“RIP My Friends”: Having Been Buried Together, Bruce Lee and John Saxon’s Resurfaced Picture Sparks Nostalgia in Fans

Published 02/07/2023, 4:00 PM EST

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The 1973 cult-classic movie, Enter the Dragon is famous for many reasons. Firstly, it marks the martial arts icon, Bruce Lee’s last cinematic appearance. Secondly, the fighting sequence that Lee performed as Shaolin temple’s kung fu instructor took all the plaudits from his fans. Thirdly, the fighting scene between Bolo and Roper was one of the iconic sequences of the movie. Among so many reasons, we now have one more reason to reminisce about the Little dragons Enter the Dragon. 

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Recently, a 50-year-old picture of Lee and his on-screen student, John Saxon a.k.a. Roper got resurfaced. Interestingly, the American actor and martial artist, John Saxon shared rather a close-knit relationship with the Little Phoenix. Nevertheless, Saxon wasn’t only Lee’s on-screen follower but he also religiously followed the Little Dragon’s footsteps off-screen. However, the iconic actor who played Roper died in the year 2020 from pneumonia. The legendary actor is now buried just 30 feet away from Lee’s headstone in Lake View Cemetery, Seattle. Now, as Lee and Saxon’s picture from 1973 got resurfaced, fans walked down the nostalgia lane.

Bruce Lee and John Saxon’s resurfaced photograph rendered fans nostalgic

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Recently, the Little Dragon’s fan page on Facebook shared a throwback picture of Lee and Saxon. Both martial artists can be seen posing happily for the lens. If Lee was in the Shaolin temple master’s black uniform, then Saxon wore the yellow-colored tutee’s uniform. Captioning the post, the fan page wrote, “John Saxon with Bruce Lee”.

Expressing their heartfelt tribute to the icons, fans penned:

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RIP my friends

the late John Saxon and Bruce Lee rip legends

Two great guys and two awesome actors

Two great actors

They are even buried together

Some fans even expressed their fascination with Lee and Saxon’s 1973 movie. Fans wrote:

The Beat. Enter the Dragon

I love the movie ENTER THE DRAGON. Bruce Lee John Saxon

The best movie I seen was enter the dragon

Last film of Bruce Lee

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Love that movie! Loved John Saxon and Jim Kelly! Great martial artists

Fantastic picture thank you

Great picture

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Clearly, Lee and Saxon’s picture caused a nostalgic stir among fans. The throwback picture of the legendary martial artists indeed speaks volumes, don’t you think?

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Purva Jain

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Purva Jain is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Mody University of Science and Technology. Purva is an avid reader and author of 3 books that are published in national and international marketplaces.
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