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Also Known As: Robert Reed Carradine Died:
Born: March 24, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, musician, producer, race car driver

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Part of an American acting dynasty that included father John, brothers David and Keith, as well as daughter Ever, Robert Carradine established himself in a number of memorable projects. After making a promising feature film debut opposite John Wayne in "The Cowboys" (1972), Carradine delivered a well-received supporting turn in the Vietnam War drama "Coming Home" (1978). In a momentous year that saw him co-starring with his brothers in the hard-driving Western "The Long Riders" (1980), he also starred opposite Lee Marvin as a young soldier in "The Big Red One" (1980). It was, however, his leading role as the bespectacled hero Lewis in the hit comedy "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984) that forever cemented Carradine's place in screen history. An actor of diverse tastes and talents, he impressed as an AIDS patient in the drama "As Is" (Showtime, 1986) and gamely played the straight man to Cheech Marin's aging hippy in the comedy "Rude Awakening" (1989). Throughout the 1990s, Carradine produced and starred in a pair of made-for-TV "Revenge of the Nerds" sequels, made several television series guest spots, and starred in a plethora of direct-to-DVD thrillers. Carradine was discovered by a new generation of...

Part of an American acting dynasty that included father John, brothers David and Keith, as well as daughter Ever, Robert Carradine established himself in a number of memorable projects. After making a promising feature film debut opposite John Wayne in "The Cowboys" (1972), Carradine delivered a well-received supporting turn in the Vietnam War drama "Coming Home" (1978). In a momentous year that saw him co-starring with his brothers in the hard-driving Western "The Long Riders" (1980), he also starred opposite Lee Marvin as a young soldier in "The Big Red One" (1980). It was, however, his leading role as the bespectacled hero Lewis in the hit comedy "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984) that forever cemented Carradine's place in screen history. An actor of diverse tastes and talents, he impressed as an AIDS patient in the drama "As Is" (Showtime, 1986) and gamely played the straight man to Cheech Marin's aging hippy in the comedy "Rude Awakening" (1989). Throughout the 1990s, Carradine produced and starred in a pair of made-for-TV "Revenge of the Nerds" sequels, made several television series guest spots, and starred in a plethora of direct-to-DVD thrillers. Carradine was discovered by a new generation of young fans as Hilary Duff's father on the tween comedy "Lizzie McGuire" (Disney Channel, 2001-04) and later returned to nerds territory as the co-host of the reality competition series "King of the Nerds" (TBS, 2013- ). Whether as a grizzled G.I. or a hapless bookworm, Carradine remained one of the more versatile performers in Hollywood.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Fuller Life, A (2014)
4.
 Deep Winter (2009)
5.
 13th Alley, The (2008)
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 Hoboken Hollow (2007)
9.
 Tooth & Nail (2007)
10.
 Supercross: The Movie (2005) Clay
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1963:
Became a musician at age nine (date approximate), playing guitar and bass
1970:
Made stage debut when he replaced brother Keith at age 16 in "Tobacco Road" (date approximate)
1971:
Made TV debut in an episode of "Bonanza"
1972:
Co-starred with father John in second episode of brother David's "Kung Fu"
1973:
Had bit part in Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets"
1974:
Made TV series debut as a regular on the ABC series adaptation of "The Cowboys"
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Starred in the L.A. production of William H. Hoffman's play, "As Is"
1984:
Played Robert Cohn in NBC remake of "The Sun Also Rises"
1986:
Sang onscreen in "Number One with a Bullet"
1986:
Starred in "As Is" for <i>Broadway on Showtime</i>
1987:
Reprised role of Lewis in "Revenge of the Nerds II"
1992:
Had cameo as himself in Robert Altman's "The Player"
1992:
Played Lewis a third time in the Fox TV-movie sequel "Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation"; also co-produced
1994:
Co-produced the TV-movie sequel "Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love"; also starred
1995:
Reunited with "Nerds" castmate Anthony Edwards in an episode of "ER" (NBC)
1996:
Played a Skinhead in "John Carpenter's Escape From L.A."
2001:
Played the father in "Max Keeble's Big Move"
2002:
Directed an episode of "Lizzie McGuire" titled <i>Lizzie's Eleven</i>
2003:
Reprised role as Lizzie's father in "The Lizzie McGuire Movie"
2007:
Co-starred with Michael Madsen in the independent horror/thriller, "Hoboken Hollow"
2011:
Co-starred opposite Roddy Piper in wrestling comedy-drama "Fancypants"
2012:
Appeared opposite Tom Selleck in TV movie "Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt"
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Notes

Carradine has performed music with his half-brother David and in several bands, appearing in such popular Southern California clubs as the Troubador, the Palomino, the Roxy and At My Place. He also played on Andy Parks debut album in New York

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companion:
Susan Snyder. Horse trainer's assistant. Together c. 1973-77; mother of Ever Carradine.
wife:
Edier Mani. Married in 1990; mother of Henry.

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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; fought three-year custody battle for their three sons: Christopher, Keith and Robert; father won custody.
half-brother:
Bruce Carradine. Adopted son of John Carradine; mother, Ardanell McCool Cosner.
half-brother:
David Carradine. Actor, singer, songwriter. Born on December 8, 1939; mother, Ardanelle McCool Cosner.
brother:
Christopher John Carradine. Architect. Born c. 1947; mother, Sonia Sorel.
brother:
Keith Ian Carradine. Actor, singer, songwriter. Born in 1949.
daughter:
Ever Carradine. Actor. Born on August 6, 1974; mother, Susan Snyder; Carradine raised her as a single parent.
son:
Henry Wolfe Carradine. Born on October 24, 1990; mother, Edie Mani.
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