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March 6, 1947 |
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Years active||1971 to present|
|Spouse(s)||Vivienne Kove (1981-2005)|
Martin Kove (born March 6, 1947) is an American film and television actor known for his work in films such as Rambo: First Blood Part II and on TV series such as Cagney & Lacey. He is best known for his role as hard-nosed Karate sensei John Kreese in the Karate Kid film series.
Kove appeared as George Baker in the short-lived CBS series Code R (1977) about the emergency services (fire, police, and ocean rescue) in the California Channel Islands. His co-stars were James Houghton, Tom Simcox, and Joan Freeman.
He also starred in the short-lived science fiction series Hard Time on Planet Earth and made guest appearances on several television programs including Gunsmoke, Three for the Road, Kojak, Quincy M. E. The Incredible Hulk, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, The Streets of San Francisco, and Black Scorpion.
Kove appeared in the 1984 hit film The Karate Kid as Cobra Kai Sensei John Kreese. After playing a traitorous helicopter pilot in the 1985 film Rambo: First Blood Part II, he reprised his role as Kreese in the 1986 sequel The Karate Kid, Part II and the 1989 sequel The Karate Kid, Part III. He studied Okinawa-te Karate under prominent black belt Gordon Doversola Shihan.
Kove appeared in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues as the Shadow Assassin in Episode 3, Season 1, "Shadow Assassin", which aired on 3 February 1993, and in Episode 23, Season 2, which aired on 26 January 1994.
In 2007, Kove appeared in the No More Kings video "Sweep The Leg", in a parody of his Karate Kid character. He appeared on Tosh.0 as his character from The Karate Kid, John Kreese, where he spoofed the final fight on the "Board Breaker Web Redemption". At the end of the skit, Daniel Tosh, dressed as Mr. Miyagi, honks Martin's nose, a reference to Mr. Miyagi's action in the scene at the beginning of The Karate Kid, Part II.
- Women in Revolt (1971)
- Little Murders (1971)
- The Last House on the Left (1972)
- Women in Revolt (1972)
- Savages (1972)
- Cops and Robbers (1973)
- The Wild Party (1975)
- White Line Fever (1975)
- Death Race 2000 (1975)
- The White Buffalo (1977)
- The San Pedro Beach Bums (1977) (TV) episode "The Shortest Yard"
- The Incredible Hulk (1978) (TV)
- Cry For The Strangers (1982) (TV)
- Blood Tide (1982)
- The Karate Kid (1984)
- Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
- The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)
- Steele Justice (1987)
- The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)
- Hard Time on Planet Earth (1989)
- White Light (1991)
- Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1992)
- Project Shadowchaser (1992)
- Wyatt Earp (1994)
- Walker Texas Ranger (1995)
- Timelock (1996)
- Nowhere Land (1998)
- Under Heavy Fire (2001) (TV)
- Crocodile 2: Death Swamp (2002)
- Hard Ground (2003) (TV)
- Curse of the Forty-Niner (2003)
- Barbarian (2003)
- Glass Trap (2004)
- Miracle at Sage Street (2005)
- Max Havoc: Ring of Fire (2006)
- The Dead Sleep Easy (2008)
- I Am Somebody: No Chance in Hell (2008) (original title: Chinaman's Chance)
- Savage (2009)
- War Wolves (2009) (TV)
- Middle Men (2009)
- Tosh.0 (2011) (TV)
- Eternity: The Movie (2013)
- The Extendables (2014)
- Falcon Song (2014)
Voisin, Scott, "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting." BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59393-342-5.