Bruce Lee was by far one of the most influential martial artists in the history of Asian cinema. His status was not earned by being the toughest fighter, but training himself to be the best humanly possible. His philosophy and training earned him his stardom in the United States in movies such as Enter the Dragon. He instantly became a pop culture phenomenon and his efforts have ensured his presence is noticeable in modern film. Elements of his cinematic fighting styles can be seen in many movies, particularly those where stylized yells an be heard. Even the way he dressed has become pop culture, most notably his yellow and black striped jumpsuit:
While he achieved stardom for his training styles and fighting techniques in American cinema, actually being form California, he became a national icon for China where he was a child star. His sudden death in 1973 sealed him into cinematic history as one of the greats. Ultimately, the Bruce Lee foundation was established, as well as many Bruce Lee museums in China, to disseminate his philosophies and optimistic humanism (http://www.bruceleefoundation.com/).