Date of Birth : Dec 8th 1936
Well known for his role in Kung Fu, other notable roles include the lead in Shane (the 1966 television series based upon the 1949 novel of the same name) and a gunslinger in Taggart, a 1964 western film based on a novel by Louis L’Amour. More recently, he portrayed Tempus on the television series Charmed, Conrad in the television series Alias. He currently appears as the host of Wild West Tech on the History Channel, taking over the duties from his brother Keith.
Carradine is also known for producing and starring in several exercise videos teaching the martial arts of Tai chi and Qi Gong exercises. Carradine actually had no knowledge of martial arts prior to starring in the series Kung Fu, but developed an interest in it after this experience and has since become an avid practitioner.
Carradine is the son of noted American actor John Carradine. Born of Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, German, Spanish, Ukrainian, Cherokee and Italian descent, he is the brother of Bruce Carradine and half-brother of Keith and Robert Carradine. He is also the uncle of Ever Carradine.
He studied drama at San Francisco State University before working as an actor on stage as well as in television and cinema.
Some scholars have referred to Carradine’s role in Kung Fu as an example of a modern Yellowface actor.
He won the Action On Film International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor (Kill Bill) in 2004, National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Best Actor, – (Bound for Glory) in 1976.
He was Nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – (Motion Picture, Kill Bill) in 2005, 1986 Mini-series, Best Supporting Actor, (North and South), 1977 for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, Bound for Glory and in 1974 for Television, Best Actor, Drama , Kung Fu.