William Zabka

Active - 1984 - 2017  |   Born - Oct 20, 1965 in New York, New York, United States  |   Genres - Action, Comedy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Children's/Family

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Supporting actor, onscreen from the '80s.

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  • Is of Czech descent, on his father's side, and can speak Czech fluently.
  • Made his TV debut in the 1983 episode "Space Ranger" of The Greatest American Hero.
  • Was an accomplished wrestler prior to his role in The Karate Kid, and later earned a second degree green belt in the martial art of Tang Soo Do.
  • Co-wrote and produced the short film Most which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action, in 2004.
  • Breakout role was antagonist Johnny Lawrence in 1984's The Karate Kid, and would reprise that role in its sequel and the YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai.
  • Directed the 2010 music video for No More Kings' "Sweep The Leg", wherein he plays a parody of himself.
  • Last name, Zabka, translates to "little frog" in Czech.