David Carradine
American actor, film producer, film director
David Carradine
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.
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‘Bound for Glory’ on Video: This Land Was Guthrie’s Land
NYTimes - about 1 year
Twilight Time releases “Bound for Glory,” a biopic starring David Carradine as Woody Guthrie, on Blu-ray.
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Talking With Tarantino: The Sight and Sound Excerpt
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The new Sight & Sound features my ten-page interview with its February cover star, Quentin Tarantino, and they have graciously allowed me to excerpt a portion of the extensive Q&A here. This is a nice chunk of it, but there's so much more in the magazine, from getting to know his characters, to the Roadshow appeal of The Hateful Eight and themes in the movie, to movie violence, to Leonardo DiCaprio's character in Django, to shooting on Ultra Panavision, to his own theater in Los Angeles, The New Beverly (shout out to Clu Gulager in the issue), to his love of old film prints, to interesting thoughts and facts about his past movies, and much, much more. Dig in and read it all via the magazine. For now, check out these choice moments from the interview. "There was a whole lot of speculation from some people about this whole 70mm thing, as in, that's really great, but it's just this set-bound parlor piece, so isn't it just a big old fucking waste of time and money? And, I thi ...
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Time to kill? Here are 130 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This list is updated monthly to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on Netflix, whether talking classics or modern gems. Netflix offers roughly a gazillion different movies available through its streaming platform — well, approximately a gazillion. However, while the landmark service might become surprisingly accurate with its suggestions once you’ve been using it for a while, it’s still often tough to find something worth watching amid the trove of terrible choices.That being the case, we’ve taken the time to wade through the ridiculous amount of content in order to bring you a list of some of the best films currently available on Netflix Instant. Planning your weekend has never been easier. Related: Here’s what’s new on Netflix in December, and what’s going away Choose a genre: Recent Additions Documentaries Comedies Dramas Thrillers & Action Adventure Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy Kids Horror Romance New for December 2015 A League of Their Own Pl ...
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Evangelical Filmmaker Dies At 86
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CARLISLE, Iowa — Russell S. Doughten Jr., whose series of evangelical films about a post-rapture Earth was screened to millions of Christians in churches around the world, has died. He was 86. Doughten died Monday at his home in Carlisle following a long battle with a kidney ailment, Peterson Funeral Home confirmed Saturday. Although Doughten worked on various secular films – he helped produce the 1958 science fiction classic "The Blob," among other films – he was best known for his four-part film series about what life on Earth might be like after the rapture, or end of times, The Des Moines Register reported ( ). Evangelicals think true believers will ascend to heaven and those left behind will fight a war between Jesus and the Antichrist. http://dmreg.co/19EAcxG The series, which began with 1972's "A Thief in the Night," follows a young woman who is among the non-believers left behind. Doughten appeared in the movie and its three sequels as a pastor with wea ...
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Russell Doughten, evangelical filmmaker, dies
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
CARLISLE, Iowa (AP) — Russell S. Doughten Jr., whose series of evangelical films about a post-rapture Earth was screened to millions of Christians in churches around the world, has died. Evangelicals think true believers will ascend to heaven and those left behind will fight a war between Jesus and the Antichrist. Former Iowa Film Office head Wendol Jarvis said Doughten strived to make the state a filmmaking destination. Doughten also produced the 1967 crime thriller "The Hostage," which starred John Carradine, father of "Kung-Fu" star David Carradine.
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“Jodorowsky’s Dune”: The sci-fi classic that never was
Salon.com - almost 4 years
CANNES, France – According to “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn (who’s also here this year with the ultra-violent “Only God Forgives”), the legendary unmade mid-‘70s film version of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” by Chilean-born mad genius Alejandro Jodorowsky actually exists – and he’s seen it. OK, even Refn hasn’t seen a version of it that can be projected on a screen or played on a high-def monitor, the version that was supposed to star David Carradine, Orson Welles, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dalì. That doesn’t exist. But Refn says he spent a long evening in Jodorowsky’s Paris apartment while the latter went through the storyboards for “Dune” with him page by page, talking through every shot and every line of dialogue. “I am the only spectator who has ever seen this movie,” Refn concludes. “And I have to tell you: It was awesome.” Continue Reading...
