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Also Known As: Keith Ian Carradine Died:
Born: August 8, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Mateo, California, USA Profession: actor, songwriter, singer, producer, painter

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ason of "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06), despite only surviving the series for its initial four episodes. In playing the weary gunslinger, Carradine imbued the often misunderstood figure with depth and nuance, turning a typically caricatured persona into a highly complex human being. His identification with the Old West later brought him to the hosting duties for the History Channel technology series "Wild West Tech" (2003-05) and the Stephen Spielberg-produced miniseries "Into the West" (TNT, 2005), where he played misguided Native American policymaker and educator Richard Henry Pratt.In 2006, Carradine returned to Broadway in the sparkling comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." The production preceded his joining the cast of Showtime's darkly comic thriller, "Dexter" (2006- ); Carradine played Special Agent Lundy, who is tasked by the FBI to track down the Bay Harbor Butcher, also known as the series' titular serial killer (Michael C. Hall). Off-screen, however, he was associated with a real-life criminal case when his first wife, Sandra Will Carradine, was convicted on two counts of perjury for her false testimony in the wiretapping trial of celebrity detective Anthony Pellicano. After divorcing Carradine...

ason of "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06), despite only surviving the series for its initial four episodes. In playing the weary gunslinger, Carradine imbued the often misunderstood figure with depth and nuance, turning a typically caricatured persona into a highly complex human being. His identification with the Old West later brought him to the hosting duties for the History Channel technology series "Wild West Tech" (2003-05) and the Stephen Spielberg-produced miniseries "Into the West" (TNT, 2005), where he played misguided Native American policymaker and educator Richard Henry Pratt.

In 2006, Carradine returned to Broadway in the sparkling comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." The production preceded his joining the cast of Showtime's darkly comic thriller, "Dexter" (2006- ); Carradine played Special Agent Lundy, who is tasked by the FBI to track down the Bay Harbor Butcher, also known as the series' titular serial killer (Michael C. Hall). Off-screen, however, he was associated with a real-life criminal case when his first wife, Sandra Will Carradine, was convicted on two counts of perjury for her false testimony in the wiretapping trial of celebrity detective Anthony Pellicano. After divorcing Carradine in 1993, she hired Pellicano to place wire taps on her ex-husband's phone, as well as that of his girlfriend and eventual second wife, Haley DuMond. Carradine's ex-wife later complicated her involvement by becoming romantically involved with Pellicano. Meanwhile, Carradine appeared in an episode of "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ), which he followed by voicing a character in the Grapes of Wrath segment of "Novel Reflections on the American Dream" (PBS, PBS, 2007), a documentary look at how novelists have portrayed the idea of the American Dream. in high school and later attended Colorado State University as a theater major. But he found collegiate life stifling and dropped out after three months to pursue acting fulltime. After returning to Los Angeles in 1968, Carradine joined the Broadway production of "Hair" the following year; ironically, it was David who auditioned for the role and brought Carradine along to accompany him on piano. The producers preferred Carradine over David and cast him in the role of "tribal leader" Claude. During his tenure with the show, he and co-star Shelley Plimpton had a daughter, Martha, who later became an acclaimed stage and film actress of her own.

A 1970 stage production of "Tobacco Road" with his father preceded his first onscreen appearance in the downbeat Western "A Gunfight" (1971) with Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash. Director Robert Altman liked his performance and cast Carradine as a cowpoke in his revisionist Western, "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971), a film that marked the first of several acclaimed collaborations between the actor and director over the next half-decade. He bolstered his resume with several television appearances, including a guest shot on David's hit series "Kung Fu" (ABC, 1972-75), in which he played the teenage version of Caine in flashbacks. Carradine began delivering impressive dramatic performances in a series of independent features, as well as the occasional Hollywood title. He was best used in mildly sensuous roles, like the Depression Era bank robber who complicates the life of a small town girl (Shelley Duvall) by falling in love with her in Altman's "Thieves Like Us" (1974), or the folk singer who carries on multiple affairs with fellow musicians in "Nashville." Carradine's composition for the film, "I'm Easy," earned him a 1976 Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Composition, and even ushered in a brief spell as a pop star when the song reached #17 on the Billboard charts.

