Goodbye Black Belt Jones.
The martial arts grandmaster who starred alongside Bruce Lee in the iconic 1973 film Enter The Dragon died yesterday. He was 67. His ex-wife confirmed his death in a Facebook post. Jim Kelly
was an international karate champion with his own school in LA when he
was cast in the kung fu classic billed as “the first American-produced
martial arts spectacular. His fighting skills and imposing screen
presence — a lanky 6-foot-2 topped by a funky Afro — earned Kelly the
title role in 1974′s Black Belt Jones. After that, he appeared
in numerous action films through the ’70s. Later he became a
professional tennis player, joining the USTA Senior Men’s Circuit and
starred alongside LeBron James in a 2004 Nike TV ad.