Carradine Legacy on DVD4 Jun, 2009 By: Eui-jo Marquez
Legendary actor David Carradine was found dead June 4 in Thailand, according to media reports. The 72-year-old actor was working on the movie Stretch.
Condolences have flooded Carradine’s Web site, www.david-carradine.com, where fans can post messages to his family.
Carradine is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the 1972-75 TV series “Kung Fu” and again in the 1993-97 follow-up series “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.” The complete collection of the original series is available on DVD from Warner Home Video.
Later in his career, Carradine became identified as Bill in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, (available on DVD and Blu-ray from Buena Vista Home Entertainment).
Beginning his acting career in 1963, Carradine appeared in more than 200 plays, movies and TV shows, including the 1972 Martin Scorsese film Boxcar Bertha (available from Fox/MGM); the 1990 film Bird on a Wire (Universal); 1980’s The Long Riders (Fox/MGM); the 1976 film Bound for Glory (Fox/MGM), and 2006’s Final Move (MTI Home Video). Last year he starred in the martial-arts miniseries Kung Fu Killer, released on DVD by Genius Products (Read the review).
Carradine also was a film writer, director and producer, a book author and a musician.
He received Golden Globe nods for his title role in Kill Bill Vol. 2, for “Kung Fu” and for playing folk singer Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory.
Carradine also made a variety of workout videos, including David Carradine’s Shaolin Cardio Kick Boxing (available from Bayview Entertainment).
Upcoming releases featuring Carradine include Break, starring his Kill Bill co-star Michael Madsen, streeting July 14 (prebook June 16) on DVD. This fall sees the release of Camille, starring James Franco and Sienna Miller, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Sept. 15 (prebook Oct. 18) from E1 Entertainment.