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Do Celebrities Really Die In Threes?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Given that Margaret Thatcher breathed her last in the London Ritz Hotel yesterday, we're due a round of a dark guessing game. That old “rule of threes thing,” as Jimmy Fallon put it during a “30 Rock” cameo, needs satisfying. But will it happen? Is the rule even real? Do celebrities actually pass away in sets of three? The short answer is, sort of. A few well-known trios have bitten the dust together -- most famously, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the singer/songwriter nicknamed the “Big Bopper,” when the plane they were in spun into a cornfield after takeoff, killing everyone on impact. (Legend has it this is when the notion of the rule arose, in 1956.) In 1970, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison followed suit, leaving the world in quick succession 27 years after they each arrived. But for every clean set of three, a number of messy sets complicate things. Take Thatcher. Does she necessarily join Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, who also died yesterday? Ot ...
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Randy Quaid Denied By Canada
Huffington Post - about 4 years
TORONTO — Canadian immigration officials have denied U.S. actor Randy Quaid's request for permanent resident status in Canada. A Canadian government official confirmed late Saturday his request for permanent status has been denied. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Quaid can appeal the decision to the federal court. U.S. officials last year refused to seek extradition of the actor and his wife from Canada to face felony vandalism charges in Santa Barbara, California, but authorities in the coastal town say they'll still have the couple arrested if they return to the states.  Quaid has sought to stay in Canada, claiming he was being hunted by "Hollywood star-whackers" who had killed his friends David Carradine and Heath Ledger.  Quaid's trouble began in 2010 when he and his wife were arrested for causing more than $5,000 damage at a hillside home they were renting.  Randy Quaid is the older bro ...
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Alden Habacon: Yellowface In 'Cloud Atlas' Continues Hollywood Tradition of Racism
Huffington Post - over 4 years
As the big budget film adaptation of David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas opened in Canada and U.S. over the weekend, it joins the ranks as one of the most epic displays of "yellowface" in film in a decade. Directed by Tom Twyker and Lana and Andy Wachowski, the film's trailers, television ads and web banners not only place heavy-hitters Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in the film, but showcase creepy images of non-Asian actors wearing "slanty eyes." If you felt weirded out or was reminded of the times you may have heard someone yell, "Hey, chinky eyes!" from across the street -- you are not alone. The film opened to mixed reviews -- some called it ambitious, others described it as muddled -- as it attempts to knit the storylines of six reincarnated souls who traverse countries, generations and ethnicities. One of the stories is set in Neo Seoul in the year 2144, where Jim Sturgess and Keith David wear makeup and eye-enhancements to appear ethnically Asian. This is nothing sh ...
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DVD Review: American Reel
Blogger News Network - over 4 years
I am a believer that newer is not always better. American Reel was put in the can in 2003. It is an odd twist of fate that American Reel languished, unnoticed. David Carradine is hardly a name unknown in the movie and TV world. But, languish it did. What makes American Reel different from the roles [...]
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EXCLUSIVE: Night of the Templar Poster
Movies Web - almost 5 years
The stage is set for retribution as an eclectic group is lured to a secluded European Castle under the guise of a promised "fantasy weekend." And as they read from an obscure storybook, a nefarious tale of avarice is reenacted for their entertainment. However, they are unaware that they have been gathered for their own personal and befitting executions. In the course of one night, identities will be revealed, destinies met and a poetic justice of the macabre will be maniacally served, as a merciless Knight resurrects after 700 years to fulfill his vow and bestow a blood-thirst reprisal upon his enemies' reanimated spirits. They had their time... Now it's His! This is Night of the Templar, from actor, writer, and director Paul Sampson, a new blend of action, comedy, horror and mystery that is set to debut at Cannes on Sunday, May 13th. We have the exclusive poster for you to check out, featuring David Carradine, Udo Kier, and Norman Reedus. Check it out! Night of the Temp ...
