"I've made some of the greatest films ever madeóand a lot of crap, too."A very prolific and frequently hammy actor who is probably best remembered for appearing in many, many B- to Z-grade movies featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and The Cinema Snob, usually playing a Mad Scientist or Dracula. For the record, he did have some actual good roles, appearing in such iconic movies as The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach, Drums Along The Mohawk (all directed by John Ford) and The Ten Commandments. He had a decent stage acting career, being a protege of John Barrymore and playing roles such as the lead in Hamlet, and he's also remembered as the father of David Carradine, Robert Carradine and Keith Carradine.Easily one of the most prolific actors who ever lived (if not THE most). His entire filmography (as listed by IMDB) comes to 340 titles, dwarfing even the 275 titles of Christopher Lee (incidentally, Lee and Carradine actually share one credit: House of the Long Shadows, in which they appeared alongside Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Desi Arnaz, Jr).
— John Carradine, summing up his own body of work rather nicely.
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