David Carradine

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. David Carradine (born John Arthur Carradine; December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009) was an American character actor, best known for his role as warrior monk, Kwai Chang Caine, in the 1970s television series, Kung Fu  which later had a 1990s sequel series, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. He was a member of a productive acting family dynasty that began with his father, John Carradine. His acting career, which included major and minor roles on stage, television and cinema, spanned over four decades. A prolific "B" movie actor,  he appeared in more than 100 feature films  and was nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award.  The last nomination was for his title role in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. Film projects that featured Carradine continued to be released long after his death. These posthumous credits were from a variety of genres including horror, action, western, martial arts, drama, science fiction and documentary. In addition to his acting career, Carradine was also a musician and pursued a directing career. Influenced by his most popular acting role, he studied martial arts. The child of a frequently married actor, "Jack", as Carradine was known in his youth,  had an unstable childhood. This instability would continue throughout his life as he himself was married several times. He was also frequently arrested and prosecuted for a variety of offenses which often involved substance abuse.  He died in June 2009 under unusual circumstances. Description above from the Wikipedia article David Carradine, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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John Arthur Carradine, besser bekannt als David Carradine, wird 1936 in Hollywood als Sohn von John Carradine, einem bekannten US-Schauspieler, geboren. Carradine beschließt nach zwei Jahren bei der Armee eine Schauspielkarriere zu starten, ändert jedoch seinen Namen, um nicht mit seinem berühmten Vater verwechselt zu werden. Seinen Durchbruch feiert David Carradine 1965 mit einer Theaterproduktion am Broadway. 1972 wird der US-Amerikaner für die Rolle des Shaolin Kwai Chang Caine in der TV-Serie Kung Fu gecastet. Die Martial – Arts – Serie wird zu einem enormen Erfolg und macht Carradine einem breiten Publikum bekannt. Obwohl er Ende der 70er Jahre noch mit Regiegrößen wie Martin Scorsese und Ingmar Bergman arbeitet, kommt es in den 80er Jahren zum großen Karriereknick. Erst Quentin Tarantino verhilft ihm 2003 zum Comeback mit einer der Titelrollen in Kill Bill: Volume 1. David Carradine wird für seine Darstellung des Gegenspielers von Uma Thurman sogar mit einer Golden Globe – Nominierung bedacht. 2009 wird der US-Amerikaner tot in einem Hotelzimmer in Bangkok aufgefunden. Die Behörden gehen von einem Unfall während eines autoerotischen Erstickungsspiels aus.

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CharacterMovie / TV ShowGenresReleaseRating
Poon DongCrank: High Voltage60% · 1,655
Museum CuratorEpic Movie33% · 795
AliasTV2 Episodes62% · 322
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