Until later Grasshopper…

David Carradine, the star of the 1970s television series “Kung Fu” and the title villain of the “Kill Bill” movies, has died in Thailand, The Associated Press reported. The United States Embassy in Bangkok told The A.P. that Mr. Carradine had been found dead in his hotel suite in Bangkok, where he was working on a movie. He was 72.

Mr. Carradine was part of an acting family that included his father, John; his brother, Bruce, and half-brothers Keith and Robert; and his nieces Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton.

After a short run as the title character in the 1966 television adaptation of the Western “Shane,” he found fame in the 1972 series “Kung Fu” as Kwai Chang Caine, a wanderer raised by Shaolin monks to be a martial arts master. He enjoyed a career resurgence in recent years when he was cast by Quentin Tarantino in the action movies “Kill Bill: Vol. 1″ and “Vol. 2.”

There was a later update that claims a hotel maid found Carradine with a rope around his neck. That would be a shame if that’s true.

Carradine, no matter how he met his end, has paid his due upon this plain of existence. He owes nobody but his immediate family an explanation if there is one to be had.

The learning continues Grasshopper…

David Carradine Dies

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2 responses

  1. Kung Fu was on my favorite program list back in those days. A combination of Chinese wisdom and frontier justice that left a lasting impression.

    I don’t believe the rumors that are going around Hollywood. I was talking to an old friend who has spent time in Thailand, who told me that the police story is something that is usually paid for in that part of the world.

    1. Yup, I liked ol’ Kung Fu too, it was one ‘Western’ I didn’t puke over! LOL!

      Carradine actually spurred my interest in Bruce Lee movies, ‘Enter the Dragon’ remains one of my favorites.

      Your friend might be onto something, in that part of the world, exotic sexual practices are big sellers, I’m sure Carradine wasn’t alone when he died.

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