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David Carradine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. David Carradine (born John Arthur Carradine; December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009) was an American character actor, best known for his role as warrior monk, Kwai Chang Caine, in the 1970s television series, Kung Fu  which later had a 1990s sequel series, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. He was a member of a productive acting family dynasty that began with his father, John Carradine. His acting career, which included major and minor roles on stage, television and cinema, spanned over four decades. A prolific "B" movie actor,  he appeared in more than 100 feature films  and was nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award.  The last nomination was for his title role in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. Film projects that featured Carradine continued to be released long after his death. These posthumous credits were from a variety of genres including horror, action, western, martial arts, drama, science fiction and documentary. In addition to his acting career, Carradine was also a musician and pursued a directing career. Influenced by his most popular acting role, he studied martial arts. The child of a frequently married actor, "Jack", as Carradine was known in his youth,  had an unstable childhood. This instability would continue throughout his life as he himself was married several times. He was also frequently arrested and prosecuted for a variety of offenses which often involved substance abuse.  He died in June 2009 under unusual circumstances. Description above from the Wikipedia article David Carradine, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Dec 8, 1936 In Hollywood, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Gunsmoke 1955-09-10
Latest Project:
Movie Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks 2019-08-02
Known For
Poster of In Case of Emergency
Poster of Wild West Tech
Movie Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks Himself (archive footage) 2019-08-02
Movie The Great Satan 2018-06-12
Series Mr. Horn Unknown 2017
Movie Madoff: Made Off with America Neal 2013-01-08
Movie Eldorado The Spirit Guide 2012-01-30
Movie Night of the Templar Shopkeeper 2012-01-01
Movie Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair Bill 2011-03-27
Movie Stretch Monteiro 2011-01-12
Movie Corman's World Himself - Actor 2011-12-16
Movie Dinocroc vs. Supergator Jason Drake 2010-06-26
Movie Detention Principal Hoskins 2010-01-16
Movie True Legend Anton 2010-02-09
Movie Break The Bishop 2009-05-01
Movie Crank: High Voltage Poon Dong 2009-04-16
Series Mental Unknown 2009-05-26
Movie My Suicide Vargas 2009-02-07
Movie Absolute Evil Raf McCane 2009-02-08
Movie All Hell Broke Loose Marshal Ian McHenry 2009-12-01
Movie Starz Inside - Unforgettably Evil Himself 2009-07-26
Movie Dark Fields Clive Jonis 2009-10-25
Movie Bad Cop Det. Humes 2009-11-03
Movie Autumn Philip 2009-10-24
Movie Hell Ride The Deuce 2008-08-08
Movie Last Hour Detective Mike Stone 2008-04-15
Movie Camille Cowboy Bob 2008-04-13
Movie Kung Fu Killer 2 Crane 2008-08-17
Movie Death Race Frankenstein (voice over) 2008-08-22
Movie Kung Fu Killer Crane 2008-08-17
Movie Road of No Return Mr. Hover 2008-11-10
Movie The Golden Boys Captain Zeb 2008-12-11
Movie Kandisha The American 2008-12-22
Movie Treasure Raiders Pierre 2007-04-20
Movie Epic Movie Museum Curator 2007-01-25
Series In Case of Emergency Unknown 2007-01-03
Movie Big Stan The Master 2007-06-06
Movie How to Rob a Bank Nick 2007-01-25
Movie Fuego Lobo 2007-10-29
Movie Homo Erectus Mookoo 2007-07-10
Movie Permanent Vacation Old Man 2007-10-15
Movie Being Michael Madsen Himself 2007-09-28
Movie Fall Down Dead Wade Douglas 2007-07-20
Movie The Last Sect Van Helsing 2006-09-10
