In 1969, Bruce Lee — made famous a few years before for the TV show “The Green Hornet” — was Hollywood’s martial-arts instructor of choice. Roman Polanski, Steve McQueen and celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring were his students. Lee even tutored It-girl Sharon Tate for her movie “The Wrecking Crew.”
But that summer, the actor, then 29, played a shocking role: Polanski briefly considered him a suspect in the murders of Tate, Sebring and others — killings eventually tied to Charles Manson and his followers.
That era is captured in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” in theaters Friday.