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Hollywood Museum honors 'Kung Fu' star David Carradine

June 13, 2013|By Susan King
  • The late David Carradine is the subject of a new exhibit at the Hollywood Museum.
The late David Carradine is the subject of a new exhibit at the Hollywood… (Damon Winter / Los Angeles…)

The Hollywood Museum is celebrating the legacy of the late David Carradine, who was best known for his role in the 1970s TV series, "Kung Fu" and for his title role in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" martial arts flicks.

"The Barefoot Legend: David Carradine — a Contemporary Renaissance Man" opens June 21 at the museum, located at the venerable Max Factor Building in Hollywood, and continues through September.

The exhibit will feature costumes, props and other materials, including his personal sword collection, that shine the spotlight not only on his acting career, but his work as an artist and musician.

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Carradine, the son of legendary character actor John Carradine, made his feature film debut in the 1964 Western, "Taggart." It was his role as Kwai Chan Caine ("Grasshopper") in the 1972-1975 series "Kung Fu" that made him a star. In 1976, he played singer Woody Guthrie in Hal Ashby's acclaimed 1976 "Bound for Glory."

He made more than 100 movies and was nominated four times for a Golden Globe-the last time for 2004's "Kill Bill: Vol. 2."

Carradine died in June 2009 at the age of 72. His death in Bangkok, where he was making a movie, made headlines when he was found hanging naked in his hotel room. His death was ruled asphyxiation by hanging but not a suicide.

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