William Zabka

Actors often love playing villains, and William Zabka played one of the most notorious bad guys in cinema history as Johnny Lawrence, the vicious bully in the original "The Karate Kid" (1984). William Michael Zabka born ... Read more »
Born: 10/20/1965 in New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Where Hope Grows 2015 (Movie)

Milton Malcolm (Actor)

Psych 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

How I Met Your Mother 2013 (Tv Show)

Himself

Robot Chicken 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

Smiley Face 2007 (Movie)

Prison Guard (Actor)

Antibody 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Python 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Interceptor Force 1998 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

Shootfighter 2: Kill or Be Killed! 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

To the Ends of Time 1995 (Movie)

Alexander (Actor)

Shootfighter: Fight to the Death 1992 (Movie)

Ruben (Actor)

Protect and Surf 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tiger's Tale 1988 (Movie)

Randy (Actor)

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

Chas (Actor)

The Karate Kid Part II 1986 (Movie)

Johnny--Cobras Member (Actor)

Contract For Life: The S.A.D.D. Story 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Just One of the Guys 1985 (Movie)

Greg (Actor)

National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

The Karate Kid 1984 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

High Voltage (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Most (The Bridge) 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Actors often love playing villains, and William Zabka played one of the most notorious bad guys in cinema history as Johnny Lawrence, the vicious bully in the original "The Karate Kid" (1984). William Michael Zabka born October 21, 1965 in New York. Zabka's father was already in the industry, working as an assistant director on "The Tonight Show"(NBC 1954- ) early in Johnny Carson's tenure on the series. When an 18-year-old Zabka scored his role in "The Karate Kid," he was not well versed in martial arts, but he continued his training even after the film wrapped. Zabka went on to co-star, usually as the antagonist, in the football comedy "Just One of the Guys (1985), the sequel "National Lampoon's European Vacation" (1985), and the Rodney Dangerfield vehicle "Back to School" (1986), as well as reprising his breakthrough role in "The Karate Kid, Part II" (1986). In later years, he worked primarily in low-budget action films. He later wrote and produced the short film "Most" (2003), which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. Instead of running from the role that made him well known, Zabka embraced it. Having moved into a sideline career directing music videos, he directed the video for the 2007 song "Sweep the Leg" by No More Kings, in which he gamely parodied himself as Johnny Lawrence. Another of his videos, for the Rascal Flatts hit "Why Wait," was nominated for CMT's Video of the Year and Group Video of the Year. After appearing in the '80s movie parody "Hot Tub Time Machine" (2010), Zabka began a recurring role on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014), playing himself, the childhood idol of Neil Patrick Harris' character Barney Stinson.

Milestones

2003

Wrote and produced the short film "Most."

1984

Co-starred in "The Karate Kid."

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