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David Carradine

Highest Rated:   98% Mean Streets (1973)
Lowest Rated:   0% Fall Down Dead (2007)
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Birthplace:   Hollywood, California, USA
David Carradine was born John Arthur Carradine, eldest son of John Carradine, the beloved and very busy character actor, whose roles encompassed everything from John Steinbeck's Reverend Casey to Bram Stoker's Dracula. David Carradine's early adult life was one of exploration -- though born in Hollywood, he tried on a lot of sides of living before he finally turned to acting as a profession. He worked with various community and semi-professional dramatic companies in San Francisco; hitchhiked his way to New York; did Shakespeare in Akron, OH, and parts of New Jersey; and all of the other things that aspiring would-be actors are supposed to do. He got a few early screen credits in television productions such as Armstrong Circle Theater ("Secret Document"), and in various series produced by Universal Pictures' ReVue television division, including episodes of The Virginian, Wagon Train, and Arrest & Trial, plus The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. He also made his big-screen debut thanks to Universal with a small role in the R.G. Springsteen-directed western Taggart (1964). His real professional breakthrough came a year later on the Broadway stage, however, in Peter Shaffer's The Royal Hunt of the Sun, in a cast headed by Christopher Plummer. He enjoyed an extended run in the Broadway production, which was accompanied by the first round of publicity for Carradine, even then focusing on his unpredictable, iconoclastic nature. He was lured back to Hollywood by the chance to star in the series Shane, based on the George Stevens movie and the Jack Schaefer novel. He was able to put his own stamp on the role, quite different from the portrayal that Alan Ladd had delivered in the film; but the viewing public had been swamped by westerns for a decade, and the series never had a chance to find an audience, lasting only 16 episodes. From 1967 until 1972, he was occasionally seen in one-off roles in dramatic series such as Coronet Blue and The Name of the Game, and was in a remake of Johnny Belinda with Mia Farrow and Ian Bannen, but was most often seen in westerns, including The Violent Ones (1967) and The McMasters (1969) (playing a Native American in the latter). In 1972 he was approached about the possibility of starring in a proposed series that was easily the most offbeat western ever considered by a network up to that time: Kung Fu. The public had long since lost interest in traditional westerns, but here was a story that combined a quest with a tale of pursuit and necessarily included philosophical conflict never before addressed in series television. The role appealed to Carradine, and he got the part of Kwai Chang Caine, the Chinese-American hero, despite knowing nothing of martial arts. Drawing on his ability as a dancer at his meeting with the producers, he was able to prove with one well-placed kick at a point above his head that he could pull it off. The series ran for three seasons, during which time Carradine put an increasing amount of himself into the portrayal. And the public responded, especially viewers under 40, who resonated to the character and the man behind it. Kung Fu became one of those odd cult shows, the fans of which were devoted beyond the usual casual weekly viewing. Carradine saw to it, however, even during the run of the series, that he kept busy on other projects, including the Martin Scorsese-directed Boxcar Bertha (1972), starring his paramour Barbara Hershey, and small roles in the Robert Altman revisionist detective film The Long Goodbye (1973) and Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973).Kung Fu made Carradine a star, but he eventually left the series, owing to disagreements with the producers. His withdrawal from the series could have damaged his career, but Carradine was fortunate enough to latch on to a script that Roger Corman was planning to produce -- a new kind of action movie, Death Race 2000 (1975), became a huge underground hit and proved that Carradine had some measure o

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
  • David Carradine
2011
57% Archie's Final Project
  • Jesse Gabriel Vargas
2011
63% True Legend
  • Anthony, Gambling House Owner
2011
No Score Yet Stretch
  • Monteiro
2011
No Score Yet Richard III
  • Actor
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet Sonny Boy
  • Pearl
2011
No Score Yet Eldorado
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Dinocroc vs. Supergator
  • Jason Drake
2010
No Score Yet Detention
  • Principal Hoskins
2010
No Score Yet Night of the Templar
  • The Shopkeeper
2010
No Score Yet Six Days In Paradise
