R.I.P. David Carradine

"Kung Fu" and "Kill Bill" Actor David Carradinewas found dead in his Bangkok hotel room today. He was in the midst of filming a movie. Some say it was a suicide, others natural causes. He was 72.

The BBC reports:

Thai newspaper The Nation reported that police believe the actor took his own life, and preliminary investigations found that he hanged himself.

Another paper says it was an "accidental" hanging. The Bangkok police say "He was found hanging by a rope in the room's closet." He appeared in over 100 films.

He was a huge talent. R.I.P. Mr. Carradine.

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    rip (5.00 / 4) (#1)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 11:10:18 AM EST
    Caine: Is it good to seek the past, Master Po? Does it not rob the present?

    Master Po: If a man dwells on the past, then he robs the present. But if a man ignores the past, he may rob the future. The seeds of our destiny are nurtured by the roots of our past.

    RIP David (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 11:13:08 AM EST
    Had Carradines on the mind this week since seeing John Carradine in 'Stagecoach' the other night. Was wondering why we don't see more of them in current movies. Really sorry to see this news.

    'The Long Riders' is one of my favorite films. The Carradine brothers, Quaid brothers, and...another set of brothers... play the James and Younger gang.

    One of my favorites too. (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 11:20:39 AM EST
    My little group of friends all loved that movie--so much so that we all went out and got the long coats like they wore in the movie.  

    Of course, being Iowans, we also enjoyed how Minnesotans were portrayed in the Long Riders.  "Squarehead" is still in our vocabularies.  

    RIP David


    I was just going to say (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 11:24:42 AM EST
    I had a thing for guys in those long coats for years after seeing that movie...still do, actually. Wish they were more in vogue.

    Did you watch 'Deadwood' on HBO? I liked their term 'Hooplehead' for the Scandinavian western immigrants...the writers jsut made it up, but it seemed like something those guys would actually say.


    Long coats... (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 11:53:08 AM EST
    ...and stylish hats need to make a comeback.  

    No, I'm too poor to have HBO.  I will add Deadwood to my Netflix queue though.  Thanks for the tip!


    good move (none / 0) (#19)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 01:32:52 PM EST
    not a bad episode in the series.

    Oh, you will love it (none / 0) (#24)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 02:28:16 PM EST
    I thought it was the best show ever till I saw 'The Wire'. Close second.

    And not completley off topic (none / 0) (#25)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 02:34:31 PM EST
    since Keith Carradine is in it.

    I should have watched more Deadwood (none / 0) (#34)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 04:36:15 PM EST
    but I just couldn't.  I lived near Deadwood for a time and in Wyoming for a large portion of my life.  It was too hard acknowledging how little we had improved :)

    It was the Keach brothers... (5.00 / 2) (#33)
    by EL seattle on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 04:02:36 PM EST
    ... as I recall, who played the James boys, and Christopher Guest (!) and his brother played those damn Ford bros.

    Reading everyone's comments (none / 0) (#36)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 04:46:41 PM EST
    is making me feel like I need to find the Long Riders on demand some place tonight and order Chinese take out.

    Keach Bros! (none / 0) (#42)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 07:29:42 PM EST
    thank you very much!!! I could not think of it and didn't get a chance to look it up when I was at work this morning.

    And thanks for the tip about the Guests! Now I really need to see it again. 1980 was before Christopher Guest was on my radar screen at all.

    1980 - sigh. I remember seeing that movie with my sister like it was last week.


    I love the Long Riders (none / 0) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 11:17:57 AM EST
    And my grandma Lorraine loved the series Kung Fu.

    Fantastic Ry Cooder soundtrack (5.00 / 2) (#29)
    by jondee on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 03:10:39 PM EST
    in that film also. That dobro version of the old hymn in the funeral scene is worth the price of the movie.

    Rest in peace, David.


    The soundtrack album... (5.00 / 1) (#44)
    by EL seattle on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 11:29:22 PM EST
    ...or CD or whatever, is really, really, really good.  It's full of little surprises, and it sort of anticipates what Ry (and later T-Bone Burnett) would do with later movie soundtracks that included folk/roots music.

    Highly recommended!

    (Also, I think that The Long Riders was one of Walter Hill's best films.  Also... Even though he was shot up, Cole Younger somehow survived the Northfield shootout. When he passed away at age 72 (!) he apparently still had more than a few bullets embedded in his body from the early days.  Info here. I'd always hoped that David Carradine would star in a sequel to the Long Riders -  even as a short film - portraying the older Cole Younger as he went out on the lecture circuit after he was released from jail.)

