Carradine family

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Carradine family
Current regionUnited States
Place of originUnited States
MembersBeverly Carradine
John Carradine
David Carradine
Keith Carradine
Robert Carradine
Ever Carradine
Martha Plimpton
Christopher Carradine
Connected membersMichael Bowen
TraditionsShow business

The Carradine family is an American family of several notable actors. The family patriarch was the minister Beverly Carradine and his grandson, the actor John Carradine, who had five sons, four of whom became actors.

List of members[edit]

The family includes:

Beverly Carradine (1848–1931), married twice:

(i) Laura Green Reid (1851–1882), mother of:
  • Ernest Carradine (died 1880)
  • William Reed Carradine (1872–1909), a correspondent for the Associated Press, and the father of actor John Carradine (see below)
  • Maude Virginia Carradine (born 1874)
  • Guy Carradine (1879–1885)
  • Lula Carradine (1880–1946)
(ii) Modesta A. M. Burke (1861–1924), mother of:
  • Burke Carradine (1887–1932)
  • Victoria Carradine (born 1889)
  • Glendy Carradine (born 1890)
  • Josephine (born 1891)

John Carradine (1906–1988), married four times including:

(i) Ardanelle McCool (marriage 1935–44)
  • Bruce John Carradine (born April 10, 1933),[1] adopted, Ardanelle's son from previous marriage[2]
  • David Carradine (1936–2009), married five times and had three children and four step-children:
  • Calista Carradine (born April 1962), by Donna Lea Becht (1st wife)
  • Tom Carradine (born 1972), by domestic partner Barbara Hershey
  • Kansas Carradine (born May 1978), by Linda Gilbert (2nd wife)
His fifth wife Annie Carradine (née Anne Kirstie Fraser) had four other children from two previous husbands[3]
  • Amanda Fraser Eckelberry (born November 29, 1989) by first husband Marc Duke Eckelberry (born in 1954 in California).
  • Madeleine Rose (born April 4, 1995) by second husband Dana Richard Bierman (born on September 8, 1952 in San Francisco, California and died December 9, 2000 at age 48 of pancreatic cancer in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California).
  • Olivia Juliette (born 1998), twin sister of Max, (stepdaughter)
  • Max Richard (born 1998), twin brother of Olivia, (stepson)
(ii) Sonia Sorel (marriage 1944–56), later married artist Michael Bowen and had an actor son Michael Bowen (born 1957)[4]
  • Christopher Carradine (born 1947), architect who became Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering[5] Married to Carolyn Martin since 1979, with 3 children
  • Richard Reed Carradine (born 1970),
  • Caitlyn Lace Carradine (born 1982)
  • Henry Wolfe Carradine (born 1990)
  • Ever Carradine (born 1974), by Susan Snyder
  • Marica Reed Carradine (born 1990), by Edie Mani (his wife since 1990)
  • Ian Alexander Carradine (born 1992), by Edie Mani (his wife since 1990)

John Carradine appeared with his son David in The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969) and co-starred with him in Boxcar Bertha (1972) which was produced by Roger Corman and directed by Martin Scorsese. He also appeared in three episodes of the 1970s television series Kung Fu, in which David starred. David's brothers Bruce, Keith and Robert also appeared in the series, with Keith playing David's character as a teenager for a brief period.

Bruce Carradine also appeared with David in Q, The Winged Serpent (1982) and in David's directorial "labor of love", Americana.

David and his half-brothers Keith and Robert appeared together as the Younger brothers in Walter Hill's 1980 film The Long Riders and the three of them appeared in a humorous cameo on The Fall Guy, on an episode on which their father co-starred. Robert also "shot David to death" in a cameo in Scorsese's Mean Streets. Keith was in another of David's directorial attempts, You and Me, while Robert co-starred with David in the unreleased musical which David directed, A Country Mile.

David appeared alongside his half-brother Robert on the eleventh episode of the Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire, of which Robert was a main character. In this episode, David was cast as a character reminiscent of his Kung Fu character, Kwai Chang Caine.

David and Keith each hosted the History Channel's Wild West Tech and appeared in at least two additional films together, Last Stand at Saber River (for which Keith won an award) and The Outsider.

David's daughter, Calista, appeared in a recurring role on Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. She also had a role in Project Eliminator, with her father. She was the star of the unreleased epic, Mata Hari, which David directed. In addition, she sang the theme to Americana, a song that David wrote called "Around". David appeared with his niece, Ever, in Dead & Breakfast.



  1. ^ "California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (Bruce John Carradine) [database on-line]". United States: The Generations Network. 2005. Retrieved October 6, 2009.
  2. ^ Bruce Carradine bio, at Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Bruce Weber, "David Carradine, Actor, Is Dead at 72". The New York Times, June 4, 2009. Retrieved on June 14, 2009.
  4. ^ Sonia Sorel bio at Internet Movie Database.
  5. ^ Chris Carradine bio at Internet Movie Database.

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