Movie Final Move Captain Baker 2006-03-15
Series Celebrity Paranormal Project Unknown 2006-10-22
Movie Brothers in Arms Driscoll 2005-01-01
Series Medium Unknown 2005-01-03
Movie Ringers - Lord of the Fans 2005-01-21
Movie Miracle at Sage Creek 2005-07-01
Series Danny Phantom Unknown 2004-04-03
Movie Dead & Breakfast Mr. Wise 2004-03-16
Movie Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Bill 2004-04-16
Movie UnConventional Himself 2004-10-01
Movie Hair High Mr. Snerz (voice) 2004-04-17
Movie Max Havoc: Curse Of The Dragon Grand Master 2004-11-10
Movie Last Goodbye 2004-04-30
Series Wild West Tech 2003-08-19
Movie Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Bill 2003-10-10
Movie The Making of 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1' Himself 2003-10-01
Movie The Outsider Doctor Lucas Henry 2002-01-01
Movie Balto II: Wolf Quest Nava the Wolf Shaman (voice) 2002-02-19
Movie Modern Warriors 2002-08-20
Movie The Art of Action: Martial Arts in the Movies Himself 2002-06-01
Movie The Donor Mike 2001-04-13
Movie Guaranteed on Delivery Norman Williams 2001-02-15
Series Lizzie McGuire Unknown 2001-01-12
Movie By Dawn's Early Light Nick Decker 2001-04-15
Series Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Unknown 2001-11-02
Movie Down 'n Dirty Gil Garner 2001-10-23
Movie Warden of Red Rock Mike Sullivan 2001-06-06
Series Alias Unknown 2001-09-30
Series The Nightmare Room Unknown 2001-08-01
Series Titus Unknown 2000-03-20
Movie Dangerous Curves 2000-01-01
Movie Nightfall Gnomen 2000-01-01
Movie Full Blast Maceo 2000-05-10
Series Jackie Chan Adventures Unknown 2000-09-09
Movie Kung Fu Action Masters Narrator 2000-05-15
Movie The Shepherd 1999-01-01
Movie The Monster Hunter Louis Dehoven 1999-01-01
Movie Knocking on Death's Door Doc Hadley 1999-03-01
Movie Kiss of a Stranger Sean O'Leary 1999-11-01
Series Family Law Unknown 1999-09-20
Movie The Puzzle in the Air The General 1999-05-14
Movie Nosferatu: The First Vampire 1998-03-15
Movie Lovers and Liars Mr. Montague 1998-01-01
Movie Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror Luke Enright 1998-06-21
Movie Light Speed Miles 1998-01-01
Movie Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes Himself 1998-08-18
Series Charmed Unknown 1998-10-07
Movie The New Swiss Family Robinson Sheldon Blake 1998-12-25
Movie An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Chief Wulisso (voice) 1998-11-16
Movie Last Stand at Saber River Duane Kidston 1997-01-19
Movie Macon County Jail Coley 1997-01-01
Movie The Rage Lucas McDermott 1997-08-15
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Series Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys Unknown 1996-09-07
Series Profiler Christopher Joe Allman 1996-09-21
Movie Dead Center Chavez 1994-04-27
Movie Kill Zone Col. Horace Wiggins 1993-01-01
Series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Unknown 1993-01-01
Series Acapulco H.E.A.T. Unknown 1993-09-28
Series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Kwai Chang Caine 1993-01-27
Movie Evil Toons Gideon Fisk 1992-01-08
Movie Kung Fu - A legend reborn Kwai Chang Caine 1992-01-01
Movie Double Trouble Mr. C 1992-02-14
Movie Roadside Prophets Othello Jones 1992-03-27
Movie Animal Instincts William Lamberti 1992-10-21
Series Human Target Unknown 1992-07-20
Movie Night Rhythms Vincent 1992-09-09
Movie Waxwork II: Lost in Time The Beggar 1992-05-11
Movie Midnight Fear Hanley 1991-05-30
Movie Dune Warriors Michael 1991-01-18
Movie Field of Fire 1991-01-01
Movie Project Eliminator Ron Morrell 1991-07-18
Movie Deadly Surveillance Lieutenant 1991-09-06
Movie Capital Punishment Michale Maltin 1991-12-21
Movie Brotherhood of the Gun Artemis McBride 1991-10-04
Movie Karate Cop Dad 1991-09-14
Movie Bird on a Wire Eugene Sorensen 1990-05-18
Movie Martial Law Dalton Rhodes 1990-10-01
Movie Future Zone John Tucker 1990-07-18
