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Macchio at the Chiller Theatre Expo in New Jersey, October 2013
|Born||Ralph George Macchio, Jr.
November 4, 1961
Huntington, New York, U.S.
|Years active||1980 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Phyllis Fierro (m. 1987)|
Ralph George Macchio, Jr. (//, Italian pronunciation: [ˈmakkjo]; 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.
Macchio was born 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 Greek and half Italian descent, and his mother is of Italian ancestry. In a 1980 screen test Macchio stated his family is from Naples.
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 film. 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, The Karate Kid Part II and The Karate Kid, 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".
Ralph Macchio first met future wife Phyllis Fierro when his grandmother introduced them when he was 15. They married when he was 26 and have two children, Julia and Daniel. Fierro is a former nurse practitioner.
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 "Daniel" song by English singer Bat for Lashes is inspired by Macchio's character in the Karate Kid film. The front cover of the single shows Bat for Lashes with Daniel LaRusso's face painted on her back.
In the TV series How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinson asserts that Macchio's character, Daniel Larusso, in The Karate Kid isn't the "real" karate kid; instead, it's Johnny Lawrence, Daniel's nemesis in the film. In the 8th season episode The Bro Mitzvah, Ralph Macchio is invited to Barney's bachelor party, although Barney is disappointed in the surprise, expecting William Zabka the "real" Karate Kid. For the duration of the episode, the characters note the similarities between Barney and Macchio, by which Barney is disgusted. At the end of the night, the clown hired for the party's entertainment reveals himself to be William Zabka.
|1980||Up the Academy||Chooch Bambalazi|
|1982||High Powder||Eddie||Television film|
|1982||Dangerous Company||Denny Brody||Television film|
|1983||Outsiders, TheThe Outsiders||Johnny Cade|
|1984||Karate Kid, TheThe Karate Kid||Daniel LaRusso|
|1984||Three Wishes of Billy Grier, TheThe Three Wishes of Billy Grier||Billy Grier||Television film|
|1986||Karate Kid, Part II, TheThe Karate Kid, Part II||Daniel LaRusso|
|1988||Distant Thunder||Jack Lambert|
|1989||Karate Kid, Part III, TheThe Karate Kid, Part III||Daniel LaRusso|
|1990||Too Much Sun||Frank Jr.|
|1992||Last P.O.W.: The Bobby Garwood Story, TheThe Last P.O.W.: The Bobby Garwood Story||Robert Garwood||Television film|
|1992||My Cousin Vinny||Bill Gambini|
|1993||Naked in New York||Chris|
|1998||Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue, TheThe Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue||17-year-old Timmy Brisby||Voice; direct-to-video|
|2000||Office Party, TheThe Office Party||Sean||Short film|
|2000||Can't Be Heaven||Hubbie Darling|
|2001||Popcorn Shrimp||Cop #2||Short film|
|2003||Good Night to Die, AA Good Night to Die||Donnie|
|2006||Artie Lange's Beer League||Maz|
|2009||Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead||Bobby Bianchi|
|2012||Holiday Spin||Ruben||Television film|
|2013||He's Way More Famous Than You||Himself|
|2014||Little Game, AA Little Game||Tom||Completed|
|1980–1981||Eight Is Enough||Jeremy Andretti||19 episodes|
|1982||CBS Afternoon Playhouse||Tony Barnett||Episode: "Journey to Survival"|
|1999||Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits||Dr. Neal Eberhardt||Episode: "The Other Side"|
|2000||Chicken Soup for the Soul||Max||Episode: "Letters to Suzie"|
|2000||Twice in a Lifetime||Officer Dan Payello/Phillip Barbosa||Episode: "My Blue Heaven"|
|2007||Head Case||Himself||Episode: "Ralph Macchio and Liz Phair"|
|2008–2009||Ugly Betty||Archie Rodriguez||11 episodes|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Louis Marciano||Episode: "Inhumane Society"|
|2010||Psych||Nick Conforth||Episode: "We'd Like to Thank the Academy"|
|2011||Dancing with the Stars||Himself (contestant)||Placed in fourth|
|2012||Happily Divorced||Frankie||2 episodes|
|2013||Robot Chicken||Daniel LaRusso, Gibby, janitor||Voice; episode: "Caffeine-Induced Aneurysm"|
|2013||How I Met Your Mother||Himself||Episode: "The Bro Mitzvah"|
|2014||Psych||Logan Phelps||Episode: "Remake A.K.A. Cloudy... With a Chance of Improvement"|
|2010||"Had Enough"||Danko Jones||Dr. Lee Dorian|
|2011||"I Think Bad Thoughts"||Danko Jones||Dr. Lee Dorian|
- "Ralph Macchio Biography". Yahoo! Movies. 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).
- "American Gypsies: Q&A With Executive Producer Ralph Macchio". National Geographic Society. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
Actually, I have a little Greek in the bloodstream as well (my Dad is half Greek).
- Q&A With Executive Producer Ralph Macchio. National Geographic Channel.
- "Ralph Macchio and Phil Hartman screen test". Youtube. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
- "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.
- "Ralph Macchio's 50th Birthday: From Karate Kid To Dancing Star". Huffington Post. January 4, 2012. slide 6. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
- 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).
- "Annie announces 'A&R' EP will be released in August". NME. July 2, 2013. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
|Awards and achievements|
Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
|Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 12 (Spring 2011 with Karina Smirnoff)
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy