David Carradine (December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009), born John Arthur Carradine, was an American character actor, best known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series, Kung Fu and its 1990s sequel series, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. He was a member of a productive acting 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 latest nomination was for his part 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. His death occurred in June 2009, under unusual circumstances.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Film and television career
- 3 Directing career
- 4 Martial artist
- 5 Music career
- 6 Reports of arrests and prosecutions
- 7 Personal life
- 8 Death
- 9 Selected filmography
- 10 Awards and honors
- 11 Bibliography
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 Further reading
- 15 External links
He was born John Arthur Carradine in Hollywood, California, the son of Ardanelle "Abigail" (née McCool) and noted American actor John Carradine. He was a brother of Bruce, half-brother of Keith, Christopher and Robert Carradine, and an uncle of Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton. He was the great-grandson of Methodist evangelical author Beverly Carradine and the grandnephew of artist Will Foster.
"Jack" Carradine's formative years were turbulent. Both of his parents repeatedly married. He was the product of his mother's second marriage of three, and his father's first of four. At the time his parents married each other, his mother already had a son, Bruce, by her first husband, whom John adopted. John Carradine planned a large family but, as his son explained in his autobiography, after his wife had a series of miscarriages, he discovered that she had had repeated illegal abortions without his knowledge. This rendered her unable to carry a baby to full term. It was with this backdrop of marital discord that at the age of 5, Jack almost succeeded in committing suicide by hanging. He said that the incident followed his discovery that he and Bruce had different biological fathers. He added that, "My father saved me, and then confiscated my comic book collection and burned it – which was scarcely the point".
After only three years of marriage, Ardenelle Carradine filed for divorce from John, but the couple remained married for another five years. Divorce finally came in 1944, when Jack was seven years old. His father left California to avoid court action in the alimony settlement. After the couple engaged in a series of court battles over child custody and alimony, which at one point landed John in jail, Jack joined his father in New York City. By this time his father had remarried. For the next few years he was shuffled between boarding schools, foster homes and reform school. He also would often accompany his father while the elder performed summer theater throughout the Northeast. He spent time in Massachusetts and even one miserable winter milking cows on a farm in Vermont.
Eventually, Carradine returned to California where he graduated from Oakland High School. He attended Oakland Junior College for a year before transferring to San Francisco State College where he studied drama and music theory. There he wrote music for the drama department's annual revues while juggling work at menial jobs, a fledgling stage acting career and his studies. After he dropped out of college, Carradine spent some time with the "beatniks" of San Francisco's North Beach and Venice, California. During this time he collected unemployment insurance and sold baby pictures. He was also prosecuted for disturbing the peace.
Despite an attempt to dodge the draft, in 1960 Carradine was inducted into the United States Army where he drew pictures for training aids. That Christmas he married his high school sweetheart, Donna Lee Becht. While stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia he helped to establish a theater company which became known as the "entertainment unit". He met fellow inductee, Larry Cohen, who later cast him in Q, The Winged Serpent. He also faced court-martial for shoplifting. In 1962, Donna gave birth to their daughter, Calista. Carradine was honorably discharged after a two-year tour.
Film and television career
Upon leaving the Army, Carradine became serious about his acting pursuits. It was at that time that he was advised to change his name to avoid confusion with his famous father. In 1963, he made his television debut on an episode of Armstrong Circle Theatre. Several other television roles were to follow including appearances on Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. He made his feature film debut in 1964 in Taggart, a western based on a novel by Louis L'Amour.
His first "big break", however, came with his second Broadway part in The Royal Hunt of the Sun, a play by Peter Shaffer about the destruction of the Inca empire by conquistador Francisco Pizarro. He said of this performance, "Many of the important roles that I got later on were because the guy who was going to hire me was in that audience and had his mind blown." For that part, Carradine won a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance in 1965.
With the closing of The Royal Hunt of the Sun, and the failing of his marriage, Carradine left New York and headed back to California. He returned to TV to star in the short-lived series Shane, a 1966 western based upon a 1949 novel of the same name and previously filmed in 1953.
