Ralph Macchio found fame as The Karate Kid Daniel in the 1980s - but what has he been up to since?

Can you believe it’s been a whopping 31 years since The Karate Kid was released? How is this possible?!

The classic 1984 movie follows the story of bullied schoolboy Daniel, who learns all about martial arts from the wise Miyagi and (spoiler alert) eventually beats his tormentors in a fighting tournament.

We all cheered on young Daniel-san throughout the legendary flick – but just what happened to actor Ralph Macchio? Click through our pictures above to see how he’s changed – and you’ll see that, now aged 53, he looks pretty amazing!

Despite Daniel being of high school age, baby-faced Ralph was actually 22 when he played the iconic role and his youthful demeanour seems to have stayed with him throughout the years.

The Karate Kid catapulted him to stardom and he went on to star in two sequels, but the roles dried up a little after his initial success. Ralph’s next big part came in the award-winning 1992 comedy film My Cousin Vinnie.

Ralph seemed to go pretty quiet throughout the rest of the 1990s. There wasn’t even a cameo in 1994 Karate Kid spin-off The Next Karate Kid (which, let’s face it, wasn’t a patch on the original).

This might be explained by the fact that the actor was busy raising a family with wife Phyllis Fierro, who he met when he was 15 – awww! They married in 1987 and in the 1990s welcomed daughter Julia and son Daniel.

More recently Ralph has had cameo roles as himself in the likes of How I Met Your Mother and Entourage. Ugly Betty fans might also recognise him from his stint in the show as Hilda’s love interest Archie.

Outside of acting, the former Karate Kid has appeared on the US version of Strictly, Dancing With The Stars, and additionally dabbles in directing, writing and producing.

Oh, and cute fact – his daughter Julia, 23, has followed in her dad’s acting footsteps and appeared in the 2013 movie Girl Most Likely.

In fact just last month Ralph and Julia stepped out together at the New York premiere of Paper Towns and both looked all glowy and happy – cute family alert!

Click through our pictures above to see how Daniel-san has (barely) changed over the years…

  • Paul Riley

    Yeah but what does he look like without botox and hair dye and other beauty products?

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