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David Carradine

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David Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine, and his wife, Ardanelle Abigail (McCool). He presided over an acting family that included brothers Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine as well as his daughters Calista Carradine and 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 lead in the short-lived TV series Shane before being tapped to star opposite Barbara Hershey in Martin Scorsese's first Hollywood film, Boxcar Bertha. The iconic Kung Fu followed, catapulting Carradine to superstardom for the next three years, until he left the series to pursue his film career.That career included 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.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, and he won critical acclaim for his work as Cole Younger in The Long Riders. "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, and a second Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role in North and South. Among his other notable film credits were Gray Lady Down, Mean Streets, Bird on a Wire, The Long Goodbye, The Serpent's Egg and Circle of Iron. He returned to the screen in what could be his greatest performance, playing the title role in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2, for which he received his fourth Golden Globe nomination. He also continued his devotion to music, and recorded some 60 tracks in various musical genres and sang in several movies. He made his home in Los Angeles with his fifth wife Annie, her four children and their two dogs.He was found dead in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 3, 2009, aged 72.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Carradine Tried Playing it Safe

Carradine Tried Playing it Safe

We've now seen a clear, uncensored version of the photo of David Carradine's body, and it reveals a powerful clue reinforcing the theory his death was an accident. The rope around his neck is… READ MORE >

Carradine's Ex -- David's Obsession Christ-like

Carradine's Ex -- David's Obsession Christ-like

One of David Carradine's ex-wives tells us David's obsession with auto-erotica went so far, it involved Jesus.Gail Jensen -- Carradine's third wife -- says she came home one day and -- starting at… READ MORE >

- 2635 days ago
FBI Can Look, But Can't Touch Carradine Case

FBI Can Look, But Can't Touch Carradine Case

David Carradine's family reached out to the FBI to assist police in Thailand with his death investigation -- but it doesn't look like the agency is gonna be able to make much of an impact.Thai… READ MORE >

- 2635 days ago
Carradine's Ex -- He Spent Days Planning Bondage

Carradine's Ex -- He Spent Days Planning Bondage

Another woman from David Carradine's past is talking about the actor's penchant for auto-erotica -- claiming he would spend days planning to construct elaborate sexual devices. Carradine's third… READ MORE >

- 2636 days ago
Big Clue in Carradine's Tied Hands

Big Clue in Carradine's Tied Hands

David Carradine's hands were tied above his head when he died -- turns out, in the world of auto-erotic suspension, it's an easy task to master.Brent Turvey, a forensic scientist and criminal… READ MORE >

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Carradine Photo Reveals Fishnet Stocking

Carradine Photo Reveals Fishnet Stocking

We've just seen a higher resolution image of the photo that appears to be David Carradine's body hanging in his hotel room -- and it shows what seems consistent with an auto-erotica scenario ...… READ MORE >

- 2637 days ago
Second Autopsy Critical in Carradine Death

Second Autopsy Critical in Carradine Death

Sources tell TMZ the second autopsy of David Carradine's body will be conducted in a matter of days, and two issues are on the line -- cause of death and life insurance.As for cause of death,… READ MORE >

- 2637 days ago
Carradine's Family Outraged Over Death Photo

Carradine's Family Outraged Over Death Photo

As if they weren't dealing with enough -- the family of David Carradine is now "profoundly disturbed" by the publication of a photo that appears to be Carradine hanging in his hotel room. The… READ MORE >

- 2637 days ago
Thailand Police: Carradine Was Alone in Hotel

Thailand Police: Carradine Was Alone in Hotel

Thailand cops are saying there is no evidence that anyone was in the hotel room at the time of David Carradine's death. Police say they reviewed surveillance footage outside Carradine's room and… READ MORE >

- 2638 days ago
Hospital Worker -- Carradine Suffocated

Hospital Worker -- Carradine Suffocated

David Carradine's official cause of death will be listed as suffocation, according to a hospital staffer in Bangkok.The staffer, who was present when the autopsy was conducted, also says there… READ MORE >

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