" look stockier than Bruce Lee, you have to take into consideration that muscle weighs heavier than fat and Bruce was probably all muscle without an ounce of fat on him, which could explain why he looked so lean at that weight.
Robert R said on 7/Oct/07
You have made an interesting point Anon and I must confess I was not aware that you could lose height through dehydration. I could probably accept 5'7" maximum, I still think 5'7.5" would be pushing it.
Anon said on 7/Oct/07
About Bruce's height: he surely wasn't 5'8" but wasn't shorter than 5'7". 5'7"-5'7.5" seems most appropriate. He weighed 150-155lbs at his peak and would have appeared too stocky if he were in the 5'6-ish range. I'm currently 5'9" on the dot, pretty cut and weigh 150, and have about the same proportions and build as Bruce (although not quite as cut as him, but within a similar range). If I was 5'8" or 5'7" I know I'd be noticably stockier. He weighed only 128lb just before he died in filming ETD, was very cut and lean, but grossly dehydrated and not in the best health. I can perhaps buy him being 5'6.5" at that point, when not in his best of health (he was also overly stressed and lacked sleep and appetite). There were days in college when I was literally a poor starving student, overly stressed with school, finals and whatnot, but also had to live on only instant noodles for a whole year (thank god those days are long gone lol).. I eventualy got really sick and had to go to the doctor, and I was actually diagnosed with "scurvy" (dumbass me for not eating right in retrospect, lol). I also got weighed and measure, to which I shockingly found out I had lost 20lbs and 1.5" in height (130lbs, 5'7.5")! That's when I made up my mind to live a healthier lifestyle up to this day.. so with this in mind, I have no doubt in my mind that at peak health, Bruce Lee was at least 5'7" but less than 5'8".
Robert R said on 5/Oct/07
I agree entirely Leonari. I have been looking through alot of his photographs recently and he is short in comparison to almost everyone he is photographed with. I would say 5'61/2" maximum barefoot. Anyone who believes 5'8" needs their head examined in my opinion.
leonari said on 4/Oct/07
Strong 5'6 almost 5'7". those 5'8" claims to me are a joke
TJ401 said on 3/Oct/07
John saxon was probably only 5'9 1/2 in his prime. On the site they say he doesn't even look 5'8 today. Thats primarily why i think he was a low 5'7 at best.
TJ401 said on 3/Oct/07
Chuck was probably just 5'8 in his prime. Bruce must have been at the high end of 5'6 or low end of 5'7. I think his own estimate of 5'7.5" includes shoes.
Anon said on 23/Sep/07
Bruce was awesome, way ahead of his time.

It basically comes down to this, an old chinese saying "same game, same rules, the big guy will always win". Bruce was always ahead of people in his time, and that's really what kept him the best during his time. But these days, martial-arts has really advanced, lots of it advancing from stuff Bruce developed 40+ years ago...

Meaning, not only do the biggest roided meat-heads in UFC have the benefit of modern science, medicine and (ahem) "supplements", they also have years of accumulated martial-arts knowledge including most of Bruce's tricks and techniques.

Put a prime Bruce in the Octagon today and he wouldn't stand a chance. But on the streets, his quick thinking and mental edge would many times (though not always) give him the edge over a beefier martial-artist. And being Bruce Lee, he probably would have some dirty little trick up his sleeves even if he were still alive today. Outside the octagon, an eye-gouge, throat-shot or nut-grab is all it takes to drop a 250lb killing machine... of course, if these big dudes knew all his tricks or had the same quick-wits as Bruce, then he'd once again be screwed...
zillionairepoet said on 25/Aug/07
Jack Dempsey trained the Coast Guard in hand to hand combat -- I've read his book. It features 'dirty tricks' of course. It's possible he trained other services, too. Anyway, one of his quotes : "You have a ring, three minute rounds, a referee, and rules. That's not real fighting." So I think Lee understood that, and geared himself towards more realistic fighting. Of course, all out fighting would include just throwing a grenade at someone. In the street, you may face more than one guy, and they may have weapons. As DeMile said, "It's bloody, ugly ..." in today's society, if someone attacks another guy who knows what he's doing, someone's going to end up maimed or dead. Lee trained for fights to last less than a couple of seconds. That's a realistic scenario with one person; so with multiple attackers, it's a little more.
Anonymous2 said on 24/Aug/07
Right TJ.

Chuck's actually been shown to be 5'9" in his prime, 5'8.5" these days, and he never leaves the house with his big heeled boots, so I'm suprised anyone's been able to catch him less than 5'10" (most people out there think he's like 5'11").