In 1972, he co-starred as 'Big' Bill Shelly in one of Martin Scorsese's earliest films Boxcar Bertha, which starred Barbara Hershey, his domestic partner at the time (see Personal life). This was one of several Roger Corman productions in which he was to appear. It was also one of a handful of acting collaborations he made with his father, John.
For three seasons, David Carradine starred as a half-Chinese, half-Caucasian Shaolin monk, Kwai Chang Caine on the ABC hit TV series Kung Fu (1972–1975) and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for the role. The show, which took place in the "Old West", helped to popularize the martial arts and Eastern philosophy in the west and immortalized the character of Kwai Chang Caine, also referred to as "Grasshopper", in popular culture.
Although the choice of a Caucasian to play the role of Kwai Chang Caine stirred controversy, the show served as steady employment for several Asian-American actors in the U.S. In addition to Keye Luke and Philip Ahn, who held leading roles in the cast as Caine's Shaolin masters, Robert Ito, James Hong, Benson Fong, Richard Loo and Victor Sen Yung frequently appeared in the series. Kung Fu ended when Carradine quit to pursue a movie career, but he reprised the role of Kwai Chang Caine in 1986 in Kung Fu: The Movie. Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, in his acting debut, portrayed his son.
Early in the 1990s, Carradine once again reprised the role of Kwai Chang Caine in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993–97) playing the grandson of the original character of the same name. Carradine starred in the program and served as Executive Producer and Director. The program offered him the opportunity to recreate the character for which he was most widely recognized. Also starring on Kung Fu: The Legend Continues was an unfamiliar struggling actor, spokesman and singer from Toronto, Chris Potter. The show was canceled in 1997, after 4 seasons, and 88 episodes.
Immediately following the Kung Fu series, Carradine accepted the role as the race car driver, Frankenstein in Death Race 2000 (1975), he said, to "kill the image of Caine and launch a movie career", The Roger Corman exploitation film became a cult classic. It was based on Ib Melchior's first science fiction work, a short story called The Racer.
In 1976, Carradine earned critical praise for his portrayal of folksinger Woody Guthrie in Hal Ashby's Bound for Glory (1976) for which he won a National Board of Review Award for Best Actor. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and New York Film Critics Circle Award for his role as Guthrie.
Next came the role of the alcoholic, unemployed trapeze artist, Abel Rosenberg in The Serpent's Egg (1977). Set in post-World War I Berlin The Serpent's Egg, which also starred Liv Ullman, is the only English language film made by legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Bergman said of his leading man, "I don't believe in God, but Heaven must have sent him." Carradine said that he and Bergman had plans for further collaboration, but the director's affection for the actor waned when the latter passionately protested a scene which included the butchering of a horse. The altercation caused Carradine to question the fate of Bergman's soul while the director declared, "Little Brother, I am an old whore. I have shot two other horses, burned one and strangled a dog."
When Bruce Lee died in 1973, he left an unreleased movie script that he had developed with James Coburn and Stirling Silliphant called The Silent Flute. The script became Circle of Iron (1978) and in the film Carradine played the four roles that were originally intended for Lee. Carradine considered this to be among his best work.
In 1980 the thespian appeared in The Long Riders (1980), with his half-brothers Keith and Robert Carradine. The ensemble cast included three other brother/actor groupings: Stacy and James Keach; Dennis and Randy Quaid, and Christopher and Nicholas Guest. The movie, which was about the Jesse James gang, gave Carradine, who played Cole Younger, one of his most memorable roles.
Throughout most of the 1980s and 1990s, David Carradine's acting career suffered a decline. Although he continued to amass movie and television credits, few of his roles garnered much attention. Most of his work was released straight to video. However, a few of his movies, such as The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984), Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1990) and Sonny Boy (1989), developed cult followings. In 1997, Carradine was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The presenters played an "April Fool's Day" prank on him by first unveiling a star bearing the name of his brother, Robert.
