David Carradine

Biography: A leading and supporting player of TV and movies, David Carradine is best recalled for playing Caine, the half-Asian student of life on "Kung Fu" (ABC, 1972-75), a role he reprised for a syndicated series in the late 1990s. The son of legendary actor John Carradine, he had been more recently been playing villains in action and terror films. Known for his psychedelic lifestyle, particularly in the 1960s and 70s, Carradine seemed uninterested in his career, with the exception of his starring role as folk singer Woody Guthrie in the Oscar-nominated "Bound for Glory" (1976) and a turn in Ingmar Bergman's confusing "The Serpent's Egg" (1977). Carradine had a restless youth, born in Hollywood and raised in Manhattan. He was Oakland to finish high school and afterwards drifted, sporadically attending college, working as a manual laborer and openly experimenting with drugs. He made his feature debut in a bit part in "Taggart" (1964) and scored a modest success in the BroadwayA leading and supporting player of TV and movies, David Carradine is best recalled for playing Caine, the half-Asian student of life on "Kung Fu" (ABC, 1972-75), a role he reprised for a syndicated series in the late 1990s. The son of legendary actor John Carradine, he had been more recently been playing villains in action and terror films. Known for his psychedelic lifestyle, particularly in the 1960s and 70s, Carradine seemed uninterested in his career, with the exception of his starring role as folk singer Woody Guthrie in the Oscar-nominated "Bound for Glory" (1976) and a turn in Ingmar Bergman's confusing "The Serpent's Egg" (1977). Carradine had a restless youth, born in Hollywood and raised in Manhattan. He was Oakland to finish high school and afterwards drifted, sporadically attending college, working as a manual laborer and openly experimenting with drugs. He made his feature debut in a bit part in "Taggart" (1964) and scored a modest success in the Broadway production of "The Royal Hunt of the Sun". Carradine inherited Alan Ladd's role of a fading gunslinger for the small screen version of "Shane" (ABC, 1966) which failed despite other predictions. Nevertheless, the actor found constant employment in a string of forgettable films. Martin Scorsese tapped the actor to play a railroad union organizer in "Boxcar Bertha" (1972) and then cast him in a small but memorable role as a drunk who is shot while urinating in "Mean Streets" (1973). By the time the latter was released, Carradine was starring as the martial artist in "Kung Fu".
Moving behind the camera, Carradine directed and starred in the little seen "You and Me" (1975). After "Bound for Glory", it appeared as if Carradine was headed for more mainstream movie stardom, but his subsequent vehicles were lacking. Only Walter Hill's 1980 Western "The Long Riders", which used the gimmick of teaming filmdom's brother acts to play brothers (i.e., the Carradines, the Quaids, the Keachs), was above-average. His second attempt in the director's chair, "Americana" (1983) also met with a less than stellar reception.
Yet Carradine continued to churn out genre fare. He was the villain tracked by Chuck Norris in "Lone Wolf McQuade" (1982) and an evil German soldier in "The Misfit Brigade/Wheels of Terror" (1987). Carradine continued to earn a living in the 1990s making low-grade films with such efforts as "Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat" (1990), "Dune Warriors" (1991) and "Waxwork II" (1992). In 1997, he filmed roles in "Macon County Jail", opposite Ally Sheedy, and "The New Swiss Family Robinson" with Jane Seymour. In the early 2000s he starred in "Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2" as the main villain, Bill, in both movies. His career was enjoying a renaissance with his appearances on both televisions shows and popular commercials when he passed away at age 72.
(from Hollywood.com and other sources)

Carradine also provided the voice of the ghost called Clockwork on the show Danny Phantom. Submitted by Phantom992.
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David Carradine's Scores

Average career score: 52
Highest Metascore: 96 Mean Streets
Lowest Metascore: 17 Epic Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
16 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
62 True Legend May 13, 2011 Anton 1.6
41 Crank: High Voltage Apr 17, 2009 Poon Dong 6.6
25 Hell Ride Aug 8, 2008 The Deuce / The Deuce tbd
27 How to Rob a Bank Feb 6, 2008 Nick 7.2
17 Epic Movie Jan 26, 2007 Museum Curator 2.2
61 Hair High Oct 18, 2006 Mr. Snerz tbd
34 Dead & Breakfast Apr 20, 2005 Mr. Wise 5.8
83 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Apr 16, 2004 Bill - 'Snake Charmer' / Bill - 'Snake Charmer' tbd
69 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Oct 10, 2003 Bill / Bill tbd
36 Bird on a Wire May 18, 1990 Eugene Sorenson tbd
65 Lone Wolf McQuade Apr 15, 1983 Rawley Wilkes tbd
64 The Long Riders May 16, 1980 Cole Younger tbd
35 Cannonball! Jul 6, 1976 Coy 'Cannonball' Buckman tbd
59 Death Race 2000 Apr 27, 1975 Frankenstein tbd
96 Mean Streets Oct 14, 1973 Drunk 7.8
61 Boxcar Bertha Jun 14, 1972 Big Bill Shelly tbd