Keith Carradine



Also Known As
Keith Ian Carradine
Birth Place
San Mateo, California, USA
August 08, 1949


Like his brothers David, Robert and Bruce and half-brother Michael Bowen, Keith Carradine followed in the footsteps of his father, John Carradine, and became an actor in the early 1970s. He enjoyed considerable success in that decade thanks to performances in independent-minded films like "Nashville" (1975), "Welcome to L.A." (1976) and "Pretty Baby" (1978). Carradine branched into Holly...

Family & Companions

Shelley Plimpton
Actor. Met when they appeared on Broadway in "Hair" (1969); mother of Carradine's daughter Martha Plimpton.
Christina Raines
Actor. Broke off long-term relationship in 1981.
Sandra Will
Married on February 6, 1982; separated; filed for divorce in 1999.
Dee Hoty
Actor. Co-starred with Carradine in "The Will Rogers Follies"; reportedly engaged in 1996.


Like his brothers David, Robert and Bruce and half-brother Michael Bowen, Keith Carradine followed in the footsteps of his father, John Carradine, and became an actor in the early 1970s. He enjoyed considerable success in that decade thanks to performances in independent-minded films like "Nashville" (1975), "Welcome to L.A." (1976) and "Pretty Baby" (1978). Carradine branched into Hollywood features in the 1980s, but found more success on Broadway in the following decade, most notably with his Tony-nominated turn as American humorist Will Rogers in "The Will Rogers Follies" (1991). Carradine later divided his time between features and television, often in Western roles which benefited from his laconic presence, particularly as Wild Bill Hickok on David Milch's brilliant revisionist series, "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-07). By the time he played a formidable FBI agent hunting down the titular serial killer in "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006-13), Carradine had proven himself to be a highly-sought and versatile actor comfortable in both leading and supporting roles.

Born on Aug. 8, 1949 in San Mateo, CA, Carradine was raised in a show business home headed by his actor father, John, and his actress mother, Sonia Sorel. Carradine's father had made a name for himself in Hollywood for his performances in films by John Ford and Cecil B. DeMille, among many others. After Sorel gave birth to his brothers Robert and Christopher, Carradine's parents split when he was 6; she later married artist Michael Bowen and gave birth to Carradine's half-brother Michael Bowen Jr. A protracted custody battled followed, but his father eventually claimed custody of his three sons, who joined their half-brothers, David and Bruce, in the sprawling clan. Meanwhile, Carradine began acting in high school and later attended Colorado State University as a theater major. But he found collegiate life stifling and dropped out after three months to pursue acting fulltime. After returning to Los Angeles in 1968, Carradine joined the Broadway production of "Hair" the following year; ironically, it was David who auditioned for the role and brought Carradine along to accompany him on piano. The producers preferred Carradine over David and cast him in the role of "tribal leader" Claude. During his tenure with the show, he and co-star Shelley Plimpton had a daughter, Martha, who later became an acclaimed stage and film actress of her own.

A 1970 stage production of "Tobacco Road" with his father preceded his first onscreen appearance in the downbeat Western "A Gunfight" (1971) with Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash. Director Robert Altman liked his performance and cast Carradine as a cowpoke in his revisionist Western, "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971), a film that marked the first of several acclaimed collaborations between the actor and director over the next half-decade. He bolstered his resume with several television appearances, including a guest shot on David's hit series "Kung Fu" (ABC, 1972-75), in which he played the teenage version of Caine in flashbacks. Carradine began delivering impressive dramatic performances in a series of independent features, as well as the occasional Hollywood title. He was best used in mildly sensuous roles, like the Depression Era bank robber who complicates the life of a small town girl (Shelley Duvall) by falling in love with her in Altman's "Thieves Like Us" (1974), or the folk singer who carries on multiple affairs with fellow musicians in "Nashville." Carradine's composition for the film, "I'm Easy," earned him a 1976 Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Composition, and even ushered in a brief spell as a pop star when the song reached #17 on the Billboard charts.

