Martin Kove

Known For: Cobra Kai, The Karate Kid Series, Rambo: First Blood II, Death Race 2000

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Martin Kove is best known for his portrayal as the evil karate sensei, John Kreese, in The Karate Kid trilogy.

He's participated in some 100 films including Rambo II with Sylvester Stallone; Wyatt Earp with Kevin Costner; and The Gambler miniseries with Kenny Rogers. His favorite credits include westerns such as Hard Ground with Burt Reynolds and the re-make of Gentle Ben, both on the Hallmark channel.

Mr. Kove stars in and co-produced Bare Knuckles, an independent feature that was released in 2010, and cameos in George Gallo's Middlemen with Luke Wilson.

He is a former board member of the Met Theater and has directed and performed at Author Services, Inc. (ASI) in three western shows. He also starred in the Emmy-winning TV series Cagney and Lacey for six years as Detective Victor Isbecki.

Mr. Kove has since kept consistently busy, primarily in the action / thriller film genre, and has notched up over 80 film appearances to date, as well as numerous TV guest roles. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Martin Kove has over 3 decades of film and TV work. His television episodic credits include appearances on Walker, Texas Ranger, Kung Fu, CHiPs, The Rockford Files, The Streets of San Francisco, and Murder, She Wrote, Charlie's Angels, Burke's Law, etc. In 2018 and 2019 Mr. Kove reprised his role as John Kreese in a Karate Kid revival series for YouTube Premium titled Cobra Kai. The series is set 34 years after the events of the first film, and revolves around a down and out Johnny Lawrence who, seeking to rebuild his life, reopens the Cobra Kai dojo. It reignites the rivalry with a now-successful Daniel LaRusso, who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his deceased mentor, Mr. Miyagi.


His stage work includes appearances with the Lincoln Center Repertory Company, The Lama Theater Company, CSC Repertory Company in New York, the Burbage Theater, Will Greer Amphitheater, MET Theater (the founding member), and The Zephyr Theater in Los Angeles