Zabka, William 1965–

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ZABKA, William 1965–

(Billy Zabka)


Born October 20, 1965, in New York, NY; son of Stan (a director, writer, and composer) and Nancy (a producer, production assistant, and business liaison) Zabka. Education: Attended California State University, Northridge. Avocational Interests: Surfing, backpacking, rafting, horseback riding, skiing, karate (green belt), soccer, swimming, deep-sea diving.

Career: Actor. Virtual Kata (film company), owner. Appeared in several television commercials. Also a singer, musician, and songwriter.

Awards, Honors: Young Artist Award nomination, best young supporting actor in a motion picture musical, comedy, adventure, or drama, Young Artist Foundation, 1985, for The Karate Kid; Academy Award nomination (with Bobby Garabedian), best live action short film, 2004, for Most.


Film Appearances:

(As Billy Zabka) And They Were Five (short film), c. 1970.

Johnny Lawrence, The Karate Kid, Columbia, 1984.

Gregory "Greg" Tolan, Just One of the Guys, Columbia, 1985.

Jack, National Lampoon's "European Vacation" (also known as European Vacation), Warner Bros., 1985.

Chas Osborne, Back to School, Orion, 1986.

Johnny Lawrence, The Karate Kid, Part II, Columbia, 1986.

Randy, A Tiger's Tale, Atlantic Releasing, 1987.

(In archive footage) Johnny Lawrence, The Karate Kid, Part III, Columbia, 1989.

Ted, For Parents Only, Nova Plus Entertainment, 1991.

Ruben Patterson, Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (also known as Shootfighter), Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 1993.

Howie, Unlawful Passage, York Home Video, 1994.

Raymond Vonn, The Power Within (also known as Power Man), PM Entertainment Group, 1995.

Alexander, To the Ends of Time, Imperial Entertainment, 1996.

Ruben Patterson, Shootfighter 2: Kill or Be Killed (also known as Shootfighter II), Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 1996.

Dave, Interceptors (also known as Interceptor Force and The Last Line of Defence), United Filmmakers Organization/Planet DVD, 1999.

Greg Larsen, Python, New City Releasing, 2000.

Rojack, Mindstorm (also known as Project: Human Weapon), United Filmmakers Organization, 2000.

Security guard John, Falcon Down, New City Releasing, 2000.

Curt Peters, Ablaze, New City Releasing, 2001.

(As Billy Zabka) Bob Bailey, Landspeed, Landspeed Productions, 2002.

Executive, Hyper Sonic, Air Race Productions, 2002.

Marty (in opening credits), Dark Descent (also known as Descent into Darkness), United Filmmakers Organization/Dark Descent Productions, 2002.

Rance, Gale Force, Artisan Entertainment, 2002.

Slick salesperson, Roomies (also known as Wild Roomies), American World Pictures, 2004.

Sam, Cake, 2006.

Film Work:

Director, B Movie, 1997.

Producer, Most (short film; also known as The Bridge), Eastwind Films, 2003.

Producer, The Untitled Bobby Garabedian Project, Warner Independent Pictures, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Scott McCall, The Equalizer, CBS, 1986–89.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Emergency Room, syndicated, 1983.

Kim Fisher, Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story, CBS, 1986.

Bulldog, High Voltage, HBO, 1997.

Joe, Epoch, Sci-Fi Channel, 2000.

(As Billy Zabka) Greg Larson, Python 2 (also known as Pythons 2), Sci-Fi Channel, 2002.

Otto Emmerick, Antibody, Sci-Fi Channel, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Rick Peterson, "Contract for Life: The S.A.D.D. Story," CBS Schoolbreak Special, CBS, 1984.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(As Billy Zabka) Clarence Mortner, Jr., "Space Ranger," The Greatest American Hero, ABC, 1983.

Kid involved with drugs, "Son of Sheinfeld," E/R, CBS, 1984.

Appeared in episodes of other series, including Gimme a Break, NBC; and The Love Boat, ABC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Scott McCall, The Equalizer, CBS, 1986.

Russell Cooper, Protect and Surf (also known as Monster Manor), ABC, 1989.



Most (short film; also known as The Bridge), Eastwind Films, 2003.

The Untitled Bobby Garabedian Project, Warner Independent Pictures, 2005.



ICON, April, 1999, pp. 110, 120, 121.