|John Carradine (1906 - 1988)
a.k.a. John Peter Richmond
Ex-Mr. Sonia Sorel
Father of David, Keith, and Robert Carradine
Grandfather of Martha Plimpton and Ever Carradine
|To the Last Man (Law of Vengeance) (1933) [Pete Garon]: Shot to death by Barton MacLane as John was rustling cattle. (Thanks to Stephen)
The Black Cat (The House of Doom; The Vanishing Body) (1934) [Cult Organist]: Killed in an explosion (along with the rest of the cultists) when Bela Lugosi blows up the cult's headquarters. We only see Bela activating the bomb, followed by an exterior shot of the house exploding.
Mary of Scotland (1936) [David Rizzio]: Stabbed in the stomach by soldiers after being chased through the castle.
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) [Caldwell]: Killed (off-screen) in the battle between the colonists and the Mohawks & Tories. His fate is revealed (by implication) when we see Chief John Big Tree wearing John's eyepatch.
Five Came Back (1939) [Crimp]: Shot in the chest with a poison dart (off-screen) by the natives in the jungle; his body is shown afterwards when Allen Jenkins and Lucille Ball discover him.
Stagecoach (1939) [Hatfield]: Shot by Apaches as he is about to shoot Louise Platt (in order to spare her from being captured). We only see his hand dropping his gun as we hear the shot. He dies shortly afterwards while talking to Louise and Thomas Mitchell.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) [Preacher Casy]: Hit on the head with a club by a deputy while John and Henry Fonda are walking outside the camp at night.
The Return of Frank James (1940) [Bob Ford]: Shot in the stomach (off-screen) in a shoot-out with Jackie Cooper outside the courthouse (we only hear the shots from inside the courthouse). John later dies of his wound (off-screen) after hiding out in a nearby barn and trying to shoot at Henry Fonda; his body is shown lying on the floor afterwards when Henry walks in after the shooting stops. (This bears absolutely no resemblance to the actual events in the lives of Bob Ford and Frank & Jesse James.)
Captive Wild Woman (1943) [Dr. Sigmund Walters]: Mauled to death by Acquanetta (in her ape form).
Hitler's Madman (Hitler's Hangman) (1943) [Reichs Protector Reinhardt Heydrich]: Shot by several resistance members (including Ralph Morgan and Alan Curtis) as his car drives along a road in the wood; he dies in his bedroom some time afterwards while talking to Howard Freeman.
Bluebeard (1944) [Gaston Morrell]: Commits suicide by jumping into the river while fleeing from police.
House of Frankenstein (1944) [Count Dracula, a.k.a. Baron Latos]: Destroyed by the light of the rising sun as he tries to get back into his coffin; we see a close-up of his hand as he turns into a skeleton. (John returned as Dracula in the 1945 sequel House of Dracula, with no explanation for his resurrection.)
The Mummy's Ghost (1944) [Yousef Bey]: Thrown from a mill tower by Lon Chaney Jr.
Return of the Ape Man (1944) [Professor John Gilmore]: His body dies on the operating table when Bela Lugosi surgically removes John's brain and transplants it into Frank Moran's body. John's brain (in Frank's body) is burned to death when he sets fire to Bela's laboratory. (Thanks to Dignan)
House of Dracula (The Wolf Man's Cure) (1945) [Count Dracula, a.k.a. Baron Latos]: Turned into a skeleton when Onslow Stevens drags John's coffin outside and opens it as the sun rises.
Johnny Guitar (1954) [Old Tom]: Shot in the chest by Mercedes McCambridge in Joan Crawford's saloon; he dies in Joan's arms shortly afterwards.
The Unearthly (1957) [Dr. Charles Conway]: Stabbed in the stomach by Harry Fleer.
Invisible Invaders (1959) [Dr. Karol Noymann]: Killed in an explosion in his laboratory; his body is later re-animated by aliens.
Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966) [Count Dracula]: Stabbed in the chest with an iron spike (which, in this movie, works just as well as a wooden stake) by Chuck Courtney; his body turns into a skeleton after his death.
They Ran for Their Lives (1968) [Laslow]: Falls off of a cliff when John Payne's dog lunges at him.
The Astro-Zombies (The Space Vampires; Space Zombies) (1969) [Dr. DeMarco]: Shot twice in the back by Tura Satana in his laboratory while he's reviving an Astro-Zombie. (Thanks to Stephen)
Blood of Dracula's Castle (Dracula's Castle) (1969) [George the Butler]: Falls to his death from the dungeon stairwell when he swings a weapon at Gene Otis Shayne and misses. His body is shown again later on when Ray Young discovers him. (Thanks to Stephen)
Five Bloody Graves (1970) [Boone Hawkins]: Shot in the stomach with an arrow by a Yaqui warrior as John attempts to shield Paula Raymond.
Blood Legacy (Legacy of Blood) (1971) [Christopher Dean]: Crushed to death when his servants push a wine rack on top of him. (Thanks to PortsGuy)
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* *But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) [Dr. Bernardo]: Either burned or crushed to death (off-screen) when his laboratory catches fire and his "silicone experiment" goes out of control, resulting in the creation of a giant monster breast. We don't see John emerge from the laboratory, so it seems safe to assume he was killed.
Silent Night, Bloody Night (Death House; Night of the Dark Full Moon) (1973) [Charlie Towman]: Dies of shock/blood loss after his hands are cut off (off-screen). (Thanks to PortsGuy)
Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1976) [The Man]: Shot several times in the back by David Young when John attacks Cristina Ferrare with a knife.
Shock Waves (Almost Human; Death Corps) (1977) [Captain Ben]: Accidentally drowned (off-screen) while attempting to repair the boat; his body is shown afterwards when some of his passengers pass over him in a glass-bottomed rowboat.
The Howling (1981) [Erle Kenton]: Burned to death (along with several of the other werewolves) when their cabin is burned down. (Thanks to Michael)
The Nesting (Massacre Mansion; Phobia) (1982) [Colonel Lebrun]: Dies following a stroke; he manages to confess his part in the decades-earlier murders to his grandson (Michael David Lally) before his death.
Monster in the Closet (1986) [Old Joe Shempter]: Mauled/bitten to death (off-camera) by the monster (Kevin Peter Hall) after John goes into his closet; we only hear the struggle as we see clothes flying out of the closet door. (Played for comic effect.)
Evil Spawn (Alien Within; Alive by Night; Deadly Sting; Metamorphosis) (1987) [Dr. Zeitman]: Dies of old age/natural causes. (Thanks to PortsGuy)
Bikini Drive-In (1995) [Grandfather]: Dies (off-screen) of old age/natural causes. (Although this movie was made seven years after John's death in real life, a photograph of John was used to represent Ashlie Rhey's deceased grandfather who leaves her the drive-in.)
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