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Jim Kelly, who made his name alongside martial arts legend Bruce Lee in the classic 1973 action film "Enter the Dragon," has died according to Film.com. He was 67.
A football star at the University of Kentucky, Kelly dropped out to pursue martial arts. After winning a championship in 1971 and opening his own dojo, he came to the attention of Hollywood filmmakers and made his debut in "Enter the Dragon," becoming an instant superstar.
Kelly parlayed that success into a decade of blaxploitation hits, including the seminal 1974 hit "Three the Hard Way" alongside Fred Williamson and Jim Brown. He retired from movies in 1982, though he still appeared occasionally in cameo roles and at conventions.
For more on Kelly's life, head to Film.com.
David R. Ellis, the stuntman turned filmmaker who brought us killer sharks, killer snakes and even the wrath of the Grim Reaper himself, died today in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to Deadline. He was 60.
Born in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, 1952, Ellis got his start in Hollywood as a stuntman, performing feats of derring-do in dozens of films, including "Scarface," "Lethal Weapon" and "Road House." He also served as second unit director on such big Hollywood productions as "Patriot Games," "The Negotiator," "The Matrix Reloaded," "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Get More »
Singer and actress Natina Reed, who rose to stardom as a member of the all-girl group Blaque and as one of the stars of the hit film "Bring It On," has died according to The Hollywood Reporter.
She was 32. Get More »
UPDATE: Earlier reports that claimed Tony Scott was suffering from inoperable brain cancer are currently unconfirmed, with Deadline reporting — via Scott's widow, Donna — that this was not the case at all. A full investigation is underway and an autopsy is pending.
Tony Scott, director of such hit films as "Top Gun," "Crimson Tide" and "Man on Fire," has died after jumping off a bridge in San Pedro, Calif., on Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles police tell the Los Angeles Times. He was 68. Get More »
Sage Stallone, the son of Sylvester Stallone, was found dead on Friday afternoon. He was 36.
Los Angeles police were dispatched to investigate a death at a home on Mulholland Terrace around 2:15 p.m., according to Fox News. A Los Angeles County coroner's investigator says there were no signs of foul play.
"Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son," publicist Michelle Bega said in a statement. "His compassion and thoughts are with Sage's mother, Sasha." Stallone had been at the San Diego Comic-Con to promote "The Expendables 2." Get More »
Hollywood lost one of the most prolific and acclaimed actors in film history today, as Oscar winner and television icon Ernest Borgnine has died, CNN reports. He was 95.
Born in 1917, Borgnine didn't take up acting until after leaving the Navy at the end of World War II. He was an immediate hit, appearing in a number of stage, television and film productions before earning raves as Sgt. "Fatso" Judson in 1953's "From Here to Eternity." That propelled the muscular and broad-faced Borgnine into the somewhat unlikely role of leading man in 1955's "Marty," a performance which earned him the Oscar for Best Actor. Get More »
Nora Ephron, the celebrated writer and director of romantic comedies such as "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail," died on Tuesday. She was 71.
Ephron died in a New York City hospital after a long battle with leukemia, according to The Hollywood Reporter. News of Ephron's passing away follows reports from earlier this afternoon that she was gravely ill and almost certainly in her final hours. Get More »
After nearly three years of struggling with cancer, filmmaker and Beastie Boys rapper MCA, otherwise known as Adam Yauch, has died at the age of 48.
According to Rolling Stone, Yauch, one of the three members of the long-lived punk-turned-hip-hop band, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 after a tumor was discovered on his salivary gland.
In addition to co-founding the Beastie Boys in 1979 with Mike Diamond and Adam Horowitz, Yauch had a long-standing involvement in the movie scene. He has more than 30 soundtrack credits on films like "Baby Mama," "17 Again," "Horrible Bosses" and "Iron Man 2," and also wrote, directed, produced and appeared in films and documentaries. Get More »
Best known for hosting "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" live from New York City's Times Square beginning in 1972, as well as for his role in shaping America's youth culture as the ambassador of rock 'n' roll in the late 1950s and 1960s with "American Bandstand," Clark also played a major role in the film industry as executive producer of the Golden Globes for the past three decades.
Despite these numerous high profile jobs, Clark also managed to find time to appear in numerous TV shows and movies, both as an actor and as himself. Those appearances, however, were seriously curtailed following the 2004 stroke which left him unable to continue as host of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve;" after a year of rehab, he finally returned in time to lead the Times Square countdown in 2005 after turning over the rest of the broadcast to his successor, Ryan Seacrest.
Clark, who won numerous Emmy and Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, is survived his wife Keri and three children.
Davy Jones, the mop-topped British singer who became a worldwide sensation following the success of his TV show "The Monkees," has died today of a heart attack according to TMZ. He was 66.
Formed in 1966, The Monkees -- which consisted of Jones and fellow bandmates Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork -- were assembled by TV producers looking to cash in on Beatlemania.
But "The Monkees," both as a TV show and a band, succeeded beyond everybody's wildest expectations, eventually landing Jones and company on the top of the charts with two number one singles and four number one albums. Get More »