Skip to comments.Actor David Carradine Dead at 72
Posted on 06/04/2009 7:40:37 AM PDT by SkyPilot
Kill Bill star David Carradine was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room Wednesday, his manager told FOX News Thursday. While the cause of death has yet to be determined, a Thai newspaper claims the actor died in an apparent suicide.
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I hope it's not suicide...
Seems as though there is probably more to this story.
Wow. Pretty surprising. And possibly suicide.
What a bummer...I really liked him.
I actually am enjoying this news being above all of Obama’s escapades.
He accidentally kicked himself in the throat.
I mean according to the story I read from the Bankok news articles (on the internet) he was in Thialand filming a movie at the time.
I'm not sure that a working actor would commit such an act as suicide unless he was on drugs or out of his mind on something. Since Mr Carradine was 72 I kinda of doubt that.
I think the authorities shouldn't dismiss this so quickly as a suicide.
I might be wrong, but It just sound fishy to me.
I wonder if Beatrix Kiddo was speeding away from the scene in her little convertible?
Yes, he was great at acting. Prayers for his family.
A young female actor (cannot remember name) killed herself just last month over a fight with her boyfriend who found her hanging in the bathroom I believe it was. She too was filming at the time. Not so uncommon. Actors aren’t normally happy people....Hollywood lie that they are!
“It said a preliminary police investigation found that he had hanged himself with a cord used with the room’s curtains. It cited police as saying he had been dead at least 12 hours and there was no sign that he had been assaulted.”
“Found dead in a Thailand motel” - that scenario is never going to be benign. RIP - he created some unforgettable work.
Yahoo site says he hanged himself....
I liked him a lot ... too bad they thought the highlight of his career was Kill Bill ... although I guess that was the biggest thing he had done in 2 decades. For most middle aged adults, he will be Kwai Chang Caine ... and for a small group he will be Frankenstein. For older adults, he will be Shane. Amazingly, IMDB lists him with 222 Movie and TV series credits (an entire TV series only counts as 1 credit). At his death, he had 6 projects in post-production and 1 in pre-production.
I used to hang out at a Sunset strip place where David’s dad held court. I could spend hours nursing a drink and listening to him tell show biz stories. He had a difficult final decade, David may have inherited some of that.
Five finger death punch?
Could be that he discovered he had something “terminal” and didn’t want to deal with it. Purely supposition on my part, however.
I don’t think that I have ever seen an actor adopt the persona of one of his /her characters and become that role the rest of their lives. Interesting dude, strange but interesting.
I’ll miss him.
He will be missed. Fine actor. So long grasshopper.
Don’t say too bad. My husband is old enough to remember all those credits and would still pick Kill Bill.
For the few of us who remember his drug-addled rage episodes (not the least of which being his trashing of a neighbors house) which brought down anger, dishonor, and ridicule to the Martial Arts community... you never did fully atone for what you had done.
For the man... as a Christian, I pray that you finally find your peace, and forgiveness in the eyes of our saviour.
Enjoyed his performance as Bill. When Black Mamba demonstrated the 5-finger kill technique he never accomplished and she never told him, he looked hurt as well as surprised. I almost felt sorry for him then.
Sad. Somehow it’s not that surprising, though. Carradine never came across as an especially happy person. Prayers for his family.
“Female actor,” isn’t that what’s called an “actress”?
Very sad. Choke & stroke claims another life.
At that age he might very well have suffered a fatal heart attack during it.
Changsha in Circle of Iron.
I remember him in an interview saying that he was an actor, not a martial artist, and that the fights were choreographed and not real, etc. It's unfortunate that the martial arts community was dishonored because of the behavior of a sham. Or as Ham Sandwich said to Fluke Skystalker, "Shut up, Kid. It's only a movie."
Yes, I remember that about him as well. However, most people never knew that. They simply remembered Kwai Chang Caine and labled the entire martial arts community as similar druggies after that house-trashing episode brought his drug usage to light. Being a martial artist at the time, and going on to teach the art a few years later, I and many others had to deal with the negative image he presented as a result for years afterwards.
Yes, as I said, that was unfortunate for everyone in the martial arts community, and for any who may have been deterred from joining it. Carridine struck two blows there, one to Bruce Lee (who should have been Caine) and another to his memory.
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