Martial Arts Actor David Carradine Passes Away at 72
posted on by Egan Loo
David Carradine, the film and television star best known for the Kung Fu television franchise and a later career renaissance centering around the Kill Bill films, has died in Thailand. He was 72. He was in Bangkok to shoot a film. He played the Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the 1972-75 Kung Fu series, as well as in its follow-up television film and loose television sequel series. Three decades after Kung Fu, director Quentin Tarantino casted Carradine the title role of the Kill Bill films.
Since those films were released, Tarantino has talked about two anime Kill Bill prequels, one of which would have been an origin film with Bill. (The Kill Bill: Vol. 1 film included an anime sequence about Lucy Liu and Ai Maeda's O-Ren Ishii character by the Production I.G studio.) As recently as February, Carradine talked about voice-acting in the possible anime prequel with MTV Splash Page and noted that it "would have to be anime because I'm not getting any younger."
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