I remember Kung Fu as being one of my favorite shows. I was a bit young at the time and I thought I’d go into martial arts until I saw that weird ritual at the end where they picked up the huge hot iron pot that left the Shao Lin image in their arms. That’s when I decided I’d stick to aerobics and not even think about martial arts.
I thought being called Grasshopper was almost the best part of the show – that and my favorite line: “Master Kan to young Caine: When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave.”
Hokey? You bet it was. I loved it. And I loved the way David Carradine spoke – the pauses he used for effect and the softness of his voice – what an actor that man was. Go here for some interesting tidbits about the show from Wikipedia.
Okay, so lately I got a little disturbed by his Kung Fu impression on the Yellow Pages commercial and I was a tad bit worried that he had sunk that low. But wasn’t he in Thailand to shoot a new movie? Maybe he was tired of being relegated to a “B” actor in bad movies. Perhaps that’s why we lost him – no one will ever know – and that’s the horror of suicide. So sad.
A few moments of silence for a man who had a very interesting career and entertained this “little kid” for many years. Bye, grasshopper, we’ll miss you.