In conversation with Jason Freeman, author events producer and editor
Ralph Macchio is best known for his portrayal of Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 film The Karate Kid. This iconic piece of pop culture has spawned a slew of sequels and the No. 1 ranked Netflix show Cobra Kai, and has entered such phrases as “wax on, wax off” and “sweep the leg, Johnny” into the cultural lexicon. Also acclaimed for his performances in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders and the classic My Cousin Vinny, Macchio is a director and producer with a diverse list of credits. In his new memoir, he tells the stories of his relationships with beloved co-stars such as Noriyuki “Pat” Morita and William Zabka, the creation and enduring power of The Karate Kid, and how he keeps a Daniel-esque crane-kick balance in his personal life.