Now: In the '90s, Shue tried to ditch her teen queen image by starring in the dark drama ' Leaving Las Vegas,' for which she earned an Academy Award nomination.After being "reintroduced" in the comedy ' Hamlet II,' she's now a series regular on ' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,' and has appeared in ' House at the End of the Street' and ' Chasing Mavericks.' Then: William Zabka made his big-screen debut in ' The Karate Kid' as Johnny Lawrence, the lead member of Cobra Kai.Miyagi (the late, great Pat Morita) to help defend himself from school bullies.Now, almost 30 years later, we take a look back at the cast of this film and see what they're up to these days.Then: ' Dynasty' star Tony O' Dell played preppy Jimmy in ' The Karate Kid' before landing another uptight rich-kid role as Alan on ' Head of the Class.' Now: O' Dell hasn't been acting much, but in recent years he's appeared on ' George Lopez' and ' Shake it Up.' Then: Rumor has it that Chuck Norris turned down the role of evil Cobra Kai leader John Kreese because it wasn't in keeping with Norris' positive martial arts beliefs.
In the film, Macchio plays a teen who transfers to a new school and gets picked on by a group of boys who are training in some rather unethical martial arts.“I think she might just need to live in the memory of [Daniel’s] past.”The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot. You will need to either create an account with or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account? Released in 1984, ' The Karate Kid' told the story of young Daniel, a teenager who learns the Japanese art of karate from his neighbor Mr.Now: Zabka is known for his villianous roles in '80s films, and while he continues to act, he's also writing, directing and producing.He earned an Academy Award nomination for writing and producing the film ' Most' in 2004.Instead, Daniel and Miyagi open up a bonsai shop, across the street from which is a pottery studio that employs Jessica Andrews (Robyn Lively).