Jim Kelly


SAN DIEGO (AP) - 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 California.

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. He said the role in the Bruce Lee film came about when his agent called him. It was his second film role.

"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 ev er 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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Sorry to hear of jim kelly's passing.always liked his style and swagger.me and a friend of mine saw him in oerson when he emceed a martial arts contest at cobo hall in detroit in the late 70's.

RIP Jim Kelly you were one of my favorite martial artist. You will be missed dearly.

Watching Black Belt Jones and enjoying it like it's my first time seeing it. Jim was and always be my first and favorite hero. RIP Mr. Kelly!

What a good actor but god no best

RIP you were the best!!

Thank you you the best RIP love you

RIP you will be miss love you

R I P JIM KELLY A TRUE GENTLEMAN. Love how U complimented Bruce Lee u were a true friend to him. God Bless U. I know Your in heaven Brother

Just watched ENTER THE DRAGON....
R I P Jim Kelly