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Ralph George Macchio Jr. Macchio was born in Huntington, New York. Macchio began tap dancing lessons at the age of 3 and was discovered when he was Pierrepont Finch in the U. Referring to his performance as a chorister in a high school production of the same musical, Macchio said, "I was known as the 'Dancing Kid,' not that I was all that great. Macchio was depicted as Edwards' "spiritual advisor" and dressed in his Karate Kid clothes. Since October , he has appeared in several episodes of the ABC Network television series Ugly Betty as Archie Rodriguez, a local politician, with a semi-regular role as Hilda's love interest on the show.
With his short slender build, large brown eyes, and abundant hair, actor Ralph Macchio has often appeared to be the perennial adolescent -- a fact that has sometimes hindered his career. The actor is best known for his work in the phenomenally popular Karate Kid , in which the then twenty-two year old actor played a troubled year-old boy who is helped by a sage karate instructor. Macchio has been in show business most of his life; born in Long Island, he began performing in local musical productions as a young teenager. At 16, he began working in TV commercials, and before he had even graduated from high school had appeared in the adolescent comedy Up the Academy , though he did not appear in another film until working in Francis Ford Coppola's epic of teenage rivalry The Outsiders Following the Karate Kid, Macchio began working in a series of minor films, such as the successful My Cousin Vinny He continued to work on television and on stage, even after his teen heart-throb days were over, appearing on Broadway opposite Robert De Niro in in Cuba and His Teddy Bears. In , Macchio tried his hand at screenwriting and directing, both helming and penning the short film Love Thy Brother. In , the actor took a comedic turn in the sports comedy Beer League. Macchio would remain active for years to come, appearing most notably on the popular series Ugly Betty. View All Photos 5.
In , he competed on Dancing with the Stars and took on new acting and producing roles. In , it was announced that Macchio will star in a YouTube Red series that will be a sequel to Karate Kid , co-starring William Zabka, who played Johnny Lawrence in the original film. Ralph George Macchio Jr.