Who Is Ralph Macchio? Where You've Seen the 'Cobra Kai' Actor Before

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There's a decent chance you've watched (or at least heard of) Cobra Kai, one of Ree Drummond's favorite TV shows. The sequel to the original Karate Kid (1984) movie brings back to life the 80s classic in the most tasteful way. Past tensions with fan-favorite characters and villains are reignited, teasing longtime fans of the franchise. New characters, rivalries, and challenges are also introduced—continuing the legacy of the Cobra Kai dojo, and bringing a new generation of fans on board.

There's a whole lot to love about Cobra Kai and fans won't hesitate to share their list of reasons, if asked. But most can agree that the reintroduction of iconic characters is what leads the way to the show's magic. Don't get us wrong, new characters like Miguel, Robby, and Samantha help carry the storyline. But Cobra Kai wouldn't be what it was without old-timers like Danny LaRusso.

Danny was the karate kid back in the day. His legendary battle with Johnny Lawrence still lives vicariously in our memories. His comeback in Cobra Kai has him refacing (and somehow joining forces with Johnny), only making the plot more interesting. But how much do you know about the actor that plays Danny? Here's a hardly needed introduction of the man responsible: Ralph Macchio. We're letting you in on all the important details about the actor, including where you've seen him before, his wife, and his kids.

What other movies and shows has Ralph Macchio been in?

We know: without Ralph sporting his karate gi, business suit, or slicked-back hair... you might not recognize him. But he has appearances in several classic films and TV shows. So, he might have paid a visit to your screen more than you think!

Everyone knows that he starred in the Karate Kid franchise. But before that, he had a role in the classic coming of age story, The Outsiders (1982), where he played Johnny Cade. Since then, he's had over 40 acting appearances in movies like My Cousin Vinny (1992), A Good Night to Die (2003), and Psych: The Movie (2017).

Who is Ralph Macchio's wife?

Prepare to be overloaded with sweetness! Ralph married his wife, Phyllis Fierro, over 35 years ago in 1987. They met when he was just 15 years old at a cousin's sweet 16. In his own words, he says that the two have been "in love ever since." Adorable selfies will occasionally make an appearance on Ralph's Instagram.

Does Ralph Macchio have kids?

Ralph and Phyllis share two kids, Julia (30) and Daniel Macchino (26). The family seems to be tight-knit. They appear at numerous events together, and the couple's oldest daughter regularly shares behind-the-scenes family moments on her Instagram.