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Enter The Dragon actor Kelly dies

Enter The Dragon actor Jim Kelly has died at the age of 67.

The actor - who played a glib American martial artist in the film with Bruce Lee - died of cancer at his home in California, his ex-wife Marilyn Dishman said.

Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial arts classic.

His later films included Three The Hard Way, Black Belt Jones and Black Samurai.

During a 2010 interview with Salon.com, Kelly said he started studying martial arts in 1964 in Kentucky and later moved to California. He said the role in the Bruce Lee film - his second movie part - came about when his agent called him.

"It was one of the best experiences in my life," he said.

"Bruce was just incredible, absolutely fantastic. I learned so much from working with him. I probably enjoyed working with Bruce more than anyone else I'd ever worked with in movies because we were both martial artists. And he was a great, great martial artist. It was very good."

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