Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ralph Macchio who played Daniel Larusso in The Karate Kid trilogy

Ralph Macchio was born born November 4, 1961 in Huntington, New York.  He is most famous for playing Daniel Larusso in the original movie version of The Karate Kid.

Ralph Macchio who played Daniel Larusso in The Karate Kid

Ralph made his acting debut in the 1980 film Up the Academy co-starring Wendell Brown, Hutch Parker, Tommy Citera, Tom Poston, Harry Teinowitz, Barbara Bach, and Antonio Fargas.  

Ralph Macchio and the cast of Up the Academy on the DVD cover 1980

In late 1980 he landed the recurring role of Jeremy Andretti in his first TV series Eight is Enough co-starring Dick Van Patten (Tom Bradford), Lani O'Grady (Mary Bradford), Susan Richardson (Susan Bradford Stockwell), Connie Needham (Elizabeth Bradford), Laurie Walters (Joannie Bradford), Dianne Kay (Nancy Bradford), Adam Rich (Nicholas Bradford), Grant Goodeve (David Bradford), Willie Aames (Tommy Bradford), and Betty Buckley ('Abby' Bradford).  He played the role for 20 episodes.

Ralph Macchio as Jeremy Andretti in the TV show Eight is Enough 1980

Macchio would go on to star in shows and movies such as High Powder co-starring Timothy Van Patten, Dick Van Patten, Sherry Hursey, James Van Patten, and John Laughlin (1982); and The Outsiders co-starring C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Leif Garrett, and Glenn Withrow (1983).

Ralph Macchio and the cast of The Outsiders 1983
Ralph Macchio as Johnny in The Outsiders 1983

It was in 1984 that Ralph landed his starring role in The Karate Kid co-starring Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Randee Heller, Martin Kove, Larry B. Scott, and Tony O'Dell.  Macchio would go on that year to star in Teachers co-starring Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Judd Hirsch, Lee Grant, William Schallert, Laura Dern, Morgan Freeman, Allen Garfield, Richard Mulligan, and Crispin Glover; and The Three Wishes of Billy Grier co-starring Betty Buckley, Jeffrey Tambor, Hal Holbrook, Laura Dern,  Season Hubley, and Ed Lauter.

Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita in The Karate Kid 1984
Ralph Macchio as Daniel Larusso in The Karate Kid 1984

Ralph Macchio as Daniel Larusso in The Karate Kid 1984
Ralph Macchio and Elisabeth Shue in The Karate Kid 1984

After a two year hiatus from the acting scene, Macchio would star in Crossroads with Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz, Joe Morton, and Steve Vai (1986); and the sequel to The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid, Part II co-starring Pat Morita, Martin Kove, Pat E. Johnson, Yuji Okumoto, Joey Miyashima, and Danny Kamekona.

Ralph Macchio in Crossroads 1986

After another two years, Ralph starred in Distant Thunder with John Lithgow, Kerrie Keane, Denis Arndt, Reb Brown, and  Janet Margolin (1988); The Karate Kid, Part III co-starring Pat Morita, Martin Kove, Randee Heller, Robyn Lively, Thomas Ian Griffith, Sean Kanan, Rick Hurst, and William Christopher Ford (1989); and Too Much Sun co-starring Allan Arbus, Robert Downey Jr., Howard Duff, Lara Harris, Laura Ernst, James Hong, Eric Idle, Andrea Martin, and Jim Haynie (1990).

Ralph Macchio then

After another two years Macchio starred in The Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood Story co-starring Martin Sheen and Noah Blake (1992); My Cousin Vinny co-starring Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Fred Gwynne, Maury Chaykin, Lane Smith, Bruce McGill, and Paulene Myers (1992); Naked in New York co-starring Eric Stoltz, Mary-Louise Parker, Tony Curtis, Jill Clayburgh, Kathleen Turner, Timothy Dalton, Whoopi Goldberg, Calista Flockhart, and Arabella Field (1993); Dizzyland co-starring Danielle Harris, Kaila Amariah, and Dax Griffin (1998); The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue with Darleen Carr, Jamie Cronin, Eric Idle, Harvey Korman, William H. Macy, Andrea Martin and Dom DeLuise (voice, 1998); and an appearance in The Outer Limits co-starring Susannah Hoffmann, Emmanuelle Vaugier, and Aaron Smolinski (1999).

Ralph Macchio sits in the background in the cast of My Cousin Vinny 1992

Macchio began the new millennium starring in short film The Office Party co-starring Carol Kane and Jon Stewart (2000); Chicken Soup for the Soul: Letters to Suzie co-starring Jeannetta Arnette, Peter Michael Goetz (2000); Twice in a Lifetime starring Al Waxman, Gordie Brown and Paul Popowich (2000); and the film Can't Be Heaven co-starring Bryan Burke, Diane Ladd,  Michelle Trachtenberg, and Rachel Ticotin (2000).

Ralph would go on to star in the short film Popcorn Shrimp co-starring Laurel Holloman, Malachy McCourt and David Bailey (2001); and A Good Night to Die co-starring Michael Rapaport, Gary Stretch, Seymour Cassel, Ally Sheedy, James Russo, Robin Givens, Deborah Harry, Lainie Kazan, and Frank Whaley (2003).

Two years later Macchio would appear in the show Entourage starring Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara, and Kevin Dillon (2005); Beer League co-starring Artie Lange, Cara Buono, Anthony DeSando, and Jimmy Palumbo (2006); and an appearance in the show Head Case staring Alexandra Wentworth, Steve Landesberg, Michelle Arthur, and Rob Benedict (2007).

In 2008, Macchio would land a recurring role of Archie Rodriguez in the TV show Ugly Betty starring America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Vanessa Williams, Tony Plana, Becki Newton, Ana Ortiz, Michael Urie, Mark Indelicato, Judith Light, and Ashley Jensen.  He would play the role for 11 episodes until 2009.

Ralph Macchio in 2009

Macchio would appear in Law & Order: Criminal Intent starring Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Courtney B. Vance, and Jamey Sheridan (2010); the short film Had Enough co-starring Frank Drank, Don Jamieson and Danko Jones (2010); an episode of Psych starring James Roday, Dulé Hill, Corbin Bernsen, Timothy Omundson, Kirsten Nelson, and Maggie Lawson (2010); and the short film I Think Bad Thoughts co-starring Frank Drank, Art Hsu, Elijah Wood, Jena Malone and Danko Jones (2011).

Ralph Macchio today
Ralph Macchio with Jaden Smith and his parents Jada Pinket and Will Smith along with Jackie Chan.  Jaden played Macchio's character and Chan replaced Morita in the remake of The Karate Kid 2010

Recently, Ralph Macchio can be seen on the TV show Dancing with the Stars (2011).

Ralph Macchio and his partner Karina Smirnoff in the TV show Dancing with the Stars 2011

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