The Karate Kid 30-Year Anniversary: Where Are They Now?

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The Karate Kid 30-Year Anniversary: Where Are They Now?
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The Karate Kid is an undisputed 1980's cinema classic and a quintessential example of the "underdog" genre that defined so many (often less worthy) movies from the era; it follows a familiar template for fans of sports flicks.

For those of us who grew up during the same decade, The Karate Kid was one of the first movies with which we truly fell in love.

And though it's a film clearly awash in the pop culture excesses of the time, it's timeless enough to remain an enduring fan favorite 30 years after its release. 

With an eclectic group of characters, including perfect '80s antagonist John Kreese (played by Martin Kove) and instantly iconic lines like "wax on, wax off," The Karate Kid offers plenty of wiki-fodder for the casual cinephile. 

Despite the movie's success at the box office and critical praise, many of the film's actors went on to have careers that can best be described as nondescript, if not obscure.

Now that it's been three decades since The Karate Kid made us all attempt the "Crane" kick, it's the perfect time to catch up with the men and women who helped make it an awesome sports flick.

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