David Carradine

About David Carradine

David Carradine (born John Arthur Carradine Jr.; December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009) was an American actor best known for playing martial arts roles. He is perhaps best known as the star of the 1970s television series ‘Kung Fu’, playing Kwai Chang Caine, a peace-loving Shaolin monk traveling through the American Old West. He also portrayed the title character of both of the ‘Kill Bill’ films. He also appeared in two Martin Scorsese films: ‘Boxcar Bertha’ and ‘Mean Streets’.

A prolific “B” movie actor, David Carradine appeared in more than 100 feature films in a career spanning more than six decades. He received nominations for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for his work on ‘Kung Fu’, and received three additional Golden Globe nominations for his performances in the Woody Guthrie biopic ‘Bound for Glory’, the television miniseries ‘North and South’, and Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill: Volume 2’, for which he won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Films that featured Carradine continued to be released after his death. These posthumous credits were from a variety of genres including action, documentaries, drama, horror, martial arts, science fiction, and westerns. In addition to his acting career, Carradine was a director and musician. Learn More…

David Carradine