Check­ing in with RALPH MACCHIO

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

Ralph Macchio likes to take me­men­tos from his var­i­ous projects. Of course, he al­ways asks first.

From the iconic 1983 Martin Scors­ese drama “The Out­siders,” he has his char­ac­ter Johnny Cade’s shoes. From the 1986 road movie “Cross­roads,” there is a Fender Tele­caster guitar in his poses­sion. And from “The Karate Kid” movies, he has a num­ber of items, most no­tably Mr. Miyagi’s (the late Pat Morita) vin­tage “wax on, wax off ” car, the 1947 Ford.

That very same ve­hi­cle plays a role in Macchio’s cur­rent project, “Co­bra Kai,” the re­boot of the “Karate Kid” films that be­gins stream­ing its sec­ond sea­son Wed­nes­day, April 24, on YouTube Premium.

“I of­fered to buy (the car) from the stu­dio in hopes that they would give it to me, so that was my ne­go­ti­a­tion tac­tic,” the af­fa­ble 57-year-old ac­tor re­calls with a laugh. “And they did. And I didn’t hear any­thing. I men­tioned it to the head of the stu­dio at the time, that af­ter do­ing the sec­ond se­quel (1989’s ‘The Karate Kid Part III’), I said, ‘Boy, I would love to have that car. I don’t know how much it would cost but maybe we could find out when we’re all done shoot­ing ...’ ”

Noth­ing more was said and Macchio for­got all about it un­til af­ter film­ing con­cluded and the movie was re­leased, when a sur­prise ap­peared in front of his South­ern Cal­i­for­nia home.

“On the day that film came out,” he re­calls, “that car was on a flatbed sit­ting in front of my house. From Columbia Pic­tures.”

A nice re­ward for a piece of pop cul­ture his­tory that en­dures to this day. Full name: Ralph Ge­orge Macchio Jr.

Birth date: Nov. 4, 1961

Birth­place: Hunt­ing­ton, N.Y.

Cur­rent res­i­dence: Los An­ge­les

Fam­ily ties: With wife Phyl­lis, has two adult chil­dren, Ju­lia and Daniel

TV cred­its in­clude: “Eight Is Enough,” “The Ties That Bind,” “The Outer Lim­its,” “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” “Twice in a Life­time,” “En­tourage,” “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Or­der: Crim­i­nal In­tent,” “The Whole Truth,” “Hap­pily Di­vorced,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Psych,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “The Deuce”

Movie cred­its in­clude: “Up the Academy” (1980), “The Out­siders” (1983), “The Karate Kid” (1984), “Teach­ers” (1984), “Cross­roads” (1986), “The Karate Kid Part II” (1986), “The Karate Kid Part III” (1989), “My Cousin Vinny” (1992), “Naked in New York” (1993), “A Good Night to Die” (2003), “Beer League” (2006), “Hitch­cock” (2012), “A Lit­tle Game” (2014), “Lost Cat Corona” (2017), “A Dog and Pony Show” (2018)

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