Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly

American athlete, actor, and martial artist
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Jim Kelly
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James Milton Kelly (May 5, 1946 – June 29, 2013) was an American athlete, martial artist, and actor. After winning several karate championships, Kelly rose to fame in the early 1970s appearing in various action films within the martial arts and blaxploitation genres. Kelly played opposite Bruce Lee in 1973's Enter the Dragon, and had lead roles in 1974's Black Belt Jones as the title character and Three the Hard Way as Mister Keyes. Kelly died of cancer on June 29, 2013, at age 67.

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Jim Kelly was born on Sunday, 5 May 1946 in Paris, Kentucky, USA. His full name at birth was James Milton Kelly. He was best known as an actor. Kelly's country of citizenship (nationality) was American. He died on Saturday, 29 June 2013 in San Diego, California, USA at the age of 67. Jim attended high school at Bourbon County High School. For university, he studied at University of Louisville. He was 6' 2" (188 cm) tall with an athletic build. He had dark brown eyes and dark brown hair (color). His zodiac star sign was Taurus.

You can find people similar to Jim Kelly by visiting our lists American male martial artists and American male karateka.

Full name at birth
James Milton Kelly
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Claim to fame
his role as Williams in the 1973 martial arts action film Enter the Dragon
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Date of birth
5 May 1946
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Paris, Kentucky, USA
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Date of death
29 June 2013
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67 (age at death)
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San Diego, California, USA
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Cause of death
Cancer
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Martial Artist, Actor, Athletic Instructor.
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6' 2" (188 cm)
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Bourbon County High School
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University of Louisville
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  • Was first interested in karate after leaving the University of Louisville as a freshman and moving to Lexington; began studying martial arts under karate instructor Parker Sheldon
  • Became a professional tennis player in 1975, rising to No. 2 in California in the senior men`s doubles rankings and reaching the state`s top ten in senior men`s singles.

Jim Kelly is known for his role in the TV special The Oscars (2014) as Self - Actor (In Memoriam).

He is also known for his role in the TV mini series documentary Missing Reel (2014) as Black Belt Jones.

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