Martin Kove

If Martin Kove's rugged face looks familiar, it's because he's shown up in some of the most beloved movies and TV shows of the 1980s. Perhaps his best-known role came in "The Karate Kid" as evil martial-arts sensei John ... Read more »
Born: 03/06/1946

Filmography

Actor (90)

2 Lava 2 Lantula! 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Traded 2016 (Movie)

Cavendish (Actor)

Assassin X 2015 (Movie)

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Criminal Minds 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Carmen's Kiss 2014 (Movie)

Drayton (Actor)

Eternity: The Movie 2014 (Movie)

Barry Goldfield, Sr. (Actor)

Falcon Song 2014 (Movie)

Cap Davenport (Actor)

Hyacinth 2014 (Movie)

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Joseph's Gift 2014 (Movie)

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Miracle at Sage Creek 2014 (Movie)

Jess (Actor)

Rice Girl 2014 (Movie)

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The Life Zone 2014 (Movie)

Randy Graves (Actor)

Trance (Trampas) 2014 (Movie)

Robert Leoni (Actor)

Our Wild Hearts 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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Tapped 2013 (Movie)

Principal Vanhorne (Actor)

NTSF:SD:SUV 2011 (Tv Show)

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Tosh.0 2011 (Tv Show)

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Messages 2007 (Movie)

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Glass Trap 2004 (Movie)

Corrigan (Actor)

Under Heavy Fire 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Miner's Massacre 2002 (Movie)

Caleb (Actor)

V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Black Scorpion 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Crocodile 2: Death Swamp 2001 (Movie)

Roland (Actor)

Hollywood Off-Ramp 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Black Scorpion Returns 2000 (Movie)

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Extreme Honor 2000 (Movie)

Packard (Actor)

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Burke's Law 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Nowhere Land 1999 (Movie)

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Shadow Warriors 2 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Walker, Texas Ranger 1984 - 1985, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Baby Face Nelson 1998 (Movie)

John Dillinger (Actor)

Grizzly Mountain 1997 (Movie)

Marshall Jackson (Actor)

Lightning in a Bottle 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Final Equinox 1996 (Movie)

Torman (Actor)

Judge & Jury 1995 (Movie)

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Without Mercy 1995 (Movie)

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Death Match 1994 (Movie)

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Half Way Horrible 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Savage Land 1994 (Movie)

Jabal (Actor)

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

Ed Ross (Actor)

Endangered 1993 (Movie)

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Future Shock 1993 (Movie)

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To Be the Best 1993 (Movie)

Rick Kulhane (Actor)

Firehawk 1992 (Movie)

Stewart (Actor)

President's Target 1992 (Movie)

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Project: Shadowchaser 1992 (Movie)

DaSilva (Actor)

Shootfighter: Fight to the Death 1992 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

The Outfit 1992 (Movie)

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Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

White Light 1991 (Movie)

Sean Craig (Actor)

Hard Time on Planet Earth 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Karate Kid Part III 1989 (Movie)

Kreese (Actor)

Cagney & Lacey 1981 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Steele Justice 1987 (Movie)

John Steele (Actor)

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Karate Kid Part II 1986 (Movie)

Kreese (Actor)

Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 (Movie)

Ericson (Actor)

The Karate Kid 1984 (Movie)

Kreese (Actor)

Blood Tide 1981 (Movie)

Neil (Actor)

The Yeagers 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Seven 1978 (Movie)

Skip (Actor)

We've Got Each Other 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Code R 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Mr. Billion 1977 (Movie)

Texas Gambler (Actor)

The White Buffalo 1976 (Movie)

Jack McCall (Actor)

White Line Fever 1976 (Movie)

Clem (Actor)

Death Race 2000 1975 (Movie)

Nero the Hero (Actor)

The Four Deuces 1975 (Movie)

Smokey Ross - the 'Deuce of Diamonds' (Actor)

The November Plan 1975 (Movie)

Stan (Actor)

Alien Lockdown (TV Show)

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Assault on Devil's Island (TV Show)

Actor

Cagney & Lacey: The Return (TV Show)

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Captains and the Kings (TV Show)

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Cry For the Strangers (TV Show)

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Donovan's Kid (TV Show)

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Gentle Ben (TV Show)

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Hard Ground (TV Show)

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Higher Ground (TV Show)

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Kingston: The Power Play (TV Show)

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Mercenary (TV Show)

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The Hollywood Mom's Mystery (TV Show)

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Timelock (TV Show)

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Top of the World (TV Show)

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Without a Kiss Goodbye (TV Show)

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Biography

If Martin Kove's rugged face looks familiar, it's because he's shown up in some of the most beloved movies and TV shows of the 1980s. Perhaps his best-known role came in "The Karate Kid" as evil martial-arts sensei John Kreese, instructor to the rivals of Ralph Macchio's title character. During the 1970s he began his steady career in a grab bag of film and television roles, until he landed the part of villain Nero the Hero in the 1975 cult classic "Death Race 2000." Guest appearances on the crime shows "Charlie's Angels" and "CHiPs" led to another big break when he landed the role of detective Victor Isbecki on the 1980s favorite "Cagney & Lacey." His role as the very focused and very mean Cobra Kai sensei John Kreese followed in 1984, and Kove went on to reprise the role in the 1986 and 1989 sequels. It was after his notable performance in the first "Karate Kid" that he landed a part as a backstabbing helicopter pilot in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Rambo: First Blood Part II." Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s Kove worked steadily on a number of lesser known television shows and films, but consistently booked several projects each year.

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