'Enter the Dragon' Star Jim Kelly Dead at 67

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Jim Kelly, who made his name alongside martial arts legend Bruce Lee in the classic 1973 action film "Enter the Dragon," has died according to Film.com. He was 67.

A football star at the University of Kentucky, Kelly dropped out to pursue martial arts. After winning a championship in 1971 and opening his own dojo, he came to the attention of Hollywood filmmakers and made his debut in "Enter the Dragon," becoming an instant superstar.

Kelly parlayed that success into a decade of blaxploitation hits, including the seminal 1974 hit "Three the Hard Way" alongside Fred Williamson and Jim Brown. He retired from movies in 1982, though he still appeared occasionally in cameo roles and at conventions.

For more on Kelly's life, head to Film.com.