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Martin Kove

Martin Kove was born on March 6, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. Strong-featured, narrow-eyed actor who has portrayed a mixed bag of both good guys 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 ... See full bio »

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 2016 Inferno by Dante (post-production)
Speaker - 8th Circle: Bertran De Born
 2016 Hospital Arrest (post-production)
Warden Jeffries
 2016 Stuff It (announced)
Big Hank
 2016 Trail's End (pre-production)
Zeke Clay
 2015 The Chemist (post-production)
 2015/I The Shadow (Short) (post-production)
Will Troncalli
 2015 Six Gun Savior (completed)
The Mentor
 2015 Dark Games (completed)
Detective Dave Reinhart
 2015 Running Forever (completed)
  The Highwayman (filming)
Roan Blackthorn
 2015 Hardin
Mannen Clements Sr.
 2015 The Dog Who Saved Summer
 2015 Joker's Wild
Graham Palace
 2015 Price for Freedom
Ayatollah Khalkhali
 2015 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
John Folkmore
- Scream (2015) ... John Folkmore
 2015/VII The End (Short)
John Doe
 2014 As Night Comes
 2014 Rice Girl
Captain Ron Williams
 2014 Number Runner (Video)
Bingo Brown
 2014/II Snapshot
Jack Adams
 2014 Tapped Out
Principal Vanhorne
 2014/I Red Sky
Navy Intel Commander
 2014 Eternity: The Movie
Barry Goldfield, Sr.
 2014 Falcon Song
 2014 Tumbleweed: A True Story
Silver Bush
 2013 Friend Request
Captain Meyers
 2013 Reality Terror Night
Othello Lazarus
 2013 Sketchy (TV Series)
 2013 Bare Knuckles
Sonny Cool
 2013 Our Wild Hearts (TV Movie)
 2013 Jet Set
 2012 Silent But Deadly
 2012 Smokewood (TV Movie)
Rex Burnett
 2011 Assassins' Code
Tony Brill
 2011 NTSF:SD:SUV (TV Series)
Cell Leader
 2011 The Great Fight
John Cooper
 2011 Tosh.0 (TV Series)
John Kreese
- Board Breaker (2011) ... John Kreese
 2011 Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns
Highway Patrol
 2010 Carmen's Kiss
 2010 The Grove (Short)
Shuffle - Mike
 2010 Dante's Inferno: Abandon All Hope (Documentary short)
Speaker: 8th Circle - The Sowers of Discord
 2010 The Ascent
 2009/I Savage
Jack Lund
 2009 Ballistica
 2009 War Wolves (TV Movie)
 2009 Immortally Yours
Steven Miles
 2008 Man of a Thousand Faces (Documentary)
J. Carrol Naish
 2008 Beyond the Ring
Uncle Patrick
 2008 Lost Warrior: Left Behind (Video)
Commander James Star
 2007 Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter
Detective Karpov
 2007 The Dead Sleep Easy (Video)
Bob Depugh
 2007 Revamped (Video)
Detective Reeger
 2007 Messages
DCI Collins
 2006 Exit 38 (Video)
 2006 Fallen Angels
 2006 Max Havoc: Ring of Fire
Lt. Reynolds
 2006 Crooked
Jake Lawlor
 2006 A-List
Red Carpet Star
 2006 Seven Mummies
 2005 Miracle at Sage Creek
Jess (scenes deleted)
 2005 Glass Trap
 2004 Alien Lockdown (TV Movie)
 2004 Hollywood, It's a Dog's Life
The Clown / Martin Kove
 2003 Devil's Knight
 2003 Hard Ground (TV Movie)
 2003 Barbarian (Video)
 2003 Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain (TV Movie)
 2002 Sting of the Black Scorpion (Video)
Jack Ames / Firearm
 2002 Trance
Robert Leoni
 2002 Crocodile 2: Death Swamp
 2002 Gentle Ben (TV Movie)
 2002 Shattered Lies
Tom Reynolds
 2001 Savage Season
 2001 Con Games (Video)
Timothy Redick
 2001 Extreme Honor
 2001/II Going Back
Father Brazinski
 2001 Black Scorpion Returns (Video)
 2001 Final Payback
Captain Peter James
 2001 Black Scorpion (TV Series)
Jack Ames / Firearm
- Armed and Dangerous (2001) ... Jack Ames / Firearm
 2000 Bad Guys
The Commander
 2000 Hollywood Off-Ramp (TV Series)
- Cell Phone (2000)
 2000 Nowhere Land
 2000 A Drug Called Pornography (Documentary)
 1998 Hyacinth
J. B. Walker
 1998 Joseph's Gift
 1998 The Waterfront
James Ricks
 1998 V.I.P. (TV Series)
Mr. Scornabacho
- Bloody Val-entine (1998) ... Mr. Scornabacho
 1997 Sliding Home
Samuel J. Weber
 1997 Grizzly Mountain
Marshal Jackson
 1997/II Top of the World
 1996 Timelock
Admiral Danny Teegs
 1996 Judge and Jury
Michael Silvano
 1996 Mercenary (Video)
 1995 Final Equinox
 1995 Without Mercy
Wolf Larsen
 1995 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Fred Kimble
- Flashback (1995) ... Fred Kimble
 1994 Death Match
Paul Landis
 1994 Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (TV Movie)
Black Jack
 1994 Savage Land
 1994 Endangered
 1994 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Joe Tanner
- Who Killed Nick Hazard? (1994) ... Joe Tanner
 1994 Future Shock
Dr. Langdon
 1993 Lightning in a Bottle
Duane Furber
 1993 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
 1993 To Be the Best (Video)
Rick Kulhane
 1993 The Outfit
Agent Baker
 1993 Renegade (TV Series)
Mitch Raines / Goliath
- Fighting Cage: Part 2 (1993) ... Mitch Raines / Goliath
- Fighting Cage: Part 1 (1993) ... Mitch Raines / Goliath
 1993 Without a Kiss Goodbye (TV Movie)
 1993 Firehawk (Video)
 1992 Shadowchaser (Video)
 1991 White Light
Sean Craig
 1989 The Man from Nowhere
Sam Nicholson
 1988 Higher Ground (TV Movie)
Rick Loden
 1982-1988 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Victor Isbecki
- A Fair Shake: Part 2 (1988) ... Victor Isbecki (credit only)
- A Fair Shake: Part 1 (1988) ... Victor Isbecki (credit only)
- Yup (1988) ... Victor Isbecki
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Joe Farrell (segment "Opening Day")
- The Shadow Man/The Uncle Devil Show/Opening Day (1985) ... Joe Farrell (segment "Opening Day")
 1985 Wildside (TV Series)
Lyle Rainwood
- Don't Keep the Home Fires Burning (1985) ... Lyle Rainwood
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Dr. Ellison
- Armed Response (1985) ... Dr. Ellison
 1983 The Optimist (TV Series)
The Rival
- The Good, the Bad and the Nasty (1983) ... The Rival
 1982 Bloodtide
Neil Grice
 1982 Partners
Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)
 1982 Cry for the Strangers (TV Movie)
 1980 Laboratory
 1980 Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (TV Series)
Hell Hound Leader
- Savage Says: What Are Friends For? (1980) ... Hell Hound Leader
 1980 Beyond Westworld (TV Series)
Jack Edwards
- Take-Over (1980) ... Jack Edwards
 1979 A Man Called Sloane (TV Series)
- Lady Bug (1979)
 1979 CHiPs (TV Series)
- Hot Wheels (1979) ... Sherwood
 1978-1979 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Stan Benson / Greg Saunders
- Girl on the Road (1979) ... Stan Benson
- Nest of Scorpions (1978) ... Greg Saunders
 1979 Seven
 1979 The Runaways (TV Series)
- Dreams of My Father (1979) ... Mike
 1979 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
- Sky Trap (1979)
 1979 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Joe Kirby
- The Death Challenge (1979) ... Joe Kirby
 1979 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Jimmy Lucas
- Birds of a Feather (1979) ... Jimmy Lucas
 1979 Donovan's Kid (TV Movie)
 1978 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
Henry 'Rocky' Welsh
- Final Round (1978) ... Henry 'Rocky' Welsh
 1977 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
- Sammy Davis, Jr. Kidnap Caper (1977) ... Georgie
 1977 Code R (TV Series)
George Baker
- Decisions (1977) ... George Baker
- The Aliens (1977)
- Black Out (1977)
- Grounded (1977)
 1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Pete Miller
- Mystery of the Solid Gold Kicker (1977) ... Pete Miller
 1977 The November Plan (TV Movie)
 1977 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Harry Smick
- Dirty Money, Black Light (1977) ... Harry Smick
 1977 Mr. Billion
Texas Gambler (uncredited)
 1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Willis Hines
- The Drop (1976) ... Willis Hines
 1976 Kojak (TV Series)
Burl Slote
- Law Dance (1976) ... Burl Slote
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
 1976 Kingston: Confidential (TV Series)
- Kingston (1976) ... Dealey
 1976 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Frank Harris
- Six Strings of Guilt (1976) ... Frank Harris
 1975 The Rookies (TV Series)
Jimmy Jay
- Measure of Mercy (1975) ... Jimmy Jay
 1975 Three for the Road (TV Series)
- The Rip-off (1975)
 1975 Switch (TV Series)
Bud Ewing
- The Deadly Missiles Caper (1975) ... Bud Ewing
 1975 White Line Fever
 1975 The Four Deuces
Smokey Ross - the 'Deuce of Diamonds'
 1975 Death Race 2000
Nero the Hero
 1975 The Wild Party
 1974 Rhoda (TV Series)
- Anything Wrong? (1974) ... Gary
 1974 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
- In Performance of Duty (1974) ... Guthrie
 1974 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Joe Smith
- Downshift to Danger (1974) ... Joe Smith
 1974 The Groove Tube
Butz Beer (as Marty Cove)
 1974 McCloud (TV Series)
- This Must Be the Alamo (1974) ... Punk (uncredited)
 1974 Police Story (TV Series)
Officer #2
- Chief (1974) ... Officer #2
 1974 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
 1973 Cops and Robbers
Ambulance Attendant
 1972 Savages
Archie, a Bully
 1971 Women in Revolt
Marty (as Marty Kove)
 1971 Little Murders (uncredited)
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Romeo Slade (1981)
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Following the original The Karate Kid (1984), he performed in a memorable TV spot for King Cobra Beer. ("Don't let the smooth taste fool you!") Fred Williamson did a very similar KC commercial around the same time. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Marty Cove | Marty Kove


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[on one of his most famous roles, in The Karate Kid (1984)] Over the years, kids have come up to me in places like supermarkets, and hit me and said things like, "You hurt Ralph [Ralph Macchio]!". It makes me feel like the Darth Vader of the contemporary cinematic world. As Sensei John Kreese, I'm truly hated and I love it. I had no idea how much anxiety people would be releasing by hating this ... See more »


Best known by the public for his role as Cobra Kai sensei John Kreese in The Karate Kid (1984) and its sequels. See more »

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