William Zabka

Writer / Screenwriter / Film Producer / Actor / Film Director | * 10/20/1965 (58) | New York City, New York (United States of America (USA))
William Michael Zabka (born October 20, 1965) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Johnny Lawrence in The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986), and the TV series Cobra Kai (2018–present). Zabka was born in New York City and graduated from El Camino Real Charter High School in Los Angeles in 1983. His acting career took off with The Karate Kid, despite having no prior karate training. Throughout the 1980s, Zabka appeared in notable films and TV series, including Just One of the Guys (1985), Back to School (1986), and The Equalizer (1986-1989). He later sought to diversify his roles beyond the bully characters he was known for. In the 1990s and 2000s, Zabka focused on independent films... ()
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William Michael "Billy" Zabka (born October 20, 1965) is an American actor, martial artist, screenwriter, and film producer. Zabka is best known for his role of Johnny Lawrence in The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986), and decades later reprises the role of Johnny in the Netflix series Cobra Kai (2018-), along with Ralph Macchio as Daniel.During the 1980s, Zabka appeared in the comedy moviesJust One of the Guys(1985) andBack to School(1986). Zabka also co-starred on the CBS television seriesThe Equalizeras the son of the title character (1986–89). He also played Jack, Audrey's jock boyfriend, inNational Lampoon's European Vacation(1985).During the 1990s and 2000s, he acted Mostly in independent films while studying to be a filmmaker. In 2003, he wrote and produced the short filmMost, shot on location in theCzech RepublicandPoland.Most(akaThe Bridge) had its world premiere at theSundance Film Festival2003 and won numerous awards at prestigious film festivals, including Best of Festival at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films in 2003. In 2004, he was nominated for anAcademy AwardforMostin the Live Action Short Film category.

Most frequent genres for this person: Action | Comedies | Drama

Known for these Movies & Shows

Awards & Nominations for William Zabka

Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
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Movies with William Zabka as Actor(33)

as Milton Malcolm2014 Where Hope Grows
as Saw2011 Cross
as Prison Guard2007 Smiley Face
as Self / Johnny2005 The Way of The Karate Kid
as Slick Salesman2004 Wild Roomies
as Rance2002 Gale Force
as Curt Peters2002 Ablaze
as Otto Emmerick2002 Antibody
as The Executive2002 Hyper Sonic
as Greg Larson2002 Python 2
as Marty2002 Dark Descent
as Rover Driver Joe2001 Epoch
as John - Security Guard2001 Falcon Down
as Rojack2001 Project: Human Weapon
as Greg Larsen2000 Python
as Dave1999 Interceptors
as Bulldog1997 High Voltage
as Alexander1996 To the Ends of Time
as Ruben1996 Shootfighter II
as Raymond Vonn1995 The Power Within
as Howie1994 Unlawful Passage
as Russell Cooper1989 Protect and Surf
as Randy1987 A Tiger's Tale
as Johnny Lawrence1986 The Karate Kid Part II
as Chas1986 Back to School
as Greg Tolan1985 Just One of the Guys
as Johnny Lawrence1984 The Karate Kid

TV Shows/Series with William Zabka as Actor(5)

as himself2021 The Netflix Afterparty
as Johnny Lawrence2018 Cobra Kai
as himself2005 How I Met Your Mother
as Scott McCall1985 The Equalizer
1984 E/R

Movies with William Zabka as Crew(2)

Production/Producer2003 Most
Writing/Writer2003 Most

TV Shows/Series with William Zabka as Crew(1)

Production/Co-Executive Producer2018 Cobra Kai

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: William Zabka
Born: Wednesday, 10/20 1965 (October) in New York City, New York (United States of America (USA)) (current age: 58 years + 273 days)
Zodiac sign: Libra (Chinese zodiac sign: Snake)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: El Camino Real High School
Other names for William Zabka (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Billy Zabka"
William Zabka frequently works together with these people:
Phillip J. Roth (17x, Crew)
Francie Hart (11x, Crew)
Christian McIntire (10x, Crew)
Jeffery Beach (9x, Crew)
Richard Smith (8x, Actor)
Melanie J. Elin (7x, Crew)
John G. Avildsen (6x, Crew)
Stacey Harman (6x, Crew)
Kourtney Kang (6x, Crew)
Ralph Macchio (5x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:7219, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 06/29/2024