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David Carradine is a Actor, Director, Associate Producer and Editor American born on 8 december 1936 at Hollywood (USA)

David Carradine

David Carradine
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Birth name John Arthur Carradine
Nationality USA
Birth 8 december 1936 at Hollywood (USA)
Death 3 june 2009 (at 72 years) at Bangkok (Thailande)

David Carradine (born John Arthur Carradine; December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009) was an American actor and martial artist, best known for his leading role as a Shaolin peace-loving monk, Kwai Chang Caine, in the 1970s television series Kung Fu. He was a member of a productive acting family 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.

Films that featured Carradine continued to be released 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 son of a frequently married actor, he had an unstable childhood. This instability would continue throughout his life as he himself was married five times. He was also frequently arrested and prosecuted for a variety of offenses which often involved substance abuse. He died on June 3, 2009, from asphyxiation a in hotel room in Bangkok, Thailand; the main report is that it was a sex-related erotic asphyxiation, however, there has been a controversy over this and some have said he may have been murdered.


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. After his discharge, they lived in New York while Carradine established his acting career, appearing on Broadway in The Deputy and Royal Hunt of the Sun. The marriage dissolved in 1968, whereupon Carradine left New York and headed back to California to continue his television and film careers.

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 in a nude Playboy spread, recreating some sex scenes from Boxcar Bertha. That year Hershey gave birth to their son, Free (who later changed his name to Tom, much to his father's chagrin). The relationship fell apart around the time of his 1974 burglary arrest, when Carradine began an affair with Season Hubley, who had guest-starred on Kung Fu. Carradine was engaged to Hubley for a time, but they never married.

In February 1977, Carradine married his second wife, Linda, (née Linda Anne Gilbert, born March 16, 1950) the former wife of The Byrds lead guitarist, Roger McGuinn, in a civil ceremony, in Munich, Germany, immediately following the filming of The Serpent's Egg. Their daughter Kansas was born April 19, 1978. This marriage ended in divorce, as did the two that followed. He was married to Gail Jensen from 1986–1997. She died in April 2010, at the age of 60, of an alcohol-related illness. He was also married to Marina Anderson from 1998–2001. By this time, Carradine had proclaimed himself to be a "serial monogamist".

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. Vicki Roberts, his attorney and longtime friend of his wife, 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.

Best films

Bird on a Wire (1990)
Death Race 2000 (1975)
Bound for Glory (1976)

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Filmography of David Carradine (113 films)

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Jodorowsky's Dune, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about films
Actors Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, Nicolas Winding Refn, Brontis Jodorowsky, Amanda Lear, Richard Stanley
Roles Self (Archival Footage)
Rating79% 3.9978453.9978453.9978453.9978453.997845
Au début des années 1970, après les succès en Europe des films El Topo et La Montagne sacrée, le producteur français Michel Seydoux propose au réalisateur Alejandro Jodorowsky de produire son prochain film, lui laissant carte blanche. Jodorowsky se lance alors dans son projet le plus ambitieux : l'adaptation du roman Dune de Frank Herbert, qu'il n'a pas lu au départ, donnant par hasard le nom de cette œuvre à Seydoux car il en a entendu du bien par un ami. Mais, stimulé par le roman, il souhaite en faire une expérience spirituelle qui changera la vision des spectateurs, ce projet devenant pour lui un idéal mystique et conceptuel, du fait notamment de la présence dans le roman de l'épice, qu'il relie avec les excès de son époque (utilisation du LSD par les hippies, etc.).
Eldorado (2012)

Directed by Richard Driscoll
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror, Musical, Western
Themes Transport films, Musical films, Road movies, Comedy horror films
Actors Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Steve Guttenberg, Richard Driscoll, Peter O'Toole
Roles The Spirit Guide
Rating24% 1.2302851.2302851.2302851.2302851.230285
The Stranger, a tall striking creature dressed in white sets into motions a series of events whilst reciting the Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Eldorado", which will have an effect on those heading towards the mythical city. The evening was going to be a normal Blues Brothers tribute gig for Oliver and Stanley Rosenblum, The Jews Brothers at a local Bar Mitzvah, but things were not going to go to plan for Stan and Ollie. After being wrongly sent to entertain the annual conference of Neo Nazi's instead of the stripper, which was sent to the Bar Mitzvah by their inept Manager JJ. The Jews Brothers are chased out of town by the head of the Californian Chapter of Neo Nazi's General Zwick, and after contacting their agent JJ who makes amends for the mix up by sending the boys and the stripper Lesley Dean to do a show at the Eldorado Festival.
Stretch (2011)

