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Photos: David Carradine: 1936-2009

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  1. Man in black

    Actor David Carradine poses for a portrait before the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 12, 2007 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Carradine, 72, was found dead in his Bangkok, Thailand, hotel room on Thursday, June 4. (Mark Mainz / Getty Images ) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Star is reborn

    Carradine, left, and director Quentin Tarantino, work the red carpet at the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Carradine was nominated for best supporting actor for his work in "Kill Bill Vol. 2." He returned to the top of his acting game in recent years as the title character in Tarantino's two-part saga. (Mark J. Terrill / AP ) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Still got it

    Carradine strikes a martial arts pose at his home in the Tarzana section of Los Angeles on March 10, 2004. (Ric Francis / AP ) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Out for blood

    Carradine, left, and Uma Thurman star in a scene from "Kill Bill Vol. 2." Four years after surviving a bullet in the head at her wedding, Thurman's character -- the bride -- swears revenge on her former master, Bill, and his deadly squad of international assassins. (Miramax Films) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. His place in Hollywood

    Carradine gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 2, 1997. The actor appeared in more than 200 films and TV shows during his career. (Albert Ortega / Getty Images ) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. The prodigy

    Carradine, right, and Brandon Lee practice a fight sequence in Los Angeles for a sequel to the television series "Kung Fu" on Oct. 26, 1985. Lee, the son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, was accidentally shot and killed on the set of "The Crow" in 1993 at age 28. (AP ) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Wedding day

    Carradine, center right, and his new bride Linda Gilbert leave the registration office after their wedding in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 5, 1977. The actor was married five times and had two daughters. (AP ) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. 'Glory' days

    Carradine appeared in more than 100 feature films with such directors as Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman and Hal Ashby. One of his prominent early film roles was as singer Woody Guthrie in Ashby’s 1976 biopic "Bound for Glory." (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. 'Life and Times'

    Carradine, left, and his brother, Keith, appear at the premiere of "Life and Times of Xaviera Hollander" in Hollywood, Calif., in Jan. 1975. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Caine was able

    Carradine made his mark on television as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin priest traveling the 1800s American frontier West in the TV series “Kung Fu,” which aired in 1972-75. (AP ) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A way of life

    Carradine performs a jump kick for "Kung Fu" in 1973. One thing remained a constant after "Kung Fu": Carradine's interest in Oriental herbs, exercise and philosophy. He wrote a personal memoir called "Spirit of Shaolin" and continued to make instructional videos on tai chi and other martial arts. (Getty Images ) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Family affair

    Carradine, right, plays guitar alongside his father, John, between scenes during the filming of "Boxcar Bertha" in Camden, Ark. in Feb. 1972. (AP ) Back to slideshow navigation
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Access Hollywood
updated 6/8/2009 3:42:11 PM ET 2009-06-08T19:42:11

While the investigation over David Carradine’s mysterious death in a Bangkok hotel room continues, one of the “Kill Bill” star’s ex-wives reflected on her life with him in a new interview with Access Hollywood.

“There was a dark side to David, there was a very intense side to David,” Marina Anderson, who was married to the star for six years, told Access. “People around him know that.”

Carradine was reportedly found hanging naked in his hotel room closet.

And in her divorce papers, posted on TheSmokingGun.com last week, Anderson alleged that Carradine had conducted dangerous sex acts during their marriage.

“It was the continuation of abhorrent and deviant sexual behavior which was potentially deadly,” the papers, filed in 2003, alleged. “His deviate behavior includes an incestuous relationship with a very close family member, which permeated our marriage. This is to his admission and the admission of the person involved.”

Anderson — who was Carradine’s fourth wife — would not comment on the allegations to Access, except to say that she stood by the paperwork.

“That was never meant to get out,” she said. “All I can say is that I hold by my document.”

Instead, Anderson wanted to remember happier times with her ex.

“I have great memories of him, in spite of other stuff,” she said. “The most fun we had was away from everybody, away from Hollywood. That was just heaven.”

Asked if it was a love-hate relationship, she said, “It was never hate.”

“It was more hurt than ever hate,” she said. “I don’t go there, especially not with him.”

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As his manager, she helped steer him toward his role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” films, which helped introduce him to a new generation and led to a full slate of film work in the following years. At the time of his death, he was filming “Stretch” and had several more projects lined — something Anderson said would have satisfied the star.

“He was his happiest when he worked,” she said, adding that the actor also pursued music and designed jewelry for her.

“Our favorite song was ‘Rain or Shine’ and he would just sit at the piano and sing it for me to cheer me up,” she said.

Anderson is working on a book about her life, and while she’s writing about Carradine, she promised it wouldn’t be a tell-all.

“The book… was for me, it was my healing,” she said, adding that it may still shed some light on the mysterious star. “There is truth in there, yeah. He liked to keep people on the edge and you know, in mystery.”

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