What the Hell Happened to Ralph Macchio?

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In the 1980’s Ralph Macchio was a teen heartthrob.  He rose to prominence along with with other hot actors of his generation with roles in iconic movies that are still relevant today.  Macchio managed to avoid the Brat Pack label that doomed many of his contemporaries.  But he struggled with transitioning to adult roles.  In the early nineties, after a small role in one last memorable movie, Macchio faded into obscurity.

What the hell happened?

Like a lot of actors, Macchio started off doing commercials.  Here is the future Karate Kid singing and dancing about the “yummier” taste of new Bubble Yum in a 1980 TV spot.

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Macchio made his movie debut in the teen comedy, Up the Academy.

Macchio played Chooch Bambalazi, one of four boys sent to a strict military academy.  The band of misfit brothers attempt to make the best of their situation with “zany” antics.

Up the Academy was Mad Magazine’s answer to National Lampoon’s Animal House.  In 1983, Mad Magazine editor explained how Up the Academy came about:

What happened is that we had a contract with Warner Brothers to put out a Mad movie. It’s like four years old now. They came up with a script that we didn’t like, and then they came up with a script using our scriptwriters that they didn’t like, but meanwhile they threw this script onto our desk… Although there were many things in it that I thought were offensive and should be removed, generally I liked the script. And I thought, ‘Well, in addition to a Mad movie, there’s nothing wrong with having something like Lampoon did with Animal HouseAnimal House was “Lampoon Presents” and really had nothing to do with the magazine, it was just using their name, and it was a good movie, and it was very successful, and it made Lampoon a lot of money. I guess. So we were going to do the same thing. “Mad Magazine Completely Disassociates Itself from Up the Academy“. But that was too long for them, they can’t think in that many words. They put the damn thing out without all the deletions they had promised to make, which means they’re liars.

Gaines sought to mitigate the damage Up the Academy inflicted on the Mad brand:

“There we were connected with it, and there wasn’t much we could do about it. I paid Warner Brothers 30 grand to take Mad’s name off for television. So for $30,000 we got out of being associated with it on Home Box Office. It won’t say “Mad Magazine Presents” and Alfred E. Neuman won’t be in it. And it was well worth $30,000.”

Mad and Warner Brothers were sister companies under the Time Warner umbrella.  After Gaines’ death in 1992, Time Warner took greater control of the magazine.  This allowed Warner Brothers to put all of the references to Mad back into future Up the Academy for home video release.

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Gaines wasn’t the only one trying to distance himself from Up the Academy.  Actor Ron Leibman had his name completely removed from the credits and all promotional materials.  Macchio recalled Leibman’s frustration on the set:

“I don’t know why he did the movie. He was very good in it, but making that movie, it was a very weird dynamic. As I say, I was so young and green, and there was a lot of… It just wasn’t a happy set from the adult standpoint. Us kids, we had a good time, but there were problems with production, I think, on that movie.” 

Up the Academy was directed by Robert Downey, Sr. Yes, the future Iron Man is his son.  Robert Downey Jr had a small uncredited role in the film.  He was 13 years old at the time.  

The movie was not a hit with critics or audiences.  William Gaines sent hand-written apology letters to anyone who wrote the magazine to complain.  But Macchio credits his appearance in Up the Academy with furthering his career:

“That was my first part and my first big audition. I got the part, and I just overacted like I’m some young Italian Mafia guy. Thick accent. Hey, listen, it got me the next job! “

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“The next job” was a regular role on the TV comedy-drama, Eight is Enough. Macchio joined the show for its final season from 1980-1981.

The show was based on the writings of syndicated newspaper columnist, Thomas Braden who wrote a book about raising his eight kids.  In the show, Dick Van Patten played Tom Bradford, a newspaper columnist with eight kids.  His wife, Joan, was played by actress Diana Hyland for the first four episodes.  Tragically, Hyland was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to be written out of the rest of the season.  She passed 12 days after the first episode aired.  She was romantically involved with John Travolta at the time.

The show’s second season acknowledged Hyland’s death by making Tom Bradford a widower.  In the first episode of the second season, he married a school teacher played by Betty Buckley.  Buckley was cast partially because she had played a similar role in the hit movie, Carrie.  The show made teen idols of its young stars  Grant Goodeve and Willie Aames.  Yes, Bibleman was a Tiger Beat sensation once upon a time.

As the young cast matured, Macchio was cast to keep the youth demographic.  He played Abby’s orphaned nephew who gets taken in by the Bradford clan.  Macchio recalled being cast on the show:

“I was coming right off Up The Academy, and I auditioned for that part, got the network test, and I was on the set of Eight Is Enough in, like, 24 hours. I was just like, “Wow!” And then the actors went on strike for three months that day. I’ll never forget that… I guess at the time, it was like, “Let’s get a Scott Baio type and infuse some youth into the cast of this show in its fifth season.” 

Like Goodeve and Aames before him, Macchio started showing up on the covers of teen magazines.

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Apparently this issue contained a sexy centerfold of Macchio!  I’m sorry.  Ralph.  No one on this cover has a last name except for Dukes of Hazzard star, John Schneider.  I wonder if that’s why he wasn’t subjected to a cheesy Christmas poze.

Unfortunately, nothing in Macchio’s giant Christmas stocking could save Eight is Enough.  It was cancelled at the end of the fifth season.  But Macchio’s teen heartthrob days were just getting started.

In 1982, Macchio worked in TV movies.  He appeared opposite Beau Bridges in Dangerous Company (see clip above).  He starred in a CBS Afternoon Playhouse entitled Journey to Survival.  And he appeared alongside his TV uncle, Dick Van Patten in the TV drama, High Powder.  High Powder also featured several of Van Patten’s own kids.

Next: The Outsiders and The Karate Kid

Posted on April 19, 2014, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actor and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Back in the 80’s I only owned several movies on VHS since they were so expensive back then, and Karate Kid was one of them. I lost count of how many times I watched that movie in my teens. I even liked parts 2 and 3. Just reading Macchio’s write-up and watching the trailer puts me in the mood to watch it again, it’ll always be one of the iconic films of the 80’s.

    Crossroads was surprisingly good, a shame it never found a larger audience. And of course My Cousin Vinny is a comedy classic. It’s interesting that even during his peak years he wasn’t especially prolific, he just didn’t do many movies in between the Karate Kid films. He doesn’t come off as someone obsessed with becoming a star or staying on the A list, otherwise I think we’d be seeing him in a lot more projects in those peak 80’s years.

    I loved seeing the early bubble gum commercial, I don’t know where you find these things Lebeau but they (along with those Tiger Beat covers) definately make these write-ups extra special.

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    • It’s amazing what you can find if you do enough searches. The most time-consuming part of writing these articles is looking for all the tidbits.

      I was a big fan of the first Karate Kid. I was just the right age for it. Shue was probably my first movie crush. And I could definitely relate to the underdog story. I didn’t have it on VHS until much later. But I did have the novelization which I read over and over again.

      I agree with you about Macchio. Being a movie star just didn’t seem to be a priority for him.

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  2. His Funny Or Die video is absolutely hilarious! I didn’t even know of it’s existence until you posted it. I have to thank you for posting it, I had to watch it a couple times because it’s so funny. The line from his wife made me laugh: “Are you sure? But cuddling is your favorite part.” And of course, the line that made me laugh most was “BANZI, MOTHER F***ER!” Comedy gold.

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  3. I don’t think he was “gushing” about the Hitchcock role, he seemed excited but really aware of the fact that his role would be completely cut out of the movie. He seems like a nice guy, and is fun that he and William Zabka are buddies now!

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  4. DANG, Lebeau, what a trip in the WAYBACK machine! I’d forgotten all about that Tiger Beat stuff! So funny – “none of these guys have last names” LOL!! The clip from the failed Baseball-beer whatever movie seemed like Macchio would have been the bright spot in a dull script which was evidently trying to be the next Bad News Bears. Once again this is a different sort of WTHH. This entry had a very interesting angle in that much of the subject’s own words about their career was featured. I enjoyed this aspect. You’ve often said that 80s movie stars make for interesting writeups, and I am starting to think there was something in 80s/90s Hollywood machine that produced many of these white hot star stories, that often didn’t last. Often I read one of these columns, I’m thinking that’s probably it, he’s covered them all. For the first time, this entry provoked a bunch of suggestions. Scott Baio, WTHH there? Kristy McNichol? Leif Garrett? Tatum O’Neal? I know Molly Ringwald has her own WTHH appearance already. You will never run out of material!

