Quentin Tarantino has orchestrated another comeback. This time, for actor David Carradine, who, with the title roll in Tarantino's "Kill Bill" series, makes his first big screen appearance in five years and has the critics raving.
is probably best known for his role as the taciturn Caine on the 1970s
TV series "Kung Fu." What is less well-known about this hard-working
actor with more than 140 movies and television series under his belt,
is that he is also a skilled musician and composer. In fact, it was while
studying music at SF State in 1956 that Carradine first caught the acting
bug. "I was a music major, there to learn how to write operas, but
the drama department was in the same building. As an actor's son, I naturally
gravitated down the hall," he said recently in an e-mail interview.
These days, when Carradine isn't walking the red carpet at Cannes or immersed in a flurry of interviews, he sculpts, writes, practices kung-fu (he was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2001) and continues to compose and perform music with his band, The Soul Dogs. He has yet to write an opera.
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