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David Carradine (1936 - 2009)

David Carradine in Boxcar Bertha

Deaths in Film[]

  • Taggart (1964) [Cal Dodge]: Shot in the chest in a shoot-out with Tony Young.
  • Heaven with a Gun (1969) [Coke Beck]: Stabbed in the neck with scissors by Ed Bakey for revenge.
  • The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969) [Waco]: Shot to death in a shoot-out with George Kennedy.
  • Macho Callahan (1970) [David Mountford] Shot in the chest by David Janssen.
  • Boxcar Bertha (1972) [Big Bill Shelly]: Crucified when some railroad men nail him to the side of the train. (Nudity: Full frontal)
  • Mean Streets (1973) [Drunk]: Shot repeatedly in the back by Robert Carradine while David is standing at a urinal; he dies shortly afterwards, after attacking Robert and staggering out into the street.
  • Bound for Glory (1976) [Woody Guthrie]: Dies of Huntington's Chorea. 
  • Grey Lady Down (1978) [Captain Gates]: Crushed to death when his mini-sub is crushed beneath the sunken submarine to save the rest of the crew trapped in the submarine.
  • Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) [Rawley Wilkes]: Killed in an explosion after taking refuge in a munitions-filled warehouse during a shootout with Chuck Norris
  • The Misfit Brigade (1987) [Col. Von Weisshagen]: Shot to death along with Oliver Reed by Bruce Davison and the surviving 27th Panzers. The film ends with them making a mock firing squad then opening fire.
  • Sonny Boy (1989) [Pearl]: Playing a female role, "she" is shot to death in a shootout with police.
  • Bird on a Wire (1990) [Eugene Sorenson]: Electrocuted when he falls on an electric fence, after falling from a rope bridge during a struggle with Mel Gibson. (Thanks to Tim)
  • Martial Law (1991) [Dalton Rhoades]: Killed with a "Dim-Mak" death-touch by Chad McQueen.
  • Midnight Fear (1991) [Hanley]: Drowned by Evan Richards in a swimming pool.
  • Evil Toons (1992) [Gideon Fisk]: A deleted scene shows that David commits suicide by hanging himself in the attic.
  • Night Rhythms (1992) [Vincent]: Shot to death when the gun goes off during a struggle with Martin Hewitt.
  • Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998) [Luke Enright]: Head split open by supernatural powers; his neck then spews flame at Fred Williamson.
  • Dangerous Curves (Stray Bullet II) (2000) [Lemmy]: Shot in the chest by Maxine Bahns; he then falls overboard into the water.
  • Dead & Breakfast (2004) [Mr. Wise]: Dies of a heart attack; his body is later dug up and his bones used as weapons.
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) [Bill]: Heart explodes after Uma Thurman delivers a special martial-arts blow to his chest; we see him collapse as he walks away.
  • Brothers in Arms (Video, 2005) [Driscoll]: Shot in the forehead by a dying Gabriel Casseus following a shootout, his body is later seen as townspeople gather around him.
  • Fall Down Dead (2007) [Wade Douglas]: Hacked in the chest with a axe (off-sceen) by Udo Kier, his body is shown when R. Keith Harris discover him hang.
  • Epic Movie (2007) [Museum Curator]: Fatally injured by David Whatley; he dies shortly after performing an eleborate series of clues for Jayma Mays. (Played for comic effect.) 
  • Richard III (2008) [Buckingham]: Beheaded in an execution public in Salisbury market-place on 2 November 1483.
  • Death Race (2008) [Frankenstein]: Burned to death when his car catches fire during a race with Tyrese Gibson.
  • Hell Ride (2008) [The Deuce]: Decapitated with a wire noose by Larry Bishop; his severed head is shown afterwards when Dennis Hopper presents it to Vinnie Jones.
  • Road Of No Return (2009) [Mr. Hover]: Commits suicide off-screen by shooting himself under the chin with his gun in his office.
  • Crank: High Voltage (2009) [Poon Dong]: Heart surgically removed by Dwight Yoakam in order to transplant the heart back into Jason Statham
  • Detention (2010) [Principal Hoskins]: Killed off-screen by the possessed Michael Mitchell, while David is trying to reason with Gregory Mikurak's ghost; his body is not shown afterwards. (This film was released a year after David's real-life death)


Deaths in Television[]

  • Cimarron Strip: The Hunted (1967) [Gene Gauge]: Wanted by the law, as he is being arrested by Stuart Whitman he pulls a gun from his saddle and Stuart shoots him down. 
  • Johnny Belinda (1967 TV) [Locky]: Presumably shot to death by Mia Farrow when he tries to take her baby. 
  • The Name of the Game: Tarot (1970) [Jason Blake]: Killed in a car crash while trying to escape, after Gene Barry exposes him as the killer. 
  • Mr. Horn (1979 TV) [Tom Horn]: Executed by hanging.
  • Darkroom: The Partnership (1981) [Hitchhiker]: Crushed to death by the tentacles of the creature in the underground grotto, after Pat Buttram lures David into its lair with the promise of treasure. His body is shown again afterwards as Pat searches and robs David's body before allowing the creature to pull the body into the water.
  • Airwolf: Mind of the Machine (1984): Died from gunshot wound at the end of the episode.
  • The Bad Seed (1985 TV) [Leroy Jessup]: Presumably burned to death after Carrie Wells sets fire to the mattress in his room. 
  • Amazing Stories: Thanksgiving (1986) [Calvin]: Killed and eaten (off-screen) by the unseen underground dwellers, after he descends into the hole and they mistake him for an offering of food. We learn of his death afterwards when the Hole People send up a note to Kyra Sedgwick thanking her for the, "Thanksgiving turkey." 
  • North and South, Book II (1986; mini-series) [Justin LaMotte]: Thrown out of a window by Patrick Swayze
  • The Ray Bradbury Theater: And the Moon be Still as Bright (1990) [Spender]: Shot by a senior officer of the space mission after David mutinies and kills another crew member in a failed effort to protect the Martian ruins and artifacts.
  • Last Stand at Saber River (1997 TV) [Duane Kidston]: Shot twice in the chest by David Dukes, an event which Keith Carradine will blame on Tom Selleck.
  • Profiler: Inheritance (1999) [Christopher Joe Allman]: Shanked in his prison cell by another inmate.
  • Charmed: All Hell Breaks Lose (2001) [Tempus]: Destroyed off-screen when Michael Bailey Smith agreed to use him to reset time even when David is already weakened. 
  • Queen of Swords: End of Days (2001) [The Serpent]: Stabbed to death by Peter Wingfield.
  • Alias: Hourglass (2004) [Conrad]: Shot in the back by David Anders in desert; he dies shortly after giving some information to Jennifer Garner
  • Dinocroc vs. Supergator (2010 TV) [Jason Drake]: Dies of a heart attack during a shoot-out between Aurelia Scheppers and the FBI. 


Deaths in Video Game[]

  • Saints Row (2006) [William Sharp]: Killed in explosion along with his men when his car blows up during a chase by the Protagonist shortly after David murdered Tia Carrere.


Noteworthy Connections[]

  • Father of Calista Carradine and Kansas Carradine.

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