    -Sigh- Rest in Peace, Caine/Cole/Frankenstein.


    When I think of David Carradine (5.00 / 0) (#6)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 11:24:57 AM EST
    The movie that comes to mind is Death Race 2000 (the original from 1975).

    Such a morbid B movie, but so much a part of my lexicon when I was a kid.

    I had a huge crush (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by jen on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 11:33:57 AM EST
    on David Carradine when Kung Fu was on teevee. May he R.I.P.

    I wanted to be able to move (5.00 / 1) (#35)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 04:43:44 PM EST
    a boiling caldron with my inner forearms someday by simply using my own powers to persuade myself, but wasn't keen on shaving my head.  I wish that wasn't a necessity.  My grandmother made an occassion of every episode and when I was visiting we ate canned Chung King (bleh) on T.V. trays.  I miss being a kid and letting everyone else run the show.  They were more fun than I grew to be I fear.

    David Carradine... (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by desertswine on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 11:49:44 AM EST
    "If you cannot be a poet, be the poem."

    We also lost... (5.00 / 3) (#20)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 01:33:10 PM EST
    ...Chicago blues giant Koko Taylor yesterday.  

    "Koko Taylor's life and music brought joy to millions of people all around the world and Chicago is especially honored that she called our city her home for more than 50 years," Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley said. "The strength of her style was formed in the night clubs of Chicago's South Side and she carried that spirit with her wherever she went. She was an ambassador for our city and truly was the queen of a kind of music that makes people think of Chicago whenever they hear it."

    RIP Koko.

    Damn... (5.00 / 2) (#23)
    by kdog on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 02:13:50 PM EST
    I saw her live in Atlanta one time years ago...I can almost still here the back-up band leading a chant of her name before an encore..."Ko-Ko Tay-lor...Ko-Ko Tay-lor".

    She had mad soul....bummer.  


    Koko Taylor and her Blues Machine (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by jondee on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 03:17:24 PM EST
    I saw her at a Blues Fest with Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Willie Dixon, James Cotton and a cast of thousands. I remember she practically burn the stage down with Wang Dang Doodle..all night long..all night long..

    Rest in peace, darling.


    I had never heard of her either... (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by kdog on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 03:17:54 PM EST
    until I saw her that first time...and after you see her once, you never forget it...I hear that man!

    As much as his earlier work was good (5.00 / 0) (#37)
    by Slado on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 05:00:11 PM EST
    he was really awesome in Kill Bill, especially KB3.

    His scenes right before he was killed where classic.

    His voice, his cadence, he was truley that character and I will rewatch it tongiht.


    Ooops (none / 0) (#38)
    by Slado on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 05:01:12 PM EST

    R I P David Carradine (none / 0) (#8)
    by THE PHOENIX on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 11:48:21 AM EST
    I'm sad to hear of David's death, I do not believe suicide, but then I come from a CIA world. At a time in my life when your looking for roll models, Hollywood & TV came through with Richard Boone in 'Have Gun will Travel'...'Bruce Lee' and David Carradine, 'Caine' in 'Kung Fu'. Their's quite a few people that owe their life to these shows, even though they will never know it. Hats off to you... "Master David"

    weird story (none / 0) (#10)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 11:50:33 AM EST
    how does one accidentally hang ones self?  naked.

    One Way (none / 0) (#12)
    by daring grace on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 12:00:03 PM EST
    that's in the news every now and then is autoerotic asphyxiation.

    from my limited understanding (none / 0) (#14)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 01:04:41 PM EST
    it doesnt usually actually involve hanging yourself.

    I'm afraid that might be what it was (none / 0) (#45)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jun 05, 2009 at 12:38:16 AM EST
    If so it really bums me.  I loved Michael Hutchence and he left us the same way.

    many suicides do strip down (none / 0) (#13)
    by jeffinalabama on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 12:01:47 PM EST
    learned that when i was a crime analyst. it's a minority, but a significant minority.

    Just curious (none / 0) (#15)
    by eric on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 01:12:39 PM EST
    is there a theory as to why they do this?

    Probably, (none / 0) (#16)
    by jeffinalabama on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 01:15:09 PM EST
    but i'm not aware of any.

