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  • Studied music theory and composition in college, and composed and performed music for several films.
  • Served in the U.S. Army for two years in the early 1960s.
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1964's The Deputy.
  • First film appearance was in Taggart (1965).
  • Had not studied martial arts until the Kung Fu series, but he continued to practice it and produced exercise and instructional videos on the subject.
  • Authored several books, including an autobiography titled Endless Highway (1995).
  • Although his death in 2009 was originally reported as a suicide, further investigation determined that he died of accidental asphyxiation.


  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama, Continuing: Nominee


  • Christopher Carradine — Half Brother
  • Annie Bierman — Wife
  • Barbara Hershey — Ex-significant Other
  • Bruce Carradine — Brother
  • Donna Lee Becht — Ex-wife
  • Martha Plimpton — Niece
  • Ardanelle Abigail Carradine — Mother
  • Gail Jensen — Ex-wife
  • Michael Bowen — Half Brother
  • Ever Carradine — Niece
  • Kansas Carradine — Daughter
  • Linda Gilbert — Ex-wife
  • John Carradine — Father
  • Tom Carradine — Son
  • Calista Carradine — Daughter
  • Keith Carradine — Half Brother
  • Marina Carradine — Ex-wife
  • Robert Carradine — Half Brother


  • Attended Oakland Jr. College, Oakland, California, United States; attended San Francisco State College, San Francisco, California, United States

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  • Birth Name: John Arthur Carradine
  • Birth Place: Hollywood, California, United States
  • Died: June 3, 2009
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Writer, Songwriter

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