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Thursday’s Highlights: 'The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet' on Lifetime
LATimes - almost 5 years
Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 22 - 28 in PDF format TV listings for the week of April 22 - 28 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies GWYNETH PALTROW, left, cozies up to the hostess on the series premiere of “The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet,” at 11 p.m. on Lifetime. SERIES American Idol: Katy Perry and the tribute band the Queen Extravaganza perform on the results show (8 p.m. Fox). 30 Rock: The Tina Fey-Alec Baldwin sitcom about a late-night sketch show offers up another live outing replete with more surprise cameos (8:30 p.m. NBC). Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding: The nuptials of Kim Zolciak of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and NFL player Kroy Biermann are the subject of this spinoff series (9 p.m. Bravo). Parks and Recreation: Paul Rudd reprises his role as Leslie’s (Amy Poehler) rival in the city council race (9:30 p.m. NBC). Jesus Conspiracies: Noncanonical accounts of Mary Magdalene’s role in Jesus’ ministr ...
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Roger Corman's Attack of the 50-Foot Cheerleader in 3D Promises to Be Epix
Dread Central - almost 5 years
Roger Corman graced Syfy with a Sharktopus. For his foray into producing for the Epix network, the “King of the B’s” is busting out Attack of the 50-Foot Cheerleader (in 3D no less) and has assembled quite a cast for a movie about a giant cheerleader on a rampage. Shockingly, Roger Corman did not produce the 1950’s cult classic Attack of the 50-Foot Woman or its 1990’s remake starring Daryl Hannah. He also had nothing to do with 1995’s Attack of the 60-Foot Centerfold; that was Fred Olen Ray’s homage. Now, at the ripe old age of 86 (and still kicking), Corman is finally getting a piece of the giant woman on the attack action with Attack of the 50-Foot Cheerleader. Synopsis: Aspiring college cheerleader Cassie Stratford consumes an experimental drug that grants her beauty and enough athletic ability to make the cheer squad. However, the drug has an unforeseen side effect - Cassie starts to grow and grow and grow. The titular 50-foot cheerleader will be played by Miss Georgia Teen ...
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True Legend To Be Released On DVD and Blu-ray September 13 - Shockya.com
Google News - over 5 years
Packed with the distinct fighting styles of director Yuen Woo Ping, the film stars martial arts legends Vincent Zhao, Michelle Yeoh, Jay Chou and David Carradine in his final screen performance. Below the post are the trailer and box art
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SF in SF to Screen Indie Documentary, Ringers: Lord of the Fans - TheOneRing.net
Google News - over 5 years
... Philippa Boyens, Barrie Osborne, Clifford Broadway, Sala Baker, Clive Barker, Cameron Crowe, David Carradine, Terry Pratchett, Peter S. Beagle, Terry Brooks, Lemmy Kilmister, Geddy Lee, Dr. Jane Chance, Christine Crawshaw, Colin Duriez, Chris Gore,
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Roger Corman's Cult Classics Sword And Sorcery Collection - DVD Talk
Google News - over 5 years
The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984) takes those horribly familiar Argentinean sets and actors and filters them through the woeful presence known as David Carradine. Carradine plays a mysterious warrior character named Kain (ahem) who stumbles into a
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Tales from a lifer in Los Angeles - Financial Times
Google News - over 5 years
Early in his career at the company, he came close to losing his job when Warner Bros produced the TV series Kung Fu, which starred the late David Carradine. “It was an instant hit but we missed the option date in David Carradine's contract
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Over Actor's Auto-Erotic Death - TMZ.com
Google News - over 5 years
David Carradine's wife has just settled her case against the production company of the movie David was shooting when he died of auto-erotic asphyxiation ... TMZ has learned. Anne Carradine had sued MK2 Productions, claiming they had a duty to supervise ... -
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Carradine
  • 2009
    Age 72
    On the small screen, Carradine appeared in a guest spot on the television series Mental that was broadcast just days after his death. On October 3, 2009, Celebrity Ghost Stories premiered on the Biography Channel with an interview of David Carradine discussing his belief that his closet was haunted by his wife's deceased previous husband.
