Kung Fu


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Kung Fu (1972–1975) is an American television series which starred David Carradine. It was created by Ed Spielman, directed and produced by Jerry Thorpe, and developed by Herman Miller, who was also a writer for, and co-producer of, the series. The show was preceded by a full length feature TV pilot, an ABC "Movie of the Week", which was broadcast in 1972.

Kung Fu follows the adventures of a Shaolin monk, Kwai Chang Caine [虔官昌 Qián Guānchāng] (portrayed by David Carradine as an adult, Keith Carradine as a teenager and Radames Pera as a young boy) who travels through the American Old West armed only with his skill in martial arts, as he seeks his half-brother, Danny Caine.

Keye Luke (as the blind Master Po) and Philip Ahn (as Master Kan) were also members of the regular cast. David Chow, who was also a guest star in the series, acted as the technical and kung fu advisor, a role later undertaken by Kam Yuen.

Created by Ed Spielman

Jerry Thorpe

Herman Miller

Starring

David Carradine

Keye Luke

Philip Ahn

Radames Pera

Country of origin United States

No. of seasons 3

No. of episodes 60 (List of episodes)

Production

Executive producer(s) Jerry Thorpe

Running time 50 minutes

Broadcast

Original channel ABC

Original run October 14, 1972 – April 16, 1975

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Howard Anderson, Jr.

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Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for Kung Fu
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Robert Butler

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Robert Butler on directing Kung Fu; on cheating shots
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James Hong

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James Hong on being complimented by the producer of Kung Fu, and on the kinds of roles he played on the series
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James Hong on Kung Fu star David Carradine
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James Hong on the storyline of Kung Fu
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James Hong the criticisms of David Carradine's depiction of an Asian character on Kung Fu
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James Hong on his favorite roles on Kung Fu
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James Hong on how the Kung Fu set was a redressed one from the film "Camelot"
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George Clayton Johnson

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George Clayton Johnson on being a freelance writer for Kung Fu
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