Goodbye, Grasshopper - David Carradine Dies at 72

David Carradine was found dead in a hotel in Bangkok yesterday. Many people will remember him from the Kill Bill movies, but I will always remember him as Kwai Chang Caine from Kung Fu.

Mr. Carradine was an actor, a writer and a musician but I was unaware he was also an artist and when I stopped by the official David Carradine Website I took a look at some of his drawings and paintings. They remind me a lot of John Lennon's work in "A Spaniard in the Works".

This was an actor of wide range and a long career - take a look at his filmography, you'll be amazed at how much work and how many films he was in during his long career.

In memory of Mr. Carradine here is the original "grasshopper" scene from the 1970s TV series Kung Fu:

Goodnight and Goodbye, David. You will be missed.

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  1. I just heard about this terrible suicide. (On Twitter), his career was going well, why did he do this? One can only wonder. So sad.

  2. That was such a shock this morning. Personally, I think he was murdered. But I have no reason for it.

  3. I read that a maid found him with a rope around his neck but at that point suicide had not been confirmed so I left it out of the post.

    Either way his death is tragic and I send my regrets and condolences to his family.

  4. Alice - honestly that was the first thought that flitted through my mind when I read about the rope. We'll have to wait for the autopsy at least but either way it's a sad day.

    I'm going to google to see what Keith said, if anything.

  5. So sad, he had a long and interesting career, not the way to end it. Lots of speculation on the circumstances, but doesn't change the fact that a unique talent is gone.

  6. Belle - exactly. Despite the circumstances and the speculation, Carradine was an actor who contributed a lot of excellent work to Hollywood.

    I feel bad for his family having to endure the media b.s. at a time when they are grieving.


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