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Enter The Dragon actor Kelly dies

Published 01/07/2013 | 11:12

Enter The Dragon star Jim Kelly has died
Enter The Dragon star Jim Kelly has died

Enter The Dragon actor Jim Kelly has died at the age of 67.

The actor - who played a glib American martial artist in the film with Bruce Lee - died of cancer at his home in California, his ex-wife Marilyn Dishman said.

Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial arts classic.

His later films included Three The Hard Way, Black Belt Jones and Black Samurai.

During a 2010 interview with Salon.com, Kelly said he started studying martial arts in 1964 in Kentucky and later moved to California. He said the role in the Bruce Lee film - his second movie part - came about when his agent called him.

"It was one of the best experiences in my life," he said.

"Bruce was just incredible, absolutely fantastic. I learned so much from working with him. 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."

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