Ralph George Macchio Jr.
November 4, 1961
Ralph George Macchio Jr. ( // MAH-chee-oh; born November 4, 1961) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Daniel LaRusso in three Karate Kid films and in Cobra Kai , a sequel television series. He also played Johnny Cade in The Outsiders , Jeremy Andretti in Eight Is Enough, Bill Gambini in My Cousin Vinny , Eugene Martone in Crossroads , and Archie Rodriguez in Ugly Betty , and had a recurring role as Officer Haddix in The Deuce .
Macchio was born in Huntington, New York.He is the son of Rosalie (née DeSantis) and Ralph George Macchio Sr., who owned a few laundromats and a wastewater disposal company. Ralph has a younger brother Steven. His father is of half Italian and half Greek descent, and his mother is of Italian ancestry. In a 1980 screen test, Macchio said his family was from Naples. In 1979, Macchio graduated from Half Hollow Hills Central School District in New York.
Macchio began tap dancing lessons at the age of three and was discovered by a talent agent when he was 16 years old.
Macchio was cast as Jeremy Andretti for two seasons in the television series Eight Is Enough .He next won the role of Johnny Cade in the 1983 film The Outsiders .
His work on The Outsiders helped him to win the role of Daniel LaRusso in the blockbuster 1984 film The Karate Kid. He continued to portray the character in two of its sequels, The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989).In The Karate Kid, Macchio portrayed a "high school weakling turned bullybuster" who learns karate from his friend and mentor, Mr. Miyagi (portrayed by Pat Morita). Macchio's work in the Karate Kid series made him "stratospherically famous".
Macchio appeared in the 1986 film Crossroads , portraying music student Eugene Martone. Also in 1986, Macchio starred in Cuba and His Teddy Bear on Broadway, alongside Robert DeNiro.In 1992, he starred opposite Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei in the hit comedy My Cousin Vinny , playing Billy Gambini, who was wrongfully accused of murder while passing through a small Alabama town. In 1996, Macchio performed the lead role of J. Pierrepont Finch in the U.S. tour revival of the 1962 Tony Award-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying , and received positive reviews. Referring to his performance as a chorister in a high school production of the same musical, Macchio said, "I was known as the 'Dancing Kid,' not that I was all that great. But I had been dancing since the age of three, taking lessons at the June Claire School of Dance in Babylon, Long Island."
In 2005, Macchio played himself in the HBO series Entourage .Beginning in October 2008, he appeared in several episodes of the ABC Network television series Ugly Betty as Archie Rodriguez, a local politician who is Hilda's love interest. As of November 2008, Macchio was ranked No. 80 among VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
On September 20, 2010, Macchio played the adult Carl Morelli in a staged reading of the Charles Messina play A Room of My Own presented by the Bleecker Street Theater Company.In February 2011, it was announced that Macchio would compete on ABC's Dancing with the Stars . He was eliminated during the semi-finals, placing fourth in the overall competition. Macchio appeared in Canadian band Danko Jones' music videos for "Had Enough" and "I Think Bad Thoughts".
In April 2012, Macchio was cast in the film Hitchcock , based on the non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho . Macchio portrayed Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano.
Macchio appeared in the 2007 music video for the song "Sweep the Leg" by No More Kings as a caricature of himself and Daniel from The Karate Kid.
In June 2010, Macchio appeared in Funny or Die's online short, "Wax On, F*ck Off", in which his loved ones stage an intervention to turn the former child star from a well-adjusted family man into an addict besieged with tabloid scandal in order to help his career, with frequent references to The Karate Kid.A recurring joke in the sketch is that Macchio is confused for an adolescent. The short was lauded by TV Guide's Bruce Fretts, who referred to the video as "sidesplitting" and "comic gold".
In 2013, he appeared in How I Met Your Mother . One of the main characters, Barney Stinson, asserts that Macchio's character, Daniel LaRusso, in The Karate Kid is not the real karate kid; instead, it's Johnny Lawrence, Daniel's nemesis in the film.
At a celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Karate Kid at the Japanese American National Museum in 2014, Macchio said that the yellow 1947 Ford convertible his character Daniel receives from Miyagi in the first film was sitting in his garage.
Beginning in 2018, Macchio reprised his role as Daniel LaRusso in Cobra Kai , an action comedy-drama series that began on YouTube Red and later moved to Netflix. Cobra Kai begins in the fall of 2017, and re-examines the "Miyagi-Verse" narrative from Johnny's point of view, beginning with his decision to reopen the Cobra Kai karate dojo, and the rekindling of his old rivalry with Daniel.Along with William Zabka, he is also a co-executive producer of the series.
In 2022, Macchio published the memoir Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me (Dutton), in which he reflects upon the legacy of the Karate Kid films and Cobra Kai.
Macchio was introduced to his future wife, Phyllis Fierro, by his grandmother when he was 15.They married on April 5, 1987, and have two children, Julia (born 1992) and Daniel (born 1996). Fierro is a nurse practitioner.
