Keith Ian Carradine is an American Academy Award-winning actor and songwriter, born into a family of actors.



Carradine was born in San Mateo, California, the son of actress and artist Sonia Sorel (née Henius) and actor John Carradine. His paternal half-brothers are David Carradine and Bruce Carradine, his maternal half-brother is Michael Bowen, and his full brothers are Christopher Carradine and Robert Carradine.


Carradine's first notable film appearance was in director Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller in 1971. He also portrayed the character Kwai Chang Caine as a teenager in the 1972 television series Kung Fu (the adult Caine was portrayed by his half brother, David). He went on to play one of the principal characters, a callow, womanizing folk singer, in Altman's critically acclaimed 1975 movie Nashville and his song from that movie, "I'm Easy", was a popular music hit in 1976. Carradine won an Oscar for Best Original Song for writing the tune.

Carradine's stage career is distinguished by Tony-nominated performance as the title character in The Will Rogers Follies in 1991 (for which he also received a Drama Desk nomination). He won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Foxfire with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, and appeared as Lawrence in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Imperial Theater. He was also in the cast of the original Broadway production of Hair in 1972, appearing in the roles of Woof and Claude. In 2008, he appeared as Dr. Farquhar Off-Broadway in Mindgame, a thriller by Antony Horowitz, directed by Ken Russell, who made his New York directorial debut with the production.

Criminal Minds

Carradine played prolific serial killer Frank Breitkopf in two episodes of Criminal Minds: No Way Out and No Way Out II: The Evilution of Frank.

Partial Filmography

  • Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will? (1990)
  • Judgment (1990) (TV)
  • The Bachelor (1991)
  • The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)
  • Payoff (1991) (TV)
  • CrissCross (1992)
  • In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness (1994) (TV)
  • Andre (1994)
  • Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
  • Is There Life Out There? (1994) (TV)
  • The Tie That Binds (1995)
  • Trial by Fire (1995) (TV)
  • Wild Bill (1995)
  • Special Report: Journey to Mars (1996) (TV)
  • Dead Man's Walk (1996) (miniseries)
  • 2 Days in the Valley (1996)
  • Keeping the Promise (1997) (TV)
  • Last Stand at Saber River (1997) (TV)
  • Fast Track (1997–1998)
  • A Thousand Acres (1997)
  • Standoff (1998)
  • The Hunter's Moon (1999)
  • Night Ride Home (1999) (TV)
  • Out of the Cold (1999)
  • Sirens (1999) (TV)
  • A Song from the Heart (1999) (TV)
  • Hard Time: Hostage Hotel (1999) (TV)
  • Metropolis (2000) (TV)
  • Baby (2000) (TV)
  • Cahoots (2001)
  • Wooly Boys (2001)
  • The Diamond of Jeru (2001) (TV)
  • Falcons (2002)
  • The Angel Doll (2002)
  • The Outsider (2002) (TV)
  • Monte Walsh (2003) (TV)
  • Enterprise (2003) (TV series)
  • Coyote Waits (2003) (TV)
  • Hair High (2004) (voice)
  • Deadwood (2004) (TV series)
  • Balto III: Wings of Change (2004) (direct-to-DVD) (voice)
  • Wild West Tech (host from 2003–2004)
  • Complete Savages (2004–2005)
  • Into the West (2005) (TV miniseries)
  • Our Very Own (2005)
  • The Californians (2005)
  • Where There's a Will (2006) (TV)
  • Elvis and Anabelle (2007)
  • Criminal Minds (2007) (TV series)
  • The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007)
  • All Hat (2007)
  • Dexter (2007) (TV series)
  • Lake City (2008)
  • NUMB3RS (2008) (TV series)
  • Winter of Frozen Dreams (2008)
  • Happy Together (2009)
  • Peacock (2009)
  • Hitman: Absolution (video game) (2012)
  • Madam Secretary (2014) (TV series)

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