In the wake of the David Carradine’s death , Movies.ie honours the departed actor by celebrating his most best on-screen moments.
It’s a sad, sad day in the movie world. David Carradine, star of the 1970s TV series Kung was found hanged in his Bangkok hotel room early yesterday morning.
Born in Los Angeles on Dec. 8, 1936, Carradine was the son of actor John Carradine, best known for playing assorted evildoers and mad doctors in dozens of films from the 1930s to the 1980s. David Carradine’s brothers are also actors: Keith Carradine, among whose credits is Robert Altman’s classic Nashville, and Robert Carradine, best known for his role in the Revenge of the Nerds movies.
Throughout his 45-year career, David Carradine appeared in more than 200 features, made-for-TV movies, and television series. In the wake of the shocking news, Movies.ie honours the departed actor by celebrating his most best on-screen moments.
Carradine first came to public attention with the TV movie ‘Kung Fu,’ in which he played a Shaolin monk who, after avenging his teacher’s death in China, flees to the American West and becomes a defender of the weak and oppressed An instant hit, the TV series that would run from 1972-75.
That same year Carradine struck fame with Kung Fu, the actor starred opposite Barbara Hershey in Martin Scorsese’s Depression-era drama about a union leader and a young woman who team up to battle the corrupt railroad establishment.
Bound for Glory
In ’76 the actor earned raves reviews and a Golden Globe nomination for his iconic portrayal of folk singer Woody Guthrie in this biopic. It went on to win two Oscars and was nominated for four more.
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues’
Carradine returned to the role that made him a star with the 1992 TV movie — and subsequent TV series of the same name — ‘Kung Fu: The Legend Continues,’ which found Carradine’s Kwai Chang Caine fighting crime with the help of his gun-toting, police-officer son.
Kill Bill introduced Carradine to a whole new generation and even scored him a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe nomination to boot. The titular villain, Carradine steals every scene he has in ‘Vol. 2,’ from his Superman speech to the climactic “five-point-palm-exploding-heart technique” showdown with Uma Thurman.