Martin Kove

Martin Kove Headshot

Actor

Birth Date: March 6, 1946

Age: 78 years old

Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York

Children: Jesse Kove

Martin Kove has been in some of the most beloved movies and TV shows of the 1980s. Perhaps his best-known role came in "The Karate Kid" (1984) as evil martial-arts sensei John Kreese, instructor to the rivals of Ralph Macchio's title character. During the 1970s he began his steady career in a grab bag of film and television roles, until he landed the part of villain Nero the Hero in the 1975 cult classic "Death Race 2000." Guest appearances on the crime shows "Charlie's Angels" and "CHiPs" led to another big break when he landed the role of detective Victor Isbecki on the 1980s favorite "Cagney & Lacey."

His role as the very focused and very mean Cobra Kai sensei John Kreese followed in 1984, and Kove went on to reprise the role in the 1986 and 1989 sequels. It was after his notable performance in the first "Karate Kid" that he landed a part as a backstabbing helicopter pilot in "Rambo: First Blood Part II"(1985) and also "The Karate Kid Part II" (1986) and "The Karate Kid Part III" (1989). Kove went on to appear in other films such as " Falcon Song" (2014), "Assassin X" (2016), "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" (2019) and "Max Reload and the Nether Blasters" (2020). More recently he reprised his role as John Kreese in "Cobra Kai" (YouTube Red/Netflix, 2017- ).

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A Taste of Love

Actor
Glenn
Movie
2024

Far Haven

Actor
Ambrose Masse
Movie
2023

Savage: The Bigfoot Legend...Lives

Actor
Movie
2023

BarmageddonStream

Guest
Reality
2022

More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story

Self
Movie
2021

3 Tickets to Paradise

Actor
Felix
Movie
2021

Finding Sara

Actor
Lemley
Show
2020

The Wizard of PawsStream

Self
Reality
2020

Day 13

Actor
Magnus Torvald
Movie
2020

Max Reload and the Nether Blasters

Actor
Gramps Jenkins
Movie
2020

Bring Me a Dream

Actor
Sheriff Jack Miller
Movie
2020

Access Daily

Guest
Show
2019

The Savant

Actor
John Sonsay
Show
2019

Bare Knuckle Brawler

Actor
Mike Calderon
Movie
2019

A Karate Christmas Miracle

Actor
Sam
Movie
2019

VFW

Actor
Lou Clayton
Movie
2019

Klub ratnih veterana

Actor
Movie
2019

Warning: No Trespassing

Actor
Marty the CIA agent
Show
2018

Cobra KaiStream

Actor
John Kreese
Series
2018
94%

Cobra KaiStream

Guest Star
Kreese
Series
2018
94%

Paint It Red

Actor
Scabs
Movie
2018

Garlic and Gunpowder

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Agent Tracey
Movie
2017

Traded

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Cavendish
Movie
2016

Wild Bill Hickok: Swift Justice

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Rayord
Movie
2016

Joker's Wild

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Graham Palace
Movie
2016

2 Lava 2 Lantula

Actor
Colonel Jester
Movie
2016

Assassin X

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Frank
Movie
2016

The Dog Who Saved Summer

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Vernon
Movie
2015

Price for Freedom

Actor
Ayatollah Khalkhali
Movie
2015

Running Forever

Actor
Carson
Movie
2015

Six Gun Savior

Actor
The Mentor
Movie
2015

Falcon Song

Actor
Caspian
Movie
2014

Tapped Out

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Principal Vanhorne
Movie
2014

Eternity: The Movie

Actor
Barry Goldfield Sr.
Movie
2014

Snapshot

Actor
Jack Adams
Movie
2014

Rice Girl

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Capt. Ron Williams
Movie
2014