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Bad Cop
  • Humes
2009
No Score Yet Long Shot
  • Ian McHenry
2009
No Score Yet Break
  • Actor
2009
63% Crank 2: High Voltage
  • Poon Dong
2009
28% Chatham (The Golden Boys)
  • Captain Zeb
2009
No Score Yet Camille
  • Cowboy Bob
2009
11% Big Stan
  • The Master
2009
No Score Yet Absolute Evil
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Rain
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside: Unforgettably Evil
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Kandisha
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Road of No Return
  • Producer
  • Mr. Hover
2009
No Score Yet The Rain
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Autumn
  • Phillip Evans
2009
No Score Yet David Carradine Presents: Shaolin Strength Training
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Life on the Road with Mr. and Mrs. Brown
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Kung Fu Killer
  • Crane
2008
10% Hell Ride
  • The Deuce
2008
No Score Yet Naked Movie
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Tattoos: A Scarred History
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet All Hell Broke Loose
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Being Michael Madsen
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Fuego
  • Lobo
2007
No Score Yet Permanent Vacation
  • Old Man
2007
0% Fall Down Dead
  • Wade Douglas
2007
17% Homo Erectus (National Lampoon's The Stoned Age)
  • Mookoo
2007
17% How to Rob a Bank
  • Nick
2007
No Score Yet Treasure Raiders
  • Actor
2007
2% Epic Movie
  • Museum Curator
2007
No Score Yet The Last Sect
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Son of the Dragon
  • Bird
2007
No Score Yet Final Move
  • Capt. Baker
2006
No Score Yet Last Hour
  • Stone
2006
No Score Yet Max Havoc: Curse Of The Dragon
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet World War I: American Legacy
  • Narrator
2006
No Score Yet Miracle at Sage Creek
  • Ike
2005
No Score Yet Kiss of a Stranger
  • Peter Dixon
2005
50% Dead and Breakfast
  • Mr. Wise
2005
No Score Yet Brothers in Arms
  • Driscoll
2005
No Score Yet Criminal Desire
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Ringers - Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon
  • Grand Master
2004
No Score Yet Last Goodbye
  • Fred McGillicuddie
2004
75% Hair High
  • Mr. Snerz
2004
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2
  • Bill
2004
No Score Yet Video Game Invasion: The History of a Global Obsession
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Ringers: Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet UnConventional
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Out of the Wilderness
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Samurai: The Last Warrior
  • Actor
2003
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1
  • Bill
2003
No Score Yet American Reel
  • James Lee Springer
2003
No Score Yet Lost Bullet (Bala Perdida)
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Monster Hunter
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Modern Warriors
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Outsider
  • Dr. Lucas Henry
2002
No Score Yet Balto II: Wolf Quest
  • Nava the Wolf Shaman
2002
No Score Yet By Dawn's Early Light
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Crime School
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Out of the Wilderness
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Warden of Red Rock
  • Michael Sullivan
2001
No Score Yet Code Name Jaguar
  • Max Kaufman
2000
No Score Yet An American Tail 3: The Treasure of Manhattan Island
  • Chief Wulisso
2000
No Score Yet By Dawn's Early Light
  • Nick Decker
2000
No Score Yet Nightfall
  • Gnomen
2000
No Score Yet Down 'n Dirty
  • Gil Garner
2000
No Score Yet Isaac Asimov's Nightfall
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet The Monster Hunter
  • Dehoven
2000
No Score Yet Guaranteed on Delivery
  • Norman Williams
2000
No Score Yet Dangerous Curves
  • Lemmy
1999
No Score Yet Natural Selection
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Cyber City
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Cybercity
  • Actor
1999
0% Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror
  • Luke Enright
1998
No Score Yet Martial Law
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The Rage
  • Lucas McDermott
1998
No Score Yet Macon County Jail
  • Coley
1998
No Score Yet The New Swiss Family Robinson
  • Sheldon Blake
1998
No Score Yet Knocking on Death's Door
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Bleeding Vegas
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Last Stand at Saber River
  • Duane Kidston
1997
No Score Yet Capital Punishment
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Justice Est Faite (Justice Is Done)
