David Carradine's Kung Fu Cut - When
actor David Carradine took the role of Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine
on the western adventure KUNG FU/ABC/1972-75 he actually shaved his
hair off for the part at the beginning of the series.
Beginning with the first episode and running through the length
of the series (62 episodes) the Kwai Chang Caine character never cut
his hair but rather let it grown as he wandered the vastness of the
American West, until he shaved it once again at the end of the
series. It is possible therefore to gauge approximately which
episode one is watching by observing the length of the character's
The book 'The Kung Fu Book of Caine" by Herbie J. Pilato
reported, however, that Carradine shaved his head for episodes No.
50 "Besieged: Part 1: Death on Cold Mountain" (1-18-75) & Part 11:
"Cannon at the Gates" (1-25-75) so that he could both direct and act
in the episodes. Without a shaved head, he would have had to spend
three to four hours in makeup every day.
David Carradine reprised his role as Caine, the grandson of Kwai
Chang Caine in the adventure KUNG FU: THE LEGEND CONTINUES/SYN/1993-97.
In this role, Carradine wore his hair long.
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