Carradine's offbeat romantic qualities were also put to excellent use in "Welcome To L.A." (1976), an early effort by Robert Altman's protégé Alan Rudolph, and in Joan Tewkesbury's "Old Boyfriends" (1979). The terminal point for these types of roles came in Louis Malle's controversial "Pretty Baby," which cast him as a dissolute 19th century photographer who falls in love with a 12-year-old New Orleans prostitute (Brooke Shields). Carradine also scored as a French officer entangled in a bitter struggle over respect in Ridley Scott's "The Duellists" (1976) and Walter Hill's Western "The Long Riders" (1980), which found him co-starring with brothers David and Robert as notorious outlaws the Younger brothers.

Eventually, Carradine's involvement in arthouse-minded efforts began to yield fewer positive returns - features like Rudolph's "Choose Me" (1984) and Andrei Konchalovsky's "Maria's Lovers" (1984) received critical praise, but were seen by relatively few moviegoers. Around this time, he began to shift his interests to television, where he found rewarding work in television movies and miniseries like "A Rumor of War" (CBS, 1980), "Chiefs" (CBS, 1983), which earned him an Emmy nomination for playing a Southern serial killer, and "A Winner Never Quits" (1986), in which he played one-armed baseball pitcher Pete Gray. His most widely seen television appearance of the decade, however, was undoubtedly Madonna's music video for "Material Girl" (1984), which cast him as a Golden Age Hollywood director who is smitten by the singer after seeing her in a production number inspired by "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953).

Carradine made a return to Broadway opposite the legendary Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in "Foxfire" (1982), which brought him an Outer Critics Circle Award. He reprised the role in Los Angeles in 1985 while racking up praise for his turns in "Another Part of the Forest" (1983) and "Detective Story" (1984). His greatest stage success, however, came with "The Will Rogers Follies" (1991), which required him to not only sing and dance, but show off some impressive rope tricks and deliver quips on the day's headlines at each show. For his ingratiating turn as the American humorist, Carradine earned a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award that same year.

Carradine's film career continued to blaze an independent path during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He remained faithful to director Alan Rudolph, enjoying a richly florid role as a wildly coiffured killer in "Choose Me" (1986), before he tackled playing an American ex-patriate painter in "The Moderns" (1988) and reprising Will Rogers for a cameo in "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" (1994). Carradine also displayed a talent for art by creating the painting that served as the one-sheet for "The Moderns." Most of his big-screen efforts, however, were viewed by limited audiences, though not for lack of quality. He was Vanessa Redgrave's ex-husband in Simon Callow's fine film version of "The Ballad of the Sad Café" (1991) for producers Merchant Ivory, but few saw managed to see it, as was the case for "CrissCross" (1992) and the dark Southern comedy "Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got the Will?" (1990). Carradine had his biggest hit in theaters during the 1990s with "Andre" (1994), a genial true story about a Maine family who nurses a baby seal back to health and later adopts the animal when it returns to their home after trying to set him free. Carradine also marked the decade by claiming his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993.

Carradine kept busy throughout the late 1990s and into the new millennium in numerous features and television projects, as well as occasional turns to the stage. Among the better received stage efforts was a fine take on George W. Bush in a 2005 production of David Hare's "Stuff Happens," which concerned the political thinking behind the invasion of Iraq. He also made his debut as a series regular for the Showtime series "Fast Track" (1997), a short-lived drama from Larry Gelbart about the world of professional stock car racing. Meanwhile, "Complete Savages" (ABC, 2004-05), Carradine's foray into family comedy, met a similar fate. But he received outstanding notices as Wild Bill Hickok in the first season of "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06), despite only surviving the series for its initial four episodes. In playing the weary gunslinger, Carradine imbued the often misunderstood figure with depth and nuance, turning a typically caricatured persona into a highly complex human being. His identification with the Old West later brought him to the hosting duties for the History Channel technology series "Wild West Tech" (2003-05) and the Stephen Spielberg-produced miniseries "Into the West" (TNT, 2005), where he played misguided Native American policymaker and educator Richard Henry Pratt.

