David Carradine
Biographical Information
Born December 8th, 1936
Hollywood, California, United States
Died June 3rd, 2009
Bangkok, Thailand
Productions Bound for Glory as Woody Guthrie
Americana as The American Soldier
On the Line as Bryant
Matlock as Jimmy Legrand
Sonny Boy as Pearl
Roadside Prophets as Othello Jones
Balto II: Wolf Quest as Nava
Recordings Grasshopper
Bound for Glory (film soundtrack)
Jesus Christ
Vocal Type Baritone

David Carradine was an American actor and musician.


Born John Carradine Jr. in Hollywood,California, to veteran actor John Carradine Sr., he began to act after forming an "entertainment unit" whilst serving in the United States Army. He made his screen debut in 1963 and had his big break onstage with The Royal Hunt of the Sun. Carradine's first star role came however when he played the Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in Kung Fu, a part he would reprise in several films and follow up series.

Carradine appeared in a number of motion pictures, including Death Race 2000 and The Long Riders, though many of his projects became cult, rather than blockbuster, successes. An exception to this was Kill Bill, in which he played the mysterious titular antagonist.

Carradine passed away in 2009.


A talented musician as well as actor, Carradine released a solo album entitled Grasshopper shortly before his appearance as the folk musician Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory, in which he sang many of Guthrie's best known songs.

Carradine sang in a number of films such as Americana and Sonny Boy - often penning the songs himself - as well as performing several numbers as washed up singer Jimmy Legrand in an episode of Matlock.


Bound for Glory (1976)Edit

  • Hard Travelin' (solo)
  • This Train Is Bound for Glory (solo)
  • I Ain't Got No Home (solo)
  • So Long (It's Been Good to Know Yuh)(solo)
  • Hobo's Lullaby (solo)
  • Pastures of Plenty (solo)
  • Do Re Mi (solo)
  • Oklahoma Hills (solo)
  • Howdido (solo)
  • Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)(solo)
  • Curly Headed Baby (solo)
  • Talking Dust Bowl Blues (solo)
  • This Land Is Your Land (solo)

Americana (1981)Edit

  • Let Me Show You Around (duet)

On the Line (1984)Edit

  • Hello Heartbreak (solo)

Sonny Boy (1989)Edit

  • Maybe It Ain't (solo)

Roadside Prophets (1992)Edit

  • Divining Rod (solo)

Balto: Wolf Quest (2002)Edit

  • The Grand Design (contains solo lines)


Matlock (1987)Edit

  • Hey Good Lookin' (contains solo lines)
  • Cold Cold Heart (contains solo lines)
  • Nobody's Darling But Mine (duet)


Grasshopper (1975)Edit

  • Around (solo)
  • 5 a.m. (solo)
  • Feeling That Grows (solo)
  • Cosmic Joke (solo)
  • Last Chance (solo)
  • You And Me (solo)
  • Chicken Song (solo)
  • Big Mack Truck (solo)
  • John Drew (solo)
  • Everytime (solo)
  • Simple Man (solo)
  • Hollow Sounding Drum (solo)
  • The Phoenix (solo)

Jesus Christ (1976)Edit

  • Jesus Christ (solo)

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