Movie That's Action John Tucker (archive footage) (uncredited) 1990-10-03
Movie Sonny Boy Pearl 1990-10-26
Movie The Cover Girl and the Cop Slade 1989-01-16
Movie Night Children Max Crawford 1989-01-06
Movie Crime of Crimes Frank McEntire 1989-01-01
Movie Future Force John Tucker 1989-02-08
Movie The Mad Bunch Professor Foxwood 1989-01-01
Movie Try This One for Size Bradley 1989-09-22
Movie Nowhere to Run Harmon 1989-03-01
Movie Think Big Sweeney 1989-09-30
Movie Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat Mardulak 1989-05-18
Movie Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II Dark One 1989-03-01
Movie Crime Zone Jason 1989-03-31
Movie Animal Protector Col. Whitlock 1988-01-01
Movie Run for Your Life Maggiore Charles Forsythe 1988-01-01
Movie Open Fire Joe Rourke 1988-01-01
Movie Fatal Secret Michael LeWinter 1988-01-01
Movie Warlords Dow 1988-01-01
Movie Tropical Snow Oskar 1988-05-31
Movie I Saw What You Did Stephen 1988-05-20
Movie Six Against the Rock Bernard 'Bernie' Paul Coy 1987-05-18
Movie Heartbeat Man Playing Dice 1987-05-10
Movie The Misfit Brigade Col. Von Weisshagen 1987-07-02
Movie Kung Fu: The Movie Kwai Chang Caine 1986-02-01
Movie Oceans of Fire J.C. Busch 1986-01-01
Series Matlock Unknown 1986-03-03
Movie P.O.W. The Escape Col. James Cooper 1986-04-01
Movie Armed Response Jim Roth 1986-10-01
Movie The Bad Seed Leroy Jessup 1985-02-07
Series The Ray Bradbury Theater Unknown 1985-05-21
Series North and South Justin LaMotte 1985-11-03
Series Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense Unknown 1984-09-05
Movie The Warrior and the Sorceress Kain 1984-09-07
Movie Jealousy Bobby Dee 1984-01-23
Movie Downstream Bryant 1984-11-07
Series Partners in Crime Unknown 1984-09-27
Movie Lone Wolf McQuade Rawley Wilkes 1983-04-15
Movie The Best of Sex and Violence Himself / Cameo Appearance 1982-02-05
Movie Safari 3000 Eddie Miles 1982-05-01
Movie Q Shepard 1982-10-29
Movie Trick or Treats Richard Adams 1982-10-29
Movie Americana The American Soldier 1981-05-16
Movie High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane Ben Irons 1980-11-15
Movie The Long Riders Cole Younger 1980-05-16
Movie Gauguin the Savage Paul Gauguin 1980-04-29
Movie Cloud Dancer Brad Randolph 1980-05-29
Movie Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider Charlie Swattle 1979-05-01
Movie Gray Lady Down Captain Gates 1978-03-10
Movie Deathsport Kaz Oshay 1978-04-01
Movie Circle of Iron The Blind Man / Monkeyman / Death / Changsha 1978-07-25
Movie Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel Himself 1978-04-06
Movie Thunder and Lightning Harley Thomas 1977-08-12
Movie The Serpent's Egg Abel Rosenberg 1977-10-28
Movie Cannonball Coy 'Cannonball' Buckman 1976-07-06
Movie Bound for Glory Woody Guthrie 1976-12-05
Series The Family Holvak Unknown 1975-09-07
Movie Death Race 2000 Frankenstein 1975-04-27
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Movie The Long Goodbye Dave aka Socrates (uncredited) 1973-03-07
Movie Mean Streets Drunk 1973-10-14
Movie Kung Fu Kwai Chang Caine 1972-02-22
Series Kung Fu Kwai Chang Caine 1972-10-14
Movie Boxcar Bertha Big Bill Shelly 1972-06-14
Movie Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring Flack 1971-02-16
Movie The McMasters White Feather Lightfoot 1970-08-01
Movie Macho Callahan David Mountford 1970-08-17
Movie Heaven with a Gun Coke Beck 1969-05-20
Movie The Good Guys and the Bad Guys Waco 1969-11-19
Movie Young Billy Young Jesse Boone 1969-10-15
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Cimarron Strip Unknown 1967-09-07
Movie The Violent Ones Lucas Barnes 1967-10-01
Movie Johnny Belinda Locky 1967-10-22
Series Shane Shane 1966-09-10
Movie Too Many Thieves Felix 1966-10-13
Movie Taggart Cal Dodge 1965-02-01
Movie Bus Riley's Back in Town Stretch 1965-03-24
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10