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Remembering Bruce Lee


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Jon T. Benn is an American businessman and actor. He lives in Shanghai.


Don't be fooled by the gentle manner, soft voice and kindly white beard. Big Jon Benn has been one mean dude in his time, sporting the full gangster kit of a fixed snarl, fedora hat, striped suit and wraparound shades... He doesn't need much encouragement to talk about the old movie days. Even now, people stare at him on the subway, recognizing him as the foreign devil from countless films. Newsweek Names aren't so much dropped in a conversation with Jon Benn as emptied by the sack-load... and he has an interesting anecdote attached to each of them. Global Times Benn reaches into the drawer of his desk and pulls out a little, old, battered, black address book. Yellowed pages fall out as he flips through: a gnarled finger traces the names. 'Charles Bronson, Richard Burton, Yul Brynner, Candice Bergen, Sean Connery...' As he thumbs another page, one wonders where the reality stops, and the performance starts, for this old stager - still, it is great theater. Shanghai Daily There are very few actors who have had the opportunity to work with a legend and to be a part of history. However, Jon T. Benn is the exception... He is immortalized onscreen next to a genuine martial-arts legend, which, in turn, has made his villain character an icon within the martial-arts community. Irish Fighter magazine Jon Benn is the most famous 'unknown' in martial-arts movie history... After The Way of the Dragon, Benn had returned to his previous lifestyle, one of wine, women, more wine and working as a successful restaurateur. He found, to his surprise, that a stream of Little Dragon fans beat a path to his door, eager to query him about his experiences when working with Bruce Lee. Martial Arts Legends magazine

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