Carradine enjoyed a revival of his fame when he was cast in Quentin Tarantino's sequential Kill Bill movies, in 2003 and 2004. Among those who thought his portrayal of the assassin extraordinaire, Bill, would earn him an Academy Award nomination was Scott Mantz, of The Mediadrome, who said, "Carradine practically steals every scene he’s in with confident gusto, and he gives a soulful performance that should all but ensure a spot on next year’s Oscar ballot." Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper each had Kill Bill Vol. 2 on their top ten list for of Academy Awards predictions. Although the films received no notice from the Academy, Carradine did receive a Golden Globe nomination and a Saturn Award, for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Bill.
Carradine attracted notice, in 1985, when he appeared in a supporting role in North and South, a miniseries about the American Civil War with a large ensemble cast that included Patrick Swayze in a leading role. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. He also appeared in North and South, Book II, telecast in May 1986.
In addition, he was featured in a Lipton tea commercial, which first aired during the broadcast of Super Bowl XXVIII. The advertisement paid tribute to The Three Stooges while satirizing his role in Kung Fu. In 2001, he appeared in the episode The Serpent of the syndicated TV series Queen of Swords as the sword wielding bandit El Serpiente filmed at Texas Hollywood studios in Almeria, Spain, home of many spaghetti westerns. He took over hosting duties from his brother Keith on Wild West Tech on the History Channel, in 2005. By 2006, he had become the spokesperson for Yellowbook, a publisher of independent telephone directories in the United States.
The actor, who once received an award for being the hardest working member of his profession in Hollywood, still had approximately a dozen projects in "post-production" at the time of his death in 2009. Most of these roles were cameos or small parts in independent, direct to DVD productions. Among them, a horror flick, The Rain (2009), an action film, Bad Cop (2009), and a western, All Hell Broke Loose (2009).
Carradine also appeared in a small role in Woo-Ping Yuen's Chinese kung fu epic True Legend. Carradine and Yuen first met while filming Kill Bill. Yuen eulogized Carradine on the True Legend website, describing him as a "good friend". Yuen said of Carradine, " 'He is among the first Hollywood actors to perform Chinese martial arts on the big screen. In real life he is also a genuine kungfu fan, and knows tai chi, qi gong and Chinese medicine. Same as I, people shall always remember his role as Caine, the grasshopper, in Kung Fu, in the '70s, which was a really unforgettable performance. I feel both great honour and regret that True Legend is one of David Carradine's last works.' "
Perhaps Carradine's last leading role was in the 1905 period drama, Golden Boys. Although the film had some solid features, including Carradine's performance, critics found the plot dull. It had only a limited theater run, and received no critical acclaim. It was released on DVD shortly after his death.
Carradine co-produced a full length documentary about luthier Stuart Mossman, which has been identified as the actor's last film appearance. The Legend of Stuart Mossman: A Modern Strativari, directed by Barry Brown, premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in February, 2010. It featured David, Keith and Robert Carradine performing their music on Mossman guitars. Mossman had appeared with Carradine in Cloud Dancer (1980), which Brown also directed, and in The Long Riders.
On the small screen, Carradine appeared in a guest spot on the television series Mental just days after his death. On October 3, 2009, Celebrity Ghost Stories premiered on the Biography Channel with an interview of David Carradine discussing his belief that his closet was haunted by his wife's deceased previous husband. The segment, which was described as "eerie" was filmed four months before his own death. In his last of many collaborations with producer Roger Corman, Carradine appeared in the Syfy Channel's science fiction monster movie Dinocroc Vs. Supergator, over a year after he died. Ken Tucker, writing for Entertainment Weekly, said the film was "impeccable" and "goofy fun all the way". At the time of this release, there were still four more unreleased projects that credited David Carradine, including Stretch, which he was filming at the time of his death.
Carradine made his directorial debut on three episodes of Kung Fu. While still performing on Kung Fu, he tried his hand at directing some independent projects of his own. Americana (1983), took ten years to complete due to difficulty in financing. It featured Carradine in the starring role and several of his friends and family members in supporting roles. The film won the People's Choice Award at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes, but failed to achieve critical support or adequate distribution. Other directorial attempts included You and Me (1975), and two unreleased productions: Mata Hari, an epic that starred his daughter, Calista, and a short musical called A Country Mile.
