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William Zabka Biography

Birth Name:
William Michael Zabka
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Actor, director, producer

Fast Facts

  • Is of Czech descent, on his father's side, and can speak Czech fluently
  • Made his TV debut in the 1983 episode "Space Ranger" of The Greatest American Hero
  • Was an accomplished wrestler prior to his role in The Karate Kid, and later earned a second degree green belt in the martial art of Tang Soo Do
  • Co-wrote and produced the short film Most which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action, in 2004
  • Breakout role was antagonist Johnny Lawrence in 1984's The Karate Kid, and would reprise that role in its sequel and the YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai
  • Directed the 2010 music video for No More Kings' "Sweep The Leg", wherein he plays a parody of himself
  • Last name, Zabka, translates to "little frog" in Czech


  • 2003Oscar-Best Short Film, Live Action: nominated


  • Guy Zabka -- Brother
  • Stanley William Zabka -- Father
  • Nancy Zabka -- Mother
  • Judy Zabka -- Sister
  • Stacie Lynn Doss -- Wife