American actor Jim Kelly died June 29th in San Diego, California of cancer. A pioneer figure of Blaxploitation films and specializing in martial arts cinema, Jim Kelly's film debut was in 1972 with “Melinda”. He’s probably best remembered for his role with Bruce Lee in 1973’s “Enter the Dragon”. He also appeared in one Euro-western “Take a Hard Ride” (1975) with Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef and Fred Williamson.
Kelly retired from films in the late 1970s to devote time to playing tennis and later became a tennis instructor. Jim Kelly was 67 years old.