THE KARATE KID
Ralph Maccio is best known for his role as Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 The Karate Kid. The movie launched him to stardom.
Before the Karate Kid, Macchio was cast in the 1983 film The Outsiders, starring Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez and Matt Dillon.
In the next several years, Macchio appeared in two sequels to The Karate Kid, as well as Teachers, Crossroads and Distant Thunder, before making his off-Broadway debut in Cuba and His Teddy Bear with Robert DeNiro in 1986. The show was a hit, and it quickly moved to Broadway. He appeared in another off-Broadway show, Only Kidding, in 1989.
Macchio scored another big screen success in 1992 with My Cousin Vinny, starring alongside Marisa Tomei and Joe Pesci. He’s also made appearances in TV shows like Entourage, Ugly Betty, and How I Met Your Mother.
In 2011, Macchio competed on the 12th season of ABC’s dance-competition show, Dancing with the Stars, ultimately placing fourth. Since then, he produced a series for the National Geographic Channel, American Gypsies, and starred in the film He’s Way More Famous Than You with Ben Stiller, Jesse Eisenberg and Vanessa Williams.
In April 2012, Macchio was cast as Psycho screenwriter Joe Stefano in the film Hitchcock. Other cast members of the Alfred Hitchcock biopic included Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette and Scarlett Johansson.
On August 4, 2017, it was announced that Macchio will reprise his role as Daniel Larusso in a 30-minute, 10-part Karate Kid revival series for YouTube Red titled Cobra Kai that is set to debut in 2018. He will also co-executive produce the series with William Zabka. The series is set 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and revolves around a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence who, seeking redemption, reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo. It reignites his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel Larusso, who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi.