Mar. 6th, 1946
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Martin Kove's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2008 - Beyond The Ring
2006 - Seven Mummies
2005 - Glass Trap
2005 - Miracle at Sage Creek
2003 - Devil's Knight
2002 - Crocodile 2: Death Swamp
1998 - Top of the World
1994 - Wyatt Earp
1989 - The Karate Kid, Part III
1986 - The Karate Kid, Part II
1985 - Rambo: First Blood Part II
1984 - The Karate Kid
1977 - The White Buffalo
1977 - Mr. Billion
1975 - Capone
1975 - Death Race 2000
1975 - White Line Fever
1974 - The Groove Tube
1972 - The Last House On The Left
1971 - Little Murders
Guest TV Roles
Captain Walter Newman
Henry 'Rocky' Welsh
Hell Hound Leader
New York born, strong featured, narrow eyed actor who has portrayed a mixed bag of both good and bad guys! First turned up on screen in several minor roles, and got himself noticed as the villainous "Nero The Hero" in the low budget road race Death Race 2000 (1975), and then as "Clem" the sadistic rigger, breaking Jan-Michael Vincent's ribs in White Line Fever (1975). He cropped up in the hit TV series "Cagney & Lacey" (1982) as honest Police Detective Isbecki, and then got on the wrong side of rampaging Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).
Kove probably scored his greatest visibility to the public ( in the hugely successful The Karate Kid (1984) in which he played "John Kreese", the head instructor of the Cobra Kai karate school, and he reprised the role in the two sequels, The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid, Part III (1989).
Kove has since kept consistently busy, primarily in the action / thriller film genre, and has notched up over 80 film appearances to date, as well as numerous TV guest roles.
- He was a substitute match teacher at Ward Melville High School in New York.
- During the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s, Kove was a well-known TV-spokesman for King Cobra beer: "Don't let the smooth taste fool you." In more recent years, however, he has sworn off alcohol.
- Injured his hand during the fateful fight scene between his character, John Kreese, and Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, Part II (1986). The effects team ill-timed one of the car window shattering shots, causing Kove to inadvertently break the prop window with his own fist. He sustained several injuries to his hand but continued filming.
- Has twins: son Jesse Morgan Kove; and daughter Rachel Olivia Kove. Jesse and Rachel were born November 2, 1990.
- Honorary marshal of Tarzana, California
- Has black belts in all of the following martial arts: Kendo; Okinawa-te; and Tiger Kenpo.
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