Ralph Macchio

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Ralph Macchio
(54th anniversary)
4 November 1961 
Huntington, Long Island, New York, USA 
5' 8½" (1,74 m)

In 1984, Macchio scored the lead role in "The Karate Kid" (1984) directed by Rocky (1976) director John G. Avildsen. The film was a phenomenal success, being highly popular with adults and children alike. The movie spawned two equally popular sequels Karate Kid II, la historia continúa (1986) and Karate Kid III. El desafío final (1989), both again starring Macchio and Pat Morita, and both directed by Avildsen.

Macchio also starred in the blues road movie Cruce de caminos (1986), featured alongside Joe Pesci in Mi primo Vinny (1992) and, looking to toughen up his image, Macchio played a hit man in Una buena noche para morir (2003). Arguably, movie audiences still identify Macchio very strongly with his Karate Kid role, but as his features have gained a more weathered, adult edge, he has found opportunities and positive reviews from appearances in stage productions showcasing his acting talent. It would be great to see this versatile actor score some broader and more challenging film roles.

Ralph George Macchio was born on November 4, 1961 in Huntington, Long Island, New York. - IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Phyllis Fierro (5 April 1987 - present) (2 children) 

Trade Mark 
Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid films

Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1984" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 36.

Graduated from Half Hollow Hills West High School in 1979.

His career started back in the late 1970s doing commercials for Bubble Yum and Dr. Pepper.

When Joel Siegel first did a review for Karate Kid, el momento de la verdad (1984), he pronounced his name "MA-Key-O" instead of "Ma-chee-o". The latter pronunciation was the way Ralph Macchio pronounced his name, but the former is the proper Italian pronunciation. Siegel was called in at 4:00am the day of his review's airing to correct the pronunciation. He later expressed annoyance at being called in at 4:00am in the morning because Macchio "didn't know how to pronounce his own name."

Daughter, Julia Macchio, was born in 1992, son, Daniel Macchio, was born in 1996.

Is a huge fan of songwriter/singer Bruce Springsteen.

Born in the same Long Island town as superstar Mariah Carey.

Once saved a baby porpoise that was beached on the shores of Malibu. When reporters tried to cover the story, he asked to remain anonymous.

In the movie Cruce de caminos (1986), Macchio has a final "cutting-heads" guitar showdown with a demonic rock guitarist, played by real life guitar hero Steve Vai. Both Macchio and Vai were born and raised on Long Island.

Was #80 in VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.

During Pat Morita's (his former Karate Kid, el momento de la verdad (1984) co-star) funeral procession, Macchio gave a brief eulogy and ended it as quoted, "Forever, my Sensei" to the mourners.

Some moviegoers who sat through the end credits for the Marvel comics features Thor and The Avengers noticed a "thank you" credit for a Ralph Macchio. However, this was not meant for the Karate Kid actor, but rather for a man with the same name who was a Marvel writer during the 1980s.

His father has half-Greek and half-Italian ancestry. His mother has Italian ancestry.

Competing on ABC's Dancing with the Stars (2005). [March 2011]

Acting protégé of Pat Morita.

Personal Quotes
There's an audience out there for all these different types of things. Whether it's comedy, motion-picture drama, family movie or a cool, cutting-edge indie, it's nice to know that I can span all those different genres.

I've come up in the scripted world, and I have wished there were more time slots for us to tell compelling scripted stories and not fill the airwaves with a lot of fluff and tabloid entertainment.

I remember making the all-star team in Little League when I was around 11 years old. I was not a great athlete, but I loved it, so making starting second base in the all-star was great for me. I think someone must have been sick and they slotted me in.

Guys like Spielberg and Zemeckis and really anybody who is a storyteller-filmmaker today has studied Hitchcock and the way he visually tells a story. He was the master of suspense, certainly, but visually you would get a lot of information from what he would do with the camera and what he would allow you to see as the story was unfolding.

The truth is, you have a much richer life if you somehow lead one that you can hold together.

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