David Carradine (Performer) | Playbill

David Carradine


As the star of "Kung Fu," the tall, lanky actor was at the center of Kung Fu craze that gripped the United States in the early 1970s. The series, which ran from 1972 to 1975, told of Kwai Chang Caine, a Shoalin Monk who flees to America after he kills the Chinese Emperor's nephew after seeing the man murder his teacher in cold blood. Of course, he finds plenty of trouble in the Wild West as well, and in every episode the peaceful monk is forced to deploy his fighting arts. Meanwhile, he must elude the bounty hunters who are on his trail. The show won him Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations.

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  • Also Known As: John Arthur Carradine
  • Born: Dec 08, 1936 in Hollywood, California
  • Death: Jun 03, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand

Roles (3)

The 28th Annual Tony Awards Playbill - Apr 21, 1974 The 28th Annual Tony Awards - 1974
Opened April 21, 1974
  • as Participating Artist (Original)
The Royal Hunt of the Sun Playbill - Oct 1965 The Royal Hunt of the Sun
Opened October 26, 1965
  • as Atahuallpa (Original)
The Deputy Playbill - Feb 1964 The Deputy
Opened February 26, 1964
  • as Father Riccardo Fontana, S.J. (Replacement)
    Arrived On May 24, 1964


Theatre World Awards
1966 Theatre World Award Winner

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