Jim Kelly dies, 'Enter the Dragon' actor was 67

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Actor and martial artist Jim Kelly died Saturday (June 29) at 67 years old, the Associated Press reports. The death was confirmed by his ex-wife, Marilyn Dishman, who said he had been battling cancer.

Kelly was best known as Bruce Lee's co-star in 1973's "Enter The Dragon." He was a last minute addition to the film, after the actor originally cast in the role dropped out days before production began. From there Kelly starred in a string of blaxploitation movies with martial arts themes.

Looking back on "Enter the Dragon" in a 2010 interview, Kelly called it "one of the best experiences of my life." Eventually his acting work started to slow down, but he still had a fan base, with comic book convention appearances bringing in lines of autograph seekers.
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