Bob Wall is an American actor and martial artist. He was also a Karate Champion.
In 1966, Wall along with karate champion, Joe Lewis, opened the famous Sherman Oaks Karate Studio in Sherman Oaks, California. In 1968, Lewis sold his share of the studio to Chuck Norris. He is featured in a number of films, most notably three appearances with martial arts master Bruce Lee. He appeared in the 1972 film Way of the Dragon with Bruce Lee, along with Chuck Norris. He then had a major role in Bruce Lee’s most famous film as O’hara in Enter the Dragon in 1973. He later appeared in Game of Death, Bruce Lee’s incomplete film re-cut in 1978, and played small roles in Chuck Norris films, such as Code of Silence (1985), Firewalker (1986) and Hero and the Terror (1988). More recently, in 2009, Wall starred as a bodyguard in the film Blood and Bone.
While portraying the dreaded O’Hara, an urban legend surrounding the making of Enter The Dragon claims that he never quite got along with Bruce Lee and that the fight on the parade ground where he smashed the bottles was more than just a managed fight. However, Wall and others present at the time deny this story, stating the tale was blown out of proportion and that Wall and Lee were actually good friends. Wall has studied several arts under many notable masters. They include Judo under “Judo” Gene LeBell, Okinawan Shorin-Ryu under Joe Lewis, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the Machado Brothers.
Bob Wall was a good friend of Bruce Lee, Bruce met him through Chuck Norris and used him in two of his films. He was also in Game Of Death (1978). In Enter The Dragon, Bruce Lee got cut really bad by a piece of glass from Bob’s bottle. This is what really happened.
To shoot the scene, I had to break real bottles. And Bruce had instructed me to take the jacket edge of my right hand which I one in each hand. But lunge with the right hand at his left peck. Bruce’s words were come at me as fast as you can. So on the 6th time that we shoot it. Bruce had his right hand up and he just began to spin. And as he spin, he jammed his right fist into the glass. And so Fred Weintraub called me and said you know theirs a rumor that Bruce is going to kill you.
And I went back after his hand was well and we shoot the rest of the scene where he side kicks me. And he side kicked me so hard, Bruce hit me like a mule. In one of the scenes when he hit me, I flew back and one of the stuntman behind me his arms got broken from the impact. And all Bruce had to do was come up and kick me in the face or the neck, and I would of been in some serious trouble. Clearly he didn’t do that. And so there really wasn’t no problem between Bruce and I. I felt terrible than and I feel terrible 20 years later, that he got hurt. But it wasn’t a life threatening injury by any means, just an unfortunate accident.
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