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Jim Kelly and Mark - 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to cure paralysis held at The Waldorf Astoria - New York, NY, United States - Monday 30th September 2013

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Actor Jim Kelly Loses His Battle With Cancer Aged 67


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Martial Arts actor Jim Kelly died aged 67 on Saturday (29th June 2013). He was best known for his role in Enter The Dragon alongside Bruce Lee and John Saxon. The film, made in 1977, combines martial arts, spying and crime. He appeared in other Martial Arts films including Black Samurai, Hot Potato and Three The Hard Way

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Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon, 1977.

Kelly was the first Black Martial Arts actor. He was discovered whilst teaching Martial Arts in L.A. His career continued throughout the 70's. 

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Jim Kelly – Actor And Marital Arts Expert – Dies Ages 67


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Jim Kelly, who starred alongside Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon, has sadly passed away aged 67. Kelly started studying martial arts in 1964 in Kentucky and later moved to California. In the 1980s, he re-trained as a professional tennis coach.

Bruce LeeLee and Kelly starred together in Enter The Dragon

Famous for bringing martial arts to the black community – in films at least – Kelly paved the way for Afro Caribbean and African Americans to both watch and get involved in Martial Arts. This was exemplified best by looking at the Afro Samurai video game series, and the subsequent animated adaption, which almost certainly wouldn’t have existed without Kelly’s intervention in the fighting genre.

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Greg Kelly, Veronica Kelly, Raymond W. Kelly and Jim Kelly - New York City Police Foundation Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom - Arrivals - New York, United States - Thursday 4th April 2013

Greg Kelly, Veronica Kelly, Raymond W. Kelly and Jim Kelly
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Jim Kelly and Veronica Kelly
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Jim Kelly and Bill Cunningham
Jim Kelly, Veronica Kelly and Greg Kelly

Enter The Dragon Review


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A bellwether among martial arts films, Enter the Dragon was effectively the final film of Bruce Lee before his death at age 33 of brain edema (ouch). Dragon stands tall for both its high-flying, slow-motion kung fu stunts, its classic Lee vignettes (Lee tastes his own blood then flies into a rage), and its highly implausable plot involving Bruce as a fist-fighting spy recruited to infiltrate an ex-Shaolin Monk's island fortress during his triennial martial arts tournament. Naturally, there's a revenge subplot, loads of ladies for the combatants' diversion, and plenty of ass-busting fighting. A classic of its genre that must be seen by any self-respecting movie buff.
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