David Carradine

David Carradine


David Carradine, a member of the acting Carradine family who became a martial arts icon through his roles in the 1970s show "Kung Fu" and its sequel, and Quentin Tarantino's hyper-violent "Kill Bill" films, was found dead in his hotel suite in Bangkok, where he was working on a movie, the New York Times reported. He was 72. Bangkok authorities are treating the death as a suicide. Mr. Carradine was the eldest son of stage and film character actor John Carradine, a flamboyant performer known for declaiming Shakespeare while walking down the street. His brother, Bruce; his half-brothers Keith and Robert; and his nieces Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton all became actors.

Read Full Obituary
  • Also known as: John Arthur Carradine
  • Born: Dec 8, 1936 in Hollywood, California
  • Death: Jun 3, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand

Roles (3)

The 28th Annual Tony Awards Playbill - Apr 21, 1974 The 28th Annual Tony Awards - 1974 (1974)
Opened Apr 21, 1974
  • as Participating Artist (Original)
The Royal Hunt of the Sun Playbill - Oct 1965 The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1965)
Opened Oct 26, 1965
  • as Atahuallpa (Original)
The Deputy Playbill - Feb 1964 The Deputy (1964)
Opened Feb 26, 1964
  • as Father Riccardo Fontana, S.J. (Replacement)
  • Arrived on May 24, 1964


Theatre World Awards
1966 Theatre World Award The Royal Hunt of the Sun Winner

Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting playbill.com with your ad blocker.
Thank you!