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Remembering Martial Arts Pioneer Bruce Lee On The 40th Anniversary Of His Death
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Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee, the legendary iconic screen actor, who almost exclusively ushered in the Martial Arts movement and was an early template for a kind of an action star which is still utilized in film productions to this day, died 40 years ago today.

Like so many instantly recognizable popularly cultural iconic figures of the 20th Century, the short yet rich filled life of Bruce Lee lives on in memory and urban legend in a way as well. Arguably no other entertainment figure in its broad and voluminous history has had a kind of a global impact that Bruce Lee did and continues to do. In the early 1970s, just as the Asian film market was starting to get a hold on American culture with like minded Martial Arts productions, Lee was extremely instrumental in bringing it to the mainstream table, and to the passionate of the genre an enhancement, of the entire Martial Arts movement and craft.

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Jim Kelly, Martial Arts Icon And Star Of ‘Enter The Dragon,’ Dies At Age 67
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Jim Kelly

Before there were men like Wesley Snipes and Michael Jai White kicking unaccountable amounts of ass on the big screen, Jim Kelly was the first black martial arts action hero in cinema. On Saturday he died of cancer at his home in San Diego. He was 67 years old.

Born in Paris, Kentucky on May 5, 1946, Kelly was a star athlete in high school. He played football and basketball and participated in track and field events. Though he went to the University of Louisville to play football he left the school during his freshman year to begin studying Shorin-ryu and Okinawa-te karate. He earned his black belt in 1969. Kelly eventually rose to become a world class karate champion and would soon open his own dojo. After training actor Calvin Lockhart to fight for the 1972 film Melinda and playing the small role of a martial arts instructor in that movie Kelly decided to take a shot at Hollywood stardom.

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