David Carradine

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Birth Name: John Arthur Carradine

Date of Birth: December 8, 1936

Place of Birth: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: June 3, 2009

Place of Death: Nai Lert Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Ethnicity: English, along with German, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and Dutch

David Carradine was an American actor and martial artist. He was known for his role on the television series Kung Fu, and in the Kill Bill films.

He was the son of Ardanelle Abigail (McCool) and actor John Carradine (born Richmond Reed Carradine), and the half-brother of actors Christopher Carradine, Keith Carradine, and Robert Carradine. David was married to Annie Bierman, until his death. He had a daughter with his former wife Donna Lee Becht; a son with his former partner, actress Barbara Hershey; and a daughter, actress Kansas Carradine, with his former wife Linda Gilbert. He was the uncle of actresses Martha Plimpton, Ever Carradine, and Sorel Carradine.

In an interview with Stuff (a website), David stated that he had Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, German, Spanish, Italian, Ukrainian, and Cherokee Native American ancestry. David had English, with smaller amounts of German, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and Dutch ancestry (smaller to varying degees). However, no verified Spanish, Italian, Ukrainian, or Cherokee Native American ancestry appears in publicly available family trees of David Carradine.

The surname Carradine is sometimes said to have an Italian or Spanish origin. David’s last traceable patrilineal ancestor is believed to have been a man named Parker Carradine, who was born in Georgia, in North America, c. 1755. There is no evidence that Parker had Italian or Spanish ancestry.

In the Kung Fu series, David played the part of a Shaolin priest named Kwai Chang Caine, who is Eurasian. David had mentioned that many Chinese people actually thought that he had some Chinese ancestry.

David died at the age of 72, in a hotel room in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 3, 2009. He was in Thailand to shoot a film at the time.

David’s paternal grandfather was William Reed Carradine (the son of The Rev. Beverly Francis Carradine and Laura Green Reid/Reed). William was born in Mississippi. Beverly, a Methodist religious author, was the son of Henry Francis Carradine and Mary Caroline Hewitt. Laura was likely the daughter of David Young Reid and Martha Alice Goss.

David’s paternal grandmother was Genevieve Winifred Richmond (the daughter of Horace Culver Richmond and Winifred/Winifrede “Winnie” Ryan). Genevieve was born in New York. Horace was the son of Killian van Rensselaer Richmond and Emily Culver, who was from New Hampshire.

David’s maternal grandfather was Ambrose Rucker McCool (the son of John S. McCool and Lucy C. Rucker). Ambrose was born in Illinois. John was the son of Thomas McCool and Hannah Dinsmore. Lucy was the daughter of Ambrose Rucker and Miranda Haase.

David’s maternal grandmother was Edith Foster (the daughter of William Bolliver Foster and Emma Koch). Edith was born in Ohio. William was possibly the son of Joseph Foster and Louisa Jane Coleman.

Sources: A discussion of the Carradine family’s origins – http://www.familytreecircles.com

Genealogies of David Carradine – https://www.geni.com

Genealogies of David Carradine (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com


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21 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    The other user wrote about that and I did my researches. It could be an old family story Carradine sr. knew

  2. nnnnn says:

    I read about his death, I didn’t know, if I should laugh or pity.
    The reason of death – perverted s-m experiments…

  3. levangelista36 says:


  4. Pete says:

    His Name is Italian

    • rickyflo says:

      His name is Italian, silly a–! Carradine is a common Italian heritage name!

        • rickyflo says:

          Look, I don’t just say s— out of my ass. Carradine is named for carradini, carradino and all these carradine HERITTTAGGGGEEESS come from italy, and Ireland during some point or inconclusively no where because of the obscurity. Of course, he fits the features of everything there somewhat, but I can see the Italian in him and we people with Italian have few features that make that so. and Who cares he may know and his employers rather than all of your stupid asses but guess what I looked at his imdb bio and trivia. He has everything of the matter except Dutch part, and that just schooled your f—— asses. peace and out. piss me off like that. Educate yourselves before stupidity and being proven wrong.

          • opel101 says:

            Hahaha awwww, are you getting mad, rickyflo? Just give up already. It’s been pretty much proven that he had no known Italian ancestor (on his father’s side) because they tracked his line to a man who lived in 1755 and found NO Italian in there. And what’s this BS about how you can “see” the Italian in him? LOL, that’s total BULL. Hahahaha, keep getting angry little boy. I love it.

    • andrew says:

      in the italian wikipedia page about his father. the actor John Carradine, there is written he revealed to Italian tv his original surname was Corradini


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