In 2006, Carradine returned to Broadway in the sparkling comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." The production preceded his joining the cast of Showtime's darkly comic thriller, "Dexter" (2006-13), Carradine played Special Agent Lundy, who is tasked by the FBI to track down the Bay Harbor Butcher, also known as the series' titular serial killer (Michael C. Hall). Off-screen, however, he was associated with a real-life criminal case when his first wife, Sandra Will Carradine, was convicted on two counts of perjury for her false testimony in the wiretapping trial of celebrity detective Anthony Pellicano. After divorcing Carradine in 1993, she hired Pellicano to place wire taps on her ex-husband's phone, as well as that of his girlfriend and eventual second wife, Haley DuMond. Carradine's ex-wife later complicated her involvement by becoming romantically involved with Pellicano. Meanwhile, Carradine appeared in an episode of "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ), which he followed by voicing a character in the Grapes of Wrath segment of "Novel Reflections on the American Dream" (PBS, PBS, 2007), a documentary look at how novelists have portrayed the idea of the American Dream.



Cast (Feature Film)

Deadwood: The Movie (2019)
The Old Man and the Gun (2018)
A Quiet Passion (2016)
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
The Family Tree (2010)
Winter of Frozen Dreams (2009)
Elvis and Anabelle (2009)
Lake City (2008)
All Hat (2008)
Bobby Z (2007)
Our Very Own (2005)
Hair High (2004)
Voice Of Jojo
Monte Walsh (2003)
Chet Rollins
Falcons (2002)
The Outsider (2002)
Louis L'Amour's The Diamond of Jeru (2001)
John Lacklan
Wooly Boys (2001)
Cahoots (2001)
Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble (2000)
Baby (2000)
Night Ride Home (1999)
A Song From the Heart (1999)
Oliver Comstock
Sirens (1999)
Hostage Hotel (1999)
The Hunter's Moon (1999)
Out of the Cold (1999)
Dan Scott
StandOff (1998)
Keeping the Promise (1997)
A Thousand Acres (1997)
Last Stand at Saber River (1997)
2 Days in the Valley (1996)
Special Report: Journey to Mars (1996)
The Tie That Binds (1995)
Wild Bill (1995)
Trial By Fire (1995)
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Will Rogers
Is There Life Out There? (1994)
Andre (1994)
Harry Whitney
Crisscross (1992)
The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe (1991)
Payoff (1991)
The Bachelor (1990)
Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? (1990)
Judgment (1990)
Pierre Guitry
Street of No Return (1989)
The Forgotten (1989)
The Revenge of Al Capone (1989)
Cold Feet (1989)
Stones For Ibarra (1988)
Richard Everton
My Father, My Son (1988)
The Moderns (1988)
Backfire (1988)
Eye on the Sparrow (1987)
L' Inchiesta (1987)
A Winner Never Quits (1986)
Blackout (1985)
Allen Devlin; Editor Vinson
Maria's Lovers (1985)
Trouble In Mind (1985)
Choose Me (1984)
Scorned And Swindled (1984)
John Boslett
Southern Comfort (1981)
The Long Riders (1980)
Old Boyfriends (1979)
Wayne Vantil
An Almost Perfect Affair (1979)
Pretty Baby (1978)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
Welcome To L.A. (1976)
Lumiere (1976)
Nashville (1975)
You and Me (1975)
Thieves Like Us (1974)
The Godchild (1974)
Lieutenant Lewis
Emperor of the North Pole (1973)
Idaho Transfer (1973)
Antoine et Sebastien (1973)
Man on a String (1972)
Kung Fu (1972)
Middle Caine
Hex (1972)

Producer (Feature Film)

The Forgotten (1989)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Halloween 2 (2009)
Halloween 2 (2009)
Song Performer
Lake City (2008)
Song Performer
Lake City (2008)
Cahoots (2001)
Song Performer
Ronin (1998)
Song Performer
Maria's Lovers (1985)
Song Performer
Maria's Lovers (1985)
Willa (1979)
Song Performer
Willa (1979)
Welcome To L.A. (1976)
Song Performer
Nashville (1975)
Nashville (1975)
Music Lyrics

Art Department (Feature Film)

The Moderns (1988)
Art Department

Cast (Special)

