|Born||Ralph George Macchio, Jr.
November 4, 1961
Huntington, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Phyllis Fierro (1987–present)|
Ralph George Macchio, Jr. (//; born November 4, 1961) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid series, Eugene Martone in Crossroads, Billy Gambini in My Cousin Vinny, and Johnny Cade in The Outsiders. He is also known to American television audiences for his recurring role as Jeremy Andretti in the fifth season of the television comedy-drama Eight Is Enough. He also appeared on the television comedy Ugly Betty in the recurring role of Archie, a local Queens politician. He competed on the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars.
Early life 
Macchio was born on November 4, 1961, in Huntington, New York. He is the son of Rosalie (née DeSantis) and Ralph Macchio, Sr., who owned a ranch. His father is of half-Italian and half-Greek descent, and his mother is of Italian ancestry.
Macchio first appeared on American television commercials for products such as Bubble Yum and Dr Pepper. His on-screen debut was in the 1980 film Up the Academy, and his first major role was playing Jeremy Andretti in the television series Eight Is Enough. In 1983, he appeared as Johnny Cade in The Outsiders alongside many young actors who had yet to become major stars, such as C. Thomas Howell, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, and Matt Dillon.
In 1984, Macchio became known internationally following the release of the first Karate Kid movie. Playing high school senior Daniel LaRusso, Macchio was actually in his early twenties when the film was made. He continued this success with the film's sequels, Karate Kid, Part II and Part III. In the mid-1980s, Macchio's face began appearing on the covers of many teen "bubblegum" magazines such as Tiger Beat, 16, and Teen Beat.
Macchio appeared in the 1986 film Crossroads, portraying music student Eugene Martone. In 1992, he starred opposite Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei in the hit comedy My Cousin Vinny, playing William Gambini, who was wrongly accused of murder while passing through a small Alabama town. It was the first significant adult role of his career.
In 1993, Macchio portrayed Chris, the sexually confused best friend of Eric Stoltz's character, in the indie film Naked in New York, along with such notable actors as Mary-Louise Parker, Jill Clayburgh, Kathleen Turner, and Tony Curtis.
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."
Since the mid-1990s, Macchio's film appearances have been occasional cameo or supporting roles, notably and recently A Good Night to Die and Beer League. In 2005 Macchio played himself in the HBO series, Entourage.
On May 1, 2007, Macchio played himself in an episode of the Starz series, Head Case. In 2008, he appeared in a VitaminWater commercial that featured NASCAR driver Carl Edwards. Macchio was depicted as Edwards' "spiritual advisor" and dressed in his Karate Kid clothes. Since October 2008, he has appeared in several episodes of the ABC Network television series Ugly Betty as Archie Rodriguez, a local politician, with a semi-regular role as Hilda's love interest on the show.
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, all in order to help his career. During the video Macchio reacts to seeing a poster for the 2010 Karate Kid remake. 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 April 2012, Macchio was cast in the film Hitchcock, based on the non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, co-starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Jessica Biel and Toni Collette, and directed by Sacha Gervasi. Macchio portrays Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano.
In April 2013, Macchio appeared in the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother in the episode entitled "The Bro-Mitzvah".
Personal life 
In popular culture 
DJ Q-Ball of the Bloodhound Gang released a song on his MySpace called "The Ralph Macchio Memoirs". Poetry slam artist Big Poppa E references Ralph Macchio in his performance The Wussy Boy Manifesto. Nerdcore artist MC Frontalot mentions him in his song, "Braggadocio". Macchio was featured in a brief cameo at the end of the No More Kings video for "Sweep the Leg".
