David Carradine, star of ‘Kung Fu’ and ‘Kill Bill,’ dies at 72

June 04, 2009 | 6:09 p.m.

“Kung Fu” and “Kill Bill” star David Carradine has been found dead in Bangkok. The Times’ Dennis McLellan has written an obituary, and here’s an excerpt:


David Carradine, who became a TV icon on the early 1970s western series “Kung Fu” and had a long career in the movies, has been found dead in Bangkok, Thailand. He was 72.

Carradine was found hanged in his hotel room today, the Thai newspaper The Nation reported on its website, citing unidentified police sources. He was believed to have committed suicide.

The actor, who was in Bangkok to shoot a movie, could not be contacted after he failed to appear for a meal with the film crew on Wednesday, the newspaper said. His body was found by a hotel maid at 10 a.m. this morning.

The Associated Press reported that Michael Turner, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, confirmed Carradine’s death, but out of consideration for the actor’s family could not provide more details.

Read the entire obituary and check out his life in pictures.
Carradine did an interview at the Black Belt Magazine Festival of Martial Arts and Hall of Fame Awards in 2005.  In it, he talks about martial arts and his life’s philosophy.

— Jevon Phillips

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3 Responses to David Carradine, star of ‘Kung Fu’ and ‘Kill Bill,’ dies at 72

  1. JHood says:

    The most stoic TV star ever!
    RIP Master Caine.

  2. drama dog says:

    An actor of David Carradine's range & dimension is a complex being.How can people express surprise at Carradine's volatile nature? He was a searching iconoclast. He was a
    gifted, vulnerable, compassionate, idiiosyncratic identity.

  3. drama dog says:

    david was a complex,multi talented trasilblazer–volatile,vulnerable, an iconoclast and a guy with real heart!

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