Those same heels, possible lifts and cowboy boots also lead many to think he's 2"+ taller than Bruce Lee: e.g.
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But with similar footwear, they're actually pretty similar in height, within 1" or so:
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TJ said on 23/Aug/07
Read again Anon. He was talking about meeting Chuck.
Anonymous2 said on 22/Aug/07
DJ529, was your post a joke?! Bruce died in 1973. You must've been sizing yourself up with "the ghost of Bruce Lee" in the early 80's, lol. ;)
DJ529 said on 18/Aug/07
Wow! These people who think he was 5'8 are stupid. I know for a fact that he admitted to 5-7.5. (But, that's probably in shoes). Chuck norris is 5'8 DEAD ON (and I'm just about 5'8). One of his biggest fans, I have actually met him 2 times, in the early 80's. Bruce Lee looks a about and inch-2inches shorter than Chuck, according to several pictures posted. There is nothing to argue here, Bruce Lee was mid-5'6.
Anonymous2 said on 11/Aug/07
The problem with the "who could be who" thing is, is that often nobody can sure-handedly do someone in 100% of the time. Even Muhammed Ali lost a few times, he fought Joe Frazier 3 times to really establish who was better and never really DID beat Frazier in their last bout in Manila. So the thing for Bruce is, in a street fight if Bruce was able to beat some top-end martial-artists like Samoan street-fighters or whoever only 60%, it'd still damage his "invincibility" rep if he took on these challenges and even lost just 1 match...
zillionairepoet said on 7/Aug/07
Back to BL's height... I guess we'll have to accept his brother's Robert's comment. If Robert is 5-7 and he says his brother was one inch taller....

Lee was also able to access real situations. Consider when he met Vic Damone and his bodyguards in Damon'es Vegas hotel suite. The discussion came around to streetfighting vs. martial arts. The two big bodyguards and Damone were waying Yeah, a good Italian streetfighter could beat a martial artist.

So Lee said, Let's do this. "I'll go outside to the hallway. I'll come thru the door, take care of your first bodyguard standing in front of the door; and then I'll kick the cigarette out of the second guy's mouth, which represents a holstered gun. I'll do this within 6 seconds from entering. If I can do this, will you accept the validity of Chinese martial art?"

They said, yeah yeah, sure. So the two guys get in position, and Damone has a stopwatch. Lee goes outside and shuts the door.

A few seconds later, the door comes off its hinges and crashes into the first guy, knocking him down. Lee then kicks the shocked bodyguard's cigarette. Damone says, Holy S*****T!!!

DeMile has said, "Anyone who never knew Bruce can give a lot of opinions of his fighting ability. The same can't be said for those who knew him." As for the Hawaii / Samoan streetfighters during the 60s, Lee was welll known because of the TV show. If they wanted to challenge him, why didn't they?

There's a well documented story from Hong Kong during the 70s. A guy, mongolian wrestling, western boxing and kung fu. He challenged Lee in the papers. Finally, Lee agreed to meet. The fight lasted a couple of seconds, and the guy ended up with a caved-in face from one punch. He vanished from the scene and was said to be in Japan for reconstructive surgery; also, it's was said that Lee paid for it. It's very coincidental that here's a guy who's challenging Lee in the newspapers for several months; and then after the date of the fight, he vanishes. If he had beaten Lee he would have been in all the papers again. btw, such fights were illegal, so it was in someone's private yard.
JanJ said on 30/Jul/07
lee is 171cm, was 1 or 1.5 inches taller than the 5'6 bodybuilder in enter the dragon
Pete said on 30/Jul/07
ppff..bruce lee was so overrated. he even was a student with some real grand masters in california. he was pretty fast...with his hands. he would never win a street fight against street fighters of hawaii or samoa back in the 60-70s and he knew it.
zillionairepoet said on 30/Jul/07
How tall is John Saxon? Lee is in several pictures standing next to him while they're both wearing flat shoes (Bruce in kung fu shoes, which are really flat). Saxon only looks 3-4 inches taller.