Tumbleweed: A True Story

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Silver Bush
Movie
2014

Number Runner

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Bingo Brown
Movie
2014

The GoldbergsStream

Guest Star
Master John
Series
2013

Reality Terror Night

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Othello Lazarus
Movie
2013

I'm in Love With a Church Girl

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Terry Edgemond
Movie
2013

Friend Request

Actor
Captain Meyers
Movie
2013

Our Wild Hearts

Actor
Grizz
Movie
2013

Silent But Deadly

Actor
Hodge
Movie
2012

Assassin's Code

Actor
Tony Brill
Movie
2011

The Life Zone

Actor
Randy Graves
Movie
2011

The Great Fight

Actor
John Cooper
Movie
2011

The Ascent

Actor
Movie
2010

Bare Knuckles

Actor
Sonny Cool
Movie
2010

Carmen's Kiss

Actor
Drayton
Movie
2010

Savage

Actor
Jack Lund
Movie
2009

Ballistica

Actor
Riley
Movie
2009

Beyond the Ring

Actor
Uncle Patrick
Movie
2008

Revamped

Actor
Det. Reeger
Movie
2007

Kiss of the Vampire

Actor
Steven Miles
Movie
2007

Max Havoc: Ring of Fire

Actor
Lt. Reynolds
Movie
2006

The Veteran

Actor
Movie
2006

Soft Target

Actor
Jake Lawlor
Movie
2006

Fallen Angels

Actor
Daniels
Movie
2006

Exit 38

Actor
Reese
Movie
2006

Criminal MindsStream

Guest Star
Series
2005

Dancing With the StarsStream

Contestant
Reality
2005

Glass Trap

Actor
Corrigan
Movie
2005

Devil's Knight

Actor
Zeff
Movie
2004

The Hollywood Mom's Mystery

Actor
Sandy Palumbo
Movie
2004

Alien Lockdown

Actor
Anslow
Movie
2004

Barbarian

Actor
Munkar
Movie
2003

Hard Ground

Actor
Flooyd
Movie
2003

Paradise

Actor
Taxi Driver
Movie
2003

Último Rey Guerrero

Actor
Movie
2003

Shattered Lies

Actor
Tom Reynolds
Movie
2002

Escorpión Negro

Actor
Jack Ames/Firearm
Movie
2002

Gentle Ben

Actor
Cully
Movie
2002

Crocodile 2: Death SwampStream

Actor
Roland
Movie
2002

Under Heavy Fire

Actor
Father Brazinski
Movie
2002

Trance

Actor
Robert Leoni
Movie
2002

Con Games

Actor
Redick
Movie
2001

Assault on Death Mountain

Actor
Andy Powers
Movie
1999

La Pista del Crimen

Actor
Captain Peter James
Movie
1999

Joseph's Gift

Actor
Thompsonn
Movie
1998

Top of the World

Actor
Carl
Movie
1998

Nowhere Land

Actor
Hank
Movie
1998

The Thief and the Stripper

Actor
Crow
Movie
1998

Sliding Home

Actor
Samuel J. Weber
Movie
1997

Mercenary

Actor
Phoenix
Movie
1997

Assault on Devil's Island

Actor
Andy Powers
Movie
1997

Grizzly Mountain

Actor
Marshal Jackson
Movie
1997

The Marksmen

Actor
Samuel J. Weber
Movie
1997

Judge and Jury

Actor
Michael Silvano
Movie
1996

Hercules: The Legendary JourneysStream

Guest Star
Series
1995

Without Mercy

Actor
Wolf Larsen
Movie
1995

Final Equinox

Actor
Torman
Movie
1995

Baby Face Nelson

Actor
John Dillinger
Movie
1995

Burke's Law

Guest Star
Joe Tanner
Show
1994

Uncivilized

Actor
DeVoe
Movie
1994

Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone

Actor
Ed Ross
Movie
1994

Cagney & Lacey: The Return

Actor
Isbecki
Movie
1994

Savage Land

Actor
Jabal
Movie
1994

Death Match

Actor
Paul Landis
Movie
1994

Lightning in a Bottle

Actor
Duane Furber
Movie
1994

Diagnosis MurderStream

Guest Star
Series
1993

Walker, Texas RangerStream

Guest Star
Series
1993

Masacre a la Hora de Matar

Actor
Movie
1993

To Be the Best

Actor
Rick Kulhane
Movie
1993

The Outfit

Actor
Agent Baker
Movie
1993

Future Shock

Actor
Dr. Langdon
Movie
1993

President's Target

Actor
Sam Nicholson
Movie
1993

RenegadeStream

Guest Star
Mitch Raines/Goliath
Series
1992

Proyecto Sombra Nuclear

Actor
Movie
1992

Project: Shadowchaser

Actor
Desilva
Movie
1992

Firehawk

Actor
Stewart
Movie
1992

Shootfighter: Fight to the Death

Actor
Mr. Lee
Movie
1992

Silk StalkingsStream

Director
Series
1991

White Light

Actor
Sean Craig
Movie
1991

Tales From the Crypt

Actor
Series
1989
82%

Hard Time on Planet Earth

Actor
Jesse
Show
1989

The Karate Kid Part IIIStream

Actor
John Kreese
Movie
1989
15%

Higher Ground

Actor
Rick Loden
Movie
1988

Steele Justice

Actor
John Steele
Movie
1987

The Karate Kid Part IIStream

Actor
Kreese
Movie
1986
45%

The Twilight Zone

Actor
Series
1985

Rambo: First Blood Part IIStream

Actor
Ericson
Movie
1985
33%

Murder, She WroteStream

Guest Star
Dr. Ellison
Series
1984

The Karate KidStream

Actor
John Kreese
Movie
1984
89%

Cagney & LaceyStream

Actor
Det. Victor Isbecki
Series
1982

Cry for the Strangers

Actor
Jeff
Movie
1982

Beyond WestworldStream

Guest Star
Series
1980

The Yeagers

Actor
Willie Yeager
Movie
1980

Seven

Actor
Skip
Movie
1979

The Incredible HulkStream

Guest Star
Series
1978

CHiPsStream

Guest Star
Series
1977

The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew MysteriesStream

Guest Star
Series
1977

Code R

Actor
George Baker
Show
1977

The White BuffaloStream

Actor
Jack McCall
Movie
1977
17%

Charlie's AngelsStream

Guest Star
Series
1976

Kingston: The Power Play

Actor
Movie
1976

Starsky & HutchStream

Guest Star
Series
1975

White Line Fever

Actor
Clem
Movie
1975

The Four Deuces

Actor
Smokey Ross
Movie
1975

Death Race 2000Stream

Actor
Nero the Hero
Movie
1975
82%

Rhoda

Guest Star
Series
1974

Road Movie

Actor
Weigh Station Cop
Movie
1974

KojakStream

Guest Star
Burl Slote
Series
1973

Barnaby JonesStream

Guest Star
Series
1973

The Streets of San FranciscoStream

Guest Star
Willis Hines
Series
1972

The RookiesStream

Guest Star
Series
1972

The Last House on the LeftStream

Actor
Deputy
Movie
1972
43%

Women in Revolt

Actor
Marty
Movie
1971

GunsmokeStream

Guest Star
Guthrie
Series
1955

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