    More Details Hide Details The segment, which was described as "eerie", was filmed four months before his own death. In his last of many collaborations with producer Roger Corman, Carradine appeared in the Syfy Channels science fiction monster movie Dinocroc Vs. Supergator, over a year after he died. Ken Tucker, writing for Entertainment Weekly, said the film was "impeccable" and "goofy fun all the way". At the time of this release, there were still four more unreleased films that credited David Carradine, including Stretch, which he was filming at the time of his death. Carradine made his directorial debut on three episodes of Kung Fu. While still performing on Kung Fu, he tried his hand at directing some independent films of his own. Americana (1983), took ten years to complete due to difficulty in financing. It featured Carradine in the starring role and several of his friends and family members in supporting roles. The film won the People's Choice Award at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes, but failed to achieve critical support or adequate distribution. Other directorial attempts included You and Me (1975), and two unreleased productions: Mata Hari, an epic that starred his daughter, Calista; and a short musical called A Country Mile.
    The actor, who once received an award for being the hardest working member of his profession in Hollywood, still had approximately a dozen films in "post-production" at the time of his death in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Most of these roles were cameos or small parts in independent, direct to DVD productions. Among them, a horror film, Dark Fields (2009); an action film, Bad Cop (2009); and a western, All Hell Broke Loose (2009). Carradine also appeared in a minor role in Yuen Woo-ping's Chinese kung fu epic True Legend. Carradine and Yuen first met while filming Kill Bill. Yuen eulogized Carradine on the True Legend website, describing him as a "good friend". Yuen said of Carradine, " 'He is among the first Hollywood actors to perform Chinese martial arts on the big screen. In real life he is also a genuine kung fu fan, and knows tai chi, qi gong and Chinese medicine. Same as I, people shall always remember his role as Caine, the grasshopper, in Kung Fu, in the '70s, which was a really unforgettable performance. I feel both great honour and regret that True Legend is one of David Carradine's last works.' "
    Carradine also appeared as a mysterious martial artist, The Master, in the 2009 DVD premier Big Stan.
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    His grave was marked on December 3, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The monument proclaimed him to be "The Barefoot Legend" and included a quote from "Paint", a song he wrote and performed as the theme to Sonny Boy, as an epitaph. On the first anniversary of his death, Carradine's widow, Annie, announced that she had filed a lawsuit for wrongful death against the company that produced the film Carradine was working on at the time of his death. The lawsuit claimed that the company failed to provide assistance to the actor that had been agreed upon in his contract. "The suit alleges, the assistant left him behind for dinner on the night before the actor was found dead. The assistant and other film staffers apparently could not reach Carradine and decided to leave without him. Carradine called the assistant an hour later but was told the group was across town, and he would have to make his own arrangements that evening." Annie Carradine reached a settlement with MK2 Productions in August 2011. She was reported to be receiving about US$400,000 from the company for Carradine's death.
    Carradine's funeral was held on June 13, 2009, in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details His bamboo casket was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Among the many stars and family members who attended his private memorial were Tom Selleck, Lucy Liu, Frances Fisher, James Cromwell, Steve Railsback, and Chris Potter.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was in Bangkok to shoot his latest film, titled Stretch. A police official said that Carradine was found naked, hanging by a rope in the room's closet, causing immediate speculation that his death was suicide. However, reported evidence suggested that his death was accidental, the result of autoerotic asphyxiation. Two autopsies were conducted, one involving the celebrity pathologist Pornthip Rojanasunan, and both concluded that the death was not a suicide. The cause of death became widely accepted as "accidental asphyxiation". Immediately following his death, two of Carradine's former wives, Gail Jensen and Marina Anderson, stated publicly that his sexual interests included the practice of self-bondage. Anderson, who had plans to publish a tell-all book about her marriage to Carradine, said in an interview with Access Hollywood, "There was a dark side to David, there was a very intense side to David. People around him know that." Previously, in her divorce filing, she had claimed that "it was the continuation of abhorrent and deviant sexual behavior which was potentially deadly."
