David Carradine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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 ...

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An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island (1998)

Fievel and his friend Tony Toponi find a map that they believe points to a treasure buried somewhere beneath Old New York, and the plucky rodent is determined to find it. However, what he discovers under the city is a tribe of Native American mice who were driven ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Latham
CAST:  Thomas Dekker  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Pat Musick  •  Nehemiah Persoff

Fievel and his friend Tony Toponi find a map that they believe points to a treasure buried somewhere beneath Old New York, and the plucky rodent is determined to find it. However, what he discovers under the city is a tribe of Native American mice who were driven ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Latham
CAST:  Thomas Dekker  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Pat Musick  •  Nehemiah Persoff

Bird on a Wire (1990)

A FBI informant has kept his new identity secret for 15 years, now an old flame has recognised him and the bad guys are back for revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Goldie Hawn  •  Joan Severance  •  David Carradine

A FBI informant has kept his new identity secret for 15 years, now an old flame has recognised him and the bad guys are back for revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Goldie Hawn  •  Joan Severance  •  David Carradine

Bound for Glory (1976)

A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Ronny Cox  •  Melinda Dillon  •  Gail Strickland

A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Ronny Cox  •  Melinda Dillon  •  Gail Strickland

Boxcar Bertha (1972)

'Boxcar' Bertha Thompson, a transient woman in Arkansas during the violence-filled Depression of the early '30s, meets up with rabble-rousing union man 'Big' Bill Shelly and the two team up to fight the corrupt railroad establishment. Based on “Sister of the Road,” ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Barbara Hershey  •  David Carradine  •  Barry Primus  •  Bernie Casey

'Boxcar' Bertha Thompson, a transient woman in Arkansas during the violence-filled Depression of the early '30s, meets up with rabble-rousing union man 'Big' Bill Shelly and the two team up to fight the corrupt railroad establishment. Based on “Sister of the Road,” ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Barbara Hershey  •  David Carradine  •  Barry Primus  •  Bernie Casey

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

Six college students take a wrong turn and find themselves lost in a strangely deserted rural town... only to discover that this deceptively quiet place hides a murderous cult of children controlled by evil forces. Yet even as bodies begin cropping up all around ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ethan Wiley
CAST:  Stacy Galina  •  Alexis Arquette  •  Eva Mendes  •  Greg Vaughan

Six college students take a wrong turn and find themselves lost in a strangely deserted rural town... only to discover that this deceptively quiet place hides a murderous cult of children controlled by evil forces. Yet even as bodies begin cropping up all around ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ethan Wiley
CAST:  Stacy Galina  •  Alexis Arquette  •  Eva Mendes  •  Greg Vaughan

Dead & Breakfast (2004)

Six friends on a road trip stop for the night at a bed and breakfast in the sleepy town of Lovelock. After a night that leaves both the inn's owner and chef dead, the gang finds themselves under suspicion by the local sheriff. But that's only the beginning as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Leutwyler
CAST:  Ever Carradine  •  Portia de Rossi  •  David Carradine  •  Bianca Lawson

Six friends on a road trip stop for the night at a bed and breakfast in the sleepy town of Lovelock. After a night that leaves both the inn's owner and chef dead, the gang finds themselves under suspicion by the local sheriff. But that's only the beginning as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Leutwyler
CAST:  Ever Carradine  •  Portia de Rossi  •  David Carradine  •  Bianca Lawson

Death Race 2000 (1975)

In a boorish future, the government sponsors a popular, but bloody, cross-country race in which points are scored by mowing down pedestrians. Five teams, each comprised of a male and female, compete using cars equipped with deadly weapons. Frankenstein, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Bartel
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Simone Griffeth  •  Sylvester Stallone  •  Mary Woronov

In a boorish future, the government sponsors a popular, but bloody, cross-country race in which points are scored by mowing down pedestrians. Five teams, each comprised of a male and female, compete using cars equipped with deadly weapons. Frankenstein, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Bartel
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Simone Griffeth  •  Sylvester Stallone  •  Mary Woronov

Hell Ride (2008)

Hell Ride is a 2008 feature film from Larry Bishop being released under the “Quentin Tarantino Presents” banner. The film promises to be a blood and sex-soaked tale of motorcycle revenge and retribution.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Bishop
CAST:  Larry Bishop  •  Michael Madsen  •  Eric Balfour  •  Dennis Hopper

Hell Ride is a 2008 feature film from Larry Bishop being released under the “Quentin Tarantino Presents” banner. The film promises to be a blood and sex-soaked tale of motorcycle revenge and retribution.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Bishop
CAST:  Larry Bishop  •  Michael Madsen  •  Eric Balfour  •  Dennis Hopper

Homo Erectus (2007)

Ishbo is a caveman living in the prehistoric age who thinks there's more to life than hunting and gathering. He tries to better the lives of those in his tribe by inventing things like spoons and the toothbrush, which leave everyone, including his parents, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Rifkin
CAST:  Adam Rifkin  •  Ali Larter  •  Hayes MacArthur  •  David Carradine