The Bat for Lashes song "Daniel" is inspired by Macchio's character in the Karate Kid movies. The front cover of the single shows singer Natasha Khan with Daniel LaRusso's face painted on her back.
|1980||Up the Academy||Chooch Bambalazi|
|Eight is Enough||Jeremy Andretti|
|1982||Dangerous Company||Denny Brody|
|1983||The Outsiders||Johnny Cade|
|1984||The Karate Kid||Daniel LaRusso|
|The Three Wishes of Billy Grier||Billy Grier|
|The Karate Kid, Part II||Daniel LaRusso|
|1988||Distant Thunder||Jack Lambert|
|1989||The Karate Kid, Part III||Daniel LaRusso|
|1991||Too Much Sun||Frank Jr.|
|The Last POW: The Bobby Garwood Story||Robert Garwood|
|1992||My Cousin Vinny||William Gambini|
|1993||Naked in New York||Chris|
|1998||The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue||Tim||Video (voice)|
|1999||The Outer Limits||Dr. Eberhardt||Episode: "The Other Side"|
|Can't Be Heaven||Hubbie Darling||Also known as Forever Together|
|The Office Party||Sean|
|2001||Popcorn Shrimp||Cop No. 2||Film short|
|2003||A Good Night to Die||Donnie|
|2007||Head Case||cameo||Episode: "Ralph Macchio and Liz Phair"|
|2008–2009||Ugly Betty||Archie Rodriguez, Jr.||11 episodes|
|2009||Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead||Bobby Bianchi|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Louis Marciano||Episode: "Inhumane Society"|
|Psych||Nick Conforth||Episode: "We'd Like to Thank the Academy"|
|Wax On, F*ck Off||cameo||Online short|
|2011||Dancing with the Stars||Himself||Finished 4th place (semi-finalist)|
|2012||Happily Divorced||Frankie||2 episodes|
|2013||A Little Game||Tom|
|How I Met Your Mother||Himself||Episode: "The Bro Mitzvah"|
- "Ralph Macchio Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
- J3158-2009 – NY Senate Open Legislation – Congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Macchio upon the occasion of their 50th Anniversary .New York State Senate.
- "Ralph Macchio Sr., father of the actor best known for his recurring role as Daniel LaRusso in three Karate Kid movies... Macchio operated a Western entertainment park – the Wild West Ranch and Western Town in Lake George, NY -until closing it this year after a land ownership". Nl.newsbank.com (October 5, 2007).
- Q&A With Executive Producer Ralph Macchio. National Geographic Channel.
- "How Ralph Macchio Succeeds". Playbill. April 24, 1996. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- Rousuck, J. Wynn (May 31, 1996). "A cheery revival for 'How to Succeed' Review: Grown-up Ralph Macchio charms as this updated '61 Pulitzer Prize musical opens a national tour here". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- "100 Greatest Teen Stars #'s 80-61". vh1devas2000live.com. MTV Networks. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
- "Wax On, F*ck Off with Ralph Macchio" Funny or Die; 2010
- Fretts, Bruce. "Cheers & Jeers"; TV Guide; July 5, 2010; Page 92
- Lenzi, Linda (September 21, 2010). "Photo Coverage: Cantone, Macchio et al. in A ROOM OF MY OWN". BroadwayWorld.com.
- Chen, Joyce (May 18, 2011). "'Dancing with the Stars' semifinals recap: Ralph Macchio, Karina Smirnoff knocked out of the running". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2011-05-18.
- "Ralph Macchio, Elijah Wood Think Bad Thoughts in Indie Music Clip". The Wrap. March 28, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
- "Ralph Macchio Plays ‘Psycho’ Scribe Joe Stefano In ‘Hitchcock’". Deadline.com. April 17, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- Jocelyn Valle (June 25, 2010). "Whatever happened to Ralph Macchio?". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
- Paul Chi. "The Karate Kid All Grown Up". People. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
- Mc Frontalot – Braggadocio Lyrics. Lyricstime.com.
- 89.3 The Current Presents, "The Great Girl Grossout", aired January 31, 2010 on The Current (Minnesota Public Radio) and archived here: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/current-presents/
- Natural wonder. Cbc.ca (May 11, 2009).
- 'The Outsiders' Cast : Where Are They Now?. Moviefone.com (March 26, 2008).
|Awards and achievements|
Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
|Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 12 (Spring 2011 with Karina Smirnoff)
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy