This is shocking. Wow. Out of nowhere.
David Carradine was the actor assigned to the leading character in the TV show Kung Fu, a role that Bruce Lee invented but was denied since he, ironically, wasn’t White. Since those days, David Carradine, with his slow moving Tai Chi, created a faux-Asian image that Americans bought like crazy. Being White helped launch and solidify his career as a leading role and figure in Orientalist Asian American culture, most recently in Tarantino’s Kill Bill films.
I can’t say anything good about his films. I’ve made fun of this guy more times than I can count. But it’s sad and unexpected that it ended this way. My sympathies go to his family.