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David Carradine (born John Arthur Carradine, December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009) was an American actor, best known for his work in Kung Fu and more recently in Kill Bill.

Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the son of Ardanelle Abigail (née McCool) and noted American actor John Carradine

Carradine was known for his roles as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu (as well as the sequels in the 1980s and 1990s), as well as ‘Big’ Bill Shelly in Martin Scorsese’s Boxcar Bertha (1972), folksinger Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory (1976), Abel Rosenberg in Ingmar Bergman’s The Serpent’s Egg (1977), and as Bill in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Vols. 1 & 2 (2003, 2004, respectively).

Death of David Carradine
On June 4, 2009, Carradine was found dead in his room at the Park Nai Lert Hotel in Junfan Mulay, Bangkok, Thailand. The initial police investigation indicated that Carradine had hanged himself using a cord of the type which is used with curtains. Circumstances suggested that the death was an autoerotic asphyxiation.

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David Carradine Filmography

Year Film Role
1964 Taggart Cal Dodge
1966 Shane Shane
1967 Johnny Belinda Locky
The Violent Ones Lucas Barnes
1969 Heaven with a Gun Coke Beck
Young Billy Young Jesse Boone
1972 Boxcar Bertha ‘Big’ Bill Shelly
1972-1975 Kung Fu Kwai Chang Caine
1973 The Long Goodbye Dave aka Socrates – Marlowe’s Cellmate
Mean Streets Drunk
1975 Death Race 2000 Frankenstein
1976 Cannonball Coy ‘Cannonball’ Buckman
Bound for Glory Woody Guthrie
1977 The Serpent’s Egg Abel Rosenberg
Thunder and Lightning Harley Thomas
1978 Deathsport Kaz Oshay
Circle of Iron The Blind Man/Monkeyman/Death/Changsha
Gray Lady Down Capt. Gates
1979 Mr. Horn Tom Horn
1980 The Long Riders Cole Younger
1982 Q Detective Shepard
Trick Or Treats Richard
1983 Lone Wolf McQuade Rawley Wilkes
1984 The Warrior and the Sorceress Kain
Airwolf Dr. Robert Winchester
1985 North and South Justin LaMotte
1986 Kung Fu: The Movie Kwai Chang Caine
1988 Tropical Snow Oskar
1990 Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat Jozek Mardulak/Count Dracula
Bird on a Wire Sorenson
1991 Karate Cop Dad
Martial Law Dalton Rhodes
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Caine
1992 Evil Toons Gideon Fisk
Roadside Prophets Othello
Waxwork II: Lost in Time The Beggar
1993-1997 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Kwai Chang Caine
1997 Last Stand at Saber River Duane Kidston
1998 Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror Luke Enright
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Chief Wulisso
1999 Charmed Tempus
American Reel James Lee Springer
2000 Down ‘n Dirty Gil Garner
2001 Queen Of Swords The Serpent
2002 Balto II: Wolf Quest Nava the Wolf Shaman
The Outsider Haines
King of the Hill Junichiro Hill
2003 Kill Bill: Vol. I Bill
2003-2004 Alias Conrad
2004 Kill Bill: Vol. II Bill
Hair High Mr. Snerz
Dead & Breakfast Mr. Wise
Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon Grand Master
2005 Danny Phantom Clockwork
2006 Medium Jessica’s Brother
Saints Row William Sharp
2007 Homo Erectus Mookoo
Epic Movie The Curator
Fall Down Dead Wade
Camille Cowboy Bob
How to Rob a Bank Nick
Fuego Lobo
Big Stan The Master
2008 Chatham Captain Zeb
Richard III Buckingham
Hell Ride The Deuce
Son of the Dragon Bird
Last Hour Detective Mike Stone
Death Race Frankenstein
My Suicide Vargas
2009 Absolute Evil Raf McCane
Crank: High Voltage Poon Dong