PROFILE
Name:
Robert Carradine
Birth Date:
March 24, 1954
Birth Place:
Hollywood, California, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Revenge of the Nerds

Background:

“Acting is a very pleasant experience that can build up your excitement and sort of eases your from stress.” Robert Carradine

Actor Robert Carradine portrayed nerd Lewis Skolnick in the successful comedy “Revenge of the Nerds” (1984) and its sequels “Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise” (1987), “Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation” (1992, TV) and “Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love” (1994, TV), which he also co-produced. He was also seen as Lizzie's father on the television sitcom “Lizzie McGuire” (Disney Channel, 2001-2004). Robert received a Genie nomination for his performance in “Heartaches” (1981) and a CableACE nomination for his acting in the television version of “As Is” (Showtime, 1986). He was the winner of Golden Boot Award in 1998. Robert began his acting career in the early 1970s after often working as a musician .

Robert is married to Edie Mani. He has three children, actress Ever (mother Susan Snyder), Marica and Ian (mother Edie Mani). He is the younger brother of actors David Carradine, Keith Carradine and Michael Bowen.


The Carradines

Childhood and Family:

Robert Reed Carradine was born on March 24, 1954, in Hollywood, California, to actor John Carradine (born 1906, died 1988) and actress and artist Sonia Sorel. His parents divorced in 1955 after a decade of marriage. With his older brothers, Christopher and Keith, he became an object of a bitter custody battle for a few years between his parents and had to live in a home as wards of the court for three months before their father eventually won their custody. Robert, who is known by the nickname Bobby, grew up primarily with his stepmother, Doris Grimshaw, his father's third wife, and considered her to be his mother until age 14 when he was introduced to Sonia Sonel. He moved to Laurel Canyon, California, to live with his half brother, David Carradine, from his father's previous marriage to Ardanell McCool Cosner, and attended high school. It was David who introduced Robert to music and race car driving, which became Robert's main interests before acting. The brothers were part of a musical quartet that performed in small clubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Robert also has two other half brothers, Bruce, the son of Ardanelle McCool Cosner (was adopted by Robert’s father) and Michael Bowen (actor), from his mother's marriage to artist Michael Bowen Sr.

On August 6, 1974, Robert became a father with the birth of his daughter Ever Carradine (actress). After he separated from his daughter's mother, Susan Snyder (together from 1973 to 1977), he raised Ever as a single father. Robert married Edie Mani in 1990. The couple has two children, daughter Marica Reed Carradine (born May 2, 1990) and son Ian Alexander Carradine (born November 14, 1992). Robert is the uncle of actresses Martha Plimpton and Kansas Carradine, the daughters of Keith and David respectively.


Lizzie McGuire

Career:

Playing bass and guitar, Robert Carradine worked with his brother, David, in a quartet. When he was 16, Robert made his acting debut as an understudy to his brother (Keith) in a Florida production of “Tobacco Road,” which starred their father.

In 1970, Robert debuted on television with a guest spot in the classic western series “Bonanza,” where he played Phinney McLean in the episode “A Home for Jamie.” In 1972, he costarred with his father on an episode of David's series “Kung Fu.” The same year, Robert also made his feature debut as Slim Honeycutt on the western “The Cowboys,” starring John Wayne, and appeared as a gas station attendant in the television movie “Footsteps” (CBS), starring Richard Crenna, Joanna Pettet and Forrest Tucker.

Following appearances in the TV film “Go Ask Alice,” with William Shatner, Ruth Roman and Wendell Burton, and the Martin Scorsese drama “Mean Streets,” with Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro, Robert made his TV series debut as a regular on the television adaptation of “The Cowboys” (ABC, 1974), for which he reprised his role of Slim Honeycutt.

After the cancellation of the show, Robert appeared in the films “The Hatfields and the McCoys” (1975, TV), “Aloha Bobby and Rose” (1975), “You and Me” (1975) and “Jackson County Jail” (1976) before landing his first starring role in the Joseph Ruben film “The Pom Pom Girls” (1976), opposite Jennifer Ashley. The remainder of the 1970s saw roles in such films as “Revenge of the Cheerleaders” (1976, unaccredited), “Cannonball!” (1976, starred David Carradine), the slasher movie “Massacre at Central High” (1976, with Lani O'Grady, Kimberly Beck, and Andrew Stevens), “Joyride” (1977, reunited with director/writer Joseph Ruben), “Orca” (1977, starred Richard Harris), Hal Asby's “Coming Home” (1978, starred Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern), “Blackout” (1978, with James Mitchum and Belinda Montgomery) and “Survival of Dana” (1979, TV).

In 1980, Robert costarred with his brothers David and Keith in the Walter Hill western “The Long Riders” and supported Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill in the Samuel Fuller war film “The Big Red One,” which he also narrated. He then played Percy in the TV miniseries “Tales of the Klondike” (1981), Stanley in the comedy “Heartaches” (1981, with Margot Kidder, Annie Potts and Winston Rekert), where he was nominated for a Genie for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor for his performance, and Alex Marsh in the Nick Castle film “Tag: The Assassination Game” (1982, with Linda Hamilton). He was then seen as Bobby Sinclair in the movie “Wavelength” (1983, opposite Cherie Currie and Keenan Wynn) and Sam Carpenter in the comedy “Just the Way You Are” (1984, starred Kristy McNichol, Michael Ontkean and Kaki Hunter). He was next cast in the television movies “The Sun Also Rises” (1984) and “Just the Way You Are” (1984).

