Distinguished for his performance in ‘Karate Kid,’ where he played the role of Daniel LaRusso, Ralph Macchio first faced the camera for television commercials like Dr. Pepper and Bubble Yum. In 1980, he featured in ‘Up the Academy’ that marked his on-screen debut. ‘Eight is Enough’, a television series where he appeared as Jeremy Andretti, marked his first major role. He gained global recognition with the release of ‘Karate Kid’ film in 1984. This was followed by successful sequels of the film titled ‘The Karate Kid Part II’ and ‘The Karate Kid Part III.’
Some of Macchio’s well-appreciated films are ‘My Cousin Vinny,’ ‘Cobra Kai,’ ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ‘Crossroads,’ and ‘The Outsiders.’ He gained positive reviews for his lead role in ‘How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.’ He has made occasional cameo appearances and played supporting roles in films since the mid-1990s.