David Carradine

Actor, Director, Singer
A leading and supporting player in television and movies, actor David Carradine rose to fame with his iconic role, Kwai Chang Caine, the half-Asian student of life on the popular TV series, "Kung Fu" (ABC, 1972-75), a ... Read more »
Born: 12/07/1936 in Hollywood, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (160)

A Distant Scream 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Autumn 2014 (Movie)

Philip (Actor)

Eldorado 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Miracle at Sage Creek 2014 (Movie)

Ike (Actor)

Richard III 2014 (Movie)

Duke of Buckingham (Actor)

The Effects of Magic 2014 (Movie)

The Cabinet Maker (Actor)

The Puzzle in the Air 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wheatfield With Crows 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Zoo 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Archie's Final Project 2011 (Movie)

Jesse Gabriel Vargas (Actor)

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

True Legend 2011 (Movie)

Anthony, Gambling House Owner (Actor)

Celebrity Ghost Stories 1996 - 2001, 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crank: High Voltage 2009 (Movie)

Poon Dong (Actor)

Mental 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Golden Boys 2009 (Movie)

Captain Zebulon Hedge (Actor)

Absolute Evil 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Big Stan 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Camille 2008 (Movie)

Cowboy Bob (Actor)

Fall Down Dead 2008 (Movie)

Wade (Actor)

Hell Ride 2008 (Movie)

The Deuce (Actor)

How to Rob a Bank 2008 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Kandisha 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kung Fu Killer 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Stoned Age 2008 (Movie)

Mookoo (Actor)

Road of No Return 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Treasure Raiders 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Celebrity Paranormal Project 1998 - 1999, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1996 - 1999, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Epic Movie 2007 (Movie)

Museum Curator (Actor)

Family Law 1996 - 2001, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fuego 2007 (Movie)

Lobo (Actor)

In Case of Emergency 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Profiler 1996 - 1999, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

9th Annual Prism Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Hair High 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Mr Snerz (Actor)

Medium 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dead and Breakfast 2005 (Movie)

Mr. Wise (Actor)

Eve 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alias 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brothers in Arms 2004 (Movie)

Driscoll (Actor)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

Bill/"Snakecharmer" (Actor)

Ringers: Lord of the Fans 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kill Bill Vol. 1 2003 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Last Goodbye 2003 (Movie)

Fred McGillicuddie (Actor)

King of the Hill 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Lizzie McGuire 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Natural Selection 2002 (Movie)

Dehoven (Actor)

By Dawn's Early Light 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Titus 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jackie Chan Adventures 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Just Shoot Me 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Knocking on Death's Door 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sublet 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Charmed 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Isaac Asimov's Nightfall 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shepherd 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror 1998 (Movie)

Luke (Actor)

Knock on Death's Door 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Macon County Jail 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Rage 1997 (Movie)

Lucas (Actor)

Too Hot to Skate 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Capital Punishment 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dead Center 1993 (Movie)

Chavez (Actor)

The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Waxwork II: Lost in Time 1993 (Movie)

Beggar (Actor)

Distant Justice 1992 (Movie)

Joe Foley (Actor)

Double Trouble 1992 (Movie)

Mr C (Actor)

Field of Fire 1992 (Movie)

General Corman (Actor)

Kill Zone 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Omega Cop II: The Challenge 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Roadside Prophets 1992 (Movie)

Othello Jones (Actor)

The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Animal Instincts 1991 (Movie)

Lamberti (Actor)

Dune Warriors 1991 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Evil Toons 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Night Rhythms 1991 (Movie)

Vincent Machelli (Actor)

Bird on A Wire 1990 (Movie)

Eugene Sorenso (Actor)

Martial Law 1990 (Movie)

Dalton Rhodes (Actor)

Sonny Boy 1990 (Movie)

Pearl (Actor)

Think Big 1990 (Movie)

John Sweeney (Actor)

Crime Zone 1989 (Movie)

Jason (Actor)

Fatal Secret 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Midnight Fear 1989 (Movie)

Sheriff Steve Hanley (Actor)

Night Children 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sauf votre respect 1989 (Movie)

Bradley (Actor)

Tropical Snow 1989 (Movie)

Oskar (Actor)

Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II 1989 (Movie)

Dark One (Actor)

Nowhere to Run 1988 (Movie)

Harmon (Actor)

Project: Eliminator 1988 (Movie)

Ron Morrell (Actor)

Sundown 1988 (Movie)

Count Mardulak (Actor)

The Misfit Brigade 1988 (Movie)

Colonel Von Weisshagen (Actor)

Don Johnson's Music Video Feature Heartbeat 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Rio Abajo 1987 (Movie)

Bryant--Chuck's Uncle (Actor)

Armed Response 1986 (Movie)

Jim Roth (Actor)

P.O.W. the Escape 1986 (Movie)

Colonel Jim Cooper (Actor)

Jealousy 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Safari 3000 1984 (Movie)

Eddie Miles (Actor)

Americana 1983 (Movie)

Soldier (Actor)

Lone Wolf McQuade 1983 (Movie)

Rawley Wilkes (Actor)

Q 1982 (Movie)

Detective Shepard (Actor)

The Warrior and the Sorceress 1982 (Movie)

Kain (Actor)

Trick or Treats 1982 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Cloud Dancer 1980 (Movie)

Brad Randolph (Actor)

The Long Riders 1979 (Movie)

Cole Younger (Actor)

Deathsport 1978 (Movie)

Kaz Oshay (Actor)

Gray Lady Down 1978 (Movie)

Captain Gates (Actor)

The Silent Flute 1978 (Movie)

Changsha (Actor)

Thunder and Lightning 1978 (Movie)

Harley Thomas (Actor)

Fast Charlie - The Moonbeam Rider 1977 (Movie)

Charlie Swattle (Actor)

Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel 1977 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bound For Glory 1976 (Movie)

Woody Guthrie (Actor)

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

"Cannonball" Buckman (Actor)

The Serpent's Egg 1976 (Movie)

Abel Rosenberg (Actor)

Death Race 2000 1975 (Movie)

Frankenstein (Actor)

You and Me 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mean Streets 1973 (Movie)

Drunk (Actor)

The Long Goodbye 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boxcar Bertha 1972 (Movie)

Bill Shelley (Actor)

Kung Fu 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Heaven With a Gun 1969 (Movie)

Coke Beck (Actor)

Macho Callahan 1969 (Movie)

Colonel David Mountford (Actor)

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys 1969 (Movie)

Waco (Actor)

The McMasters 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Young Billy Young 1969 (Movie)

Jesse Boone (Actor)

Johnny Belinda 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

The Violent Ones 1966 (Movie)

Lucas Barnes (Actor)

Bus Riley's Back in Town 1965 (Movie)

Stretch (Actor)

Brotherhood of the Gun (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Surveillance (TV Show)

Actor

Future Force (TV Show)

Actor

Future Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Gauguin the Savage (TV Show)

Actor

I Saw What You Did (TV Show)

Actor

Jealousy (Movie)

Bobby Dee (Actor)

Kiss of a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

Kung Fu (TV Show)

Actor

Kung Fu: The Movie (TV Show)

Actor

Last Stand at Saber River (TV Show)

Actor

Lost Treasure of Dos Santos (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Horn (TV Show)

Actor

North and South (TV Show)

Actor

North and South: Book II (TV Show)

Actor

Oceans of Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Out of the Wilderness (TV Show)

Actor

Permanent Vacation (TV Show)

Actor

Six Against the Rock (TV Show)

Actor

Son of the Dragon (TV Show)

Actor

The Bad Seed (TV Show)

Actor

The Cover Girl and the Cop (TV Show)

Actor

The Outsider (TV Show)

Actor

Warden of Red Rock (TV Show)

Actor
Music (4)

Sonny Boy 1990 (Movie)

(Theme Song)

Americana 1983 (Movie)

("Let Me Take You Around") (Song)

Americana 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Cloud Dancer 1980 (Movie)

("Man") (Song)
Producer (4)

Richard III 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fall Down Dead 2008 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Project: Eliminator 1988 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Americana 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

Americana 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

You and Me 1975 (Movie)

(Director)
Editor (1)

Americana 1983 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

A leading and supporting player in television and movies, actor David Carradine rose to fame with his iconic role, Kwai Chang Caine, the half-Asian student of life on the popular TV series, "Kung Fu" (ABC, 1972-75), a role he would go on to reprise for a syndicated series in the late 1990s. The son of legendary actor John Carradine, he excelled at playing villains in action and terror films which, unfortunately, were often relegated to the straight-to-video shelf. Almost as famous as his Kung Fu persona, was his psychedelic lifestyle and devotion to Eastern philosophy, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s when Carradine seemed more engaged in his alternative lifestyle than in furthering his career - with the possible exceptions of his starring role as folk singer Woody Guthrie in the Oscar-nominated "Bound for Glory" (1976) and a turn in Ingmar Bergman's confusing "The Serpent's Egg" (1977). After two decades of relative mediocrity, Carradine found new life as the titular assassin in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill, Vol. 2" (2004). He went on to recur on the popular series, "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06) and play the head of the Chinese Triad in the action thriller "Crank: High Voltage" (2009). But his resurgence was cut short following a tragic death under unusual circumstances, leaving fans wondering what else the venerable actor might have had in store.

Relationships

Jenny

Companion
Carradine referred to her in his memoir

Marina Anderson Actor

Wife
Married on Feb. 20, 1998 Divorced on Dec. 12, 2001

Donna Becht

Wife
Married Dec. 29, 1960 Divorced in 1968

Annie Bierman Carradine

Wife
Married Dec. 26, 2004 until his death on June 3, 2009

John Carradine Actor

Father
Born Feb. 5, 1906; starred in "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962) Died Nov. 27, 1988

Calista Carradine Actor

Daughter
Born in April 1962; mother, Donna Trent; appeared with father on "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" (Syndicated) and the uncompleted feature "Mata Hari" (2012)

Kansas Carradine Actor

Daughter
Born April 19, 1978

Tom Carradine Actor

Son
Born Oct. 6, 1972 as Free Carradine, but changed his name to "Tom" when he was 9 years old; mother, Barbara Hershey

Bruce Carradine Actor

Brother
Born April 10, 1933; mother, Ardanelle McCool; adopted by John Carradine

Robert Carradine Actor

Half-Brother
Born March 24, 1954; father, John Carradine

Christopher Carradine

Half-Brother
Born c. 1947; mother, Sonia Sorel; worked for Walt Disney Co.

Ever Carradine Actor

Niece

Keith Carradine Actor

Half-Brother
Born Aug. 8, 1949 to John Carradine and Sonia Sorel; won Academy Award for song "I'm Easy" (1976)

Linda Gilbert Carradine

Wife
Married on Feb. 2, 1977 Divorced in 1983 Suffered with mental problems and was hospitalized

Barbara Hershey Actor

Companion
Met while they were working on "Heaven With a Gun" (1969) Lived together from 1969-75; father of her son Free Carradine Posed nude together in a 1972 issue of Playboy magazine

Season Hubley Actor

Companion

Gail Jensen Actor

Wife
Married on Dec. 4, 1988 Divorced in 1997

Ardanelle McCool Cosner

Mother
Married to John Carradine from 1935-44 Died in January 1989 of a brain aneurysm David revealed that his mother underwent a number of abortions at his father's request

Martha Plimpton Actor

Niece

Kate Scott

Companion

EDUCATION

Straubenmuller Textile High School

New York , New York

Greenfield High School

Greenfield , Massachusetts

Oakland Junior College

Oakland , California

Oakland High School

Oakland , California
Met first wife Donna Trent

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California

Stockbridge Academy

Stockbridge , Massachusetts

San Francisco State College

San Francisco , California
Dropped out

Milestones

2008

Starred in the original movie miniseries, "Kung Fu Killer" (Spike)

2007

Had a small role in the comedy spoof, "Epic Movie"

2007

Co-starred with James Franco and Sienna Miller in "Camille"

2004

Reprised role of Bill for Tarantino's "Kill Bill Vol.2"

2004

Hosted "Wild West Tech" on the History Channel

2003

Had a recurring role as Conrad on the ABC series, "Alias"

2003

Cast as the assassin leader Bill in writer-director Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill, Vol. 1"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor

2000

Guested as Andrew Weller on the second season of the legal drama "Family Law" (CBS)

1997

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (April)

1997

Co-starred with Ally Sheedy in "Macon County Jail"

1993

Reprised role of Caine in syndicated series, "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues"

1990

Appeared in "Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat"

1987

Portrayed an evil German soldier in "The Misfit Brigade/Wheels of Terror"

1985

Miniseries debut, "North and South" (ABC)

1983

Second directing effort, "Americana"

1982

Played the villain tracked by Chuck Norris in "Lone Wolf McQuade"

1979

Starred in the TV-movie "Mr. Horn" (CBS)

1977

Began directing the unfinished film, "Mata Hari"

1976

Played Woody Guthrie in "Bound for Glory"

1975

Film directing debut "You and Me" (also scripted and co-starred)

1973

Had memorable bit part in "Mean Streets"

1972

Starred as Caine in the ABC drama series, "Kung Fu"; also directed several episodes

1972

First worked with Martin Scorsese on "Boxcar Bertha"

1970

TV-movie debut, "Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring" (ABC)

1966

Made series debut in the ABC Western, "Shane"

1965

Appeared on Broadway in "The Royal Hunt of the Sun"

1964

First film appearance (in bit part) "Taggart"

1964

First episodic work, "Arrest and Trial" (ABC)

1963

Broadway debut, "The Deputy"

Served in the US Army

Put under contract by Universal

Raised in New York City

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