Carradine's offbeat romantic qualities were also put to excellent use in "Welcome To L.A." (1976), an early effort by Robert Altman's protégé Alan Rudolph, and in Joan Tewkesbury's "Old Boyfriends" (1979). The terminal point for these types of roles came in Louis Malle's controversial "Pretty Baby," which cast him as a dissolute 19th century photographer who falls in love with a 12-year-old New Orleans prostitute (Brooke Shields). Carradine also scored as a French officer entangled in a bitter struggle over respect in Ridley Scott's "The Duellists" (1976) and Walter Hill's Western "The Long Riders" (1980), which found him co-starring with brothers David and Robert as notorious outlaws the Younger brothers.

Eventually, Carradine's involvement in arthouse-minded efforts began to yield fewer positive returns - features like Rudolph's "Choose Me" (1984) and Andrei Konchalovsky's "Maria's Lovers" (1984) received critical praise, but were seen by relatively few moviegoers. Around this time, he began to shift his interests to television, where he found rewarding work in television movies and miniseries like "A Rumor of War" (CBS, 1980), "Chiefs" (CBS, 1983), which earned him an Emmy nomination for playing a Southern serial killer, and "A Winner Never Quits" (1986), in which he played one-armed baseball pitcher Pete Gray. His most widely seen television appearance of the decade, however, was undoubtedly Madonna's music video for "Material Girl" (1984), which cast him as a Golden Age Hollywood director who is smitten by the singer after seeing her in a production number inspired by "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953).

Carradine made a return to Broadway opposite the legendary Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in "Foxfire" (1982), which brought him an Outer Critics Circle Award. He reprised the role in Los Angeles in 1985 while racking up praise for his turns in "Another Part of the Forest" (1983) and "Detective Story" (1984). His greatest stage success, however, came with "The Will Rogers Follies" (1991), which required him to not only sing and dance, but show off some impressive rope tricks and deliver quips on the day's headlines at each show. For his ingratiating turn as the American humorist, Carradine earned a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award that same year.

Carradine's film career continued to blaze an independent path during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He remained faithful to director Alan Rudolph, enjoying a richly florid role as a wildly coiffured killer in "Choose Me" (1986), before he tackled playing an American ex-patriate painter in "The Moderns" (1988) and reprising Will Rogers for a cameo in "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" (1994). Carradine also displayed a talent for art by creating the painting that served as the one-sheet for "The Moderns." Most of his big-screen efforts, however, were viewed by limited audiences, though not for lack of quality. He was Vanessa Redgrave's ex-husband in Simon Callow's fine film version of "The Ballad of the Sad Café" (1991) for producers Merchant Ivory, but few saw managed to see it, as was the case for "CrissCross" (1992) and the dark Southern comedy "Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got the Will?" (1990). Carradine had his biggest hit in theaters during the 1990s with "Andre" (1994), a genial true story about a Maine family who nurses a baby seal back to health and later adopts the animal when it returns to their home after trying to set him free. Carradine also marked the decade by claiming his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993.

Carradine kept busy throughout the late 1990s and into the new millennium in numerous features and television projects, as well as occasional turns to the stage. Among the better received stage efforts was a fine take on George W. Bush in a 2005 production of David Hare's "Stuff Happens," which concerned the political thinking behind the invasion of Iraq. He also made his debut as a series regular for the Showtime series "Fast Track" (1997), a short-lived drama from Larry Gelbart about the world of professional stock car racing. Meanwhile, "Complete Savages" (ABC, 2004-05), Carradine's foray into family comedy, met a similar fate. But he received outstanding notices as Wild Bill Hickok in the first se

