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David Carradine dead at 72


I am nearly speechless. David Carradine is dead and the world doesn’t feel right. This man was an icon to me, almost an idol. He needed to shake hands with the president. He dissolved his legs in oil as penance. He wandered righting wrongs. He unleashed the singing, dancing zombies on that poor town. Perhaps most famously, he had to die. Now, he really is dead and and I’m upside down and inside out.  I am more upset by this than I should be; he was just a B-movie, straight-to-video actor who played an Asian man, despite the fact he was white. He shouldn’t have been this important to me, but he was. I will never forget the serious, unblinking expression on his face when he explained his plot to kill the president in Death Race 2000: to win the race so he could shake his hand and pull the pin on a hand grenade. Seriously, a hand grenade. And I think my life was enriched by it.

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  1. Maitland


  2. Mr. New Dilemma

    It was sad. I will miss his slo kung fu.

  3. Chinaren

    I agree totally.

    This guy was a legend. Every now and then he’d just ‘turn up’ in a random film, and his latter ones he tended to be some hard ass, straight talking, ass kicking dude.

    The world just got a little bit darker. 🙁

  4. midge

    stupid death

  5. vettech

    I was sad to hear he died, and then just flabbergasted at HOW he died. Lived as remarkably bad ass legend…died a creepy-kinky old guy. Certainly not a fitting death…

  6. confidant

    Suicide, Yeah not a good way to go.

    I liked his kung fu show, i watched all the episodes of the 3 years running when i was a kid.

    You may not know at the time in the 70s he did not know that much about the sport martial arts kung fu, he faked it, he actually admitted it that in an interview.

    His father and brother we’re both actors as well so the talent ran in the family.

    He was outstanding in Kill bill, Quintin Tarantino producer gave him his big break a little late in life but then a lot of offers started coming in.

    He said he could rank with the other A class actors if he was given the chance.


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