David Carradine

Biography

Date of Birth 8 December 1936, Hollywood, California, USA Date of Death 3 June 2009, Bangkok, Thailand (accidental asphyxiation) Birth Name John Arthur Carradine Height 6' 1" (1.85 m) David Carradine is the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine and now presides over an acting family that includes brothers Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine and Michael Bowen as well as his daughter Kansas Carradine and nieces Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton. He was born in Hollywood and educated at San Francisco State College, where he studied music theory and composition. It was while writing music for the Drama Department's annual revues that he discovered his own passion for the stage, joining a Shakespearean repertory company and learning his craft on his feet. After a two-year stint in the army, he found work in New York as a commercial artist and later found fame on Broadway in "The Deputy" and "The Royal Hunt of the Sun" opposite Christopher Plummer. With that experience he returned to Hollywood, landing the short-lived TV series "Shane" (1966) before being tapped to star opposite Barbara Hershey in Martin Scorsese's first Hollywood film, Boxcar Bertha (1972). The iconic "Kung Fu" (1972) followed, catapulting Carradine to superstardom for the next three years, until he left the series to pursue his film career. That career now includes more than 100 feature films, a couple of dozen television movies, a whole range of theater on and off Broadway, and another hit series, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1992) (TV). Carradine received the Best Actor Award from the National Board of Film Review as well as a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Woody Guthrie in Hal Ashby's Bound for Glory (1976), and won critical acclaim for his work as Cole Younger in The Long Riders (1980). "Kung Fu" also received seven Emmy nominations in its first season, including one for Carradine as Best Actor. In addition he won the People's Prize at the Cannes Film Festival's "Director's Fortnight" for his work on Americana (1983), and a second Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role in "North and South" (1985). Among his other most notable film credits are Gray Lady Down (1978), Mean Streets (1973), Bird on a Wire (1990), The Long Goodbye (1973), The Serpent's Egg (1977) and Circle of Iron (1978). He recently returned to the screen in what could be his greatest performance to date, playing the title role in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) (Miramax), for which he received his fourth Golden Globe nomination. Carradine has also continued his devotion to music, and has recorded some 60 tracks from various musical genres and sung in several movies. He makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife Annie, her four children and their two dogs.

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Bird on a Wire

Eugene Sorenson

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Lone Wolf McQuade

Rawley Wilkes

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Big Stan

The Master

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The Serpent's Egg

Abel Rosenberg

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Balto II: Wolf Quest

Nava (voice)

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Boxcar Bertha

'Big' Bill Shelly

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Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat

Mardulak

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Gray Lady Down

Capt. Gates

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Q: The Winged Serpent

Shepard

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Bound for Glory

Woody Guthrie

Starring In
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Knight's Templar

Shopkeeper

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Stretch

Monteiro

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Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel

Himself

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Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair

Bill (archive footage)

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Dinocroc vs. Supergator

Jason Drake

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Detention

Principal Hoskins

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True Legend

Anton

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All Hell Broke Loose

U.S. Marshal Ian McHenry

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Crank: High Voltage

Poon Dong

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Bad Cop

Det. Humes

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Road of no Return

Mr. Hover

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Permanent Vacation

Old Man

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Absolute Evil

Raf McCane

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Archie's Final Project

Vargas

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Autumn: Fin du Monde

Philip

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Hell Ride

The Deuce

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Death Race

Frankenstein (voice)

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Last Hour

Detective Mike Stone

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White Crane Chronicles

Crane

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The Golden Boys

Captain Zeb

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National Lampoon's Stoned Age

Mookoo / Uncle Unky

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Big Stan

The Master

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Epic Movie

Museum Curator

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Treasure Raiders

Pierre

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Fuego

Lobo

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How to Rob a Bank

Nick

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Fall Down Dead

Wade Douglas

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Camille

Cowboy Bob

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Christmas Miracle at Sage Creek

Ike

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The Last Sect

Van Helsing

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Son of the Dragon

Bird

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Final Move

Captain Baker

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Ringers: Lord of the Fans

Himself

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Brothers in Arms

Driscoll

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Hair High

Mr. Snerz (voice)

