|Net Worth:||$13 Million|
|Born:||October 20, 1965|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|Source of Wealth:||Acting|
William Zabka is a successful American actor, writer, producer, and martial artist. As of 2023, his net worth is estimated to be around $13 Million. Zabka got so much fame after his role as Johnny Lawrence in “The Karate Kid” and the TV series “Cobra Kai”.
William Zabka’s Net Worth and Success Story (2023 Update)
Early Life & Biography
William Zabka Full name is William Michael Zabka, he was born on October 20, 1965, in New York City. He is the son of Stan Zabka, a director, writer, and composer. His mother is Nancy, a business liaison, producer, and production assistant. Zabka is one of two siblings, a brother, and a sister.
His parents influenced him to work in the cinema industry; his father was the assistant director of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and many other movies.
In 1983, he graduated from El Camino Real Charter High School in Los Angeles, and then he attended California State University, Northridge, and majored in film.
William Zabka’s first role was in the 1984 American martial art movie “The Karate Kid”. This movie inspired him to start learning the martial art of Tang Soo Do and he later earned a second-degree green belt.
In 1985 Zabka appeared in “Just One of the Guys” and in “Back to School” the following year. He also co-starred in the CBS television series “The Equalizer”, an American spy thriller television series.
Zabka plays the role of Jack, Audrey’s jock boyfriend, in National Lampoon’s European Vacation in 1985. In 2003 while continuing his filmmaking studies, he wrote and produced the short film “Most”.
The film won numerous awards at prestigious film festivals, including Best of Festival at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films in 2003, and in 2004, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Most in the Live Action Short Film category.
Zabka directed and starred in a music video for the band No More Kings entitled “Sweep the Leg” in 2007. In 2010, he directed Rascal Flatts in their music video for the song “Why Wait” and also directed the video for their 2017 hit “Yours If You Want It”.
Later that year he made an appearance in the comedy movie “Hot Tub Time Machine” and in 2013, along with Macchio, guest-starred in the season 8 episode of “How I Met Your Mother”, “The Bro Mitzvah”.
He also appeared in several episodes in the ninth season of the American sitcom created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, which premiered on CBS “How I Met Your Mother”.
In 2017, Zabka, Ralph Macchio, and a team of producers pitched a re-booted series based on their “Karate Kid” characters. They received offers from several studios including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Apple but ultimately selected YouTube Red as the winning bidder.
Both Ralph and Zabka earned a reported $100,000 per episode for the first two seasons, which works out to around $1 million per season per person. The Two serve as co-executive producers on the project which was executive produced by Will Smith.
Awards & Achievements
William Zabka was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing and producing the short film Most and won numerous awards at prestigious film festivals, including Best of Festival at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films in 2003.
William Zabka’s Wife and Kids
William Zabka has been married to a successful businesswoman Stacie Zabka since 2008. They have two children.
William Zabka is a successful American actor, writer, producer, and martial artist. He is best known as the “The Karate Kid”, an American martial arts drama film where he played the role of Johnny Lawrence.
As of 2023, William Zabkanet’s worth is estimated to be around $13 Million.