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OTRC: Jim Kelly dies: 'Enter The Dragon' actor was 67

Jim Kelly appears in a scene from the 1973 movie "Enter The Dragon.' (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Jim Kelly, an American martial artist and actor who starred in "Enter the Dragon," has died at age 67.

His ex-wife, Marilyn Dishman, told The Associated Press that Kelly died of cancer at his San Diego home on Saturday, June 29.

He is likely best known for his role as Williams in the martial arts classic "Enter the Dragon" with Bruce Lee, who died at age 32 in 1973, a month before the film was released. It marked Kelly's second film role. His later films included "Three the Hard Way," ''Black Belt Jones" and "Black Samurai."

Kelly began studying martial arts in 1964 in Lexington, Kentucky, according to a 2010 interview he did with Salon.com. From there, he went and trained in Chicago, where he received a brown belt. He received his black belt in karate in San Diego.

"It was one of the best experiences in my life," he told the website of working on "Enter the Dragon." ''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."

(Pictured above: Jim Kelly appears in a scene from the 1973 movie "Enter The Dragon." Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

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