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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 October 1965New York City, New York, USA
Nickname Billy
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

William Zabka was born on October 20, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Karate Kid (1984), National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) and Back to School (1986). He has been married to Stacie Zabka since 2008.

Spouse (1)

Stacie Zabka (2008 - present)

Trade Mark (1)

Has essayed the "class bully" role in several memorable teen-oriented films

Trivia (7)

He was not at all experienced in martial arts prior to the filming of The Karate Kid (1984). He was actually an accomplished wrestler. However, in the years since, he has earned a black belt in Tang Soo Do.
His paternal grandfather was Czech, and his paternal grandmother was born in Nebraska, to Czech parents.
Speaks Czech fluently.
Is an accomplished singer/musician/songwriter, as is his brother Guy.
Has a sister, Judy.
After 20 years, fans continue to recognize and address him as Johnny Lawrence from The Karate Kid (1984), which he loves... but not as much as he loves being an uncle to his sister Judy's daughter and son.
His surname pronounced as "ZHAP-kuh". It means "little frog".

Personal Quotes (7)

My training in martial arts was kind of a crash course in how to look like a black belt. I know the moves of a black belt - my kicks, and my stretches, and my punches and all that.
Prior to 'The Karate Kid', I did commercials - Kool-Aid, Pepsi, milk - and I had always been cast as the all-American nice guy.
Back when I was maybe 19, guys would go, 'I can kick your butt!' So I had a few showdowns. To my advantage, I learned martial arts, and what you really learn is not to fight.
Sometimes you become a character, and sometimes the character becomes you.
Strangely, when I was a kid, my first acting job, at 5 years old, was a performance of 'The Three Little Pigs.' They cast me as the Big Bad Wolf.
I didn't set out to be a villain in film. I'm a character actor, and if my first movie was a comedy, I could have played a geek just as well.
You know, all 'The Karate Kid' fans from the original are parents these days. I think it's a cool thing.

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