David Carradine

8 Dec 1936 - 3 Jun 2009

Actor, Director

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.


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Filmography (82 titles)

Genre: Crime, Action
Role: Actor (as Bill)
(movie, 2010)
···Dinocroc vs. Supergator
Genre: Action, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jason Drake)
(movie, 2010)
···Su Qi-Er
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Anton)
(movie, 2010)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Principal Hoskins)
(movie, 2010)
···Six Days in Paradise
Genre: Action, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Vernon Billings)
(movie, 2009)
···Crank: High Voltage
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Poon Dong)
(movie, 2009)
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Horror
Role: Actor (as Philip)
(movie, 2009)
···My Suicide
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Vargas)
(movie, 2008)
···Road of No Return
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Mr. Hover)
(movie, 2008)
···Kung Fu Killer 2
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Crane)
(movie, 2008)
···Hell Ride
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as The Deuce)
(movie, 2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Cowboy Bob)
(movie, 2008)
···Kung Fu Killer
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Crane)
(movie, 2008)
···Richard III
Genre: Action, Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Buckingham)
(movie, 2008)
···The Golden Boys
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Capt. Zebulon Hedge)
(movie, 2007)
···Homo Erectus
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Mookoo)
(movie, 2007)
···Big Stan
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as The Master)
(movie, 2007)
···Epic Movie
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Museum Curator)
(movie, 2007)
···How to Rob a Bank
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Nick)
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Mikhail)
(movie, 2006)
···The Last Sect
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Van Helsing)
(mini-series, 2006)
···Son of the Dragon
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Bird)
(movie, 2005)
···Dead & Breakfast
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Mr. Wise)
(movie, 2005)
···Miracle at Sage Creek
Genre: Action, Western, Family
Role: Actor (as Ike)
(movie, 2004)
···Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Bill)
Genre: Crime, Action
Role: Actor (as Bill)
(movie, 2003)
···Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Genre: Action, Crime
Role: Actor (as Bill)
(movie, 2003)
···American Reel
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as James Lee Springer)
(movie, 2002)
···Balto II: Wolf Quest
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Family
Role: Actor (as Nava the Wolf Shaman (voice))
(movie, 2002)
···Balto: Wolf Quest
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Role: Actor (as Nava the Wolf Shaman)
(movie, 2002)
···The Outsider
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, TV Movie
Role: Actor (as Doctor Lucas Henry)
(series, 2001)
···Lizzie McGuire
Genre: Comedy, Family
Role: Director
(movie, 2001)
···Out of the Wilderness
Genre: Family
Role: Actor (as Clint Dugan)
(movie, 2001)
···Warden of Red Rock
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Mike Sullivan)
(movie, 2000)
···By Dawn's Early Light
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Nick Decker)
(movie, 1999)
···Natural Selection
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Louis Dehoven)
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as Sheldon Blake)
Genre: Adventure, Animation
Role: Actor (as Chief Wulisso)
(movie, 1998)
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Max Kaufman)
(movie, 1997)
···Lost Treasure of Dos Santos
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Martin Shaw)
(movie, 1997)
···Macon County Jail
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Coley)
(movie, 1993)
···Kill Zone
Genre: Action, War
Role: Actor (as Col. Horace Wiggins)
(movie, 1992)
···Waxwork II: Lost in Time
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as The Beggar)
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Kwai Chang Caine)
(movie, 1992)
···Night Rhythms
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Vincent)
(movie, 1991)
···Midnight Fear
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Hanley)
(movie, 1990)
···Bird on a Wire
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Eugene Sorensen)
(movie, 1990)
···Future Zone
Genre: Action, Crime, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as John Tucker)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror, Western
Role: Actor (as Jozek Mardulak · Count Dracula)
(movie, 1989)
···Sonny Boy
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Pearl)
(movie, 1989)
···Try This One for Size
Genre: Crime
Role: Actor (as Bradley)
(movie, 1988)
···Tropical Snow
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Oskar)
(movie, 1988)
···Open Fire
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Joe Rourke)
(movie, 1988)
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Dow)
(movie, 1987)
···Six Against the Rock
Genre: Action, Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Bernard 'Bernie' Paul Coy)
(movie, 1986)
···Behind Enemy Lines
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Col. James Cooper)
(movie, 1986)
···Kung Fu: The Movie
Genre: Action, Western, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Kwai Chang Caine)
(movie, 1985)
···The Bad Seed
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Leroy Jessup)
(movie, 1984)
···On the line
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Bryant)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Kain)
(movie, 1983)
···Lone Wolf McQuade
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western
Role: Actor (as Rawley Wilkes)
(movie, 1983)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1982)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Shepard)
(movie, 1982)
···Safari 3000
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sport
Role: Actor (as Eddie Miles)
(movie, 1980)
···The Long Riders
Genre: History, Western
Role: Actor (as Cole Younger)
(movie, 1980)
···Cloud Dancer
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Brad Randolph)
(movie, 1980)
···Gauguin the Savage
Genre: Biography, Drama
Role: Actor (as Paul Gauguin)
Genre: Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as Ben Irons)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Charlie Swattle)
(movie, 1978)
···Gray Lady Down
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Capt. Gates)
(movie, 1977)
···The Serpent's Egg
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Abel Rosenberg)
(movie, 1976)
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Coy 'Cannonball' Buckman)
(movie, 1976)
···Bound for Glory
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Woody Guthrie)
(movie, 1975)
···Death Race 2000
Genre: Action, Comedy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Frankenstein)
(movie, 1973)
···Mean Streets
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Drunk)
(movie, 1973)
···The Long Goodbye
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Dave 'Socrates' (uncredited))
(movie, 1972)
···Boxcar Bertha
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Big Bill Shelly)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Flack)
(movie, 1970)
···The McMasters
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as White Feather)
(movie, 1969)
···Heaven with a Gun
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Coke Beck)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Role: Actor (as Waco)
(movie, 1969)
···Young Billy Young
Genre: Romance, Western
Role: Actor (as Jesse Boone)