On the fighting Bruce. I'll have to go with James DeMile. He was undefeated Air Force heavyweight boxer 100 fights. He was a streetfighter. He has invited Joe Lewis to check out personally his trapping, which he says "few people understand trapping." Gene LaBell said, "Bruce was the best of his time." Sugar Ray Leonard said that he developed his jab from watching Lee's films, and that he was a fan.
DeMile : (paraphrasing: "Joe Lewis speaks of tournament karate as same as real fighting. Bruce would beat Lewis or anyone else for that matter in a real fight. When they sparred, it was like Ali against a Golden Gloves boxer, strictly no contest." When asked about the Ali quote, "Strictly Hollywood." ...
In the ring Ali would kill Bruce. In the street, Bruce would kill Ali. ... to this day Bruce is the best fighter I have ever seen, I am in awe of his skill. When I met him considered myself the toughest guy on the planet. Bruce tied me up so I couldn't do anything. I always tried to really nail him, but never could." Other of the big guy and street fighter students said "Bruce could beat us all at the same time." Not even an Ali can say that.

* In Hong Kong, during filming, Lee would put his hand on a butcher block and invite the cooks to bring their hatchets down. This speaks of supreme confidence/craziness
* when faced by the Triad, he just basically laffed in their faces. Ali, etc. would not do this.
* Lee had a razor sharp training device. Make one mistake and you cut up your hand. This speaks again of supreme confidence/craziness/not to mention accuracy and speed (also it was electrified). So anyone who says "I could have taken him," just has to replicate this device. I doubt if any fighter today will do this.
* His mental set was far higher than Ali, etc. As DeMile says, he trained for the real thing. I heard of a guy in Vietnam; he wasn't brought on charges, but he was on 'our side' ... he would take the viet cong prisoners outside. He would say, if you can beat me, you're free to go. Then they would face off, he would pluck out their eyes, and the rest of course was easy.
Lee could do that at will. Credible witnesses say that he could put his fingers thru a full coke can. He could pull up 80 times with one arm. Others may be stronger (lifting heavier weights) but few could move their bodies like him.

Check out James DeMile and see if he's full of ____. Dan Inosanto has also said, "Without naming names, Bruce sparred with all of the championship names, and they were like kids." without naming names that would include Joe Lewis, Chuck Norris, Mike Stone, the big three of that era.
I thought Lee was a good martial artist. But it was when I looked at the history that I realized he was the real thing. DeMIle says, "For Joe Lewis to say Bruce was not a fighter is ridiculous."
btw, Lewis once tried to crash heavyweight boxing (old Ring magazine), but he never became a contender. Bruce Thomas wrote a recent book with both Lewis and DeMile in it. Too bad he didn't include more of DeMile.
Dominic said on 28/Jul/07
Just to correct a few bodyfat misunderstandings a few posters have here. Your body requires at least 3-4% bodyfat to keep vital organs running. Any prolonged time at less than 3% and you will die.
Dunken said on 20/Jul/07
the thing with Bruce, despite the fact that i'm a huge, huge fan, is that he never fought at a competition level, which is why some doubt his abilities.

how would he fare in a ring/cage, with rules and regulations, against people his own size or bigger? who knows, but to think he couldn't carry himself in a street fight and beat up bigger people than him is naive. i have and i only have a fraction of his work ethic.
Anonymous2 said on 20/Jul/07
Is the training footage from this video series?
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"Fighter" is a broad term. I think you're thinking too black and white... if there's a scale 1-10 on what a good "fighter" is where 10 is a professional who does it for a living, say a UFC heavyweight, then Bruce might be a 6, 7, 8 or 9. The way you put things, one is either a 10 or a 0 in terms of being a fighter.

The physical feat claims listed below are definitely not all true. However there IS much truth in them, like his strength in being able to hold out a 70lb+ dumbell laterally, accounted by not one but THREE different people including Joe Lewis. I like Joe Lewis, he's level-headed and is more of a thinker than a fighter, and if you read the interview with him below, he has this no BS honest attitude about martial-arts and Bruce, so I'd take his word over most below.

I've heard this debate happen all over the place, and the general pattern goes, the "believers" feel they need to go overboard and exaggerate how good Bruce Lee was to make their point and convince the "disbelievers" that Bruce was as good as advertised, and to satisfy their obsessive needs to deify (good spellin, lol) their idol. And vice versa, the disbelievers go overboard and discredit almost everything Bruce ever was, and has done, to the point of saying he's weak and can't fight, in order to hammer in THEIR point to convince the believers they're just drooling fanboys, exaggerating to counteract the believers' exaggerations, and it quickly ends up being a big downwards spiral... Like I said before, the truth meets somewhere in the middle.

Thx for this friendly debate btw, I've found myself defending Bruce on both sides of this coin before including the disbelieving side. And btw, he may not be a "10" as a fighter, but many do consider him a 10 as a "Martial-Artist" (whatever that means... that'll prolly open up another can of worms, lol).

