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Keith Ian Carradine (born August 8, 1949) is an American actor who portrayed Wild Bill Hickok in the first season of HBO's Deadwood.


Carradine was born in San Mateo, California. He is the son of actress and artist Sonia Sorel (née Henius), and actor John Carradine. His full brothers are Christopher and Robert Carradine, all of whom are actors. His paternal half-brothers are Bruce and David Carradine. His maternal half-brother is Michael Bowen. His maternal great-grandfather was biochemist Max Henius, and his maternal great-grandmother was the sister of historian Johan Ludvig Heiberg.[1]

Carradine's childhood was troubled; he has said that his father drank and his mother "was a manic depressive paranoid schizophrenic catatonic—she had it all." His parents were divorced in 1957, when he was eight years old. A bitter custody battle led to his father gaining custody of him and his brothers, Christopher and Robert, after the children had spent three months in a home for abused children as wards of the court. Keith said of the experience, "It was like being in jail. There were bars on the windows, and we were only allowed to see our parents through glass doors. It was very sad. We would stand there on either side of the glass door crying." He was raised in San Mateo primarily by his maternal grandmother, and he rarely saw either of his parents. His mother was not permitted to see him for eight years following the custody settlement.[1]

Carradine attended the Ojai Valley School, where he was active in the school's theater department, performing in productions of Aria da Capo and The Madwoman of Chaillot. After high school, Carradine entertained the thought of becoming a forest ranger, and enrolled at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. "I had this idyllic fantasy of sitting somewhere communing with nature and chatting with the bears," he recalled, "[but] I didn’t want to have to learn anything." He changed his major to drama after enrolling, but dropped out after one semester and returned to California, moving in with his older half-brother, David, who encouraged him to pursue an acting career, paid for his acting and vocal lessons, and helped him get an agent.[1]


Season 1[]



  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller as Cowboy (1971)
  • A Gunfight as The Young Gunfighter (1971)
  • The Pink Garter Gang as Surfer on the Beach (1971)
  • Man on a String as Danny Brown (TV Movie, 1972)
  • Emperor of the North as Cigaret (1973)
  • Idaho Transfer as Arthur (1973)
  • Hex as Whizzer (1973)
  • Antoine and Sebastian as John (1974)
  • Thieves Like Us as Bowie (1974)
  • Run, Run, Joe! as Joe (1974)
  • You and Me as Death Guy (1974)
  • The Godchild as Lt. Lewis (TV Movie, 1974)
  • Nashville as Tom Frank (1975)
  • Lumiere as David (1976)
  • Welcome to L.A. as Carroll Barber (1976)
  • The Duellists as Armand d'Hubert (1977)
  • Pretty Baby as Bellocq (1978)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as Our Guests at Heartland (1978)
  • Old Boyfriends as Wayne Van Til (1979)
  • An Almost Perfect Affair as Hal Raymond (1979)
  • The Long Riders as Jim Younger (1980)
  • Southern Comfort as Spencer (1981)
  • Choose Me as Mickey (1984)
  • Maria's Lovers as Clarence Butts (1984)
  • Scorned and Swindled as John Boslett (TV Movie, 1984)
  • Blackout as Allen Devlin (1985)
  • Trouble in Mind as Coop (1985)
  • A Winner Never Quits as Pete Gray (TV Movie, 1986)
  • Half a Lifetime as J.J. (TV Movie, 1986)
  • The Inquiry as Tito Valerio Tauro (1987)
  • Murder Ordained as Trooper John Rule (TV Movie, 1987)
  • Backfire as Reed (1987)
  • Eye on the Sparrow as James Lee (TV Movie, 1987)
  • Stones for Ibarra as Richard Everton (TV Movie, 1988)
  • The Moderns as Nick Hart (1988)
  • My Father, My Son as Lt. Elmo Zumwalt III (TV Movie, 1988)
  • Capone Behind Bars as Michael Rourke (TV Movie, 1989)
  • The Forgotten as Captain Tom Watkins (TV Movie, 1989)
  • Street of No Return as Michael (1989)
  • Cold Feet as Monte (1989)
  • The Bachelor as Doctor Emil Gräsler (1990)
  • Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? as Clarence (1990)
  • Judgment as Pete Guitry (TV Movie, 1990)
  • The Ballad of the Sad Cafe as Marvin Macy (1991)
  • Payoff as Peter 'Mac' McAllister (TV Movie, 1991)
  • The Will Rogers Follies as Will Rogers (TV Movie, 1991)
  • CrissCross as John Cross (1992)
  • Lincoln as William Herndon (voice) (TV Movie, 1992)
  • In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness as Tom Lynch (TV Movie, 1994)
  • Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle as Will Rogers (1994)
  • Andre as Harry Whitney (1994)
  • Is There Life Out There? as Brad (TV Movie, 1994)
  • The Tie That Binds as John Netherwood (1995)
  • Trial by Fire as Owen Turner (TV Movie, 1995)
  • Wild Bill as Buffalo Bill Cody (1995)
  • Special Report: Journey to Mars as Capt. Eugene T. Slader (TV Movie, 1996)
  • 2 Days in the Valley as Detective Creighton (1996)
  • Keeping the Promise as William Hallowell (TV Movie, 1997)
  • Last Stand at Saber River as Vern Kidston (TV Movie, 1997)
  • A Thousand Acres as Ty Smith (1997)
  • Standoff as Zeke Clayton (1998)
  • Night Ride Home as Neal Mahler (TV Movie, 1999)
  • Out of the Cold as Dan Scott (1999)
  • Sirens as Officer Dan Wexler (TV Movie, 1999)
  • A Song from the Heart as Oliver Comstock (TV Movie, 1999)
  • Hard Time: Hostage Hotel as Cpl. Arlin Flynn (TV Movie, 1999)
  • Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble as Pierce Butler (TV Movie, 2000)
  • Baby as John Malone (TV Movie, 2000)
  • Metropolis as Quincy (TV Movie, 2000)
  • Cahoots as Matt (2001)
  • Wooly Boys as Sheriff Hank Dawson (2001)
  • The Diamond of Jeru as John Lacklan (TV Movie, 2001)
  • Falcons as Simon (2002)
  • The Angel Doll as Adult Jerry Barlow (2002)
  • The Outsider as Noah Weaver (TV Movie, 2002)
  • Monte Walsh as Chester 'Chet' Rollins (TV Movie, 2003)
  • The Adventures of Ociee Nash as Papa George Nash (2003)
  • Coyote Waits as John McGinnis (TV Movie, 2003)
  • Hair High as JoJo (voice) (2004)
  • Our Very Own as Billy Whitfield (2005)
  • The Californians as Elton Tripp (2005)
  • Where There's a Will as Sherriff Clifford Laws (TV Movie, 2006)
  • Elvis and Anabelle as Jimmy (2007)
  • Bobby Z as Johnson (2007)
  • All Hat as Pete Culpepper (2007)
  • Lake City as Roy (2008)
  • Winter of Frozen Dreams as Detective Lulling (2009)
  • Peacock as Ray Crill (2010)
  • Cowboys & Aliens as Sheriff John Taggart (2011)
  • The Family Tree as Reverend Diggs (2011)
  • The Tin Star as Frank Sarr (TV Movie, 2012)
  • Ain't Them Bodies Saints as Skerritt (2013)
  • After the Fall as Charles (2014)
  • Dakota's Summer as Austin Rose (2014)
  • Terroir as Jonathan Bragg (2014)
  • Bereave as Victor (2015)
  • A Quiet Passion as Father (2016)
  • Ray Meets Helen as Ray (2017)
  • The Old Man & the Gun as Captain Calder (2018)
  • The Power of the Dog as The Governor (2021)

