David Carradine


David Carradine Trivia


  • Trivia

    • David has been good friends with writer/director Larry Cohen since they both served in the U.S. military.

    • David has two daughters: Calista Miranda Carradine (born 1962) with first wife Donna Lee Becht. His second daughter Kansas Carradine(born 1978) with second wife Linda Gilbert.

    • David's height is 6'1" (1.85m).

    • Provided the voice for Sharp, leader of the Westside Rollerz gang, on the video game "Saint's Row."

    • David can be seen in Yellow Book tv advertisement playing a martial arts sensei.

    • David's character of Caine was named number 91 in Bravo's "100 Greatest TV Characters".

    • David is a comic book fan and collector.

    • David is a trained ballet dancer.

    • David's newest book, "The Kill Bill Diary: The Making of a Tarantino Classic as Seen Through the Eyes of a Screen Legend",was released on November 1, 2006.

    • David's hobbies when he was younger included race cars which he wound up wrecking, and expensive guitars, which he lost due to bankruptcy proceedings.

    • David likes to paint and sculpt; he recently did an episode of "Celebrity Hobbies" on the DIY (Do It Yourself) Network in which he showed his skill at lost wax casting, making a bust of his recent ex-wife on the show. (March 11, 2006)

    • David wrote and released an autobiography, "Endless Highway," in 1995.

    • David reprised his character of Kwai Chang Caine from Kung Fu after the series was over, in the made-for-tv movie The Gambler Returns: Luck Of The Draw with Kenny Rogers. He also reprised his character, more or less, in the television series, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, where he plays a descendant of the original Kwai Chang Caine, and he retains that name, in the show.

    • David has made a number of martial arts exercise programs for VHS and DVD, including: David Carradine's Kung Fu Workout, David Carradine's Tai Chi Workout, David Carradine's T'ai Chi Workouts for Beginners, David Carradine's Chi Kung Beginners Workout, David Carradine's Tai Chi For Body: Beginner's, David Carradine's Tai Chi For Mind: Beginner's, David Carradine's AM & PM Tai Chi Workout for Beginners, David Carradine's Tai Chi for Mind & Body, David Carradine's Tai Chi Deluxe 90 Minute Version, David Carradine Presents: Shaolin Strength Workout, David Carradine's Shaolin Cardio Kick Box for Beginners, and David Carradine: Chi Energy Workouts for Beginners.

    • David made a movie shortly after leaving "Kung Fu" (1972) called Circle Of Iron (1978), in which a martial arts student looks throughout the countryside for the meaning of life and faces many challenges on his journey. David played several different roles in this, but all of them were Kung Fu Masters taunting and testing the student, a reversal of the role had played previously in which he was the student learning from his Masters at the Shaolin monastery.

    • David left "Kung Fu" (1972) not because of falling ratings, but because he had sustained so many injuries filming the show. Throughout it's run the show was always highly rated and in no danger of cancellation.

    • David won the People's Prize at the Cannes Film Festival's "Director's Fortnight" for his work on Americana (1983).

    • David's ex-wife Marina tried unsucessfully suing him in 2003 for $300,000, alleging that she got him his role in Kill Bill, Volume 1 (2003) and that he gave no compensation in return.

    • David was convicted of drunk driving in October 1998. He spent 48 hours in jail and did community service.

    • David won the National Board Of Review award for Best Actor for his work for "Bound For Glory." (1976)

    • David has been nominated for 4 Golden Globe Awards, for Best TV Actor - Drama (1974) in "Kung Fu" (1972), Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama (1977) for Bound For Glory (1976), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
      (1986) for "North And South" (1985), and for Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture (2005) for Kill Bill, Volume 2 (2004).

    • David won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Kill Bill, Volume 2 (2004) in 2005.

    • David was nominated for an Emmy in 1973 for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor In A Leading Role In A Drama Series, for his work in "Kung Fu." (1972)

    • David was given a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. on April 1, 1997.

    • David likes to sing and has recorded over 60 songs, as well as singing in several films.

    • David starred in 1966 in a short-lived series based on the 1955 movie "Shane;" it was one of the first television series to be a direct sequel rather than spin-off of a motion picture.

    • David began studying martial arts after being cast as Kwai Chang Caine in "Kung Fu."

    • David wrote a book about the philosophy of Kung Fu, "Spirit Of The Shaolin."

  • Quotes

    • David Carradine (On his late friend and one-time co-star, fellow actor Brandon Lee): He was always giving 110%, and it produced a light in the eyes, which is what you look for in movies.

    • David Carradine: If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.

    • David Carradine: (about his role in "Kung Fu") I remember when I did the pilot, and I thought no network is going to want to do this. How could that happen? A half Chinese guy walking the old west that doesn't fire one gun and never gets on a horse?

    • David Carradine: I actually went to art school. I studied music formally. I was probably less formal about my study of acting than anything.

    • David Carradine: There's an alternative. There's always a third way, and it's not a combination of the other two ways. It's a different way.

    • David Carradine: You know, I've never actually really believed that death is inevitable. I just think it's a rumor.