Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in “Enter the Dragon” with Bruce Lee, has died. He was 67.
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Marilyn Dishman, Kelly’s ex-wife, said he died Saturday of cancer at his home in San Diego. Jim’s cancer apparently started in 2011 and began to grow slowly.
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.”
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.