Macchio is a fan of the New York Islanders hockey team and was featured as the team's celebrity captain in the 1991 Pro Set Platinum trading card series.A 2016 bobblehead promotion saw his likeness in the team's uniform donning the iconic 'crane kick' pose from The Karate Kid.
|1980||Up the Academy||Chooch Bambalazi|
|1982||High Powder||Eddie||Television film|
|1982||Dangerous Company||Denny Brody||Television film|
|1983||The Outsiders||Johnny Cade|
|1984||The Karate Kid||Daniel LaRusso|
|1984||The Three Wishes of Billy Grier||Billy Grier||Television film|
|1986||The Karate Kid Part II||Daniel LaRusso|
|1988||Distant Thunder||Jack Lambert|
|1989||The Karate Kid Part III||Daniel LaRusso|
|1990||Too Much Sun||Frank Jr.|
|1992||The Last P.O.W.: The Bobby Garwood Story||Robert Garwood||Television film|
|1992||My Cousin Vinny||Bill Gambini|
|1993||Naked in New York||Chris|
|1998||The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue||Timmy Brisby (voice)||Direct-to-video film|
|1999||Can't Be Heaven||Hubbie Darling|
|2000||The Office Party||Sean||Short film|
|2001||Popcorn Shrimp||Cop #2||Short film|
|2003||A Good Night to Die||Donnie|
|2009||Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead||Bobby Bianchi|
|2010||Wax On, F*ck Off||Himself, concept writer||Short film|
|2012||Holiday Spin||Ruben||Television film|
|2013||He's Way More Famous Than You||Himself|
|2014||A Little Game||Tom|
|2015||Lost Cat Corona||Dominic|
|2017||Psych: The Movie||Nick Conforth||Television film|
|2018||A Dog and Pony Show||Aaron|
|1980–1981||Eight Is Enough||Jeremy Andretti||Recurring role (19 episodes)|
|1982||CBS Afternoon Playhouse||Tony Barnett||Episode: "Journey to Survival"|
|1999||The Outer Limits||Dr. Neal Eberhardt||Episode: "The Other Side"|
|2000||Chicken Soup for the Soul||Max||Episode: "Letters to Suzie"|
|2000||Twice in a Lifetime||Officer Dan Payello/Phillip Barbosa||Episode: "My Blue Heaven"|
|2007||Head Case||Himself||Episode: "Ralph Macchio and Liz Phair"|
|2008–2009||Ugly Betty||Archie Rodriguez||Recurring role (11 episodes)|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Louis Marciano||Episode: "Inhumane Society"|
|2010||Psych||Nick Conforth||Episode: "We'd Like to Thank the Academy"|
|2011||The Whole Truth||Frankie Berlito||Episode: "Lost in Translation"|
|2011||Dancing with the Stars||Himself (contestant)||Placed in fourth (17 episodes)|
|2012||Happily Divorced||Frankie||Episodes: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" (Parts 1 & 2)|
|2013||Robot Chicken||Daniel LaRusso, Colonel Steven Shay, Janitor (voice)||Episode: "Caffeine-Induced Aneurysm"|
|2013||How I Met Your Mother||Himself||Episode: "The Bro Mitzvah"|
|2014||Psych||Logan Phelps||Episode: "Remake A.K.A. Cloudy... With a Chance of Improvement"|
|2016||Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe||Himself/roaster||Television special|
|2017–2019||The Deuce||Officer Haddix||Recurring role (17 episodes)|
|2017||Whose Line Is It Anyway?||Himself||Special Guest (Season 13, Episode 8)|
|2018||Kevin Can Wait||Alviti||2 episodes: "The Smoking Bun" and "Phat Monkey"|
|2018||Conan||Himself||Episode: "Conan Without Borders: Japan"; pre-recorded video clip|
|2018–present||Cobra Kai||Daniel LaRusso||Main role|
Continuation of The Karate Kid film series
|1986||Cuba and his Teddy Bear||Teddy||The Public Theater|
|1996–1997||How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying||J. Pierrepont Finch||US national tour|
|2007||Sweep the Leg||No More Kings||Himself|
|2010||"Had Enough"||Danko Jones||Dr. Lee Dorian|
|2011||"I Think Bad Thoughts"||Danko Jones||Dr. Lee Dorian|
|2012||"The Ballad of Danko Jones"||Danko Jones||Dr. Lee Dorian|
|2020||Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues||Daniel LaRusso (voice)|
|2022||Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising||Daniel LaRusso (voice)|
The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts drama film written by Robert Mark Kamen and directed by John G. Avildsen. It is the first installment in the Karate Kid franchise, and stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue and William Zabka. The Karate Kid follows Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), a teenager taught karate by Mr. Miyagi (Morita) to help defend himself and compete in a tournament against his bullies, one of whom is Johnny Lawrence (Zabka), the ex-boyfriend of his love interest Ali Mills (Shue).
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita was an American actor and comedian. He was known for his roles as Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on Happy Days, Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid film series, Captain Sam Pak on the sitcom M*A*S*H, Ah Chew in Sanford and Son, Mike Woo in The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, and The Emperor of China in Mulan and Mulan II. He was the series lead actor in the television program Mr. T and Tina and in Ohara, a police-themed drama. The two shows made history for being among the few TV shows with an Asian-American series lead.
