Date of Birth : Nov 4th 1961
American actor of Italian ancestry. His most notable role was as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid series. Macchio first appeared on television in commercials for products such as Bubble Yum and Dr Pepper. His first major role was playing Jeremy in the television series Eight Is Enough. In 1983, he appeared alongside many young actors who had yet to become major stars, such as C. Thomas Howell, Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, and Matt Dillon in The Outsiders. It was not until 1984 that Macchio became known internationally following the release of the first Karate Kid movie. He continued this success with the film’s sequels, Karate Kid Part II and III. With his boyish looks, Macchio became one of the most famous teen idols of the mid-1980s, his face appearing on the cover of many teen “bubble gum” magazines such as Tiger Beat, 16, and Teen Beat.