Carradine knew nothing of the practice of kung fu at the time he was cast in the role of Kwai Chang Caine, instead he relied on his experience as a dancer for the part. He also had experience in sword fighting, boxing and street fighting on which to draw. For the first half of the original series, David Chow provided technical assistance with kung fu. Later, Kam Yuen provided the expertise. It was not until after the series was canceled that Carradine began to study martial arts, first from Yuen and eventually from Rob Moses, a student of Yuen's. He never considered himself a master of the art, but rather an "evangelist" of kung fu. By 2003 he had acquired enough expertise in martial arts to produce and star in several instructional videos on Tai chi and Qi Gong. In 2005, Carradine visited the Shaolin Monastery in Henan, China as part of the extra features for the Kung Fu DVDs. During his visit, the abbot, Shi Yǒngxìn, said that he recognized Carradine's important contribution to the promotion of the Shaolin Monastery and kung fu culture, to which he replied, "I am happy to serve."
In addition to his acting career, David Carradine was a talented musician. He sang and played the piano, the guitar and the flute among other instruments. His musical talents were often integrated into his screen performances. He performed several of Woody Guthrie's songs for the movie Bound for Glory. For the Kung Fu series he made flutes out of bamboo that he had planted on the Warner Brothers lot which he played on the program. He later made several flutes for the movie Circle of Iron, one of which he later played in Kill Bill. Carradine wrote and performed the theme songs for at least two movies that he starred in, Americana, and Sonny Boy. The first line from the Sonny Boy theme, Paint, which he wrote while filming Americana in Drury, Kansas in 1973, is engraved on his headstone. He wrote and performed several songs for American Reel (2003) and wrote the score for You and Me. He and his brother, Robert, also performed with a band, the Cosmic Rescue Team (also known as Soul Dogs). The band primarily performed in small venues and benefits.
Reports of arrests and prosecutions
By his own account, in the late 1950s, while he was living in San Francisco, young John A. Carradine was arrested for assaulting a police officer. He pleaded to a lesser charge of disturbing the peace. While in the Army (1960–62) he faced court-martial, on more than one occasion, for shoplifting. After he became an established actor, and had changed his name to David, he was arrested, in 1967, for possession of marijuana.
At the height of his popularity in Kung Fu, in 1974, David Carradine was arrested again, this time for attempted burglary and malicious mischief. While under the influence of peyote, Carradine, nude, began wandering around his Laurel Canyon neighborhood. He broke into a neighbor's home, breaking a window and cutting his arm. He then bled all over the homeowner's piano. At some time during this episode he accosted two young women, allegedly assaulting one while asking, or demanding of her, if she was a witch. The police literally followed a trail of blood to his home. The burglary charges were dropped, as nothing was found to be missing, while Carradine pleaded "no contest" to the mischief charge and was given probation. He was never charged with assault, but the young woman sued him for $1.1 million and was awarded $20,000.
In 1980, while in South Africa filming Safari 3000 (also known as Rally), which co-starred Stockard Channing, Carradine was arrested for possession of marijuana. He was convicted and given a suspended sentence. He claimed that he was framed, in this case, by the Apartheid government as he had been seen dancing with Tina Turner.
During the 1980s Carradine was arrested at least twice for driving under the influence of alcohol, once in 1984 and again in 1989. In the second case, Carradine pleaded "no contest". Of this incident The L.A. Times reported "legal experts say Carradine was handed a harsher-than-average sentence, even for a second-time offender: three years' summary probation, 48 hours in jail, 100 hours of community service, 30 days' work picking up trash for the California Department of Transportation, attendance at a drunk driving awareness meeting and completion of an alcohol rehabilitation program."
