William Zabka

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Actor • Martial Artist • Producer • Writer

Birth Date: October 20, 1965

Age: 58 years old

Birth Place: New York City, New York

Actors often love playing villains, and William Zabka played one of the most notorious bad guys in cinema history as Johnny Lawrence, the vicious bully in the original "The Karate Kid" (1984). William Michael Zabka born October 21, 1965 in New York. Zabka's father was already in the industry, working as an assistant director on "The Tonight Show"(NBC 1954- ) early in Johnny Carson's tenure on the series. When an 18-year-old Zabka scored his role in "The Karate Kid," he was not well versed in martial arts, but he continued his training even after the film wrapped. Zabka went on to co-star, usually as the antagonist, in the football comedy "Just One of the Guys (1985), the sequel "National Lampoon's European Vacation" (1985), and the Rodney Dangerfield vehicle "Back to School" (1986), as well as reprising his breakthrough role in "The Karate Kid, Part II" (1986). In later years, he worked primarily in low-budget action films. He later wrote and produced the short film "Most" (2003), which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. Instead of running from the role that made him well known, Zabka embraced it. Having moved into a sideline career directing music videos, he directed the video for the 2007 song "Sweep the Leg" by No More Kings, in which he gamely parodied himself as Johnny Lawrence. Another of his videos, for the Rascal Flatts hit "Why Wait," was nominated for CMT's Video of the Year and Group Video of the Year. After appearing in the '80s movie parody "Hot Tub Time Machine" (2010), Zabka began a recurring role on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014), playing himself, the childhood idol of Neil Patrick Harris' character Barney Stinson.

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Access Daily With Mario & Kit

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The Netflix Afterparty

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2021

More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story

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Oral History

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2020

Cobra KaiStream

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Johnny Lawrence
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2018
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John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs

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The Dog Who Saved Summer

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Officer Johnny
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2015

Where Hope Grows

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Milton Malcolm
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2014

The Man in the Silo

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Kevin
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2012

Cross

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Saw
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2011

Mzungu (n.) White-Wanderer

Film Editor
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2010

Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda

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2007

Cake: A Wedding Story

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Sam
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2007

How I Met Your MotherStream

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Billy Zabka
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2005
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ET Canada

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2005

Robot ChickenStream

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2005

Roomies

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Slick Salesman
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2004

Last Call With Carson Daly

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2002

Vent de panique

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Rance
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2002

Antibody

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Emmerich
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2002

Landspeed

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Bob Bailey
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2002

Hypersonic

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The Executive
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2002

Python 2

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Greg Larson
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2002

Ablaze

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Curt Peters
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2001

Python

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Greg Larsen
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2000

Mindstorm

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Rojack
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2000

Interceptor Force

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Dave
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1999

The View

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1997

High Voltage

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Bulldog
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1997

Access Hollywood

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1996

Shootfighter 2

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Ruben
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1996

To the Ends of Time

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Alexander
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1996

The Power Within

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Raymond Vonn
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1995

Terreur sous les tropiques

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1994

Unlawful Passage

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Howie
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1994

Shootfighter: Fight to the Death

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Ruben
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1992

A Tiger's Tale

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Randy
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Equalizer: CIA contre KGB

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1987

The Karate Kid Part IIStream

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Johnny
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1986
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Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story

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Kim Fisher
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1986

The Equalizer

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Scott McCall
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1985

Just One of the Guys

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Greg Tolan
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E/R

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1984

The Karate KidStream

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Johnny Lawrence
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1984
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Gimme a Break!

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1981

Entertainment Tonight

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1981

Today

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