Ralph Macchio

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Ralph Macchio
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Macchio at the 2018 Raleigh Comicon
Born
Ralph George Macchio Jr.

(1961-11-04) November 4, 1961 (age 59) [1]
Occupation
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)
Phyllis Fierro
(m. 1987)
Children2

Ralph George Macchio Jr. ( /ˈmɑːi/ , Italian:  [ˈmakkjo] ; born November 4, 1961) is an American actor and producer. 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 .

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Early life

Macchio was born in Huntington, New York. [1] He is the son of Rosalie (née DeSantis) and Ralph George Macchio, who owned a ranch. [2] [3] His father is of half Italian and half Greek [4] descent, and his mother is of Italian ancestry. [5] In a 1980 screen test, Macchio said his family is from Naples. [6] In 1979, Macchio graduated from Half Hollow Hills Central School District in New York. [7]

Career

Macchio began tap dancing lessons at the age of three and was discovered by a talent agent when he was 16 years old. [1] He was then cast as Jeremy Andretti in the television series Eight Is Enough . [1] After Eight is Enough ended, he won the role of Johnny Cade in the 1983 film The Outsiders . [1] It was this role that led him to be cast as Daniel LaRusso in the blockbuster 1984 film The Karate Kid and two of its sequels, The Karate Kid Part II and The Karate Kid Part III . [1] [8] In The Karate Kid, Macchio portrayed a "high school weakling turned bullybuster" [9] who learns karate from his friend and mentor, Mr. Miyagi (portrayed by Pat Morita). [10] Macchio's work in the Karate Kid series made him "stratospherically famous". [8]

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. [1] [11] 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. [1] 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." [12] [13]

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Macchio in 2015

In 2005, Macchio played himself in the HBO series Entourage . [1] He 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. [14] [15] 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. [16] As of November 2008, Macchio was ranked No. 80 among VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars. [17]

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. [18] 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". [19] 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. [20] 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. [21] Macchio appeared in Canadian band Danko Jones' music videos for "Had Enough" and "I Think Bad Thoughts". [22]

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. [23] In 2013, he appeared in How I Met Your Mother . The main character, 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. [24] From February to March 2016, Macchio co-starred with Mario Cantone in the Off-Broadway production A Room of My Own, [25] after having read the play in 2010 [20] and 2014. [26]

Macchio reprised his role as Daniel LaRusso in Cobra Kai , an action comedy-drama Netflix series presented in an episodic storytelling format that began in 2018. Along with William Zabka, he is also a co-executive producer of the series. [1] [27]

Personal life

Macchio was introduced to his future wife, Phyllis Fierro, by his grandmother when he was 15. [28] They married on April 5, 1987, and have two children, Julia (born 1992) and Daniel (born 1996). Fierro is a nurse practitioner. [28] [29] [30]

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. [30]

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. [31] A 2016 bobblehead promotion saw his likeness in the team's uniform donning the iconic 'crane kick' pose from The Karate Kid. [32]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980 Up the Academy Chooch Bambalazi
1982 High Powder EddieTelevision film
1982 Dangerous Company Denny BrodyTelevision film
1983 The Outsiders Johnny Cade
1984 The Karate Kid Daniel LaRusso
1984 Teachers Eddie Pilikian
1984 The Three Wishes of Billy Grier Billy GrierTelevision film
1986 Crossroads Eugene Martone
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.
1992The Last P.O.W.: The Bobby Garwood Story Robert Garwood Television film
1992 My Cousin Vinny Bill Gambini
1993 Naked in New York Chris
1998DizzylandN/AShort film
1998 The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue Timmy Brisby (voice)Direct-to-video film
2000The Office PartySeanShort film
2000 Can't Be Heaven Hubbie Darling
2001Popcorn ShrimpCop #2Short film
2003 A Good Night to Die Donnie
2006 Beer League Maz
2009 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead Bobby Bianchi
2010Wax On, F*ck Off [33] Himself, concept writerShort film
2012 Hitchcock Joseph Stefano
2012Holiday SpinRubenTelevision 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 ConforthTelevision film
TBAA Dog and Pony ShowAaronPost-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980–1981 Eight Is Enough Jeremy AndrettiRecurring role (19 episodes)
1982 CBS Afternoon Playhouse Tony BarnettEpisode: "Journey to Survival"
1999 The Outer Limits Dr. Neal EberhardtEpisode: "The Other Side"
2000Chicken Soup for the SoulMaxEpisode: "Letters to Suzie"
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Officer Dan Payello/Phillip BarbosaEpisode: "My Blue Heaven"
2005 Entourage HimselfEpisode: "Aquamansion"
2007 Head Case HimselfEpisode: "Ralph Macchio and Liz Phair"
2008–2009 Ugly Betty Archie RodriguezRecurring role (11 episodes)
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Louis MarcianoEpisode: "Inhumane Society"
2010 Psych Nick ConforthEpisode: "We'd Like to Thank the Academy"
2011 The Whole Truth Frankie BerlitoEpisode: "Lost in Translation"
2011 Dancing with the Stars Himself (contestant)Placed in fourth (17 episodes)
2012 Happily Divorced FrankieEpisodes: "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 HimselfEpisode: "The Bro Mitzvah"
2014 Psych Logan PhelpsEpisode: "Remake A.K.A. Cloudy... With a Chance of Improvement"
2016 Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe Himself/roasterTelevision special
2017–2019 The Deuce Officer HaddixRecurring role (17 episodes)
2017 Whose Line Is It Anyway? HimselfSpecial Guest (Season 10, Episode 8)
2018 Kevin Can Wait Alviti [34] 2 episodes: "The Smoking Bun" and "Phat Monkey"
2018 Conan HimselfEpisode: "Conan Without Borders: Japan"; pre-recorded video clip [35]
2018–2019,
2021–present
Cobra Kai Daniel LaRusso Main role
Continuation of The Karate Kid film series

Theatre

YearProductionRoleTheater
1986 Cuba and His Teddy Bear Teddy The Public Theater
1996–1997 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying J. Pierrepont FinchUS national tour [36] [37]

Music videos

Music videos
YearTitleArtistRole
2007 Sweep the Leg No More Kings Himself
2010"Had Enough" Danko Jones Dr. Lee Dorian
2011"I Think Bad Thoughts"Danko JonesDr. Lee Dorian
2012"The Ballad of Danko Jones"Danko JonesDr. Lee Dorian

Video game

YearTitleRole
2020 Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues Daniel LaRusso (voice)

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