Martial Arts Star Jim Kelly Dies at 67

July 1, 2013


Actor and martial artist Jim Kelly, who most famously played the cool afro guy opposite Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, has reportedly died of cancer. Kelly's ex-wife has told the Associated Press that her former husband died in his San Diego home on Saturday at the age of 67.

Kelly appeared in a dozen films throughout the '70s, among them such vivid titles as Black Belt Jones, Black Samurai, and Mr. No Legs. After that, his acting career quickly dwindled, but he did get back in front of a camera as recently as 2009 with a part in Afro Ninja, a straight-to-video movie that continued in Kelly's tradition of doing awesome karate stuff from beneath giant hair.

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