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Andre Morgan
The leading Hollywood executive producer who introduced Bruce Lee to the West.
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2009 14:10 GMT

This week on One on One, leading Hollywood producer, Andre Morgan.

A twist of fate took Morgan to Hong Kong in the 1970s where he become one of the most influential film producers in the region.

He introduced top stars such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to Western audiences and is unique among the Hollywood movers and shakers in that he has influence in both the East and the West.

As a young man studying Chinese at university in Kansas,  Morgan ended up in Hong Kong, working with Raymond Chow, whose then recently formed Golden Harvest Productions churned out some of the most popular martial arts movies in the 1970s.

For the young Morgan, it was a unique opportunity that made him good friends with Bruce Lee – who became globally famous for his dynamic fighting style on-screen and Jackie Chan – whom Morgan introduced to the West in the 1970s blockbuster, The Cannonball Run.

It may have been an accident that first put the young lad from Kansas onto the other side of the world into the largest kung fu film market, but that did not stop him from connecting his two, very different worlds.


This episode of One one One can be seen from Saturday, August 22, 2009 at the following times GMT: Saturday: 0130, 1630; Sunday: 0430; Monday: 0300, 1230. 

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Al Jazeera
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