Long before Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith starred in the 2010 film The Karate Kid, William Zabka, along with several other actors, had made his mark in the original 1984 version of the film. Zabka in particular rose to prominence with his appearances in a number of iconic ’80s films before becoming a screenwriter, director and producer.
Here’s a look at Zabka’s professional beginnings, accomplishments, family and other endeavors, which include his role as a second-degree martial arts green belt holder.
On October 20, 1965 in New York CityNew York, Nancy (Heimert) and her husband Stanley William Zabka welcomed their son, William Michael Zabka. Zabka’s mother was a business connection, producer and production assistant, while his father was a director, having served as assistant director on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for a time before moving into executive production, writing and composition.
From a very young age, due to his parents’ work,Zabka studied to become an actor. When the family moved to California, he attended California State University when, at age 18, he made his acting debut in The Greatest American Hero (1983). He got his big break a year later when he played the lead role of antagonist Johnny Lawrence in The Karate Kid (1984). His performance in the film got him high when he was nominated at the 985 Young Artist Awards for Best Young Supporting Actor for a Motion Picture Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama.
In the years to come, Zabka gained a reputation for playing antagonist/class bully roles as he starred in films such as Just One of the Boys (1985), National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985), Back to School (1986) and the sequel to his first hit film, The Karate Kid Part II (1986). In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Zabka spoke publicly about how the characters he portrayed in the films affected his daily life as he was sometimes harassed by random people in public. For this reason, he took a step back when he returned to school to study filmmaking, following in his father’s footsteps.
After appearing in mostly independent films throughout the ’90s and early 2000s, William Zabka made his film debut in 2003, writing and producing the short film Most (Alternative Title: The Bridge). The film was a huge hit when it had its world premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. It has also won a number of awards at prestigious film festivals around the world, such as the 2003 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, where it won the Best of Festival Award. In 2004, the film received an Oscar nomination for Zabka for being nominated in the Best Short Film, Live Action category.
After the success of Most, Zabka took a break from acting but later returned to appear in films such as Whirlpool Time Machine (2010), Where Hope Grows (2014) and the TV series How I Met Your Mother (2013- 2014). Recently, Zabka has been seen reprising his role as Johnny Lawrence in the remake of the Karate Kid film titled Cobra Kai (2018-present).
William Zabka’s net worth (income and earnings)
According to the popular Celebrity Net Worth website, William Zabka has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million. The actor-turned-filmmaker has accumulated wealth through his career both in front of and behind the camera. In addition to directing films, Zabka has directed a number of music videos including the song “Sweep the Leg” by the band No More Kings and “Why Wait” by Rascal Flatts.
family – woman
William Zabka has been happily married to his wife Stacie Lynn Doss-Zabka since 2008. It’s not clear when exactly the couple met or began dating, as nothing was known about Stacie before she and William tied the knot. The couple have maintained a private life ever since as they release very few details about their marriage to the public.
What is known, however, is that the two have a son together. The boy’s name and date of birth are not known.
brothers and sisters
William Zabka has two siblings; Guy Mathew Zabka and Judith Marie Zabka, who are both said to be singers, songwriters and composers. Not much is known about Marie, however, but Guy has written songs that have been recorded by the likes of Aaron Geoffrey, Kenny Rodgers, Joy Williams and Natalie Grant.
Standing at 6 feet and a half inches (1.William Zabka belongs to the larger male population in America where the average male height is 5 feet 9 inches. He also weighs about 74 kg.