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      William Zabka

      William Zabka

      Highest Rated: 100% More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 45% The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

      Birthday: Oct 20, 1965

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      The Karate Kid
      Just One of the Guys
      Where Hope Grows
      The Karate Kid Part II

      Photos

      Billy Zabka at arrivals for WHERE HOPE GROWS Premiere, ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA May 4, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Billy Zabka at arrivals for WHERE HOPE GROWS Premiere, ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA May 4, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection William Zabka at arrivals for IN THE SOUP and COBRA KAI Retrospective Special Screening at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018, School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre, New York, NY April 24, 2018. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection JUST ONE OF THE GUYS, William Zabka, 1985. (c)Columbia Pictures. JUST ONE OF THE GUYS, Deborah Goodrich, William Zabka, Clayton Rohner, Joyce Hyser, 1985, (c) Columbia NATIONAL LAMPOON'S EUROPEAN VACATION, Dana Hill, (holding a photo of William Zabka), Chevy Chase, 1985. (c)Warner Bros. JUST ONE OF THE GUYS, Billy Jacoby, Clayton Rohner, Joyce Hyser, William Zabka, Steve Basil, 1985, (c) Columbia THE KARATE KID, Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, 1984. (c)Columbia Pictures. THE KARATE KID, William Zabka, (center), with the motorcycle gang, 1984. (c)Columbia Pictures. How I Met Your Mother, William Zabka, 'Knight Vision', Season 9, Ep. #5, 10/21/2013, ©CBS How I Met Your Mother, from left: Kyle MacLachlan, Jason Segel, William Zabka, Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris, Marshall Manesh, 'Daisy', Season 9, Ep. #19, 03/10/2014, ©CBS How I Met Your Mother, Josh Radnor (L), William Zabka (C), Neil Patrick Harris (R), 'Daisy', Season 9, Ep. #19, 03/10/2014, ©CBS How I Met Your Mother, from left: Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, Taran Killam, William Zabka, Neil Patrick Harris, 'Gary Blauman', Season 9, Ep. #20, 03/17/2014, ©CBS How I Met Your Mother, from left: Josh Radnor, Wayne Brady, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, William Zabka, 'Gary Blauman', Season 9, Ep. #20, 03/17/2014, ©CBS How I Met Your Mother, Josh Radnor (L), William Zabka (C), Laura Bell Bundy (R), 'Daisy', Season 9, Ep. #19, 03/10/2014, ©CBS JUST ONE OF THE GUYS, William Zabka, 1985. (c)Columbia Pictures. How I Met Your Mother, William Zabka, 'Gary Blauman', Season 9, Ep. #20, 03/17/2014, ©CBS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% 94% More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story Self - 2021
      No Score Yet 100% John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs Self - 2017
      No Score Yet 57% The Dog Who Saved Summer Officer Johnny (Character) - 2015
      50% 75% Where Hope Grows Milton Malcolm (Character) $1.2M 2014
      No Score Yet 82% The Man in the Silo Kevin (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 17% Cross Saw (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mzungu (n.) White-Wanderer Film Editing - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cake: A Wedding Story Sam (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 13% Roomies Slick Salesman (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 41% Landspeed Bob Bailey (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hypersonic The Executive (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 33% Python 2 Greg Larson (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 17% Gale Force Rance (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 19% Antibody Emmerich (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 35% Ablaze Curt Peters (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 18% Mindstorm Rojack (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 22% Python Greg Larsen (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 28% Interceptor Force Dave (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 22% High Voltage Bulldog (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To the Ends of Time Alexander (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 33% Shootfighter 2 Ruben (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 70% The Power Within Raymond Vonn (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unlawful Passage Howie (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 47% Shootfighter: Fight to the Death Ruben (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 42% A Tiger's Tale Randy (Character) $34.2K 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story Kim Fisher (Character) - 1986
      45% 52% The Karate Kid Part II Johnny (Character) $112.1M 1986
      57% 65% Just One of the Guys Greg Tolan (Character) - 1985
      89% 82% The Karate Kid Johnny Lawrence (Character) - 1984

      TV

      Credit
      94% 92% Cobra Kai Johnny Lawrence (Character) 2018-2019 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2018
      84% 85% How I Met Your Mother Billy Zabka (Guest Star) 2013-2014
      No Score Yet 92% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Scott McCall (Character) 1985-1989
      68% No Score Yet E/R Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gimme a Break Unknown (Guest Star) 1984