The Karate Kid Characters: How Are They Kickin’ Up Today? Check This Out!

“The Karate Kid” movie probably has one of the most heart-warming story aired in 1984. This martial arts drama film not only excites us with its karate fight scenes but inspired it’s viewer with life’s heart-warming lessons about love and friendship, determination and fortitude.

The movie had actually drew so much public attention and in fact had to grossed more than $90 million in the USA alone, earning a best supporting actor nomination to Pat Morita and marked Ralph Macchio a teen heartthrob overnight. And since it’s been three decades since they widely marked it high on public, let’s take a brief look upon how are these brilliant “The Karate Kid” actors been kickin’ up these days.

Ralf Macchio 


Ralph Macchio played the high school senior ‘Daniel LaRusso’ in “The Karate Kid” series. You might not believe it, but Macchio was actually 22 years old when he played the teen role. After internationally acclaimed by his performance, Macchio appeared in various films such as “Teachers” in 1984, “The Three Wishes of Billy Grier”in 1984, Crossroads” in 1986 and reprised his role as Daniel LaRusso in the second Karate Kid series, The Karate Kid Part II. Presently, the actor has been busy filming for drama series this year called, The Deuce.

Elisabeth Shue

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She was Ali Mills, Daniel’s love interest in this film. After the successful outcome of the film, Shue keep on truckin’ in film and television the following years. She took part in the 2012 to 2015 drama series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” Presently, she will be casting the “Battle of the Sexes” and Eli Roth’s Death “Wish”. Shue is married to film director Davis Guggenheim and together they had three children, Miles William (1997), Stella Street (2001), and Agnes Charles (2006).

William Zabka 


He was the extreme blonde bully, Johnny Lawrence in “Just One of the Guys”, “Back to School”, and “National Lamnpoon’s European Vacation”. Zabka, after Karate Kid Series, had ventured into filmmaking and was luckily nominated for an Academy Award for Czech film “Most” in 2004. He also directs several music videos and commercials like for ‘Little Tikes’ and ‘Verizon at Heresy that is being shoot in Venice, California.

Ron Thomas


Bobby Brown played the role of cobra Kai member, Ron Thomas who was a friend of Johnny. Brown however besides reprising his role as the in the ‘Karate Kid II’, did not pay full attention on acting. He instead, being a real-life sensei and a World Jujitsu champion, pursuid his passion as he teaches martial arts in California. Brown is also a motivational speaker.

Chad McQueen


The son of hollywood’s acting legend Steve McQueen, Chad, played the role of Dutch, a Cobra Kai ally in the film. But as a race car driver in real life, he preferred to go n with hs racing career for years and finally built his own company, McQueen Racing LLC specializing cars and motorcycles customization. McQueen is married to Jeanie Galbraith and had two children together.

Tony O’Dell


He was Alan Pinkard, another member of the Cobra  Kai in “The Karate Kid” and “The Karate Kid, Part II”. Recently, he mostly worked offscreen as a dialogue and an acting coach basing his experiences as a successful child actor wayback. O’Dell has also appeared on television programs like ‘Suddenly Susan’, ‘The George Lopez Show’, and ‘K.C. Undercover’.

Martin Kove


Kove popularly played the role of Cobra Kai karate school instructor, John Kreese. After Reprising his role in the two sequels (The Karate Kid Part II and The Karate Kid Part III) he still had been busy taking part in the action-thriller movies with the record of 80 films to date. Aside from the big screen roles he also had numerous TV guest roles in line.

Randee Heller


 Randee Heller was Lucille LaRusso, the doting single mother of Daniel in this hit movie. She had somehow had a longer and definitely successful acting career appearing on ‘The Mentalist’ and ‘Desperate Housewives’ the following years. She also had marked a name on television like her famous role as Don Draper’s ill-fated secretary in the ‘Mad Men’.