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Keith Ian Carradine (born August 8, 1949) is an American songwriter and actor born into the Carradine family.

Early life

Carradine was born in San Mateo, Californiamarker, the son of actress and artist Sonia Sorel (née Henius) and actor John Carradine. His paternal half-brothers are the late David Carradine and Bruce Carradine, his maternal half-brother is Michael Bowen, and his full brothers are Christopher Carradine and Robert Carradine.


David, Robert and Keith Carradine appeared together as the Younger brothers in Walter Hill's 1980 film The Long Riders, with Keith playing Jim Younger. Carradine appeared again for Hill in 1981's Southern Comfort.

Carradine's first notable film appearance was in director Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller in 1971. He also portrayed the character Kwai Chang Caine as a teenager in the 1972 television series Kung Fu (the adult Caine was portrayed by his half brother, David). He went on to play one of the principal characters, a callow, womanizing folk singer, in Altman's critically acclaimed 1975 movie Nashville and his song from that movie, "I'm Easy", was a popular music hit in 1976. Carradine won an Oscar for Best Original Song for writing the tune.

In 1977 Carradine starred opposite Harvey Keitel in Ridley Scott's The Duellists. He has worked several times in the offbeat films of Altman's protégé Alan Rudolph, playing a disarmingly candid madman in Choose Me (1984), an incompetent petty criminal in Trouble in Mind (1985) and an American artist in 1930s Paris in The Moderns (1988). He also had a cameo role as Will Rogers in Rudolph's 1994 film about Dorothy Parker, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle. Carradine co-starred with Daryl Hannah as homicidal sociopath John Netherwood in the 1995 thriller The Tie That Binds.

Other works include Emperor of the North Pole (1973), Pretty Baby (1978) and My Father My Son, a television movie in 1988. In 1983 he appeared as Foxy Funderburke, a murderous pedophile, in the television miniseries Chiefs, based on the Stuart Woods novel of the same name. His performance in Chiefs earned him a nomination for a Emmy Award in the "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special" category.

In 1984 he appeared in the video for Madonna's single Material Girl. In the early 1990s he played the lead role in the Tony Award winning musical, the "Will Rogers Follies". He was nominated for Broadway's 1991 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for this role.

Carradine starred in the ABC sitcom Complete Savages, and played Wild Bill Hickok in the HBO series Deadwood. He hosted the factual Wild West Tech show on the History Channel. In the 2005 miniseries Into the West, produced by Steven Spielberg and Dreamworksmarker, Carradine played Richard Henry Pratt. He has appeared numerous times on the hit Showtime series Dexter as FBI Special Agent Frank Lundy. Carradine made appearances on the show's second and fourth seasons.

Carradine's stage career is distinguished by Tony-nominated performance as the title character in The Will Rogers Follies in 1991 (for which he also received a Drama Desk nomination). He won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Foxfire with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, and appeared as Lawrence in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Imperial Theater. He was also in the cast of the original Broadwaymarker production of Hair in 1972, appearing in the roles of Woof and Claude. In 2008, he appeared as Dr. Farquhar Off-Broadway in Mindgame, a thriller by Antony Horowitz, directed by Ken Russell, who made his New Yorkmarker directorial debut with the production.

Personal life

Carradine's daughter by actress Shelley Plimpton is Martha Plimpton, who was conceived when her parents appeared together in the Broadway musical Hair.

He has two children by his ex-wife, Sandra Will Carradine, (married 6 February 1982, separated 1993): Cade Richmond Carradine, (born July 19, 1982) and Sorel Johannah Carradine (born June 18, 1985).

In 2006, Sandra Will Carradine was convicted on two counts of perjury for lying to a grand jury about her involvement in the Anthony Pellicano wire tap scandal. Sandra hired and then became romantically involved with Pellicano after her divorce from Keith. According to reports, Pellicano tapped the phone of Keith and companion Hayley DuMond at the request of his girlfriend Sandra, who is now facing ten years in prison.

On November 18, 2006, in Torinomarker, Italy, he married actress and long-time girlfriend Hayley DuMond. They met in 1997 when they co-starred in the Burt Reynolds film The Hunter's Moon.

He, along with brothers David, and Robert are direct descendants of Dutch diamond merchant, "Kiliaen van Rensselaer ", who settled the province of "Rensselaerwyck, NY", now known as "Albany, NYmarker", via their paternal Grandmother, Genevieve Winifred Richmond. Genevieve Richmond, mother of John Carradine (born "Richmond Reed Carradine), was one of the first female brain surgeons in North America.


As actor
Year Film Role Notes
1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller Cowboy
A Gunfight The Young Gunfighter
Bonanza Ern
1972 Man on a String Danny Brown (TV)
Kung Fu Middle Caine (TV)
Love, American Style TV series (Segment: Love and the Anniversary)
1972-1973 Kung Fu Young Man Caine / Caine as teenager (uncredited) TV series
1973 Emperor of the North Pole Cigaret
Idaho Transfer Arthur
Hex Whizzer
1974 Antoine et Sébastien John
Thieves Like Us Bowie
Arrivano Joe e Margherito Joe
The Godchild Lt. Lewis (TV)
1975 Nashville Tom Frank Academy Award for Best Original Song
You and Me Independent film
1976 Lumiére David
Welcome to L.A. Carroll Barber
1977 The Duellists D'Hubert
1978 Pretty Baby Bellocq
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Our Guests At Heartland
1979 Old Boyfriends Wayne Van Til
An Almost Perfect Affair Hal Raymond
1980 The Long Riders Jim Younger
A Rumor of War Lt. Murph McCoy (TV)
1981 Southern Comfort Pfc. Spencer
1983 Chiefs Foxy Funderburke Miniseries, nominated for an Emmy Award
1984 Choose Me Mickey
Maria's Lovers Clarence Butts
Scorned and Swindled John Boslett (TV)
The Fall Guy Cook TV series
1985 Blackout Allen Devlin (TV)
Trouble in Mind Coop
1986 Half a Lifetime J.J. (TV)
A Winner Never Quits Pete Gray (TV)
L'Inchiesta Tito Valerio Tauro
1987 Backfire Reed
Murder Ordained Trooper John Rule (TV)
Eye of the Sparrow James Lee (TV)
1988 Stones for Ibarra Richard Everton (TV)
The Moderns Nick Hart
My Father, My Son Lt. Elmo Zumwalt III (TV)
1989 The Revenge of Al Capone Michael Rourke (TV)
The Forgotten Captain Tom Watkins (TV)
Street of No Return Michael
Cold Feet Monte Latham
Confessional Liam Devlin (TV)


See also


  1. Keith Carradine Biography (1949-)

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