Peace out.
Melvin said on 20/Jul/07
I don't believe most of these claims. I used to when I was a teenager until I saw the training videos which should be online somewhere by now. Some of those martial artists who praised him were ok for their time but nothing by today's standards so all that praise came easy. Bruce mostly sparred with people weaker than him. He did not spar with Gene LeBell, he took lessons from him. Gene was a grappler and everyone rated him as one of the best grapplers out there. Coburn's bag was likely on a weak hook so what's gonna happen? The most impressive thing about Bruce was his speed and his ideas but he was an actor first all his life and a martial artist second. He had more cha cha dancing accolades than he qualifications in martial arts! Linda Lee said in his bio that Bruce was moving away from martial artis moves. He had become an avid still life photographer and wanted to make a romance movie. Joe Lewis trained with Bruce for hundreds of hours and said "Bruce was not a fighter. He was an actor and a teacher. He was a great teacher." That's all we need to know.
Anonymous2 said on 19/Jul/07
Pardon my grammatization! :) I dunno Melv, yes he was just a man but you're making him sound more like a dope. Are there any of these training videos online like youtube? An interview with Joe Lewis does reveal what you're saying about the exaggerations about his sidekick with a supposed 300lb/700lb bag:
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Here's a link to a list of many of Bruce's amazing physical feats quoted from many of those closest to him:
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A few among them:

Jesse Glover - "When he could do push ups on his thumbs and push ups with 250lbs on his back, he moved on to other exercises".

Chuck Norris - "Lee, pound for pound, might well have been one of the strongest men in the world, and certainly one of the quickest".

Joe Lewis - "Bruce was incredibly strong for his size. He could take a 75lb barbell and from a standing position with the barbell held flush against his chest, he could slowly stick his arms out, lock them and hold the barbell there for 20 seconds, that's pretty damn tough for a guy who at the time only weighed 138lbs. I know 200lb weight lifters who can't do that."

Danny Inosanto - "Bruce had tremendous strength in holding a weight out horizontally in a standing position. I know because I've seen it. He'd take a 125lb barbell and hold it straight out".

Jesse Glover - "Bruce would take hold of a 70lb dumbbell with one arm and raise it to a lateral position, level to his shoulder and then he'd hold the contraction for a few seconds. Nobody else I knew could even get it up there, let it alone hold it up there".

Jesse Glover - "Bruce was gravitating more and more toward weight training as he would use the weighted wall pulleys and do series upon series with them. He'd also grab one of the old rusty barbells that littered the floor at the YMCA and would roll it up and down his forearms, which is no small feat when you consider that the barbell weighed 70lbs".

Bolo Yeung - "Bruce had devised a particularly difficult exercise that he called "The Flag". While lying on a bench, he would grasp the uprights attached to the bench with both hands and raise himself off the bench, supported only by his shoulders. Then with his knees locked straight and his lower back raised off the bench, he'd perform leg raises. He was able to keep himself perfectly horizontal in midair. He was incredible, in 100 years there will never be another like him".

Dorian Yates (Mr Olympia) - "He used to do that thing where he'd spread his scapulas and then tense every muscle in his body, he had an incredible physique".

James Coburn - "Bruce and I were training out on my patio one day, we were using this giant bag for side kicks, I guess it weighed about 150lbs. Bruce looked at it and just went Bang, it shot up out into the lawn about 15ft in the air, it then busted in the middle. It was filled with little bits and pieces of rag, we were picking up bits of rag for months".

At any rate, just like Stallone's height, the truth about Bruce Lee is out there somewhere between all the fanboys and hatahs...
Melvin said on 19/Jul/07
lol. That should be deified. There's no way he could curl a 110lb dumbbell. I've seen all his training videos and home movies. He wasn't even half of what he was made out to be. He had a 300 pound punchbag in his garden that was four foot wide. His followers said he could kick it off the chain. Every home movie I saw of him he was taking these long 20 foot run ups to kick the bag and kept missing. He was missing a four foot wide bag! Crazy. As a theorist he was very good. As an actor he had great charisma. As a real fighter Bruce Lee wouldn't have stood a chance against the many well known fighters.
Anonymous2 said on 18/Jul/07
Melvin, I agree that Bruce has been somewhat dietized by many drooling fanboys, but many of his speed and strength feats WERE quite phenomenal for a man his size. He curled dumbells around 110lbs like yourself, and did shoulder-raises with dumbells which many 200lb body-builders can't do (and I believe this came from the words of Joe Lewis or Chuck Norris). It was also either Lewis or Norris who also said Bruce hit as hard as a 200-pounder. And he did train and spar with BOTH Norris, Lewis, and "Judo" Gene Lebell too among a long list of many experienced fighters.

