Nov. 4th, 1961
Huntington, Long Island, New York, USA
Ralph Macchio's Main TV Roles
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Ralph George Macchio, Jr. (born November 4, 1961) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid series, Eugene Martone in Crossroads, Billy Gambini in My Cousin Vinny, and Johnny Cade in The Outsiders. He is also known to American television audiences for his recurring role as Jeremy Andretti in the fifth season of the television comedy-drama Eight Is Enough. He also appeared on the television comedy Ugly Betty in the recurring role of Archie, a local Queens politician. He competed on the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars.
Handsomely featured, Italian-American actor with boyish looks that initially assisted his career, but in more recent years have probably restricted his opportunities at getting stronger, dramatic roles. Started out in various TV commercials in the late 1970s before appearing in the puerile comedy movie Up the Academy (1980), then a regular role in 1980 on the TV series Eight Is Enough (1977) followed by a decent performance in the The Outsiders (1983) based on the popular 'S.E. Hinton' novel about troubled youth.
In 1984, Macchio scored the lead role in the 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 The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid, Part III (1989), both again starring Macchio and 'Pat Morita', and both directed by Avildsen.
Macchio also starred in the blues road movie Crossroads (1986), featured alongside 'Joe Pesci' in My Cousin Vinny (1992) and, looking to toughen up his image, Macchio played a hit man in A Good Night to Die (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.
In April 2012, Macchio was cast in the film Hitchcock, based on the non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, co-starring 'Anthony Hopkins', 'Helen Mirren', 'Jessica Biel' and 'Toni Collette', and directed by Sacha Gervasi. Macchio portrays Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano.
In April 2013, Macchio appeared in the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother in the episode entitled "The Bro-Mitzvah".
Macchio met his wife, Phyllis Fierro, a nurse practitioner, through his grandmother when he was 15. They married in 1987 and have two children, Julia and Daniel.
- Was #80 in VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
- Graduated in 1979 from Half Hollow Hills West High School.
- Born in the same Long Island town as superstar 'Mariah Carey' (qv).
- In his movie "Crossroads," 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.
- During Pat Morita's funeral procession, his former co-star of The Karate Kid (1984), Ralph quoted, "Forever, my Sensei" towards the mourners.
- Is a big fan of songwriter/singer 'Bruce Springsteen' (qv).
- When 'Joel Siegel' (qv) first did a review for _The Karate Kid (1984)_ (qv), 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."
- His career started back in the late 70s doing commercials for Bubble Yum and Dr. Pepper.