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  5. You can also see The Karate Kd as a movie about an outsider that comes to town to wreck havoc on Johnny Lawrence. That Johnny character even says at the very beginning that he will quit alcohol because he wants to get it together in his senior year and every time Daniel has his butt kicked, he deserved it. End of rant :-)

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  6. jeffthewildman

    I saw the original Karate Kid during its theatrical run with my mom and dad.

    A few years ago when I heard a remake was on the way I was discussing it with my father. And he had an idea that I liked: that Ralph Macchio should return and be the one who trains Jaden.

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  7. Retrospective / Review – Karate Kid Part III (1989) in HD:

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    • Episode 153 – The Karate Kid, Part III:

      http://www.whmpodcast.com/2014/04/episode-153-karate-kid-part-iii.html

      In this week’s episode, the gang enters the Under 18 All-Valley tournament with Ralph Macchio and Thomas Ian Griffith in the ridiculous sequel, The Karate Kid, Part III! Why did the filmmakers insist on making all the stories play back-to-back? How is John Kreese not in prison for joking out kids in parking lots? And what is with that platonic relationship crap, LaRusso? PLUS: Terry Silver takes over the crown as Greatest WHM Villain!

      The Karate Kid, Part III, stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, Martin Kove, Sean Kanan and Thomas Ian Griffith; directed by John Avildsen.

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      • All you need to know about Ralph Macchio is that he is a few months older than Thomas Ian Griffith. But they play characters with maybe a 20 year age gap.

        Yeah- Macchio was going to have some problems getting non-Karate Kid gigs!!

        Contrary to some rumors- Macchio is NOT older than Pat Morita.

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  8. Sitcoms Online Message Boards – Forums > 1970s Sitcoms > Eight Is Enough > What the Hell Happened to Ralph Macchio?

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    I think Ralph Macchio is a nice guy. He’s one of the few actors who has not fallen victim to a life of scandal. So what’s the problem?
    Leave the guy alone.

    Agreed and this one of the most useless blogs I’ve ever read.

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  9. You’re ticking all my boxes Lebeau, Michael Biehn and Ralph Macchio! Keep up the good work!

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  10. Ralph Macchio (I) : why did his career fall on its arse?

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001494/board/flat/118822680?p=1

    Sat Dec 27 2008 21:32:24

    I think he’s a great actor.

    But right around the time that he made My Cousin Vinny, he became a father…so I think that having a family is one reason why he doesnt do much acting anymore, not that there’s anything wrong with that…

    Sun Dec 28 2008 20:56:01

    It’s because he still looked youthful well into the ’90s and no longer wanted to play ‘young’ roles. Studios didn’t want to cast him as an adult because of his looks. Even in his earlier roles, such as the romantic subplot from Karate Kid. Elisabeth Shue looks more like his baby sitter than his girlfriend, dispite the flack that Ralph was a few years older than her.

    Mon Apr 26 2010 20:55:10

    I agree with VanTammen. Although I enjoyed the KK films (well, KK3 got a bit silly in the end), when I saw them again 10 years after being released, I realised what a poor actor he is. Some of his acting in these films is pretty bad. It’s no wonder that he didn’t do all that much.

    Fri Nov 8 2013 14:50:27

    You’re hitting the nail there. Career choices is the biggest factor in this. If he would have picked better roles, and more interesting characters, he could have showed more acting range. Perhaps even surprised the audience/critics.

    Imagine an alternate timeline where Macchio had played some of Tom Cruise’s roles. Maybe even Ethan Hunt. Or he could have played Neo in Matrix, because of his previous experience with martial arts (Keanu Reeves had none).

    Mon Dec 9 2013 06:14:56

    Because after he became a father he took a four year break and roles that could have went to him went to other actors which made them big, Steve McQueen for example took a four year break in the ’70s and once he came back it was hard for his movies to do well or get roles because people had forgotten about him and he was the biggest movie star in the world so if he found it hard to come back imagine the problems Ralph faced and he wasn’t really a big star I mean most of his big movies are known for being other people’s movies like My Cousin Vinny is known for being a Joe Pesci film.

