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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.
 

Kwai Chang Caine - KUNG FU

Kwai Chang Caine - KUNG FU

Kwai Chang Caine - KUNG FU

Kwai Chang Caine - KUNG FU

Kwai Chang Caine - KUNG FU

Kwai Chang Caine - KUNG FU - THE LEGEND CONTINUES

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 hair.

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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