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How rich is William Zabka?

William Zabka net worth:
$500,000

William Zabka information

William Zabka information

Birth date: October 21, 1965
Birth place: New York City, New York, United States
Height:1.84 m
Profession:Actor
Nationality:American
Spouse:Stacie Zabka (m. 2008)
Parents:Nancy Zabka, Stanley Zabka
Siblings:Guy Zabka, Judy Zabka

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William Zabka Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

William Michael Zabka is an American actor, director, and producer. He was born on the 21st of October, 1965, in New York City. He is best known for his role in the 1984 film “The Karate Kid”. He is of Czech ancestry.

With an acting career reaching back to the 1980s, how rich is William Zabka? Sources estimate his net worth at $500 thousand.

William Zabka Net Worth $500,000

Zabka’s parents both worked in the entertainment industry. His mother was a production assistant, and his father was a writer, composer, and director, who worked on such programmes as “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”. His first taste of acting came at the age of five, when he took part in a production of “The Three Little Pigs”, playing the Big Bad Wolf. Having featured in some television commercials for products such as Pepsi and Kool-Aid, Zabka’s debut movie role was in “The Karate Kid”, where he played the villain, high school bully Johnny Lawrence. He would later reprise the role in the 1986 sequel, “The Karate Kid Part II”. He has since described his relationship with fellow “Karate Kid” cast members as being fraternity-like.

Further movie roles followed, where Zabka would often play jocks or bullies, in films such as “National Lampoon’s European Vacation” in 1985, and “Back to School” in 1986. He switched back and forth between films and television, appearing in shows such as “E/R” in 1985, and as Scott McCall in “The Equalizer” between 1985-1989. More recently, he has had a recurring role on the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”. His most recent acting credit was in “The Man in the Silo” (2016).

During the 1990s and 2000s, Zabka trained to become a filmmaker. In 2003, he wrote and produced his first short film, “Most”, which was directed by Bobby Garabedian. Shot in the Czech Republic and Poland, it tells the horrifying story of a railway bridge-operating father, whose son becomes trapped in the gears of the bridge. The father is forced to keep lowering the bridge, despite it killing his son, so that the train does not derail. It was nominated for several awards. It was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Short Film”.

In 2007, Zabka made his directorial debut with a music video for the band “No More Kings” The song was called “Sweep the Leg”. Zabka also starred in the video, parodying himself as still obsessed with his “Karate Kid” character, Johnny Lawrence. It also featured an appearance from his co-star, Ralph Macchio. He directed another music video three years later, for “Rascal Flatts”.

In his personal life, Zabka married his partner, Stacie, in 2008. He practices the Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do, and has achieved the rank of black belt. Despite often playing bullies, Zabka has spoken out publicly against them, stating at a Karate event in Maryland, “bullying is never cool – not when you can be the hero in your own story”.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Man in the Silo 2016 Kevin
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street 2015 TV Series Sensei Jeff
The Dog Who Saved Summer 2015 Officer Johnny
To Appomattox 2015 TV Mini-Series John Rawlins
Where Hope Grows 2014 Milton (as Billy Zabka)
How I Met Your Mother 2013-2014 TV Series Billy Zabka / Clown
Psych 2014 TV Series Coach Baggs
Robot Chicken 2013 TV Series Johnny Lawrence Colonel Steven Shay Werewolf
Cross 2011 Video Griff
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2011 TV Series Johnny Lawrence
Mean Parents Suck 2010 Detective Ted Clement (as Billy Zabka)
Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 Rick
Starting from Scratch 2007 Bill Bowman
Cake: A Wedding Story 2007 Sam
Smiley Face 2007 Prison Guard
Wild Roomies 2004/I Slick Salesman
Antibody 2002 Video Emmerich
Descent Into Darkness 2002 Marty
Python 2 2002 Video Greg Larson (as Billy Zabka)
Landspeed 2002 Bob Bailey
Hyper Sonic 2002 Video The Executive
Gale Force 2002 Video Rance
Epoch 2001 TV Movie Rover Driver Joe
Ablaze 2001 Curt Peters
Falcon Down 2001 Security Guard John
18 Wheels of Justice 2001 TV Series Det. Barron
Mindstorm 2001/II Rojack
Python 2000 TV Movie Greg Larsen
Interceptor Force 1999 Dave
High Voltage 1997 Bulldog
To the Ends of Time 1996 TV Movie Alexander
Shootfighter II 1996 Ruben
The Power Within 1995 Video Raymond Vonn
Unlawful Passage 1994 Howie
Shootfighter: Fight to the Death 1993 Ruben
For Parents Only 1991 Ted
Protect and Surf 1989 TV Movie Russell Cooper
The Equalizer 1985-1989 TV Series Scott McCall
A Tiger's Tale 1987 Randy
Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story 1986 TV Movie Kim Fisher
The Karate Kid Part II 1986 Johnny
Back to School 1986 Chas
National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 Jack
Just One of the Guys 1985 Greg Tolan
E/R 1985 TV Series Philly
CBS Schoolbreak Special 1984 TV Series Rick Peterson
Gimme a Break! 1984 TV Series Jeffrey
The Karate Kid 1984 Johnny
The Greatest American Hero 1983 TV Series Clarence Mortner Jr.

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Never a Neverland 2014 Documentary executive producer
Mzungu (n.) White-Wanderer 2010 Documentary co-producer
Most 2003 Short producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Most 2003 Short

Editorial Department

Editorial Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Never a Neverland 2014 Documentary additional editor

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Way of the Karate Kid 2005 Video documentary short special thanks - as Billy Zabka

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Dish Nation 2014 TV Series
Going to Bed with Terri Ivens 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Actor's Day in LA 2010 TV Series Himself
The Way of the Karate Kid 2005 Video documentary short Himself / Johnny

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Karate Kid Part III 1989 Johnny Lawrence

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Short Film, Live Action Most (2003) · Bobby Garabedian
1985 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Young Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama The Karate Kid (1984)


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#Fact
1 His surname pronounced as "ZHAP-kuh". It means "little frog".
2 After 20 years, fans continue to recognize and address him as Johnny Lawrence from The Karate Kid (1984), which he loves... but not as much as he loves being an uncle to his sister Judy's daughter and son.
3 Has a sister, Judy.
4 Is an accomplished singer/musician/songwriter, as is his brother Guy.
5 Speaks Czech fluently.
6 His paternal grandfather was Czech, and his paternal grandmother was born in Nebraska, to Czech parents.
7 He was not at all experienced in martial arts prior to the filming of The Karate Kid (1984). He was actually an accomplished wrestler. However, in the years since, he has earned a black belt in Tang Soo Do.

#Quote
1 You know, all 'The Karate Kid' fans from the original are parents these days. I think it's a cool thing.
2 I didn't set out to be a villain in film. I'm a character actor, and if my first movie was a comedy, I could have played a geek just as well.
3 Strangely, when I was a kid, my first acting job, at 5 years old, was a performance of 'The Three Little Pigs.' They cast me as the Big Bad Wolf.
4 Sometimes you become a character, and sometimes the character becomes you.
5 Back when I was maybe 19, guys would go, 'I can kick your butt!' So I had a few showdowns. To my advantage, I learned martial arts, and what you really learn is not to fight.
6 Prior to 'The Karate Kid', I did commercials - Kool-Aid, Pepsi, milk - and I had always been cast as the all-American nice guy.
7 My training in martial arts was kind of a crash course in how to look like a black belt. I know the moves of a black belt - my kicks, and my stretches, and my punches and all that.

#Trademark
1 Has essayed the "class bully" role in several memorable teen-oriented films
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