Public Enemy No. 1 (2002)
Intimate Portrait: Brooke Shields (2001)
American Buffalo: Spirit of a Nation (1998)
18th Annual Cable Ace Awards (1996)
A CAPITOL FOURTH -- 1996 (1996)
The Newsweek American Achievement Awards (1995)
The Newsweek American Achievement Awards (1995)
The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1994)
Rediscovering Will Rogers (1994)
Star-athon '92: A Weekend with the Stars (1992)
1992 Grammy Awards (1992)
Lincoln (1992)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1991)
The Meaning of Life (1991)
The 45th Annual Tony Awards (1991)
Half a Lifetime (1986)

Music (Special)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1994)
Song Performer
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1991)
Song Performer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Coyote Waits (2003)
Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk (1996)
In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride and Madness (1994)
Confessional (1990)
Murder Ordained (1987)
Chiefs (1983)
A Rumor of War (1980)
Lieutenant Murph Mccoy

Life Events


Moved to Los Angeles to live with half-brother David Carradine


Made Broadway debut in the controversial musical "Hair"; accompanied brother David to the audition who brought him along to play the piano and Keith landed the role instead


Made TV debut on the NBC western "Bonanza"


Made screen debut in "A Gunfight"


First notable film appearance was in director Robert Altman's "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"


Played a teenage Kwai Chang Caine (portrayed by brother David Carradine as an adult) in the ABC series "Kung Fu"


Once again collaborated with Altman for "Thieves Like Us"


Acted in the film "You and Me"; helmed by brother David Carradine


Played a callow, womanizing folk singer in Altman's critically acclaimed "Nashville"; also wrote and performed the song "I'm Easy," which won Carradine an Oscar for Best Original Song


First film with director Alan Rudolph, "Welcome to L.A." (produced by Altman), also contributed music


Starred with Susan Sarandon and Brooke Shields in Louis Malle's "Pretty Baby"


Joined brothers David and Robert in Walter Hill's "The Long Riders"


Portrayed Lt. Murph McCoy in the CBS miniseries "A Rumor of War"


Played one-armed major leaguer Pete Gray in the ABC TV-movie "A Winner Never Quits"; co-starred with Mare Winningham


Re-teamed with Mare Winningham for the NBC TV-movie "Eye on the Sparrow"


One of several canvases he created for "The Moderns" became the film's poster; fourth film with director Rudolph


Executive produced (also acted) the TV-movie "The Forgotten" (USA Network)


Nominated for a Tony Award for his starring role in the musical "The Will Rogers Follies"


Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Last film to date with director Alan Rudolph, "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"


Played Bigfoot Wallace in Larry McMurtry's "Dead Man's Walk" (ABC)


Made rgular TV series debut on Showtime's "Fast Track"


Played Michelle Pfeiffer's husband in "A Thousand Acres"


Appeared in the independent Icelandic film "Falcons"; also composed and recorded the title song "Northern Light"


Starred in the independent film "The Adventures of Ociee Nash"


Hosted The History Channel's "Wild West Tech"


Voiced editor J. Jonah Jameson on MTV's animated series "Spiderman"


Played the recurring role of Wild Bill Hickok on the HBO series "Deadwood"


Portrayed Captain William H. Pratt in the TNT miniseries "Into the West"


Co-starred in the indie feature "The Californians"


Joined Brian d'Arcy James in the Broadway production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"


Had a recurring role on the second and fourth seasons of the Showtime series "Dexter" playing FBI Special Agent Frank Lundy


Returned to the New York stage in the New York premiere of Anthony Horowitz's "Mindgame"


Had recurring role of Julian Decker on "Damages"


Cast as Martin Newman on "Missing"


Played Skerritt in "Ain't Them Bodies Saints"


Played the supporting role of Lou Solverson on the "Fargo" series


Began playing President Conrad Dalton on "Madam Secretary"

