William Zabka

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William Michael "Billy" Zabka (born October 20, 1965) is an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer. Zabka is best known for his villain roles in several iconic 80s films, such as his role of Johnny Lawrence in 1984's The Karate Kid. In 2004, he was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing and producing the film, "MOST". Zabka was born in New York City to Nancy and Stanley Zabka. The latter has worked as production manager on a number of motion pictures, including the Chuck Norris vehicle Forced Vengeance. Young William grew up with two siblings: sister Judy; brother Guy. Both brothers share a fondness for writing and performing music; together, they own and operate Big Island Music, Incorporated. Zabka's breakout role came in his first movie, 1984's The Karate Kid. Zabka played the role of Johnny Lawrence, the main antagonist to the title character played by Ralph Macchio. Zabka's participation in the Karate Kid inspired him to learn the martial art of Tang Soo Do. During the 1980s, Zabka continued to define his acting roles in the comedy movies Just One of the Guys (1985) and Back to School (1986).


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