David Carradine, a well-known actor popularly associated with martial arts and a wide variety of roles, has been found dead in his hotel room in Bangkok, Thailand while filming his latest feature. He was 72 years old.
Born in Hollywood, California on 8 December 1936, Carradine was the son of Ardanelle Abigail and the actor John Carradine, from whom he took his original name before changing it to David after starting his acting career. He attended Oakland Junior College and received his training at San Francisco State College.
Carradine was widely regarded in Hollywood as a cult actor, but his genre credits include the lead role in the original Death Race film (as well as a voice over in the recent remake), and parts in Charmed, Alias, Airwolf, Children Of The Corn IV, Crank: High Voltage and Kill Bill among many others. Carradine’s personal life was as varied as his professional – he married five times and had four children.
While initial reports penned his death as a result of suicide, police are now treating it as accidental, the circumstances of which are not appropriate to discuss here. He is survived by his children and his wife, Anne Bierman.
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