David Carradine Biography (1936-)

Original name, John Arthur Carradine; born December 8, 1936, in Hollywood, CA; son of John Richmond Reed (an actor) and Ardanelle Abigail (McCool) Carradine; half-brother of Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine (both actors); uncleof Martha Plimpton and Ever Carradine (both actresses); married Donna Lee Becht (an actress; divorced); companion of Barbara Hershey (an actress; also known as Barbara Seagull), 1972-75; married Linda Gilbert, 1977 (divorced, 1983); married Gail Jensen (a manager, producer, and songwriter), 1986 (divorced,c. 1997); married Marina Benjamin (an actress and producer), February, 1997;children: (first marriage) Calista (an actress); (with Barbara Hershey) Tom(a special effects artist; also known as Free); (second marriage) Kansas (a student). Education: Attended Oakland Junior College, San Francisco State College (now San Francisco State University), and the University of California, Berkeley; studied acting, dialects, voice, piano, tap, ballet, martialarts, fencing, aerobatic flying, horsemanship, and fast draws. Politics:"Jeffersonian Democrat." Religion: Christian Scientist. Avocational interests: Music, songwriting, filmmaking, sculpting, painting, creating computer art, philosophy, art, science, horses, children, French, the American Revolution, tai chi, baseball, coaching athletes of the Special Olympics. Addresses: Agent-- Gilla Roos West, 9744 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Career: Actor, director, producer, and writer. Composer of more than seventy songs for the publishing company of Catahoula andCarlin. Affiliated with Art House. Also worked as a commercial illustrator and at the Lucky Lager Brewery. Military service: U.S. Army, 1960-62. Member: Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors' Equity Association, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Rifle Association, Fraternal Order of Police (honorary member), 1199 Club. Awards, Honors: Theatre World Award, most promising personality, 1965, for TheRoyal Hunt of the Sun; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding continued performance by an actor in a leading role in a drama series, 1972, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best television actor--drama, 1974, both for Kung Fu; National Board of Review Award, best actor, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actor--drama, both 1976, for Bound for Glory; Man of the Year Award, Fraternal Order of Police, 1985; Golden Globe Awardnomination, best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for television, 1986, for North and South; received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1997; Directors Fortnight Award, Cannes International Film Festival, for the score of Mata Hari. Addresses: Agent: Gilla Roos West, 9744 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Actor, director, producer, writer
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December 8, 1936
Hollywood, California, United States

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