Shortly after being drafted into the Army, in 1960, David Carradine proposed marriage to Donna Lee Becht (born September 26, 1937). whom he met while they were students at Oakland High School. They were married on Christmas Day that year. She lived with him off base in Virginia, while he was stationed at Fort Eustis. In April, 1962, she gave birth to their daughter, Calista. After his discharge, they lived in New York as David established his acting career appearing on Broadway in The Deputy and Royal Hunt of the Sun. The marriage dissolved in 1968. Carradine left New York at that point and headed back to California to continue his television and film careers.
In 1969, he met Barbara Hershey while the two of them were working on Heaven with a Gun. The pair began a domestic relationship that would last until 1975. They appeared in other films together including Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha. In 1972 they appeared in a nude Playboy spread, recreating some sex scenes from Boxcar Bertha. That year Hershey gave birth to their son, Free (who later changed his name to Tom, much to his father's chagrin). The relationship fell apart, around the time of his 1974 burglary arrest, when Carradine began an affair with Season Hubley who had guest starred on Kung Fu. He was engaged to Hubley for a time, but they did not marry.
Carradine married his second wife, Linda, (née Linda Anne Gilbert, born March 16, 1950) the former wife of The Byrds lead guitarist, Roger McGuinn, in a civil ceremony, in Munich, Germany, immediately following the filming of The Serpent's Egg, in February, 1977. Their daughter, Kansas was born April 19, 1978. This marriage ended in divorce as did the two that followed. He was married to Gail Jensen, from 1988–1997, who died in April, 2010, at the age of 60, of an alcohol related illness. He was also married to Marina Anderson from 1998–2001. By this time, Carradine had proclaimed himself to be a "serial monogamist".
On December 26, 2004, Carradine married the widowed Annie Bierman (née Anne Kirstie Fraser, born December 21, 1960) at the seaside Malibu home of his friend, Michael Madsen. Vicki Roberts, his attorney and longtime friend of his wife, performed the ceremony. With this marriage he acquired three stepdaughters, Amanda Eckelberry (born November 29, 1989), Madeleine Rose (born April 4, 1995) and Olivia Juliette (born 1998) and a stepson, Max Richard (born 1998).
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On June 4, 2009, David Carradine was found dead in his room at the Swissôtel Nai Lert Park Hotel on Wireless Road, near Sukhumvit Road, in central Bangkok, Thailand. He was in Bangkok to shoot his latest film, Stretch. A police official said Carradine was found hanging by a rope in the room's closet, causing immediate speculation that his death was suicide. However, evidence suggested that his death was the result of autoerotic asphyxiation. Two autopsies were conducted and concluded that the death was not caused by suicide. The cause of death became widely accepted as "accidental asphyxiation".
Immediately following his death, two of Carradine's ex-wives, Gail Jensen and Marina Anderson, stated publicly that his sexual interests included the practice of self-bondage. Anderson, who had plans to publish a tell-all book about her marriage to Carradine, said in an interview with Access Hollywood, "There was a dark side to David, there was a very intense side to David. People around him know that." Previously in her divorce filing she had claimed that "It was the continuation of abhorrent and deviant sexual behavior which was potentially deadly."
Photographs, supposedly of Carradine at the death scene, as well as photographs of his autopsied body, were widely circulated in newspapers and on the Internet. Finally, his family, represented by his brothers, Keith and Robert, pleaded with the public and the press to let them mourn their loved one in peace.
Carradine's funeral was held on June 13, 2009 in Los Angeles. His bamboo casket was carried in a white hearse from Groman Eden Mortuary to his burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Among the many stars and family members that attended his private memorial were Lucy Liu, Tom Selleck, Frances Fisher, James Cromwell, Steve Railsback, and Chris Potter. His grave was marked on December 3, 2009. The monument proclaimed him to be "The Barefoot Legend" and included a quote from "Paint", a song he wrote and performed as the theme to Sonny Boy, as an epitaph.
