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David Carradine's Long Island connection: Bellport

One of David Carradine's earliest show-biz gigs took place on Long Island. In the summer of 1963, he played Laertes opposite his father, John, in "Hamlet" at Bellport's Gateway Playhouse.

Ruth Allan, mother of current Gateway producer Paul Allan, recalls picking the actor up at the Patchogue train station.

"David was working and auditioning in the city at the time," she said. Carradine launched his film career a year later in "Taggart," a Western also starring Dan Duryea.

John Carradine, who died in 1988, was a noted Shakespearean actor and a star on stage and screen ("Grapes of Wrath, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"). Besides playing the title role, he also directed "Hamlet" (and son David) at Gateway.

-- STEVE PARKS

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