    Mon Jan 6 2014 12:51:16

    Ralph Macchio had a hit with my cousin vinny but he was totally outshined by of course the main characters, played by Pesci and Marisa, but he was also outshined by the funnier character, his neurotic buddy who winds up hiring the stuttering lawyer to take Vinnie’s place. Ralph played the straight man in that film and was pretty much forgotten.

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  11. Why didn’t Macchio’s career take off more after Karate Kid?

    I would argue the point that immediately after the breakout success of Karate Kid in summer of ’84, Macchio didn’t make much of an attempt to capitalize on it. He did only one theatrical movie in the two years in between Karate Kid 1 & 2, then he only did one theatrical movie in the three years in between Karate Kid 2 & 3. Now, who knows if he was just turning down crap scripts or what, but that lack of productivity in the years between Karate Kid movies left him typecast to the public as Danny Laruso; people weren’t seeing him as anyone else (though again, he was terriffic in Crossroads and its unfortunate that it flopped). That may not explain it completely, but at least partially.

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    • I was shocked to realize how few movies he made between KKs. He either didn’t realize how the game was played or had no interest in playing it. I think a little of both honestly.

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    • Interesting. This was the era of the teen comedy/dramedy. He couldn’t have gotten a Can’t Buy Me Love? -type role?

      Maybe he was blacklisted by John Hughes? He couldn’t get a Police Academy 7 gig?

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  12. Wow…Ralph Macchio. First off, “I’m a big fan of “The Outsiders”; read the book without prompting, have the super duper DVD version or whatever, and have had tons of discussions about it. His Johnny character was the pivotal figure in the story (by the way, Dallas is winning in a runaway in the poll posted. I voted for the soulful Ponyboy. but this shouldn’t be about “The Outsiders” now…).
    What can I say about ” The Katate Kid”? Another film I viewed more times than I can remember, and like “The Outsiders” I still integrate certain quotes from thefilm in my daily life.
    I’m okay with “Teachers” because I like JoBeth Williams from “Poltergeist ” (who had short shorts and looked like a doll?), but overall it could’ve been better.
    Back in the late 1990’s I purchased “Crossroads” for a friend (found it at one of those obscure video rental stores on the clearance rack) because he think Steve Vai is the best guitarist of all-time and talked endlessly the that film because of it. Boy, I got lucky with that find (I also picked up “Head Office” that day, but a nasty VCR made my time with it short).
    Finally, Ralph Macchio wrote the “Point After” column last year for Sports Illustraated’s annual issue of “Where Are They Now?” (the title of the article is “Where I Am Now”) I reread it after reading this segment here, and I think it’s a nice read.
    Whew! I’m likely never write a post on this site again (I love to write, I just like to keep it short), but I just had to share.

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  13. I meant I’m like to never write a post THAT LONG on this site again (I really dropped the ball on that last line overall). Well, since I’m still here…
    I’m guessing how Hollywood and how it’s game works caught him by surprise at first, and by the time he figured it out he wasn’t interested in playing that game. Also, “The Karate Kid” was a pop culture whirlwind anyway. Let’s put it this way: in the 1985 film “Just One of the Guys” (I think it’s a gem of a film) the Sherilynn Fenn character mentions how the Joyce Hyser character (incognito as a boy) “looks like The Karate Kid”. I mean, it’s just one of those films.

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  14. The Mother Brain Files Underrated Actors Special: One Hit Wonders:

    http://cosblog.cosmelentertainment.com/2013/12/23/the-mother-brain-files-underrated-actors-special-one-hit-wonders/

    1. Ralph Macchio

    Macchio made an impact early on with his tragic portrayal of Johnny Cade in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders which introduced the world to the elite leading men of Hollywood for the 1980s. Then it was 1984’s The Karate Kid that made him a major teen idol and role model for kids around the world. As Daniel LaRusso, he captured that new kid in town blues mixed with the need for a father figure to fulfill a missing void in his life through Mr. Miyagi. The film remains a staple for many of those who were kids of the 80s. Despite the film and its sequels’ successes, Macchio found himself typecast in trouble teen apprentice roles in films such as Teachers (Nick Nolte), Crossroads (Joe Seneca) and Distant Thunder (John Lithgow) and his slow aging prevented him from making a transition to more adult roles (save for My Cousin Vinny). Macchio still remains active in independent films, television, and the occasional reality show like Dancing With the Stars.

