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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameWilliam Michael Zabka
Nickname Billy
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

William Zabka was born on October 20, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as William Michael Zabka. 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 Lynn Doss since 2008.

Spouse (1)

Stacie Lynn Doss (2008 - present)

Trade Mark (1)

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

Trivia (5)

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; also, William's paternal grandmother was born in Nebraska, to Czech parents.
His parents are: Stanley William Zabka, a director/writer/composer whose credits include the Chuck Norris movie Forced Vengeance (1982); and Nancy Heimert, a business-liaison/producer/PA. William grew up with two siblings: brother Guy Zabka and sister Judy Zabka. Both siblings are accomplished singers, musicians and songwriters...as is WZ himself, who plays guitar and piano.
Best known by the public for his role as Johnny Lawrence, the main villain of John G. Avildsen's classic The Karate Kid (1984) and the web television series Cobra Kai (2018).
Speaks Czech fluently. Moreover, the Czech translation of his surname (pronounced "zhuh-b-kuh") is "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 (1984), 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 (1984) fans from the original are parents these days. I think it's a cool thing.

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