Ralph George Macchio (pronounced /ˈmɑːtʃi.oʊ/) (born November 4, 1961) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid series, Billy Gambini in My Cousin Vinny, and Johnny Cade in The Outsiders. He is also known to American television audiences for his Season five recurring role as Jeremy Andretti on the comedy-drama Eight is Enough. He is competing on the twelfth season of Dancing With The Stars.
Macchio, an Italian American, was born on November 4, 1961, in Huntington, New York.
Macchio first appeared on American television commercials for products such as Bubble Yum and Dr Pepper. His on-screen debut was in the 1980 film Up the Academy, and his first major role was playing Jeremy Andretti in the television series Eight Is Enough. In 1983, he appeared as Johnny Cade (Cake) in The Outsiders alongside many young actors who had yet to become major stars, such as C. Thomas Howell, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, and Matt Dillon.