David Carradine’s widow has settled a lawsuit in which she accused production bosses behind the tragic actor’s final movie of neglect – after he died while shooting on location in Thailand.
The Kill Bill star, 72, was found hanging in the closet of his Bangkok hotel room in June, 2009. Investigators ruled the actor had died of accidental asphyxiation during a dangerous solo sex game.
Carradine, who had been filming the movie Stretch at the time of his death, had been left in his hotel room after an assistant assigned to look after him went for dinner with production staff after he failed to get hold of the actor.
Anne Carradine launched legal action against Mk2 Productions executives last year (10), claiming her husband would never have died if he had been properly looked after.
According to court papers, Carradine had tried to call the assistant back, only to be told that he would have to “make his own arrangements that evening”. He was found dead hours later.
Tmz.com reports the two parties have now reached a financial settlement to put an end to the case, and Anne is said to be receiving around $400,000 (£250,000) in damages.
David Carradine was the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine and he presided over an acting family that included brothers Keith Carradine, and Robert Carradine as well as his daughters Calista Carradine, Kansas Carradine and nieces Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton.
He was born in Hollywood and educated at San Francisco State College, where he studied music theory and composition. It was while writing music for the Drama Department’s annual revues that he discovered his own passion for the stage, joining a Shakespearean repertory company and learning his craft on his feet.
After a two-year stint in the army, he found work in New York as a commercial artist and later found fame on Broadway in “The Deputy” and “The Royal Hunt of the Sun” opposite Christopher Plummer. With that experience he returned to Hollywood, landing the short-lived TV series “Shane” (1966) before being tapped to star opposite Barbara Hershey in Martin Scorsese‘s first Hollywood film, Boxcar Bertha (1972). The iconic “Kung Fu” (1972) followed, catapulting Carradine to superstardom for the next three years, until he left the series to pursue his film career.
That career included more than 100 feature films, a couple of dozen television movies, a whole range of theater on and off Broadway, and another hit series, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1992) (TV). Carradine received the Best Actor Award from the National Board of Film Review as well as a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Woody Guthrie in Hal Ashby‘s Bound for Glory (1976), and won critical acclaim for his work as Cole Younger in The Long Riders (1980). “Kung Fu” also received seven Emmy nominations in its first season, including one for Carradine as Best Actor. In addition he won the People’s Prize at the Cannes Film Festival’s “Director’s Fortnight” for his work on Americana (1983), and a second Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role in “North and South” (1985).
He recently returned to the screen in what could be his greatest performance to date, playing the title role in Quentin Tarantino‘s Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) (Miramax), for which he received his fourth Golden Globe nomination.