Photos: Black Action Heroes

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  • Jim Kelly
  • Wesley Snipes
  • Will Smith
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Richard Roundtree
  • Pam Grier
  • Carl Weathers
  • Vin Diesel
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Fred Williamson, Jim Brown
  • Tamara Dobson

Jim Kelly 

On June 29, martial arts icon Jim Kelly, 67, died of cancer. With his passing American cinema lost the first Black action superhero of the big screen. Kelly became a superstar when he was hired to star alongside Bruce Lee in the karate classic Enter the Dragon. Afterwards, Kelly (literally) kicked down the doors for future Black action stars when he landed leading roles in '70s blaxploitation hits like Black Belt Jones and Three the Hard Way. Here's a look at other black actors who blazed a trail as action heroes.

(Photo: Warner Bros Pictures)

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