So David Carradine is gone, found hanging in a Bangkok hotel room. And he wasn’t that old either (i.e., plenty of gas in the tank). I’m sorry for the guy and his loved ones. He was working on a film so it’s not like he was destitute, but then he apparently had flirted with the idea of offing himself from time to time.

His last public appearance, to my knowledge, was at Santa Monica’s Aero theatre during a panel discussion following a screening of Hal Ashby‘s Bound for Glory, in which Carradine played Woody Guthrie.

I don’t have a favorite Carradine performance per se, but I’ve always had a soft spot for his work in Larry Cohen‘s Q — The Winged Serpent. His Kill Bill performance never did it for me.. But I liked him in Martin Scorsese‘s Boxcar Bertha. I don’t mean to sound facile. The man is dead and I’m sorry. Better to hang out than to fade away.