Jim Kelly Martial Art Legend Dies

by Trent Warner
(Central Illinois)

Jim Kelly Martial Art Legend

Jim Kelly Martial Art Legend

I was working on the website and doing some search on martial arts related information when I came across this martial arts news story stating that Martial Arts Legend Jim Kelly had passed away.

Very sad the entire martial arts community will feel this one. I grew up watching Jim Kelly in different martial arts movies. He was best known for his role in Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee.

Posted on July 1, 2013, Monday
Jim Kelly, who parlayed his martial arts skills into a successful but brief career in action movies, has died, CNN says in a report. He was 67.

Kelly’s former wife Marilyn Dishman told CNN that the actor died Saturday of cancer, but did not elaborate.
Kelly worked as a martial arts instructor in Los Angeles when he was tapped for his first role in the action movie, “Melinda.” But he is best known for his work in the 1973 Bruce Lee film “Enter the Dragon.”

Kelly’s appearance in the movie was brief – fans lamented he was offed too soon – but his electrifying Afro, lanky 6-foot-2 frame and his wisecracks left an impression.

Producers came calling. And he capitalised on the attention by taking on the title role in “Black Belt Jones” the following year. A spate of other roles followed throughout the 70s, most notably “Three the Hard Way,” but then dried up.

In later years Kelly took up tennis professionally, becoming a ranked player on the USTA senior circuit.

But he was never far from the screen or the spotlight.
In 2004, he starred with basketball star Lebron James in a Nike commercial that spoofed another Bruce Lee film, “Game of Death”. And he sometimes appeared at comic book conventions, much to the delight of his lasting fans.

He was survived by his lifetime partner of 33 years and wife.”


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