TV Series[]

  • Bonanza as Ern (1971)
  • Kung Fu as Middle Caine (1972-1973)
  • Love, American Style as George Pomerantz (1973)
  • A Rumor of War as Lt. Murph McCoy (1980)
  • Chiefs as Foxy Funderburke (1983)
  • The Fall Guy as Chef (1984)
  • Confessional as Liam Devline (1989)
  • Dead Man's Walk as Bigfoot Wallace (1996)
  • Perversions of Science as Arthur Bristol (1997)
  • Fast Track as Dr. Richard Beckett (1997-1998)
  • Outreach as Dr. Vincent Shaw (1999)
  • Frasier as Caller Carl (voice) (2002)
  • Arli$$ as Lamar Scott (2002)
  • Street Time as Frank Dugan (2002)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise as A.G. Robinson (2003)
  • Spider-Man as J. Jonah Jameson (voice) (2003)
  • Deadwood as Wild Bill Hickock (2004)
  • Complete Savages as Nick Savage (2004-2005)
  • Into the West as Captain Richard H. Pratt (2005)
  • Criminal Minds as Frank Breitkopf (2007)
  • Dexter as Frank Lundy (2007; 2009)
  • Numb3rs as Carl McGowan (2008)
  • Law & Order as Martin Garvik (2009)
  • Crash as Owen (2009)
  • Dollhouse as Matthew Harding (2009)
  • Damages as Julian Decker (2010)
  • The Big Bang Theory as Wyatt (2010; 2015-2016; 2018-2019)
  • Missing as Martin Newman (2012)
  • The Following as Barry (2014)
  • Raising Hope as Colt Palomino (2014)
  • NCIS as Mannheim Gold (2014)
  • Fargo as Lou Solverson (2014-2015)
  • Madam Secretary as President Conrad Dalton (2014-2019)
  • Mike Tyson Mysteries as Jason B. (voice) (2015)
  • Fear the Walking Dead as John Dorie Sr. (2021-2022)

Video Games[]

  • Hitman: Absolution as Dexter (voice) (2012)

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