Ralph Macchio is an American actor who is possibly best known for his role as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid series. EDUinReview will now take a look at the background of this talented actor and future competitor on the reality television show, Dancing with the Stars.
Ralph was born on November 4, 1961 in Huntington, New York. Ralph first became interested in acting when he began performing in several musical productions. When he was 16-years old, he starred in several television commercials. Before he even graduated from high school, he had appeared in a full-length move, Up the Academy. His next major movie was The Outsiders, which is based on S.E. Hinton’s book of the same name.
In 1984, he got his breakthrough role in the first Karate Kid movie. He also starred in the sequel and third installment of the film. His next major film was the 1986 movie, Crossroads. He then starred in My Cousin Vinny, a comedy with Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei. This was his first important adult role of his acting career.
After My Cousin Vinny, he appeared in several films such as Naked in New York and Beer League. However, he has not starred in any major films since.
On a personal note, Ralph has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Phyllis Fierro, whom he met through his grandmother when he was only 15-years old. The couple has been married since 1987 and have two children, Julia and Daniel.
In 2008, Ralph was ranked the #80 of VH1’s 100 Greatest Teen Stars. Now, it has been announced that Ralph will once again be in the public eye while he competes in the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars.
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