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Bruce Lee as Kato in the Green Hornet


 
 

  
The Green Hornet
Inspired by the success of the Batman series, ABC brought The Green Hornet to television in 1966-67, an adaptation which introduced martial arts master Bruce Lee to American audiences and starred Van Williams as the Green Hornet. Unlike Batman, the TV version of The Green Hornet was played straight, but in spite of the considerable interest in Lee, it was cancelled after only one season. However, the rise of Lee as a major cult movie star ensured continued interest in the property to the point where proposed Green Hornet productions typically have the casting of some major martial arts film star as Kato as the first order of business. Lee's popularity in Hong Kong, where he was raised, was such that the show was marketed there as The Kato Show.
   
Plot Synopsis: Britt Reid, daring young owner/publisher of "The Daily Sentinel," dons a mask and fights crime as The Green Hornet. While the police and public believe the Hornet to be a ruthless criminal, the District Attorney knows Reid's secret identity, and welcomes his assistance in fighting racketeers and criminals. Also assisting Reid in his crusade are his secretary, Lenore Case, and his faithful valet, Kato, who is a kung fu expert and who drives the sleek "Black Beauty," the Hornet's well armed car. 
   

   
 

Bruce Lee Major Films
The Big Boss (1971) (US title:Fists of Fury)
Fist of Fury (1972) (US title:The Chinese Connection)
Way of the Dragon (1972) (US titles:Return of the Dragon, Revenge of the Dragon)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
Game of Death (1978)

Bruce Lee Television
The Green Hornet (1966-1967) - Kato
Batman (3 episodes, 26 September 1966, 1 March 1967, 2 March 1967) - Kato
Ironside (Episode: "Tagged for Murder" 26 October 1967) - Leon Soo
Here Come the Brides (Episode: "Marriage Chinese Style" 9 April, 1969) - Lin
Longstreet (4 episodes, 1971) - Li Tsung

Bruce Lee Documentaries
The Intercepting Fist (2001)
The Unbeatable Bruce Lee
Curse of the Dragon (1993)
Death by Misadventure (1993)
The Man And The Legend
The Immortal Dragon (A&E) (1996)
Martial Arts Master (1993)






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