Who is William Zabka?
William Zabka is an American actor best known for his role as Johnny Lawrence in The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986), and the Cobra Kai (2018-present) TV series. He was also nominated for an Academy Award as a co-writer and producer of the short film Most.
He got his breakout role in his film debut as main antagonist Johnny Lawrence in The Karate Kid. He had no prior training in karate at the time but was an accomplished wrestler in high school. His experience in the film would inspire him to study Tang Soo Do, earning a second degree green belt.
He would then appear in movies like Just One of the Guys (1985), National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985), Back to School (1986), as well as the CBS television series The Equalizer (1986-89). Eventually, he grew weary of being typecast as a school bully, mentioning in an interview that he would sometimes get harassed in public when he gets recognized as one of his characters in his films, especially Johnny Lawrence.
Zabka would act mostly in independent films while continuing his filmmaking studies in the 1990s and 2000s. In 2003, he wrote and produced the short film Most, which was shot in Poland and the Czech Republic. It premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and won many awards at prestigious film festivals. He also got an Academy Award nomination for the Live Action Short Film category.
He recently reprised his role as the adult version of Johnny Lawrence for the YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai, wherein he also serves as co-executive producer with The Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio.
William Zabka with the one and only actress, Mary Mouser
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What is the nationality of William Zabka?
William Zabka is an American. He was born in New York City to Nancy Zabka and Stan Zabka. He has a brother and a sister.
How old is William Zabka?
William Zabka was born on October 20, 1965, making him 58 years old.
How tall is William Zabka and how much does he weigh?
William Zabka stands at a height of 5ft10.5in or 179cm, and weighs about 163lbs or 74kgs.
Is William Zabka married or single?
William Zabka married Stacie Zabka in 2008.
William Zabka with beautiful wife, Stacie Zabka
Does William Zabka have any children?
William Zabka has two children with his wife Stacie Zabka, however they like to keep their identities hidden from the public.
How did William Zabka get into acting?
His mother worked as a business liaison, producer, and production assistant. His father was assistant director of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson during its first two years. He also worked as a production manager for many films, like Forced Vengeance (1982) starring Chuck Norris.
William Zabka grew up being influenced by film and television. Zabka studied in El Camino Real Charter High School in Los Angeles, then briefly attended California State University in Northridge with a major in film before deciding to pursue acting full time.
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How much is William Zabka’s net worth?
As an actor, William Zabka has a net worth of $3 million.
How old was William Zabka in The Karate Kid?
William Zabka was 17 years old when he played the character Johnny Lawrence in The Karate Kid.
What dirt bike did William Zabka ride in The Karate Kid?
William Zabka’s character Johnny Lawrence rode a Honda XL 600R.