CHECK THIS OUT: Karate Kid Cast Then and Now!

Karate Kid is one of the most epic movies of all time! Especially if you grew up anywhere near the 80s. I can honestly say that I have watched this movie at least 10 times maybe more. It was all about a kid who loves karate but ends up being bullied by those who are better at it than himself.  That’s when he meets a karate expert who decides to take him under his wing and teach him the ancient ways of the art.  Ultimately, he triumphs over the those who have bullied him and wins the tournament AND the girl!

Now, it’s been decades and things have certainly changed. Have you seen what the cast looks like today? For some of them, it’s almost impossible to even see those characters that we loved and idolized so much in them. However, we will never forget them in this movie.  They are now a part of our childhood forever.  Let’s see what they look like now. Check it out:

1. Daniel Son – Ralph Macchio.

Here he is in the famous stance that won him the tournament. It was a long road but he managed to make it happen!  Although he has changed a bit with age, I can still recognize this Karate Kid!

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2. Ali Mills – Elisabeth Shue.

The beautiful girl who was previously dating the bully but has fallen madly in love with the Karate Kid.  She looks amazing!  Her curly hair is gone but she’s still pretty recognizable.

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3. Johnny Lawrence – William Zabka.

He was the leader of the bullies.  They were hard core karate experts who were ultimately taken down by the Karate Kid.  I think that he’s easy to recognize as well although he doesn’t look quite as mean as he did back then.

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4. John Kreese – Martin Kove.

He was the teacher of those group of boys who terrorized the Karate Kid.  Nobody liked him in this movie because he taught them to be mean and to show “no mercy”.  Now, I’d hardly recognize him!

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5. Daniel’s Mom Lucille LaRusso -Randee Heller.

She was a single mom who moved into town with her Karate Kid to start a new life at a new job.  She was funny and supportive and we adored her.  Now, she looks incredible!  We will never forget her role in this film.

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6. The Cobra Kai.

This group of karate experts were ultimately taken down by the Karate Kid. I only recognize one of them today.

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7. R.I.P. Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita)

He was a handyman and karate expert who taught the Karate Kid the secrets of the art. He hardly changed over the years and we are forever grateful for his role in this movie.

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