David Carradine
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David Carradine | 1936-2009

David Carradine, right, plays guitar alongside his father, John, between scenes during the filming of “Boxcar Bertha” in 1972. (Associated Press)
Carradine, who starred as Caine in the ABC series “Kung Fu,” in the early 1970s was found hanged in a Bangkok, Thailand, hotel room. The hourlong series featured Carradine as the shaven-headed Kwai Chang Caine, the orphaned son of an American man and a Chinese woman who had been trained in a Shaolin monastery, where his blind mentor, Master Po, called his young student “Grasshopper.” (ABC / Associated Press)
Carradine performs a jump kick for the television show “Kung Fu.” (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)
Carradine played folk singer Woody Guthrie in Hal Ashby’s “Bound for Glory.” He appeared in more than 100 films, including Quentin Tarantino’s two-film “Kill Bill” saga. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)
David Carradine and his new bride, Linda Gilbert, leave the registration office in Munich, Germany, after their wedding. (Associated Press)
A self-described Hollywood outsider, Carradine early on had a reputation for what an Associated Press writer in 2004 described as “a quick-to-anger actor and hard-drinking partier.” (Associated Press)
Carradine toasts “Americana,” his directorial debut film at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981. (Associated Press)
David Carradine attends the premiere of “Dogville” in 2003 at Cannes. (Evan Agostini / Getty Images)
Carradine and his wife pose for photographers in Cannes in May 2003. (Villard / Aslan / Niviere / EPA)
Quentin Tarantino helped resurrect Carradine’s career in the “Kill Bill” films. His performance in “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” earned Carradine a Golden Globe nomination as best supporting actor. (Los Angeles Times)
David Carradine and Uma Thurman in a scene from “Kill Bill: Vol. 2.” (Andrew Cooper / Miramax Films)
Director Quentin Tarantino, David Carradine and Carradine’s wife, Annie Bierman Carradine, arrive for the Golden Globe Awards in 2005 in Beverly Hills. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
David Carradine, appearing in the film “Homo Erectus,” poses for a portrait during the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival in Utah. (Mark Mainz / Getty Images)
Carradine played Bird, a former martial arts warrior, in “Son of the Dragon,” a Hallmark Channel mini-series in 2007. (Alan Markfield / Hallmark Channel)
Bruce Dern, left, and David Carradine meet the press during their run in “The Golden Boys” at New York’s Playwright Tavern in April. (Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images)