So sad. Jim Kelly died on June 29 from cancer, his former wife Marilyn Dishman tells CNN.
Jim Kelly, who managed to transform his martial arts skills into a successful movie career, died on Saturday, June 29, at 67. Jim’s former wife Marilyn Dishman told CNN he died of cancer, but did not give any details.
Jim Kelly Dead — ‘Enter The Dragon’ Actor Dies At 67
“It is with sadness and regret that we must announce the passing of a great man and legend Jim Kelly. He will be deeply missed by all. Jim had great love for his family, friends, tennis and martial arts. We are devastated by Jim’s passing but through faith and support from family, friends and fans-we are comforted, blessed and will remain strong. He was survived by his lifetime partner of 33 years and wife,” a statement reads on Jim’s Facebook page. It was posted on June 30.
Jim Kelly Left An Impression With Fans
Jim is best known for his work in the 1973 Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon. His role was brief, but fans argue he was killed off too soon. Jim made a splash with his electrifying Afro and wisecracks.
Producers took note, came calling and Jim made a career out of fighting onscreen. Some even argue the actor should have won an Oscar for his role in Enter the Dragon.
The actor also starred in Black Belt Jones (1974), The Tattoo Connection (1978) and Black Samurai (1977).
Our thoughts are with Jim’s family and friends at this difficult time.
— Chris Rogers