Bruce Malmuth

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Bruce Malmuth
Born (1934-02-04)February 4, 1934
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died June 29, 2005(2005-06-29) (aged 71)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Film director, actor

Bruce Malmuth (February 4, 1934 - June 29, 2005) was an American filmmaker,[1] best known for his work in the action and thriller genres and for his acting role in The Karate Kid film franchise.


Early life[edit]

Malmuth was the brother of Daniel S. Malmuth, an executive for Columbia Pictures and second unit director. Malmuth began making documentaries while serving in the Army, where he met baseball announcer Walter Red Barber. After his military career, Malmuth directed the New York Yankee games at WPIX radio before entering the film and television industry.

Film and television career[edit]

Malmuth's directoral debut was Fore Play, a anthology comedy film which he co-directed with John G. Avildsen. He was best known for directing Sylvester Stallone in the 1981 thriller Nighthawks and Steven Seagal in the 1990 political action film Hard to Kill and The Man Who Wasn't There, starring Steve Guttenberg.

An avid sports and martial arts fan, Malmuth played the role of ring announcer in 1984's The Karate Kid, among other small film roles. He also worked on the television series Beauty and the Beast and the Emmy-winning ABC Afterschool Special A Boy's Dream, which featured Darryl Strawberry.


On June 29, 2005 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Malmuth died at the age of 71 of esophageal cancer. His son, Evan Malmuth, who he raised as a single father, is an actor and writer.


Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Man Who Wasn't There Fireplug Crusher
1984 The Karate Kid Ring Announcer
1986 The Karate Kid Part II
1986 Where Are the Children? Restaurant Owner
1987 Happy New Year Police Lieutenant
1989 Lean on Me Burger Joint Manager
1994 Pentathlon Erhardt (final film role)


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