David Carradine

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David Carradine in April 2008

David Carradine [ kærədi: n ] (* 8. December 1936 as John Arthur Carradine in Los Angeles , California ; † 3. June 2009 in Bangkok , Thailand ) was an American actor , director and producer .


Carradine was the son of actor John Carradine and his wife Abigail Carradine. He was the brother of Bruce Carradine and the half-brother of Keith and Robert Carradine , all also actors.

After an eventful youth - Carradine was in various boarding schools and reform schools and “collected […] juvenile sentences ” (as he himself summed it up in an interview) - he first studied music theory and composition at San Francisco State University . Working in a Shakespeare theater company at the university sparked his interest in acting. Two years of military service followed the studies. After that, from 1963, there were guest appearances in various US television series .

Carradine's best-known role was that of Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu . In the follow-up series Kung Fu: Under the Sign of the Dragon from the 1990s, Carradine played the role of Kwai Chang Caines grandson of the same name, who meets his son Peter again after a long separation. In the 1980s series Torches in the Storm , he played the southern villain Justin LaMotte.

He also played in various cinema productions, such as the leading role in Ingmar Bergman's Das Schlangenei , the title role in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill 1 and Kill Bill 2 and as an opponent of Chuck Norris in McQuade, the Wolf (1983). He had another leading role in 1976 in This Land is My Land , a film adaptation of Woody Guthrie's biography and in the road movie Cannonball . In total, Carradine has acted in more than 100 films. For a long time he had various German-speaking voice actors; Only in the last few years has he got a firm voice with Frank Glaubrecht .

David Carradine has directed three feature films (You and Me, Mata Hari, Americana) as well as several episodes of the television series Kung Fu and Lizzie McGuire . In the latter, his half-brother Robert Carradine played Sam McGuire .

Grave of David Carradine in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles

In addition to acting, he occasionally devoted himself to writing. Of his three works, Spirit of Shaolin - A Kung Fu Philosophy was the first to appear in German in 2006. Only in the American original did his autobiography Endless Highway and the Kill Bill Diary exist until the end .

David Carradine was an environmental advocate and supported the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in its fight against seal hunting and whaling .

On June 4, 2009, David Carradine was found dead in a hotel room in Bangkok. The death resulted from an autoerotic accident . According to his manager, Carradine was filming the film Stretch by French director Charles de Meaux in Thailand. Carradine was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood on June 13, 2009 .

Marriages and children

  • Donna Lee Becht (1960–1968), daughter Calista Carradine (* 1962)
  • Linda Gilbert (1977–1983), daughter Kansas Carradine (* 1978)
  • Gail Jensen (1988-1997)
  • Marina Anderson (1998-2001)
  • Annie Bierman (from 2004)

The son Tom Carradine (* 1972) comes from the relationship with Barbara Hershey (1972–1975).

Filmography (selection)



  • 1981: Americana
  • 1986: Kung Fu - The Movie ( Kung Fu: The Movie , TV movie)
  • 1989: Crime of Crimes
  • 1995–1996: Kung Fu - Under the Sign of the Dragon (TV series, 7 episodes)
  • 2009: Road of No Return


  • 1974: Kung Fu (TV series, 3 episodes)
  • 1975: You and Me
  • 1978: Mata Hari
  • 1981: Americana
  • 2001: Lizzie McGuire (TV series)



  • Marina Andersen, David Carradine. The eye of my tornado. Montreal 2010.

Web links

Commons : David Carradine  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Actor David Carradine found dead. In: "Ö1 Inforadio". June 4, 2009, archived from the original on June 12, 2009 ; Retrieved on May 29, 2011 : “US actor David Carradine was found dead in Bangkok. The 72-year-old died either on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, said a spokesman for the US embassy in the Thai capital. "
  2. Marc Deckert: "I only liked the outlaws". (No longer available online.) In: “NEON.de”. May 1, 2004, formerly in the original ; accessed on May 29, 2011 : “Back then I messed up a lot. After my parents separated, I went to various boarding schools and reform schools. I collected juvenile sentences. Then I went to San Francisco and started studying music theory. The acting came later. "
  3. ^ Dennis McLellan: David Carradine dies at 72; star of 'Kung Fu'. Obituaries. In: "Los Angeles Times". June 5, 2009, accessed on May 29, 2011 (English): "The son of noted character actor John Carradine , David Carradine appeared in more than 100 films, including Ingmar Bergman's" The Serpent's Egg "(1977)."
  4. verbrauchernews.de ( Memento of the original from November 21, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.konsumernews.de
  5. David Carradine is dead . In: Spiegel Online , June 4, 2009
  6. knerger.de: The grave of David Carradine