RIP David Carradine (1936 – 2009)
David Carradine (December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009) was an American actor best known for his work in the 1970s television series Kung Fu and more recently in the movies Kill Bill.
A typical scene from one of my fave “small” American films: Death Race 2000
During the heyday of the B-movie, he starred in Paul Bartel‘s hilarious Death Race 2000 and Cannonball.
One of his more interesting roles was in Boxcar Bertha (Scorcese) together with then real-life partner Barbara Hershey.
Other of his appearances worth checking are Mean Streets (Scorcese) and Q (Larry Cohen) in the eighties.
Carradine once commented on Roger “never lost a dime” Corman‘s career that “It’s almost as though you can’t have a career in this business without having passed through Roger Corman’s hands for at least a moment.”
Death Race 2000 is World Cinema Classic #105.