  • 2008
    Age 71
    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 69
    By 2006, he had become the spokesperson for Yellowbook, a publisher of independent telephone directories in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared as the ghost of time, Clockwork, in two episodes of the animated series, Danny Phantom.
  • 2005
    Age 68
    David Carradine took over hosting duties from his brother Keith on Wild West Tech on the History Channel, in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The same year he also played both himself and the ghost of a dead man for an episode of the NBC TV show Medium.
  • 2004
    Age 67
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Vicki Roberts, his attorney and a longtime friend of his wife's, performed the ceremony. With this marriage he acquired three stepdaughters, Amanda Eckelberry (born 1989), Madeleine Rose (born 1995), and Olivia Juliette (born 1998) as well as a stepson, actor Max Richard Carradine (born 1998). In one of his final interviews, Carradine stated that at 71, he was still "in excellent shape," attributing it to a good diet and having a youthful circle of friends. "Everybody that I know is at least 10 or 20 years younger than I am. My wife Annie is 24 years younger than I am. My daughter asks why I don't hang with women my age and I say 'Most of the women my age are a lot older than me!'" By his own account, in the late 1950s, while living in San Francisco, young John A. Carradine was arrested for assaulting a police officer; he pleaded to a lesser charge of disturbing the peace. While in the Army (1960–62) he faced court-martial, on more than one occasion, for shoplifting. After he became an established actor and had changed his name to David, he was arrested, in 1967, for possession of marijuana.
  • 2003
    Age 66
    Carradine enjoyed a revival of his fame when he was cast in Quentin Tarantino's sequential Kill Bill movies, in 2003 and 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Among those who thought his portrayal of Bill, the assassin extraordinaire, would earn him an Academy Award nomination was Scott Mantz, of The Mediadrome, who said, "Carradine practically steals every scene he's in with confident gusto, and he gives a soulful performance that should all but ensure a spot on next year's Oscar ballot." Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper each had Kill Bill Vol. 2 on their top ten list for of Academy Awards predictions. Although the films received no notice from the Academy, Carradine did receive a Golden Globe nomination and a Saturn Award, for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Bill.
  • 2001
    Age 64
    In 2001, he appeared in the episode The Serpent of the syndicated TV series Queen of Swords as the sword-wielding bandit El Serpiente filmed at Texas Hollywood studios in Almeria, Spain, home of many spaghetti westerns.
    More Details Hide Details David also did a guest appearance in episode 11 of Lizzie McGuire as himself.
  • 2000
    Age 63
    Immediately following the Kung Fu series, Carradine accepted the role as the race car driver Frankenstein in Death Race 2000 (1975), he said, to "kill the image of Caine and launch a movie career".
    More Details Hide Details The Roger Corman exploitation film became a cult classic. It was based on Ib Melchior's first science fiction work, a short story called The Racer. In 1976, Carradine earned critical praise for his portrayal of folksinger Woody Guthrie in Hal Ashby's Bound for Glory (1976) for which he won a National Board of Review Award for Best Actor. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and New York Film Critics Circle Award for his role as Guthrie. Carradine worked very closely with his friend, singer-songwriter-guitarist Guthrie Thomas, on the Bound for Glory film. Thomas assisted Carradine in the guitar style of the period and the songs that had been chosen to be in the film itself. Next came the role of the alcoholic, unemployed trapeze artist, Abel Rosenberg in The Serpent's Egg (1977). Set in post-World War I Berlin, The Serpent's Egg, which also starred Liv Ullmann, is together with The Touch one of the two only English-language films made by legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Bergman said of his leading man, "I don't believe in God, but Heaven must have sent him." Carradine said that he and Bergman had plans for further collaboration, but the director's affection for the actor waned when the latter passionately protested a scene which included the butchering of a horse. The altercation caused Carradine to question the fate of Bergman's soul while the director declared, "Little Brother, I am an old whore.
