Ralph Macchio

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
One of the leading heartthrobs of early 1980s-era Hollywood, Ralph Macchio was a contemporary Sal Mineo, faring best by playing New York street kids wavering between going bad or succeeding in life. He first gained ... Read more »
Born: 11/03/1961 in Huntington, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

A Little Game 2014 (Movie)

Tom Kuftinec (Actor)

His Way 2014 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Psych 2010, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

He's Way More Famous Than You 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Holiday Spin 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

How I Met Your Mother 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Happily Divorced 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hitchcock 2012 (Movie)

Joseph Stefano (Actor)

Dancing With the Stars 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars: The Encore 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars: The Story So Far 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2010 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead 2010 (Movie)

Bobby Bianchi (Actor)

Ugly Betty 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Head Case 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Artie Lange's Beer League 2006 (Movie)

Maz (Actor)

Entourage 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Good Night to Die 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Popcorn Shrimp 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Twice in a Lifetime 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dizzyland 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Forever Together 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Naked in New York 1994 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

The Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

My Cousin Vinny 1992 (Movie)

Bill Gambini (Actor)

Too Much Sun 1991 (Movie)

Frank Della Rocca Jr (Actor)

The Karate Kid Part III 1989 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

Distant Thunder 1988 (Movie)

Jack Lambert (Actor)

Crossroads 1986 (Movie)

Eugene Martone (Actor)

The Karate Kid Part II 1986 (Movie)

Daniel LaRusso (Actor)

Teachers 1984 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

The Karate Kid 1984 (Movie)

Daniel LaRusso (Actor)

The Outsiders 1983 (Movie)

Johnny Cade (Actor)

Dangerous Company 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Journey to Survival 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Eight Is Enough 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad Magazine Presents: Up the Academy 1980 (Movie)

Chooch (Actor)
Writer (1)

Love Thy Brother 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Love Thy Brother 2014 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

American Gypsies 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

One of the leading heartthrobs of early 1980s-era Hollywood, Ralph Macchio was a contemporary Sal Mineo, faring best by playing New York street kids wavering between going bad or succeeding in life. He first gained stardom as the doomed Johnny Cade in the must-see teen classic, "The Outsiders" (1983) before reaching superstardom as the bullied but ultimately triumphant Daniel LaRussa in "The Karate Kid" (1984) and its two sequels. But like Michael J. Fox, he was hampered by a boyish look that belied his age, causing a career stall by the 1990s. Despite successes like "My Cousin Vinny" (1992), the former leading man-turned-supporting actor bowed out of Hollywood, choosing to raise his family far from the spotlight. So beloved was the actor, however, that whenever Macchio did return to the screen - sometimes in cameo roles as himself on shows like "Entourage" (HBO, 2004- ) - it was always cause for celebration, as Macchio's fan base remained devoted for well over two decades.

Relationships

Phyllis Fierro

Wife
Met through his grandmother when Macchio was 15 Married April 5, 1987

Julia Macchio

Daughter
Born 1992; mother, Phyllis Fierro

Daniel Macchio

Son
Born 1996; mother, Phyllis Fierro

EDUCATION

Half Hollow Hills West High School

Huntington , New York 1979

Milestones

2012

Portrayed "Psycho" screenwriter Joseph Stefano opposite Anthony Hopkins' "Hitchcock"

2011

Competed on 12th season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"

2009

Played minor role in the indie comedy horror spoof "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead"

2008

Guest starred as politician Archie Rodriguez on "Ugly Betty" (ABC)

2006

Co-starred in the comedy "Artie Lange's Beer League"

2005

Played Raffi Bedrosyan in the ABC TV-movie "The Daron Bedrosyan Story"

2005

Appeared as himself on an episode of HBO series "Entourage"

2002

Made short film "Love Thy Brother"; film was screened at Sundance

1996

Starred in national tour of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"

1994

Portrayed Chris, the sexually confused best friend of Eric Stoltz's character in "Naked in New York"

1992

Co-starred in the comedy "My Cousin Vinny"

1989

Once again reprised role of Daniel LaRusso in "The Karate Kid, Part III"

1986

Reprised starring role in sequel "The Karate Kid, Part II"

1986

Made stage debut opposite Robert De Niro in "Cuba and His Teddy Bear"

1984

Landed breakthrough film role as Daniel LaRusso in "The Karate Kid"

1983

Cast as Johnny Cade in "The Outsiders"

1982

Made TV-movie debut in the CBS Afternoon Playhouse special "Journey to Survival"

1980

Made feature film debut in "Up the Academy"

1980

TV-acting debut, as Jeremy Andretti on ABC series "Eight is Enough"

Appeared in TV commercials from childhood

Bonus Trivia

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"There was a bit of time where it was overwhelming, but as time goes by, as you age you get smarter and wiser with these things and you learn to appreciate it," he says. "When you consider how few times the magic can work, you begin to realize that it's a privilege and you're quite fortunate to have had the opportunity." – Macchio on being part of "The Karate Kid," to CNN.com, Feb. 8, 2005

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In June 2010, Macchio appeared in Funny or Die's online short "Wax on, F*ck off," in which his loved ones stage an intervention to turn the former child star from a well-adjusted family man into an addict besieged with tabloid scandal to help his career.

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