“The Green Hornet” makes another buzz on Decades TV in honor of the martial arts legend Bruce Lee, aka the Dragon. On this day of April 28 in the year 1993, Lee posthumously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That same year, “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” was released with actor Jason Scott Lee in the titular role alongside Lauren Holly as his widow Linda. The film featured a cameo appearance of Van Williams, whose character directed an episode of “The Green Hornet”, a role he played on ABC from 1966 to 1967.
Decades bring another mini-marathon of a challenge for “The Green Hornet” with Bruce Lee as Kato, the faithful and loyal aide of the titular masked crime-fighter. Like the Black Beauty, Kato is a rolling arsenal as a master of kung-fu.
To the police and the underworld, the Green Hornet is the most elusive, most daring, most cunning, and most resourceful criminal ever – thanks to his car, his gadgets, and his enforcer. But what really makes the Green Hornet daring, cunning, elusive, and resourceful: he is the alter-ego of Britt Reid, billionaire playboy and crusading newspaper publisher/owner of “The Daily Sentinel”. Not only that, Reid is the blood relative of the Lone Ranger, the daring and resourceful masked rider who led the fight for law and order in the Old American West. The good fight continues with the Hornet and Kato: putting the sting of justice on crime and corruption as independent agents for the forces of law and order.
Though the series lasted one season, “The Green Hornet” continues to grow as a cult legend thanks to the legend of Lee, who introduced the world to martial arts: punching and kicking his way onto the big screen with “The Big Boss”, “Fist of Fury”, “Way of the Dragon”, and “Enter the Dragon”.
Sadly, Bruce Lee passed away on July 20, 1973 at the age of 32, but he continues to live on as a legend of yesterday, today, tomorrow … and forever.