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Actor David Carradine found dead in Bangkok

David Carradine, the actor best known as the wandering Shaolin monk in the 1970s television series "Kung Fu," was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

His death was confirmed by the U.S. Embassy and by his manager, Chuck Binder.

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Carradine, 72, was staying in Room 352 of the Park Nai Lert Hotel in the Thai Capital while shooting a movie, "Stretch," according to The Nation, a Bangkok-based newspaper. Carradine failed to appear with the rest of the crew for dinner on Wednesday and could not be contacted.

On Thursday around 10 a.m. a maid discovered his body. Carradine was found in a closet half-naked with a curtain-rope around his neck, according to more than one report, though no official cause of death has been released.

Binder, the actor's manager, told the BBC he found the news "shocking" and added: "He was full of life, always wanting to work."

Carradine was a leading member of a venerable Hollywood actingfamily that included his father, character actor John Carradine,and brother Keith.

In all, he appeared in more than 100 feature films with suchdirectors as Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman and Hal Ashby.

But he was best known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine, aShaolin priest traveling the 1800s American frontier West in the TVseries "Kung Fu," which aired in 1972-75.

He reprised the role in a mid-1980s TV movie and played Caine'sgrandson in the 1990s syndicated series "Kung Fu: The LegendContinues."

He returned to the top in recent years as the title character inQuentin Tarantino's two-part saga "Kill Bill."

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-- Associated Press contributed to this report.

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