David Carradine

Actor + Film Producer + Film Director
Born Dec 8, 1936

David Carradine was an American actor and martial artist, best known for his role as a warrior monk, Kwai Chang Caine, in the 1970s television series Kung Fu. 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.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of David Carradine.


1936 Birth Carradine was born on December 8, 1936 as John Arthur Carradine, in Hollywood, California, the oldest child of actor John Carradine and his wife Ardanelle (McCool). … Read More
1944 7 Years Old After three years of marriage, Ardenelle filed for divorce from John, but the couple remained married for another five years. Divorce finally came in 1944, when Jack was seven years old. … Read More


1960 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite an attempt to dodge the draft, in 1960 Carradine was inducted into the United States Army, where he drew pictures for training aids. … Read More
1962 - 1964 3 More Events
1965 28 Years Old For that part, Carradine won a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance in 1965.
1966 29 Years Old With the closing of The Royal Hunt of the Sun, and the failing of his marriage, Carradine left New York and headed back to California. He returned to TV to star in the short-lived series Shane, a 1966 western based upon a 1949 novel of the same name and previously filmed in 1953.


1968 31 Years Old The marriage dissolved in 1968, whereupon Carradine left New York and headed back to California to continue his television and film careers. … Read More
1971 34 Years Old Carradine guest-starred opposite David McCallum in a 1971 episode of Night Gallery entitled "The Phantom Farmhouse."
1972 35 Years Old In 1972, he co-starred as 'Big' Bill Shelly in one of Martin Scorsese's earliest films, Boxcar Bertha, which starred Barbara Hershey, his domestic partner at the time (see Personal life). … Read More
1974 37 Years Old The couple's relationship fell apart around the time of Carradine's 1974 burglary arrest, when Carradine began an affair with Season Hubley, who had guest-starred on Kung Fu. … Read More


1977 40 Years Old In February 1977, Carradine married, in a civil ceremony in Munich, Germany, his second wife, Linda (née Linda Anne Gilbert, born March 16, 1950), immediately following the filming of The Serpent's Egg. … Read More
1980 43 Years Old In 1980 Carradine appeared in The Long Riders (1980), with his half-brothers Keith and Robert Carradine. … Read More
1985 48 Years Old Carradine attracted notice in 1985 when he appeared in a major supporting role in North and South, a miniseries about the American Civil War, as the evil and abusive Justin LaMotte. … Read More
1986 49 Years Old 1 More Event
He also appeared in North and South, Book II, telecast in May 1986. … Read More


1998 - 2001 3 More Events
2003 66 Years Old Carradine enjoyed a revival of his fame when he was cast in Quentin Tarantino's sequential Kill Bill movies, in 2003 and 2004. … Read More
2004 67 Years Old On December 26, 2004, Carradine married the widowed Annie Bierman (née Anne Kirstie Fraser, born December 21, 1960) at the seaside Malibu home of his friend, Michael Madsen. … Read More
2005 68 Years Old David Carradine took over hosting duties from his brother Keith on Wild West Tech on the History Channel, in 2005. … Read More
2006 69 Years Old By 2006, he had become the spokesperson for Yellowbook, a publisher of independent telephone directories in the United States. … Read More
2008 71 Years Old He also starred in the 2008 TV movie, Kung Fu Killer, in which he played a Chinese martial arts master very similar to his Kung Fu series "Caine" persona—his character in this movie named "White Crane", and mostly referred to or addressed as "Crane", frequently spoken with a sort of accent that minimized the R sound.
On June 3, 2009, at the age of 72, David Carradine was found dead in his room at the Swissôtel Nai Lert Park Hotel on Wireless Road, near Sukhumvit Road, in central Bangkok, Thailand. … Read More
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