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'Enter the Dragon' actor Jim Kelly dies
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SAN DIEGO -- Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in "Enter the Dragon" with Bruce Lee, has died. He was 67.

Marilyn Dishman, Kelly's ex-wife, said he died Saturday of cancer at his home in San Diego.

Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial arts classic. His later films included "Three the Hard Way," "Black Belt Jones" and "Black Samurai."

During a 2010 interview with salon.com, Kelly said he started studying martial arts in 1964 in Kentucky and later moved to California where he earned a black belt in karate. He said he set his sights on becoming an actor after winning karate tournaments. He also played college football.

The role in the Bruce Lee film was his second. He had about a dozen film roles in the 1970s before his acting work tapered off. In recent years, he drew lines of autograph seekers at comic book conventions.

"It was one of the best experiences in my life," he told salon.com of working on "Enter the Dragon." "Bruce was just incredible, absolutely fantastic. I learned so much from working with him. I probably enjoyed working with Bruce more than anyone else I'd ever worked with in movies because we were both martial artists. And he was a great, great martial artist. It was very good."
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I was sorry to hear that Jim Kelly had passed away. Really liked his character in Enter the Dragon.
Here is a shot of him with John Saxon from Enter The Dragon. Saxon turns 78 next month.
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What??? Black Belt Jones passed away? RIP, bro...

"I knew you'd say that"...*BLAM!*
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Oh! Great sense of humor, too. Wonderful asset in a tough guy.


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This was on the front page of my local paper, which I couldn't believe. Turns out he was born about 20 miles from where I live.

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Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

Oh! Great sense of humor, too. Wonderful asset in a tough guy.


Man, you come right out of a comic book.tongue.gif RIP frown.gif
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