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|Known for:||Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Death Race 2000|
|Birth name:||John Arthur Carradine|
|Birthday:||8 December 1936, Hollywood, California, USA|
|Height:||6' 0½" (1.84 m)|
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TriviaSon of John Carradine; half-brother of Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, brother of Bruce Carradine. Convicted of drunk driving in October 1989. Served 48 hours in jail and did community service. Uncle of actresses Martha Plimpton and Ever Carradine. Daughter: Kansas Carradine (b. 1978). Studied drama at San Francisco State University. To date, he is the only actor who has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman and Quentin Tarantino. A great deal of his characters posses lethal martial arts skills. This is a nod to his most famous character, the deadly yet benevolent Kwai Chang Caine in the TV series "Kung Fu" (1972). He married his fifth wife, Annie Bierman at the home of Michael Madsen. Vicki Roberts officiated and pronounced them husband and wife. Quentin Tarantino had originally envisioned the character "Bill" in the "Kill Bill" films as a suave "James Bond-type" man and had first approached Warren Beatty for the role. Beatty turned it down and suggested that Quentin get David for the role. His manager was Chuck Binder. Was an honorary member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Stepmother Sonia Sorel died in 2004, just 3 months before he was married to Annie Bierman. His first series, "Kung Fu" (1972), was canceled after the third season, due to the injuries he sustained on the set. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Was an alcohol abuser for many years, until he entered rehab. He was sober at 59. He had 12 hobbies: collecting comic books, painting, writing, sculpting, singing, dancing, Kung-Fu, spending time with family, race car driving, exercising, traveling, horse breeding and reading. His ancestry included Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, German, Spanish, Italian, Ukrainian and Cherokee. Stepson of Sonia Sorel. James Cromwell, Tom Selleck, Steve Railsback, Frances Fisher, Lucy Liu, and Vicki Roberts attended his funeral, which occurred ten days after his death. First came to public attention in 1963, appearing in the Armstrong Circle Theatre, on television. Played truant from school at the age of 13. Step-father of Max Carradine, who is intent on following his step-dad's footsteps and continuing the family acting dynasty. Began his contract career for MGM in 1969. Was the second of five children. Was healthy and physically active until his death of accidental asphyxiation at age 72. Son: Free Carradine (b. 1972). Step-son: Max Richard Bierman (b. 1998). Step-daughter: Madeleine Rose Bierman (b. 1995). His paternal half-brothers Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine, both appeared in The Long Riders (1980), with him. Created several flutes for the movie Circle of Iron (1978), one of which he later played in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). He played various instruments: piano, guitar, flute, among many others. Graduated from Oakland High School in Oakland, California, in 1955. As a teenager, he moved back to California - residing in Oakland, in the early 1950s. When he was seven, his parents were divorced and his father left California to escape court actions in the alimony settlement.