LE Newsletter - June 11, 2009
Carradine's Death Forces Local Producer To Postpone Filming
By Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun
The unexpected death this week of actor
has caused a Vancouver producer to push back the shooting of the
feature film Portland, in which Carradine had a pivotal role.
The drama, about how the death of a young man affects those
closest to him, was to begin shooting in July in Portland,
Oregon and Laguna Beach, Calif. That date has been moved back to
August or September, as the producers seek to recast an actor
for Carradine's role of a priest.
"As much as we would like to take some time to let this loss
sink in, we have to regroup quickly," said Elizabeth Levine, the
Vancouver-based executive producer of Portland. Levine and
business partner Adrian Salpeter run Random Bench Productions
from Vancouver and Los Angeles.
Levine said Carradine's death is a big loss to independent
"He was an iconic actor who was so long a supporter of indie
films, and that made him special to us in the independent film
community,” said Levine. "It means so much for an actor with
that résumé and that stature to get behind an indie film,
because that's what makes indie films move and get made."
Carradine, 72, was found dead Thursday hanging from the closet
of a Bangkok hotel room He was in Thailand to make the movie
Stretch. On Friday, Times Online quoted Bangkok police stating
that the actor died from a sexual practice called auto-erotic
This is the second Vancouver-produced feature film to lose a
major star in the last 18 months. In January, 2008, Vancouver's
Infinity Features was co-producing The Imaginarium of Doctor
Parnassus when actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental drug
Kung Fu Actor David Carradine Found Dead
The Associated Press
(June 04, 2009) BANGKOK – Actor
star of the 1970s TV series "Kung Fu", has
been found dead in the Thai capital, Bangkok. A news report said
he was found hanged in his hotel room and was believed to have
A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, Michael Turner, confirmed the
death of the 72-year-old actor. He said the embassy was informed
by Thai authorities that Carradine died either late Wednesday or
early Thursday, but he could not provide further details out of
consideration for his family.
The Web site of the Thai newspaper The Nation cited unidentified
police sources as saying Carradine was found Thursday hanged in
his luxury hotel room.
It said Carradine was in Bangkok to shoot a movie and had been
staying at the hotel since Tuesday.
The newspaper said Carradine could not be contacted after he
failed to appear for a meal with the rest of the film crew on
Wednesday, and that his body was found by a hotel maid at 10
a.m. Thursday morning. The name of the movie was not immediately
It said a preliminary police investigation found that he had
hanged himself with a cord used with the room's curtains. It
cited police as saying he had been dead at least 12 hours and
there was no sign that he had been assaulted.
A police officer at Bangkok's Lumpini precinct station would not
confirm the identity of the dead man to The Associated Press,
but said the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park hotel had reported
that a male guest killed himself there.
Carradine was a leading member of a venerable Hollywood acting
family that included his father, character actor John Carradine,
and brother Keith.
In all, he appeared in more than 100 feature films with such
directors as Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman and Hal Ashby.
But he was best known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine, a
Shaolin priest traveling the 1800s American frontier West in the
TV series "Kung Fu," which aired in 1972-75.
He reprised the role in a mid-1980s TV movie and played Caine's
grandson in the 1990s syndicated series "Kung Fu: The Legend
He returned to the top in recent years as the title character in
Quentin Tarantino's two-part saga "Kill Bill.''