  • 1998
    Age 61
    He was married to Marina Anderson from 1998 to 2001.
    More Details Hide Details By this time, Carradine had proclaimed himself to be a "serial monogamist."
  • 1986
    Age 49
    Carradine's second marriage ended in divorce, as did the two that followed. He was married to Gail Jensen, from 1986–1997.
    More Details Hide Details She died in April 2010, at the age of 60, of an alcohol-related illness.
    He also appeared in North and South, Book II, telecast in May 1986.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, he was featured in a Lipton Tea commercial, which first aired during the broadcast of Super Bowl XXVIII. The advertisement paid tribute to The Three Stooges while satirizing his role in Kung Fu.
  • 1985
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.
  • 1980
    Age 43
    In 1980 Carradine appeared in The Long Riders (1980), with his half-brothers Keith and Robert Carradine.
    More Details Hide Details The ensemble cast included three other brother/actor groupings: Stacy and James Keach; Dennis and Randy Quaid, and Christopher and Nicholas Guest. The movie, which was about the Jesse James gang, gave Carradine, who played Cole Younger, one of his most memorable roles. Throughout most of the 1980s and 1990s, David Carradine's acting career suffered a decline. Although he continued to amass movie and television credits, few of his roles garnered much attention. Most of his work was released straight to video. However, a few of his movies, such as The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984), Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1990) and Sonny Boy (1989), developed cult followings. In 1989, he starred in the low budget direct-to-video Swedish action movie The Mad Bunch directed by Mats Helge Olsson, making him one of three actors (including Heinz Hopf and Tor Isedal) who have starred in both an Ingmar Bergman movie and an Olsson movie. In 1997, Carradine was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The presenters played an "April Fool's Day" prank on him by first unveiling a star bearing the name of his brother, Robert.
  • 1977
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Linda is the former wife of The Byrds lead guitarist, Roger McGuinn, Her and Carradine's daughter Kansas was born April 19, 1978.
  • 1974
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Carradine was engaged to Hubley for a time, but they never married.
  • 1972
    Age 35
    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).
    More Details Hide Details This was one of several Roger Corman productions in which he was to appear. It was also one of a handful of acting collaborations he made with his father, John. For three seasons, David Carradine starred as a half-Chinese, half-white Shaolin monk, Kwai Chang Caine, on the ABC hit TV series Kung Fu (1972–1975) and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for the role. The show, which took place in the Old West, helped to popularize the martial arts and Eastern philosophy in the west, and immortalized the character of Kwai Chang Caine, also referred to as "Grasshopper", in popular culture. Although the choice of a white man to play the role of Kwai Chang Caine stirred controversy, the show served as steady employment for several Asian-American actors in the U.S. In addition to Keye Luke and Philip Ahn, who held leading roles in the cast as Caine's Shaolin masters, Robert Ito, James Hong, Benson Fong, Richard Loo, and Victor Sen Yung frequently appeared in the series. Kung Fu ended when Carradine quit to pursue a movie career, but he reprised the role of Kwai Chang Caine in 1986 in Kung Fu: The Movie. Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, in his acting debut, portrayed his son.
  • 1971
    Age 34
    Carradine guest-starred opposite David McCallum in a 1971 episode of Night Gallery entitled "The Phantom Farmhouse."
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  • 1968
    Age 31
    The marriage dissolved in 1968, whereupon Carradine left New York and headed back to California to continue his television and film careers.
    More Details Hide Details In 1969, Carradine met actress Barbara Hershey while the two of them were working on Heaven with a Gun. The pair lived together until 1975. They appeared in other films together, including Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha. In 1972, they appeared together in a nude Playboy spread, recreating some sex scenes from Boxcar Bertha. That year, Hershey gave birth to their son, Free (who at age nine changed his name to Tom, much to his father's chagrin).
