Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AUTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES: BILLY ZABKA

PLAYED CHARACTERS WHOSE TEETH YOU'D LOVE TO KICK IN.


BUT CAREFUL MESSING WITH THIS BLACK BELT OR HE'LL HUMILIATE YOU IN FRONT OF A CHICK.


THE CARD

  • The second and final The Karate Kid box-topper in the faux 1984 style from the '12 Topps Archives set honoring everyone's favorite Valley Bullies, the Cobra Kais.
  • Billy Zabka played Johnny Lawrence, Sensei John Kreese's evil toadie. If Zabka looked any more smug, he'd be Roger Goodell. 
  • What is it with bad guys and hideous jackets?

THE AUTOGRAPH

  • While Martin Kove added "Sensei'' to his signature on KK-1, Zabka unfortunately didn't add "Sweep The Leg'' on KK-2. 

THE PLAYER ACTOR

  • If Johnny boy didn't give you nightmares about high school bullies, you were one yourself. 
  • After seeing the movie, Zabka's first major Hollywood role, I felt like I went to high school with the guy. I mean, he had the rich-boy bully charm and look down cold. 
  • His role as Chas Osborne in Back to School in 1986, staring Rodney Dangerfield, was basically Johnny Lawrence goes to college to demean the less-cool. 



1 comment:

  1. A very hateable character, for sure. He was pretty funny popping up in the last season of How I Met Your Mother.

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