William Zabka

William Zabka

Highest Rated: 100% More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story (2021)

Lowest Rated: 44% The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

Birthday: Oct 20, 1965

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Actors often love playing villains, and William Zabka played one of the most notorious bad guys in cinema history as Johnny Lawrence, the vicious bully in the original "The Karate Kid" (1984). William Michael Zabka born October 21, 1965 in New York. Zabka's father was already in the industry, working as an assistant director on "The Tonight Show"(NBC 1954- ) early in Johnny Carson's tenure on the series. When an 18-year-old Zabka scored his role in "The Karate Kid," he was not well versed in martial arts, but he continued his training even after the film wrapped. Zabka went on to co-star, usually as the antagonist, in the football comedy "Just One of the Guys (1985), the sequel "National Lampoon's European Vacation" (1985), and the Rodney Dangerfield vehicle "Back to School" (1986), as well as reprising his breakthrough role in "The Karate Kid, Part II" (1986). In later years, he worked primarily in low-budget action films. He later wrote and produced the short film "Most" (2003), which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. Instead of running from the role that made him well known, Zabka embraced it. Having moved into a sideline career directing music videos, he directed the video for the 2007 song "Sweep the Leg" by No More Kings, in which he gamely parodied himself as Johnny Lawrence. Another of his videos, for the Rascal Flatts hit "Why Wait," was nominated for CMT's Video of the Year and Group Video of the Year. After appearing in the '80s movie parody "Hot Tub Time Machine" (2010), Zabka began a recurring role on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014), playing himself, the childhood idol of Neil Patrick Harris' character Barney Stinson.

Highest rated movies

The Karate Kid
Where Hope Grows
Just One of the Guys
The Karate Kid Part II




100% 94% More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story Self - 2021
No Score Yet 100% John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs Self - 2017
No Score Yet 50% The Dog Who Saved Summer Officer Johnny (Character) - 2015
50% 74% Where Hope Grows Milton Malcolm (Character) $1.2M 2014
No Score Yet 82% The Man in the Silo Kevin (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 17% Cross Saw (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mzungu (n.) White-Wanderer Film Editor - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cake: A Wedding Story Sam (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 13% Roomies Slick Salesman (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 41% Landspeed Bob Bailey (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hypersonic The Executive (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 30% Python 2 Greg Larson (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 18% Gale Force Rance (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 19% Antibody Emmerich (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 40% Ablaze Curt Peters (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 18% Mindstorm Rojack (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 21% Python Greg Larsen (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 26% Interceptor Force Dave (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 22% High Voltage Bulldog (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet To the Ends of Time Alexander (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 38% Shootfighter 2 Ruben (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 70% The Power Within Raymond Vonn (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unlawful Passage Howie (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 49% Shootfighter: Fight to the Death Ruben (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 44% A Tiger's Tale Randy (Character) $34.2K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story Kim Fisher (Character) - 1986
44% 51% The Karate Kid Part II Johnny (Character) $112.1M 1986
45% 65% Just One of the Guys Greg Tolan (Character) - 1985
89% 82% The Karate Kid Johnny Lawrence (Character) - 1984


93% 92% Cobra Kai Johnny Lawrence (Character) 2018-2019 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oral History Guest 2020-2021
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Netflix Afterparty Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet 2018 New York Comic Con Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2018
83% 84% How I Met Your Mother Billy Zabka (Guest Star) 2013-2014
No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2013
No Score Yet 100% The Equalizer Scott McCall (Character) 1985-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet E/R Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gimme a Break Unknown (Guest Star) 1984