Around the time Jim Kelly (Enter the Dragon) became the prominent black face of kung fu cinema, a lesser known African American was making ripples in the genre. Carl Scott.
Over the years he’s actually fell under most people’s radars simply because he never got any western recognition. However, during the kung fu boom of the 70’s he starred in films opposite Yuen Biao, Bruce Li, Lo Meng and Billy Chong.
His filmography is pretty small but his amount of talent was incredible. I don’t know much of his story but, apparently, he began practicing martial arts at an early age and was noticed by film producers because of his forms and weapons work.
He currently works as a security guard but, despite his handful of films, is considered a true old school legend.
In fact, I’d say he shares the the mantle of being one of the only African American actors to make it in old school kung fu cinema with Eugene Thomas.
Truly one of the greats! You can read more about Carl Scott on the Gentlemen’s Blog to Midnight Cinema here.