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Also Known As: Ralph George Macchio Died:
Born: November 4, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Huntington, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director

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One of the leading heartthrobs of early 1980s-era Hollywood, Ralph Macchio was a contemporary Sal Mineo, faring best by playing New York street kids wavering between going bad or succeeding in life. He first gained stardom as the doomed Johnny Cade in the must-see teen classic, "The Outsiders" (1983) before reaching superstardom as the bullied but ultimately triumphant Daniel LaRussa in "The Karate Kid" (1984) and its two sequels. But like Michael J. Fox, he was hampered by a boyish look that belied his age, causing a career stall by the 1990s. Despite successes like "My Cousin Vinny" (1992), the former leading man-turned-supporting actor bowed out of Hollywood, choosing to raise his family far from the spotlight. So beloved was the actor, however, that whenever Macchio did return to the screen - sometimes in cameo roles as himself on shows like "Entourage" (HBO, 2004- ) - it was always cause for celebration, as Macchio's fan base remained devoted for well over two decades.

One of the leading heartthrobs of early 1980s-era Hollywood, Ralph Macchio was a contemporary Sal Mineo, faring best by playing New York street kids wavering between going bad or succeeding in life. He first gained stardom as the doomed Johnny Cade in the must-see teen classic, "The Outsiders" (1983) before reaching superstardom as the bullied but ultimately triumphant Daniel LaRussa in "The Karate Kid" (1984) and its two sequels. But like Michael J. Fox, he was hampered by a boyish look that belied his age, causing a career stall by the 1990s. Despite successes like "My Cousin Vinny" (1992), the former leading man-turned-supporting actor bowed out of Hollywood, choosing to raise his family far from the spotlight. So beloved was the actor, however, that whenever Macchio did return to the screen - sometimes in cameo roles as himself on shows like "Entourage" (HBO, 2004- ) - it was always cause for celebration, as Macchio's fan base remained devoted for well over two decades.

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 Holiday Spin (2012)
3.
 Hitchcock (2012)
4.
 His Way (2011)
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 Forever Together (1999)
9.
 Dizzyland (1999)
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Appeared in TV commercials from childhood
1980:
Made feature film debut in "Up the Academy"
1980:
TV-acting debut, as Jeremy Andretti on ABC series "Eight is Enough"
1982:
Made TV-movie debut in the CBS Afternoon Playhouse special "Journey to Survival"
1983:
Cast as Johnny Cade in "The Outsiders"
1984:
Landed breakthrough film role as Daniel LaRusso in "The Karate Kid"
1986:
Made stage debut opposite Robert De Niro in "Cuba and His Teddy Bear"
1986:
Reprised starring role in sequel "The Karate Kid, Part II"
1989:
Once again reprised role of Daniel LaRusso in "The Karate Kid, Part III"
1992:
Co-starred in the comedy "My Cousin Vinny"
1994:
Portrayed Chris, the sexually confused best friend of Eric Stoltz's character in "Naked in New York"
1996:
Starred in national tour of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
2002:
Made short film "Love Thy Brother"; film was screened at Sundance
2005:
Appeared as himself on an episode of HBO series "Entourage"
2005:
Played Raffi Bedrosyan in the ABC TV-movie "The Daron Bedrosyan Story"
2006:
Co-starred in the comedy "Artie Lange's Beer League"
2008:
Guest starred as politician Archie Rodriguez on "Ugly Betty" (ABC)
2009:
Played minor role in the indie comedy horror spoof "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead"
2011:
Competed on 12th season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"
2012:
Portrayed "Psycho" screenwriter Joseph Stefano opposite Anthony Hopkins' "Hitchcock"
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Education

Half Hollow Hills West High School: Huntington , New York - 1979

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wife:
Phyllis Macchio. Nurse. Married c. 1987.

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daughter:
Julia Macchio. Born c. 1992.
son:
Daniel Macchio. Born c. November 1995.

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