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Mobbme
05 Jun 09,, 12:49
He became widely known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu and later starred in the 1990s spinoff Kung Fu: The Legend Continues as the grandson of his original character. In movies, he starred as 'Big' Bill Shelly in Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha (1972), folksinger Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory (1976), Abel Rosenberg in Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg (1977), and as Bill in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Volumes 1 and 2 (released in 2003 and 2004, respectively).

Probably one of the most popular figures in the world. I remember watching his t.v show with my dad on many occasions when I was a kid. It was quite heart breaking to hear this. He wasn't just a good actor or a Kung Fu master, he was a great on-screen role model as well.

R.I.P Caine

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Officer of Engineers
05 Jun 09,, 12:51
They stole the idea and the role from Bruce Lee who would have made a far better Cain than Carradine who was never a Kung Fu Master.

captain
05 Jun 09,, 15:22
Oh no! R.I.P Grasshopper.

Chogy
05 Jun 09,, 16:36
My brother and I grew up watching Kung-Fu. We would beat each other senseless after every episode, until my poor mother would scream "ENOUGH!" The episodes where he encountered Indians (PC = Native Americans) were especially interesting; elite warriors from different cultures going at it.

Grasshopper has snatched the last pebble. RIP Mr. Carradine.

Deltacamelately
05 Jun 09,, 16:43
R.i.p

Dreadnought
05 Jun 09,, 18:32
Tis better to bend like the reed, then snap like the stick grasshopper. R.I.P. Caine ;)

RustyBattleship
05 Jun 09,, 19:01
So far, every news comumn or report relates him only to his Kung Fu movies.

He was also a good Western actor and appeared with his two brothers playing a trio of an actual trio of brothers that were Robbers in the Old West. James and Stacey Keach also played brother in the same movie.

Just a year or so ago, David and his brother Keith hosted a TV educational series called "Wild West Tech" to demonstrate the level of technology available in the 19th century.

Also, and this is very important, during a TV interview he was uncomfortable knowing people thought he really was Chinese. He was very serious when he countered that, "Actually I'm an Irish-American". The way he said it, you knew he was getting tired of being type-cast as an Asian even for doing commercials.

I'm sorry to see such a good man and great talent meet his end this way.

pate
06 Jun 09,, 04:53
I liked Kung Fu, and some of the commercials he's done lately were a bit funny.

I heard this on the radio earlier today. They mentioned that the circumstances of his death were a bit fishy. That's all I am going to say on that out of respect for the dead.

Tragic in any case...

RustyBattleship
06 Jun 09,, 06:21
[QUOTE=pate;646538]
I heard this on the radio earlier today. They mentioned that the circumstances of his death were a bit fishy. That's all I am going to say on that out of respect for the dead.
QUOTE]

This has already been noted on other Internet news reports. Some say he was tangled up in some ropes and accidentally hanged and his death MAY have been an accident.

Sounds fishy to me too.

citanon
06 Jun 09,, 07:49
I heard this on the radio earlier today. They mentioned that the circumstances of his death were a bit fishy. That's all I am going to say on that out of respect for the dead.
QUOTE]

This has already been noted on other Internet news reports. Some say he was tangled up in some ropes and accidentally hanged and his death MAY have been an accident.

Sounds fishy to me too.

He was found with rope around his neck and around certain other areas. The theory is that he died of auto-erotic asphyxiation.

I really liked his Kung Fu series. Kung Fu: The Legend Continues has been a guilty pleasure. I read an account of him at a round table discussion for Bound for Glory and was surprised to find that he shared my views on unions. He has also said that he is, by nature, terminally shy and has had to struggle all his life for his achievements.

I respect the man and regret his loss. I'm sure he will be missed by many.

R. I. P.

RustyBattleship
06 Jun 09,, 08:16
[QUOTE=citanon;646564] The theory is that he died of auto-erotic asphyxiation.QUOTE]


auto-EROTIC? At age 72? Alone?

Herodotus
06 Jun 09,, 08:16
Meh. To be honest I was never that impressed with his acting ability. I saw him in the "Kung Fu: Legend Continues" series in one or two episodes. I did not think much of that series. The only other work I saw him in was the Kill Bill movies. He was a decent B list movie actor but never quite as good as his father.

Unfortunate way to die though.

RustyBattleship
06 Jun 09,, 08:24
Meh. To be honest I was never that impressed with his acting ability. I saw him in the "Kung Fu: Legend Continues" series in one or two episodes. I did not think much of that series. The only other work I saw him in was the Kill Bill movies. He was a decent B list movie actor but never quite as good as his father.

Unfortunate way to die though.

I never really cared for the "Legend Continues" series. I liked the original series better.

Actually, we was in his element in Westerns. As I mentioned earlier, he hosted a show called "Wild West Tech" and seemed to have a lot of fun showing some of the technology, legends and myths of the 19th century. They did one episode on prostitution and at the end of the show he rode off in a carriage with 4 beautiful women, smiled wide at the camera and said, "I LOVE my JOB".

citanon
06 Jun 09,, 08:34
[QUOTE=citanon;646564] The theory is that he died of auto-erotic asphyxiation.QUOTE]


auto-EROTIC? At age 72? Alone?

He had five wives and four divorces. The latest Mrs. Carradine:

http://hollywood.premiere.com/movie_stars/celebrity-photo-49661-Annie+Carradine

The man was certainly not lacking in that department. Maybe practicing Qi Gong (which he actually did) has its benefits.

The details still seem to be sketchy. Some reports say that his wrists were also bound, some say that information was false. I hope it was not foul play. :(

pate
07 Jun 09,, 03:37
Anyhow, the man passed on, whatever the circumstances I still say tragic. We may not all be fans of the man, but I think that he should Rest In Peace and we should not reminesce (sp) on the circumstances of his death but celebrate his life. If we even take note of his life. I was trying to be respectful, not open up speculation...

I think he was a good man, it is sad that he is gone from the mortal coil. I'd like to leave it at that; even minor celebrities deserve some sort of privacy in their civilian lives.

Don't take that away from the man, please.

SnowLeopard
07 Jun 09,, 04:51
Well, I was overseas for a lot of Kung Fu.......either that, or I was arguing with my older brother on Thursday nights who wanted to watch "The Waltons". But he was always a name in the movies that could get me to watch the movie, whether it was "Death Race 2000" or "Warlords" or "Project Eliminator".....one was looking at some pretty poor movies as time went on but with him in the cast, it made a pleasant diversion.

............which, if I was a villian like him, I'd want to be Bill. All villians die, of course, but they often get the best lines. Plus, when he arrived outside the chapel, he showed the world that one can be old and still be cool.
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DragoonGuard
10 Jun 09,, 02:53
Yes really sad, a great actor gone.....

I was watching his manager on the Larry King show with others discussing what happened....Interesting to hear their (his family) side of this event, in that it sounds really hard to believe this was either suicide, or accidental death.

The hotel would not release their cc tv footage of within the hotel to begin with and I dont know if they ever have - Bit odd dont you think?

Dreadnought
10 Jun 09,, 15:36
[QUOTE=citanon;646564] The theory is that he died of auto-erotic asphyxiation.QUOTE]


auto-EROTIC? At age 72? Alone?

You know what they say about "One night in Bangkok".:eek::))