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Jim Kelly (II) (1946–2013)


With his funky Afro hairstyle, super cool attitude and superb karate skills, Jim Kelly was instantly identifiable, and one of the top martial arts film stars of the early 1970s. After appearing in a minor film role, Kelly's second screen effort was as one of the invited guests to the deadly Han's Island in Enter the Dragon (1973). Kelly quickly ... See full bio »

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Known For

Enter the Dragon
Enter the Dragon Williams
(1973)
Black Belt Jones
Black Belt Jones Black Belt Jones
(1974)
Black Samurai
Black Samurai Robert Sand
(1977)

Filmography

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 2009 Afro Ninja (Video)
Cleavon Washington
 1994 Stranglehold
Executive #4
 1994 Ultimatum
Executive
 1985 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Reporter
- The Monster: Part 2 (1985) ... Reporter
 1982 One Down, Two to go
Chuck
 1979 Mr. No Legs
 1978 E yu tou hei sha xing
Lucas
 1978 Death Dimension
Lt. Detective J. Ash
 1977 Black Samurai
Robert Sand
 1976 Hot Potato
Jones
 1975 Take a Hard Ride
Kashtok
 1974 Golden Needles
Jeff
 1974 Three the Hard Way
Mister Keyes
 1972 Melinda
Charles Atkins
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Interviewed in "Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak", 2009. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Interviews | 3 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I broke down the color barrier. I was the first black martial artist to become a movie star.

Trivia:

Spent part of his childhood in San Diego but graduated from high school in Kentucky--Bourbon County High School --where he starred in several sports, including track and football. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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