You can tear a muscle doing a 10lb exercise if you do hundreds of reps on extreme conditions. Bruce was often known to do crazy-ass stuff like leg-raises with "only shoulders" touching the bench, etc.. You don't even need weights to tear a muscle doing stuff like that!

"Weak" would be the poorest word to describe Bruce Lee. He's stronger than the average athletic 170lb man imho. Pound-for-pound, he could be one of the strongest ever... however, he would NOT last a round against a UFC heavyweight like Tito Ortiz or Chuck Liddell. He could probably take most people under 200lbs imho, unless they nearly match his skill level and outweigh him 50lbs or more.

What I appreciate most about him was how ahead of his time he was. Many consider him the "father of mixed-martial-arts", and I think Tito Ortiz was quoted saying he adopted many of Bruce's fighting philosophies.
Jason said on 17/Jul/07
Dunken says on 16/Jul/07
''i drink plenty of water. i'm only ripped, i don't have the "bone dry", almost dead look.

for comparision, i resemble the mid-72 to late-72 Bruce body (while he was shooting Game of Death):

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the unhealthy, mega-ripped, muscles-painted in can been seen best in the opening sequence of Enter the Dragon (when Bruce fights Sammo).''

That's more like 7%. Calipers are inaccurate (often off by up to 4% either way) for getting a good bodyfat reading.
Melvin said on 17/Jul/07
That's good but what I'm saying is Bruce was fast and knowledgeable but he was pretty weak compared to the stories that went around after his death. He wouldn't spar or fight with anyone with good experience. Joe Lewis was once going to beat the mother out of Bruce on his doorstep once. I saw training footage of Bruce doing some sparring with this Italian American guy from San Francisco. That guy was a west coast karate champ. Was beating Bruce around like a daddy beats a bad son.
Dunken said on 17/Jul/07
Melvin: i'm pretty strong for my size. in BJJ classes, i can hang and often outmuscle guys 2 weightclasses above mine. there's also some heavyweights who get tooled by welterweights in classes and get submited in no time.
Melvin said on 17/Jul/07
What I hate most if the aura of invincibility and stories of immense strength some of fans and those who make money out of his name have created. Bruce Lee was strong for a very light guy and fast too but he admitted himself he would not be able to beat Muhammed Ali. He also said in his notes that you can read in the Tao of Jeet Kune Do that a good boxer can beat a good martial artist. Lee wasn't very strong either. He tore his nerves doing a 125lb good morning exercise. That's serious light weight. I was deadlifting 750lbs at 19 years old and could do one arm preacher curls with 110lb dumbbells. Those finger push ups I could do at 16. I found out that they were easy to do if you didn't weigh much. The man was was a great philosopher and had a larger than life personality but strong he was not.
glenn said on 17/Jul/07
i had microscopic tears in my arm muscles from curling too much at 14,and that was incredibly painful.and pulled or tore a stomach muscle 10 months ago.was in pain for 8 months.whenever i pull my wrist,which happen yearly from not lifting weights,but moving heavy objects,im in pain for 3 or 4 months.never put it in a brace like a in pain from that now as i write this.
Brad said on 17/Jul/07
Those muscles in "Enter The Dragon" were so tight that if he did a move too fast and in a contorted manner, Warner Bros. would eat millions in dead time breaking down a big budget film for 2 months while Bruce healed. I read he was in unbelievable pain for weeks & weeks after he ripped his muscles....just stuck in a bed reading books and suffering a few years before. Ouch!
Viper said on 16/Jul/07
I figured at 1 percent you would be dead.
Dunken said on 16/Jul/07
i drink plenty of water. i'm only ripped, i don't have the "bone dry", almost dead look.

for comparision, i resemble the mid-72 to late-72 Bruce body (while he was shooting Game of Death):