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    • The Mother Brain Files Underrated Actors Special: Ralph Macchio:

      http://cosblog.cosmelentertainment.com/2011/03/16/the-mother-brain-files-underrated-actors-special-ralph-macchio/

      In an industry that is driven by youth, many child and teen stars in Hollywood succeed because of their charm and their looks. But once they reach adulthood, that appeal wears off and only a rare few (i.e. Leonardo DiCaprio) evolve into bonafide movie stars. Yet, there are those like Ralph Macchio who struggle to be taken seriously because their boyish looks don’t change much. The star of the original Karate Kid films had to prove his worth as an actor outside the series while Hollywood tried to pigeonhole him in teen roles. Being that this writeup coincides with Macchio’s appearance on the current new season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, I will look at not only what made Macchio so special in the original 1984 Karate Kid movie but also take a look at the other films that are often overlooked.

      The Long Island native who was born in 1961 got his start in TV commercials for Bubble Yum and Dr. Pepper. At age 18, Macchio landed his first movie role in the Animal House-meets-Police Academy comedy, Up the Academy, which was directed by Robert Downey Jr.’s father (and the future Iron Man star also had a brief role in it). But Macchio first came to national attention in 1980 as Jeremy Andretti on the controversial ABC dramedy, Eight is Enough. The troubled young kid is taken custody by the Bradford family following the death of Abby Bradford’s sister who was Jeremy’s mother. Macchio’s character goes though all kinds of craziness during the show from nearly falling into a bad crowd to girl problems to even finding a skull in a garden. Macchio’s stint on the show, however, was short lived as the series ended in May 1981.

      In 1983, Macchio appeared in the film that brought good luck to his career as well as his castmates. Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders would become famous for its cast of 60s-born actors who went on to become the megastars of the 80s and early 90s: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillion, Rob Lowe, the late great Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, and Diane Lane. But Macchio would arguably be the heart of the picture in his portrayal of the Tulsa Greaser, Johnny Cade. For a film that depicted the macho men in the 1960s, Macchio and co-star Howell as Ponyboy Curtis broke the stereotype of a greaser and create many touching moments in the film that punctuate their gentle side as well as their yearning for survival in an unbalanced world. The audience immediately roots for Macchio’s character even when he kills a member of the Socs to save Ponyboy from a brutal beating. But it was Macchio’s death scene in the hospital where he tell’s Ponyboy to “stay gold” that’s really a true tearjerker.

      If The Outsiders had Macchio play the tragic underdog, The Karate Kid would be his portrayal of a triumphant one. The general plot appears to be paper thin at first: Daniel LaRusso and his single mom move from New Jersey to L.A. where Daniel gets bullied by a gang of karate students because of his interest in a girl and he winds up learning karate from an unlikely sensei. But it’s so much more than that. While Macchio naturally plays the bullied teen who gains self-confidence, it’s the father-son dynamic between him and Pat Morita as the iconic Mr. Miyagi that becomes the heart of the picture. Their chemistry on screen is so wonderful and their performances elevate the story from a by the numbers underdog movie to a movie about a boy learning to train and balance his inner spirit through martial arts. The little karate movie from Rocky director, John Avildsen, became one of the top five highest grossing films of 1984, spawned 3 sequels and a 2010 remake, toys, video games, and a saturday morning cartoon. Macchio would become an 80s icon.

      Hot off the success of Karate Kid, Macchio was immediately in demand. He would appear in the made-for-TV movie, Three Wishes of Billy Grier, as a teenager with a rare degenerative disease that speeds up the aging process and looks to make the most out of his life in the time he has left. On the big screen, Macchio played another troubled teen in Arthur Hiller’s high school satire, Teachers. In the film about the flawed public school system, Macchio stood out as Eddie Pilikian, a class-cutting troublemaker from a bad home who gets taken under the wing of a veteran Social Studies teacher played by Nick Nolte who inspires him to become a better student. Macchio would also rehash his Karate Kid persona in Walter Hill’s blues drama, Crossroads (not the 2002 Brittney Spears flick) where he plays a gifted guitar player who pairs up with a legendary blues musician played by Joe Seneca. Together, they seek out a missing Robert Johnson song which leads to a final “battle” in Mississippi where Macchio has to save Seneca’s soul from the devil by performing a guitar duel against the devil’s ringer guitarist played by the legendary Steve Vai.

