Bruce Lee (November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was a Chinese American martial artist. He was widely regarded as the most influential martial artist of the twentieth century and a cultural icon. Lee, through his martial arts films produced in the 1970s, was largely responsible for introducing the nunchaku, an Asian weapon, to Western audiences.
In addition to his nunchaku talent, Bruce Lee was also highly skilled in empty hand martial arts. He founded the martial arts discipline known as Jeet Kune Do.
Bruce Lee was proficient in both single nunchaku and double nunchaku techniques. Although his style was very much combat-oriented, it also featured some distinct, flashy techniques that contributed to the popularity of modern freestyle nunchaku. Today, he still inspires a substantial following of both professional and amateur practitioners who imitate his distinct katas featured in his films. He was also known for his high-pitched howling battle cries and taunting poses.