Controversies after death
On the first anniversary of his death, Carradine's widow, Annie, announced that she had filed a law suit for wrongful death against the company that produced the film that Carradine was working on at the time of his death. The law suit claimed that the company failed to provide assistance to the actor that had been agreed upon in his contract. "The suit alleges, the assistant left him behind for dinner on the night before the actor was found dead. The assistant and other film staffers apparently could not reach Carradine, and decided to leave without him. Carradine called the assistant an hour later but was told the group was across town and he would have to make his own arrangements that evening." Also, in June, 2010, Carradine's fourth ex-wife, Marina Anderson, published David Carradine: The Eye of My Tornado, a book that reportedly discusses intimate details of their marriage. She also claimed publicly that she had conducted her own investigation of his death, and concluded that he was murdered.
|1966||Too Many Thieves||Felix|
|1967||The Violent Ones||Lucas Barnes|
|1969||Heaven with a Gun||Coke Beck||With Barbara Hershey|
|Young Billy Young||Jesse Boone|
|The Good Guys and the Bad Guys||Waco||With John Carradine|
|1970||The McMasters||White Feather|
|Macho Callahan||David Mountford|
|1972||Boxcar Bertha||'Big' Bill Shelly||With John Carradine and Barbara Hershey|
|1973||The Long Goodbye||Dave / Socrates — Marlowe's Cellmate||Uncredited|
|1975||Death Race 2000||Frankenstein|
|You and Me||Zeto||Director|
With Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine
With Barbara Hershey
|1976||Cannonball||Coy 'Cannonball' Buckman||With Robert Carradine|
|Bound for Glory||Woody Guthrie||National Board of Review Award for Best Actor|
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
|1977||The Serpent's Egg||Abel Rosenberg|
|Thunder and Lightning||Harley Thomas|
|Circle of Iron||The Blind Man / Monkeyman / Death / Changsha|
|Gray Lady Down||Capt. Gates|
|1980||The Long Riders||Cole Younger||With Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine|
|Cloud Dancer||Charlie Swattle|
|1982||Q||Detective Shepard||Also known as Q: The Winged Serpent, Serpent and The Winged Serpent|
|Trick Or Treats||Richard|
|Safari 3000||Eddie Mills|
|1983||Lone Wolf McQuade||Rawley Wilkes|
With Bruce Carradine and Barbara Hershey
|1984||The Warrior and the Sorceress||Kain|
|1986||P.O.W. The Escape||Col. James Cooper||Also known as Behind the Enemy Lines and Attack Force 'Nam|
|Armed Response||Jim Roth|
|1990||Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat||Jozek Mardulak / Count Dracula|
|Bird on a Wire||Sorenson|
|Martial Law||Dalton Rhodes|
|1992||Evil Toons||Gideon Fisk|
|Waxwork II: Lost in Time||The Beggar|
|1998||Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror||Luke Enright|
|An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island||Chief Wulisso||Voice only|
|1999||American Reel||James Lee Springer|
|2000||Down 'n Dirty||Gil Garner|
|2002||Balto II: Wolf Quest||Nava the Wolf Shaman||Voice only|
|2003||Kill Bill: Vol. 1||Bill|
|2004||Kill Bill: Volume 2||Bill||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
|Hair High||Mr. Snerz||Voice only|
|Dead & Breakfast||Mr. Wise|
|2006||The Last Sect||Van Helsing||Vampire hunter tracks female bloodsuckers who use an Internet dating site to lure men and women.|
|Epic Movie||The Curator|
|Fall Down Dead||Wade|
|How to Rob a Bank||Nick|
|Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon||Grand Master|
|2008||Big Stan||The Master|
|Hell Ride||The Deuce|
|Last Hour||Detective Mike Stone|
|Death Race||Frankenstein (voice)|
|Kung Fu Killer||Crane||Television film|
|The Golden Boys||Captain Zeb|
|2009||Absolute Evil||Raf McCane|
|Crank: High Voltage||Poon Dong|
|Road of No Return||Mr. Hover|
|The Rain||Clive Jonis|
|Bad Cop||Detective Humes|
|All Hell Broke Loose||Ian McHenry|
|Money to Burn||Klau|
