‘Hopper’s Home Stretch

[David] Carradine was found dead Thursday in Thailand. The 72-year-old actor appeared to have hanged himself in a suite at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel, said Lt. Teerapop Luanseng, the officer responsible for investigating the death.

“I can confirm that we found his body, naked, hanging in the closet,” Teerapop said. He said police were investigating and suspected suicide, though one of his managers questioned that theory.

Carradine had flown to Thailand last week and began work on “Stretch” two days before his death, Smith said.

In a 2004 interview, Carradine talked candidly about his past boozing and narcotics use, but said he had put all that behind him and stuck to coffee and cigarettes. — Chron.com

Holy Nam Sod, Batman.  There are like so many throw-away lines here I don’t know where to begin.

ArcLight Cinerama DomeI remember watching half an episode of “Kung Fu” and vowing never to watch another as long as I lived.  Fer chrissake, he was called “Grasshopper,”  and he was about as animated as a lobotmized larva.  It was maddeningly dull, vapid, even insulting.  And, I learned, typical.  I got up and vowed never to sit in the same room with a teevee set.

Carradine was the worst actor I’d seen on the tube since Gene Barry played Amos Burke, Secret Agent.   What was the deal with making viewers think he was some kind of mutant Asian?  He was less convincing than the fake-front cityscapes used as background sets, and about that dynamic.  Worst of all, that sumbitch was butt-ugly.  If he’d been my dog, I’d’ve shaved his ass and walked him backwards.  He looked like his neck threw up.  Etc.

And speaking of neck, how funny is it that he hanged himself while shooting a movie entitled “Stretch”?   As for sticking to coffee and cigarettes, evidently that’s not quite true: it was hemp wrapped ‘round his neck that did him in.

No need to speak ill of the dead, he left behind a sizable body of work that does that for us.  Let’s just hope this isn’t some kind of sick publicity hoax, and he’s really dead.  You never know.

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13 Responses to ‘Hopper’s Home Stretch

  1. Camiel Toe says:

    Now they’re saying that the death may be accidental, and that the rope around his neck was fastened to one around “his genitals.”

    Lonely, Big Guy?

  2. Piles says:

    No need to speak ill of the dead, you say? After this snark? Gimme a break. Besides, who cares? The man was at best a B movie actor who was forgotten even before he died.

  3. Bruce Lee says:

    serves him right.

  4. Dawgbowl says:

    So it wasn’t drugs, tobacco, or caffeine after all. He was just getting a little ‘sphix.

  5. Living Will says:

    Medical self-exam gone bad! He tried to hold his own nuts, turn his head, and cough.

    Actually, the test succeeded, but the patient died.

  6. Frank of Oregon says:

    More likely it was an art critic.

  7. Kim Chee says:

    I saw the Kung Fu show long after it was first run, and I remember thinking he might have been the most wooden actor I’d ever seen. Crash dummies have more personality

  8. Woody Allen says:

    He was only having sex with someone he loved.

  9. Flaming Yon says:

    Ugh. You’re not gonna leave that photo up all weekend are you?

  10. MadamI says:

    He was very good playing Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory and don’t forget he enjoyed a career resurgence in recent years when he was cast by Quentin Tarantino in the action movies “Kill Bill: Vol. 1″ and “Vol. 2.”

  11. jfx says:

    Master Po [who is blind]: Close your eyes. What do you hear?
    Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
    Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
    Caine: No.
    Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet?
    Caine: Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
    Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?

  12. grasshopper says:

    it seems like Hollywood has a high per capita rate of bizarre deaths

  13. Frank of Oregon says:

    Grasshopper: You mean Hollywood CA or Hollywood FL?

    Besides, what’s so bizarre about wrapping a rope around your neck and balls and wacking off while you die?

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