William Zabka is an American celebrity, writer, and director who has a net worth of $500 thousand. William Zabka was born in NYC, NY, and got his big break with his first part. Throughout the 80s, the American actor went back and forth between film and television projects appearing in such productions as, “Just One of the Guys”, “National Lampoon’s European Vacation”, “The Karate Kid: Part II”, “The Greatest American Hero”, “E/R”, and “The Equalizer”. In the 90s, he changed his focus to production, though he did continue to appear in movies intermittently, such as “Shootfighter”, “The Power Within”, and “Interceptors”. In 2003, he composed and produced the short film, “Most”. The movie went on to receive an Academy Award nomination. He’s also directed numerous music videos. He recently returned to acting after a long interval supporting the lens, appearing on an episode of “How I Met Your Mother’.
His surname pronounced as "ZHAP-kuh". It means "little frog".
After 20 years, fans continue to recognize and address him as Johnny Lawrence from The Karate Kid (1984), which he loves... but not as much as he loves being an uncle to his sister Judy's daughter and son.
Has a sister, Judy.
Is an accomplished singer/musician/songwriter, as is his brother Guy.
Speaks Czech fluently.
His paternal grandfather was Czech, and his paternal grandmother was born in Nebraska, to Czech parents.
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.
Has essayed the "class bully" role in several memorable teen-oriented films
You know, all 'The Karate Kid' fans from the original are parents these days. I think it's a cool thing.
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.
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.
Sometimes you become a character, and sometimes the character becomes you.
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.
Prior to 'The Karate Kid', I did commercials - Kool-Aid, Pepsi, milk - and I had always been cast as the all-American nice guy.
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.