|2011||Stretch||Devon Saymout||Final performance. David Morris replaced him in the role in the final scenes of the movie.|
|1963||East Side/West Side||Hal Sewoski||1 episode|
|1964||The Virginian||The Utah Kid||1 episode|
|1965||Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Fitzhugh||1 episode|
|1967||Cimarron Strip||Gene Gauge||1 episode "The Hunted"|
|Johnny Belinda||Locky||Television film|
|1970||The Name of the Game||Jason||1 episode|
|Night Gallery||Gideon||1 episode|
|1972–1975||Kung Fu||Kwai Chang Caine||Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series|
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
|1975||The Family Holvak||Craw||2 sequential episodes|
|1979||Mr. Horn||Tom Horn||Television film|
|1980||Gauguin the Savage||Paul Gauguin||Television film|
|High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane||Ben Irons||Television film|
|1983||The Fall Guy||Pat Patterson||1 episode|
|1984||Airwolf||Dr. Robert Winchester||1 episode|
|Partners in Crime||Hermanski||1 episode|
|The Fall Guy||Caretaker||1 episode "October the 31st" with John Carradine, Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine|
|Jealousy||Bobby Dee||Television film|
|1985||North and South||Justin LaMotte||Miniseries|
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|1986||Kung Fu: The Movie||Kwai Chang Caine||Television film|
|1987||Six Against the Rock||Bernard "Bernie" Paul Coy||Television film|
|Night Heat||Theodore Telford||1 episode|
|1988||I Saw What You Did||Stephen||Television film|
|1990||The Young Riders||The Buzzard Eater||1 episode|
|1991||The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw||Kwai Chang Caine||Television film|
|1993–1997||Kung Fu: The Legend Continues||Kwai Chang Caine||88 episodes|
|1997||Last Stand at Saber River||Duane Kidston||Television film|
With Keith Carradine
|2001||Queen of Swords||El Serpiente||2 episodes|
|Warden of Red Rock||Mike Sullivan||Television film|
|Lizzie McGuire||Himself||1 episode "Between a Rock and a Bra Place"|
|2002||The Outsider||Haines||Television film|
|King of the Hill||Junichiro Hill (voice)||2 episodes|
|2003–2005||Wild West Tech||Host||21 episodes (host for season 2 and 3)|
|2005–2006||Danny Phantom||Clockwork (voice)||2 episodes|
|2006||Medium||Jessica's Brother||1 episode|
|2007||In Case of Emergency||Guru Danny||1 episode|
|2008||Son of the Dragon||Bird||Miniseries|
|2009||Mental||Gideon Graham||1 episode|
|Celebrity Ghost Stories||Himself||1 episode|
|2010||Dinocroc vs. Supergator||Jason Drake||Television film|
Awards and honors
- 1966 Theatre World Award, Royal Hunt of the Sun
- 1974 TP de Oro,Spain. Best Foreign Actor, Kung Fu
- 1997 Gold Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Television
- 1998: Honoree — The 16th Annual Golden Boot Awards (along with brothers Keith and Robert)
- 2005: Action On Film International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award — First annual recipient
- 2005: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Saturn Award, Best Supporting Actor, Kill Bill
- 2008 Honoree — Walk of Western Stars
- The Spirit of Shaolin. Boston: Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 0804817510. (See Shaolin Kung Fu) (1991)
- Endless Highway. Boston: Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 1885203209. (autobiography, 1995)
- David Carradine's Tai Chi Workout. Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0805037675. Co-authored with David Nakahara. (Alternate transliteration of "Tai Chi" is Tai chi chuan) (1995)
- David Carradine's Introduction to Chi Kung. Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0805051007. Co-authored with David Nakahara. (Alternate transliteration is Qigong) (1997)
- The Kill Bill Diary: The Making of a Tarantino Classic as Seen Through the Eyes of a Screen Legend. Harper Publishing. ISBN 0060823461. (2006)
- "David Carradine family seeks FBI forensic experts help". Associated Press Entertainment News. Retrieved Feb. 5, 2010. Check date values in:
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