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Kill Bill Volume 2

Bill

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Dead & Breakfast

Mr. Wise

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Last Goodbye

Fred McGillicuddie

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Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon

Grand Master

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Kill Bill Volume 1

Bill

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Balto II: Wolf Quest

Nava (voice)

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The Outsider

Doctor Lucas Henry

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Art of Action

Himself - Interviewee

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Nightfall

Gnomen

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Guaranteed on Delivery

Norman Williams

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Natural Selection

Louis Dehoven

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The New Swiss Family Robinson

Sheldon Blake

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Aux Portes de L'enfer

Doc Hadley

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An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island

Wulisso (voice)

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Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror

Luke

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Lovers and Liars

Mr. Montague

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The Shepherd

Ventriloquist

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Nosferatu: The First Vampire

Host

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Last Stand at Saber River

Duane Kidston

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The Rage

Lucas McDermott

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Macon County Jail

Coley

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David Carradine's Tai Chi Workouts for Beginners

Himself

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Dead Center

Chavez

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Animal Instincts

William Lamberti

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Roadside Prophets

Othello Jones

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Night Rhythms

Vincent

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Waxwork II: Lost in Time

The Beggar

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Evil Toons

Gideon Fisk

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Distant Justice

Joe Foley

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Double Trouble

Mr. C

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Derrick contre Superman

Kwai Chang Caine / The peanut salesman (archive footage)

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Karate Cop

Dad

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Capital Punishment

Michael Maltin

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The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw

Caine

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Deadly Surveillance

Lieutenant

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Dune Warriors

Michael

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Project Eliminator

Ron Morrell

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Bird on a Wire

Eugene Sorenson

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Martial Law

Dalton Rhodes

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Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat

Mardulak

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Think Big

Sweeney

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Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II

Dark One

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Sonny Boy

Pearl

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Future Force

Tucker

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Open Fire

Joe Rourke

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Nowhere to Run

Harmon

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Animal Protector

Col. Whitlock

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The Cover Girl and the Cop

Slade

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The Mad Bunch

Professor Foxwood

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Tropical Snow

Oskar

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Crime Zone

Jason

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Warlords

Dow

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Six Against the Rock

Bernard 'Bernie' Paul Coy

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The Misfit Brigade

Col. Von Weisshagen

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Armed Response

Jim Roth

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Oceans of Fire

J.C. Busch

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Kung Fu: The Movie

Kwai Chang Caine

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P.O.W. the Escape

Col. James Cooper

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The Bad Seed

Leroy Jessup

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The Warrior and the Sorceress

Kain

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Tio Abajo

Bryant

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Lone Wolf McQuade

Rawley Wilkes

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Q: The Winged Serpent

Shepard

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The Best of Sex and Violence

Self - Cameo appearance (uncredited)

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Trick or Treats

Richard Adams

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Americana

The American Soldier

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The Long Riders

Cole Younger

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Safari 3000

Eddie Miles

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High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane

Ben Irons

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Cloud Dancer

Brad Randolph

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Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider

Charlie Swattle

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Mr. Horn

Tom Horn

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Je te tiens, tu me tiens par la barbichette

Le pratiquant des Arts Martiaux

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Deathsport

Kaz Oshay

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Gray Lady Down

Capt. Gates

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The Serpent's Egg

Abel Rosenberg

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Circle of Iron

The Blind Man / Monkeyman / Death / Changsha

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Thunder and Lightning

Harley Thomas

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Cannonball

Coy 'Cannonball' Buckman

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Bound for Glory

Woody Guthrie

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Death Race 2000

Frankenstein

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Mean Streets

Drunk

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The Long Goodbye

Dave aka Socrates (uncredited)

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Boxcar Bertha

'Big' Bill Shelly

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Maybe I'll Come Home In The Spring

Flack

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Macho Callahan

David Mountford

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The McMasters

White Feather

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The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

Waco

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Young Billy Young

Jesse Boone

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Heaven with a Gun

Coke Beck

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Bus Riley's Back in Town

Stretch

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$5.000 Mort ou Vif

Cal Dodge

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