      As Macchio began to push into his 30s, good roles were getting harder to come by. It was not helping that even as he was getting older and slightly heavier, Macchio could not shake his boyish looks and his face would be slapped on the covers of Tiger Beat and 16 magazine on a routine basis. He would still be playing the Karate Kid role even after getting married and having children while bold acting efforts in films like Distant Thunder and The Last P.O.W.: The Bobby Garwood Story went completely unnoticed.

      After the Karate Kid franchise initially ended on a whimper following the disappointing release of Karate Kid Part III in 1989, Macchio would not have another hit movie until he was cast as a wrongly convicted killer being defended by his goomba cousin in Joe Pesci’s smash hit comedy, My Cousin Vinny. While the film placed most emphasis on the title character and his Brooklyn girlfriend played by Marisa Tomei in her Oscar winning performance, the casting of Macchio was no accident. Director Jonathan Lynn claims in the DVD commentary that he wanted Vinny’s cousin to be played by someone that the audience would care about instantly and Macchio was the man. Even though he looked noticeably older with little facial hair, audiences could still not shake the Daniel LaRusso image by looking at him.

      Macchio would work very low-key throughout the rest of the 1990s, appearing sporadically in low budget movies and off-broadway productions. In 2002, he made his writer/director debut with the short film, Love Thy Brother, which played at the Sundance Film Festival. The following year, Macchio took a bold turn in teaming up with Ally Sheedy as a pair of sibling assassins in A Good Night to Die. The Pulp Fiction-style crime drama was a dramatic turn for Macchio who was not only playing a killer but also had the kind of chemistry with Sheedy that had subtle hints of incest. There was also the baseball comedy, Beer League, where he was paired up with Artie Lange as part of a loser ball team struggling to not get kicked out of their local league.

      In more recent years, Macchio has been able to poke fun at himself with such ease. He would get back in the public spotlight by playing himself on such hit shows as Entourage and Head Case. He also appears briefly in the music video to No More Kings’s Karate Kid tribute song, Sweep the Leg, which was directed by William Zabka who played Cobra Kai leader Johnny Lawrence in the original film. Macchio would really turn heads when he appeared in the Funny or Die online short, “Wax On, F*ck Off”, where he pokes fun at his squeaky clean image by attempting to turn to drugs, alcohol, and beating up random people with karate moves all in an attempt to resurrect his career. The highlight of the short was Macchio reacting to a movie poster of the Karate Kid remake. In reality, despite giving his blessing to the new star Jaden Smith, Macchio has gone out publicly in expressing the lack of magic the remake has in contrast to the original film.

      Turning 50 later this year, it’s very difficult to believe that Macchio never became a bigger star past the Karate Kid movies. Unfortunately, his boyish looks worked against him over time. But he is still loved by audiences all over the world and his quality as an actor is so special and controversy-free. One can only hope that his run on Dancing with the Stars will re-energize his career and bring about some new opportunities to freshen up his career. If guys like Eric Stoltz can shred their boyish looks to take on new challenges as actors, Macchio can definitely do the same and be equally as dynamite.

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  15. Playing Daniel LaRusso stigmatized him. I loved the Karate Kid I & II as a kid, but now I can’t get into them anymore. Age should not have had anything to do with it; he deserved to have a bigger career. I wish you would also do a blog on Mark Hamill.

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  16. Lebeau, do you think Ralph can make a comeback? I’m hopeful. He’s so good at portraying innocence and fragility. I thought he was heartbreaking in that listless comedy Naked in New York as the lonely, sexually confused friend. It would be great to see more of him.

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    • I think Macchio is going to work as much as he wants to. I don’t expect him to get back into the mainstream spotlight. He’s been out of it for so, so long. But he’ll still pop up in things.

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  17. Maybe he’ll got offered a TV show one of these days.

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