However, Robert did not get his most illustrious film role until he was cast as Lewis Skolnick, the positive thinking leader on “Revenge of the Nerds” (1984), opposite Anthony Edwards. Directed by Jeff Kanew, the comedy was a huge success at the box office and grossed over $60.4 million (including rentals) against a budget of $8 million. The film produced three not-as-successful sequels: “Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise” (1987), “Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation” (1992) and “Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love” (1994) with Roberts keeping his role in all the films.

In 1985, Robert starred as Rich, a man dying of complications from AIDS who is cared for by his former lover, in “As Is,” a play by William H. Hoffman. The following year, Hoffman adapted the play for a television production of the same name that starred Jonathan Hadary, Hoffman, and Colleen Dewhurst. Under the direction of Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Robert received a CableACE nomination for Best Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special for his performance. In 1987, Robert sang onscreen in the thriller “Number One with a Bullet,” where he starred opposite Billy Dee Williams and Valerie Bertinelli. He then starred as Herbie Altman in the comedy “Buy & Cell” (1987, directed by Robert Boris), was cast as Maxwell Dweeb in a musical television special titled “Totally Minnie” (1988), and costarred with Eric Roberts and Cheech Marin in the comedy “Rude Awakening” (1989).

The early 1990s found roles in the TV films “The Incident” (1990), “Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture” (1990), “Clarence” (1990, as Clarence Oddbody), “K-9” (1991), “Doublecrossed” (1991), “Illusions” (1992), “The Tommyknockers” (1993), “Body Bags” (1993), “The Disappearance of Christina” (1993) and “A Part of the Family” (1994). He also appeared in an episode of “ER” and as Joey Bermuda in an episode of “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (both 1995). On the big screen, Robert made a cameo appearance in Robert Altman's “The Player” (1992) and in 1995, starred in Paul Leder's film “The Killers Within,” opposite Anna Berger and Kim Chase. He then supported Lenny von Dohlen, Boyan Milushev and Jennifer Tilly in the movie “Bird of Prey.”

Robert continued to work on television and in film during the second half of the 1990s and played a skinhead in John Carpenter's movie “Escape from L.A.” (1996). He than acted in Showtime's “Humanoids from the Deep” (1996), appeared as Tarmac in “Firestorm” (1997), an action thriller starring John Savage, Bentley Mitchum and Sherrie Rose, and as Carter in the science fiction movie “Scorpio One” (1998). He also portrayed Roody in the adventure film “The Effects of Magic” (1998), opposite Kathy Bates and Melinda Dillon, Zack Hadley in the direct to video “Breakout” (1998), Eddie in the TV film “Young Hearts Unlimited” (1998), and Matt on “The Vegas Connection” (1999). He was next seen in “Gunfighter” (1999), “Palmer's Pick Up” (1999), “Lycanthrope” (1999) and as John in “Stray Bullet” (1999). He also appeared in episodes of “Dark Skies” (1996), “The Pretender” (1997), “NYPD Blue” (1997), “The Practice” (1997), “Nash Bridges” (1997), “Fast Track” (1997-1998) and “Vengeance Unlimited” (1999).

Following roles in the film “Dangerous Curves,” with his brother David, and the TV film “Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire,” playing vampire hunter Malachi Van Helsing (both 2000), Robert returned to TV series as a regular on the Disney Channel teen sitcom “Lizzie McGuire,” starring Hilary Duff. He remained with the show from January 2001 to February 2004. While working on the show, Robert also portrayed Max's father, Don, on the Disney movie “Max Keeble's Big Move” (2001) and Sergeant Cooper Rodale on the John Carpenter action film “Ghosts of Mars” (2001), opposite Ice Cube. In addition, he had an unaccredited part in the dramatic film “Three Days of Rain” (2002), played Sunfish Perkins in the film “Monte Walsh” (2003), appeared with Jason Scott Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith and Mary Page Keller in the video “Timecop: The Berlin Decision” (2003) and reprised his role of Sam McGuire on the big screen version “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” (2003).

In 2005, Robert guest starred in an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” starred with Nicholas Bell and Brian Wimmer in the television film “Attack of the Sabertooth” and worked with Steve Howey, Mike Vogel, Sophia Bush and Cameron Richardson in the action movie “Supercross.” He went on to appear in such films as Glen Stephens' “Hoboken Hollow” (2006), Tommy Reid's “7-10 Split” (2007), “Jane Doe: Ties That Bind” (2007, TV), Mark Young's “Tooth & Nail” (2007), Miles Brandman's “Sex and Breakfast” (2007, starred Macaulay Culkin, Kuno Becker and Eliza Dushku), Mikey Hilb's “Deep Winter” (2008), Bobb Hopkins' horror film “The 13th Alley” (2008) and the thriller “The Terror Experiment” (2010). He also contributed his voice to an episode of “Robot Chicken” called “Boo Cocky” (2008).

Recently, in 2011, Robert costarred with Laura Harris, Ivan Sergei and Kaitlin Doubleday in the dramatic comedy “Final Sale,” Patrick Gleason and Roddy Piper in “Fancypants,” and Danny Trejo, Michael Clarke Duncan and Vinnie Jones in the action fantasy “Cross,” which was directed by Patrick Durham. He recently completed filming the TV film “Workers' Comp” (2011), opposite Morgan Fairchild and David Proval, and is set to play Professor Meinhardt in the upcoming video “My Dog's Christmas Miracle” (2011). He will also portray Dave in the upcoming thriller “Low Places,” opposite Tom Sizemore and Ryan O'Neal.


Awards:

  • Golden Boot: 1998

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