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the unhealthy, mega-ripped, muscles-painted in can been seen best in the opening sequence of Enter the Dragon (when Bruce fights Sammo).
Melvin said on 16/Jul/07
Less than 1% body fat is very dangerous level to stay at. Your spinal column needs water and fats to maintain healthy posture and so do your glands for healthy functioning.
There was a bodybuilder called Mohammed Benaziza who didn't drink liquid for 2 weeks and took diuretics to get the bone dry steel hard look. His stomach cramped up so hard he had to leave the competition stage to vomit. His fellow competitor Porter Cotrell said it was 'projectile vomit up to 5 meters'. Benaziza died after winning the competition. The coroner said his liver was shriveled up to half size. Dangerous being that ripped and dehydrated.
Dunken said on 16/Jul/07
he removed his sweat glandules at some point (spelling might wrong). i achieved that ripped look and i still sweat like any ther human. muscles ripping sounds like bad nutrition, lack of liquid ingestion.

i'm around the size Melvin described of Bruce's death with less than 1% body fat and i'm one of the healthier people i know. nowadays he could've achieved that look without virtually killing himself in the process.
Brad said on 15/Jul/07
The guy ripped his muscles numerous times. He said it was of the greatest concern that he didn't tear his muscles because it took forever to heal. His skin looked almost painted on. The guy was around zero body fat. Lean lean lean. He lost a lot of $ being in a bed for months around '71. The guy had to have sweat made from spray bottles in his films. The guy never sweat. That's a bad sign.
Melvin said on 14/Jul/07
Bruce Lee was measured 5ft 8 and 150 pounds for his driving license in 1964. He was very healthy at the time. On the day of his death the coroner measured him 5ft 6 and 126 pounds. The coroner mentioned his body was completely dehydrated. The story goes Lee was dehydrating himself for three years to get that super ripped look. He was also smoking pot and taking diuretics to get that bone dry look. Dehydrated bodies lose height. So peak 5ft 8, lowest 5ft 6. Average 5ft 7.
glenn said on 13/Jul/07
the thing is chuck claims it any possibilty chuck was 5-9 peak?
Brad said on 12/Jul/07
Chuck is 5' 8". Subtract the 1.5" in the photo. May add 1/2" more with the downslope from the stairs. I saw Lee's penny trick in person, it was like a wizard. Jabbar wore nothing on his feet in the last film (If I remember). Somebody should ask Jabbar at a sports autograph show. I don't think he'd lie. Norris might to cover his not well known lack of height to the general public. Most people I ask say "6'" for Chuck.
Anonymous2 said on 12/Jul/07
He's too close in height to Chuck Norris to be only 5'6.5". That would give them a 2" difference assuming Chuck's at 5'8.5" (he was probably 5'9" in his prime). Most pics of them seen together, they differ by 1", 1.5" at most. It's more accurate to measure people with others closer to their own height, not Kareem Abdul Jabaar, lol!

See this:
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zillionairepoet said on 6/Jul/07
I think 5'7" or a little less is more accurate ... this from photos with Bruce in flat shoes (fighting scenes). Also, check out his demo on Hong Kong TV where he's bare-footed. If he was around 125 - 130 pounds for ETD, 5-6 5-7 would be right. I met a documentary filmmaker in Hong Kong; he knew several of the old Bruce Lee stuntmen. He asked about his height, and they said around 5-6 1/2. Btw, he also said they were in awe of him. Once trick he did :
he would place his fist on the ground with thumb up. Straight-leged he bent down and put his thumb in his mouth. They said they had never seen anyone do that.
Brad said on 30/Jun/07
Robert Lee is just trying to make his brother appear bigger. 5' 8" is LAUGHABLE for Bruce Lee. I'll go by the wife. I know what I saw: he wasn't 5' 8" plus Cuban heeled boots coming in at 5' 10.5". Jabbar is a legit 7' 2". I was 6' 8" in boots next to him in '80 and I was looking up big time.
Anonymous2 said on 27/Jun/07
Hey Arjun, don't forget Bruce is standing with a wider open-stance which usually lowers one's height by 0.5"-1":
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Brad, you just go by any quote that goes your way and supports your height claims. How about Robert Lee's quote above saying Bruce was 5'8"? You're probably gonna believe the next 5-year-old kid who saw Bruce Lee in his dreams at 5'5" lol!
Arjun said on 26/Jun/07
I scaled that Bruce-Kareem-Tien pic. If Kareem is 7'2", Bruce comes out to 5'7" exactly. Bruce is 78% of Kareem's height. If, however, Kareem was only 7'1 3/8" as some have claimed, Bruce comes out to only 5'6.5" .....
And Tien is about 5% taller than Bruce, i.e. betweeen 3.25 - 3.5 inches. But that's in his shoes, so if he's 5'10.5" in shoes, Bruce still comes out to 5'7" easy.

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