  • Joe
1995
No Score Yet Thunderbolt (Pik lik feng)
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Dead Center
  • Chavez
1994
No Score Yet Karate Cop
  • Dad
1993
No Score Yet Kill Zone
  • Col. Horace Wiggins
1993
No Score Yet Field of Fire
  • General Corman
1992
No Score Yet Double Trouble
  • Mr. C
1992
29% Evil Toons
  • Gideon Fisk
1992
No Score Yet Distant Justice
  • Actor
1992
83% Roadside Prophets
  • Othello
1992
No Score Yet Animal Instincts
  • William Lamberti
1992
No Score Yet Derrick contre Superman
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw
  • Caine
1991
No Score Yet Project: Eliminator
  • Ron Morrell
1991
No Score Yet Deadly Surveillance
  • Lieutenant
1991
No Score Yet Dune Warriors
  • Michael
1991
No Score Yet Night Rhythms
  • Vincent Machelli
1991
No Score Yet Field of Fire
  • Actor
1991
20% Waxwork II: Lost in Time
  • Beggar
1991
No Score Yet Capital Punishment
  • Michael Maltin
1991
No Score Yet Future Zone
  • John Tucker
1990
32% Bird on a Wire
  • Eugene Sorenson
1990
No Score Yet Think Big
  • Sweeney
1990
No Score Yet Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat
  • Mardulak
1990
No Score Yet Martial Law
  • Dalton Rhodes
1990
No Score Yet Crimes Of Crimes
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Midnight Fear
  • Sheriff Steve Hanley
1990
No Score Yet Future Force
  • John Tucker
1989
No Score Yet Wizards of the Lost Kingdom 2
  • Dark One
1989
No Score Yet The Cover Girl and the Cop
  • Slade
1989
No Score Yet Night Children
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Crime Zone
  • Jason
1988
No Score Yet Nowhere to Run
  • Harmon
1988
No Score Yet I Saw What You Did (I Saw What You Did... and I Know Who You Are!)
  • Stephen Lancer
1988
No Score Yet Wheels of Terror
  • Col. Von Weisshagen
1988
No Score Yet Warlords
  • Dow
1988
No Score Yet Tropical Snow (Nieve tropical)
  • Oskar
1988
No Score Yet Six Against the Rock
  • Bernie Coy
1987
No Score Yet Oceans of Fire
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet P.O.W. the Escape (Behind Enemy Lines) (Attack Force 'Nam)
  • Col. James Cooper
1986
No Score Yet Bad Girls in the Movies
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Misfit Brigade
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Kung Fu: The Movie
  • Kwai Chang Caine
1986
No Score Yet Film House Fever
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Armed Response
  • Jim Roth
1986
No Score Yet On the Line
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Warrior and the Sorceress
  • Kain the Warrior
1984
No Score Yet On the Line
  • Bryant
1983
No Score Yet Lone Wolf McQuade
  • Rawley Wilkes
1983
No Score Yet Trick or Treats
  • Richard Adams
1982
65% Q
  • Det. Shepard
1982
No Score Yet Americana
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Soldier
1981
No Score Yet Safari 3000
  • Eddie Miles
1981
No Score Yet High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane
  • Ben Irons
1980
No Score Yet Cloud Dancer
  • Brad Randolph
1980
82% The Long Riders
  • Cole Younger
1980
No Score Yet Gauguin the Savage
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet High Noon - Pt. 2
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Mr. Horn
  • Tom Horn
1979
No Score Yet Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider
  • Charlie Swattle
1979
43% Circle of Iron
  • The Blind Man / Monkeyman / Death / Changsha
1979
No Score Yet Old Boyfriends
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Deathsport
  • Kaz Oshay
1978
23% The Serpent's Egg
  • Abel Rosenberg
1978
60% Gray Lady Down
  • Capt. Gates
1978
No Score Yet Mister Horn
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Thunder and Lightning
  • Harley Thomas
1977
No Score Yet That's Action
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet A Look At Liv
  • Actor
1977
84% Bound for Glory
  • Woody Guthrie
1976
No Score Yet Cannonball
  • Coy 'Cannonball' Buckman
1976
85% Death Race 2000
  • Frankenstein
1975
97% The Long Goodbye
  • Prisoner
1973
98% Mean Streets
  • Drunk
1973
48% Boxcar Bertha
  • Big Bill Shelly
1972
No Score Yet Kung Fu
  • Caine
1972
No Score Yet The McMasters
  • White Feather
1970
No Score Yet Macho Callahan
  • Col. David Mountford
1970
No Score Yet Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Good Guys and the Bad Guys
  • Waco
1969
No Score Yet Young Billy Young
  • Jesse Boone
1969
No Score Yet Heaven with a Gun
  • Coke Beck
1969
No Score Yet The Violent Ones
  • Lucas Barnes
1968
No Score Yet Hunted
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Bus Riley's Back in Town
  • Stretch
1965
No Score Yet Crime School
  • Actor
1938

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Conrad
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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