R.I.P. David "Bill" Carradine

Today is a sad day as David Carradine was found dead at the age of 72. The Thai police found his body hanging in a closet in his Bangkok hotel room while he was shooting his latest movie. He first became famous for the role of Kwai Chang Caine in the ABC TV series KUNG FU, whcih ran from 1972 to 1975. After the series, he started getting film roles such as the prison-turned-driver Frankenstein in Roger Corman’s classic B-movie DEATH RACE 2000 witha young Sylvester Stallone as Bazooka Joe. He would then go to portray Woody Guthrie in the 1976 biopic BOUND FOR GLORY, which earned him his only Oscar nomination. After that, he seemed to drop off the Hollywood radar.
26 years later, director Quentin Tarantino who was a fan of KUNG FU casted Carradine in the KILL BILL movies as a leader of elusive assasins that are targets of a vengeful bride (Uma Thurman). The films gave Carradine his third Golden Globe nomination. When the movies became a hit, it open many doors to Carradine to buld up his acting resume.
The last big film Carradine that he was in was CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE as Poon Dong, the leader of the Triad gang that is after Chev Chelios’ heart. After three years of interviewing celebrities, David Carradine was one of the celebrities I did not get to talk to. He will be very missed.

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