Photo Collections

Pretty Baby - Lobby Card Set
Pretty Baby - Lobby Card Set


Movie Clip

Pretty Baby (1978) -- (Movie Clip) Virgin, Born of Fire The virgin Violet (Brooke Shields) is presented to the patrons (Keith Carradine and Antonio Fargas among them) for bidding at the brothel in Louis Malle's Pretty Baby, 1978.
Ballad Of The Sad Cafe, The -- (Movie Clip) An Evil Man! Lymon (Cork Hubbert) finds out that his cousin and new partner Amelia (Vanessa Redgrave) was once married, her flashback introducing Marvin (Keith Carradine), in The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe, 1991, from the Carson McCullers novel.
Thieves Like Us -- (Movie Clip) You'll Play The Game! Old-time radio as the escaped convicts kill time, Bowie (Keith Carradine) chats with Mattie (Louise Fletcher) as T-Dub (Bert Remsen) and especially Chicamaw (John Schuck) get carried away with a game, in Robert Altman's Thieves Like Us, 1974.
Thieves Like Us -- (Movie Clip) That's Dumb Escaped convict Bowie (Keith Carradine) in his first conversation with Keechie (Shelley Duvall), the niece of one of his colleagues, in Robert Altman's Thieves Like Us, 1974.
Thieves Like Us -- (Movie Clip) Hit A Pothole One of director Robert Altman's captivating openings, inmates Bowie (Keith Carradine) and Chicamaw (John Schuck) intercept T-Dub (Bert Remsen) and guard Jasbo (John Roper) in Thieves Like Us, 1974.
Duellists, The -- (Movie Clip) Scratched By A Woman! Surgeon Jacquin (Tom Conti) receives officer D'Hubert (Keith Carradine) and is sent to patch up the other guy, in an early scene from Ridley Scott's The Duellists, 1978, from a Joseph Conrad story.
Duellists, The -- (Movie Clip) Open, Appetite Opening credits followed by Stacy Keach reading from Joseph Conrad's original story and Harvey Keitel (as "Feraud") engaged in a sword-fight, from Ridley Scott's first feature, The Duellists, 1978.
Duellists, The -- (Movie Clip) I Have Orders D'Hubert (Keith Carradine) is an officer in Napoleon's army, sent to arrest Feraud (Harvey Keitel) at a party, for having taken part in a duel, in Ridley Scott's The Duellists, 1978.
Long Riders, The -- (Movie Clip) Opening, Ain't No Safe Distinctive Ry Cooder music, opening credits and Jesse James (James Keach) irritated at a breach in bank-robbing protocol by Ed Miller (Dennis Quaid) in Walter Hill's real-brothers Western The Long Riders, 1980.
Long Riders, The -- (Movie Clip) Northfield Wild sound effects and slo-mo in a piece of the action as the James (Keach), Younger (Carradine) and other brothers attempt to escape Northfield, Minnesota in Walter Hill's The Long Riders, 1980.




John Carradine
Actor. Born on February 5, 1906; died on November 27, 1988.
Sonia Sorel
Actor, artist. Married John Carradine in 1945; divorced in 1955; waged a three-year custody battle for their three children; John Carradine won.
Bruce Carradine
Actor. Mother, Ardanelle McCool Cosner.
David Carradine
Actor, singer, songwriter. Born on December 8, 1936; mother, Ardanelle McCool Cosner.
Christopher John Carradine
Architect. Born c. 1947; mother, Sonia Sorel.
Robert Reed Carradine
Actor. Born on March 24, 1954; mother, Sonia Sorel.
Martha Plimpton
Actor. Born on November 16, 1970; mother, Shelley Plimpton; Carradine didn't meet his daughter until she was four years old.
Cade Richmond Carradine
Born on July 19, 1982; mother, Sandra Will.
Sorel Johannah Carradine
Born on June 18, 1985; mother, Sandra Will.


Shelley Plimpton
Actor. Met when they appeared on Broadway in "Hair" (1969); mother of Carradine's daughter Martha Plimpton.
Christina Raines
Actor. Broke off long-term relationship in 1981.
Sandra Will
Married on February 6, 1982; separated; filed for divorce in 1999.
Dee Hoty
Actor. Co-starred with Carradine in "The Will Rogers Follies"; reportedly engaged in 1996.