Ralph George Macchio Jr.
November 4, 1961
Huntington, New York, U.S.
Ralph George Macchio Jr. (//, Italian: [ˈmakkjo]; born November 4, 1961) is an American actor and producer. He is best known for playing Daniel LaRusso in three Karate Kid films and in Cobra Kai, a sequel television series. He also played Johnny Cade in The Outsiders, Jeremy Andretti in Eight Is Enough, Bill Gambini in My Cousin Vinny, Eugene Martone in Crossroads, and Archie Rodriguez in Ugly Betty, and had a recurring role as Officer Haddix in The Deuce.
Macchio was born in Huntington, New York. He is the son of Rosalie (née DeSantis) and Ralph George Macchio, who owned a ranch. His father is of half Italian and half Greek descent, and his mother is of Italian ancestry. In a 1980 screen test, Macchio said his family was from Naples. In 1979, Macchio graduated from Half Hollow Hills Central School District in New York.
Macchio began tap dancing lessons at the age of three and was discovered by a talent agent when he was 16 years old. He was then cast as Jeremy Andretti in the television series Eight Is Enough. After Eight is Enough ended, he won the role of Johnny Cade in the 1983 film The Outsiders. It was this role that led him to be cast as Daniel LaRusso in the blockbuster 1984 film The Karate Kid and two of its sequels, The Karate Kid Part II and The Karate Kid Part III. In The Karate Kid, Macchio portrayed a "high school weakling turned bullybuster" who learns karate from his friend and mentor, Mr. Miyagi (portrayed by Pat Morita). Macchio's work in the Karate Kid series made him "stratospherically famous".
Macchio appeared in the 1986 film Crossroads, portraying music student Eugene Martone. Also in 1986, Macchio starred in Cuba and His Teddy Bear on Broadway, alongside Robert DeNiro. In 1992, he starred opposite Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei in the hit comedy My Cousin Vinny, playing Billy Gambini, who was wrongfully accused of murder while passing through a small Alabama town. 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."
In 2005, Macchio played himself in the HBO series Entourage. He appeared in the 2007 music video for the song "Sweep the Leg" by No More Kings as a caricature of himself and Daniel from The Karate Kid. Beginning in October 2008, he appeared in several episodes of the ABC Network television series Ugly Betty as Archie Rodriguez, a local politician who is Hilda's love interest. As of November 2008, Macchio was ranked No. 80 among VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
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 in order to help his career. 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". On September 20, 2010, Macchio played the adult Carl Morelli in a staged reading of the Charles Messina play A Room of My Own presented by the Bleecker Street Theater Company. In February 2011, it was announced that Macchio would compete on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. He was eliminated during the semi-finals, placing fourth in the overall competition. Macchio appeared in Canadian band Danko Jones' music videos for "Had Enough" and "I Think Bad Thoughts".
In April 2012, Macchio was cast in the film Hitchcock, based on the non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Macchio portrayed Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano. In 2013, he appeared in How I Met Your Mother. The main character, Barney Stinson, asserts that Macchio's character, Daniel LaRusso, in The Karate Kid is not the real karate kid; instead, it's Johnny Lawrence, Daniel's nemesis in the film. From February to March 2016, Macchio co-starred with Mario Cantone in the Off-Broadway production A Room of My Own, after having read the play in 2010 and 2014.
Macchio reprised his role as Daniel LaRusso in Cobra Kai, an action comedy-drama Netflix series presented in an episodic storytelling format that began in 2018. Along with William Zabka, he is also a co-executive producer of the series.
Macchio was introduced to his future wife, Phyllis Fierro, by his grandmother when he was 15. They married on April 5, 1987, and have two children, Julia (born 1992) and Daniel (born 1996). Fierro is a nurse practitioner.
At a celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Karate Kid at the Japanese American National Museum in 2014, Macchio said that the yellow 1947 Ford convertible his character Daniel receives from Miyagi in the first film was sitting in his garage.
Macchio is a fan of the New York Islanders hockey team and was featured as the team's celebrity captain in the 1991 Pro Set Platinum trading card series. A 2016 bobblehead promotion saw his likeness in the team's uniform donning the iconic 'crane kick' pose from The Karate Kid.
|1980||Up the Academy||Chooch Bambalazi|
|1982||High Powder||Eddie||Television film|
|1982||Dangerous Company||Denny Brody||Television film|
|1983||The Outsiders||Johnny Cade|
|1984||The Karate Kid||Daniel LaRusso|
|1984||The Three Wishes of Billy Grier||Billy Grier||Television film|
|1986||The Karate Kid Part II||Daniel LaRusso|
|1988||Distant Thunder||Jack Lambert|
|1989||The Karate Kid Part III||Daniel LaRusso|
|1990||Too Much Sun||Frank Jr.|
|1992||The 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||The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue||Timmy Brisby (voice)||Direct-to-video film|
|2000||The Office Party||Sean||Short film|
|2000||Can't Be Heaven||Hubbie Darling|
|2001||Popcorn Shrimp||Cop #2||Short film|
|2003||A Good Night to Die||Donnie|
|2009||Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead||Bobby Bianchi|
|2010||Wax On, F*ck Off||Himself, concept writer||Short film|
|2012||Holiday Spin||Ruben||Television film|
|2013||He's Way More Famous Than You||Himself|
|2014||A Little Game||Tom|
|2015||Lost Cat Corona||Dominic|
|2017||Psych: The Movie||Nick Conforth||Television film|
|TBA||A Dog and Pony Show||Aaron||Post-production|
|1980–1981||Eight Is Enough||Jeremy Andretti||Recurring role (19 episodes)|
|1982||CBS Afternoon Playhouse||Tony Barnett||Episode: "Journey to Survival"|
|1999||The 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||Recurring role (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||The Whole Truth||Frankie Berlito||Episode: "Lost in Translation"|
|2011||Dancing with the Stars||Himself (contestant)||Placed in fourth (17 episodes)|
|2012||Happily Divorced||Frankie||Episodes: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" (Parts 1 & 2)|
|2013||Robot Chicken||Daniel LaRusso, Colonel Steven Shay, 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"|
|2016||Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe||Himself/roaster||Television special|
|2017–2019||The Deuce||Officer Haddix||Recurring role (17 episodes)|
|2017||Whose Line Is It Anyway?||Himself||Special Guest (Season 10, Episode 8)|
|2018||Kevin Can Wait||Alviti||2 episodes: "The Smoking Bun" and "Phat Monkey"|
|2018||Conan||Himself||Episode: "Conan Without Borders: Japan"; pre-recorded video clip|
|Cobra Kai||Daniel LaRusso||Main role|
Continuation of The Karate Kid film series
|1986||Cuba and His Teddy Bear||Teddy||The Public Theater|
|1996–1997||How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying||J. Pierrepont Finch||US national tour|
|2007||Sweep the Leg||No More Kings||Himself|
|2010||"Had Enough"||Danko Jones||Dr. Lee Dorian|
|2011||"I Think Bad Thoughts"||Danko Jones||Dr. Lee Dorian|
|2012||"The Ballad of Danko Jones"||Danko Jones||Dr. Lee Dorian|
|2020||Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues||Daniel LaRusso (voice)|
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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
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Actually, I have a little Greek in the bloodstream as well (my Dad is half Greek).
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Macchio will guest star on two episodes ... Macchio will play 'Alviti,' the head of a company turning Long Island properties into parking lots
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