William Zabka


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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), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and Back to School (1986). He has been married to Stacie Zabka since 2008. They have two children. See full bio »

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(1984)
(1986)

Filmography

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 2018-2022 Cobra Kai (TV Series)
Johnny Lawrence
- Molé (2022) ... Johnny Lawrence
- Head of the Snake (2022) ... Johnny Lawrence
- Survivors (2022) ... Johnny Lawrence
- Taikai (2022) ... Johnny Lawrence
- Bad Eggs (2022) ... Johnny Lawrence
 2020 Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues (Video Game)
Johnny Lawrence (voice)
 2016 The Man in the Silo
Kevin
 2015 To Appomattox (TV Mini Series)
John Rawlins
- Shooting Star (2015) ... John Rawlins
- Reunion (2015) ... John Rawlins
- Blood (2015) ... John Rawlins
- Appomattox (2015) ... John Rawlins
- An American, by Himself (2015) ... John Rawlins
 2015 Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street (TV Series)
Sensei Jeff
- Stanley and the Tattoo of Tall Tales (2015) ... Sensei Jeff
 2015 The Dog Who Saved Summer
Officer Johnny / Apollo (voice)
 2014 Where Hope Grows
Milton (as Billy Zabka)
 2013-2014 How I Met Your Mother (TV Series)
Billy Zabka / Clown / William Zabka
- The End of the Aisle (2014) ... Billy Zabka
- Gary Blauman (2014) ... Billy Zabka
- Daisy (2014) ... Billy Zabka
- Mom and Dad (2013) ... Billy Zabka
- The Poker Game (2013) ... Billy Zabka
 2014 Psych (TV Series)
Coach Baggs
- A Nightmare on State Street (2014) ... Coach Baggs
 2013 Robot Chicken (TV Series short)
Johnny Lawrence / Gibby / Werewolf
- Caffeine-Induced Aneurysm (2013) ... Johnny Lawrence / Gibby / Werewolf (voice)
 2011 Cross (Video)
Griff
 2011 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series)
Johnny Lawrence
- Episode #9.105 (2011) ... Johnny Lawrence
 2010 Mean Parents Suck
Detective Ted Clement (as Billy Zabka)
 2010 Hot Tub Time Machine
Rick
 2007 Starting from Scratch
Bill Bowman
 2007 Smiley Face
Prison Guard
 2004/I Wild Roomies
Slick Salesman
 2002 Antibody (Video)
Emmerich
 2002 Descent Into Darkness
Marty
 2002 Landspeed
Bob Bailey
 2002 Python 2 (Video)
Greg Larson (as Billy Zabka)
 2002 Hyper Sonic (Video)
The Executive
 2002 Gale Force (Video)
Rance
 2001/II Mindstorm
Rojack
 2001 Epoch (TV Movie)
Rover Driver Joe
 2001 Ablaze
Curt Peters
 2001 18 Wheels of Justice (TV Series)
Det. Barron
- Dream Girls (2001) ... Det. Barron
 2001 Falcon Down (TV Movie)
John - Security Guard
 2000 Python (TV Movie)
Greg Larsen
 1999 Interceptor Force
Dave
 1998 High Voltage
Bulldog
 1996 To the Ends of Time (TV Movie)
Alexander
 1996 Shootfighter II
Ruben
 1995 The Power Within (Video)
Raymond Vonn
 1994 Unlawful Passage
Howie / Patrick's friend
 1991 For Parents Only
Ted
 1989 Protect and Surf (TV Movie)
Russell Cooper
 1985-1989 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Scott McCall
- Time Present, Time Past (1989) ... Scott McCall
- Day of the Covenant (1988) ... Scott McCall
- The Mystery of Manon: Part 2 (1988) ... Scott McCall
- The Mystery of Manon: Part 1 (1988) ... Scott McCall
- Mission: McCall: Part 2 (1987) ... Scott McCall (uncredited)
 1987 A Tiger's Tale
Randy
 1986 Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story (TV Movie)
Kim Fisher
 1986 The Karate Kid Part II
Johnny
 1986 Back to School
Chas
 1985 Just One of the Guys
Greg Tolan
 1985 E/R (TV Series)
Philly
- All Tied Up (1985) ... Philly
 1984 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series short)
Rick Peterson
- Contract for Life: The S.A.D.D. Story (1984) ... Rick Peterson
 1984 Gimme a Break! (TV Series)
Jeffrey
- Sam's First Love (1984) ... Jeffrey
 1984 The Karate Kid
Johnny
 1983 The Greatest American Hero (TV Series)
Clarence Mortner Jr.
- Space Ranger (1983) ... Clarence Mortner Jr. (as Billy Zabka)
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Other Works:

Directed and acted in the music video for the song "Sweep the Leg" by the band, No More Kings. "Sweep the Leg" is sung from the point of view William Zabka's character of Johnny in The Karate Kid (1984). The music video was filmed August 24 - 25, 2006. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Billy Zabka

Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Spouse:

Stacie Zabka  (2 children)

Parents:

Zabka, Stanley William | Heimert, Nancy

Relatives:

Zabka, Guy (sibling) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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. See more »

Trivia:

As a child, he would go on auditions, but viewed acting as "always a hobby." He noted that when he was "14 - 15" he started wanting to make a career out of it. See more »

Trademark:

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

Nickname:

Billy

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