Ralph George Macchio, Jr. is an actor, best known for his roles as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid series, Eugene Martone in Crossroads, Bill Gambini in My Cousin Vinny, and Johnny Cade in The Outsiders.
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 appeared as Johnny Cade in The Outsiders alongside many young actors who had yet to become major stars, such as C. Thomas Howell, 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 high school senior Daniel LaRusso, Macchio was actually in his early twenties when the film was made. He continued this success with the film’s sequels, The Karate Kid Part II and The Karate Kid, Part III.
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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.