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Quiet Passion, A (2016)
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 Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
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 Lake City (2008)
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 Bobby Z (2007)
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 All Hat (2007)
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 Our Very Own (2005)
10.
 Hair High (2004) Voice Of Jojo
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1968:
Moved to Los Angeles to live with half-brother David Carradine
1969:
Made Broadway debut in the controversial musical "Hair"; accompanied brother David to the audition who brought him along to play the piano and Keith landed the role instead
1971:
Made screen debut in "A Gunfight"
1971:
First notable film appearance was in director Robert Altman's "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
1971:
Made TV debut on the NBC western "Bonanza"
1972:
Played a teenage Kwai Chang Caine (portrayed by brother David Carradine as an adult) in the ABC series "Kung Fu"
1974:
Once again collaborated with Altman for "Thieves Like Us"
1975:
Played a callow, womanizing folk singer in Altman's critically acclaimed "Nashville"; also wrote and performed the song "I'm Easy," which won Carradine an Oscar for Best Original Song
1975:
Acted in the film "You and Me"; helmed by brother David Carradine
1976:
First film with director Alan Rudolph, "Welcome to L.A." (produced by Altman); also contributed music
1978:
Starred with Susan Sarandon and Brooke Shields in Louis Malle's "Pretty Baby"
1980:
Joined brothers David and Robert in Walter Hill's "The Long Riders"
1980:
Portrayed Lt. Murph McCoy in the CBS miniseries "A Rumor of War"
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Appeared on Broadway with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn in "Foxfire"
1986:
Played one-armed major leaguer Pete Gray in the ABC TV-movie "A Winner Never Quits"; co-starred with Mare Winningham
1987:
Re-teamed with Mare Winningham for the NBC TV-movie "Eye on the Sparrow"
1988:
One of several canvases he created for "The Moderns" became the film's poster; fourth film with director Rudolph
1989:
Executive produced (also acted) the TV-movie "The Forgotten" (USA Network)
1991:
Nominated for a Tony Award for his starring role in the musical "The Will Rogers Follies"
1993:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1994:
Last film to date with director Alan Rudolph, "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"
1996:
Played Bigfoot Wallace in Larry McMurtry's "Dead Man's Walk" (ABC)
1997:
Played Michelle Pfeiffer's husband in "A Thousand Acres"
1997:
Made rgular TV series debut on Showtime's "Fast Track"
2002:
Appeared in the independent Icelandic film "Falcons"; also composed and recorded the title song "Northern Light"
2002:
Starred in the independent film "The Adventures of Ociee Nash"
2003:
Voiced editor J. Jonah Jameson on MTV's animated series "Spiderman"
2003:
Hosted The History Channel¿s "Wild West Tech"
2004:
Played the recurring role of Wild Bill Hickok on the HBO series "Deadwood"
2005:
Co-starred in the indie feature "The Californians"
2005:
Portrayed Captain William H. Pratt in the TNT miniseries "Into the West"
2006:
Joined Brian d'Arcy James in the Broadway production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
2007:
Had a recurring role on the second and fourth seasons of the Showtime series "Dexter" playing FBI Special Agent Frank Lundy
2008:
Returned to the New York stage in the New York premiere of Anthony Horowitz's "Mindgame"
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Education

Colorado State University: Fort Collins , Colorado - 1967

Notes

To prepare for his part in Showtime's "Fast Track", Carradine completed Bob Bondurant's School of High Performance Driving, a Sports Car Club of America-sanctioned course that certifies him to compete in amateur racing events. For the final exam, Carradine competed in his first race in Phoenix--and won.

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companion:
Shelley Plimpton. Actor. Met when they appeared on Broadway in "Hair" (1969); mother of Carradine's daughter Martha Plimpton.
companion:
Christina Raines. Actor. Broke off long-term relationship in 1981.
wife:
Sandra Will. Married on February 6, 1982; separated; filed for divorce in 1999.
companion:
Dee Hoty. Actor. Co-starred with Carradine in "The Will Rogers Follies"; reportedly engaged in 1996.
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father:
John Carradine. Actor. Born on February 5, 1906; died on November 27, 1988.
mother:
Sonia Sorel. Actor, artist. Married John Carradine in 1945; divorced in 1955; waged a three-year custody battle for their three children; John Carradine won.
half-brother:
Bruce Carradine. Actor. Mother, Ardanelle McCool Cosner.
half-brother:
David Carradine. Actor, singer, songwriter. Born on December 8, 1936; mother, Ardanelle McCool Cosner.
brother:
Christopher John Carradine. Architect. Born c. 1947; mother, Sonia Sorel.
brother:
Robert Reed Carradine. Actor. Born on March 24, 1954; mother, Sonia Sorel.
daughter:
Martha Plimpton. Actor. Born on November 16, 1970; mother, Shelley Plimpton; Carradine didn't meet his daughter until she was four years old.
son:
Cade Richmond Carradine. Born on July 19, 1982; mother, Sandra Will.
daughter:
Sorel Johannah Carradine. Born on June 18, 1985; mother, Sandra Will.
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