David Carradine 1936--2009
Maybe you knew David Carradine from his role as the title character, the stonefaced assassin in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. Or maybe you knew him as Woody Guthrie, the plainspoken folk singer and folk hero in Hal Ashby's Bound for Glory, for which he earned a deserved Golden Globe nomination (not an Oscar nom, as I incorrectly said before). Many knew him as Kwai Chan Caine in the cult TV show Kung Fu, a pupil of Shaolin monks hunted by the Chinese royal family, imparting the wisdom, "The wise man walks always with his head bowed, humble like the dust." In that legendary role Carradine was the bridge between Eastern mysticism and American action, an early proponent of East-Meets-Western.