William Michael Zabka is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Johnny Lawrence in The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and the TV series Cobra Kai (2018–present). In 2004, he was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing and producing the short film Most.
Mr. Miyagi is a fictional character in the original films (1984-1994) of the Karate Kid franchise. He is a karate master who mentors Daniel LaRusso and Julie Pierce. Although he died in 2011, Miyagi is frequently referenced in the series Cobra Kai (2018–present), which is itself thematically structured via The Miyagi-Verse.
The Karate Kid Part II is a 1986 American martial arts drama film written by Robert Mark Kamen and directed by John G. Avildsen. It is the second installment in the Karate Kid franchise and the sequel to the 1984 film The Karate Kid, starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. The Karate Kid Part II follows Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who accompanies his karate teacher Mr. Miyagi (Morita) to see his dying father in Okinawa, only to encounter an old friend-turned-rival with a long-harbored grudge against Miyagi.
Cobra Kai is an American martial arts comedy-drama television series and a sequel to the original The Karate Kid films by Robert Mark Kamen. The series was created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, and is distributed by Sony Pictures Television. The series was released on YouTube Red / YouTube Premium for the first two seasons, before moving to Netflix starting with the third. The series stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, who reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from the 1984 film The Karate Kid and its sequels, The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989).
The Karate Kid Part III is a 1989 American martial arts drama film, the third entry in the Karate Kid franchise and a sequel to The Karate Kid Part II (1986). It stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, and Thomas Ian Griffith in his film debut. As was the case with the first two films in the series, it was directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, with stunts choreographed by Pat E. Johnson and music composed by Bill Conti. In the film, the returning John Kreese, with the help of his best friend Terry Silver, attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi which involves hiring a ruthless martial artist and harming their relationship.
Daniel LaRusso is a fictional character in the Karate Kid franchise. He is the main protagonist of the Karate Kid film trilogy and one of the main characters in its spin-off series Cobra Kai. He is portrayed by Ralph Macchio.
The Karate Kid is an American martial arts drama franchise created by Robert Mark Kamen. The series follows the journey of various coming-of-age teenagers who are taught in the ways of martial arts by an experienced mentor in order to stand up for themselves after being bullied, or assert their dominance towards others.
Johnny Lawrence is a fictional character who appears in The Karate Kid series of films created by Robert Mark Kamen. Played by William Zabka, he serves as the secondary antagonist of The Karate Kid and Daniel LaRusso's primary rival. He appears briefly in The Karate Kid Part II and appears only through flashbacks in The Karate Kid Part III. He is then starred in a less villainous role in Cobra Kai, in which he is the main protagonist.
Ali Mills is a fictional character portrayed by Elisabeth Shue in the film The Karate Kid (1984), and in the third season of its sequel series Cobra Kai (2021).
Terrance "Terry" Silver is a fictional character in the Karate Kid universe portrayed by actor and martial artist Thomas Ian Griffith, serving as the main antagonist of the film The Karate Kid Part III (1989) and the fourth and fifth seasons of the sequel television series Cobra Kai.
Robert Scott Garrison was an American actor known for his role as Tommy in the 1984 film The Karate Kid and the second season of its spinoff Cobra Kai.
Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues is a side-scrolling beat 'em-up video game based on the American streaming television series Cobra Kai. Developed by Flux Games and published by GameMill Entertainment in North America and Maximum Games in Europe, it was released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 27, 2020, and for Microsoft Windows on January 5, 2021. The Nintendo Switch version was released in Europe on November 24, 2020. Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Jacob Bertrand, and Gianni DeCenzo reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso, Johnny Lawrence, Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz, and Demetri Alexopoulos respectively, while the rest of the other characters are voiced by different actors. A sequel developed by Flux Games and published GameMill Entertainment titled Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising was released on November 8, 2022 for Microsoft Windows via Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Kumiko is a fictional character portrayed by Tamlyn Tomita in the film The Karate Kid Part II (1986), and in the third season of the sequel series Cobra Kai (2021).
Chozen Toguchi is a fictional character who appears as the central antagonist in the motion picture The Karate Kid Part II (1986), and a hero of the series Cobra Kai (2021). He is portrayed by Yuji Okumoto, whose performance, particularly in Cobra Kai, has received widespread acclaim.
The first season of Cobra Kai was released on YouTube Red on May 2, 2018 and consisted of 10 episodes. The series is a direct sequel to the original four films in The Karate Kid franchise, focusing on the characters of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence over 30 years after the original film.
The fifth season of Cobra Kai was released to Netflix on September 9, 2022, and consisted of 10 episodes. The series is a direct sequel to the original four films in The Karate Kid franchise, focusing on the characters of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence over 30 years after the original film. This is the third season to be released to Netflix.
Jessica Andrews is a fictional character portrayed by Robyn Lively in the film The Karate Kid Part III (1989), and in the fifth season of its sequel series Cobra Kai (2022).
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