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Martin Kove
American actor

Martin Kove

Martin Kove
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Intro American actor
Is Actor Film actor Television actor Karateka Film producer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Sports
Gender male
Birth 6 March 1946, Brooklyn, USA
Age 77 years
Star sign Pisces
Children: Jesse Kove
Height: 1.8415 m
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Martin Kove (born March 6, 1946) is an American film and television actor most recognized for his role as the sociopathic Cobra Kai sensei John Kreese in the Karate Kid film series and the television series Cobra Kai. He is also known for his work in films such as Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and on television series such as Cagney & Lacey as Victor Isbecki.

Early life

Martin Kove was born in Brooklyn, New York City to Jewish parents.


Kove appeared as Cully in the 1967–1969 CBS series, Gentle Ben, with Dennis Weaver and Clint Howard. He was cast as George Baker in the short-lived CBS series Code R (1977) about the emergency services (fire, police, and ocean rescue) in the California Channel Islands. His co-stars were James Houghton, Tom Simcox, and Joan Freeman.

He also starred in the short-lived science fiction series Hard Time on Planet Earth and made guest appearances on several television programs including Gunsmoke, Three for the Road, Kojak, Quincy, M. E., The Incredible Hulk, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, The Rockford Files, The Streets of San Francisco, and Black Scorpion.

Kove was a cast member on the 1982–1988 CBS television series Cagney & Lacey as Detective Victor Isbecki.

Kove appeared in the 1984 hit film The Karate Kid as Cobra Kai sensei John Kreese. After playing a traitorous helicopter pilot in the 1985 film Rambo: First Blood Part II, he appeared again as Kreese in the 1986 sequel The Karate Kid Part II (using footage cut from the first film) and the 1989 sequel The Karate Kid Part III. He studied Okinawa-te Karate under prominent black belt Gordon Doversola Shihan.

Kove appeared in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues as the Shadow Assassin in Episode 3, Season 1, "Shadow Assassin", which aired on 3 February 1993, and in Episode 23, Season 2, which aired on 26 January 1994.

He appeared in the 2007 music video for the song "Sweep the Leg" by No More Kings as a caricature of himself and John Kreese from The Karate Kid. He appeared on Tosh.0 as his character from The Karate Kid, John Kreese, where he spoofed the final fight on the "Board Breaker Web Redemption". At the end of the skit, Daniel Tosh, dressed as Mr. Miyagi, honks Kove's nose, a reference to Mr. Miyagi's action in the scene at the beginning of The Karate Kid, Part II.

In 2017, Kove parodied his Karate Kid character in the Season 4, Episode 17 episode of The Goldbergs.

In 2018, Kove returned to the character of John Kreese for the YouTube Premium web series, Cobra Kai, a sequel series of the Karate Kid franchise which is set 34 years after the 1984 film.

In 2019, Kove again parodied his Karate Kid character in an ad for QuickBooks, in which a kinder, gentler Kreese runs a "Koala Kai" dojo of preteen students who are encouraged to "support the leg" and to show "more mercy."



