Jim Kelly

Flash back to the 1970s for a revealing profile of martial artist and actor Jim Kelly in this new FREE download!

Jim Kelly: Martial Artist and Co-Star of the Bruce Lee Movie Enter the Dragon — A Vintage Interview

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Dear Martial Artist,

In Jim Kelly: Martial Artist and Co-Star of the Bruce Lee Movie Enter the Dragon — A Vintage Interview, BlackBeltMag.com resurrects a cover story originally published in Fighting Stars magazine that catches Jim Kelly on the cusp of Hollywood stardom!

A popular figure on Black Belt magazine’s Facebook page (posts related to him garner tens of thousands of views and hundreds of “likes”), Jim Kelly is perhaps best-known for co-starring with John Saxon in the Bruce Lee movie Enter the Dragon.

With his signature Afro hairstyle, athletic build, top-notch karate skills and so-cool-he’s-hot charisma, Jim Kelly was one of the top martial arts film stars of the 1970s. He put his skills to use in what have been coined as “blaxploitation” films of the era, including Three the Hard Way, Golden Needles and Black Belt Jones — the latter being perhaps the only film in cinema history to feature a fight finale in a soap-filled car wash!

How Good of a Martial Artist Was Jim Kelly?

Jim Kelly: Martial Artist and Co-Star of the Bruce Lee Movie Enter the Dragon — A Vintage Interview

Jim Kelly won the middleweight title of the 1971 International Karate Championships in Long Beach, California. He also racked up a host of smaller titles, not to mention the middleweight crown of the American Taekwondo Championships. In this FREE download, learn how this martial artist used his fighting skills to get his foot in the door in Hollywood!

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What Was Martial Artist Jim Kelly Like in Person?

According to Lou Gaul, author of the Fighting Stars cover story that became our FREE download, Jim Kelly: Martial Artist and Co-Star of the Bruce Lee Movie Enter the Dragon — A Vintage Interview, “Kelly is arrogant, charming, aggressive, witty and blunt — simultaneously. He knows his physical capabilities and is convinced that he’ll become America’s reigning motion-picture star.”

Sounds like a movie star in the making, doesn’t it?

Download this FREE Guide to the halcyon days of Jim Kelly’s career and receive the following:

  • an exclusive vintage interview with the 1970s movie star!
  • a vintage movie review of the Jim Kelly film Hot Potato!
  • bonus archival photos of Jim Kelly on and off set!

How Many Films Did Jim Kelly Make?

Jim Kelly: Martial Artist and Co-Star of the Bruce Lee Movie Enter the Dragon — A Vintage Interview

While perhaps he didn’t become America’s reigning motion-picture star, Jim Kelly certainly did go on to make some films that have become cult classics, including Melinda, Black Belt Jones, Golden Needles, Three the Hard Way, Hot Potato and Take a Hard Ride. Learn more in this FREE download!

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What Was Jim Kelly’s Role in Enter the Dragon?

In this FREE download from BlackBeltMag.com, learn how Jim Kelly played “Williams,” a character who participates with Bruce Lee and John Saxon’s characters in a lethal tournament held on the deadly Han Island — and how he felt about his character being killed in the first hour of the film!

How Did One Bruce Lee Movie Launch Jim Kelly’s Career?

Jim Kelly: Martial Artist and Co-Star of the Bruce Lee Movie Enter the Dragon — A Vintage Interview

In Jim Kelly: Martial Artist and Co-Star of the Bruce Lee Movie Enter the Dragon — A Vintage Interview, learn how working on Enter the Dragon led directly to his starring role in the cult classic Black Belt Jones, also directed by Robert Clouse!

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