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‘Enter the Dragon’ actor Jim Kelly dies

Mr. Kelly said he pursued a career in acting after he won karate tournaments.
Mr. Kelly said he pursued a career in acting after he won karate tournaments.Warner Bros. Entertainment/1973

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SAN DIEGO — Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in ‘‘Enter the Dragon’’ with Bruce Lee, has died. He was 67.

Marilyn Dishman, Mr. Kelly’s ex-wife, said he died Saturday of cancer at his home in San Diego.

Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Mr. 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.’’

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