How much is William Zabka worth?
|Net Worth:||$3.5 Million|
|Date of Birth:||October 20, 1965|
|Country:||United States of America|
About William Zabka
William Zabka, also known as Billy Zabka, is an American actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and mixed martial artist. He rose to prominence with his role of Johnny Lawrence in the renowned 1984 film “The Karate Kid”. He went on to reprise his breakthrough role in the film sequel “The Karate Kid Part II” and the television series “Cobra Kai”.
How Did William Zabka Get So Rich?
The director and producer became a millionaire thanks to his many talents, all of which have been illustrated in the entertainment business. Just a year after he began acting, William landed his breakthrough role in the 1984 film “The Karate Kid” where he played the main role of Johnny Lawrence. The Columbia Pictures film was a commercial success and it amassed well over $100 million. From his outstanding performance, besides earning a nomination for a Young Artist Award in the category “Best Young Supporting Actor in Motion Picture”, the young actor also earned well over $20.000.
At the time of the shooting of the martial arts film, Zabka was an accomplished wrestler that wrestled for several promotions. Throughout the rest of the 1980s, he continued to star in various films and television series such as “Just One of the Guys”, “Back to School”, and “A Tiger’s Tale”. He also reprised his role of Johnny Lawrence in the film sequels “The Karate Kid Part II” and “The Karate Kid Part III”, released in 1986 and 1989. From his work in all of the television and film productions, he made no more than $35.000.
Why is he so famous?
Billy Zabka became famous after he starred in “The Karate Kid”, which became a box-office hit and one of the highest-grossing films of the decade. He was born on October 20, 1965, in New York City, New York. He’s the son of Stan, a composer, director, and writer, and Nancy Zabka, a business liaison, production assistant, and producer. William has two siblings, a brother, and a sister. His father worked as an assistant director of the widely popular “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”. He also worked as a production manager in many motion pictures, including Chuck Norris’ “Forced Vengeance”.
William began acting in his early twenties. He attended the El Camino Real Charter High School and after his graduation in 1983, he focused his attention on acting. That year, he made his television debut in the series “The Greatest American Hero” starring Clarence Mortimer Junior in only one episode. Throughout the rest of the year, he continued to audition for many television projects and eventually landed brief roles in “Gimme a Break!” and “CBS Schoolbreak Special”.
What Makes Him So Successful?
“The Karate Kid” star is successful because of his adaptability and transformations in the show business. Ever since his acting career started, Zabka continuously worked in films and series not just as an actor but also as a director, producer, and screenwriter. His first major role in television was in the CBS sitcom “E/R” from 1985. That year, he became a series regular in the CBS crime series “The Equaliser”.
After spending several years working mostly in television movies like “Python”, “Pytho II”, and “Robot Chicken”, in the 2010s, he returned to television series. He had guest and recurring roles in the fan favorites “How I Met Your Mother” and “Psych” before eventually becoming a leading actor and executive producer of the martial arts comedy-drama “Cobra Kai”, where he once again reprised his role of Johnny Lawrence.
Starting in the early years of the new millennium, William Zabka focused his attention on other roles in the show business. In 2003, he made his debut as a director, producer, and writer with the film “Most”. The indie film, re-titled The Bridge in some countries, was a very triumphant project that even earned an Academy Award nomination in the category “Best Short Film, Live Action”. The other projects that he directed and produced are the documentaries “Mzungu”, and “Never a Neverland”.
William Zabka is a well-known actor, director, and producer that gained national popularity with his work on “The Karate Kid”. Ever since then, from his many professions, especially in the film industry, he has earned more than $5 million. Even now, he continues to reprise his role of Johnny Lawrence in many “Karate Kid” projects.