    Perhaps they want to leave this earth (none / 0) (#17)
    by nycstray on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 01:19:54 PM EST
    how they arrived?

    interesting (none / 0) (#21)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 01:46:42 PM EST
    a bit of a slow day.  I googled this:

    "why do people commit suicide naked"

    from Wiki Answers

    Perhaps they were 'strip ping away' what they felt was societal the clothing being a symbol of what society had to offer them. Also maybe at the same time they are saying society is messed up - not trying to be graphic or harsh but doesn't that imagery in your head give you the same cup of tea so to speak ? Not a pretty scenery in short.

    As far as her stripping her children naked and walking into traffic same as before it can be taken in a broadened spectrum or looked at as the obvious answer 'just pure insanity'.

    I think the answer isn't as much apart of why as apart of how. How are their minds running. What provoked them to do it.

    and if Why; Why are there rare cases of suicidal impulses provoked with nudity and stripping of garments.

    But only deeper probing and questions can answer this - perhaps probing in correlation to repetitiveness aka insanity is apart of the answer.

    How do you define it though when every one goes to work repeatedly on any given day or you eat 3 - 6 meals (6 being the obvious turning 3 into 6 smaller portion meals).

    It has a lot to do with how your brain functions - that is a common sense sort of theory wouldn't you say? Hint; outside factors such as sensory cortex, audible and or neurological disorders in general could accompany and compile with the already depressive suicidal tendencies and dementia.

    Perhaps it is in correlation to all those things I listed under 'hint'?


    Well I sure wouldn't want to (none / 0) (#26)
    by ruffian on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 02:39:03 PM EST
    decide what to wear at a time like that. I know that sounds snarky, but I don't mean it that way. I can imagine standing at my closet and thinking, gees, why bother?

    RIP Grasshopper (none / 0) (#22)
    by Saul on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 02:02:16 PM EST
    I really enjoyed the Kung Fu series on TV

    Someone must have said... (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by CoralGables on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 02:58:57 PM EST
    Grasshopper, it is time to go.

    5 marriages, sounds like a troubled soul. (none / 0) (#32)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 03:46:26 PM EST
    I saw him at restaurant, last year or the year before on either Father's Day or Mother's Day, with what I assume was his family.

    Seemed to be surrounded by people who loved him.

    Just so sad.

    The best coverage so far (none / 0) (#39)
    by MsExPat on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 05:28:14 PM EST
    is here in the Bangkok Post, which has a Thai crime reporter on the scene.

    From the details of the crime scene, it looks like either a murder or accidental death to me. Any criminal lawyers care to weigh in?

    sounds (none / 0) (#40)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 05:43:41 PM EST
    like foul play to me.  and not solo.
    unless he learned to tie both his hands and do this.

    Love that show (none / 0) (#41)
    by KoolJeffrey on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 05:56:00 PM EST
    Kung Fu became my Sunday morning religion when repeats were aired on local TV. That and "NFL Live" with Brent, Phyllis, and Jimmy the Greek.

    Another Carradine, Robert, is featured (none / 0) (#43)
    by oculus on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 08:56:12 PM EST
    in a movie on TV tonight:  Revenge of the Nerds.  A classic.

    I never took you for a nerd fan (none / 0) (#46)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jun 05, 2009 at 12:46:02 AM EST
    I only want one for a son-in-law now.  I hate all the nerd movies.  When I was a young punk I rented a house with three other people, two guys and two girls, three story house.  God the guys were geeks though and one was a lawyer while the other was an accountant.  They watched the nerd movie constantly, it was pathetic, I wanted to hurt them after awhile.

    Loved Koko and Carradine (none / 0) (#47)
    by DancingOpossum on Fri Jun 05, 2009 at 10:20:44 AM EST
    Koko Taylor was one of the first blues singers I listened to constantly when I discovered that marvelous stuff.

    Nobody has mentioned "Kill Bill," one of Carradine's most stunning performances, and one that will make you fall in love with him all over again. The movie's final scene with him and Uma Thurman is astonishing in its poignancy and power.

    Ingmar Bergman (none / 0) (#49)
    by jondee on Fri Jun 05, 2009 at 02:30:47 PM EST
    thought highly enough of Carradine to cast him as the lead in his film The Serpents Egg; a sleeper entitled to another viewing.

    He had the world seemingly by the short 'n curlies after being nominated for an Oscar for Bound For Glory and then getting the attention of maestros like Bergman -- the perfect time to drop off the radar and drift like a willow leaf, as he's doing now. My kinda guy.

    Cloud hidden, whereabouts unknown.