After one year of opening his school of Martial arts, Lee went on his first date with Linda Emery, a Caucasian girl of English and Swedish decent, at Space Needle Restaurant in Seattle. She was also her comrade at University of Washington and also a student of Bruce Lee’s Martial arts classes. Despite fears of objection by her mother, for dating with a Chinamen, the couple dated regularly even in the summer days in 1964.
While thinking about his future career in February, he received a call from William Dozier, a television producer. He ha seen some footage of Bruce in action at the Long Beach Karate Internationals and proposed Bruce to play the role of “Number One Son” in a television adaptation of Charlie Chan. Without being indecisive, Lee said yes to the proposal and got the opportunity.
Dozier soon gave up the idea of producing Charlie Chan and started working on The Green Homet, a television series, a show utilizing the same format as already successful Batman series had. In the series, Bruce had to play the role of Kato, the Chauffer and as an associate to the lead hero, Britt Rei. After many years, Lee said that he was selected for the role as he was the only Chinese person in USA properly saying the name ‘Britt Reid; making the reason a fun. There was a delay in the beginning of the show during which Bruce was paid a reservation charge of $1800.
Bruce used the money giving his family a trip to Hong Kong to let them meet Linda and Brandon. They returned back to the United States with good news that The Green Homet was “all go”.
With an indication of exciting new career, Lee shifted to Los Angeles in March 1966, in a flat on Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood. Acting lessons were arranged for Bruce by The Studio, Twentieth Century Fox, the only proper acting lessons received allegedly.
When The Green Homet went into production in 1966, the only Oriental actor was George Takei, a Japanese American. Takei appeared in the then low-rated Star Trek. Everyone was very anxious about casting a Chinese actor as lead actor and demanded Bruce to wear a black mask over his face during the time on screen.