Kove at the Louisville Supercon in 2018
|Born||1945/1946 (age 74–75)|
|Occupation||Actor, martial artist|
Martin Kove (born 1945/1946) is an American actor and martial artist, best known for The Karate Kid (1984), in which he played John Kreese, the head teacher of the Cobra Kai karate dojo. He reprised the role in two sequels, The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989) as well as the 2018 television sequel series Cobra Kai. He also appeared as Nero the Hero in Death Race 2000 (1975), and afterward as Clem in White Line Fever (1975). He appeared in the TV series Cagney and Lacey (1981) portraying Police Detective Victor Isbecki, and afterward appeared in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).
Kove appeared in the 1984 hit film The Karate Kid as Cobra Kai sensei John Kreese. After playing a traitorous helicopter pilot in the 1985 film Rambo: First Blood Part II, he appeared again as Kreese in the 1986 sequel The Karate Kid Part II (using footage cut from the first film) and the 1989 sequel The Karate Kid Part III. He studied Okinawa-te Karate under prominent black belt Gordon Doversola Shihan.
In 2018, Kove returned to the character of John Kreese for the YouTube Premium web series, Cobra Kai, a sequel series of the Karate Kid franchise set 34 years after the 1984 film. The series debuted on May 2, 2018, and was met with critical success. The show was renewed for a second season, which was published on April 24, 2019. In June 2020, the series was purchased by Netflix which would produce a third season. Several months later in October 2020 a fourth season was renewed in advance.
In 2019, Kove again parodied his Karate Kid character in an ad for QuickBooks, in which a kinder, gentler Kreese runs a "Koala Kai" dojo of preteen students who are encouraged to "support the leg" and to show "more mercy".
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|1971||Women in Revolt||Marty|
|1972||The Last House on the Left||Deputy|
|1973||Cops and Robbers||Ambulance Attendant|
|1975||The Wild Party||Editor|
|1975||Death Race 2000||Nero the Hero|
|1975||White Line Fever||Clem|
|1976||The Four Deuces||Smokey Ross|
|1977||The White Buffalo||Jack McCall|
|1982||Blood Tide||Neil Grice|
|1984||The Karate Kid||Sensei John Kreese|
|1985||Rambo: First Blood Part II||Michael Reed Ericson|
|1986||The Karate Kid Part II||Sensei John Kreese|
|1987||Steele Justice||John Steele|
|1989||The Karate Kid Part III||Sensei John Kreese|
|1991||White Light||Sean Craig|
|1992||Shootfighter: Fight to the Death||Mr. Lee|
|1994||Wyatt Earp||Ed Ross|
|1994||Frank and Jesse||Uncredited|
|1994||Future Shock||Dr. Langdon|
|1996||Timelock||Admiral Danny Teegs|
|2002||Crocodile 2: Death Swamp||Roland|
|2002||Curse of the Forty-Niner||Caleb|
|2004||Illusion Infinity||Taxi Driver|
|2005||Miracle at Sage Street||Jess|
|2006||Max Havoc: Ring of Fire||Lt. Reynolds|
|2007||The Dead Sleep Easy||Bob Depugh|
|2008||Chinaman's Chance: America's Other Slaves||Sheriff Jones|
|2009||Middle Men||US Senator|
|2011||The Life Zone||Randy Graves|
|2014||Eternity: The Movie||Barry Goldfield, Sr.|
|2014||Tapped Out||Principal Vanhorne|
|2014||The Extendables||Aye Lewis|||
|2015||The Dog Who Saved Summer||Vernon|
|2016||Jokers Wild||Graham Palace|
|2017||Bring Me A Dream||Sheriff Jack Miller|
|2018||Paint It Red||Scabs|
|2019||Once Upon a Time in Hollywood||Sheriff on Bounty Law|
|1974||Gunsmoke||Guthrie||"In Performance of Duty"|
|1975||Three for the Road||"The Rip-off"|
|1976||Kojak||Burl Stole||"Law Dance"|
|1976||The Streets of San Francisco||Willis Hines||"The Drop"|
|1977||The Rockford Files||Harry Smick||"Dirty Money, Black Light"|
|1977||Code R||George Baker||12 episodes|
|1977||The San Pedro Beach Bums||Denny Evans||"The Shortest Yard"|
|1977–1978||We've Got Each Other||Ken Redford||5 episodes|
|1978||The Incredible Hulk||Henry "Rocky" Welsh||"Final Round"|
|1978–1979||Barnaby Jones||Greg Saunders, Stan Benson||2 episodes|
|1978||Starsky and Hutch||Jimmy||“Birds of a Feather”;|
|1979||CHiPs||Joe Kirby||"The Death Challenge"; "Hot Wheels"|
|1980-1981||The Edge of Night||Romeo Slade||16 episodes|
|1982||Cry for the Strangers||Jeff||Television film|
|1982–1988||Cagney & Lacey||Victor Isbecki||113 episodes|
|1985||Murder, She Wrote||Dr. Ellison||"Armed Response"|
|1985||The Twilight Zone||Joe||"Opening Day"|
|1989||Hard Time on Planet Earth||Jess||13 episodes|
|1993||Renegade||Mitch Raines / Goliath||2 episodes|
|1993–1994||Kung Fu: The Legend Continues||Chi'Ru Master||2 episodes|
|1994||Cagney & Lacey: The Return||Victor Isbecki||Television film|
|1995||Walker, Texas Ranger||Fred Kimble||"Flashback"|
|1995||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Demetrius||"The Mother of All Monsters"|
|1998–1999||Diagnosis: Murder||Captain Walter Newman||3 episodes|
|2001||Under Heavy Fire||Father Brazinski||Television film|
|2001||Black Scorpion||James Ames/Firearm||"Armed and Dangerous"|
|2003||Hard Ground||Floyd||Television film|
|2009||War Wolves||Malick||Television film|
|2011||Tosh.0||John Kreese||"Broad Breaker"|
|2015||Criminal Minds||John Folkmore||"Scream"|
|2017||The Goldbergs||Master John||"The Kara-Te Kid"|
|2018–present||Cobra Kai||John Kreese||(Guest; season 1), (Main; Season 2-present)|
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