Year Title Role Notes
1971 Little Murders Uncredited
Women in Revolt Marty
1972 Savages Archie
The Last House on the Left Deputy
1973 Cops and Robbers Ambulance Attendant
1975 The Wild Party Editor
Capone Pete Gusenberg
Death Race 2000 Nero the Hero
White Line Fever Clem
1976 The Four Deuces Smokey Ross
1977 The White Buffalo Jack McCall
1979 Seven Skip
1982 Cry For The Strangers Jeff Television film
Blood Tide Neil Grice
1984 The Karate Kid Sensei John Kreese
1985 Rambo: First Blood Part II Michael Reed Ericson
1986 The Karate Kid Part II Sensei John Kreese
1987 Steele Justice John Steele
1989 The Karate Kid Part III Sensei John Kreese
1991 White Light Sean Craig
1992 Project Shadowchaser Desilva Direct-to-video
Shootfighter: Fight to the Death Mr. Lee
1994 Wyatt Earp Ed Ross
Cagney & Lacey: The Return Victor Isbecki Television film
1996 Timelock Admiral Danny Teegs
1996 Mercenary Phoenix
2000 Nowhere Land Hank
2001 Under Heavy Fire Father Brazinski Television film
2002 Crocodile 2: Death Swamp Roland
Curse of the Forty-Niner Caleb
2003 Hard Ground Floyd Television film
Barbarian Munkar
2005 Glass Trap Corrigan
Miracle at Sage Street Jess
2006 Max Havoc: Ring of Fire Lt. Reynolds
2007 The Dead Sleep Easy Bob Depugh
2008 Chinaman's Chance: America's Other Slaves Sheriff Jones
2009 War Wolves Malick Television film
Middle Men US Senator
2011 Savage Jack Lund
2014 Falcon Song Caspian
Eternity: The Movie Barry Goldfield, Sr.
Tapped Out Principal Vanhorne
The Extendables Aye Lewis
2015 The Dog Who Saved Summer Vernon
2016 Traded Cavendish
Jokers Wild Graham Palace
2017 Bring Me A Dream Sheriff Jack Miller
2018 Paint It Red Scabs
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Sherriff on Bounty Law
2019 VFW Filming


Year Title Role Episode(s)
1974 Gunsmoke Guthrie "In Performance of Duty"
1975 Three for the Road "The Rip-off"
1976 Kojak Burl Stole "Law Dance"
The Streets of San Francisco Willis Hines "The Drop"
1977 The Rockford Files Harry Smick "Dirty Money, Black Light"
Code R George Baker 12 episodes
The San Pedro Beach Bums Denny Evans "The Shortest Yard"
1977–1978 We've Got Each Other Ken Redford 5 episodes
1978 The Incredible Hulk Henry "Rocky" Welsh "Final Round"
1978–1979 Barnaby Jones Greg Saunders, Stan Benson 2 episodes
1979 Quincy, M.E.


Joe Kirby

"The Death Challenge"

”Hot Wheels”

1982–1988 Cagney & Lacey Victor Isbecki 113 episodes
1985 Murder, She Wrote Dr. Ellison "Armed Response"
1985 The Twilight Zone Joe "Opening Day"
1989 Hard Time on Planet Earth Jess 13 episodes
1993 Renegade Mitch Raines / Goliath 2 episodes
1993–1994 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Chi'Ru Master 2 episodes
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Fred Kimble "Flashback"
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Demetrius "The Mother of All Monsters"
1998–1999 Diagnosis: Murder Captain Walter Newman 3 episodes
2001 Black Scorpion James Ames / Firearm "Armed and Dangerous"
2011 Tosh.0 John Kreese "Broad Breaker"
2015 Criminal Minds John Folkmore "Scream"
2017 The Goldbergs Master John "The Kara-Te Kid"
2018–present Cobra Kai John Kreese Guest season 1, main season 2
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is Martin Kove?
A: Martin Kove is an American actor known for his roles in various films and television shows. He is best known for portraying the character of John Kreese, the villainous karate sensei in the popular movie "The Karate Kid" and its sequels.
Q: When was Martin Kove born?
A: Martin Kove was born on March 6, 1946.
Q: What are some of Martin Kove's notable film roles?
A: Some of Martin Kove's notable film roles include John Kreese in "The Karate Kid" and its sequels, Victor Isbecki in the TV series "Cagney & Lacey," and Ericson in "Rambo: First Blood Part II." He has appeared in over 100 films and television shows throughout his career.
Q: Has Martin Kove won any awards?
A: No, Martin Kove has not won any major awards. However, he has gained significant recognition and a dedicated fan base for his portrayal of John Kreese in "The Karate Kid" series.
Q: Is Martin Kove still active in acting?
A: Yes, Martin Kove is still active in acting. He continues to appear in films and television shows. Some of his recent projects include the TV series "Cobra Kai," where he reprised his role as John Kreese, and the film "Once Upon a Time in Deadwood."
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