Directed by Charles de Meaux
Origin France
Genres Drama
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about horses, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Horse sports in film, Sport hippique
Actors Nicolas Cazalé, Fàn Bīngbīng (范冰冰), David Carradine, Nicolas Duvauchelle
Roles Monteiro
Rating49% 2.4529352.4529352.4529352.4529352.452935
After failing a drug test in France, young jockey Christophe moves to Macau, where he becomes involved in the city's fast paced racing world. However, his luck seems to be running out when his trainer asks him to lose a race. With the help of beautiful Pamsy, he must find a way to avoid antagonizing the Chinese mafia.
Hell Ride
Hell Ride (2010)
, 1h24
Directed by Larry Bishop
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Transport films, Motocyclette, Road movies
Actors Michael Madsen, Larry Bishop, David Carradine, Dennis Hopper, Eric Balfour, Vinnie Jones
Roles The Deuce
Rating50% 2.501922.501922.501922.501922.50192
Biker Pistolero (Larry Bishop) is the leader, or "Prez," of the Victors, a Southern California motorcycle gang. He has two faithful lieutenants, The Gent (Michael Madsen) and Comanche (Eric Balfour).
Detention (2010)

Directed by James D.R. Hickox
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Horror
Actors David Carradine, Thomas Calabro, Zelda Williams, Billy Aaron Brown, Preston Jones, Mo McRae
Roles Principal Hoskins
Rating29% 1.482221.482221.482221.482221.48222
A mismatched group of students at Reseda High School are sentenced to detention one stormy afternoon, and when their teacher vanishes and strange goings-on occur within the high school, they discover to their horror that ghosts have risen to avenge the brutal death of a student in the 1970s - a death which their parents were responsible for.
True Legend, 1h55
Directed by Yuen Woo-ping
Origin Hong kong
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Michelle Yeoh, 周迅 (Zhou Xun), Jay Chou, Chiu Man-cheuk, David Carradine, Andy On
Roles Anthony
Rating64% 3.2017353.2017353.2017353.2017353.201735
Su Can is a general who leads a military force to save a prince from a large fortress of enemies in the mountains. In return, the prince promises that the Emperor will make him governor of Hu Bei. Su's step brother Yuan is envious of Su, but Su loves him and asks the prince to make Yuan governor instead. Su wants to leave the military and lead a life pursuing the perfection of Wu Shu, eventually in the hopes of starting his school and teaching his skills. Su gives his great prestigious sword to a comrade Ma, then tells Yuan of his plans. Yuan expresses that he is always in Su's shadow but accepts the governorship. Early next morning, Su leaves on a horse.
Dinocroc vs. Supergator, 1h30
Directed by Jim Wynorski
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals
Actors David Carradine, Rib Hillis, John Callahan, Delia Sheppard, Jeff Rector, Brandi Williams
Roles Jason Drake
Rating32% 1.628381.628381.628381.628381.62838
In Drake Industries Research Lab in Kauai, Hawaii, two creatures, Supergator & Dinocroc, are being studied. However, Supergator breaks free from the lab and eats two scientists before escaping into the water. Dinocroc also breaks free by breaking the wall and crushing another scientist. It also eats two scientists and goes into the trees. Jason Drake (David Carradine) calls an elite army group to kill the creatures, but they are killed by Dinocroc. Drake then calls in Fish & Game hunter Bob Logan (Rib Hillis) who is also known as "The Cajun" to kill the two creatures. While spying on Drake's lab, Paul Beaumont (Corey Landis) meets a cop, Cassidy Swanson (Rasimas). While Drake has his private party, he meets up with a girl named Victoria Chase. Drake tells her to be with The Cajun. The Cajun meets with Victoria and they both go on a boat and down the river. Paul & Cassidy observe the huge mushrooms. As they hear Kimberly Taft asking for help, they help her in the jeep with the Dinocroc chasing after them. It's up to Paul, Cassidy, and "The Cajun" to kill the creatures before it's too late. Cassidy and her father attempt to shoot at Supergator. Cassidy's father, Charlie, shoots the Supergator's eye, presumably blinding it, and is devoured. As Supergator eats Charlie, Cassidy gets in the car and drives off. The Supergator then chases her all the way to the mill. As Supergator reaches the end of the tunnel, Bob & Paul blow it up with a C-4 so Supergator & Dinocroc can't escape. The two reptiles engage in battle, in which Dinocroc wins after knocking Supergator on its soft underbelly and attacks it. Paul then throws a bomb for the explosion. After Dinocroc kills Supergator, it spots Paul and walks towards him as Paul hides in a trough filled with water, protecting himself from the explosives. The bomb explodes, knocking back and killing Dinocroc. Paul is assumed to be killed as well, but he survives the attack and before he and Cassidy leave, the camera then turns to Dinocroc and Supergator, which are both dead as one is burning and another is bleeding. As Paul and Cassidy walk away, in the mill are babies, of either Dinocroc or Supergator.
Crank: High Voltage, 1h36
Directed by Marc Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Sports films, Martial arts films, Gangster films
Actors Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Clifton Collins, Jr., Efren Ramirez, Bai Ling, David Carradine
Roles Poon Dong
Rating60% 3.0497153.0497153.0497153.0497153.049715
Immediately after the events of the previous film, Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) lands in the middle of an intersection after falling out of a helicopter. He is scooped off the street via snow shovel by a group of Chinese medics and removed from the scene. Chev wakes up in a makeshift hospital and sees doctors removing his heart while Johnny Vang (Art Hsu) watches. The doctors place Chev's heart in a white cooler with a padlock, and place a clear plastic artificial heart in his chest. He wakes up sometime later and escapes. He notices a yellow battery pack is attached to him. After a gunfight and interrogation of a thug, he learns the location of Johnny Vang: the Cypress Social Club.
Break (2009)

Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Chad Everett, David Carradine, Sarah Thompson, Charles Durning, Michael Madsen, Mackenzie Firgens
Roles The Bishop
Rating37% 1.8541051.8541051.8541051.8541051.854105
A terminally ill crime boss, known only as The Man, hires a hit man named Frank to carry out his own assassination as well as the assassination of The Woman he loves. When The Woman turns out to be Frank's long lost lover, he turns against The Man becoming the target himself.
Absolute Evil, 1h30
Directed by Ulli Lommel
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Rusty Joiner, David Carradine, Ulli Lommel, Elissa Dowling, Jamie Bernadette, Gloria Hendry
Roles Raf McCane
Rating28% 1.422891.422891.422891.422891.42289
Lovers Savannah (Carolyn Neff) and Cooper (Rusty Joiner) share a childhood trauma. But just as they seem to have conquered their inner demons, the past catches up on them, and they are soon pursued by enigmatic gang leader Raf (David Carradine) and his plans of retaliation and murder.
My Suicide
My Suicide (2009)
, 1h45
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about suicide
Actors Brooke Nevin, David Carradine, Nora Dunn, Harry Shearer, Mariel Hemingway, Joe Mantegna
Roles Vargas
Rating69% 3.491393.491393.491393.491393.49139
Socially inept media geek Archie Williams becomes the most visible kid in school when he announces he's going to kill himself on camera for his final video class project.
Autumn (2009)
, 1h50
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Dexter Fletcher, David Carradine, Dickon Tolson
Roles Philip
Rating32% 1.6146251.6146251.6146251.6146251.614625
After a viral outbreak kills 99% of the world's population, scattered survivors come together and attempt to deal with the fall of civilization. They face a new threat when the dead begin to reanimate. Initially catatonic, the corpses slowly regain their senses, become increasingly sensitive to outside stimuli, and show signs of aggression. Eventually, the survivors must fortify themselves against attack and try to find a reason to survive.
Dark Fields, 1h48
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Actors David Carradine, Dee Wallace, Richard Lynch, Ellen Sandweiss
Roles Clive Jonis
Rating38% 1.9351651.9351651.9351651.9351651.935165
Cari, a college student, suddenly falls very ill. Panicked, she calls her parents, who tell her to return home. There, her parents reveal that her entire town has been cursed and demand that she sacrifice her younger brother to avoid an even worse curse. Cari initially goes along with her parents' wishes but rebels at the last second. The two siblings go on the run from the townspeople, who desperate try to find them. Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal intertwining tales of nineteenth century and mid-twentieth century families that attempt to deal with the same curse. Eventually, a demonic man shows up to collect on the debt owed by the town, and Cari is forced to confront him. After a series of cat and mouse games, a friendly dog appears and kills the demon.
Kandisha (2008)
, 1h30
Directed by Jérôme Cohen-Olivar
Origin Maroc
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy, Horror, Crime
Themes Films based on mythology, Mythologie d'Afrique de l'Ouest
Actors Amira Casar, Saïd Taghmaoui, Hiam Abbass, Assaâd Bouab, David Carradine, Michaël Cohen
Roles The American
Rating58% 2.949982.949982.949982.949982.94998
Brisé par la perte de son enfant, Nyla Jayde, une brillante avocate de la défense, travaille sur une affaire impliquant une légende marocaine du XIV siècle, un esprit vengeur nommé « Kandisha ».
Death Race
Death Race (2008)
, 1h45
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Prison films, Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Films set in the future, Auto racing films, Political films, Road movies, Dystopian films, Chase films
Actors Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane, Natalie Martinez, Max Ryan
Roles Frankenstein (voice)
Rating63% 3.198813.198813.198813.198813.19881
In 2012, the economy of the US completely collapses, causing unemployment and crime rates to skyrocket, and a sharp increase of convicted criminals, which leads to privatized prisons for profit. Hennessey (Joan Allen) is the warden of Terminal Island Penitentiary, as which she earns her profits from the pay-per-view broadcast of a modern gladiator game called "Death Race," with the prisoners as the players.