Jim Kelly Dead: Enter the Dragon Actor Dies at 67
R.I.P., Jim Kelly. The actor and martial arts expert, best known for his role Bruce Lee's 1973 classic Enter the Dragon, died over the weekend at age 67. Following a cancer battle, the star passed away on Saturday, June 29 at home in San Diego, his ex-wife Marilyn Dishman told the Asssociated Press.
The African-American star went on to appear in later martial arts action flicks including Three the Hard Way, Black Belt Jones and Black Samurai; his acting career had wained by the the 1980s, but he continued to draw crowd of fans and autograph seekers at comic book conventions.
Of his work on Enter the Dragon, Kelly told Salon: "It was one of the best experiences in my life . . . Bruce was just incredible, absolutely fantastic. I learned so much from working with him," said Kelly, who studied martial arts in Kentucky and later earned a black belt in California.
"I probably enjoyed working with Bruce more than anyone else I'd ever worked with in movies because we were both martial artists. And he was a great, great martial artist. It was very good."