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Endpoint: David Carradine

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David Carradine (born John Arthur Carradine; December 8, 1936, Hollywood, California, U.S. – June 3, 2009, (aged 72) Bangkok, Thailand) was an American actor best known for playing martial arts roles.
He is perhaps best known as the star of the 1970s television series Kung Fu, playing Kwai Chang Caine, a peace-loving Shaolin monk travelling through the American Old West. He also portrayed the title character in both of the Kill Bill films. He appeared in two Martin Scorsese films: Boxcar Bertha and Mean Streets.

David Carradine was a member of the Carradine family of actors that began with his father, John Carradine. The elder Carradine's acting career, which included major and minor roles on stage, television, and in cinema, spanned more than four decades. A prolific "B" movie actor, David Carradine appeared in more than 100 feature films in a career spanning more than six decades. He received nominations for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for his work on Kung Fu, and received three additional Golden Globe nominations for his performances in the Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory (1976), the television miniseries North and South (1985), and Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volume 2, for which he won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Throughout his life, Carradine was arrested and prosecuted for a variety of offenses, which often involved substance abuse. Films that featured Carradine continued to be released after his death. These posthumous credits were from a variety of genres including action, documentaries, drama, horror, martial arts, science fiction, and westerns. In addition to his acting career, Carradine was a director and musician. Moreover, influenced by his Kung Fu role, he studied martial arts.
On April 1, 1997, Carradine received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On June 4 (Thursday), at the age of 72, Carradine was found dead in his room at the Swissôtel Nai Lert Park Hotel, located in central Bangkok. Thai police suggested the death might have been from accidental suffocation due to auto-erotic asphyxiation.
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Half-brother of : Keith Carradine
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Half-brother of : Robert Carradine
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Partner (not married) [1968 - 1975] : Barbara Hershey
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Son of : John Carradine
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