Sabrena needs all of your good thoughts and prayers. This is a difficult situation to process. Even I am having trouble processing it. Like his mother, there will be no service!" the Facebook post read. Kelly was born in May 1946. He grew up in Kentucky as a talented athlete who joined baseball, football and track teams. Kelly started practising martial arts in 1964 and later earned a black belt in Karate after moving to California. He said that he wanted to become an actor after winning Karate tournaments. He starred in many movies during 1970s, such as Black Belt Jones, Three the Hard Way and Black Samurai.