  • 1966
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 28
    For that part, Carradine won a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance in 1965.
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  • 1964
    Age 27
    He made his feature film debut in 1964 in Taggart, a western based on a novel by Louis L'Amour.
    More Details Hide Details His first "big break", however, came with his second Broadway part in The Royal Hunt of the Sun, a play by Peter Shaffer about the destruction of the Inca empire by conquistador Francisco Pizarro. He said of this performance, "Many of the important roles that I got later on were because the guy who was going to hire me was in that audience and had his mind blown."
  • 1963
    Age 26
    Upon leaving the Army, Carradine became serious about his acting pursuits. It was at that time that he was advised to change his name to avoid confusion with his famous father. In 1963, he made his television debut on an episode of Armstrong Circle Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Several other television roles were to follow including appearances on Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
  • 1962
    Age 25
    In 1962, Donna gave birth to their daughter, Calista.
    More Details Hide Details Carradine was honorably discharged after a two-year tour.
  • 1960
    Age 23
    Shortly after being drafted into the Army in 1960, Carradine proposed marriage to Donna Lee Becht (born September 26, 1937), whom he had met while they were students at Oakland High School. They were married on Christmas Day that year. She lived with him off-base in Virginia while he was stationed at Fort Eustis. In April 1962, she gave birth to their daughter Calista.
    More Details Hide Details After Carradine's discharge, the family lived in New York while Carradine established his acting career, appearing on Broadway in The Deputy and Royal Hunt of the Sun.
    Despite an attempt to dodge the draft, in 1960 Carradine was inducted into the United States Army, where he drew pictures for training aids.
    More Details Hide Details That Christmas he married his high school sweetheart, Donna Lee Becht. While stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia he helped to establish a theater company which became known as the "entertainment unit". He met fellow inductee, Larry Cohen, who later cast him in Q, The Winged Serpent. He also faced court-martial for shoplifting.
  • 1944
    Age 7
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His father left California to avoid court action in the alimony settlement. After the couple engaged in a series of court battles over child custody and alimony, which at one point landed John in jail, Jack joined his father in New York City. By this time, his father had remarried. For the next few years Jack was shuffled between boarding schools, foster homes, and reform school. He also would often accompany his father while the elder Carradine performed summer theater throughout the Northeast. The boy spent time in Massachusetts and even one miserable winter milking cows on a farm in Vermont. Eventually, Jack Carradine returned to California, where he graduated from Oakland High School. He attended Oakland Junior College (currently Laney College) for a year before transferring to San Francisco State College, where he studied drama and music theory, and wrote music for the drama department's annual revues while juggling work at menial jobs, a fledgling stage acting career, and his studies. After he dropped out of college, Carradine spent some time with the "beatniks" of San Francisco's North Beach and southern California's Venice. During this time he collected unemployment insurance and sold baby pictures. He was also prosecuted for disturbing the peace.
  • 1936
    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).
    More Details Hide Details He was a half-brother of Bruce, Keith, Christopher, and Robert Carradine, and an uncle of Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton. Primarily of Irish descent, he was a great-grandson of Methodist evangelical author Beverly Carradine and a grandnephew of artist Will Foster. Called Jack by his family, Carradine's childhood was turbulent. For example, his parents divorced and repeatedly remarried; he was born to his mother's second marriage of three, and his father's first of four. At the time of Carradine's parents' marriage, his mother already had a son by her first husband, whom John adopted. John Carradine planned a large family, but after his wife had a series of miscarriages, he discovered she had had numerous illegal abortions without his knowledge. This rendered her unable to carry a baby to full term. Against this backdrop of marital discord, Jack almost succeeded in committing suicide by hanging at the age of five. He said the incident followed his discovery that he and his older half-brother Bruce, who had been adopted by John, had different biological fathers. Carradine added, "My father saved me, and then confiscated my comic book collection and burned it – which was scarcely the point".
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