Ishbo is a caveman living in the prehistoric age who thinks there's more to life than hunting and gathering. He tries to better the lives of those in his tribe by inventing things like spoons and the toothbrush, which leave everyone, including his parents, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Rifkin
CAST:  Adam Rifkin  •  Ali Larter  •  Hayes MacArthur  •  David Carradine

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

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An assassin is shot by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle – but she lives to plot her vengeance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Lucy Liu  •  Vivica A. Fox  •  Daryl Hannah

An assassin is shot by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle – but she lives to plot her vengeance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Lucy Liu  •  Vivica A. Fox  •  Daryl Hannah

Mean Streets (1973)

A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Harvey Keitel  •  Robert De Niro  •  David Proval  •  Amy Robinson

A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Harvey Keitel  •  Robert De Niro  •  David Proval  •  Amy Robinson

The Long Goodbye (1973)

Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Elliott Gould  •  Nina van Pallandt  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Mark Rydell

Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Elliott Gould  •  Nina van Pallandt  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Mark Rydell

The Long Riders (1980)

The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Hill
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Keith Carradine  •  Robert Carradine  •  James Keach

The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Hill
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Keith Carradine  •  Robert Carradine  •  James Keach

The Serpent's Egg (1977)

The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World War I.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ingmar Bergman
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Heinz Bennent  •  Gert Fröbe

The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World War I.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ingmar Bergman
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Heinz Bennent  •  Gert Fröbe

Cannonball (1976)

Coy "Cannonball" Buckman (David Carradine) and his blazing red Pontiac enter the Trans-America Grand Prix, an underground road race spanning the continent in which there are no rules, no speed limits and no heed for the law. En route, Buckman jockeys with an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Bartel
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Bill McKinney  •  Veronica Hamel  •  Gerrit Graham

Coy "Cannonball" Buckman (David Carradine) and his blazing red Pontiac enter the Trans-America Grand Prix, an underground road race spanning the continent in which there are no rules, no speed limits and no heed for the law. En route, Buckman jockeys with an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Bartel
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Bill McKinney  •  Veronica Hamel  •  Gerrit Graham

Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)

The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably culminates in a martial arts showdown between the drug lord and the ranger, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carver
CAST:  Chuck Norris  •  David Carradine  •  Barbara Carrera  •  Leon Isaac Kennedy

The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably culminates in a martial arts showdown between the drug lord and the ranger, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carver
CAST:  Chuck Norris  •  David Carradine  •  Barbara Carrera  •  Leon Isaac Kennedy

Gray Lady Down (1978)

The USS Neptune, a nuclear submarine, is sunk off the coast of Connecticut after a collision with a Norwegian cargo ship. The navy must attempt a potentially dangerous rescue in the hope of saving the lives of the crew.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Greene
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  David Carradine  •  Stacy Keach  •  Ned Beatty

The USS Neptune, a nuclear submarine, is sunk off the coast of Connecticut after a collision with a Norwegian cargo ship. The navy must attempt a potentially dangerous rescue in the hope of saving the lives of the crew.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Greene
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  David Carradine  •  Stacy Keach  •  Ned Beatty

Q (1982)

New York police are bemused by reports of a giant flying lizard that has been spotted around the rooftops of New York, until the lizard starts to eat people. An out-of-work ex-con is the only person who knows the location of the monster's nest and is determined to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Cohen
CAST:  Michael Moriarty  •  Candy Clark  •  Richard Roundtree  •  David Carradine

New York police are bemused by reports of a giant flying lizard that has been spotted around the rooftops of New York, until the lizard starts to eat people. An out-of-work ex-con is the only person who knows the location of the monster's nest and is determined to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Cohen
CAST:  Michael Moriarty  •  Candy Clark  •  Richard Roundtree  •  David Carradine

The Violent Ones (1967)

When a girl in a town that's populated by Hispanics is attacked, the only thing she says before falling into a coma is that her attacker is an outsider, a Caucasian. So the sheriff arrests the only outsiders there are. All he can do is hope that one of them will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fernando Lamas
CAST:  Fernando Lamas  •  Aldo Ray  •  Tommy Sands  •  David Carradine

When a girl in a town that's populated by Hispanics is attacked, the only thing she says before falling into a coma is that her attacker is an outsider, a Caucasian. So the sheriff arrests the only outsiders there are. All he can do is hope that one of them will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fernando Lamas
CAST:  Fernando Lamas  •  Aldo Ray  •  Tommy Sands  •  David Carradine

Taggart (1965)

Taggart's family is slaughtered by a rival rancher. Taggart mortally wounds the rancher and kills his son. Before he dies the rancher hires three bounty hunters to avenge him with the promise of $5000 as a reward. Taggart must flee into Apache territory to escape ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  R.G. Springsteen
CAST:  Tony Young  •  Dan Duryea  •  Dick Foran  •  Elsa Cárdenas

Taggart's family is slaughtered by a rival rancher. Taggart mortally wounds the rancher and kills his son. Before he dies the rancher hires three bounty hunters to avenge him with the promise of $5000 as a reward. Taggart must flee into Apache territory to escape ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  R.G. Springsteen
CAST:  Tony Young  •  Dan Duryea  •  Dick Foran  •  Elsa Cárdenas
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