Ralph Macchio on His Friend and ‘Karate Kid’ Costar Pat Morita: His Legacy ‘Shines Brighter Than Ever’

Anybody watching Cobra Kai on Netflix knows: Mr. Miyagi keeps on motivating Daniel LaRusso and his loved ones.

The equivalent is valid for the connection between Ralph Macchio, 61, and Pat Morita, the one who played Miyagi in the 1984 hit film The Karate Youngster and its continuations — and who died of kidney disappointment in 2005 at 73 years old. “His effect on my life sparkles brilliantly in 2022,” Macchio says.

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Following the arrival of his new diary, Waxing On: The Karate Youngster and Me, Macchio wrote the accompanying exposition in the current week’s issue of Individuals, on stands presently, considering his relationship with Morita as a feature of the progressing “Everything I Want to Say to You” series.

Assuming I had the option to clear up for you all that is occurring with The Karate Youngster in view of what we were a piece of making almost quite a while back, I don’t know you would trust it.


The tradition of your work and commitment to the world in your depiction of Mr. Miyagi sparkles more splendid than any time in recent memory.

He really focuses on in another part of the Karate Youngster universe. Quite a while back, a TV series called Cobra Kai was born. It got the story 34 years after the first Karate Youngster.

I have this great chance to stroll in your teacher shoes as I confer the insight and encounters of our days together.

The soul of Miyagi is felt all through this show. In any case, the soul of Pat Morita resounds through me and onto others.

Whether it’s your comedic sushi-requesting abilities or the consistent changes all through character (complete with fart jokes and cross-looked at humdingers) or the consideration you took while meeting my kids years after the fact, these minutes are inserted into my memory and are as present to me as they were the point at which they occurred.

In the city, I have 12-year-old children approach me, and they know who Mr. Miyagi is.

They inquire as to whether you “were a cool person,” and frequently my grown-up age kids answer with “the coolest.”

Thank you for the endowment of our companionship, for gift us with your splendid depiction of the famous Mr. Miyagi and, for the most part, for your continuous presence in my life. Macchio’s book, which he says “gladly features that deep sorcery that was made from” his organization with Morita, is accessible at this point. Each of the five times of Cobra Kai are spilling on Netflix.