Zabka in 2016
|Born||William Michael Zabka
(1965-10-21) October 21, 1965
New York City, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, producer, screenwriter, martial artist|
|Spouse(s)||Stacie Zabka (2008â€“present)|
I didn’t set out to be a villain in film. I’m a character actor, and if my first movie was a comedy, I could have played a geek just as well.
Strangely, when I was a kid, my first acting job, at 5 years old, was a performance of ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ They cast me as the Big Bad Wolf.
My training in martial arts was kind of a crash course in how to look like a black belt. I know the moves of a black belt – my kicks, and my stretches, and my punches and all that.
Back when I was maybe 19, guys would go, ‘I can kick your butt!’ So I had a few showdowns. To my advantage, I learned martial arts, and what you really learn is not to fight.
You know, all ‘The Karate Kid’ fans from the original are parents these days. I think it’s a cool thing.
Prior to ‘The Karate Kid’, I did commercials – Kool-Aid, Pepsi, milk – and I had always been cast as the all-American nice guy.