Jon Benn, who played “The Mafia Boss”, in Bruce Lee’s acclaimed 1972 movie The Way of the Dragon has died.
Jon is the most famous ‘unknown’ in martial-arts movie history. After The Way of the Dragon, Benn had returned to his previous lifestyle, of wine, women, cigars and working as a successful restaurateur.
Because of his connection to Bruce, he had bit parts in quite a few movies and documentaries. Such as; The Clones of Bruce Lee (1977) – Professor , Enter Three Dragons (1979), Challenge of the Tiger (1980) – Head of the Agency, The Unwritten Law (1985), Bruce Lee Martial arts Master-Himself Death by Misadventure (1993) – Himself, Fearless (2006) – American Businessman, Shangdown: The Way of the Spur (2011) – Weilong and The Man with the Iron Fists (2012).
Later in life, he found, to his surprise, that a stream of Bruce Lee’s fans beat a path to his door in Hong Kong, eager to query him about his experiences when working with Bruce. This became such a pastime that Jon wrote a book called “ Remembering Bruce Lee”, which is a tell-tale autobiography, in which he reminisces fondly about his experiences with Lee and a lifetime of other adventures.
Bruce Lee Cafe
To feed fans need for a point of focus in Hong Kong he renamed and refurbished his well know Rickshaw restaurant and reopened it as “the Bruce Lee Cafe” which not only had dishes named after Bruce and his films, but was a mini museum of Bruce Lee artefacts.
Jon was a true entrepreneur, lived the high life, and loved his 15 minutes plus of fame in the movies. We hope he is smoking a big cigar wit Bruce and laughing over old times, He will be missed by all Bruce Lee fans as one of the great villains in his movies.
It is sad to see the generation who knew and worked with Bruce Lee fade away, however we remember them.
Rest In Peace