Ralph George Macchio, Jr. is an actor, best known for the role as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid movie.
Macchio was born in Huntington, New York. He is the son of Rosalie and Ralph Macchio, Sr. His father is of half Greek and half Italian descent, and his mother is of Italian ancestry.
In 1983, he played in The Outsiders alongside many young actors who had yet to become major stars, such as Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, and Matt Dillon.
In 1984, Macchio became known internationally following the release of the first Karate Kid film playing Daniel LaRusso.
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Is Ralph Macchio Greek?
Yes, his dad is half-Greek, half-Italian. Here’s what Ralph said about this in an interview on the National Geographic channel:
Q: You are an Italian American. Do you see any similarities with the Romani, or “Gypsy” culture?
Actually, I have a little Greek in the bloodstream as well (my Dad is half Greek). So I would say the strong-minded, passionate personalities seem right at home for me. Family comes first, and the importance of traditions being carried on is a similarity as well.